Wednesday, November 28, 2012

You always knew I'm an ace dancer. But this time, it's class!

Take this, Psy Oppa... even I can do Gangnam Style!

Anyone who knows me (incl. you) knows I'm an a-mazing dancer, mover, groover, shaker.

But this time, I've boogied my butt off more vigorously than Mick Jagger on MC Hammer.

See for yourself as I bust out the most awesome moves with natural ease and pure class.

Enough yap-yap! Time to let my tippy-tappy feet do the talking. Ready, steady, go #gangnamstyle

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If the video gets you in the mood to go gangnam-grooving, you can learn all the moves out here.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Innovation is Madness - A Short Film on Creativity

Last week, I sent out a tweet.

It brought back an amazing film in response. Yup... serendipity does happen online!

It's easy to see why I love this short film. It has my name in the title :)

Humour aside, it features a lovable, eccentric genius called Pliny Fisk III, with remarkable insight:

I love his definition of creativity. But I'm not giving it away. You'll just have to watch the film.

Innovation Is Madness | Mark Decena from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

INNOVATION IS MADNESS is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if it's among the ten that receives the most votes. If you love it, vote for it. Click on the VOTE button in the top right corner of the video player. Note that voting may not be available on all mobile platforms, and browser cookies must be enabled to vote.

Pliny Fisk III was one of the founding members of the green building movement. In 1975 he co-created the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, a non-profit education, research, and demonstration organization specializing in life cycle planning and design. Shooting a video series for the US Green Building Council, we were introduced and subsequently fell in love with Pliny and his merry band of crazies. CMPBS has not only become a collaborative model for invention, but a physical space for innovation to happen. It's time for the inmates to run the asylum.

Full Credits:
Director: Mark Decena

Cinematographer: Matt Notaro
Editor/Colorist: David Carrillo
Associate Producer: Forrest Pound
Executive Producers: Teri Heyman, Michelle Moore

Sound Mix: Casey Boyle, Nay Villanueva
Music: “She Ate the Fly” Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, Rounder Records
Plenitude renderings: Blake Smith
VIBE renderings: Elena Carey, Cassidy Ellis, Lovleen Gill Aulakh, Gurushabad Khalsa
Additional Photography: Blake Gordon

Focus Forward Films: is an unprecedented new series of 30 three-minute stories about innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention, directed by the world's most celebrated documentary filmmakers.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My name is Kelvin Doe and I love inventin' #CROWDRISE

Video Inspiration from Kelvin Doe, a teen prodigy from Africa who impressed MIT.

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the "Visiting Practitioner's Program" at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey - experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.

Here is a link to the Bobby Fala track in the video on SoundCloud

Photos courtesy of Adam Cohn and Paula Aguilera | Check-out Kelvin's Crowdrise page

PRODIGIES is a bi-weekly series showcasing the youngest and brightest as they challenge themselves to reach new heights and the stories behind them.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Big Bang Theory Flash Mob - Bazinga! It's gone viral...

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The hit comedy TV show, Big Bang Theory Flash Mob cast and crew have just created the latest viral sensation (set to 'Call me, maybe') to hit screens worldwide. Talk about having fun on the job.

11 million views on YouTube in 3 days... and counting. Calls for a... as Dr. Sheldon Cooper, the inimitable genius geek among the cast of nerds in the serial, says it best - Bazinga aaaaaa!

Quite hilariously and famously, Sheldon's character mouths off the funniest quotes, very often of a higher, superior intelligence. Here are some of his memorable quotes on the show's fan site.

Check out the official CBS Show website.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Diwali - Light a lamp this year. On the inside.

Happy Diwali !!!!!
Wishing you and your family much peace, prosperity, joy, fun and laughter.

Diwali celebrations worldwide start with the simple ritual of lighting a "diya" (earthen oil lamp). It signifies the victory of light over darkness, symbolizing the prevalence of good over bad.

Come... join in the celebration. The best thing about Diwali is anyone can join in. No preparation (or props) required. All you need is a good, clean thought.

This year, take your Diwali celebration to a higher, spiritual level by lighting a lamp inside you:

(-: Your simple 5-step D-I-Y Diwali Diagram :-) 

Start with a good thought.
Add some passion (aka fire in your belly).
Light it up deep inside.
Keep the flame burning steady and strong.
If the flame goes off, re-ignite.

There's one way to smile... many ways to light one up. Call it a resolution, self-improvement or a promise you make to yourself. Help an elderly neighbour. Mentor someone at work. Teach someone a new skill. Start an exercise routine. Give back to society. Donate to a charity. Sponsor a child. Feed a family. Save the tiger. Save the planet !!!!! Do your bit. Make a difference.

Faulty as I may be, I have one redeeming feature. I post a Happy Diwali blog ever year:

The meaning of Diwali, the story behind the festival.
If there's anything the world needs more of right now... it's JOY, PEACE & PROSPERITY. Here's a festival that celebrates just that!

Update: Wed, 14 November

Saal Mubarak. (Indian for 'Wish you a Happy New Year')

The day after Diwali (i.e. today), marks the Hindu New Year.
Here's US President, Barack Obama sending out Diwali & New Year Greetings to all in 2012.