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Maybe Leaving Isn’t An Option.

“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It seems as if I’d given up on a project that I gave birth to with a lot of passion and heart. I side-tracked and gave attention to many other miniscule things. Or an excuse I could easily rely on — Life got in the way. There hasn’t been any progress or product as of late, though coming off of a success with our last batch of shirts. I’d hate to sound cliched and start anew because of the new year, but I’ve started working again.

I’ve spent a good amount of time within the last month browsing and scouring many art books at Borders and going through pages and pages of my own sketchbook to get my hands warmed up to drawing again and build a small catalogue of things I can work with on this ‘Sketchpad’ project. This isn’t a ‘momentous’ blog post — even though it is a first in a long time — but I just needed to get this thing going again. For the people who come here only to see pictures, here’s a few things that’ve inspired me back to this very passionate project:

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I had a chance to see some of James Jean’s paintings up close and personal. Met Dave Choe. Listened to one of the most creative albums of 2009 — Kid Cudi’s ‘Man On The Moon’ LP. Became the owner of all four Mike Shinoda skate-decks from his Glorious Excess (Ends) Art Exhibit. A lot of inspiration. A lot of encouragement. Thank you 2009.

–dinoxsketchpad

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Back Again! It’s About That Time…

I know there hasn’t been much posts with us in it lately, and there’s a valid reason for that. We’ve all been in different spectrums of our own universe being busy people. Don’t fret. We’ll be back causing havoc around town again really soon. Also, March is going to be a big month for us. I’ll throw out little sneak-peeks here and there until then, so be on a lookout.
Saturday night, we all finally got together again and ate BBQ at Heng’s pad. Some played poker. Others just yapped the whole time about simple-nothings. I drank a lot of Pepsi and not a drop of alcoholic beverage. I would be proud of myself that night, but all those cans of soda didn’t help. I won’t say I’m trying to be healthy this year, but I want to become more cautious of what I consume.

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The one thing I’ve sworn off for good is oyster. Just the sight of people eating it makes me cringe because I had one of the worst experiences with bad oysters the very first time I had some. Kui knew all about that whole messy situation because he was just as sick.
Anyways, we’re baaaacccccccckkkkk…That’s the whole point of all this jibber-jabber.

–dinoxsketchpad

Walking On Water

The news of a plane crashing onto the Hudson River was regarded as a miracle, due to the fact that everyone on board survived. It’s always heart-wrenching to hear of these stories and knowing that it’s a mode of transportation for millions of people globally.

Aside from that, I just wanted to share this image of the tragedy taken by an onlooker through the lens of his IPhone. Yes, it was an IPhone picture!

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If you take a glance at this very surreal image, it looks as if these people were standing on water awaiting to be taken away from the horrid experience. It’s as if we’re witnessing two miracles in one. I’m sure this moment has changed each and every one of their lives, and those closest to them. They cheated death. What can be more miraculous than that?

image courtesy of Robin Sloan
–dinoxsketchpad

Yesterday Is Today’s Greatest Present

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“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” — William James

–dinoxsketchpad

Hydration Just Got Cool

In a previous post, I mentioned a bit about a water bottle that I just recieved as a gift. Crazy, it’s labeled as the ‘I-Pod’ of water bottles, so you know it’s going to be big. The KOR ONE Hydration Vessel. The design is pretty awesome and there are these interchangeable KOR Stone Caps which shows up everytime you open the top lid to drink. You’re given blank Stones to write whatever motivational messages you want to also. I don’t really know why they called it a ‘stone’ because it’s more like a ‘pog’, if you remember what those are. I’ve taken it with me a few times at different outings, and I must say it’s one heck of a conversational piece. I don’t think the company’s going to have much trouble marketing a product which markets itself very well.

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Yes, that’s my daily Stone message as I’ve been using the bottle religiously and going through sleepless nights working can get stressful, so I remind myself to ‘Laugh Often’, even if it’s at nothing at all. Sounds crazy, right? But at least I have the cool water-bottle to back me up.

Good Morning America had this water bottle as one of the items in its “Trend Watch: What’s Hot In 2009?” segment. KOR ONE is also being heralded as a ‘must-have’ by outlets such as: CNet, CBS’s ‘The Early Show’, Metropolis Magazine, and more. With all these rave reviews, I do concur.

–dinoxsketchpad

The Wonders Of Nature

There’s a voting campaign going on right now that I find fascinating. No, there aren’t any negative ads or political promises you have to soak that ten-percent of your brain that you actually use in. What we’re all entitled to do here is chose the New Seven Wonders Of Nature. There are 261 nominees from different parts of the world and you get to pick your seven. There are many other things you can do on the website to show your support — like start a Committee, create a photo album to attract other voters to support your picks, and many more. The greatest thing about this whole project is that you can browse through each intriguing places and really get a hefty education in a small amount of time.

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I won’t tell you my seven picks yet, because I want everyone to research on their own without my influence but I will say one of my top picks was the Singing Dunes in Kazakhstan. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know anything about this place before I skimmed through the different nominees, but I think I’ll be crazy enough to want to visit there. Here’s the factoid on it:

The Singing Dunes are in the Altyn-Emel State National Park, Kazakhstan’s largest national park. The crescent-shaped sand dunes, called barchans, produce a sound described as roaring, booming, squeaking, or simply as the “Song of the Dunes.” This low-pitch rumble, a natural sound phenomenon, can be as loud as 105 decibels and can last several minutes. The sound accompanies a slumping or avalanching movement of the sand, usually triggered by wind passing over the dune. Collisions between grains of sand emit surface elastic waves that, in turn, cause the motions of the grains to become synchronized. The surface of the sand acts as a loudspeaker, transmitting it through the air.

I spent a good hour and a half reading through different locations and I can’t believe how hooked I am onto this site. I loved the quote made by Bernard Weber, “If we want to save anything, we first need to truly appreciate it.” Very well versed and true in all aspect of our life and the habitat we’re surrounded with.

–dinoxsketchpad

Family Affair

Finally! The first blog of the new year. Been spending a lot of time with family and friends, watching a ton of movies, and doing everything that doesn’t involve a computer. Feels great to take a vacation away from the norm for a bit but now it’s back to business. I want to speak for the whole Sketchpad family and say that we’re grateful for all the support from the past year and we’re only getting better as the new year’s arrived. Thank You!
So what has happened since the last time I was in here? Hmmm…My neice turned three! I found out that I can make dinner when times get desperate. I have the coolest new craze that’s sure gonna be a big hit soon — and it comes in the form of a water bottle. Ate a ton of Banquet TV-dinners and drank a ton of soda. Watched every new movie out and realized how depressing the ‘holiday’ releases are this year. Why? Isn’t the economy dragging our morale down enough?

Oh, and I’ll keep this short. Best movie of 2008 goes to WALL-E!

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–dinoxsketchpad