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Google Doodle: Musical celebration for Oskar Fischinger

Known for his incredible musical animation, creating over 50 short films along with his around 800 canvases, the man behind the special effect in Fritz Lang’s movie Woman in the moon in 1929 which led him to undergo various experimentation to create more animations, has began his career in Hollywood at Paramount back in 1963 which did not turned out well at first until the help of his fellow abstract artist and co-founder of Solomon R. Guggenheim.

Oskar Fischinger died in 1967, in celebration of his 117th birthday; Google invites us to create our own composition. Have you tried Google doodle’s musical tribute? Check out mine. https://www.google.com.ph/webhp?doodle=32501999-QA0A0AIAEAEA0AIAEAEA0AIAEAEA0AIA0AQAIA0AEA0A0g0A0A0A0A0ABA0A0AQA0C0B0A0E0A0C0A0E0A0I0I0Q0Q0Q0C0ABK0A0A0A0A0A0q0A0A0A0A0A0K0o0F0A49a8&nord=1

As an honor to Fischinger’s creations, I have gathered few of his notable animations back in 1931, 1934 and 1938.

OPTICAL POEM 1938

For Kreise 1934 and Studie Number 8 in 1931, click this link for preview as I could not share the embedded from this article due to, I don’t know…human error? My bad, sorry. : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/oskar-fischinger-watch-amazing-musical-animations-created-decades/

FROM THE FILM SQUARES IN 1934

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Kudos, Oskar Fischinger !

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Manchester Explosion Was Likely a Suicide Attack; Children Among the 22 Killed

 

 

British authorities said Tuesday that the deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was likely a suicide bombing and that children were among the 22 people who were killed. At least 59 others were injured.

Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police, said initial findings indicate that the presumed terrorist attack “was conducted by one man” who was found dead at the scene at the Manchester Arena. “The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of the network,” Hopkins told reporters.

“This is a complex and wide-ranging investigation,” he said, adding that more than 400 officers were deployed on the security operation and investigation. The area around the arena and Manchester’s busy Victoria train station remained cordoned off.

No statement of responsibility has yet been issued by an individual or group. If the explosion proves to be a suicide bombing, it would be the first attack of this type in Britain since several terrorists blew themselves up in a coordinated assault on the London transport system in 2005, killing more than 50 people.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she would be attending a meeting of Prime Minister Theresa May’s emergency response committee Tuesday morning.

“This was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society: young people, children out at a pop concert,” Rudd said. “Its intention was to sow fear; its intention was to divide. But it will not succeed.”

British political leaders, gearing up for a June 8 national election, have suspended campaigning temporarily.

Manchester has experienced terrorism before. In 1996, a bomb planted by the IRA caused heavy destruction in the city, but remarkably, no one was killed, though more than 200 people were injured.

“This was an evil act,” said Andy Burnham, the newly elected mayor of Manchester. “We are grieving today, but we are strong. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.”

Article originally published in: http://variety.com/2017/music/news/manchester-explosion-likely-suicide-attack-children-among-22-killed-1202441005/

5 Disturbing Documentaries on Child Abuse

 

The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ Numbers 14:18

According to research, every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children. The United States is said to have one of the worst records among industrialized nations– losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. In order to raise awareness and give reminders to everybody that child abuse, in whatever forms has a huge impact in children’s lives. I have gathered 5 of the most disturbing documentaries among all I’ve watched, relating to child abuse, sexual abuse in specific.

    1. Child of Rage– This documentary focus on 6 year old girl, Beth Thomas which was discovered to be a victim of sexual abuse when she was just 1 year-old. She talks about how her birth father molested her that as can be seen, has resulted to a horrible impact in her mind as a child. Beth’s adoptive parents shared their terrifying experience living with her. The remaining scenes focus on how Beth plans to kill her family and how she little by little recovers with the trauma. Luckily, Beth is now living normally as a certified nursing assistant.
  1. Just Melvin, Just Evil -This is a true story of incestion, a series of sexual abuse committed by Melvin E. Just to all of his daughters even son. In the documentary which was documented by James Ronald Whitney, Melvin’s grandson, he interviewed his family members asserting how his grandfather molested them at an early age. In a certain part of the documentary, Melvin can be seen being confronted by James Whitney on camera about the accusations which he firmly denies at all. The film ends when Whitney’s aunts visited Just in the nursing home. Some of his aunts cannot face him while the others give him hugs and a kiss. Few months after the film has been done, Melvin died at the age of 71.
  1. Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in the UK- This is a video footage of an 8 year old child being interrogated by a psychiatrist. The child was asked multiple questions in regards to the alleged sexual abuse. Based on the reactions of the people who have watched the footage, it seems that the child has been brainwashed and was directed to narrate what happened to him in a different story. Now, in my opinion, I think that the child is indeed a victim of sexual abuse. If you observe his actions, the way he talks, how he responds to the questions is quite strange. I believe in the speculations that the child was possibly brainwashed in order for the molester to be kept hidden. He’s a child, too naive to simply make up stories. No matter what is behind this story, I hope for the child’s recovery.
  1. The Lost Girls of South Africa -A documentary set in South Africa. It reveals the shocking situation of children mostly women who suffer from sexual abuse. According to the film, 62% of South African secondary schoolboys believe forcing someone to have sex is not an act of violence, and one third of male learners believe girls enjoy rape. It is also mentioned that a girl born in South Africa has a one in three chance of completing secondary education, and a one in a four chance of being raped. This was nominated in EMMY Awards though it unluckily won the award, still an award-winning documentary for me.
  1. The Mary Bell Case -In 1968, Mary Flora Bell, an 11 year old girl killed two little boys by strangling them to death for the pleasure and excitement of killing. The bodies were discovered on waste ground two months later with the letter M carved into his stomach with scissors. She later won a court order giving her right to anonymity for life. According to research, Mary’s family background may be responsible for her strange behavior. Similar to Beth Thomas, Mary Bell has suffered to sexual abuse that haunted her throughout her childhood. It was discovered that her mother, Betty, forced her to engage in sexual acts with men at the age of four.

 

As I have said, which I am certain everyone is aware, Child abuse has a huge impact in the individual’s being. It ruins a child’s innocence which may lead them to horrible deeds taken the children included in my list as an example. Do not let any child suffers from this terrible crime. Act not because you just want to help, do it because you can’t stand letting a life about to be ruined.

research source: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse-statistics/

This Google Doodle Celebrates 13 Inspirational Women for International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day began in the early 1900’s when women in New York City came together to advocate for fair pay, better working conditions, and the right to vote. Now, more than 100 years later, Google is honoring the day with a Google Doodle that celebrates 13 trailblazing women and their incredible stories. The Doodle…

via This Google Doodle Celebrates 13 Inspirational Women for International Women’s Day — TIME

A Day to Sightseer: The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures

When you just want to rejuvenate after a week of arduous days in the office, surely you needed a break and yes, I definitely needed one. Having mentioned in my previous blogs that going out hasn’t been my thing and yet here I was, taking a tour, I wanted to try something new to regain my ‘A’ game other than sleeping all day. Why not, right?

I’d like to begin this blog by showcasing the experience I had on the place. It was last Saturday when I decided to visit an exhibit in Barangka Marikina City, located at the 2nd level of E-com Building in Riverbanks Center called The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures. I would consider it (for me) a hidden exhibit. Why? Because there are no directions or any signs of a museum ahead (none at all) I had a bit of a hard time looking for it, (I don’t know maybe the fact that I do not usually go out made me a not-so street wise person) so to be able to get to my destination, I needed to approach a guard just to save my time and to prevent myself from getting lost because I was new to the place. Thanks, Grab car! 

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What I actually loved about my tour last Saturday was that the time that my feet stepped on the entrance I could already feel the serenity of the place. The white and golden brown paint on the walls contribute a good ambiance to the entirety of the place. It depicts the look of a typical museum. There are several collections inside as expected,  I was able to enjoy scrutinizing every pieces of sculptures/figurines that they have included, there are also little information accompanied in each pieces.  I thank myself for being such an early bird because aside from being the first one to arrive on this museum, I was also able to tour on the place peacefully.

The Spirit of Bethlehem is said to be a private collection of over 500 belens/nativity sets/posters/paintings and sculptures from all over the world, collected thru decades of devotion to the Infant Jesus, by the owner, Gigi Abaya-Carlos. I find it amazing because there are nativity sets that have been bought on the 1900s and yet you won’t see any damages from it. I assume they really did well on preserving such collections.

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As you can see these pieces of the holy family is originated from Bethlehem and the other, from Italy.

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This one is not your typical Christmas tree. The holes that you can see served as the home of every little nativity sets. The lighting on the inside made it solemnly magical.

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On the other hand, Museum of Miniatures is just a step away from The Spirit of Bethlehem; it’s a two in one museum, as I may call it. The miniatures featured on it are part of the collection of the late Aleli Vengua who passionately handcrafted most of the pieces herself. It is said that the materials used on every pieces are mostly from scrap items such as plastic, wood, aluminum, fabric, and glass. Just look how amazing these tiny chairs are.

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Some of the miniatures are also intricately designed that would make it harder to imagine it was only Aleli Vengua alone who created it. I wonder how many years it took her to finish a miniature of a living room.

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and look at my close-up photograph of Vengua’s miniature of a Christmassy living room.

Some of these frames hold the articles regarding the making of the incredible small world of Aleli Vengua.

Oh look, the first admission ticket on Aleli Vengua’s Museum of Miniatures. It’ll only cost you P5.00 for adults and P2.50 for kids back then and look how huge it is, 8.5 by 11, I guess? Incredible!museum 3 first ticket.jpg

 

To this end, I would say The Spirit of Bethlehem and the Museum of Miniatures is a good recommendation, in fact, I would highly-recommend this place for people who wish to unwind and relax like me, people who has been seeking an inspiration for paintings, sculptures, interior design are also advisable to visit the place because why not? Check it out so would know why. The general admission for both The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures are only P75.00 per head. There will be 20% discount for senior citizens, just show your ID. Now with teachers with ID and children either with the height below 4ft. or younger than 6 yrs. old (with proof, of course) will take a tour on the museum for FREE but this one is not applicable to children’s group tour/field trip. The museum is open from Friday to Sunday only, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM but if you have an appointment with the place or you’ve booked an event (recommended for a group of 30 persons or more) on the said museum, Monday to Thursday schedule will be available.

I’ve been totally in awe by the sight of the featured collections. All of it was just so amazingly created.

Credits to the owner of the photograph used as my featured photo.

 

Sad As Fuck: How Early 2000s Emo Became a Subject of Scorn and Salvation — Consequence of Sound

Photo by Philip Cosores Punk as Fuck is a monthly column in which Associate Editor Collin Brennan discusses issues in punk music and culture. This month’s column looks back on early 2000s emo and explores how the public’s perception of the genre has evolved after a decade under the influence. A few days ago, the folks over…

via Sad As Fuck: How Early 2000s Emo Became a Subject of Scorn and Salvation — Consequence of Sound

In 2017, Say Hello To Happiness — Thought Catalog

Seth Doyle Maybe you were just looking in all the wrong places. Maybe you forgot about finding happiness in the small things. Maybe you forgot how blissfully calming that first sip of tea in the chilly mornings could be. Or how perfectly cozy you felt curled up and sleepy under your soft, warm quilt. Or the smell…

via In 2017, Say Hello To Happiness — Thought Catalog

Thoughts on Miss World 2016

 

“Beauty is the opposite of perfection, it’s about confidence, charisma and character.”

 

I would like to share my unprejudiced thoughts and insights on the recent pageant but first and foremost, I only highlighted the Top 5 Final Q&A portion of the said pageant because first, I believe that it is the much-awaited moment where the individual candidates would have to showcase their beautiful minds and lastly, this portion determines who deserved the glorious crown.

 

The portion was presented by Tim Vincent whereas the beautiful ladies have given the chance to stun the crowd with their glamorous evening gown. For instance, I researched for the question and answers in order for you to take a peek at how the ladies presented themselves,.

The following were the said Q and A of the candidates for this year’s Miss World Pageant:

 

MISS KENYA – EVELYN NJAMBI THUNGU

-Question from Miss World 1988 Linda Petursdottir of Iceland: What can you do to improve education in the world?

-Answer: What we can do to improve education in the world… Obviously, it begins with empowering every child to understand that education is important, and Nelson Mandela said that it is the weapon that a child can use to face the future. So first let’s educate our parents that education is important and then we shall have all children on board to achieve their dreams.

 

MISS PUERTO RICO – STEPHANIE DEL VALLE (MISS WORLD 2016)

-Question from Miss World 1975 Wilnelia Lady Forsyth of Puerto Rico: if you have an opportunity to change something about the world, what would it be?

-Answer: If I have the opportunity to change something about the world, I think what I would do is send a message of how important it is to change exclusion for acceptance, to promote and provide justice for others, and the importance of helping those in need. Thank you.

 

MISS INDONESIA – NATASHA MANNUELA (SECOND RUNNER-UP)

-Miss World 2002 Azra Akin of Turkey: How would you convince others to help their communities?

-Answer: How to convince others is… Have to start from myself first. Then to start with love, then other people could see our sincere (sic) and they can inspire on how, what we do. And then [we] can continue it and share it to others again. And then one world can be one and can inspire the entire world with love. Thank you.

 

MISS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – YARITZA MIGUELINA REYES RAMIREZ (FIRST RUNNER-UP)

-Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia: What do you think should we be teaching the next generation about protecting our planet?

-Answer: I think we should be teaching our next generation to protect our planet. This is the only one we have. We shall protect Mother Earth. We should all be together and encourage communities and contribute with making campaigns so people can collect their trash. We have already global warming. We cannot stop it but we can enhance opportunities to make it better.

 

MISS PHILIPPINES – CATRIONA GRAY

-Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain: Which qualities do you think it will take to wear my crown?

-Answer: I think, first of all, it takes bravery. To be a Miss World is to carry a burning torch. It is like action carried out by one to illuminate the lives of many. And I would dedicate my whole self, my love for the arts and my voice to try to uplift, empower and educate people. And it would be my greatest honor and duty to hold this torch high enough so that all the world could feel and see its light. Thank you. (source:http://news.abs-cbn.com/)

 

The pageant has ended as Miss Puerto Rico takes the crown to be the Miss World 2016. The first runner-up was Miss Dominican Republic Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez and Miss Indonesia Natasha Mannuella took the third place.

 

Alright, so I was reviewing the comments about the previous pageant (because I am certain there are quite a lot) and I have noticed that majority of the Filipinos did not seem to be in favor of the results. Miss Philippines’ Catriona Gray unluckily did not take the crown of Miss World and based on the sited Q and A of the individual candidates, I think I understand where they are coming from. I am half-Filipino but I honestly do not grab this opportunity to simply be one-sided on this issue. I admired all the candidates. In fact, there were all great actually. It is just that you know as a human with a little good criticism in certain issues, I could not stop myself from sharing my thoughts and insights about some things. So, again, this thought of mine is neutral and fair.

 

Let’s be real here, if I am to rank the candidates answers, Miss Kenya would have gotten the crown then Miss Philippines will take the second place, Miss Puerto Rico on the third place, Miss Dominican Republic and then Miss Indonesia.

 

What were my basis and criteria then?

 

Almost all the questions that have been thrown to the candidates were all about to test their personality. Of course, it should be. Simply because the duties of the titleholders have something much for the people: Charity works, speak for awareness occasions things like that. So basically, the character of the crowned queen matters.  In regards to my basis, I gave importance to the current issues of the world today, humanity, our devastated environment, the world itself.

Does their answers relate to these issues? It should be because these issues are the main problem of our society.

After all, there did very well. I couldn’t argue with that. I firmly believe that it is just a matter of perspective. For we all have different ways of judging each of these candidates. Maybe for me, Miss Kenya deserved to be Miss World 2016; there were some that think Miss Philippines have it and etc. That is alright.  What is more important here is that surely they have given their best enough to win the crown and that I am convinced they were quite satisfied with their performance.

 

Let’s just let it be. The pageant has ended and so our criticism supposed to be as well.

 

Why don’t we just move on and rejoice with Miss Puerto Rico?

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A Rare Handwritten Poem By Anne Frank Has Been Sold For $148,000 — TIME

An eight-line poem written by Anne Frank, the Jewish schoolgirl whose diaries became one of the most profound documents of the Holocaust, was sold Wednesday at auction in the Netherlands for $148,000. The BBC reports that the Bubb Kuyper auction house in Haarlem expected it to fetch no more than 50,000 Euros, or around $53,000.…

via A Rare Handwritten Poem By Anne Frank Has Been Sold For $148,000 — TIME

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