This animated short is beautiful in its simplicity – Duet by Glen Keane.

The animation, the story, the music – it all speaks for itself.

My life is complete – I can now read in a torrential downpour

I can read anywhere, any way.  In a moving car, soaking in the bath, while walking, while carrying on a conversation, in a noisy cafe, in a theatre waiting for the show to start – you name it.  But the places I can’t read?  The pouring rain, in a shower or swimming in the ocean.  As a book lover and avid reader, I want to be able to read wherever I want whenever I want but who wants soggy pages?  I don’t want to ruin my book like that.

But now I am free!  Truly free!  Introducing the You-Bumi!  A plastic bubble for a book!

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What innovation!  And how adorbs – two little holes to stick your thumbs in while you enjoy reading that amazing book in the shower.

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There are no more obstacles to my book reading life!  The only thing that could stop me is if those two little thumb holes are too small for my Brachydactyly Type D thumbs.

Watched this video then rocked the world #LikeAGirl

There is a new ad making its internet rounds today that I appreciate.  It’s an Always ad that asks us to take a look at what it really means when we say “like a girl”.

Using #LikeAGirl as an insult is a hard knock against any adolescent girl. And since the rest of puberty’s really no picnic either, it’s easy to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl’s self-confidence.
We’re kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.

 

 

 

Fantasy Novels Deconstructed – an Infographic

An oldie but a goodie – the folks over at Paste put this little geeky treasure together and I ate it up.

Whether it’s a story filled with adventure and heroic deeds or a fantasy land with a side of romance—any of these classic fantasy novels might just be worth the quest.

For your reading pleasure:

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Play a game with me. What’s the soundtrack of your life? A game of musical representation.

Music in the movies colours the emotional experience of the movie itself, as it does our lives. We all have relied on a song to help us through heartbreak, falling in love and new discoveries. There is a song for every moment, mood and feeling we have ever experienced. This game is inspired by a recent TEDx Manitoba talk I attended.  Ted Geddert came on stage with his son and talked about the devastating day his other son and his father died.  How music healed his family.  His idea worth spreading was to “Take risks, and find a soundtrack to get you through”   So, it got me thinking.  What is the soundtrack of my life?  If I were to tell a story of today, a moment in time or of my life as a child – what would those songs be to describe me to you in a way that I don’t have to speak?

So, will you play a different kind of ‘getting to know you’ game with me?  Let’s call it My Life Through Song.  life through song

What would be the soundtrack to the movie of your life up to this moment?  Or maybe there is a particular moment in time that deserves to be played out in a soundtrack.  Perhaps your life is a comedy, a drama, a war epic; it doesn’t matter what lens you view your life through – what matters, is that you have a damned good song to go with it.

The drill is as follows:

  • Copy these instructions, including the categories below and paste them in your post.
  • List the title of the song and the artist after each category and embed the music video (if there isn’t a music video for it then find a video of the song with lyrics - if there still isn’t one, then a link to the song in any form will do – we wanna hear the song!).
  • Tag your post with My Life Through Song
  • Pingback this blog post so I can see all your song choices – I wanna hear the story of your life!  (Click here for pingback instructions.  And, if you don’t use WordPress then leave a comment with the url to your blog post)
  • This part is optional – you can describe why you chose this song in a short paragraph OR you can just let the song speak for itself and leave it to the imagination of your audience.

Here are the 6 categories of songs:

  1. The Getting to Know You Song:  This song starts off your movie. It is the song that introduces you to your audience; maybe as a child or as an adult pondering life.  Where the movie of your life starts is up to you.
  2. The Love Song:  You know this one. You fell in love, maybe with a person, a place or an animal.  Love is love and this song makes you feel it!
  3. The Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Song:  You are joy personified.  Everything is as it should be and all is beautiful with the world. If spontaneous dancing and singing were to happen as you walked down the street, it would be this moment.
  4. The Rock Bottom Song:  Um, happiness can only last so long right?  We’ve all been there, that moment where, shit, just when you think you can’t get any lower, you do.  Is the whole world against you?
  5. The Poignant Song: This is a time of reflection in your movie.  You’ve hit rock bottom.  Well now, take a walk in that light rain, look up at the sky and reflect…this is the moment that your life changes.
  6. The Rocky Balboa Song:  You’ve made it through your darkest hour!  Will power kicks in so pick yourself up and dust off the past! This is the song you turn up the volume on.  YEAH!  Fist pump the shit out of that air – you deserve it!
  7. The Let the Credits Roll Song:  Though life keeps on going a movie does eventually come to an end and with it, the concluding song. At this moment we are content, we are at peace or maybe we’re still struggling but we’ve accepted it.  Either way, we are ready to welcome life and all the challenges that come with it.  The end.

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Here’s the soundtrack to my life – so far.

The Getting to Know You Song:

Same Mistakes – The Echo Friendly

The Love Song:

But Not Tonight – Depeche Mode


The Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Song:

Paul Simon – Russian Futurists


The Rock Bottom Song:

What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes

 

The Poignant Song:

Weighty Ghost – Wintersleep

 

The Rocky Balboa Song:

The Final Countdown – Europe

The Let the Credits Roll Song:

Living in Colour – Frightened Rabbit

 

Okay, your turn to play!

The beautiful thing about this game is it never has to end.  You can play it any time for any moment and I might come back and play it again down the road.

(I do have an ulterior motive here:  I love discovering new music and figured this would be a fun way to do so.)

A beautiful comic worthy of the words of Maya Angelou

Beautiful, dramatic, strong, proud, daring – love this tribute in comic form to Maya Angelou.  Created by Zen Pencils (if you have some time, check out their amazing site and the amazing art they have – all based on inspiration).

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Complaints from sucky neighbours force nine-year-old to shut down his free library

Spencer Collins had to take down his free library in his front yard because of two complaints the city received from neighbours (who obviously don’t believe in sharing, educating and promoting open-mindedness).  Spencer had set up a neat little library where people could “take a book, leave a book”.  You will note the tiny, cute, little library housing those books.  Would you believe that he had to take it down because it wasn’t a structure that was attached to the house – and therefore is a code violation?

Are your eyes rolling like mine?  Are you suddenly crying out loud saying “but that thing?  It is so tiny – it’s not even a structure!”   Yes, look at its size and revel in the idiocy of this situation.  Roll it around in your mind and ponder the stupidity and absurdity.  If fact, let’s go through that entire neighbourhood and see what else we can complain about.  Oh, that bird house is too big!  Oh, wait, is that a fort your kids built?  Hey, did you get a permit to put that little toy playhouse there?

Spencer Collins and his cute little library

Spencer Collins and his cute little library

You know what really gets to me?  What really pisses me right off?  It’s that someone complained in the first place.  It leaves me incredulous that a person was so put out by this (even though it was causing them no harm) that they made the decision to complain about a 9 year old boy’s willingness to share and build community.  I’m about to start swearing my face off because a reading warrior, book loving kid only wants to share his love of books through his own, free library with others and some stupid, sucky people complained to the city and now he has to take it down.  The swears are coming….I can’t hold them back….

To the people who complained: I give you a “what the fuck?” mixed with a “go fuck yourself” ending with a dramatic middle finger salute.

All is not lost though, Spencer continues to have his library but has moved it to the garage.  Away from the eyes of the nothing-makes-them-happy-so-they-have-to-find-some-way-to-ruin-someone-else’s-joy fellow “neighbours”.

Am I being hard on these people who complained to the city?  Hell no!  I am a book girl, a book warrior, a reading raven!  It is my duty to champion my fellow book lovers against the minds of those still stuck in the dark ages.  And champion I will!  Threaten books and the lioness will show her claws.

Spencer Collins – I salute you!

And Spencer, if you read this…I’m sorry for swearing.

What Are They Reading? The Kili edition

What’s with all your Hobbit and Lord of the Rings posts for this feature?  Jeez, can’t you pick someone else from another book?  You do realize that Kili wasn’t even much of a feature in the original Hobbit book right?

Well, yes I do realize that.  Obviously I am using the easy-on-the-eyes Peter Jackson version of Kili and not the book version or the what-the-hell-is-that Rankin-Bass version of Kili.  This will be my last one from the world of Tolkien okay?!  Just allow me a girl crush moment will ya?  Jeez.

Next to Bilbo and Gandalf in the Hobbit film, the next most interesting character to me was Kili (yes, even more than Thorin).  Considering he was the youngest of the royal blood line and that he seemed more head-in-the-clouds and more non-traditional than the other dwarves, I found him the most intriguing.  (And maybe, just maybe, the actor who played him had something to do with it.)

Dark, brooding and sultry Peter Jackson version of Kili (Aidan Turner)

Dark, brooding and sultry Peter Jackson version of Kili (Aidan Turner)

The I-don't-really-know-what-that-is-but-man-is-it-adorable Rankin-Bass version of Kili

The I-don’t-really-know-what-that-is-but-man-is-it-adorable Rankin-Bass version of Kili

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I had to know, what would Kili be reading?

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THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ELVES – DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS

By Colin McComb

It becomes clear in the second installment of the Hobbit trilogy; Kili has a thing for elves.  And, being the young dwarf that he is, he is going to want to know as much as he can about them.  But Kili is also smart – what do you think he and his brother do in all the down time on their journey?  Why, play Dungeons and Dragons of course!  What young dwarf dreaming of adventure wouldn’t?  He’s found a way to learn as much as he can about elves, without being obvious.

An excerpt: Our lives are long and filled with happiness, for we recognize the impermanence of all things, excepting ourselves. Indeed, we do not suffer death as do the mortals. Only through violence, accident, or disease do we die at all. Although we vanish from the ken of mortal knowledge after hundreds of years of existence in this plane, you may rest assured that we continue elsewhere. Even those who perish on the battlefield do not truly die, but instead become part of the earth’s cycle of growth and rebirth. Our spirits linger on, for we are intimately tied to the world and its core. Indeed, we are the integral part of that core.

 

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By Dr. Joy Browne

It seems, from watching Kili on-screen, that he doesn’t have much experience out in the world.  Which means, he wouldn’t have much experience with women period.  Let’s cut him a little slack for having this book on hand.

An excerpt:  Dating is about two people who are interested in one another and want to get together at a specific time and place. We’re not talking rocket science here. Since the original fix-up — you know, the one between Adam and Eve (who had the advantage of the ultimate Matchmaker) — dating has evolved. 

 

 

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THE POCKET GUIDE TO MISCHIEF

By Bart King

Being one of the youngest in the company and the most lighthearted, Kili comes across as – well – naive if not endearing.  His youthful zeal would be a welcome on any long journey however, it would be that mischievous light in his eyes that would get the better of him (and his companions).  There have been probably a few dwarves that have fallen victim to many of Kili’s pranks.

An excerpt: What is it that makes a great mischief maker? Being clever is good. After all, it’s hard to be a smart aleck if you’re not actually smart to begin with. (Stupid alecks are a lot less impressive.) And of course, you need to be willing to make trouble on a small, amusing, and non-destructive scale.

 

 

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THE GAME OF THRONES SERIES

By George R.R. Martin

Kili has read every single one of these and reads them every year.  They have fueled his passion for adventure and acts of heroism and courage.  In the moments when he is alone, he thinks about his own journey with his fellow dwarves and imagines Jon Snow or Arya on the journey with him.  How do I know all of this, you ask?  I don’t, I made it up.  Yay imagination!

An excerpt:  “…Yet our way is the older way.  The blood of the First Men still flows in the veins of the Starks, and we hold to the belief that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.  If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words.  And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”

TEDxManitoba – An Adventure was had indeed

Quick post today followed by a longer one this weekend. I was lucky enough to attend the TEDxManitoba talks yesterday and be blown away.  The theme was Adventure and the day and talks certainly lived up to it. Why is it that I keep forgetting we have amazing, giving, creative, genius and inspiring people here in Winnipeg?  Why do we Winnipeggers not know more about what is happening in our own city?  There is some awesome stuff going on here.  We Winnipeggers often love to hate our city (and secretly love it in the same breath) but not being aware of the awesome people living and creating in this city – well that seems a travesty! I will never forget this again though. I have a lot of notes to go through, a lot of thoughts to digest and process.  My brain and soul are wonderfully exhausted after this adventure but I can’t wait to share with you the ideas that were shared with me. Long live creativity and passion!

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Infographic Saturday (Or, some infographics on books ’cause I got nothing else to post today)

Happy Saturday!  It’s time to share some visual goodness.

Conflict in Literature by Grant Snider

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Amazing Facts on Writing and How it Affects Our Brain (via BestInfographics.com)

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The Aroma of Books (via Daily Mail)

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