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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Why Bleed Art?

Why Bleed Art that is the question?

As I check out their site the name says it all. Bleed Art is a place where creators and artist converge to turn idea into reality.

Many of us have great ideas. It may be a campaign for a cause, a new product, a new restaurant, or a new service. An idea should be said in an image that says it all. Something that an ordinary person can associate such service, product or cause. That is where artist come in. Graphic artist/designers have the talent to create great logos or image but they don't have all the ideas that will be embodied in their work thus the word "bleed" that means to force out the idea and make it a reality is use.

Bleed Art is a place where ideas and talent meet. You can check their site and read their policy. There are some works that are free where you can recreate and remodel base on your idea. Or better yet contact them and discuss your ideas and they will work with you to materialize your idea.

For graphic artist who have a portfolio of creation, you can sign up and have your works be seen and be put for sale. Just go to their sell your art tab and sign up.

To learn more about Bleed Art you can drop then an email, click here to send one now.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Not knowing what to do


This post is a free writing one, please bear with me.

I only have  about 3 more weeks here in Guam, because my Visa expires on the 26 of this month and no word yet from the lawyer processing my application for extension. Before I came here the plan I had was only for three years to help my brother-in-law in his business in regards to accounting matters. But since working here I have to do other things since it is just a small business.

Right now I don't know where or what will I do. I have not yet prepared for such, it seems that I found myself lost. I am already 29 and what job opportunities are there yet in the Philippines that will employ me. I dreamed of establishing my accounting practice back in the Philippines but there are so many requirements to be attained first, also I planned to operate a franchise but it seems that I lack experience in that area, or maybe earn through online marketing but until now I have not yet found the secret to really earn by it.

So many things that I wanted to do but I find no time to do it. I don't want to be employed by the age of 40, I wanted to be the boss of my own empire by that age....and my dream is to have alot more free time to help in charitable and civic programs. 

I believed I am financially free but the idea of not possibly having a means of living for some time makes me re-think my position. How will I face this dilemma again? 

I still believe in the power of desire and yet doubt runs me over.

What I desire I can make into reality, what I focus on and work on is achievable but what do I desire?what do I really wanted in life? Am I one of the person of this world who have always been lost?

Where will I go? So much to take of, so many to fix, and no time to prepare.

 Help me God, open my mind and lead me.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Nuffnang earnigs!

I am also using Nuffnang, a Malaysian company that is like Adsense, but has forgotten it already due to the no earnings activity from it. It is the same as Adsense but they require that visitors are from the Asia-Pacific including Australia. Also they don't allow competing ad company.

So just today I was happy to learn that I earned Php 25 something from Nuffnung through my Louis Vuitton Bag Search blog. I was reminded that I got about Php 1,975.00 more to go till I got my payment from running their ad campaigns. Well not bad if I got that earnings in I think 9 months than from Adsense which is about 1.5 years. But what is really needed to drive traffic specially from the Asia-Pacific region?

Any ideas guys, your welcome to share here by leaving comments. Probably you can tell us your secret keywords or your secret topics. Nuffnangers out there hope you can add some knowledge to better increase traffic and page visits.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence piano solo by Ryuichi Sakamoto

Here is Ryuichi Sakamoto's solo performance of the music Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - sung by Utada Hikaru and music by Ryuichi Sakamoto

As I searched Youtube for new videos of Ryuichi Sakamoto I stumbled at Utada Hikaru's rendition and some sort of remix of the song Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Discovering Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician, composer, record producer and actor, based in New York and Tokyo. He played keyboards in the influential Japanese electropop  band Yellow Magic Orchestra. His 1999 musical composition "Energy Flow" is the first number-one instrumental  single in Japan's Oricon charts history.

Sakamoto attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he earned a B.A. in music composition and an M.A. with special emphasis on both electronic and ethnic music.

After working as a session musician, he formed the internationally successful synthpop trio Yellow Magic Orchestra, with Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi.

Sakamoto released his first solo album, The Thousand Knives of Ryūichi Sakamoto, in 1978. The album includes the songs "Thousand Knives" and "The End of Asia."

Following the disbanding of Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sakamoto released a number of solo albums in the 1980s. While primarily focused on the piano and synthesizer, this series of albums boasted a roster of collaborators that included David Sylvian, David Byrne, Thomas Dolby, Nam June Paik, and Iggy Pop, among others. Sakamoto would alternate between exploring a variety of musical styles, ideas, and genres — captured most notably in his groundbreaking 1983 album Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia — and focusing on a specific subject or theme, such as the Italian Futurism movement in Futurista (1986). At times, Sakamoto would also present varying interpretations of technology's intersection with music: He would present some pieces, such as "Replica," with Kraftwerkian rigidity and order, while he would infuse humanity and humor into others — "Broadway Boogie Woogie," for example, liberally lifts samples from Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner and pairs them with a raucous, sax-driven techno-pop backdrop.

As his solo career began to extend outside Japan in the late 1980s, Sakamoto's explorations, influences, and collaborators followed suit. Beauty (1989) boasted a tracklist that combined pop and traditional Japanese and Okinawan songs, yet featured guest appearances by Jill Jones, Brian Wilson, and Robbie Robertson. Heartbeat (1991) and Sweet Revenge (1994), meanwhile, looked to international horizons and worked with a global range of artists such as Dee Dee Brave, Marco Prince, Arto Lindsay, Youssou N'Dour, David Sylvian, and Ingrid Chavez. 1996 saw the appearance of two notable albums: Smoochy, which fused pop and electronica with bossa nova and other South American forms, and 1996, which featured a number of previously released pieces arranged for solo piano, accompanied with violin and cello.

Following 1996, Sakamoto simultaneously delved into the classical and "post-techno" genres with Discord (1998), an hour-long orchestral work in four parts. Here he evoked the melodic qualities of his film score work, imbued with the influence of 20th century classical composers and spoken word. The Sony Classical release also featured an interactive CD-ROM component and website that complemented the work. Shortly thereafter, the Ninja Tune record label released a series of remixes of various sections, produced by a number of prominent electronica artists, including Amon Tobin, Talvin Singh and DJ Spooky.

The next album, BTTB (1998) — an acronym for "Back to the Basics" — was a fairly opaque reaction to the prior year's multilayered, lushly orchestrated Discord. The album comprised a series of original pieces on solo piano, including "Energy Flow" (a major hit in Japan) and a frenetic, four-hand arrangement of the Yellow Magic Orchestra classic "Tong Poo." On the BTTB U.S. tour, he opened the show performing a brief avant-garde DJ set under the stage name DJ Lovegroove.

1999 saw the long-awaited release of Sakamoto's "opera" LIFE. It premiered with seven sold-out performances in Tokyo and Osaka. This ambitious multi-genre multi-media project featured contributions by over 100 performers, including Pina Bausch, Bernardo Bertolucci, Josep Carreras, His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Salman Rushdie.

Sakamoto later teamed with cellist Jaques Morelenbaum (a member of his 1996 trio), and Morelenbaum's wife, Paula, on a pair of albums celebrating the work of bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim. They recorded their first album, Casa (2001), mostly in Jobim's home studio in Rio de Janeiro, with Sakamoto performing on the late Jobim's grand piano. The album was well received, having been included in the list of New York Times's top albums of 2002.

Recently, Sakamoto collaborated with Alva Noto (an alias of Carsten Nicolai) to release Vrioon, an album of Sakamoto's piano clusters treated by Nicolai's unique style of digital manipulation, involving the creation of "micro-loops" and minimal percussion. The two produced this work by passing the pieces back and forth until both were satisfied with the result. This debut, released on German label Raster-Noton, was voted record of the year 2004 in the electronica category by British magazine The Wire. They later released Insen (2005) — while produced in a similar manner to Vrioon, this album is somewhat more restrained and minimalist.

Meanwhile, Sakamoto continues to craft music to suit any context: In 2005, Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia hired Sakamoto to compose ring and alert tones for their high-end phone, the Nokia 8800. A recent reunion with YMO pals Hosono and Takahashi also caused a stir in the Japanese press. They released a single "Rescue" in 2007 and a DVD "HAS/YMO" in 2008.

Sakamoto's latest album, Out Of Noise, was released on March 4, 2009 in Japan.

In July 2009 Sakamoto was honored as Officier of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at the French Embassy in Tokyo.
[edit] Film composer and actor

Moviegoers may recognize Sakamoto primarily through his score work on two films: Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), including the duet "Forbidden Colours" with David Sylvian, and Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987), the latter of which earned him the Academy Award with fellow composers David Byrne and Cong Su. In that same year he composed the score to the cult-classic anime: Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise.

Frequent collaborator David Sylvian contributed lead vocals to "Forbidden Colours" - the main theme to Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - which became a minor hit. Sixteen years later, the piece resurfaced as a popular dance track called "Heart of Asia" (by the group Watergate).

Other films scored by Sakamoto include Pedro Almodóvar's Tacones lejanos (1992); Bertolucci's The Little Buddha (1993); Oliver Stone's Wild Palms (1993); John Maybury's Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998); Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes (1998) and Femme Fatale (2002), and Oshima's Gohatto (1999). He also composed the score of the opening ceremony for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, telecast live to an audience of over a billion viewers.

Several tracks from Sakamoto's earlier solo albums have also appeared in film soundtracks. In particular, variations of "Chinsagu No Hana" (from Beauty) and "Bibo No Aozora" (from 1996) provide the poignant closing pieces for Sue Brooks's Japanese Story (2003) and Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel (2006), respectively.

Sakamoto has also acted in several films: perhaps his most notable performance was as the conflicted Captain Yonoi in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, alongside Takeshi Kitano and British rock singer David Bowie. He also played small roles in The Last Emperor and Madonna's "Rain" music video. He is featured extensively as an interview subject, alongside fellow Y.M.O. band-mate Yukihiro Takahashi, in the 2009 documentary film about lyricist and collaborator Chris Mosdell entitled Ink Music: In the Land of the Hundred-Tongued Lyricist. The film's soundtrack also features several of Sakamoto's Y.M.O. songs, as well as some of his solo material.

His music is so nice. The instrumentals are so nice to listen to. 

Its a different style, its a soft instrumental electronic pop type.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Music Therapy


Our present life is inflicted with so many distractions.

The moment we wake up and our goal is to start it right but our bodies just dont cooperate. We end up lying down telling oursleves five more minutes. Five becomes ten and in no time we will be rushing to catch 
our bus or dodge traffic. Along the way we grab any food we can take hold to in the refrigerator or buy something on the way to work. Upon coming to work we are ask to do this and that and end up scratching our heads. Then the body starts to react. Probably an ache in the stomach for not eatoing healthy or mayber body pains due to lack of sleep and strecth muscles cause by your day to day grind.

Stress comes knocking at your doorsteps. The questionnow is how do you unstress?

My personal way is through music therapy. Some would say "karaoke" but I that doesnt really take out stress. Probably temporary. Listening to soothing music calms not only te body but the soul as well. Sometimes strange that it may seem rock music calls you. Some will even be more surprise if foreign language will calm you, I listen to Utada Hikaru and I like it even though I dont understand a single Nippongo word.

Music has that effect becuase of the waves. The waves in a way blend with your body's own waves and at some point a level will exactly make the right mix in the body, mind, and soul. Creating that unstressing effect.

Music sometimes brings back memories. That is why we play "We are the champions" every after a basketball championship to have that victorios feeling. We play music to empower ourselves. When we hear a music with good rythym, we start to move our body and dance. Times music puts us in a trance that makes us separate that aching feeling in the body and in due time fix itself.

So have that music time. Most of us have our Ipod or MP3 player in your mobile phone. Unstress.

Sit down and listen.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Apple's Iphone VS. Google's Android

Apple recently announced its new generation of iPhone. Steve Jobs presented the new iPhone using its latest apps that enables video-conferencing. Also the new iPhone has clearer screen and thinner body as compared to the last version.

Just a while ago I got an email update from Lifehacker comparing iPhone to Android. Check below list for the comparison:

A friend of mine, Toni-Jon Keith, mentioned in his last tweet that android is better than iPhone. I guess probably it all boils down to the user. If you are an Apple fan you would be raving about the latest iPhone but if not probably Android would be your best bet against the iPhone.

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Monday, May 31, 2010

For all incoming nursing students in Guam it is wiser to buy your supplies before the school year starts

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Perry Ellis pants I found in Tamuning, Guam

I was out one Saturday shopping for a pair of pants in Ross here in Guam at the Guam Premier Outlet in Tamuning. The usual brand I know are always there but there is this name that is alien to me, Perry Ellis.

I am not that brand conscious. I would rather buy something that fits me well and that with a great fabric. I always touch the fabric and feel its texture and and if allows my skin to breathe. I got my size and look for another one and both tried them. I ended up buying both. I know this brand is not cheap. I was fortunate to see one available at Ross. 

You might wonder why is Louis blogging about pants? I think clothing is one of the tools we use today not to cover our skins but a way of telling the world who we are. Some people buy expensive things thinking it will make them look expensive. Thus the tiangge and surplus shops are booming business because it has been a mentality to  that wearing branded clothing will bring you places. In reality forcing oneself to such social strata by mimicking those that are on that group only lowers ones true self. In a way your measure of success is unclear and it has been your neighbor's standard that becomes your metric.

Success is not define by standards of an elite group of people rather success comes when you are satisfied with what one has set for himself. I did not buy those Perry Ellis jeans because I want to be one of those Perry Ellis collector but I bought it because it feels good when I wear it. I am satisfied. 

A lot of people now a days are shopaholic and impulsive buyers. Do you have any ideas or thoughts on how to tame the green envy?

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