Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a specialist in terminal illnesses, chemical dependents, and HIV positive patients. Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction — from drugs to power. From the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power — nothing escapes. And he risks a generic and generous prescription: “Find your nature and be nice to yourself.”
This is a great documentary about two young gymnasts in North Korea and their preparations for the Mass Games about 10 years ago. Currently I am slightly obsessed with North Korea. I have watched 6 documentaries over the past couple of days, and I feel like there is so much to learn. The more I read and watch the more I want to know. Prepare for lots of links! Until then, enjoy this, well worth the watch! The other parts can be found through related videos at the end of the video or at Youtube. I am in a state of mind where I realize how little I know about the world around me, and I just want to suck up as many influences and perspectives as possible. And the Mass Games… there are no words for how unique and amazing those performances are. Imagine being able to watch something like that with your own eyes.
This week it is mostly illustration links. I went through my old bookmarks, and I found a tons of websites I hadn’t visited in years. Half of them were dead links, one fourth seemed a bit dated, but the last 25% is still going with tons of gorgeous work. Check them out!
Check out bookofbadarguments.com. This website is new and not from my long-lost archive, but I had to include it in this post. A super neat website where you can read through the entire book of bad arguments. It will tell you how to debate in a proper way. Neat text combined with awesome illustrations. Worth a visit.
More beautiful paper crafts from essimar.blogspot.com. I have been following this blog for years. Simple and pretty, always inspirational.
Incredible paper-cuts from petercallesen.com. I don’t get how he does it. Mind-blowing detail.
Illustration work from byhanna.com. Pretty and wonderful, light and Scandinavian.
Awesome illustrations from yellena.com. I just want to draw, draw, draw when I look at her illustrations.
Super-intricate qulling-illustrations artyulia.com. God, how beautiful. No words. I wish that her website was better, because her work is awesome. Why do all the best artists have mediocre websites? I would love loved to see bigger pictures to really enjoy the intricate details.
I went to the Mori Art Center in Roppongi on Friday, and for once it was actually allowed to take pictures of part of the exhibition. This is Kusama Yayoi “Love is Calling”. Beautiful! I felt like I was walking in wonderland!
I rarely watch movies that I am really touched by anymore, but I watched this Japanese movie from 2002, Oriume, and I thought it was beautiful and I wanted to share. (Terribly sorry about the horrendous picture quality, but it was all I could find online.)
The movie is about an elderly Japanese woman who moves in with her sons family so they can take care of her, as her Alzheimer’s progresses. It shows so many different aspects of Japanese family life, how the wife works part time and is the only one taking care of the house and the family, how the husband is overworked but under-involved with his own family, how Japanese people feel that they should take care of their elders and the shame and guilt connected to sending someone off to a nursing home. The movie is everything that Japanese film can be at its best. Slow, with time to think and time to be moved. I rarely feel that Japanese actors and actresses really do a world-class job, but this movie is both well directed and shows good acting.
Unfortunately, it is not available on Netflix or Youtube or anywhere else I could find on the internet with English subtitles. I think it is possible to order the movie with English subtitles from Amazon though. The only trailer I could find was one with Korean subtitles, since the movie was released in South Korea in 2011. If you know Japanese/Korean, I think it is possible to watch the movie here on this Chinese site.
Here is the trailer for the movie, in Japanese, with Korean subtitles:
Jeg tok en gentest for noen måneder siden da jeg var i Norge, og har hatt lyst til å skrive et lite innlegg om det helt siden jeg fikk det gjort. Kanskje det ikke er så vanlig å bruke penger på å teste genene sine i Norge enda, men jeg har alltid vært kjempefasinert over hvordan vi er satt sammen og hvilken informasjon vår egen kropp har om oss selv i vår egen DNA. For bare 5 – 10 år siden kostet det mangfoldige tusen dollar å få utført en slik test, men verden går fremover, og nå betalte jeg kun 99 dollar for å få en full rapport om både opphav, avstamning og helserisiko. (Ok da. Det kostet 99 dollar pluss nesten like mye i frakt siden Norge er et ganske dyrt land når det kommer til post og sending av pakker. Men herregud – for under 200 dollar er dette nesten gitt bort.)
Det var litt vanskelig for meg å finne tid til å få tatt testen, siden dette selskapet av en eller annen grunn ikke sender pakker til Japan, så jeg måtte vente til jeg var i Norge. Det er veldig enkelt å få tatt prøven. Du spytter i en liten plasttube du får tilsendt, putter på korken slik at et serum i korken blander seg med spyttet ditt, rister i 5 sekunder og sender prøven tilbake til firmaet. Etter 5 – 8 uker ligger resultatene dine klare på nett, og det er mye informasjon å se på, både viktige og mindre viktige ting. Blant de ikke så viktige tingene, tester de blant annet om du kan lukte asparges i urin, om du kan smake bitter smak og om du har våt eller tørr ørevokstype. De tester også for hvor stor sjansen din er (i forhold til gjennomsnittsbefolkningen) for å bli overvektig, få alzheimer og hjerteproblemer og utallige andre ting. I tillegg til dette får du vite hvor i verden genene dine kommer fra, og du kan se hvor stor del av genene dine som for eksempel har europeisk, aseatisk og afriansk opphav. Jeg er i alle fall veldig fornøyd med testen jeg tok, og har masse ny og spennende informasjon om meg selv. Du kan bestille testen selv på www.23andme.com.
Long time, no see for writing about the things I love, but good links have been piling up, and here is some of the things I found on the internet lately that caught my attention:
This webpage shows all the trains in Tokyo in REAL TIME! How awesome is that. All the cute little trains are chuu-chuu-ing around Tokyo on this map. I probably stared at this for way too long trying to figure out how many different trains the Yamanote-line actually have.