Magical Fan Art

 

Magic Push

Orlando Magic Fan Art

These NBA playoffs have been very entertaining; with Kobe, LeBron, Carmelo, Wade, Howard – they have really shown why the NBA is the jealous pretty girl that the NHL envies. Even though the NBA and advertisers alike would have preferred to see a Kobe vs LeBron matchup, Dwight Howard and the Magic have provided some exciting games – with most games being decided in overtime by a handful of points. So why not give some light to the underdogs? Hopefully, they will find their way to the basket and stretch this series to 7 and beat Kobe (you can tell I am biased … somewhat).


By K1Illuminati


By Da Kid GFX


By Grphxz


By OKM


By n4s-gfx

Go Magic!

.:: LiBM ::.

Great CD Artwork

CD’s tangibility

Great CD artwork

The Audio CD will soon be replaced by digital downloads (iTunes, Napster) or by credit card sized items that act as a prepaid phone card; go online, scratch the back of the card, and download the album to your digital music player of choice. These steps are inevitable as the Internet age has made the physical CD obsolete as the medium’s message has changed, digitally speaking – the audio digital music device is the message (iPod, Zune), no longer the CD. One thing that will be missed from the tangible feeling of CD’s is the album artwork – which in the past few years have made a resurgence as record labels look frantically for ways to hold onto the traditional model. I am sure we all can recall a time when one of the best part of buying a CD was ripping the plastic, and opening the album artwork to see the credit, the pictures, lyrics, etc. That was a personal feeling and connection between the purchaser and the artist; which gave the CD far more relevance than the audio on the optical disk could ever have. Enough about that, here are some classic album artwork, all the way from the vinyl to the plastic:

Michael Jackson – Dangerous
Michael Jackson - Dangerous

Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist

Kool & the Gang – Still Cool

Radiohead – Hail to the Thief

Van Halen – 1984

Kanye West – Graduation

I will miss this aspect of the music experience – as the last CD I recall buying was Kanye’s Graduation … even thought the iPod’s Cover Flow is cool, it just can’t ‘touch’ the affect of a physical CD.

.:: LiBM ::.

Bring me to the moment

Designed by CompleJo

Bring me THERE!

The art of storytelling …

Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images, and sounds often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture and in every land as a means of entertainment, education, preservation of culture and in order to instill moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot and characters, as well as the narrative point of view. Whether it is conversating with friends, meeting new people, or performing in front of crowds – the ability to tell a story is crucial in engaging people. The storyteller must be able to literally bring the audience to their childhood when they got beaten from their parents, or bring the audience to their night of first love, or the day when tragedy struck – storytellers must be able to paint all the conditions so that the audience sees the same picture. The ‘brushes’ one can use varies and there are several techniques from OldFashionedLiving.com that are relevant today more than ever:

1. Paint images with your words by describing things using words related to the five senses. “The day that my grandmother died the world looked like a barren place to me. Everything looked brown and vacant.”

2. Use concrete words from the physical world when speaking, even when talking about invisible things. For example, an audience would be more touched by the very real image of ‘crying’ than the more abstract words ‘mourn’ or ‘grieve.’ “I cried on and off for several months after my grandfather passed away’ versus, “I mourned and grieved for four months when my grandfather passed away.”

3. Create suspense by starting out with a provocative sentence or a provocative question. Finish up by delivering the resolution to your original provocative question. For instance, “Do you know what the one thing is that all women hate? Years ago, I met a female police officer who… And that’s how I learned that the one thing that all women hate is….”

4. Use words that ‘sing.’ This would include words that inspire, words that imitate a sound, words that paint a beautiful picture, etc. Become an investigator on the prowl to find more words that have this kind of effect. Examples: sanctuary, crescendo, seaside, etc.

5. Tell stories when extra emphasis is needed. Your listeners will remember the story long after they remember anything else that you may have shared.

6. Use scenes from movies to drive home a point that you are trying to make. For example, you could say, “When she found out how much credit card debt I am in, I felt like the Wizard of Oz when they pulled back the curtain and revealed the little old man.”

7. Take note of which anecdotes have a powerful impact on others. Reuse these anecdotes whenever possible. This type of anecdote will either move an audience to tears or move listeners enough to make them talk about the anecdote later on with you. Why keep a valuable tool in a drawer?

8. Limit the use of personal anecdotes when making a public presentation. If you use more than three or four stories about your own life, your listeners may feel that you are taking more (their time, attention, etc.) from them than you are giving to them.

9. Tell stories about the cute things that your children and animals have done recently. These anecdotes will brighten up your listeners’ day and warm their hearts!

10. Practice your storytelling skills on a daily basis. People will feel nurtured, entertained, and supported by your effort to become a good storyteller.

Overall, the great storytellers are able to give the audience a relatable experience, inasmuch so that the audience lives, briefly however, vicariously through your words – so that they (the audience member) can continue the oral tradition …

.:: LiBM ::.

Abstracted Fear


Designed by dholl

Priming Fear

How we interpret ‘fear’

Fear is an emotional response to threats and danger. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of pain. Fear can be described with different terms in relation to the degree of fear that is experienced. It varies from mild caution to extreme phobia and paranoia. Fear is related to a number of additional cognitive and emotional states including worry, anxiety, terror, horror, panic, and dread. As an individual emotional state, fear can affect the unconscious mind, where it can become manifested in the form of nightmares. Fear may also be experienced within a larger group or social network. In this way, personal fears are compounded by social influence to become mass hysteria – exactly what the media does. So I thought it would be fitting to show some several emotions and feelings that produce fear and how the media uses these tactics to deliver news:

Loneliness

by lonelypierot

Life seems to be about connections and relationships with family, friends, co-workers, lovers. The media does a good job of promoting this basic human ‘need’ of ‘not being lonely’ – with relationship studies, tips, and tricks.

Aggression

by Uribaani

Always makes for a good news stories; news channels love showing protestors clashing with police, protestors getting arrested, throwing rocks – makes the protestors seem like the only way they can vent their frustration is through angry methods.

Uncertainty

by Silvair

Lou Dobbs is classic for this, he will say something like “China just increase their defense budget by X amount of dollars”, and then questions their motive for doing such – creating uncertainty in the mind of the viewer of what China may be planning to do. When news channels report stories that seem to be very vague, they are almost doing it so the viewer can piece together the ‘implied correlation’, they create casual dots that force the viewer to draw the connections.

Conspiracy

by b0nkers
News channels always love a good conspiracy story because it allows the viewers imagination to run wild. Imagine, just saying “talks were held between government officials from Iran and North Korea”, the automatic response thought turns to negative thoughts of weapons of mass destruction – when it could be trade.

Only through education, enlightenment, and empowerment can we see through the ‘fear’ and face reality.

.:: LiBM ::.

tan(008) – Medicine Toast with the Green

Hyrbrid Parking, burning toasters, self-realization

Sorry to go on a tangent but …. and I don’t spot the danger in the pic above

Green Parking Spaces

There are some grocery stores that have taken upon themselves to push the idea that certain parking spots will be reserved for ‘green cars'; specifically hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius. I guess this kind of hurts as I recently had a Toyota Prius, lost it in an accident, but now I have a Diesel vehicle – which is not a hybrid, but burns the diesel fuel cleanly. My gripe with this policy may be biased; especially since I did not have a chance to utilize the ‘luxury’ of a shorter walk to the grocery stores. I wonder what would happened if anyone parked a non-hybrid vehicle in those spots – what is the worse that could happen? Its not like these spots hold the same weight as disabled parking spots – as you can actually get a real, expensive ticket for illegally parking there. I will test out the theory.

 

Toasters

I’m not a really big fan of toasters and/or toast foods, but when I do use a toaster, I feel I encounter the same problem repeatedly – I always end up burning my fingers trying to grab out the bread OR I have to use a knife to pull the bread out of the toaster. Can’t they design the toaster in a way where we won’t have to dig too deep to try to pull out the bread? Or make some adjustable handles so that the sides of the toaster can easily open up? Its asinine that I have almost burned my hand three times in the past week just for trying to pull out some bread, SMH.

 

Good Medicine

First, sorry for the bad picture.  But anyways, I love it when people reach a state of realization of something that they complained about you, but they themselves are now exhibiting that same behavior that made them so mad and vocal (i.e. like when your girl hates on you for being sarcastic, but yet she does the same thing). They get real quiet, like the opposite of a barbershop, like what happens when a minority steps into a room and is the minority – a heightened sense of self-awareness. All that you complained about, griped, moaned, about someone’s behavior is not so foreign anymore – it now feels like a natural reaction to natural events. Any lack of comprehension is now clarified like a crisp clear day – and it only took a dip in the ocean to understand, as the best medicine to understand something probably needs experience. Rhetoric is nothing and I guess can not be fully understood by most without some practical experience. I am sure we have all been in this experience as either the recipient of the realization or the viewer – either way, its not good to ‘revel’ in the feeling, but keep it as a wild card, to pull out when that same individual wants to return to primitive ways.

.:: LiBM ::.

Funky Phresh Vinyl Toys: Dunny UK Series

The Dunny UK Series

These vinyl toys by KidRobot are like 6 – 10 pounds in price each, and are some of the most creative-disturbing-cute vinyl toys that you will ever see. I don’t know at what age you would introduce these to your kids, or if the logic is to be an adult, and buy them for interior decoration, but either way – they will definitely set you apart from the pack whether it is at the monkey bars at the playground, or in the overpriced high-maintenance condo.

You can check out more and buy at: FuturePlastik.co.uk … those UK boys are always ‘out there’ with the culture and art, lol.

.:: LiBM ::.

A model is to an example as

Sports Role Models

The sports athelete is a tough job; especially if you are very good at what you do. With success, more money and more responsibilites come with the territory as money is tied to image, image is tied to sponsorship contracts, and public perception is easily sculpted from one’s glorified actions. Even more importantly though is how youth see’s sports figures – because it is the youth that idolizes these stars and will mimick their behavior. Thus, it is advantageous for these athletes to be socially responsible so that they become a role model as opposed to an ‘example of’. Role models are positive, are a good pattern to model youth’s behavior after (on & off the court/field); in contrast, an ‘example of’ character is one whose on & off the court behavior is frowned upon in society, and these individuals are usually known as the ‘bad boys’ and have run-ins with local and federal law enforcement (Vick!). Enough preamble, let’s get into it:

 

A model is to an example as …

Jerry Rice is to Michael Vick


Designed by: Mike Walchuk


Designed by: Sapoman

We all know the story of Michael Vick’s foolishness …


Michael Jordan is to Charles Barkley


Designed by: austin671


Designed by: evolutionsky

Probably not a pic from, but this must be the press conference where he explained that he had the get the killer brain from the girl in Phoenix …


Emmitt Smith is to Terrell Owens
Designed by: dzmond


Designed by: kelmo


Muhammad Ali is to Mike Tyson


Designed by: el-douglas


Designed by: ucarts

Mike Tyson has went from being a ruthless boxer to now showing some warmth, his latest movie I hear is actually pretty good.
.:: LiBM ::.