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Real Stories from Toronto #2,646,875 – It’s All a Joke

“Why are you always laughing?  Sometimes I don’t even know what you’re laughing about!  Sometimes it’s just mean!”

- Didn’t you get the memo?

“What?  What memo?”

- It’s all a joke.

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The Laughing Buddha

The Laughing Buddha

One day a monk walks up to him and asks, “What is the meaning of Zen?”
Smiling as usual, he instantly swung the sack over his shoulder.
“How does one realize Zen?”  Budai then takes up his bag and continues on his way.

From Siddhartha
“…Siddhartha replies that for every true statement there is an opposite one that is also true; that language and the confines of time lead people to adhere to one fixed belief that does not account for the fullness of the truth. Because nature works in a self-sustaining cycle, every entity carries in it the potential for its opposite and so the world must always be considered complete. Siddhartha simply urges people to identify and love the world in its completeness…”

Real Stories from Toronto #3,603,002 – You Have A Choice

A 4 year old girl (let’s call her “Maria”) in a place of business was crying.  Her mother had to leave to go work.

Finally, an older family friend (let’s call her “Lisa”) took her out for a walk – they were headed to a playground about 6 blocks away.  Throughout the entire trip, the little girl was crying and wailing.  Lisa was pretty calm – she was even laughing at Maria on some occasions.  It wasn’t Maria’s misery she found amusing, but she found the wailing to be somewhat of a slapstick thing .

When they got to the entrance of the playground, Maria just stopped walking.  She wailed, “I want my mommy!”
Lisa sat in front of Maria.  She wiped her tears, “Maria.  Maria, look at me.”
Maria stops crying.
“Look: I’m sorry I can’t give you your mother right now.  And I’m really sorry that it sucks, but being with her right now is just not gonna happen.”
Maria sniffed.
“So…  You have a choice.  You can either stand here and keep crying or we can go in and make the most out of it.

I’ll be right here with you whatever you want to do.  But if you ask me: the first choice…kinda shit. Going to the playground tho…  But then again: it’s up to you.
So what’s it gonna be, kid?”

Maria stood quietly with her head down.

“Come on, Maria. I don’t read minds.”

Still nothing.

“Just point it out, girl.  You don’t gotta talk.”

Finally, Maria lifted an arm and pointed to the playground.

“Yeeeeeeaaaah!  Can I get a high five?”

Maria just kind of ignored her (with the hanging high five) and proceeded to make her way in.

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At first, Maria was hesitant on using the slides.  She needed a little encouragement.  After a few minutes though, she just kinda started making her own decisions as to where she was gonna go and what she was gonna do.
She would occasionally turn her head towards Lisa before jumping into anything as a gesture of asking her permission.  Lisa just kind of let her be.
And whenever Maria hesitated or showed a sign of fear, Lisa always assured that she’s got her back…

because Maria made a choice.

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You have a choice.
Word.

Hanna

…directed by Joe Wright (London, England, UK)

And here’s a track from the soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers (London, England)

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And their Soundcloud here

iMapp 555 Bucharest Building Projection

…by Maxin10sity (Budapest, Hungary)

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Pistolero

…by Juno Reactor (Brighton, Britain)


(no, this isn’t the official music video…I just couldn’t find this version on Soundcloud :P)

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The International Highline Meeting

… is an event that happens every for thrill-seekers.  This year it was held at Monte Piana, Italy.

…and this year, they apparently camped out on tight ropes.

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Check out the page on Design Taxi here
And read more about these sick mofos here

I tried bungee jumping once and I almost cried right before I jumped (hey at least I didn’t pussy out)…but this tho…

WANT!!!

Dragula

…by Rob Zombie (Massachusetts, USA)

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And his Facebook here

Forever Alone

…by Diplo from  Tupelo, Mississippi.  Currently based in Los Angeles, California.

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Check out his site here
And his Facebook here
And his Soundcloud here
And his  Twitter here

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show

…is an underground pop-up all-u-can-eat pancakes art show that’s been traveling around North America originating from Los Angeles, USA.
This year, it’s coming to Canada…and that includes my current city (Toronto)

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To give you an idea of how previous shows have been like, here’s a vid from the LA show:

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And yes, I’ll have some works up for the TO show.  

It’s on next week:
Friday, October 3rd @ Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide St. W.)
8PM-2AM
Check out the Facebook event page here

L3.0

…by ISART Digital (Paris, France)

FILM_FX L3.0 (2014) from ISART DIGITAL on Vimeo.

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And their Facebook here

Nike: Basketball Philippines

…with Team Gilas

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Read more about Smart Gilas here

I’ve always wanted to play ball, but the few times I attempted when I was a little girl, no one would let me in their team just ’cause I was a girl. Then there were girls who ostracized me just because I wanted to play “a man’s game.” It was pretty fuckin’ lame.
These are special times when I really miss Mike.

I’m an “adult” now and I still have a desire to play ball.

But for the meantime, I hope you enjoyed the vid as much as I did. Because despite shitty memories that I happen to have associated with it on the side, it doesn’t take away from the fact that I think this spot is pretty sick.

I need a fucking playmate.

…and I think this entry calls for a spoof ;)