10 Steps To Fold an Origami Crane

Here is a quick post on how to fold an Origami Crane in 10 steps.

The word ‘Origami’ comes from 2 Japanese words. “Ori” refers to the meaning of “to fold” and “kami” means “paper”.

In Japan, it is believed the crane could live to a thousand years. Making this flying creature as mysterious as a cat having nine lives.

And the symbolism of paper crane is longevity and fortune. Another meaning to it is “birds of happiness”.

This is more of an Asian custom of believe for Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

Generally, to word it simpler and relatable to the Western culture would be Good Vibes.

How to fold Origami Crane
How to fold Origami Crane
Origami crane 1
Origami crane 1
Origami crane 2
Origami crane 2

Twitter Gets its New Look on April Fool’s Day

It’s April Fool’s day. This morning, I login to my Twitter account and discovered the brand new interface. User account and followers profile page are almost completely revamped.

After all this years on twitter with single column post, I wasn’t getting used to Twitter new look, especially, this happened on April Fool’s Day.

My immediate response was like “is this for real?(!), you must be joking!”.

It took me quite a while to finally realized I’m already using the new look.

The main columns of tweets has been presented in grid formats. On top of that format, it also featured with larger font’s size, which I think it might be a plus point for Twitter users with long sighted problems, and it does grab more attention for those perfect eyesight.

The retweet and reply remain the same. The profile description is shifted to the left columns, just above the photos gallery box and below your profile photo.

What has caught me with most interest is that, together with profile description, your joined date is also displayed therein. Perhaps, by popular demand to display the essentials and establishment date.

In general, every published post is viewed in grids, ranging from long banner type to square grids. Post with photos and youtube videos get the maximum space for much better attention.

The latter might have closely related to Billboard Twitter Real-Time Chart, which recently described in Twitter’s blog as

“…the new industry standard for tracking and surfacing the conversation around music as it happens.”

It simply signaling to users theses particular type of post gets priority on post ranking.

And the new look is quite like in the way of 3-columns format for account user interface, and 4-columns format for your follower’s profile page.

Below sharing screenshot of Twitter new look from User Account page.

Columns to show Following of Twitter user
Columns to show Following of Twitter user
Twitter Follower Profile, New Look, @Susanjmccann
Twitter Follower Profile, New Look, @Susanjmccann
Image Post of frame size 4x3
Image Post of frame size 4×3
Twitter New Look, Photo Post Maximized
Twitter New Look, Photo Post Maximized
Twitter New Profile Look, Front Page
Twitter New Profile Look, Front Page
Sharing Twitter Post with Bigger Fonts iin Grids
Sharing Twitter Post with Bigger Fonts iin Grids

William Morris, Evolution of Design in Commercial Industry

William Morris (1834 – 1896) was an artist, designer, printer, typographer, bookbinder, craftsman, poet, writer and champion of socialist ideals. Above all, he was also a leading member of Art and Crafts Movement.

William Morris‘ idealistic approach by mean of art design had greatly contributed on the relation of art appreciation with commercial industry. Both aspects are to be closely related.

By applying fine visual aestheticism to production of commercial design has, thus, become the key stage in evolution of design as we know today.

Design goes from decorative stained glass to commercial textile, and impressive wallpaper to ornamental border for press materials.

Below sharing his fine collection of print fabric and wallpapers.

Almost all the designs we use for surface decoration, wallpapers, textiles, and the like, I design myself. I have had to learn the theory and to some extent the practice of weaving, dyeing and textile printing: all of which I must admit has given me and still gives me a great deal of enjoyment. – William Morris (1834 – 1896)

Acanthus embroidered panel, designed Morris, 1890
Acanthus embroidered panel, designed Morris, 1890
Snakeshead printed textile, 1876
Snakeshead printed textile, 1876
Tulip and Willow, 1873, William Morris
Tulip and Willow, 1873, William Morris
Wallpaper - Hyacinth, pattern #480 - 1915-17, William Morris
Wallpaper – Hyacinth, pattern #480 – 1915-17, William Morris
Design for Windrush printed textile, 1881–83
Design for Windrush printed textile, 1881–83

You Should Date a Girl Who Reads, Rosemarie Urquico

An all-time favorites and probably the longest English quote by Rosemarie Urquico. Entitled “You Should Date a Girl Who Reads“.

Estimated to about 700 words apiece. Describing an anonymous character of a girl who read. Almost 99.9% of the quote sentences stressing on the wholesome goodness of a girl who read.

Nothing else.

Typically, a bookworm doing nothing more than to read, read, read, and read. And read.

The beauty of this girl is her literacy for books.

Interestingly, author adds on to advocate and encourage readers, supposedly the boys, to know more about this girl by means of “Buy her another cup of coffee.”, and “It’s easy to date a girl who reads.

The sense of humor comes at the very last line of this quote has totally bi-polarized the entire subject-matter.

It says “Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

Not in a contradicting manner, however, looking it as a super-improvised of how author wanting readers to act spontaneously after reading the lenghty quote.

I have to say I enjoy reading this quote. Simply makes me smile. But also slightly unfavorable for not mentioning today’s new-age girls.

James Joyce’s Ulysses and author Murakami were mentioned in this quote. Both, the former has been my favorites too.

Maybe, this quote was written in 10 years ago. Not sure. No source found who is Rosemarie Urquico. From The Philippines or a Spaniard? Unknown. Unfounded.

Nowadays, I hardly find girls who sit on cafe with folks who read old newspaper of yesterday’s news.

These days, girls love pubs and clubs with glamorous high heels, looking sophisticated with their electronics gadgets. To see and to be seen. Music club, not book club with Amazon Kindle.

Just like… A happy slender damselfly loves the shallow water ponds, hither and thither, she flies. Yet, unaware of stealthy pike fish basking near the surface will open his bestial jaws and gobble up in a single snap.

With social media such as Facebook, being so addictive, the new generation girls would probably choose to stay online with handheld devices and Candy-Crush-Saga.

Girls sleep with their handheld device too. Placing it next to their puffy pillow.

How would one be disciplined by holding a book, read, coffee, and be gadget-less?

I really like the quote. Worth the read for a mesmerizing quote.

Read it with a lighted heart.

Or better yet, date a boy who blogs.”

No Attribution. From Morguefile.com

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
― Rosemarie Urquico

Consolidation of Favorite Quotes. Installation Three

Consolidation of my favorite quotes. Installation Three. The last of grouping those older posts.

  1. “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” –  Salvador Dalí salvador dalí, Infinity

  2. “Blogging is about breaking down everything you know into bite-sized chunks so that people can learn it all over a period of time. If they look back through the archives, they can often see the entire breadth of your knowledge.” –  James Chartrand of Men with Pens on Copyblogger.com blog post

  3. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

  4. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – St. Augustine

  5. You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind. – Irish prover

  6. “At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.” –  Salvador Dalí

  7. I consider that the woods that make up the body (sides and back) of a guitar have very little influence on its sound since this depends more on the appropriate thicknesses selected and on the internal structure. – J. Ramirez III, “Things about the Guitar”

  8. Electric guitars are an abomination, whoever heard of an electric violin? An electric cello? Or for that matter an electric singer? – Andres Segovia

  9. “My guitar, I sing of thee ‘Tis with thee that I decoy And ensnare enchantingly the ladies I enjoy.” – Pierre de Ronsard

  10. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

Consolidation of Favorite Quotes. Installation Two

Consolidation of my favorite quotes. Installation Two.

  1. A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子

  2. “Ever climbing, ever reaching. Ever striving, ever surpassing. Ever gaining, ever accumulating. For leaders this alone are ways to attain. And so for fifty years or more they repeat the pattern until stopped by circumstances, by disillusion, or by death.”
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子 laozi, traveler

  3. “The photograph is not quite true to my own notion of my gentleness and sweetness of nature, but neither perhaps is my external appearance.”
    ~ A.E. Houseman 1859 – 1936: letter, 12 June 1922

  4. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.”
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子

  5. “Every now and then go away, have little relaxation; for when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer. To remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment. When you go some distance away, then your work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at glance, so a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.”
    ~ Leonardo da Vinci, (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519), High Renaissance Art Painter

  6. “The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.”
    ~ Lao Tzu, 老子

  7. “I don’t trust photographers. I’m now relaxed, contented 60-year-old, but look at my pictures and you see a crazy, bug-eyed serial killer.”
    ~ Richard Ingrams 1937- :in Observer 24 August 1997. On a photograph accompanying an Independent article to mark his 60th birthday

  8. “What I find interesting and wonderful about Greg’s (Smallman) )approach, is that he starts from admiring the traditonal – not knocking it, but wanting to know if it’s possible to improve it in some way. He has quite clearly done that for me. Basically, he is making the guitar a more musical instrument.”
    ~ John Williams in 1993, Classical Guitarist, Australia

  9. Picasso once said: “Good artists copy; great artists steal.”Going beyond imitation, not reinventing the wheel.

  10. “Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him.”
    ~ Samuel Butler, Dec 1835 – Jun 1902, a novelist

Consolidation of my favorite quotes. There are inspiring, timeless and motivational.

There were from my older posts, where I’m trying to list it out in 3 installations.

Making as a re-post, while those singular post will be deleted.

This blog and the rest of them are undergoing an ‘overhaul’ of categories and tags.

Refining them by narrowing into primary and secondary topics, and omitting those arbitrary and irrelevant categories.


Consolidation of Favorite Quotes. Installation One

Consolidation of my favorite quotes. Installation One.

  1. I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. – Vincent Van Gogh van gogh

  2. I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

  3. Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart. ~ Andres Segovia

  4. I know that to paint the sea really well, you need to look at it every hour of every day in the same place so that you can understand its way in that particular spot and that is why I am working on the same motifs over and over again, four or six times even. ~ Claude Monet

  5. I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.” ~ Salvador Dali

  6. It’s kind of 19th century tradition that practice should be hard work, leftover from the Victorian thing. I think this is a totally destructive idea. The essence of the thing is that the work should be enjoyable…. When people are learning instruments, they should be encouraged and advised: if they say they don’t enjoy their practice, I always say, well, FIND a way to enjoy it.
    ~ John Williams, RealVideo interview at The Guitarist web site, May 1999

  7. It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them. ~ Claude Monet

  8. Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. ~Van Gogh

Consolidation of my favorite quotes. There are inspiring, timeless and motivational.

There were from my older posts, where I’m trying to list it out in 3 installations.

Making as a re-post, while those singular post will be deleted.

This blog and the rest of them are undergoing an ‘overhaul’ of categories and tags.

Refining them by narrowing into primary and secondary topics, and omitting those arbitrary and irrelevant categories.

Random 10, Listing, Week 28

  1. It’s a social search inclusively, not a global search exclusively. Where’s Wally?
  2. What I found is only within my social friend list, how to go beyond the boundless?
  3. Let see who is watching a movie downtown? Graph search. Found none. Try again.
  4. My friend renting DVD for home theater. He called me by the phone, while we are virtually online.
  5. My Facebook only gotten beta Graph Search just 1 week before the official. Non-English language has delayed it.
  6. Here is Mumbai, when you ready, “Come & Get It”. Privacy contradict graph search.
  7. Cowards die many times before their deaths;
    The valiant never taste of death but once.”
    William Shakespeare
    Julius Caesar

  8. To ventilate a room; 1 fan blowing downward from atop, 2 fans blowing outward from the window.
  9. Black Molly is getting used of its new habitat. Feeding algae by itself. Wasted buying premium brand fish flake.
  10. English Idiom: “The devil makes work for idle hands” means boredom leads to evil activities. The moral is that one should stay busy with good activities to avoid this.

Short List. Random 10. Week 28, Graph Search

To Include Digital Art for Social Blogging

Never have I made any attempt to blog about digital art from various selective artists and designers. There are interesting creativity to learn from. The idea of including digital art into the category of topics was only recently.

Today’s technology of internet brings the world closer to each other. Hence, social networking has inextricably intertwined those creative and inspiring talents in the world wide web community.Writings

Contribution and sharing are important factors to drive social blogging. And I think that is the crux of the subject-matter encircling in all my blogs.

Months ago, I’ve written some art posts from few new artists around the world. I have published them in my self-hosted blogs.

Their artworks range from portrait paintings to photography, and abstract art to color paintings.

It’s my honorable pleasure to receive the given opportunity from those artists who entrusted my earnest contribution for them. Their positive confidence on my content-writing is, thus, the most vital step to make two hands to clap.

No talented artists want to have their reputation tarnished by some online strangers who ended up messing their original works.

In return, there are generous to share my contributed post in their social network pages and profile.

These simple gestures exchanges a friendly closure for social blogging for their artwork.

Likewise, in this blog that has been talking about social blogging, would also want to allocate future written-post for selective works of digital art illustrated by visual artists and graphic designers.

Photo images, Credit Flickr member: deathtiny42 (Brice Ambrosiak)