Archive for December, 2013

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What an amazing thing it was to see that these 2 fantastic fellow bloggers Share With Us@ Clouds n Cups & You’re Just A Dumbass  &  No Nonsense with Nuwan Sen had nominated my blog for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award! They are both very talented and kind women. It’s been a true honor and pleasure reading their posts and having them be dedicated visitors here.

The rules for this award are simple:

  1. Select another blog(s) who deserve the award;
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award;
  3. Include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award and provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

**ALSO if you receive this award from me don’t feel pressured to do these steps, but rather just enjoy the recognition :)**

In no particular order here are my nominees:


This is awesome! I love seeing technology being used for something as wonderful and useful as this. The billboard shown in this video is real and is Located in Lima, Peru. It literally creates water out of thin air by using a filtration system to convert humidity into 100s of gallons of life sustaining water.

Lisa Esherick and Her Casino-Themed Paintings


Most casino art present today are in the form of photographs, and more often than not, these works of art portray only the aesthetics and architecture featured in casinos. Rarely do we find one that focuses on the existing dynamic inside these establishments. But one artist is bound to change all that.

To this day, thousands of painters have lived but only a few influenced the art scene. Picasso’s unusual representation of subjects in three-dimensional form brought cubism and inspired a generation of abstract art. Georges-Pierre Seurat’s pointillism technique is now regarded as among the most influential impressionist techniques among artists. But more than technique and style, art too is a tool of expression. In a male dominated casino industry, one woman took a gamble and found her lucky break in painting subjects found in casinos—Lisa Esherick.

Esherick may not be of the same stature as Seurat and Picasso, but she holds respectable status among her peers from the art community. So what makes her casino art special? For the Berkeley artist, the expressive nature of art is the difference maker.

“In working with the figure itself, I want to create a range of possibilities for expressive interaction that speaks of the human condition in our contemporary world. Painting is my way of articulating intangible feelings about ways of relating to the world,” says Esherick’s profile in Art Slant.


The artist has already experimented with several other topics other than gambling. She has painted a diverse set of scenarios ranging from day-to-day traffic to beach landscapes. However, it was the gambling industry that put her in the spotlight.

“Gambling didn’t grab a hold of her, but gambling art occupied the next seven years of her life, taking her to Las Vegas and then overseas to Germany and Russia, where she spent considerable time at the roulette tables,” says a report by Inside Bay Area.

Casinos are always open for business, and with the dynamic nature of casino games, it was no surprise that Escherick took fancy of the place. Unfortunately, land-based casinos are competing with the rise of online portals. Casinos and art enjoy a mutual relationship as both try to embrace art and casinos as one. This is because the developers of casino games have begun to see how important visuals are to the success of their games, and they’ve begun employing a variety of art styles in their offerings. From the unmistakably adorable cartoon art of the Pigs Party and Happy Mushroom games on Bubble Bonus Bingo to the realistic renditions of “Grease” and “Titanic”, slot developers are quick to rely on different styles of art to draw crowds in.Meanwhile, Esherick’s art motivates artists to portray casinos in a different light. As we find a decreasing number of casino patrons, Esherick and several other artists attempt to immortalize casinos on canvas.



It’s taken me sometime to understand this principle, let alone practice it. I hope you take the time to read this because I believe you too will be empowered by it.

There are times when I find myself just plan dang miserably angry at a person, a situation or just life in general. Then I pause and ask myself am I really changing anything by being this way? I’m serious, think about it for a second. As you sit there just full of anger and sourness, whatever it is you are mad at feels none of that and may be right as rain. You literally are drinking poison and thinking the other person or situation will be effected by it. Your emotions have no direct impact on either, so on top of the anger you are feeling….you are adding this toxic element also.

I’ll give you a personal example that just happened to me last night. I was angry at the way a girl had been treating me, so I was stewing over it sleeplessly in my bed. Once I became aware of what I was doing I asked myself is my current state even effecting the person I’m angry at or am I just reaping it’s horrible effects And that’s when I decided not to let them nor anger, hurt or control me. So either let your anger be known or just let it go all together because it is a poison that is hurting and effecting you more than you know, GET IT OUT….LET IT GO. I try to live by another motto also, “If you can’t control it, don’t let it control you”.

hopeI saw this last night and had to share it. This is such an empowering way to look at the trails and pain that we go through. Having this train of thought allows us to tap into one of the most powerful sources of strength that we have access to…HOPE. Hope in my opinion is one of the most important tools that we have to turn our dreams and aspirations into reality. Our dreams are the seed and hope is the water. I know what hope has allowed me to accomplish to this point, and I plan on fueling my tank with it’s bottomless reservoir till the end. So next time you feel the weight of your struggles pulling at you, stay hopeful that it will soon release you and send you flying towards greatness.