Creativity

I admit it, I play sims.  But I don’t just do it to waste hours of my time (which ends up happening anyways), i do it to create.  I’ll go and look up house plans on the internet and see how closely I can recreate them.  With the third installment, it’s much easier because you can customize just about everything and anything!  Anywhere from the texture of the wood grain on a window to the colour of a small patch of fur on a dog.  Some people look at the game and think if you spend hours on it, you are wasting your life and while this is sometimes the case, they don’t always see the creativity of it.  It makes me wonder if games like The Sims or Minecraft will go on to inspire people to become architects, if it hasn’t already.  Ever since I was little i enjoyed building houses and designing floor plans when all i had was a notebook and pencil.  Now that I have The Sims, I can indulge myself in seeing my ideas come to life in 3D and colour.  I watch my brother play minecraft and he has built extraordinary things.  So many people look at computers as only a bad things for kids where as I think they can do wonders for opening a child’s creative mind.  Please Note: The above image isn’t mine but borrowed from google because I haven’t taken any pictures of the houses i’ve built.  Also, obsession isn’t always good or bad.

Another tidbit on the creative aspect, the Viewbug photography competition I entered a while back just told my that one of my photos I entered, was ranked in the Top 30 most voted percentile in it’s contest during week 1 of the voting.  I was quite surprised because I didn’t think it was that amazing of a photo.  Then I watched for a little bit and saw that picture’s views jump from 22 to 54 in about twenty minutes.  Needless to say, I was shocked!  If you would like to check it out yourself here’s the link:  http://www.viewbug.com/photo/3881406

Our Society Through “Alien” Eyes

Thanks to a friend on Facebook who shared this video today, I chanced upon it in my News Feed and have found that it disgusts me. It disgusts me because of how true so much of it really is. The world constantly looks at North Korea as being the bad guys, but how much do we really know about them? We rely on media for information about the rest of the world and yet we don’t really get any from them. We only ever hear about the bad things they do because our media has deemed it as the only important thing for us to know about them. (Every story needs a good, old fashioned villain.) North America, and many other countries, have subjected themselves to the whims of media. We have allowed and encouraged it to destroy our live and the lives of the next generations, whether we have realized it or not. It has become so much a part of our lives that we can’t truly imagine our lives without it. Now I know that North Korea is not perfect, nor is it a very happy place to live, but they get judged so terribly by people who really have no idea what is going on and have instead based their opinions on what their government and media is telling them. Because we have made ourselves so vulnerable to media, North Korea can see right through us. Now I do not believe everything in this video but like it or not, it hits the nail on the head on so many points. Sadly even after watching many people will ignore the issues that are being raised and this is because they are comfortable and scared that if they really paid attention, it might take them out of their comfort zone. We have become complacent zombies. I cannot excuse myself either, for I too enjoy having the freedom to just sit on my computer for hours and not worry about anything else. I don’t want to always go out and try and change the world and be different because it seems so tiring and we are fed the idea that change must be big and drastic, if it’s going to make a difference. This of course is a lie and any deed, no matter how small, will affect our world in an incomprehensible way whether it’s realized now or in a hundred years. If we tried to completely remove media now, I think our world would probably fall apart because we wouldn’t know what to do without it. I think we need to try and change how it’s used. I’m not saying that this is The answer, but it is a start. I know it may seem like such an impossible feat now, but the longer we put it off the harder it will become. We need to have confidence in our ability as person, to bring about change. I realize that it may seems strange to use a quote from an American politician after watching the video above, but the words are good nonetheless.

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Knee Surgery

ImageLife has been a bit frustrating lately because as of two weeks and 1 day ago, I had to get knee surgery done to repair my ACL and apparently meniscus too (found during surgery). It’s been healing pretty well but I still have to be on crutches for about four more weeks. {Picture taken 5 days after} I think this has been good for me though, albeit very annoying, it showing me that I need to spend more time slowing down and enjoying the finer things in life and that I don’t have to travel to see beauty and have adventure.