Modern calligraphy – Log Protect http://logprotect.net/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 10:59:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://logprotect.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-29T151759.208-150x150.png Modern calligraphy – Log Protect http://logprotect.net/ 32 32 Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the great Buddhist masters of our time, dies at 95 https://logprotect.net/thich-nhat-hanh-one-of-the-great-buddhist-masters-of-our-time-dies-at-95/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 20:32:03 +0000 https://logprotect.net/thich-nhat-hanh-one-of-the-great-buddhist-masters-of-our-time-dies-at-95/ Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement, died today in his home country of Vietnam. He was 95 years old. Photo courtesy of Plum Village. One of the great Buddhist masters of our time, Thich Nhat Hanh died today at Tu Hieu Pagoda in Vietnam, the Buddhist temple […]]]>

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement, died today in his home country of Vietnam. He was 95 years old.

Photo courtesy of Plum Village.

One of the great Buddhist masters of our time, Thich Nhat Hanh died today at Tu Hieu Pagoda in Vietnam, the Buddhist temple where he was ordained at the age of sixteen. Following his stroke in 2014, he had expressed a desire to return to his homeland, and in October 2018 he returned to his home temple. He spent the last years of his life there surrounded by his close disciples and students.

The International Plum Village released a statement on Nhat Hanh’s passing:

The Plum Village of Committed Buddhism International Community announces that our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh passed away peacefully at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam, at 00:00 a.m. on January 22, 2022, at the age of 95. We invite our global spiritual family to take a few moments to be still, to return to our conscious breathing, as we carry Thay together in our hearts in peace and loving gratitude for all he has offered the world. More official news will be coming soon. Please sign up for email updates here: https://bit.ly/3fJx7pd

Nhat Hanh, affectionately called “Thay” by his students, has often been referred to as the “Father of Mindfulness”. In his 95 years, he has had a global impact as a teacher, author, activist and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement. His simple yet profoundly profound teachings have led countless people to a life of mindfulness, joy and peace.

Nhat Hanh suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in November 2014 and spent four and a half months in a post-stroke rehabilitation clinic at Bordeaux University Hospital. He returned to Plum Village in France, where his health made remarkable progress and he was able to enjoy being “in nature, enjoying the flowers, listening to the birds and resting at the foot of a tree”.

In 2016, two months after his 90th birthday, Nhat Hanh expressed a desire to travel to Thailand to be closer to his native Vietnam. He spent nearly two years at the Thai Plum Village. In October 2018, Thich Nhat Hanh traveled to Vietnam to spend the rest of his life at his root temple.

Nhat Hanh was born Nguyen Xuan Bao in Hue, Vietnam in October 1926. Interested in Buddhism from an early age, he entered the monastery at Tu Hieu Temple in Vietnam at the age of sixteen. There he worked with his main teacher, Zen master Thanh Quy Chan That. In 1951, Nhat Hanh was ordained a monk after receiving training in the Vietnamese traditions of Mahayana and Thien Buddhism. It was then that he was given the name Thich Nhat Hanh.

As reported by Lindsay Kyte for The lion’s roar in “The Life of Thich Nhat Hanh”, Nhat Hanh was sent for training at a Buddhist academy but was unhappy with the curriculum, wanting to study more modern subjects. He left for the University of Saigon, where he was able to study world literature, philosophy, psychology and sciences in addition to Buddhism. He then began his activist work by founding La Boi Press and Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon. He also founded the Youth School for Social Service, a neutral body of Buddhist peace workers who established schools, built health clinics, and rebuilt villages in rural areas.

Nhat Hanh accepted a scholarship to study comparative religion at Princeton University in 1960 and was later appointed a lecturer in Buddhism at Columbia University. He was fluent in English, Japanese, Chinese, Sanskrit, Pali and English.

By 1963, a US-backed military coup had overthrown Diem’s ​​regime, and Nhat Hanh returned to Vietnam to continue launching nonviolent peace efforts. He submitted a peace proposal to the United Buddhist Church (UBC), calling for a cessation of hostilities, the establishment of a Buddhist institute for the country’s leaders and the creation of a center to promote social change. non violent. The founding of the Engaged Buddhism movement was its response to the Vietnam War. Nhat Hanh’s mission was to address the suffering caused by war and injustice and to create a new strain of Buddhism that could save his country. In the formative years of the Committed Buddhism movement, Nhat Hanh met Cao Ngoc Phuong, who would later become Sister Chan Kong. She hoped to encourage activism for the poor in the Buddhist community and worked closely with Nhat Hanh to do so. She remained his closest disciple and collaborator for the rest of his life.

In 1966, Nhat Hanh returned to the United States to lead a symposium at Cornell University on Vietnamese Buddhism. There he met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and asked King to speak out against the Vietnam War. Dr. King granted the request the following year with a speech questioning America’s involvement in the war. Soon after, he nominated Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize. “I personally know no one more worthy of [the prize] than this nice monk from Vietnam. His ideas for peace, if implemented, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity,” he wrote.

In June of that year, Nhat Hanh presented a peace proposal to Washington urging the Americans to stop bombing Vietnam, stressing that he and his supporters did not favor any of the warring parties and only wanted peace. In response, Nhat Hanh was exiled from Vietnam. He was granted asylum in France, where he became chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist delegation for peace.

Nhat Hanh was the head of the Order of Interbeing, a monastic and lay group which he founded in 1966. In 1969 he also founded the Unified Buddhist Church, and later in 1975 formed the Sweet Potato Meditation Center southeast of Paris, France. As the center grew in popularity, Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong founded Plum Village, a vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Zen center in the south of France in 1982. In 1987, he founded Parallax Press in California, which publishes his writings in English. He established Deer Park Monastery in Southern California, his first monastery in America, in 2000. Since then, numerous Dharma Centers across the United States, serving tens of thousands of lay students, have were created as part of the Order of Interbeing.

After negotiations, the Vietnamese government allowed Nhat Hanh, now a well-known Buddhist teacher, to return to Vietnam for a visit in 2005. He was able to teach, publish four books in Vietnamese, travel the country and visit his root temple. Although his first trip home was controversial, Nhat Hanh was allowed to return in 2007 to support new monks in his Order, hold chanting ceremonies to heal wounds from the Vietnam War, and lead retreats for groups of up to 10,000 people.

“We measure the greatness of spiritual teachers by the depth, breadth and impact of their teachings, and by the example their lives give us. By all these measures, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the foremost spiritual teachers of our time,” writes The lion’s roar editor Melvin McLeod in his introduction to The Thich Nhat Hanh Pocket.

During his lifetime, Nhat Hanh wrote more than 100 books, which have been translated into 35 languages, on a wide range of subjects – from simple mindfulness teachings to children’s books, poetry and essays. scholars on the practice of Zen. His most recent book, Zen and the art of saving the planet, was published by HarperCollins in October 2021. Its community consists of over 600 monastics worldwide, and there are now over 1,000 communities of practice frequented by its devoted sangha across North America and Europe.

It is estimated that Nhat Hanh created more than 10,000 calligraphy works in his lifetime, each sharing simple and unique messages: “Breathe, you are alive”; “Happiness is here and now”; “Present moment, wonderful moment”; “Waking Up; The Snow”; “That’s it”. His life itself was meditation in action, creating peace with every step.

In a community newsletter, Plum Village shared that starting Saturday, January 22, the global community is invited to come together online to commemorate the life and legacy of Thich Nhat Hanh. Plum Village will broadcast five days of practice and ceremonies live from Hue, Vietnam and Plum Village, France. More details can be found on their website.

“Now is the time to return to our conscious breathing and walking, to generate the energy of peace, compassion and gratitude to offer to our beloved Master. This is a time to take refuge in our spiritual friends, our local sanghas and community, and each other,” writes Plum Village.

In his book, At home in the world, published in 2016, Nhat Hanh spoke about his inevitable death. He wrote:

This body of mine will disintegrate, but my actions will pursue me… If you think I am only this body, then you haven’t really seen me. When you look at my friends, you see my suite. When you see someone walking with care and compassion, you know they are my continuation. I don’t see why we have to say “I’m going to die”, because I already see myself in you, in others and in future generations.

Even when the cloud is not there, it continues as snow or rain. It is impossible for the cloud to die. It can become rain or ice, but it cannot become nothing. The cloud does not need to have a soul to continue. There is no beginning or end. I will never die. There will be a dissolution of this body, but that does not mean my death.

I will continue, always.

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Can you put paint in a dumpster in Massachusetts? https://logprotect.net/can-you-put-paint-in-a-dumpster-in-massachusetts/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 17:13:48 +0000 https://logprotect.net/can-you-put-paint-in-a-dumpster-in-massachusetts/ If you regularly listen to “Slater and Marjo In The Morning”, you know my love of throwing things away. Like, just the thought of ordering a dumpster for a spring cleaning gives me goosebumps. Well, not quite, but you get the idea. As for people who like to hoard, if that’s still the preferred term, […]]]>

If you regularly listen to “Slater and Marjo In The Morning”, you know my love of throwing things away. Like, just the thought of ordering a dumpster for a spring cleaning gives me goosebumps. Well, not quite, but you get the idea.

As for people who like to hoard, if that’s still the preferred term, I just can’t relax in a messy, cluttered house. That’s not to say I’d just throw a cake mixer in the trash, but it certainly doesn’t belong on your kitchen counter unless you bake ten cakes a week, bro.

While patiently awaiting the arrival of spring, I am already marking in the attic and the cellar what must be done; and paint cans are at the top of my list.

Rusty paint cans

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Now, you would think that, with a few exceptions of course, latex paint would be less harmful these days in terms of environmental friendliness, but paint is still on “the list”.

We all know lead paint is a huge red flag, but paint in general is a big no-no when it comes to dumpsters in Massachusetts.

Here is a list of items not to put in the dumpsters:

  • Automotive tires
  • Medical waste (learn how to dispose of it here)
  • Paint cans (or any container with paint, paint thinner or wood stain)
  • Car batteries and lithium batteries
  • railway sleepers
  • Propane tanks (please don’t, this is known to cause explosions)
  • Household cleaners
  • Refrigerators -newenglandenterprises.com

However, depending on who you order your dumpster from, there may be things that are not allowed and not on this list, so always check. Plus, you probably need a permit for a dumpster on your property, so there you have it…good dumpster order!

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Rebirth of the capital’s artistic scene during a collaborative exhibition https://logprotect.net/rebirth-of-the-capitals-artistic-scene-during-a-collaborative-exhibition/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:12:37 +0000 https://logprotect.net/rebirth-of-the-capitals-artistic-scene-during-a-collaborative-exhibition/ One evening last month, at an art gallery in the capital, attendees arrived and saw a wall filled with photos and images – both film prints and paintings – combined in an undeniably creative presentation. and amazing that conveyed a sense of many different cultures and religions. overlap. As the audience absorbed the landscape created […]]]>

One evening last month, at an art gallery in the capital, attendees arrived and saw a wall filled with photos and images – both film prints and paintings – combined in an undeniably creative presentation. and amazing that conveyed a sense of many different cultures and religions. overlap.

As the audience absorbed the landscape created by the art around them, models walked in and out of the room wearing different outfits and garments in a simultaneous art exhibition and fashion show showcasing the works. of a trio of collaborators with a background in photography, painting and fashion.

The opening of the Genesis MMXXI exhibition took place on December 11 and 12, 2021 at the FT Gallery and will be on view until February 6, 2022. The main collaborators of the exhibition are the founder and designer of ARMADA Reynier Abello, the photographer Tyta Buth of Tytaart and artist and curator/owner of FT Gallery, Fonki.

Reynier says the project takes traditional iconography from various cultures and religions and transforms constructions of gender into more progressive and open-minded conceptualizations that aim to emphasize that even with shifts in traditional gender roles underway, the the underlying inherent power and beauty they represent remain unchanged. or even raised and in this sense the exhibition is a reflection of everyday life.

“Using the mediums of photography and painting to communicate the story of a fashion line that is an expression of changes in our collective attitude towards gender and the way we perceive it is not really something Cambodia has never seen before,” Tyta told The Post. .

Reynier, a fashion designer from the Philippines, says that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he found himself having to re-evaluate his life and professional direction and it influenced his creative processes tremendously and that’s where that the idea of ​​making a different kind of fashion line was born.

Hermaphrodite is a collaborative artwork with Tyta photographing Reynier’s fashion designs. Photo provided

“When Cambodia entered the second wave of the pandemic towards the end of February this year, it was clear to me that my brand might not be able to do a proper runway presentation for our Spring/Summer Venus collection.

“The idea of ​​doing something involving a series of highly artistic and conceptual photographs came to me while browsing Facebook and came across Tyta’s work. His work is truly inspiring and so in tune with my brand philosophy. I approached her and she said yes immediately. Later in the process, Fonki got involved — and then the rest of the artists,” Reynier told The Post.

The exhibition and fashion show has since blossomed into a gigantic project involving more artists than he ever thought possible in Cambodia during a global pandemic and what started as a small idea for his latest line of mode has evolved into a project involving nearly 20 artists based in and around the Kingdom.

Besides clothes, paintings and photographs, there are digital paintings by Virekbot, graphics by Jean Baptiste-Carraro, graffiti-style paintings by The Sokheng and Fonki, sculptures by Roma, drawings by Ryysa, tattoos from Tor, abstract expressionist paintings from Donvirao, traditional oil paintings from Sou Kimsan and calligraphic arts from Yalev.

Tyta says she feels very happy knowing that another creative person has trusted her judgment and her work and allowed her to create stories and shape the direction of the art to tell the story of her fashion line.

“It’s the first time I’ve collaborated with fashion to this extent. Merging different mediums to showcase a fashion line is something Cambodia hasn’t had in a long time and bringing it back and making it work this way has been a great experience for me,” she says.

Fonki says he used to do collaborations with streetwear brands like t-shirt or shoe companies, but never with a high fashion designer like Reynier, which was quite different from what he was at. what he was used to or anticipated.

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The show also features digital paintings by Virekbot and tattoos by Tor, as well as many other artists working in different mediums. Photo provided

“My role was to invite other artists and give them a little direction on the narrative of the exhibition to see if they were inspired by it and obviously they were because they ended up participating in it. And the input of Tyta’s photography and photo shoots with Reynier’s clothes gave it a strong artistic direction.

“As a curator my goal is to give freedom to other artists to be inspired by the theme we are working on and the fact that it was done successfully in Cambodia with the participation of many local artists was a lot of fun and the process helped merge the different areas involved in the exhibition,” says Fonki.

Instead of wallowing in their troubles and lamenting the hardships of life during this difficult time of the pandemic, they got busy making plans and creating art.

Reynier says his entire collection was designed with the genesis theme in mind and he also coordinated and communicated with Tyta on how she wanted to style things and they even chose a color palette for the collection together so that everything matches Tyta’s vision for his photographs.

Greek, Hindu, and Filipino mythologies are fused together to create the show’s imagery. Fonki and Tyta have Cambodian roots and wanted to reflect on their identity through the core values ​​of their culture, which is Buddhist but heavily influenced by ancient Hinduism. For Reynier, as a Filipino, pre-colonial Filipino mythology was an integral part of his heritage.

Greek mythology and classical Greek art and architecture – which have strongly influenced all Western culture for thousands of years – are the main inspiration for fashion design and the structure of photography in terms of poses and of gestures.

“Since we have three different cultures as the basic structure of the project, finding similarities and differences was an important factor for this. Over two months of research, I discovered that the gods and goddesses of these mythologies share very similar, if not exactly the same values, roles and histories. So by digging deep into the elements that connect them, we wrote a new story for each piece and told the stories of modern gender identity through the visual arts,” says Tyta.

The name Genesis draws from its original meaning of birth and rebirth or takes on new forms and interpretations. Genesis is chosen as the name for this project due to its concept of rebirth as all the collaborators took a step outside of their comfort zones and decided to merge their mediums to create a new final piece.

Tyta says one of her favorite pieces in the exhibit is Sunbathing, her collaboration with Sou Kimsan. The story of this play brings together three sun gods from three myths and merges them and gives them a new narrative about gender and relationships.

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The main organizers are ARMADA fashion designer Reynier Abello, photographer Tyta Buth of Tytaart and FT Gallery owner Fonki. Photo provided

“First, to normalize modern relationships and respect that as individuals we have the right to love anyone and to love as many people as we want as long as there is an equal balance of power and respect.

“Second, open your heart and accept that we all have different concepts of happiness and third, self-love. All truth comes from within and it takes loving and accepting yourself – even your own imperfections and flaws. — before you can truly love and accept someone else,” Tyta says.

Fonki’s favorite choice is a piece called hermaphrodite that he worked on.

“I started with Reynier’s fashion design and then the next layer of Tyta’s photography. Taking time to reflect on the photography she made and trying to add to it in a way that would blend and complement her aesthetic. I wanted to do something clean and graphic, so I went with my Kbach graffiti style that I’ve been doing for a decade and made it blend in with their styles without one taking over the other. ‘other,” says Fonki.

Reynier says he wasn’t always sure the end result they got would be worthy of the vision they had for the show when planning it, but in the end, it all turned out great.

“I think this exhibition really pushed our creative abilities to the next level. It also shows that it is beautiful to work together and share individual talents and expertise with the aim of achieving a common goal which is to inspire and start a conversation,” says Reynier.

A portion of all sales will be donated to Rainbow Community Kampuchea (ROCK) organization. ROCK is a Cambodian NGO dedicated to supporting the LGBTQI+ community in the Kingdom, making it a good choice for the exhibition’s gender identity themes.

“Our advocacy and community engagement improves the lives of LGBTQI+ Cambodians in the capital and provinces and our core values ​​align perfectly with the Genesis MMXXI project,” said Adam Rodwell, speaking at the opening of the exhibit on behalf of of ROCK.

The Genesis MMXXI exhibition runs until February 6, 2022 at the FT Gallery in The Factory at Urban Village in Phnom Penh.

For more information, see the FT Gallery Facebook page: FTGalleryPhnomPenh

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A Byzantine-style iconographer tells the story behind Martin Luther King Jr’s icon. https://logprotect.net/a-byzantine-style-iconographer-tells-the-story-behind-martin-luther-king-jrs-icon/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 02:26:56 +0000 https://logprotect.net/a-byzantine-style-iconographer-tells-the-story-behind-martin-luther-king-jrs-icon/ An iconographer has created a Byzantine-style portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. Credit: Youtube/Screenshot An iconographer has paid homage to iconic civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. by creating a Byzantine-style icon that depicts him as a holy martyr. This icon is the work of Robert Lentz, who lived in a cloistered monastery during […]]]>
An iconographer has created a Byzantine-style portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. Credit: Youtube/Screenshot

An iconographer has paid homage to iconic civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. by creating a Byzantine-style icon that depicts him as a holy martyr.

This icon is the work of Robert Lentz, who lived in a cloistered monastery during the era of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s. The story behind the striking portrait of the civil rights pioneer is fascinating, as is the explains Lentz:

“When these exciting things were happening, I was behind cloistered walls, very oblivious to what was going on in the world. So the civil rights movement came and matured and slowed down without me being part of it.

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Thus, the Franciscan monk painted the famous African-American leader entirely from book photographs and documentary footage.

Lentz finally left the cloister after 18 years and began supporting himself by painting icons or “writing” saints. He was almost entirely unaware of the many drastic societal changes that had taken place in America, explaining that he needed to educate himself and keep abreast of what had happened in his country during those turbulent years.

Monk paints MLK Jr: “He was a saint who lived with the people”

The Franciscan monk says that as a Catholic he thought he would struggle to paint the icon of a Baptist priest. However, after discovering the work of the great leader, he filled the icon with rich symbolism, and the resulting artwork is very powerful and thought-provoking.

“He was a saint who lived with the people, fought with the people,” he says when asked to describe King’s incredible life. Lentz painted the murdered activist’s name in Greek at the top of the icon, saluting him as “Ο Άγιος Μαρτίνος” (Saint Martin) in Byzantine calligraphy.

The image is a likeness of King’s famous photo taken after his arrest on February 22, 1956 during the landmark Montgomery Bus Boycott he helped lead. Reverend King’s costume is depicted somewhat crumpled in the icon to resemble the robe an ancient saint would wear.

The sign the minister is holding shows his prisoner number at the Montgomery County Jail, just as he was holding it in the famous photograph.

“He was arrested so many times, and that was part of his martyrdom,” says Lentz.

The prison bars behind represent the 29 times he was arrested and imprisoned for his activism and the enslavement and oppression of African Americans in the United States. The text on the scroll he is holding is from his speech in Albany, Georgia, delivered on December 14, 1961.

The final chapter in MLK Jr’s life of valiant sacrifice was his martyrdom, which occurred on April 4, 1968, when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, making him a modern-day saint in the eyes of many.

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Community: 10 Best Parody Episodes, Ranked https://logprotect.net/community-10-best-parody-episodes-ranked/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 02:45:00 +0000 https://logprotect.net/community-10-best-parody-episodes-ranked/ Community is an American sitcom created by Dan Harmon. Community centers around a study group, formed by a sleazy lawyer named Jeff Winger. The group is formed so that Jeff can get close to a girl (Britta), but over time the group forms a close bond. Their adventures are bizarre and wacky considering they are […]]]>

Community is an American sitcom created by Dan Harmon. Community centers around a study group, formed by a sleazy lawyer named Jeff Winger. The group is formed so that Jeff can get close to a girl (Britta), but over time the group forms a close bond. Their adventures are bizarre and wacky considering they are confined to a community college. Through consistent use of pop culture, homages and parodies, a truly unique and underrated show emerges.

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Although the main characters have their own problems and flaws, Community overall doesn’t take itself too seriously. Community mixes hilarious humor with countless references. Entire episodes even take on a different shape sometimes, in terms of design, structure, and storytelling.

ten Basic rocket science makes chicken-themed space sim feel authentic


Basic Rocket Science Community Episode Study Group Prepares for Space Simulation

Community has found its way into a multitude of different genres and films over the years. Basic rocket science pays homage to the infamous 1995 space adventure film, Apollo 13.

The study group is tasked with cleaning a space flight simulator as Greendale organizes a simulated space launch. Things quickly go awry when Pierce inadvertently closes the door and they are trapped inside. Basic rocket science sees the group attempt to overcome various obstacles to escape, while being in a simulator with hilariously blatant KFC product placement. It’s another outrageous movie spoof, with the group emerging victorious.

9 Basic interfessional numismatics is an episode of intense detective thriller


Community Episode Basic Intergluteal Numismatics Jeff and Annie

Basic interfessional numismatics sees the return of an unidentified prankster. Jeff and Annie conduct an investigation to find out who could be the culprit. Inspired by crime thrillers such as Zodiac, Hannibal and The slaughter, the episode is gripping and intense – despite the silly nature of the events that unfold.

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With a few twists, including the final note that the “criminal” is still at large, the culprit could be any of the main or supporting characters. Amidst the bizarre intensity of Basic interfessional numismatics, Pierce is dead, adding a dark note. This is often the case in these detective films and series the day after an intense confrontation.


8 Epidemiology Somehow Makes a Zombie Outbreak Plausible


Epidemiology Community Episode Study Group

While Community likes its parodies and homages, most of the time they are based on realistic believability. Epidemiology ditches credibility and dives headfirst into the zombie apocalypse trope.

What begins as a Halloween party on campus descends into chaos when people start getting sick after allegedly eating old military rations. The disease begins to spread like an epidemic of zombies. The disease passes itself off as food poisoning or rabies. The ridiculousness of Epidemiology ends with the army arriving to settle the final details and erase everyone’s memories.


seven Cooperative calligraphy is a self-aware bottle episode


Community bottle episode.

A “bottle episode” is essentially an episode made with money in mind. To achieve this, these episodes are often shot in the same location to reduce production costs and feature the regular cast. TV shows such as breaking Bad have been known to use bottle episodes, as in Fly.

Community has a few episodes with minimal locale changes and special effects. Cooperative calligraphy actively refers to a bottle episode. Cooperative calligraphy takes place in the study room. Annie loses a pen and a mass argument ensues. The episode knows what it is, which makes it even more compelling.


6 Contemporary American Poultry Is the Mafia Tribute We Didn’t Know We Need


Contemporary American Poultry Jeff and Abed

Contemporary American Poultry is essentially a love letter to mafia films such as The Godfather in its overall style and storytelling. Abed recounting events makes it a clear tribute to Freedmen, where Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill provided the same.

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Contemporary American poultry sees the study group’s plot to overthrow Starburns to ensure they get the first picks of chicken fingers on the cafeteria menu. They slowly become consumed by power and popularity. Abed becomes the group’s new leader, which triggers Jeff’s insecurities. It marks the beginning of the end as he tries to end the effort.


5 Critical Film Studies has two clear cinematic inspirations and brings them together


Episode Critical Film Studies Community Jeff and Abed at dinner

Critical film studies is full of cinematic references and homages, the main ones being pulp Fiction and My dinner with André. The study group plans a surprise birthday party for Abed with a pulp Fiction theme.

Community takes a turn when Abed doesn’t go with Jeff but instead insists on having a real talk – as the episode cuts to My dinner with André. From themes to pulp Fiction costumes, both films are perfectly represented in Critical film studies. This is a testimonial from director Richard Ayoade.


4 Basic Lupine Urology is a Love Letter to Law & Order


Basic episode of Lupine Urology from Community Annie and Jeff work on the case

Basic Lupine Urology does not hesitate to pay blatant homage to Law and order. Not only is the opening title sequence revamped in the style of crime drama, but Lupine’s Basic Urologythe title is a play on Dick Wolf, the creator of Law and order.

In truth Community fashion, Basic Lupine Urology is brilliantly above. It focuses on someone ruining yams that were for a biology project, with an ensuing investigation. From the story to the irresistible impromptu trial, Basic Lupine Urology finds the perfect blend of hilarity and crime drama intensity.




3 For a few paintballs, plus keeps the momentum of the paintball theme but takes it to Star Wars


Troy covered in orange paint.

Community often played with silly games that break out around the Greendale College campus. He gives Community the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to various action films. The final two episodes of Season 2 do just that – by For a few more paintballs is a star wars parody.

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For a few more paintballs is led by Abed taking on the character of Han Solo. City College infiltrates Greendale with Stormtrooper lookalikes, giving the game of paintball a transition from a free game to a team contest.


2 A Fistful of Paintballs is an Outstanding Western Episode


Jeff, Abed, and Annie holding Western-style paintball guns.

A handful of paintballs is the first part of the second season finale and has a distinct western theme. Troy’s outfit pays homage to Bart from Blazing Saddles, and there’s an overall cowboy aesthetic and demeanor. The western style is further enhanced by the introduction of Josh Holloway’s character, the Black Rider.

The Western reversal Community depicts the study group’s ongoing problems with Pierce. The rocky alliance followed by Pierce’s betrayal, and the cowboy-style duel between Pierce and Annie make him one of the Community’the best parodies. A handful is also one of the most popular Community episodes of all time.


1 Modern Warfare is a collection of action movies and their greatest hits


Jeff jumping out of a green paint splattered room

modern warfare is often considered the best episode of Community. The level of chaos caught fans off guard, but in a great way. It pays homage to a multitude of action films, die hard and Rambo, at The Warriors and scarface.

Initiation to paintball reminds 28 days later. Jeff comes out of his nap in his car, to see the campus in its almost post-apocalyptic state. Without focusing on a single film, the chaos of multiple references colliding could easily be considered a mess. However, the parodies of quotes and action sequences are close to perfect. Chang’s introduction to the game with a scarface-as the entrance is iconic in itself.

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How to Incorporate Elements of Nature into Your Designs https://logprotect.net/how-to-incorporate-elements-of-nature-into-your-designs/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 14:30:00 +0000 https://logprotect.net/how-to-incorporate-elements-of-nature-into-your-designs/ Add to that the new attention we are paying to issues like the environment, sustainability, and veganism, and it’s no surprise that we see the natural world influencing packaging, marketing, advertising, and packaging. branding to an unprecedented extent. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up five fantastic designs, all of which incorporate natural elements in different […]]]>

Add to that the new attention we are paying to issues like the environment, sustainability, and veganism, and it’s no surprise that we see the natural world influencing packaging, marketing, advertising, and packaging. branding to an unprecedented extent.

To inspire you, we’ve rounded up five fantastic designs, all of which incorporate natural elements in different ways and do it brilliantly.

These designs are all Indigo Design Award winners 2021. Held annually, the Indigo Design Award is a global competition for projects in the fields of graphic design, digital, mobile, branding and ” design for social change ”. If you want to submit your own work, then hurry! You have until January 31, 2022 to participate here.

Based in Munich, Germany, Persuaid is a strategic agency focused on branding and digital product design. They were approached by Sensetics, a sustainability-focused natural skin care company headquartered in Germany, whose products are not tested on animals and do not contain mineral oils, parabens or dyes. .

Sensetics wanted to develop a new web experience that would build brand awareness as a whole and generate interest in its future product line. In response, Persuaid developed a product landing page that streamlines the brand’s message in a remarkably effective and straightforward manner.

Working closely with Sensetics, Persuaid has developed a single page website that loads quickly on mobile and desktop devices, automatically aggregates Sensetics’ Instagram posts to keep things up to date, and provides visitors with the ability to s ” subscribe to a newsletter.



Persuaid has done a fabulous job conveying the core values ​​of nature and sustainability in every fiber on this site. The large and bold typography, based on a pretty geometric sans, is punchy while remaining clean, relaxed, and pleasing to the eye. The video backgrounds, which instantly transport the visitor to a world of natural wonders, are perfectly chosen. And Sensetics’ Brand Stripe, the central branding element that ties everything together, is beautifully incorporated into the page transitions to make browsing the site an overall enjoyable experience.

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Bold and epic video backgrounds can create an immersive experience that brings the viewer back to nature. But that can only work if all the elements of the brand are in place and work together seamlessly.

The effectiveness of legal psychedelic therapies has been widely accepted by the medical establishment in recent years. Mental wellness company Field Trip is a leading practice in this field, on track to open 75 clinics in Canada and the United States by 2023.

Yet stereotypes and misinformation around this area persist. And so they came to Z1, an international digital products studio based in Seville, Spain, and focused on partnering with North American startups with an idea. Trip was designed as an app for people seeking altered states of consciousness for personal growth who may not be able to access one of Field Trip’s in-clinic therapy programs.

The trip had to be carefully designed and was based on extensive research. Z1 worked closely on prototyping the concept with the experience of the Field Trip team, with the goal of making the app a calming journey, from the moment you open it, throughout your trip and after.




Z1’s design and engineering teams worked side-by-side to bring bespoke illustrations to life in an easy-to-use app. The purpose of the design was to create a feeling of lightness, so they created a cool color palette and incorporated temperatures, lights, and environments. The theme revolves around a landscape on which users glide towards the horizon with a sense of continuous progression.

The result is a triumphant marriage of visuals and functionality, offering users the minimum intrusion into the therapeutic experience but providing maximum assistance on their journey.

This includes the ability to set an intention before travel, listen to AI-generated music, access a voice recorder while stumbling, view analytics that show progress over time, and read educational content based on scientific research and shamanic wisdom.

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Extraordinary services require an extraordinary level of attention to design detail. When done right, a digital experience can match and enhance even nature’s most potent essences.

Hermoso Compadre is a Brazilian clothing brand, and in 2020 she decided to start her own beer label. In partnership with the Nórdica brewery, they have created a strong and intense 8.5% IPA with unique communication. Artistic Director Bruno Cintra took charge of the development of the brand image, which is based on extremely eye-catching illustrations.

Taking as their starting point the lush landscapes of a mountain range surrounded by vegetation, these views take on vivid life using a dramatic electro-neon color palette. It’s an instantly effective way to convey the intensity of the brew while nodding to the natural goodness of the ingredients used to make it.




The accompanying animation continues that theme, with a fun plot involving what looks like a hunter (but could be something very different) and a disturbing amount of anatomical detail in the depiction of the action that inspires the name. some beer.

Lessons learned

Representing nature doesn’t have to be realistic, serious, or boring. Design can be fun and engaging while harnessing our love for the great outdoors.

Mengyu Cao is a Chinese artist and designer currently living in San Francisco. She is the founder of Yiqi Hanzi, aiming to share the beauty of Chinese characters and cultures with the world.

The idea behind his award-winning “Chinese Zodiac” project is that although Chinese characters are nominally pictorial, their visual significance is not always obvious to a modern audience.

To help make things more obvious, she brilliantly combines traditional calligraphy with watercolors to visually represent the meaning, in turn, of rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, serpent, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.




Mengyu is not the first artist to translate Chinese characters into something Westerners can recognize visually. But in this project, she did it much more successfully than most. Rather than awkwardly twisting these shapes into something they clearly aren’t, her beautiful illustrations follow the flow of the lines perfectly, and the use of watercolors softens things up to make the whole thing absolutely fascinating.

Lessons learned

Don’t let your nature-inspired illustrations get stuck in a vector rut. Hand painted styles can be much more evocative and instantly appealing, so try out different mediums and you might find some new inspiration.

Botanical Lofts is a charming development of one, two and three bed apartments in London’s trendy E1 district. It is built on the site of the historic Georgian Botanical Gardens, which originally housed plants that most contemporary residents would never have seen before. These new houses were to be launched in 2021 and have a unique link with both its botanical heritage and the artistic and musical culture of the district.




Range Left branding takes the botanical theme and goes absolutely with it. The visuals they created for the website, brochures, social media, and billboards are all dominated by carefully chosen Dutch master paintings. This daring approach fits in perfectly with the upscale character of the whole and its clientele.

The bespoke typography of the logo, in turn, is extravagant and elegant and blends perfectly with the artwork, evoking a timeless quality that effortlessly brings the past and present together.

Lessons learned

Modern illustration and photography are not the only ways to integrate nature into our creations. Standing on the shoulders of giants and integrating the great art of the past can often be a fruitful avenue to explore.

Take part in the Indigo Awards 2022

Want to see more? You can find full details of all the Indigo Design Award 2021 winners here. If you’re keen on submitting your own work to the competition, you’ll be happy to hear that the Indigo Prize 2022 is now open for entries. But hurry: you must register before January 31, 2022. You can find all the details you need at indigoaward.com.

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🌱 Portsmouth Daily: redistribution; Development groups to be merged https://logprotect.net/%f0%9f%8c%b1-portsmouth-daily-redistribution-development-groups-to-be-merged/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 10:02:38 +0000 https://logprotect.net/%f0%9f%8c%b1-portsmouth-daily-redistribution-development-groups-to-be-merged/ Arise and shine, Portsmouth! Tony Schinella here. It’s Tuesday, so let’s start with everything you need to know that’s going on in town today. First of all, the weather forecast for the day: Cold; windy in the morning. Up: 9 Down: 2. School Board Superintendents Search Committee Meeting (3:30 p.m.) Student Success Meeting with Kathy […]]]>

Arise and shine, Portsmouth! Tony Schinella here. It’s Tuesday, so let’s start with everything you need to know that’s going on in town today.


First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Cold; windy in the morning. Up: 9 Down: 2.

  • School Board Superintendents Search Committee Meeting (3:30 p.m.)
  • Student Success Meeting with Kathy LeMay, Field Placement Faculty (5:00 p.m.)
  • Introduction to modern calligraphy (6.30 p.m.)
  • School board meeting Workshop to present the initial budget for AF 23 (7:00 p.m.)
  • School board meeting Workshop to present the initial budget for AF 23 (7:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Portsmouth Professional Fire Department Local 1313: “Here’s a look at your new tower truck, Portsmouth! It still has a few finishing touches before it gets to town, but it received its final inspection before it left the @eone_firetrucks factory in #ocalaflorida. …” (Facebook )
  • Strawbery Banke Museum: “Tickets are on sale NOW for Seacoast Skating with the Stars, a professional skating show in the format of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ presented by Strawbery Banke in partnership with Ice Dance International. For more information and …” (Facebook)
  • Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation: “See those soggy pieces of cardboard? During our first beach clean-up on New Years Day, volunteers collected 4,450 pieces of cardboard in Hampton Beach. The fireworks are made from heavy cardboard usually covered with thin plastic sheets. … “(Facebook)
  • Seacoast Eat Local: “We had a great first deal at Cooperative Middle School in Stratham last weekend! It was also the first time that we had Vouchers for Veterans as a guest of the market. Thank you to all the veterans who came to buy food from our vendors. … ” (Facebook)
  • Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation: “Do you have a toddler?” Register now for the Ocean Discovery Hour, offered on Fridays at our Blue Ocean Discovery Center! ” (Facebook)
  • Krempels Center: “In our online group Music Matters, we discussed the brain science of processing music. Our group leaders Elise and Nnedi showed that there are so many different parts of the brain that activate while we are listening. songs! We are delighted to be … “(Facebook)
  • Pure and simple seacoast: “” If we did not have winter, spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not taste adversity sometimes, prosperity would not be so welcome. “- Anne Bradstreet #MondayMorningMotivation #YouBeYou” (Facebook)
  • Portsmouth Music and Arts Center: “This spring and the new year, explore your creative side. PMAC has many programs for all ages! (Facebook)
  • PPMtv – Portsmouth Public Media: “It’s about to get freezing!” Relax with our YouTube channel or click on Comcast 98 to discover local voices and talent! Have a video, message or show you want to share with the Seacoast – contact us! #newengl … “(Facebook)
  • Portsmouth Professional Fire Department Local 1313: ” For information ! Frigid temperatures for the next few days and nights! The senior center and the library will be open tomorrow as warm-up centers! ” (Facebook)
  • Pure and simple seacoast: “Trans Youth and Family Day (via Zoom) Greater Boston PFLAG Saturday, Jan.15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and-learn …” (Facebook)

Do you like the Portsmouth Daily? Here are all the ways you can get more involved:


You are all caught up for today! See you tomorrow for your next update.

Tony schinella

About Me: Award-winning reporter and broadcaster for Patch.com in NH (intermittently) since June 2011. Community coverage includes Concord, Hampton-North Hampton, Merrimack, Nashua, Portsmouth and Salem. Reachable at tony.schinella@patch.com. Career Highlights available on LinkedIn: https: //www.linkedin.com/in/an …

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A real draw: which yu sheng to choose to inaugurate the year of the tiger ?, Lifestyle News https://logprotect.net/a-real-draw-which-yu-sheng-to-choose-to-inaugurate-the-year-of-the-tiger-lifestyle-news/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 04:30:00 +0000 https://logprotect.net/a-real-draw-which-yu-sheng-to-choose-to-inaugurate-the-year-of-the-tiger-lifestyle-news/ Another holiday season, yet another reason to hope that the New Year will bring peace, stability and the opportunity to gather outdoors in groups of more than five people. To meet these wishes, a slew of yu sheng, with ever more abundant and unique ingredients. So reserve your raw fish salad platter and gather your […]]]>

Another holiday season, yet another reason to hope that the New Year will bring peace, stability and the opportunity to gather outdoors in groups of more than five people.

To meet these wishes, a slew of yu sheng, with ever more abundant and unique ingredients.

So reserve your raw fish salad platter and gather your loved ones. This is the year you will want to like it he I as high as possible.

For something with a cheery pop of color, check out Crystal Jade’s Opulence yu sheng three-headed abalone (starting at $ 128).

Group executive chef Martin Foo prepares it with fuchsia red dragon fruit coins, edible gold leaf, fresh flowers, dried yuzu zest, Japanese pickled sweet ginger and homemade pickled cucumbers. .

For a golden, crispier touch, there’s also fried yam strips, chickpeas, and Hsin Chu bee hoon. Along with the tender, lightly burnt abalone slivers, you also get pickled salmon roe and plump slices of jellyfish.

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Jade Restaurant Executive Chef Leong Chee Yeng is quite an artist, as evidenced by the pieces of pottery he made scattered around the restaurant’s dining room.

For the Year of the Tiger, Chef Leong put his skills to the service of Premium Gold Rush Yu Sheng Salmon ($ 688), which is shaped on a plate after an adorable image of a tiger. This sumptuous and complex creation must be ordered three days in advance.

Less decadent is the gold rush salmon yu sheng (from $ 78), presented against a hand drawing of a tiger on a plate, with an auspicious greeting forged in Chinese calligraphy.

When you’ve enjoyed the art of either of these yu sheng creations, pay your attention to the champagne jelly, shallot oil, and kumquat vinaigrette that brighten up the flavors of fresh salmon and grated vegetables on the plate.

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In the realm of yu sheng, the proper abundance comes in the form of a salad consisting of salmon, abalone, and lobster.

These treasures from the ocean are part of Jiang Nan Chun’s luxurious yu sheng (from $ 198), set on a bed of grated root vegetables, melon seeds, and sunflower seeds.

This way you get yu (fish or abundance), bao yu (abalone or guaranteed abundance), and a symbolic dragon (lobsters are known as dragons of the sea) as you usher in another new year.

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If you like your yu sheng with a higher fish to veg ratio, modern Chinese restaurant Madame Fan offers Blossom Shun De style yu sheng (from 118), made expressly for this preference with plenty of halibut sashimi for more. from yu.

If you’d prefer something more… er, balanced, opt for the Yu Sheng Salmon & Bluefin Tuna Prosperity Duo (starting at $ 98) with more vibrant greens instead. Both yu sheng are served with a zesty plum vinaigrette chilled with lemon juice.

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Over the years, yu sheng has been improved with everything from multi-headed abalone to lobsters, caviar and gold. So if you and your guests have never tried fugu or pufferfish before, here is your chance to treat yourself.

For the Lunar New Year, Si Chuan Dou Hua brought back his fugu yu sheng ($ 198), this time shaped like a tiger face and sprinkled with ice plants, fresh greens and edible flowers.

What does fugu taste like? Well… it tastes like fish. To be more precise, it is similar to the flesh of white fish such as hiram (plaice) or tai (sea bream).

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If you like crispy morsels, then Yan’s Render is for you.

Available for dinner only, Abalone and Salmon with Gold Leaf Lo Hei (from $ 92) features a mountain of crispy noodles topped with even crispier grated purple and yellow sweet potatoes.

For texture contrast, there’s pickled ginger and vegetables. Huat ah!

This article first appeared in Wonderwall.sg.


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Meet the woman helping restore historic Al-Balad in Jeddah https://logprotect.net/meet-the-woman-helping-restore-historic-al-balad-in-jeddah/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 22:14:01 +0000 https://logprotect.net/meet-the-woman-helping-restore-historic-al-balad-in-jeddah/ Currently, 56 buildings are at imminent risk of collapse in Al-Balad, all of which will be restored in stages. Restoration will be carried out in accordance with UNESCO guidelines – Al-Balad was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2014 as the Gateway to Mecca. Once the restoration has started, as much of the original […]]]>

Currently, 56 buildings are at imminent risk of collapse in Al-Balad, all of which will be restored in stages. Restoration will be carried out in accordance with UNESCO guidelines – Al-Balad was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2014 as the Gateway to Mecca. Once the restoration has started, as much of the original material as possible should be used. The coral stones have been cut into uniform shapes to be reused more conveniently, and the typical wood rawasheen balconies will be restored where possible, to be replaced as a last resort.

Rawasheen let the breeze into buildings, providing shady perches and privacy – those inside can see outside, but those outside cannot see. owner. Green indicates that the owner’s business was fresh produce, blue that there was a sea connection.

But there is a fine line between making a place evolve according to the needs of the community and transforming a place into a “living museum” in which no one wants to live. “We control the process from within,” Bakhsh tells me. We understand what having big fast food chains here would do for the region. This is one of the reasons our office is located in the heart of Al-Balad, so that we are close to the people here and meet them every day instead. to look down from a high rise building.

Most of Al-Balad’s old coral stone houses are now painstakingly restored.

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Step into this office, located in the beautifully restored 120-year-old Bait Jamjoom, and it is bursting with creative energy. Bakhsh’s all-female team includes communications specialists and a graphic designer, but they are far from the only women in the office. Roughly evenly split between genders, the Jeddah Historic District curriculum includes women architects, lawyers, town planners, town planners, and health and safety officials, most between the ages of 20 and 30.

Al-Balad is already in the process of reestablishing itself as a cultural center. New art spaces are opening up, including the beautifully restored Bait Sharbatly, which is currently exhibiting calligraphy by the late Mohammad Salem Bajnaid. The exhibition is curated by the artist’s grandson, who also opened a cafe, Cafe Medd, on the roof. In a narrow alley filled with bougainvillea and friendly street cats lies Ayat Studio, a small workshop where Ayat Dhahi, a young Saudi woman who studied jewelry design in Savannah, Georgia, teaches visitors how to make their own accessories. Last December, Al-Balad hosted the International Red Sea Film Festival, and there are plans to open boutique hotels and new restaurants in the coming months.

One evening, Bakhsh takes me to the roof of Bait Nasseef, approached by long, shallow stairs designed to allow camels to refuel up to the kitchen on the top floor. Built in 1881 as one of Al-Balad’s most grandiose buildings, it was King Abdulaziz’s temporary residence in 1925. We lounge on cushions drinking sobia, a soft, soft drink made from bread. fermented, and eat kebabs with raw green chili peppers from 70-year-old local favorite Naji Al Harbi.

At sunset, we settle in for the main event. The call to prayer begins with the voice of a muezzin, quickly joined by others to become a crescendo of calls that envelops us from the 36 surrounding mosques. The choir is punctuated with horns and the clicking of pickaxes, the squealing of wheelbarrows and the occasional hum of a jackhammer from the restoration work below.

The main intention of the restoration of Al-Balad is not to create a tourist destination. As Bakhsh explains, it’s about bringing his generation and their children back to what was once the beating heart of Jeddah. But tourism will inevitably follow. Go ahead now and you will feel the energy and creativity of the people at the forefront of change in this rapidly changing nation.



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Ancient secrets of love and happiness – set in stone across the Arabian Peninsula https://logprotect.net/ancient-secrets-of-love-and-happiness-set-in-stone-across-the-arabian-peninsula/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 20:58:33 +0000 https://logprotect.net/ancient-secrets-of-love-and-happiness-set-in-stone-across-the-arabian-peninsula/ DUBAI: Arab News highlights the independent Arab records you were due to listen to in 2021. Rasha nahas ‘Desert’ Palestinian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rasha Nahas debut album is an artistic hit. The Haifa-born Berlin musician is a powerful talent – a classically trained guitarist whose soft voice is anything but indicative of the storm of […]]]>

DUBAI: Arab News highlights the independent Arab records you were due to listen to in 2021.

Rasha nahas ‘Desert’

Palestinian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rasha Nahas debut album is an artistic hit. The Haifa-born Berlin musician is a powerful talent – a classically trained guitarist whose soft voice is anything but indicative of the storm of emotions she unleashes with her often electrifying performances. “Desert” immediately shows that Nahas has been sculpting his textured and meticulously thought-out sound for years. It oscillates between ethereal atmospheres evoked by diaphanous string arrangements and haunting performances by Nahas on guitar, deliciously evocative lines like “My heart is bleeding quarter-tone” and theatrical and playful cabaret influences. Overall, the record is a successful debut album by an artist that carries immense promise, depth and intensity.

Postcards “After the fire, before the end”

With the exception of the irresistible guitar riff that cuts through the effervescent opening “Mother Tongue”, the Beirut-based trio spend much of their third LP refining the delicate dream-pop alchemy of their slow-burning instrumentation and drenched in delay and singer Julia Sabra crystal clear and reverberated voice. It is a gripping exploration of a dark night of the soul – an appropriate sonic backdrop for the event that inspired the song’s writing. Sabra was with her partner, drummer Pascal Semerdjian, when he was nearly fatally injured in the catastrophic explosion in the Lebanese capital in August 2020. Deep scars from their collective trauma slide through the album like an icy wind, punctuated by uncompromising resilience. survivors determined to continue. Postcards become another powerful and provocative version.

Tamara Qaddoumi “Soft Glitch” (EP)

While his debut EP “Dust Bathing” in 2018 was a straightforward pop affair that nonetheless struck a captivating chord with its melodic lyrical passages and opulent harmonies, Qaddoumi’s flair for haunting work is more evident on this year’s follow-up. . The fascinating story of the Kuwaiti-born singer – she had a Palestinian, Lebanese and Scottish education, and studied physical theater and theater – is an indelible feature of her multifaceted approach to her art. “Soft Glitch” shines with a spectral stream of trip-hop, lush electronic landscapes and the hypnotic voice of Qaddoumi. The videos that accompanied the release are also elaborate and imaginative treatments of ideas emanating from a creative mind that ventures far beyond the conventional.

The Synaptik ‘Al Qamar Wal Moheet’

It has been a year of transformation for Palestinian-Jordanian rapper, singer and lyricist Laith Al Husseini – aka The Synaptik. “Al Qamar Wal Moheet” (in Arabic for “The Moon and the Ocean”) is a formidable artistic journal of introspection, introspection and enormous self-initiated personal change. After graduating from medical school, moving to Ramallah, and dropping his lifelong use of Ritalin, an ADHD drug, the rhyme master used this record to reconcile the extreme discrepancy between who he was and who he was. he became. The result is a cerebral, nonconformist hip-hop / trap record that ingeniously pivots around elements of R&B, pop and mainstream Palestinian music, while bearing the unmistakable mark of The Synaptik’s distinctive lyrical methodology.

JadaL ‘La Tlou’ El Daw ‘

Arab progressive rock veterans from Jordan have bridged the half-decade gap between major studio releases with a thoughtful and elegantly produced record that showcases both the experimentation they’ve pioneered since 2003. , and a penchant for tackling a range of unorthodox topics. “La Tlou ‘El Daw” seamlessly goes from rocky verses animated by the sincere performance of the leader Mahmoud Radaideh to complex and avant-garde instrumental pieces dotted with accordion and synth, anthemic choruses and majestic and multi-layered harmonies . It is a triumphant return of one of the most inventive acts of the Arab world.

Bou Kolthoum “Talib”.

The regional rap scene underwent a radical change when Mounir Bu Kolthoum released his debut LP, “Inderal”, in 2015, and has since passionately praised the Syrian-born music producer, rapper and singer as one of his. pillars. Influenced by tarab, soul and funk, Bu Kolthoum is now based in Amsterdam, where he orchestrated the release of “Talib” this year. – a showcase inspired by fluidity and versatility. The gifted songwriter wears his heart on his sleeve through 12 dynamic tracks powered by his inimitable rhythm and song, which function as a reliable compass for his skillful navigation of these memorable tales of youth, rebellion and alienation.

El Far3i ‘Lazim Tisa’

Since leaving pioneering Arab rock band El Morabba3, Tareq Abu Kwaik – aka El Far3i – has been prolific to say the least. The Jordanian-Palestinian rapper, singer, songwriter and percussionist, who is also a key member of the acclaimed ensemble Shamstep 47Soul, adds a fifth notch to his belt of solo releases with “Lazim Tisa”. This trap LP is full of dark and gloomy atmospheres, dissonant synths, ghostly drone notes and viscous rhythms, all driven by the rhythmic raps and vocal style of the artist. El Far3i maintains his remarkable track record as one of the Middle East’s most exciting artists.

Prefaces ‘Hippodrome’

With a selection of stars including Pascal Semerdjian from Postcards, Salim Naffah (aka Alko B) from Wanton Bishops and Charif Megarbane from Cosmic Analog Ensemble, Heroes & Villains, Twyn Towers and Monumental Detail, to name a few, Prefaces is a pleasantly peculiar creative beast. “Hippodrome” is just one of four Megarbane albums released in 2021, and one of 80 that this inexhaustible musician has produced since 2005. His work is a graceful excursion through acoustic-folk, surfing -rock, jazz, Saharan blues, soul, funk, and 60s pop. Prefaces’ predominantly instrumental debuts fall into the latter category, with minimal, grainy production that often plays like deep cuts from a Quentin Tarantino film soundtrack.

various artists ‘Beirut 20/21’

Organized by the Support Program for Musicians in Beirut and Beyond, founded to support the country’s independent music scene in light of the systemic crises it has endured over the past two years, “Beirut 20/21” brings together a stellar list of up-and-comers and established artists. The compilation includes tracks by Dani Shukri of Tanjaret Daghet, Tarek Khuluki and Khaled Omran, as well as electronic music experimenters Kid Fourteen (aka Khodor Ellaik) and Liliane Chlela, among others. The anthology is a powerful reminder of the innovation and energy that still animates a community of creators who have otherwise been brought to their knees.


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