Mar 29, 2011

Top 5 Tuesday

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week. I know that sometimes it can be hard to get through the week because of this strange, extended Winter. Just do your best, stay warm, and keep dreaming.

Here is the best of the week!

Last week Twitter celebrated its fifth birthday! I joined Twitter early on before anyone knew what it was. Actually.... I still don't know what its for but I'm happy I joined.  I have been able to connect with people I haven't heard from in a long time and even made some new friends along the way. Its pretty neat the way you guys have been sharing interesting links and slices of your life. You never ceased to entertain me. I hope I've done the same. I feel like its a party every day on Twitter. Thanks Twitter! Thanks everyone!

Speaking of Twitter, this is where I found the next thing. Manga Farming was shared by my pal cuteordeath. Check it out! Its like making your own Chia Pet. Actually... I think this looks a lot nicer than a Chia Pet!

I've been wanting to see the off-Broadway show Stomp for years but never made time to see it even when I live so close. Shame on me! The next best thing was to watch it in the comfort of my own home (right now its available on Netflix). And hey! I got a front row seat. The show is everything I imagined it to be and more. Not only does the music make you want to bob your head, but there are some comedy routines thrown in there as well. Stomp is innovative and inspiring. Who would've thought that a musical without instruments would be possible? The cast of Stomp did the impossible and did it well. After watching Stomp, it made me think about a few things... The best and most expensive equipment is not the source of talent of happiness. This is something obvious that we should all know, but how many times have you caught yourself wanting the newest gadget as soon as it comes out? Do you want it because it will make you happy or do you want it because it is new? Think about it.

The actors in Stomp created sounds from plastic bags, cigarette boxes, newspapers, and more. In essence, they made music from nothing and provided a highly entertaining show! I think its incredible! Here is a clip from my favorite song:

Last week Sidebar, my favorite podcast in the entire universe, released a very cool interview with DC sweetheart Lauren Montgomery. I had the pleasure of seeing Lauren in a panel at Comic Con 2009 for the screening of Wonder Woman. She directed this amazing film. It quickly became a favorite movie of mine. I'm really looking forward to seeing more work animated films directed by her.

The interview touches on subjects like how she got into the animation industry. I found it fascinating because its almost as if there was one pivotal moment that started series of events that let to her success today. And this moment was Batman: The Animated Series. Anyone who has seen this show knows what I am talking about. This show was ground-breaking for its time, and even now, its rare to find an animated show that has as great an influence as this one. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, check it out! Batman: The Animated Series is unique because its directed and written as if it were meant for the movies. Its not a show that was aimed for kids and created for that reason. This was created because it needed to be created. I'm sure that it influenced her art and career path like a lot of artists that I know. The difference is that she gets to work along with Bruce Timm (the patriarch of all things awesome in the DC universe) and most of are still working towards our big break. With a lot of hard work, dreams do come true! It happened to Lauren Montgomery and you can listen to it in the interview. And if you liked it, you should also check out her blog. She posts tons of doodles! Some of them are Sailormoon fanart. Love!

I try to live as green as possible but I still feel like I can do more. I recently made a small change which is making a bigger impact than I imagined. I invested in a re-usable water bottle. My Liquid Solutions stainless steel bottle is probably one of the best purchases I've ever made. Its affordable, sturdy, and has a sleek, sexy design. I carry it around everywhere I go and I haven't had to buy plastic bottled water ever since. I even find myself drinking less sugary juices and soda and more water instead. This is better for my body and the environment. The best part is that its easy to clean. It comes in three pieces, all of which are removable. Because of its construction, its pretty impossible for mold to develop in the nooks and crannies. There aren't any hard to reach or hard to clean spots. If you're looking for a water bottle, get this one. Tip: I like to wrap mine in a bandana before putting it in my bag to protect it from scratches and to help maintain the drink temperature.

Hang in there everyone! Spring is almost here!


cuteordeath said...

Hehe, I totally want to try growing sprouts or something edible in my manga. xD

That water bottle does sound good...I've been using a Sanrio nalgene-style plastic bottle for about 5 years, but it is hard to clean around the cap. :<

Sarah said...

@cuteordeath I think manga farming would be a neat project to do for Spring. The only thing that I'm afraid of is mold and moss, but I guess that's part of SCIENCE!

I loooove nalgene bottles, they're colorful and so much lighter than the one I have. I still love mine though hehehehe