Brave

So as Pixar fans (like me) know already, Brave will be released on the 22nd of June (which is also my birthday!), 2012. For those who haven’t seen them yet, here are the trailers, and a sneak-peek from “La Luna” (which has been nominated for animated short oscar) which will be shown right before Brave.

Additionally, the synopsis of Brave has also been released for those who want to know more:

“Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.”

Grimm and other Folk Tales

Here are some illustrations made by Cory Godbey about some fairy-folk tales. I like the style very much, and hope you enjoy it too. My faves are The Princess and the Dragon from The Four Clever Brothers and The Troll from the Three Billy Goats (which oddly was one of my favorite stories from preschool.)

The Prince in the Tree from the Old Woman in the Wood

The Glass Coffin from Snow White

The Princess and the Dragon from The Four Clever Brothers

Little Red Riding Hood from Little Red Riding Hood

Hansel and Gretel from Hansel and Gretel

The Nine Peahens from The Nine Peahens

The Death and Life of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast

Ivan and the Fire Bird from Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf

The Troll from The Three Billy Goats

Daga and the Trolls from Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain

Umbrellas for the Civil but Discontent Man

Lovely products, funny – and probably true – name. Found the “Umbrella Samurai” from one of my good friend Ceyhun’s blog. The other umbrellas are nice too. My favorite is the one on the left of the picture in the middle. (although I don’t think that that one is for sale – pout). Designed by Materious (purchase information is also available on their website).

“In Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud contends that aggressiveness is a fundamental human instinct whose inhibition is a necessary obligation of social life:

“Men are not gentle, friendly creatures wishing for love, who simply defend themselves if they are attacked, but that a powerful measure of desire for aggression has to be reckoned as part of their instinctual endowment.”

Fundamentally there is a tension between the freedom to gratify these natural desires and the conformity demanded by civilization.  What results is a muted, guilty, and ultimately a discontent populous in which the possibility of a more complete happiness has been traded for a degree of security.

Umbrellas for the Civil but Discontent Man combines a symbol of gentlemanly refinement—the full-sized, dark umbrella—with an element of more manly sword-bearing times.  The umbrellas offer brief psychological respite from the dictates of social amiability; aggressive fantasies are allowed and encouraged on the daily commute to the office.  The effete civilian’s grasp of the handle takes him into the world of the masterful samurai, the medieval barbarian, or the triumphant cavalryman.”

Guy Harvey

While zapping on the TV with my sister, we came across a news report about Guy Harvey, who was painting an sword fish with watercolors. At first I thought he was an artist very talented in using watercolors, but turns out that he was a scientist and a businessman as well. He is currently working on raising fund to save the gulf after the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. Growing up in Jamaica, Guy spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the Island’s south coast. He was obsessed with the creatures of the sea and began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed.Guy’s artwork can be found in art exhibits, stores, galleries, restaurants and at fishing tournaments. He makes appearances at store openings as well as public appearances for a variety of environmental causes.

Born in Lippspringe, Germany on September 16, 1955 while his father was serving as a Gunnery Officer in the British Army, Guy is a 10th generation Jamaican of English heritage as his family immigrated to Jamaica in 1664. From his early inspirations, Guy’s natural gift to recreate marine life has propelled him from Professor of Marine Biology to a Wildlife Artist and Photographer. Guy initially opted for a scientific education, earning high honors in Marine Biology at Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977. He continued his formal training at the University of West Indies, where he obtained a Doctorate in Fisheries Management.

In 1985, he depicted Ernest Hemingway’s famous fishing story “The Old Man & the Sea” through a series of 44 original pen and ink drawings and displayed them at an exhibition in Jamaica. Based on the positive response he received at the show, Guy began painting full time and by 1988 was providing custom artwork for use on a variety of products. Guy began to travel the world to gain more knowledge of the habits and activities of marine wildlife. He became an avid scuba diver and skilled underwater photographer. He pioneered a technique of diving and photographing free-swimming billfish. His personal observations made during these diving expeditions have better enabled him to capture the detail in his paintings that contributes to the popularity of his work.

A passion for the beauty and wonder of the underwater world has driven Dr. Guy Harvey to be a leading conservationist and advocate for the protection of our environment. Guy dedicates much of his talent, time and resources to programs that protect our oceans, fish population and reef systems. The Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University and The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation have taken on a leadership role in providing the scientific information necessary to understand and protect the world’s fish resources and biodiversity from continued decline.”

Glimpse by Sarah Tamala Kang

Nice idea, made me smile.

Sometimes we cannot help but to try and catch a glimpse of the otherside.

Passing through the everyday spaces we inhibit, the door half opened always stirs up a sense of seduction and curiosity within us. Inspired by these ordinary yet inexplicable moments in our daily lives, I designed a mirror that gives an illusion of a door opening on any given surface.” is the description of Glimpse. Check out other works from Sarah Tamala Kang on her website.


Update from my life + Pera Museum

Lately I have been busy with my internship in a printing house. It’s a nice place hidden in a queer neighborhood, the place is in the middle of the city but nobody really knew how to get there and I got lost 4 times on my second day (the first day I had hired a cab) but well, when you learn how to get there the rest is easy. Oh and I have learned a lot from my internship so far.

Last weekend I went to the Botero exhibition in the Pera Museum with my mother, and it was quite interesting but not as interesting as the exhibitions downstairs from the Suna and İnan Kıraç collection. One was of the panaromas of İstanbul and other nice portraits of women and royal life. There was also a replica of the Tamer of tortoises (Kaplumbağa Terbiyecisi) which my mother took a liking to since she first saw its photo many years ago. The other exhibition was of the various types of weighing systems, and there were a lot of weights from Roman Antiquity to Byzantium period weights to Ottoman then modern weights and so, there was one shaped like the head of Heracles (or Hercules), another looking  like a 12-sided die which we use to play FRP and much more. There was also a pretty sundial which I liked, and next time I’ll be sure to bring my camera with me, because they were so pretty ^^

By the way, entering the Pera Museum is only 3 liras for students and 5 liras per person for other people. So it’s quite cheap and worth paying for to see those wonderful collections.

Proposal for VA 302 Multi-page Document

The multi-page document for Project Studio will be a magazine that Çubuk the fictional Chinese Restaurant will publish.

Ideas for the magazine name are:

uçuk, buçuk, çubukluk

Ideas for the department pages are:

Chinese astrology page which will feature monthly horoscope readings for each of the 12 signs, and fun facts about the legends behind the animals who symbolize the signs.

DIY page where there will be illustrated guides that show how to make things, like chinese lanterns or things like Japanese paper foldings (origami).


Travel page/ destinations which will have brief introductions for locations that are located in Asia. However, writing about countries will be too general, so smaller places like cities or towns will be featured, like Kuala Lumpur instead of Malaysia.


Music, book, game and movie reviews will introduce the asian popular culture, like j-pop, k-pop and t-pop, books written by Amy Tan, games produced by Square Enix, movies by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neigbor Totoro) or Kar Wai Wong (Chungking Express) etc.


Some words from the editor, which will talk about the new issue, the happenings of the month and what is going on within both Çubuk and the magazine.

Health department which will feature general knowledge about subjects like acupuncture and herbal medicines, where people tend to be most biased or misinformed.


Jokes where there will be jokes that the readers send in. Readers will be asked to send jokes and funny incidents that have happened to them. This is for breaking away from the well known jokes.

Puzzles that will be fun and challenging for children and adults. This part will feature puzzles like sudoku.


News from Çubuk which will be about the kitchen, new products, new themes, new branches etc.

Ideas for the feature pages are:

Interview with an Asian celebrity, like Yang Chengling (Rainie), singer from Taiwan, or basketball players like Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi, from China.


Article about subjects like yoga, Chinese tea, feng shui…


A short story page, selected from a competition among the readers.

A special report on how to select what you cook.

Might be the cheesiest post I ever made. Here is the proper nice snazzy and promised PDF: Proposal for multipage document