Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki make a giant Kaleidoscope inside a Shipping Container

For the Kobe Biennial’s Art Container Contest, numerous designers were challenged to create an environment with the confines of a standard international shipping container. Designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki decided to create a gigantic kaleidoscope that people could walk inside and experience (sort of like the entrance to Tokyo Plaza).

But it wasn’t just about putting mirrors at every angle so the environment would radically change as people walked through it, explains Shirane. “We wanted to create the world’s first zipper architecture. In other words, this polyhedron is completely connected by zippers. And in order to facilitate even more radical change some of the surfaces open and close like windows.”

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The Next Ten Minutes | The Last Five Years (2013 Off-Broadway Cast Recording)

i’ve been so makulit with this song, but i just have to reblog this again, because a local production is in the works



David Archuleta sings Bring Him Home for U.S. troops in Afghanistan



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Apolinario Mabini is unfairly called “Dakilang Lumpo.” If Filipinos only knew that even without polio his greatness in history’s eyes would still be the same, we wouldn’t make such a fuss out of his disability. He never wanted to be treated with special treatment. In fact, none of his works explicitly make any excuse out of this physical limitation of his, other than a simple word at the end of his letters, his sign that says “The Paralytic.” 

It has been 150 years since he was born in a humble hut of peasants in Talaga, Tanauan, Batangas. Mabini’s mother, Dionisia Maranan, a simple vendor, wanted his son to become a priest. Records do not say what caused his parents’ passing but we could only guess it was out of life’s hardships. 

Mabini was there when Jose Rizal organized a special organization, the La Liga Filipina, “to unite the whole archipelago into a homogenous society.” He then fades into obscurity again in history until he was arrested by the Spanish authorities because of his involvement with the defunct organization. He would shortly be released because of his disability.

Never a cause not to move in the service of his countrymen, Mabini despite his disability, eventually saw the Philippine Revolution as a valid cause, but seeing it so disorganized, he felt burdened to guide the movement by writing articles advising the Filipinos on their next move.

Much to his pamphleteering, Mabini’s well-known Ordenanzas reached Aguinaldo, with recommendation from Felipe Agoncillo, saying that the man would be most useful in the Republica Filipina. As such, as if handpicked by Divine Providence, Aguinaldo who just got back in Cavite from exile, sent for Mabini, who by then was staying in Los Baños, Laguna.

Sublime Paralytic Crosses a Riverby Rudy Herrera photo imagejpg1_zps92214c84.jpg

From town to town, amidst scorching heat, the long trek of Aguinaldo’s men began, carrying this unknown invalid in a hammock. There were even accounts that say there was one moment when the men forgot Mabini in his hammock, leaving him there in the heat of the sun as the men were resting. And yet Mabini never complained. When he arrived, on June 12, 1898 at Kawit, Cavite, Mabini arrived late for the Independence Proclamation ceremonies. 

Historian Teodoro Agoncillo writes: 

"General Aguinaldo, now face to face with the invalid, was assailed by misgivings as to the advisability of employing the services of such a one. What immense trouble was needed to bear this invalid from town to town at a pace which military necessity would certainly require, and require often, considering the rebel situation! Aguinaldo felt that he must have made a hasty decision in sending for the paralytic who was then recuperating at Los Baños. To all appearances, Mabini was useless. 

Doubts criss-crossed his mind. He was a bit embarrassed. For a few moments, the General and the Paralytic measured each other without uttering a word. There was tense silence verging on the ominous. Then Mabini spoke.

There was firmness in his words; there was a ring of deep conviction in his voice; there was, so Aguinaldo sensed, a largeness of soul and of vision encased within a weak body of this man for whom hundreds of men labored hard to bring nearer to the General. 

As Mabini spoke, the General’s doubts were dispelled.”

(Malolos: The Crisis of the Republic)

Indeed, never judge a book by its cover. 

To the man who became the Philippines’ first Prime Minister, and its foremost great political philosopher, who never fought with arms, but fought with conviction by the use of the mind and pen, this is your day.

Happy birthday, Apolinario Mabini!

More posts on Mabini HERE


The Philippine government has launched a commemorative page on Mabini on his sesquicentennial. Visit for awesome history maps, articles and more historical goodness. 


*PHOTO ABOVE: A photo of Mabini, imprisoned by the Americans in Anda Street Prison Intramuros, digitally colorized by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

PAINTING ABOVE: “Sublime Paralytic Crosses a River” by Rudy Herrera


The stunning Nasir al-mulk Mosque hides a gorgeous secret between the walls of its fairly traditional exterior: stepping inside is like walking into a kaleidoscope of colors. Every day, the rays of the early morning sun shine through colorful stained-glass windows, transforming the halls into a dazzling wonderland of rich hues, patterns, and light that play on the floor of the mosque.

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Quotable - Tom Robbins, born 22 July 1936


right now ists more of, saving myself from others….funny how the easiest way dismiss something you know nothing of is to assume that it does not matter

i think, people should be rewarded for the mere act of breathing through the day, breathing through life. for dodging verbal bullets…”dodging,” that sounds so cowardly, when it really is the bravest thing  person could do, keeping things together when you have all the permission to fall apart, stay alive when words are designed to kill…the spirit at least. funny ho we are told to understand others, have patience (which are all great virtues, by the way), in tagalog “palampasin mo na lang…pasok sa isang tenga, labas sa kabila…”), how we often indirectly learn to hold back, because keeping quiet is the only way to keep the peace. no one ever teaches us that we have the right to self preservation.

oh well…good morning friends! here’s to a safer, kinder day… :)

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