[Being creative] is noticing when something interesting is starting to happen and then building on it and asking yourself, ‘Where can I go with this?’
creative guy with an eye on Japan
“[My father] taught me to work hard but know that it’s not necessarily going to mean you’ll get the thing you want. That’s not the goal, anyway–it’s the work.”
Actor and producer Don Cheadle, interviewed in the February 2014 issue of Details magazine.
In the winter season 2013/2014 edition of Monocle Alpino (#8), Monocle senior editor Sophie Grove had this to say about the nature of the explorers who attempt to climb Mt. Everest, against treacherous odds and conditions, despite the fact it’s been done a great number of times:
Perhaps this is to do with our respect for the sublime, our uncritical admiration for derring-do, our awe of individuals who challenge the environment. I would like to see modern-day heroism directed towards things that need fixing in the world. We need brave, courageous figures in society to apply these traits to real problems. To look after life and love is more lofty a goal than any icy expedition.
Despite the absence of Israel and San Marino, I enjoyed the final. The biggest surprise was that the two songs I detested the most in the semifinals–Lithuania and Ukraine–weren’t so bad the second time I heard them. In fact, I put Ukraine into my top five! Compared to previous years, while this year didn’t have any real turkeys, there weren’t any songs that really made me say “WOW! That’s amazing!” I hope there is more variety next year. Here are my top five choices, in order:
|My Rank||Contest Rank||Country||Title, Artist|
|1||9||The Netherlands||“Birds”, Anouk|
|2||24||Finland||“Marry Me”, Krista Siegfrids|
|3||1||Denmark||“Only Teardrops”, Emmilie de Forest|
|4||3||Ukraine||“Gravity”, Zlata Ognevich|
|5||12||Belgium||“Love Kills”, Roberto Bellarosa|
See you next year in Denmark!
The second semifinal of Eurovision 2013 was better than the first–there weren’t any songs that made me cringe! It also looked like they toned down some of the camera tricks. Alas, my top two favorite songs (Israel and San Marino) did not make it to the final, for which I’m very disappointed. The singer from Israel (Moran Mazor) seemed far more mature and accomplished a singer than her 22 years would suggest. Here are my top five choices, in order:
|1||Israel||“Rak Bishvilo”, Moran Mazor|
|2||San Marino||“Crisalide (Vola)”, Valentina Monetta|
|3||Finland||“Marry Me”, Krista Siegfrids|
|4||Switzerland||“You and Me”, Takasa|
|5||Romania||“It’s My Life”, Cezar|
Finland and Romania made it to the finals, as did Azerbaijan, Malta, Iceland, Greece, Armenia, Hungary, Norway, and Georgia.
Watch this blog for my report on the big finale happening this Saturday! And follow me on Twitter @jogolandgroup to read my tweets live!
I must say, I was a little underwhelmed with the first semifinal. Too many soundalike ballads and too many songs that sounded like last year’s winner (“Euphoria” by Loreen)–nothing really blew me away. I also didn’t care for all the special effects trickery–like trying to make a live concert look like a music video (for example, having Estonia’s performance begin in black and white). Still, there were a few songs I enjoyed, and I was surprised that my favorite song–”Birds” by Anouk (The Netherlands) made it to the final; it just seemed too alternative a song for Eurovision. Here are my top five choices, in order:
|1||The Netherlands||“Birds”, Anouk|
|2||Serbia||“Ljubav je Svuda”, Moje 3|
|3||Croatia||“Mižerja”, Klapa s Mora|
|4||Denmark||“Only Teardrops”, Emmilie de Forest|
|5||Slovenia||“Straight Into Love”, Hannah|
Denmark also made it to the finals, as did Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Ireland, Belgium, and my two least favorite entries by far, Ukraine and Lithuania.
Watch for my blog entry on Thursday for the second semifinal and on Saturday for the big finale!
To celebrate completing my 48th revolution around the sun, I had to geek out and figure out how old I’d be on the other planets in our solar system.
|Mercury||199 years (I would be both dead and sunburned to a crisp!)|
|Venus||78 years (enjoying my senior discount!)|
|Mars||25 years (old enough to drink!)|
|Jupiter||4 years (ready for kindergarten!)|
|Saturn||18 months (just starting to speak!)|
|Uranus||7 months (almost ready to crawl!)|
|Neptune||15 weeks (I can roll over; do not leave me unattended on a bed!)|
|Pluto*||10 weeks (starting to recognize faces!)|
*Let’s not debate whether or not Pluto is a planet; I could’ve just as easily used Ceres or Eris.
Overall, however, I think I’m happy to be 48!