My 365 project for 2014

I’ve wanted to do a 365 project probably ever since I started this blog. Initially, my blog was started up as a university project, and I’m super glad I did it. My theme was quite design oriented, but it was also just filled with fun random stuff. So way back then, in April 2010 (guys that even before the World Cup. Say what?) was when I first stumbled upon the concept of 365 projects, and wished I was cool or creative enough to start my own. Here are some examples of projects that I loved all those years ago:

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The most difficult thing I always thought was coming up with an idea. Then you can roll with it. And it hit me the other day. I don’t want to tell you what it is yet. It’s not going to be super incredibly awesome, and I don’t want to get your hopes up (don’t worry, it also won’t be clouds or sunsets), but I think it’s going to be really nice and something that will push me a little bit creatively in my actual life. And that’s always a good thing.

I’m just trying to work out how best to do this. Should I do a blog post daily on this blog, or just start a new one dedicated to it? Or should I do it on tumblr? (Lawdy, I’ve never even used tumblr!) Do I instagram, or post original pictures? Should I make a separate page on my blog for it? I’m not sure, and I’m kind of working it all out. I’ve kind of also been looking at apps to use, just something that involved a calendar so that I can keep track properly. I know I’m going to miss days because of Jewish holidays and the occasional Shabbos, but I think that’s ok. You’ll all forgive me, right?

The difficult thing – is that I want to start NOW. And I know that technically, I can, and that there’s nothing stopping me. But should I? Or is there something gratifying or simply numerical and chronological in starting on January 1st in 2014? I’d love to hear more on your thoughts. As “readers” (I say that because deep down it still just feels like I’m talking to myself up here, and don’t believe that people actually read this drivel), do you have thoughts on this? Do you even follow people who do these 365 projects?

I guess I have some time until January 1st to figure out the nitty gritty 🙂

A Recipe Book Inspired by Modern Art? Get me one!

I had a love hate relationship with art at school. I took a subject called “Graphic Art” which included graphic design practical with art history as the theory component. I hated theory as my marks were never as high as I liked, and pracs gave me nightmares. Whenever I visit my old highschool, I have creepy visions while walking down that cold, white corridor at the very end of the school. The pracs were demanding, I never felt my ideas were good enough, and our teacher always used to push us to what he knew we were capable of. I cried many times. I threatened to drop Art for Business Studies every term from grade 10 until it was too late in matric.

By the time matric rolled around I finally got the hang of the theory and my marks went up. My teacher pushed me the right amount and my work was pretty decent. I really fell in love with the theory we were learning for our matric exams, the movements, the artworks and the artists. One of our essays was on Modern Art, and when I was in New York I had to go to MOMA (Museum of Modern Art). MY friends wanted to go to the Met instead, so I went with them. All I wanted was to see a real Jackson Pollock. All the paint, the layers, the size of those canvases. I wanted it to consume me. It was a very happy moment.

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So when I saw this book which takes modern art pieces and inspires recipes from it – come now, it’s just too cool. Caitlin Freeman who compiled the books and created the recipes actually works at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and roams the museum for inspiration. I think that’s the greatest job. What a lady!Free_Modern Art Desserts-thumb-480x599-2291

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Inspire Me

Usually, I’m not one for inspirational quotes. Like those people on twitter who practically only tweet inspiring things? No, come on. You don’t come across as inspiring anymore, you come across as absolutely annoying. BUT – illustrate a quote beautifully and graphically, and I might be more inclined to listen. I just came across these illustrations by Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based illustrator Tang Yau Hoong, using the quotes by some famous people (the likes of Steve Jobbs and Mandela included) and I couldn’t not share them with you. I just love how the quote is used to effectively to portray these images. Love, love, love.

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A Guy Who Climbed Everest. Respect.

If you follow me on twitter, you may have been confused by a series of tweets of mine last night. Well, I went to go listen to a guest speaker. I’m really not one for this type of thing, but Greg was busy with work, I had nothing to do, my friends were going and I live a 30 second walk from the venue. So I went really for the social vibe and to kill some time.

But I’m really glad I went. Nadav Ben Yehuda, and Israeli climber was the night’s speaker. His story is more than about his ascent to Everest. This guy, 300m from the top, found a dying man and decided to turn around and try save his life. Instead of going all the way to the summit. Did I mention that this guy is 23? Yep. That’s the same age as me.

Everest base camp. He said it felt like he was at Woodstock or some other music festival.

Everest base camp. He said it felt like he was at Woodstock or some other music festival.

He started with an intro video, showing a montage of the various mountains he has climbed and shots of Everest. I turned to my friend and whispered “Who does that?!”. He proceeded to tell us about the training, preparation, gear and money alone that go into these expeditions. Which last 3 months. Try thinking 6 tents and $150 000 (though he managed to get by with $60 000. Still no mean feat. Oh, and being a student – of course he was sponsored). Before he started his Everest expedition, he actually climbed a series of other mountains, just to acclimatize himself to the air/oxygen at those altitudes.

What you don’t realise, is that you can’t actually climb straight up a mountain of those heights. You climb up, set up camp for a while, and actually climb back down again – all in order to go back up. It’s all to acclimatise yourself. Which is kind of hectic. He said your body isn’t meant to survive at those altitudes, hence the need for extra oxygen.


Just to put the heights and distances into perspective for you.

He showed us pictures of their base camps – which is a place they set up along the mountain and actually live at for a couple days at a time. Kitchen, showers, bathrooms. It was like their home, he said.

People often don’t come back from these expeditions alive. You can’t really picture it. Going on a hike and not coming home. But people die up there. The cold, avalanches, crevices of snow, going too slowly, falling – many of these circumstances are out of your control entirely. Nadav explained how he would just walk over dead bodies, and showed a video montage as well. It was frightening.

Despite different routes, there are some spots where every climber has to pass through, resulting in: traffic.

Despite different routes, there are some spots where every climber has to pass through, resulting in: traffic.

Let’s skip to the big part of the story: 300m from the summit, Nadav encounter a 3rd dead body of that day. He recognised the clothes of a Turkish man he had heated political debates with down on base-camp. He thought the man was dead, and suddenly he moved. Nadav wasn’t sure whether to go to the summit and fetch him on the way down (which would take him another 4 hrs just to get up), or take him down then and there. There was no way the man would survive if he went to the summit. So he took this man down. 300m from the top of Everest, this 23 year old saved the life of another man. Everest is usually a mission that’s all about you, it’s survival of the fittest.

When asked, he said he had no regrets that he didn’t make it to the summit. It’s really something inspiring. He also said he doesn’t know if he’d make the trip again, only maybe if he were leading the first Israeli expedition. Below are my tweets from last night, which just show some extra tidbits from the night.


Kinda puts your life into perspective, no?