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Leonardo Da Vinci – by Walter Isaacson

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.

Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it—to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

Currently available @ Books Kinokuniya

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Funko Pop! Vinyl: Taking cuteness to a whole new level

What Is A Funko Pop Vinyl?

A Funko Pop! Vinyl is a stylized vinyl collectible figurine manufactured by the Funko company in Everett Washington USA. They are identifiable by the uniquely embellished oversize heads on springs which bobble about when shaken (AKA: Bobble-Head). Not all the Pop Vinyls have bobbling heads, there are many with heads that are fixed firmly in place with glue.

Funko has licenses to produce 1000’s of different characters from Popular Culture like Marvel, DC Comics, Disney, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and other pop culture entities. The best way to stay up to date is by following Funko’s official blog.

When talking about Funko Pop!, 3 things that pops into my mind are #1 – Cute!, #2 Quite Affordable, #3 Need to Control!.

Why cute? All of them have this big squarish head with big round eyes, that will capture your attention
Quite Affordable? Yes, normal Pops will cost around SGD 19.90
Need to Control? There are simply too many out there for you to collect, and its never ending. We need space too!

From what I have observed for the past one year, including myself – Funko Pop! succeeded in capturing the fans attention by making their favourite characters (fictional or non-fictional), into something that looks cute and yet affordable to buy. As a result, making the fans very hard to resist. And so once they started it, they will get hooked and wanted to complete the collection or more even more in the future.

Only this month, Funko HQ has just moved to Everett – Washington, and launches its first retail store. It’s a big move for the privately-held toy company that booked more than $425 million in revenue last year and has come out of nowhere since 2010 to challenge leading toy brands like Lego and Mattel.

With the dominant presence at comic, game and toy conventions worldwide and has cultivated a network of diehard fanatics and casual fans numbering in the millions, I strongly believe Funko will very soon be the largest toy maker company in the World. Below are some of the useful links you can find out more about Funko!

Useful Links:
Where to find and Buy Funko Pop in Singapore
Rookie Collectibles based in Singapore (YouTube)
Poppriceguide
Popvinylfaq

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*CK – A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life

SUBTLETY #1: NOT GIVING A FUCK DOES NOT MEAN BEING INDIFFERENT; IT MEANS BEING COMFORTABLE WITH BEING DIFFERENT

SUBTLETY #2: TO NOT GIVE A FUCK ABOUT ADVERSITY, YOU MUST FIRST GIVE A FUCK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN ADVERSITY

SUBTLETY #3: WE ALL HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF FUCKS TO GIVE; PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE AND WHO YOU GIVE THEM TO

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WSJ: The Circle is Now Complete – Featuring Jony Ive

With Apple Park, Jony Ive has again brought Steve Jobs’s exacting design vision to life – this time to seed a permaculture of innovation at Apple headquarters. Be sure to find out how we can design space around us, and letting environment to shape us later. Read more

Naoto Fukasawa in Singapore for a Talk about “Found Muji” concept

Its a rare occasion for Japan renowned designer – Naoto Fukasawa to visit our Sunny island. And if not for the recent launched of Muji first flagship store @ Plaza Singapura in South-East Asia, I would not have this great opportunity to see and hear his talk in person. It’s a 2 hours talk + Q&A session. A Tote bag + gift card were given out to all audience as well.

According to Fukasawa san, Found Muji concept is about getting design to work at its core. He once said “The best designs are those that dissolve into behaviour.”, something that works in our daily life without us realising it.

A permanent exhibit display is currently available @ Muji Plaza Singapura, can head down to see the items that are found to contain some Muji elements around the World.

Retail chief Angela Ahrendts talks ‘Today at Apple’ and more in video interview

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