Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Theme Specific Stamps: Charlie Chaplin

Whenever comedy is talked about, Charlie Chaplin’s name is remembered in golden words. It was in the Golden Age of Comedy that actors like Charlie Chaplin made people laugh out loud even when the movies were silent.  Charles Spencer Chaplin aka Charlie Chaplin, is considered to be one of the most original, creative and imposing celebrities of the film world. It may not be wrong to say that he pioneered humour when the world was in depression and crippled by the WW-I.  
Charles Spencer Chaplin
Born in 1989, his 88 years of life was fully devoted to the entertainment of the people and the film industry. But his earlier life specially from 1914 to 1920 when he starred in the silent movies made him to be remembered for the rest of his life and even after his death in 1977. His famous films include The Tramp, City Lights and Modern Times. He also composed the music for both films with the theme song from A Countess From Hong Kong (1967), "This is My Song", reaching number one in the UK as sung by Petula Clark

Many famous roles of Charlie Chaplin in the Golden Age of Comedy films

In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Chaplin the 10th greatest male screen legend of all time.In 2008, Martin Sieff, in a review of the book Chaplin: A Life, wrote: "Chaplin was not just 'big', he was gigantic.

It may sound strange to many that despite his popularity and unique acting skills, he never won an Oscar award for writing, directing or acting in his famous movies, he wasn't even nominated for most of them. He was also nominated once in 1948 for Best Writing, Original Screenplay for the movie, Monsieur Verdoux(1947), and twice in 1941 for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Writing, Original Screenplay, both for the movie, The Great Dictator (1940). However he won an Honorary award in 1972, and in 1929.

It was only in 1973 that he won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score for Limelight. The film produced in 1952 was not released in Los Angeles until 1972. Under the Academy rules at the time being, this permitted it to be eligible despite of being 20 years old.

However, the highest honour conferred upon him came at the age of 85 when he was knighted for his outstanding performance in the art of entertainment.

Like everyone else, many countries have commended Charlie Chaplin by issuing commemorative stamps from time to time. Here are are some of these:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Besides postage stamps, here are  a few FDC (First Day Covers) of stamps issued commemorating Charlie Chaplin:

 
 
 

Reference:
Charlie Chaplin (Wikipedia)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Theme Specific Stamps: Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln secured the Republican nomination and was elected president in 1860 and remained the US president from March 1961 for next four years till he was assassinated in 1865.

Lincoln is famous for his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. He also promoted the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery. He is also attributed to the exercise of unprecedented war powers, including the arrest and detention without trial of thousands of suspected secessionists.

Due is popularity both within and without USA, many a countries has printed commemorative postage stamps in his favour, some of these are given below:

Republic of Rwanda
Argentina
Cameroon
Haiti
Taiwan
Khatiri State

Ajman
Republic of Central Africa
India
Honduras
Haiti
 Obviously, most of the stamps come form USA. In fact Abraham Lincoln seems to be the only US president who has figured out on so many US stamps as well as the world over. Some of the US stamps bearing head / portrait of Lincoln are given herein under:

Friday, February 10, 2012

10 coolest floor designs

Architects and designers are always coming up something different and unique. But when it comes to innovating new ideas, there is no limit. Herein under are 10 coolest floor designs, which speak both of aesthetics and innovation. See for yourself:

Optical Illusion Floor

10 Awesome Flooring Designs'

This optical illusion carpet, spotted in a Paris video game store, provides an illusion of a vortex floor.

Floor made of Leather Belts

10 Awesome Flooring Designs'

(Belt) strapped for cash? Forget 'affordable' for a minute and just imagine the curious combination of feeling aged leather beneath your feet, and the look of vintage belts lining the floors of your home. Leather flooring is fairly unusual, but these upcycled belt designs are unique – each one hand-crafted and with individually-selected old belts.

OK, but the price? Over 600 dollars for the round mat shown above from BranchHome and over 70 dollars per square foot for the floor tiles from Ting. (Link | Via)

Penny Floor

10 Awesome Flooring Designs'

A floor literally tiled with thousands of copper pennies… it's pretty surprising to look down and see them when you walk into The Standard Grill in The Standard Hotel, New York. The design was selected by the restaurant's designers, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of New York design firm - Roman and Williams.

Radiant Heat Floor

10 Awesome Flooring Designs'

Take off your shoes and feel the warmth coming up through that radiant heat flooring. It's not only one of the coolest ways to get warm (no pun intended), but it's also really energy efficient because, unlike traditional heating systems, you don't lose the heat. With traditional baseboard heating or forced hot air heating, a lot of the energy you use to heat your home is wasted because much of the heat produced is immediately lost. But with radiant floors, that warmth is transferred directly to you as you come in contact with the floor. And it takes advantage of something we all know - hot air rises - so when the heat is generated underneath the floor, it does what it's supposed to, which is go directly up. Aside from the fact that it keeps your indoor temperature up, and your heating bills down, it's just plain fantastic.

Aerial Photo Floor

10 Awesome Flooring Designs'

Check out the Flying Carpet next time you're in Sacramento. Created by California-based artist Seyed Alavi, the carpet is an aerial view of the Sacramento River as it flows for 50 miles, between the California towns of Colusa and Chico. The 18-foot-wide, 150-foot-long image is woven and dyed into the carpet covering a walkway that connects the main parking lot and Terminal A. Alavi won a competition of more than 100 artists that submitted proposals for upgrading the walkway.



Salt Floor

10 Awesome Flooring Designs'

Every once in a while, though, we run across someone who has taken the industry to a whole new level. Japanese Artist Motoi Yamamoto has found his medium in grains of salt - billions and billions of them. Yamamoto adheres plain table salt to floor surfaces, creating extremely intricate patterns & landscapes. The result is pretty amazing and can be a dizzying optical illusion if you stare too long. To prep, the artist draws the most complex mazes and labyrinths imaginable, plotting out his design.

His creations are for exhibition only and aren't meant for permanent floor design, which is fortunate, because it'd take just one mildly rude friend to undo hours upon hours of work.

Puzzle Floor

10 Awesome Flooring Designs'

This floor is something that stands out from the crowd. The new Puzzle Floor elicits expressions of surprise and amazement. A perfect solution for children's bedrooms, but not only. Available in 13 colors, the tiles can be mixed for unique, personalized installations.

Human Traffic Floor

10 Awesome Flooring Designs'

Alistair Bramley's Dimension laminate flooring is a futuristic take on laminate floor design. The patterns are created using the natural movement of people within a set environment. Obstacles such as furniture are incorporated into the floor design. Video footage of how people used the room space was captured, processed and then printed onto the floor. This takes bespoke flooring to the next level.

Etched Floor

10 Awesome Flooring Designs'

Some prefer the raw texture of hand-scraped hardwood floors, while others want the modern look (and low costs) of laminate wood flooring. These patterned wooden planks provide artistic relief somewhere in between – an honest contemporary take on classic material and installation approaches.

This decorative flooring series from Mafi provides a fresh outlook on manufactured floors, etching designs that range from abstract floral patterns to playfully embossed stick figures. The pre-engraved slats are shallow enough not to collect dirt and dust (at least in theory), but deep enough to be felt underfoot by bare feet or with socks – each features a darker ‘burned' look or a consistent surface treatment where variation is seen only by reflection, light and shadow.

Interactive Floor

10 Awesome Flooring Designs'

Billed as the world's first truly "sustainable dance club", Club Watt is based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and aims to use 50 per cent less waste and 30 per cent less energy than a typical club. To achieve its goals, it's working to the green guidelines of a non-profit organization known as the Sustainable Dance Club.

As well as generating energy, the dance floor has an interactive element. As you dance, its appearance changes through the LED lighting embedded in the panels, which are made from recycled materials.

Source: Techzug

Monday, February 6, 2012

8 Tips For Taking Care of Your Pet Dog's Teeth

Keeping pets as a hobby is one thing - but taking care of their health is altogether a different and difficult thing to do. Many leave the health care of their pets to the vets, who charge hefty amounts to treat even smallest and simplest of pet diseases. 

Oral healthcare of Pet Dogs [Photo: Getty Images ]

If the pet-keepers pay a little attention and read more about how to keep pets and how to carry out simple daily or weekly inspections, many ailments can be treated before these actually occur.

For those who have dogs in their house, I came across an informative post at Huffington Post for the oral care of the dogs and I am sharing it for the benefit of many who have dogs and want 'them dogs' to be healthy with no extra cost.

  1. Start an Oral Care Routine
  2. Get a Professional Cleaning
  3. Start Early
  4. Remove Food Particles
  5. Stop Gingivitis
  6. Avoid Serious Problems
  7. Look and Feel Better
  8. Oral Care Treats
While the above tips are dog specific, I am sure these can be applicable for all pets and can be intelligently interpreted for specific type of pet.

Read details about each tip above: Huffington Post

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Eye Catching 'Car Craft' Festival In Moscow

Keeping cars, new and old, is a widely adopted hobby around the world between the rich and famous. But painting these automobiles with mind boggling artwork is altogether a different hobby - for this is the domain of people who like innovations based on their aesthetic sense. 

Herein under are photographs of a car show of hobbyists of this taste, which was held in Moscow. See for yourself how art lovers transformed their vehicles into something eye catching, unique and real beauties.

Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow


Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow
Amazing Car Craft Festival In Moscow


Source: Funzug