Before Halloween is gone I thought I’d do a blog about pumpkin art. Pumpkin art has come a long way since the very first carving of jack-o-lanterns and I have been saving these images for years so there’s no sense in wasting them. Hope you like them.
Monday, October 31
Facebook Says It’s NOT Shutting Down On March 15 (UPDATE)
Is Facebook closing down or not? It doesn’t seem like something they would do being so popular and making so much money but you never can tell. I found this article on Mashable Social Media and this is what they said.
There’s a silly rumor exploding on the Internet this weekend, alleging that Facebook is shutting down because CEO Mark Zuckerberg “wants his old life back,” and desires to “put an end to all the madness.” (Good thing he’s not living in Wonderland.)
[UPDATE] We have official confirmation from Facebook Director of Corporate Communications Larry Yu that the rumor is false. We asked him via e-mail if Facebook was shutting down on March 15, to which he responded, “The answer is no, so please help us put an end to this silliness.” He added, “We didn’t get the memo about shutting down and there’s lots to do, so we’ll just keep cranking away like always.”
Let’s think about this for a minute. Would Facebook decide to shut down the company just a few days after announcing a round of funding, consisting of $450 million from Goldman Sachs and $50 million from Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, on a valuation of $50 billion?
The fact that this absurd hoax spread so efficiently makes us wonder: Will people believe anything?
I believe so; I have seen people believe all kinds of things in this lifetime. Some that have shocked me! In business this happens a lot.
I guess we will see what happens in the end. As far as the site that started this “rumor” if it really is spreading bad news. It wouldn’t be the only one that pulls this crap online these days.
I feel Facebook isn’t going to just shut down but in this economy I see many huge companies that have problems even though they are successful and making plenty of money. Facebook would not be the first company to go down like this in these times, but with the amount of money they’re making it would be unreal!
So what do you think about it?
Saturday, October 29
These wonderful welding sculptures were done by Australian artist James Corbett. He’s 46 years old and lives in Ningi, Queensland, Australia with his wife Jodie. He creates his popular sculptures using pieces of old cars; the French and British cars are James' favorites to retrieve for his work.
He said he got started when; "I was working in a scrap warehouse and a guy I know that ran stock car races, showed me a Trophy made of used car parts. The winner was Levers Of Change. I looked at it and I thought that I could do a much better job so I started making my own sculptures." And the rest was pure inspiration and talent.
James explains that welding and the sculpture of the parts is not what consumes the most time when making a piece. He says; "Often the longest part of the process is finding old parts suitable for the sculpture."
His sculptures are made of gears, spark plugs, exhausts, radiators, anything that James can find. After spending weeks dedicated to locating suitable pieces, he meticulously cleans every part and welds them together. "On average, each piece takes a little over two weeks of work, but the larger pieces can take much longer", he says.
Corbett is a genius, this is the man that converts parts of cars that have been scrapped into sculptures worth thousands of dollars. I admire him for his talent and he’s helping the earth by recycling. The best of both worlds.
His favorite pieces? "My two favorite pieces I've created for this exhibition are the ram and the wild boar," he says.
Now, let’s take a look at his fabulous art, these pieces below were all fabricated from junk cars made from 1950 and 1960. I think you’ll love what you see I know I do!
The piece above, a ram made of spark plugs sold for a
An amazing artist at work!
These are really brilliant sculptures and you can tell that Corbett puts a lot of tedious work into them. The ram has so many spark plugs on it, can you imagine assembling it? No wonder it was so expensive.
I enjoy looking at each of them to see what car parts he’s used and how he used them. He is very talented and his work is beautiful.