Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Kazoo Kid


I've come across this ridiculous remix by Mike Diva, of an already ridiculous video, several times now.

It makes me laugh every time, so I'm posting it here, Kazoo Kid-Trap Remix:



As one of the YouTube comments says: "This is too lit fam"


Here is an edit of the original video, You On Kazoo!


On a related note, Mike Diva also created this crazy hilarious Japanese Donald Trump video that I linked to before.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Autumn Hornet

This large insect was on a rocky windowsill, so I got a couple photos.

by Paul Micarelli

It seemed slightly bothered when I got close, but it didn't fly away. I left it alone after taking some pics. It was cool-looking and had autumn colors.

After looking it up, I found that it was a European Hornet.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Walking Stick on a Window

Walking sticks are one of those insects that are so well camouflaged, that you will never notice them unless they are on an artificial surface. They usually stay completely still, so they are not picked off by birds or other predators. This makes it easy to take a photo for my album:

by Paul Micarelli

This one was clinging on a window at my parents' house, so its camo disguise didn't work very well. I showed my niece, who was fascinated by its strange form. She was amused when I suggested that maybe he still thought he was on a tree! I pointed out its tiny eyes, with the long antennae protruding from its head.

Walking sticks are one of the many truly alien-looking creatures that are actually common in our own natural world.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Frog in the Bushes


I saw this gray frog hopping into the bushes, so I got down close and saw it in the leaves. I took a photo to add to my album:

by Paul Micarelli

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Let's Paint, Exercise, & Blend Drinks!


I am a connoisseur of the absurd.

Nothing brings me more pleasure than seeing something that is totally insane or nonsensical, especially with humorous intent.

This video from Let's Paint TV by John Kilduff is a ridiculous attempt to exercise, take live calls, paint, and make blended drinks... all while wearing a suit & tie. To complete the package, there are crazy camera zooms & psychedelic video effects.

When I was in high school (before the endless entertainment of the internet) my friends and I amused ourselves by watching bad movies and cable access TV. If I would have seen this gem back then, I would've absolutely flipped out.


Friday, September 08, 2017

Blaise Pascal on War


I saw this quote by Reddit user noplusnoequalsno by scientist Blaise Pascal, and thought it described my views of nationalism and patriotic motivations for war pretty well.

"Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man should have the right to kill me because he lives on other sides of the water, and because his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have none with him?" - Blaise Pascal

The patriotic sentiment was never strong in me, even when I was younger. My preference is to label myself as a living being, first & foremost. Everything else is just tribal politics.

I do appreciate the fact that I live in a relatively developed country with a degree of freedom, and access to goods & services. However, the idea that we should be willing to put our lives on the line for war against another country, is cultural brainwashing. Nationalist wars (especially invasions & wars of conquest) rarely benefit anyone except the wealthy sociopaths who profit off conflict and human misery.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Paul Micarelli on LinkedIn


When I first started this blog, I tried to keep it separate from my personal life. I saw it as a pseudonym that I didn't want associated with my real identity. However, over the years I've posted my art & some personal experiences that I wanted to share. Because it's all sort of melded together now, I've ended up just approaching this blog as an aspect of my personality, instead of a distinct entity.

Over the past few months, I've been posting about my efforts to build both my Paul Micarelli Design business & the Fantasy Photos custom portrait service.

Since I'm trying to unleash my entrepreneurial potential, I recently created an account on LinkedIn. This is a social media platform for professionals & businesses. I've made my profile public, so my credentials and experience are visible. If anyone reading this is a member, feel free to connect with me.

LinkedIn:
Graphic Designer, Creative Director, & Entrepreneur

Friday, September 01, 2017

Henry Rollins: The One Decision that Changed My Life Forever


I have been at a major turning point in my life this year, and I've been reading very motivational books about how to approach a career and create the reality I want to experience.

Over the summer, I finished "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill, which (despite the title) was almost an esoteric and mystical approach to wealth. I'm now reading "Zen & the Art of Making a Living" by Laurence Boldt and "Care of the Soul" by Thomas Moore. I'm working to unleash my potential and make the most out of this life that I'm experiencing.

Today, I was watching a YouTube video of an entertainer, Tommy D, who I met recently at a business networking meetup. I then saw the video below of one of my adolescent idols of spoken word & music, Henry Rollins, talking about the single most transformative moment in his life. He came to a crucial crossroads & he created his destiny through his choice. I think it's interesting that he wonders what would've happened if he didn't accept the audition for his future band, Black Flag. I think all of us do this sometimes, but ultimately we have to accept the choices we've made, good or bad- and move on to the next choice that life presents us.

Even before watching the video, I have always tried to take this approach to heart. Especially in the last few months, I have kept my focus and been motivate each day to build the foundation for my future life and career. Not just in forming my businesses, but in maintaining my health. I have to give a lot of credit to my fiancé, who is a health guru compared to me. I was always fairly healthy & exercised, but I now eat very healthy and do different kinds of yoga in addition to working out. Each one of these little decisions we make each day forms the content of our experience. We cannot control all aspects of our environment, but we can control how we react to these circumstances.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Unexplored Ruins 06 (Buddha) by Renju Mv


In the subreddit r/ImaginaryLandscapes, I saw this digital painting that blew me away.

(click to enlarge)

I love the detail & scale of this mystical landscape, featuring animals (including monkeys) and a giant buddha statue in a mountainous jungle environment.

The artist is Renju Mv, and I would recommend checking out his other work on Artstation or deviantArt. The talent, skill, and vision of artists like Renju are breathtaking to behold.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Beeple

 
 This was the first example of Beeple's work that I saw & was like, "Wooooah!"

I have been following a bunch of artists on Instagram, but one of my favorites is "Beeple", the pseudonym of Mike Winkelmann. 

Beeple creates amazing, mind-blowing 3D and abstract imagery every day, for over 10 years! The quality and output of his work is absolutely astounding to me. It is super-human levels of artistry.

Some of my picks are posted below, but it's difficult for me to choose favorites of his work, because I love it all. I would suggest just bookmarking his pages and following them. 

Website:

 Instagram:

Facebook:

Twitter:






Thursday, August 24, 2017

Black and White Moth


 I saw this cool-looking black and white camouflage-patterned moth sitting on my desk while I was on my computer. I let him hang out there, but I wanted to get a photo to add to my nature album:


by Paul Micarelli

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Yesterday, I was able to watch the solar eclipse as the moon's path crossed in front of the sun. It's one of the cosmic events that is able to capture everyone's attention.

The last major eclipse I saw was a lunar one, where the Earth's shadow turned the moon blood red.

Unfortunately, I'm in NJ & we weren't in the path of the totality, where the entire sun is covered and the sky goes dark. However, it was still cool to see (through special glasses) the shadow of the moon as it slowly worked it's way past the sun's disc.

Here is a photo of me looking super cool in my eclipse glasses. I had absolutely no equipment to photograph the event properly, so I tried to take a pic with my phone through the filtered glasses lenses, but it didn't work very well since the moon's shadow wasn't visible at all.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

There's a Bee in my Tea!

I was looking at older nature photos I've taken, and saw this one that was pretty cool from September 2015.

It was a bee that went into my cup and grabbed onto the string of my tea bag. It was licking off the honey that was soaked into the material:

by Paul Micarelli

 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fungus Photos

UPDATE: More fungus photos added!

I've been taking a lot of nature photos, mostly of animals & plants. I thought it was time to add some pics of strange fungi to my album:

by Paul Micarelli

 I got down on the lawn to get an elf's eye view of this mushroom in the grass.


This fungus that looked like orange flowers was growing in a linear cluster.

 


 This large fungus looked like a folded up pancake.



There were several protrusions of fungi growing from this rotting stump after a rainstorm.


 When I opened this photo up, I realized there was also a small slug right above the fungus:



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Find the Grasshopper

(click to enlarge)

 I've been on a roll photographing animals & nature this summer, and added this photo to my album:

by Paul Micarelli

I was sitting in the back yard, and saw this small grasshopper land among the green blades of grass. I got as close as I could, so you see some of its cool details. In the photo, it blends in well with the lawn. It's coloring is a natural camouflage.

Monday, August 14, 2017

"Fantasy Photos" on Facebook

I posted recently about starting a Facebook page for my graphic design business, Paul Micarelli Design.


At the same time, I created a page for my startup business, Fantasy Photos.

www.fantasyphotos.net

Fantasy Photos is a company I started that specializes in fun, custom portraits. They are perfect for gifts or special occasions. If you are reading this and have a Facebook page, please give the page a "Like" to support my efforts.

Facebook:

For many years I created these special portraits for my family & friends. After I got laid off from my job at a graphic design studio this year, I decided to follow my own dream by starting Fantasy Photos.

I also offer the Fantasy Photo Booth service, for parties or live events. I take the customer's photo against a green screen, & replace the background with a scene of the person's choice! It has proven to be very popular at festivals and shows that I've attended as a vendor, and I'm looking to book more events.

Visit the website at www.FantasyPhotos.net for more info. Thanks!

https://www.fantasyphotos.net/fantasy-photo-booth

Friday, August 11, 2017

Daddy Long Legs

I added a new photo to my nature album:

by Paul Micarelli

Earlier this week, I saw this daddy long legs spider on a leaf. I was able to get in close while it was resting there.

We have these creatures all around us... but when you look at them, they are are totally bizarre.





Monday, August 07, 2017

Hummingbirds


https://youtu.be/lzW9-I-1M7E

At my parents' house, my Mom has hummingbird feeders in her gardens. She loves these tiny, fast birds and also has hummingbird decorations around the house.

When I sit in their sun room on the back porch, there are hummingbirds that always buzz around the feeder by the window. I decided to try to get some footage of these speedy creatures, so I set up a lawn chair right underneath one of the feeders.

I had to stay perfectly still & wait for maybe 5 minutes, then they started hovering around and approaching the feeder. First a male came, then a female, & then both perched on the feeder at the same time. Finally, a third hummingbird came and they had a scuffle and they all flew off.

Originally, I had about 4 minutes worth of footage, but it was a lot of the birds just sitting there & drinking. I edited the video down to about a minute and a half, so it didn't get too boring.If you are watching on a computer with speakers, you can turn the volume up to hear the buzzing of their wings and their chirps at certain points.



Friday, August 04, 2017

Paul Micarelli Design on Facebook


Facebook:
 Facebook.com/PaulMicarelliDesign

Although I have been writing on this blog for a dozen years, I've never really tried to monetize it, other than posting about designs available in my store. This is more a leisurely pastime for me, for my own enjoyment and for those who want to read The Monkey Buddha.

My career has been in graphic design, and a few months ago I was laid off after 15 years with a studio with whom I had spent my whole career. It was fairly unexpected, but I had been unknowingly been preparing myself for that moment. I actually wasn't as upset as I would've imagined. Although I felt anxiety at the set of problems ahead of me, I also felt a degree of freedom. After working every weekday 9 to 5 for all those years, it was weird not having to keep to a schedule.

However, I did not treat unemployment like a vacation. The very same week, I was updating my resumé, ordering business cards, and adding work to my online portfolio.

Coroflot Portfolio:

Although I wanted to find a new job, a part of me wanted to see this as an opportunity to create my own vision of a business. After many years of creating custom portraits for my friends & family, I formed Fantasy Photos in May 2017 and started my first business.

www.fantasyphotos.net

Even when working in the studio, I had been doing freelance work on the side. Now I am also trying to grow my design business. I've been learning about internet marketing and building web pages to expand my expertise.

I just started a Facebook page (finally!) for my graphic design business. I specialize in all forms of print & digital media, and have a lot of experience with branding and promotions for small startups. I have also worked with the biggest companies on the planet, so I work with clients of all sizes.

If you or someone you know could use my services & skills, do not hesitate to contact me through this website or social media. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Original Fidget Spinner?



My Mom had this classic-looking toy on her kitchen table. I picked it up and put my thumb & pointer around the black cube in the middle, and gave it a spin.

A little later, I was joking with her & told her that I looked it up online. I said it was the original "fidget spinner" and was worth $500! She said "Really?!?!" & believed me for about 2 seconds, before I started laughing.

I couldn't find anything about it on Google, but it appears to be an old game where you spin the cubes to show random letters Then, maybe you try to make words out of it? It's not as fun of an explanation as being the first fidget spinner, but it was an still interesting old-school toy.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

"Watch Ya Mouth" Game

There was one last thing I wanted to post from my vacation in the Poconos. I had to put the video together first.

One afternoon, my family decided to play "Watch Ya Mouth". It's a game my sister brought, and plays with her kids. The players have to try to pronounce words, while wearing a mouthpiece that makes you look like the Predator alien.


It was so funny and ridiculous that I had to take video of us playing. Today I finally got around to editing the clips together.

In the video, my attempt is first, then both my nephews, then my fiancé Loretta, then my sister Mandi, then finally my Dad.

Hilarity ensued...

YouTube:



Filmed & Edited by Paul Micarelli.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Poconos 2017

My family goes on vacation every year to either the Jersey Shore or the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. This year, we stayed at Big Bass Lake in the Poconos.

It's nice to be able to spend time with my whole family, even if everyone can't stay for the entire time. The weather wasn't that great, but it was still a fun week.

I already posted about the Flea Market Finds & my nature photography.


Here are a few random photos from the trip, with more in the album link below:

Photo Album:
Poconos 2017

 A kayaker on Big Bass Lake

 
 Sunset over Big Bass Lake

 Playing the game I created, "Da Vinci's Challenge" with my nephews.

 
 Loretta & I went on a hike with my sister & her kids on Davis Trail in Scranton, PA


 An ominous rattlesnake warning on a large boulder at Davis Trail in Scranton, PA
This gave me flashbacks to my encounter with a timber rattlesnake on a trail a few years ago.
I was continually scanning the ground after seeing this.

 "Energy & Persitence Conquer All" -Benjamin Franklin, on Davis Trail in Scranton, PA

 Loretta & I ready to have dinner at Nick's Lake House

Monday, July 24, 2017

Poconos 2017- Nature Photos

I added some photos to my album, of animals and natural landscapes that I took while on vacation in the Poconos.


by Paul Micarelli

The weather was rainy a lot of the week, but I still managed to get outside enough to see sunsets over the lakes, animals, and the beauty of the natural environment in the mountains.

 This large dragonfly was sitting on the screen window. 
The wings had a cool combo of camo & cell textures

I was able to snap a photo of this water snake as he swam past the dock.
 
 
 This dragonfly had hit the window and was injured. 
My nephew & I put him in the woods, hoping he would eventually recover.

I saw these fuzzy clusters of flowers on the Davis Trail in Scranton, PA.

A waterfall on the Davis Trail in Scranton, PA.

This blue heron was walking past the beach behind our house.

Sunset over Lake Harmony

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Poconos 2017- Flea Market Finds

My family goes on vacation every year to either the Jersey Shore or the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. This year, we stayed at Big Bass Lake in the Poconos.

We usually start the week off by going to the giant Blue Ridge Flea Market on Sunday morning. There are seemingly endless tables of random crap, & plenty of interesting characters for people-watching.

My sister started a "Flea Market Finds" game- where we try to find the funniest, most bizarre, or craziest item for under $5.00.

My pick was a set of "Fore-Playing Cards". My fiancé is bewildered about why I always have to choose things with sexual themes for this game, but they are usually the funniest items I see.

I'll post some of the other crazy finds below, but check out the album for more:

Photo Album:

This was my pick for the game, "Fore-Playing Cards" 

 Weed-tarded Shot Glass

A weird metal sun sculpture?

 
"Don't Ask Me For Shit" hat

 A bearded wizard mannequin head, with Michael Jackson's face. 
Next to the obligatory Nazi sword.