Archive for January, 2009

Wheeee! Across the Ice Is Made of Happy

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Come on, who doesn’t love free fun with the family?! I wish I was that kid being flung across the ice. Wheeeee! Totally made of happy! You can tell because that kid can’t stop giggling. 🙂

They Are onto Me! Happy Dog Is Made of happy

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

This dog demands his place at the table of happy!

funny pictures of dogs with captions
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Happy dog FTW! All bow down in happiness to our Happy Dog Overlord!

Learning New Words Is Made of Happy

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Via 350 – Accidental Maps: Cartocacoethes or Blatant Pareidolia? « Strange Maps.

Thanks to H again for the link! That link has a bunch of other accidental maps. 🙂 According to the site, the word cartocacoethes means, “the compulsion to see maps everywhere”. I love it. I love trying to roll around the syllables in my mouth. I love how dense the word is. And the maps themselves on that link were so very awesome. And dare I say it? Made of happy. *cough*

Do you have a favorite “big word” to share? Please do!

Random Kitten Is Made of Happy

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Playing with flowers by Dr. Hemmert

Nothing much to say. The adorableness speaks for itself. 🙂 Her soft little feet are made of happy!

The Best Interactive Museum Display Ever Is Made of OMGAWESOMEHappy

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

I have never seen a museum display this cool. I’ve never seen anything that came close to this in any sort of museum or educational setting that is so engaging and able to communicate a sense of history in a visually stunning, storytelling, cool way. I just can’t use enough positive adjectives to gush about this thing.

Please go to the youtube page for it and watch it in high quality. WOW. Just WOW. That person who designed it needs some sort of award. I know I sound like a raving maniac by now, but I am so excited by the idea that you can make history & learning just so awesome. This seems like the right way to engage people, young and old alike, not lame “edutainment” games I’ve seen in stores.

Adam Savage (of Mythbusters) Is Obsessively Made of Happy

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Thanks to my friend H for sharing!

Adam Savage’s talk about his obsession over the dodo bird and the Maltese Falcon is over 16 minutes long, but worth every fun minute. I agree with him about attacking big projects “feather by feather” (this is SUCH a “Getting Things Done” concept :D) and about how it’s not about the finished product. The point is doing what you love, loving what you do, at the moment, in the moment. Being passionate about things that interest you is made of happy!

Also, now I want to attend The Entertaining Gathering in addition to the TED talks. So many cool things, so little time!

Working For an Education Is Made of Happy

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

I am of the opinion that people end up valuing most what they have to work their butts off at, be it a skill, a relationship, or an education. This high school program incorporates one 8-hour work day per week to help pay for their tuition, and this work day is mandatory. 100% of the student body graduated and goes on to college. This is remarkable because the kids who attend are not your average college-bound kids.

“One of my uncles, he got locked up when I was young, he always told me to stand up for myself, I see him as a role model, he taught me to defend myself.” Ramon Quevedo lives in South Central, Los Angeles where gangs are a normal part of life and looking over your shoulder is habit. He loves Al Pacino’s Scarface, the Oakland Raiders and video games. At eight, Ramon was angry and liked to fight and in middle school, Ramon was ditching, tagging, and involved in illegal activities having to do with drugs and guns.

Via SoCal Connected

I love stories of people overcoming their circumstances to become someone better. I love that this kid’s mom tried everything she knew to try to set him straight and did not give up. I love that this kid admits to his temptations, but knows which path is going to pay off in the long run. Keep working hard! Ramon Quevedo’s new future is made of happy.

Yet Another Sleepy Puppy Is Made of Happy

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

0:05 is the BEST part of this video. HEE!

via the super-awesome blog Cute Things Falling Asleep.

Your soft little squishy self that can recover from bobbling about like that is totally made of happy!

Earthly Paradise Is Made of Happy

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

My friend R just got back from Tulum, Mexico. My husband and I went in December 2007 with a couple of our friends.

Walking toward beach

Oh man. I miss it. I was one happy person. The thing is, it wasn’t just the wonderful weather and water and food. It was the sense of leaving everything behind, just living out of our small bags, eating real food, spending time outside everyday, with someone you love, with easy company, and seeing how people live in another part of the world, feeling connected. It really gave me a new perspective on life.

I’d love to see more of the world. I’d also love to go back to a paradise like this again. My memories of those balmy, breezy days are made of happy.

Where is your earthly paradise?

Dancing Matt Is Made of Happy, Old School

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

My husband says it’s possible that someone out there has not seen Dancing Matt. I didn’t think it was possible, but if you haven’t, here he is. He travelled around the world and made videos of himself dancing fecklessly and recklessly happily in various locales. This is his 2008 project.

You should go to YouTube to watch the video in high quality! You can’t confine so much joyous celebration to mere low-quality. 🙂 Matt, you and all the world that danced with you are made of happy!