Have you ever heard of Necomimi? They're cat ears designed to respond to your brainwaves. Pretty cool, huh? The name "Necomimi" means "cat ears" in Japanese. Clever one, Neurosky!
They're a relatively new product released in 2012 and they use technology that's typically reserved for laboratories or hospitals. It's a clever and creative idea that I absolutely love.
The ears are motors that turn according to brainwaves which represent your "mood". There are two sensors that detect your brainwaves, a forehead sensor and one that attaches to your ear. This is how the magic works.
I've literally used these ears for more than an a hour at a time and I love it. I'm a fan of cosplay and can imagine wearing these for all sorts of reasons. Nevermind the fact that they're supa kawaii!
If you're interested in learning more about Necomimi, click on one of the links below to watch a video! If you would like to purchase the product I would recommend visiting their website directly by clicking on the link provided and not using a third party (speaking from experience). Neurowear is also in the process of putting the finishing touches on a tail! Then you could truly have the whole set! Unfortunately I can think of a lot of situations where a tail would be inconvenient. Still, my curiosity is piqued.
In the interest of full disclosure I purchased and received these ears originally back in January. The ears were phenomenal except by random chance they happened to be defective. I immediately contacted Neurosky and they generously helped me. Together we were able to come to a solution and they sent me new ears. Thank you Neurosky for having excellent customer service. I finally have my ears again!
About two years ago I started watching videos about some very small homes. I was instantly intrigued since my partner and I shopped around and found a place a little over 1100 square feet. After watching video after video about places that were supremely smaller I was astounded at the ingenuity and efficiency. I'm inspired by the creativity of people living in small spaces and I think it's one of those things that lives up to the old adage: Necessity is the mother of invention.
After much deliberation I've decided there are going to be some changes to the website. This is just the short and sweet version:
1) A brand new art gallery showcasing photos and drawings
2) Instead of Storytime Sunday, I will be replacing it with a brand new segment
Please do not worry, Storytime Sunday will remain as it is but for various reasons I will no longer be making contributions to it. There will be a whole new addition to the website. As of right now I'm still in the process of organizing and preparing my website for the new changes.
I will keep you updated! In the meantime, please fill out a brief 5 question survey.
In Canada and the United States our observances are based on Christian beliefs due to the beliefs of the colonists who settled here. Valentine's Day is no exception.
The origin of Valentine's Day is at best, spotty. It's allegedly based on a man named Valentinus who lived under the Roman empire. He was imprisoned for apparently performing weddings for Christians. At this particular time in history, the Roman empire was heavily against Christianity. Valentinus was executed but before he died he sent a note to a special girl that ended with, "from your Valentine".
To be honest, it all seems a little too convenient to be true. Especially since the story isn't agreed upon. There were quite a few men named Valentine around that particular time period and different churches across Europe claim ownership to Valentine relics. That's the thing about Christianity, in my opinion it appears to be less about fact and more about ideals of morality.
Regardless of the alleged origin, Valentine's Day has evolved from religious worship by some to a commercialized "Hallmark" holiday observed by many. In the U.S. alone it is estimated that every year 190 million valentines are sent. In the U.K. they spend around 1.3 billion pounds (over 2 billion dollars) on Valentine related gifts annually. It is without a doubt a very profitable holiday for greeting card companies.
This reason might be why many are disenchanted with observing Valentine's Day. Coupled with being single can also be disheartening. I would argue and I'm sure some people would agree, that Valentine's Day is not just about celebrating romantic love. When I was younger every year my parents bought me Valentine gifts to show their unconditional love. Apparently I'm not the only child who receives such gifts since half the valentines in the U.S. are delivered to family members, typically children.
Despite the commercialization of Valentine's Day, I appreciate celebrating a day of love. You don't have to purchase an expensive greeting card or the typical chocolates and what-not. You can do what you like! That's the beauty of it. There are no rules. You're not required to do exactly the same thing as everyone else. You can make the day special by celebrating however you like. If you're single you could do any number of things. You could celebrate your friendships or family. If you're particularly touchy about Valentine's Day and prefer to be alone, then why not make it a day appreciating yourself? Make your favourite meal, watch your favourite movie. I'll be honest, when I was single I paid no attention to it. It was just another day. Mind you, I haven't been single in awhile and I think I would spend it a little differently now.
It doesn't matter how you choose to celebrate the day or if you ignore it altogether. It's your choice. I just like the idea of celebrating love. Love is truly beautiful in all its forms. So take the opportunity to tell someone you love them.
I love you, my readers! Here's a painting I did just for you! Have a great Valentine's Day!
P.S. If you feel like giving some loving back, please fill out my brief 5 question survey by clicking on this link. (No worries, it's still on my site.)
I can't believe I haven't posted something since Sunday. I need to get on top of that. In the meantime while I'm trying to figure out what to post next, you can enjoy a funny YouTube video.
Side story: I visited Manhattan a couple of years ago and rode the subway. I was immediately surprised by the peddlers who traverse up and down cars collecting money for various causes. I was quite taken aback by this sight because I can assure you where I live there is nothing of the kind. The majority of people ignore them and mind their own business but there's always someone willing to give something. This video makes fun of this common occurrence and it's worth a look. Really well done.
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