Thursday, November 14, 2013

Paint Deletes Art

Street artist Ernest Zacharevic saw his Chanel woman and knife-wielding hoodlum disappear under coats of white paint. Johor Bahru City Council workers had been busy yesterday deleting the artwork.
The wall painting (if you didn't know about this furor, then you did not read my post two days ago!) was located at a corner of two streets in Taman Molek. Already on Tuesday night, local artists had painted a Lego policeman behind the mugger in what seemed to be an attempt to soften the message and save the mural.
Zacharevic had earlier told Malaysiakini the depiction was his take on what locals had described as the two things Johor Bahru is known for – Legoland and the high crime rate. Painting over the mural will not make crime go away. And it won’t change our perception either.
As far as I am concerned, the artwork serves as a reminder to locals to be extra careful. What is wrong with that?
I am thinking out loud. Maybe Zacharevic should be drawing Rosmah Mansor and her collection of Birkin bags – I am sure this will be allowed since Najib’s wife is in love with herself!
[The Huffington Post last week listed Zacharevic in the same league as top British street artist Banksy].
Yesterday, I was at KL Sentral  Platinum Sentral to be exact where the SPAD Toastmasters meeting was held. It was a decent-sized meeting with eleven people present. I took up two roles – Table Topics Evaluator and Evaluator for CC speech #3. It was a lot more casual than their previous meetings and if you must know, the high point was the Domino's Pizza. And that was not just my opinion!

As for the meeting, I learned about “sleep debt” from speaker Marissa Rebecca Suling. When we don't get adequate sleep, we accumulate a sleep debt that can be difficult to "pay back" if it becomes too big. She is right.
There was a study, published in Science Translational Medicine, where researchers had nine adults live on a reduced sleep schedule equivalent to 5.6 hours of sleep per 24 hours for three weeks. The results showed that although most participants caught up on short-term sleep deprivation with one good night of 10 hours sleep, the effects of long-term sleep deprivation persisted.
And those with chronic sleep debts experienced deteriorating performance for each hour spent awake. I shall take note.

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