30 January 2010
29 January 2010
28 January 2010
"I got my very first greeting today, Mr. B. Look!!" I showed him the ecard I received from Panda, the lazy bear, who I came to know through this blog.
"That is great!" Mr. B. said. "That means you have friends!"
"But I don't know what that shining thing in the card is. It looks like a ring. And Panda, the lazy bear used my photo without permission too!
Mr. B. sighed and gave me a big hug. "Now that you are a big boy, you must learn to share. You must also learn not to complain too much about life. You should be very thankful and happy that you have friends who remembered your birthday."
"What should I do tomorrow on my birthday, Mr. B.?" I asked him.
"First thing you do when you wake up tomorrow is to pray and give thanks for all the blessings you have in life." Mr. B. said as he cuddled me. "Then you should thank all the people who reads your blog. Because they are all your friends who come to visit you everyday despite of their busy lives."
"Will I have a cake to eat too? Just like last week on your birthday?" I asked.
"If you are a good boy, you will have a cake."
I know I should be happy about this day and I should be celebrating. But somehow, I seem to feel a bit unsure. Perhaps that is a part of growing up, or maybe because I am becoming like human.
27 January 2010
24 January 2010
Mr.B.: That was taken many, many years ago. Inspired from the Antoine Doinel character in the French movie Les Quatre Cents Coups. I just thought of it when my brother took that picture. A lot of people actually liked it. I am quite proud of it to tell you the truth.
B: I used to watch a lot of them when I was younger. Now I have an almost complete collection of Truffaut in DVD.
R: I am sure a lot of people can relate to that. Since it’s your birthday today, we are going to do something different. I am going to ask you random questions, and you are going to answer me with the first thing that comes to your mind.
B: Sounds fun to me!
R: Suppose you were having a dinner party and could invite three famous people, who would they be?
B: Nigella Lawson, Angelina Jolie and Shayne Ward. Nigella to help me in the preparation, Angelina for latest showbiz gossips which would be a great dinner topic and Shayne for entertainment. Makes sense?
B: Twenty years old.
R: I am sure you still want to be 20 now. What would I find in your refrigerator?
B: Right now? Apples, ice cream, bottled tea, fresh eggs, butter and Chinese ham.
R: You can make a feast with that! Which South Park character are you?
B: I would say Eric Cartman. Would you agree?
B: Be invisible at will.
R: Do you install toilet paper so that you pull from the top or the bottom of the roll?
B: From the top. Or from the left if the roll is standing. That goes the same with kitchen paper towels. Always. No other direction.
R: What would you do if someone gives you 20 million without any obligation right this moment?
B: In US Dollars?
R: Okay, let’s forget about that. What kind of salad dressing are you?
B: Caesar salad dressing.
R: Pasta sauce?
B: Cream with mushrooms, bacon and green peas.
R: Why haven’t you seen Avatar?
B: That kind of premise does not interest me at all.
R: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
B: Star of a hit West End musical. As Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, then as Alex in Aspects of Love, as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. I will not do Joseph because I don't want to spend half the time on stage with only loin clothes. And I can't fo Starlight Express because I cannot rollerskate.
R: What profession would you not like to do?
B: The one I have now. Okay, edit this part out. I mean, seriously.
R: Who in the world, alive or otherwise, do you admire most?
B: Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. I will kiss his feet when I meet him in person. Okay, his shoes maybe. Okay, maybe not. But I will be totally speechless.
B: No. But I did meet Sarah Brightman and told her how much I admire her. That’s close enough, isn’t it?
R: You can say that, yes. One final question before we end this interview. If you are granted one and only one wish today, what would that be?
B: Give me that 20 million. In US dollars.
23 January 2010
20 January 2010
17 January 2010
On 17 January 2009, Benedict Kieran decided to start his own blog. He wanted to share his views of a world quite peculiar yet very dear to him, the human world. Today, as we celebrate the very first anniversary of Becker’s Eyes, here are some of the behind the scene look at how this popular blog is created on a day-to-day basis.
Do you know that:
Becker writes most of his entries in the evening when he is most inspired.
He credits the original owners of quotes, song lyrics, photos and videos that he uses. Although I think he missed out on a few, but don’t blame him, he is just a bear.
He sometimes go back to past entries to correct grammar or wrong spellings, add a few phrases here and there. Like readers would care. But he insists.
He learned Photoshop basics in order to retouch some of his photos for posting or advertising. He hasn’t perfected his skills yet.
He spends a lot of time thinking of creative ways to advertise his blog. He has at least two loyal readers – a panda and a sheep.
He is, up to now, still being referred to as the alter ego of Mr. B. He denies this and says he shall never hear any of it again.
Based on the readers comments, here are some of the more popular quips taken from various entries:
I see humans around me as tired souls, trying to "feel" and trying to "be".
he remembers how thankful he is to have a comparatively mundane life with someone he cares about sharing simple joys.
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes
Maybe some day, I too will be like Kermit and show the world that every wish could indeed be heard and answered.
The Lovers, The Dreamers And Me
Is there a place for me in heaven too? I sure hope so, because Mr. B. will be lonely without me by his side up there.
Did He Die For Me Too?
I personally think his problem is not his weight but his height. If he were 3 feet taller, his weight would be perfect.
Nothing To Wear
I may not be able to clean up his house, but I will try to clean up those little specks of bother in his life.
Specks Of Bother
As long as we are together, I believe I am always home.
When I Think Of Home
Bullies and divas both think they are intellectually superior than others. That is their common delusion.
The Bully And The Diva
I think life is like sukiyaki. It is all different things mixed up in one single pot.
Life Is Like Sukiyaki
Life could be complicated and frustrating sometimes. But I think there is no need to stop and muse over that for too long. One should just step on the gas and move on.
Wise Monkeys? I don't think so. They are just covering their eyes, ears and mouths in order to pretend nothing evil is happening around them
Three Wise Monkeys
There you go, dear fans! Some of the best of Becker’s Eyes. Here’s wishing Becker many more years of happy, happy blogging! And of course, he will definitely appreciate your comments, suggestions, sharing and reposting to help promote the site, and donation. Oh well, maybe not donation. He eats very little.
Signing off with love, Russell
15 January 2010
12 January 2010
09 January 2010
"Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
Those were the famous words of one of the greatest humans who ever lived on this planet. Charlie Chaplin. Born to a dysfunctional family of alcoholic father and mentally-ill mother, Chaplin survived desperate poverty in his youth to become one of the most creative and influential personalities in the world. Who would not recognize the image of The Tramp in derby hat, cutaway tailcoat, baggy pants, oversized shoes, whangee cane and moustache?
In 1936, Chaplin made what was to be his last 'silent' film Modern Times (his next movie The Great Dictator contained a scene where he actually spoke). In the film, Chaplin played a factory worker on an assembly line struggling to survive in a modern and industrialized world. Although it spoked about the Great Depression era in the 1930's, the harsh conditions and the indignation suffered by common employees in a capitalist world are the same and the message is just as significant now as it was back then.
After a series of mishaps including moving from one job after another and being arrested and jailed, the movie ended showing the Chaplin character and the gamine (played by Paulette Goddard) walking down the road, uncertain of their future but yet hopeful that everything will be just fine. The accompanying music in that final scene was later recorded as a song called Smile sung by Nat King Cole.
Sometimes when I look at Mr. B. and what he goes through working in the Funny Farm, I envision him as The Tramp himself - an awkward but good-hearted character who behaves with the manners and dignity of a gentleman despite his the desperate condition at work. As I watch him wobbles out of the house in the morning and wobbles in at night complaining about his day, I hope that he can see that however tragic life may seem to be from up-close, it is quite funny if only one steps back and sees it with a hopeful heart from a distance.
04 January 2010
02 January 2010
That was hardly a significant occurence, especially coming from a pair of brothers in Thames Valley in the U.K. But that very short home video from 2007 made its way to the cyberworld and became the most viewed clip in YouTube ever garnering almost 150 million views as of today.
Some people say the clip is Shakespearean. That it contained a full range of human emotions within a very short span of time - love, pain, fear, forgiving and of course, Charlie's almost-sinister laugh.
In the adult human world, there would have been other possible results:
1) Harry smacks Charlie in the head real hard.
2) Harry sues Charlie of physical harm or harrassment.
3) Harry takes it to the boss and Charlie will be fired.
4) Harry seeks another opportunity to get his revenge.
In the meantime, the real Harry and Charlie recently welcomed their new baby brother Jasper. They started a blog in March 2009 with more than 300 followers already. And none of the two ever attempted to place their fingers in Jasper's mouth.