July inspirations

by PRITeam

What moves us? Images. People. Culture. Thoughts. Media. Innovation. Actions. We share what sparks us, please join and share yours.

allyson I had the pleasure of spending a week in Southern France last month... amazing food, incredible wine, stunning views, swimming in the Mediterranean, Roman ruins, quaint country houses, warm sunshine on the Côte d'Azur. How could I not be inspired by all that?!
chintan Pebble is the first foray into the hi-tech wearable electronic gadgets that will hit the markets over the next decade. Google is busy working on Google Glass and Apple is rumored to be also working on iWatch.Pebble is a smartwatch which will connect to your smartphone, so you can handle your life from your wrist. Bluetooth technology will enable it to integrate with what will be new Pebble apps.
dany This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize winner for Drown, is the first short-story collection I’ve read in a long time. I was drawn to Díaz because his stories are connected by love, and the Dominican character Yunior.The stories are often tragic, sometimes funny, and always identifiable by something either in yourself, or in others you may have known. But even though they take place in a world I’m not a part of, they draw upon the universal in that all people make the same mistakes (and have the same hopes) when it come to love. Next up: The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer.
elena I am officially star-struck by the talented Maria Bamford. I first came across her voicing several very different characters on the PBS show WordGirl. Upon looking her up online I found the amazing Maria Bamford Show (NSFW).She chronicles her struggles with depression and bipolar disorder, and how she works her way back to health while staying at her parents in her childhood home in Minnesota. And she plays every single person -- her mom, dad, sister, boyfriend, analyst, high school enemy now working the register at Target -- everyone. She sings, she’s not afraid to get silly, or frankly honest. She’s now making waves as DeBrie Bardeaux, Tobias’s new girlfriend on season 4 of Arrested Development and with her new web series Ask My Mom. She’s fabulous!
frank Ben Tucker passed. Savannah mourned. Savannah wailed. The tears flowed, the music never stopped. A tribute to someone whose memory will forever be a blessing.
kevin The Stanley Theater first opened in March 1928 as the second largest theater, at 4,300 seats, on the East Coast. It has seen theatrical and pop culture performances with entertainers that included the Three Stooges, Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead. I am inspired by he recent six month renovation in the heart of Jersey City (Journal Square) ensuring that this historic, venetian style theater will be around for a very long time. I can’t wait to see it this summer. It is open year-round on the weekends to the general public.
matt Joss Whedon is a man of many talents. He gained recognition with the critically acclaimed, coming-of-age, supernatural TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and in the past couple years, he has adapted works from both Stan Lee and William Shakespeare. He went from directing The Avengers, which had a $200+ million budget and earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office to a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at his own home with a bunch of his friends. Both films are “Certified Fresh” on Rottentomatoes.com.
nicole A picture speaks a thousand words. I find it inspiring how photos engage people into conversation and can change the world’s perspective on important issues. A new app that started as a fun, novel idea has the potential to do so much more. Check out this article on SnapChat.
ram After the massive flash floods in Northern India, Google has set up a person finder app for providing information on missing people. The app allows individuals to post and search for the status of friends and relatives affected by the disaster. This tool can help trace missing people and is available in both English and Hindi.
rebecca Edward Tufte writes on the intersection of art, data and science, and where they come together to make something special. I love Tufte’s beautiful hard bound books that illustrate statistical data in compelling ways.
sara I attended a lot of amazing events in the past month, so I have two inspirations to share!A few weekends ago, my family and I traveled to Atlantic City to see the World Championship of Sand Sculpting and was it impressive! Sculptors have 25 hours to make incredibly complex, detailed sculptures. My favorite was the sculpture that won first place in the Doubles category, created by Brian Turnbough (Illinois) & Joo Heng Tan (Singapore).Just this past Sunday NYC’s Pride March, was part of a multi-day celebration in Manhattan. Though the march began as commemoration to the Stonewall Riots of 1969, it is now just as much a celebration of equality and civil rights. This year’s parade was extra special coinciding as it did, with the U.S. Supreme Court striking down both DOMA and California’s Prop 8. Inequality is unconstitutional.As an added bonus, both event websites are a beautiful use of parallax scrolling (May inspiration)!
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