After fighting each other
To care guinea pigs, you have to find food, and you have to solve the fights between cavies. Because cute little animals are living creatures, they behave unpredictably, and this can cause deep wounds for reasons you don't understand.
So did I. Two adorable guinea pigs, Pinky and Squash, started growling at each other one day. It wasn't threatening at first. Then I felt their growling and alertness rising. Raising all of their hair, grinding their teeth, and shaking the teeth is a dangerous sign. They will soon fight to the point of blood some day
Eventually my adorable piggies got into a bad fight the day we went out and both bled. Fortunately, the wound was not too deep, and emergency treatment was provided.
Now we have recovered a lot from each other. Pinky was very worried about the wounds on his face, but now the wounds have healed so much that they are invisible.
After everything was settled, my son sent me a picture like the one below.
It's so cute, but why does Pinky run to him whenever he sees squash? It was as if he was trying to show that he was ready to bite. These two are still unordered.
How great would it be if the guinea pigs got along well as if they were having a party as shown below?
For the time being, we will have to keep the two piggies separately. They are raised separately when playing, eating, and sleeping separately. Still, they are not at all lonely and invisible. In general, guinea pigs cannot live alone, but our piggies are truly unique.
Updated Weekly site for simple version.
Today, I changed the existing homepage, which was as follows, to a simpler one. In other words, the existing homepage had to scroll down to see information about the company. Doing so leaves visitors who have barely entered the information quickly. So I decided to leave only the key information on the main intro page.
Currently, Girin Instruments' core product is the Risk Weather program, a program that predicts stock market risks like the weather forecast, so we placed this program at the center and boldly removed the unnecessary intro image.
Below is an intro screen that has resulted in a minimal intro.
In the service menu, the existing image has been replaced with the latest image below. Because the Risk Weather program is a core service, we have placed 6 important icons out of the 10 core icons of Risk Weather.
The effect was implemented because the simple arrangement of icons can make you feel bored if you do it wrong. So I made the icons appear after a few seconds after clicking.
For the list of icons, a component called gallery among the toolbars on the left is used.
Above is the newly changed service menu page.
The demo site also lists and organizes 5 types of software that the company has already developed. If you look at the bottom, you can see the Risk Weather program.
The very hungry caterpillar!
Today, I would like to introduce a book called. The Hungry Caterpillar", a famous children's book that every library in the United States must have. The reason I would like to introduce this book is personally because of the beautiful illustrations and drawings in the book. I felt the energy in this book, not only as a children's book, but also as a work of art.
And the biggest reason is that in the school class of the daughter who is now 6 years old, the parents of the birthday child visit the class to read a book or sing a happy birthday song together. My daughter asked me to read this book. As a foreigner and not a native speaker, I was given a burdensome homework assignment. But since my daughter is asking for it, such difficulties do not come very close. I decided to practice my pronunciation and learn about the book.
But the moment I read this book, the burden gradually disappeared. Because the illustrations in the book were so beautiful and deep. The content was very simple, but the color and brushstrokes made a big impression on me.
The book begins as follows for the sake of her sister Christina.
The plot is very simple. The butterfly's eggs lie on the leaf during the night, then transform into a caterpillar in the warm sunlight.
And the caterpillars soon begin to look for food.
His artwork was created as collage, using hand-painted papers, which he cut and layered to form bright and colorful images. Many of his books have an added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket.
There is a hole in the picture of the fruit the caterpillar finds as shown below. It gives fun as if the caterpillar is eating.
This book was discovered a little late for my daughter who can read and write numbers, but I think it is a good book for 3-year-old children who are interested in reading and have a concept of numbers. This is a passage where you can see how much the author loves children and made books from their eyes and levels. Counting is something adults naturally teach children.
In particular, these caterpillars eat different numbers of different kinds of fruit on different days of the week. So it's great for kids to learn the names of fruits and the concept of counting and days of the week.
Even after eating this fruit, the caterpillar is still hungry. So he eats the following foods. These are foods that children do not usually give to children because they are concerned about their health.
Eventually, the caterpillar will have an upset stomach. He has to eat his own food the next day, the leaves.
Then the caterpillar felt a little more comfortable. As time passed, he was no longer a hungry caterpillar.
The caterpillar pupates to prepare it to become a butterfly. And in the end it turned into a beautiful butterfly.
I bought a caterpillar doll to make it more fun to read to children.
There is a zipper on the back like this.
When you open the zipper, you will see a butterfly as shown below.
Carefully take it out and turn it over to become a butterfly.
Eric Carle (June 25, 1929 – May 23, 2021) was an American author, designer and illustrator of children's books. His picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, first published in 1969, has been translated into more than 66 languages and sold more than 50 million copies.
As shown below, he applied acrylic on a large piece of paper with a broom and drew a picture at once.
Paint the pattern by hand as above and cut out the shape to make the caterpillar like a collage.
In 2002, Eric and his late wife, Bobbie, founded the museum “to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books,” celebrating the books as an art form and their illustrators from around the world for their artistry and contribution to our cultural heritage.
When I look at the work of the now deceased Eric Carle, I still feel his tremendous energy.
Below is a selection of my favorite paintings from among his works.
The author, Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, New York City, USA, and was sent back to Stuttgart, Germany as a child due to his mother's decision to miss her hometown. But maybe it was a joke of fate, when World War II broke out, his father went to the battlefield, and he had to work at a young age, making trenches. As a result, he suffered a lifelong post-traumatic stress of his childhood memories of war.
Always homesick for the United States, he dreamed of returning home one day. He eventually made it to New York City in 1952 with only $40 in savings and landed a job as graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and stationed in Germany with the 2nd Armoured Division as a mail clerk. After discharge he returned to his old job with The New York Times. Later he became the art director of an advertising agency.
Painting was his best friend for the rest of his life for him, who went to America with only $40. He also overcame the post-traumatic stress that he had been with for the rest of his life through painting. If you look at his innocent, beautiful and hopeful paintings, you can understand what message he is sending to the world.
Flowerpot made from disposable plastic cups
When I first started living in the United States, what surprised me was the fact that I use a lot more disposables than I thought. It seems that there are almost no places that do not use disposable products, such as various parties, events, coffee shops, and stores. The amount of garbage thrown out like that is truly unimaginable. Maybe that's why, living with the harsh experience of recycling, I was frightened to see things that were once used and thrown away. So I brought home disposable cups, plates, and forks, washed them, and used them again. It is incomprehensible that some disposable plates are used once and then thrown away because the gilded decorations are gorgeous and beautiful.
In fact, it is practical and convenient to use disposable products. It's cheap, you don't need to wash the dishes, you don't have to break it, and you don't have to worry about hygiene. Disposables from various companies come in a variety of shapes, colors, and designs, so it's hard to resist the temptation to try them out.
However, such easily purchased, used and recklessly dumped garbage causes many environmental problems. In our area, there are also many issues related to recycling and landfilling.
The article Long Island faces garbage crisis (Albany needs to act) details the landfill problem in Long Island, where we live.
Long Island has a garbage crisis. Its 3 million residents generate about 7 pounds of solid waste per person per day – nearly twice the national average. Roughly a quarter of that is food waste. In total, the region produces about 1.4 million tons of food waste each year. Long Island’s last landfill in Brookhaven will close in 2025, and all that food waste will have to go somewhere. (except by article)
The problem of landfilling is not limited to food waste. Disposable products that we use inadvertently in our daily life are also included here.
When I felt that I was aware of environmental issues locally, it was when the supermarket set a price for single-use plastic bags. The bag price, which is added at $0.05 per piece, helps buyers to hesitate and use their own bag at least once. I also keep my personal shopping cart in the trunk of my car to avoid using bags at all. Just bring the entire shopping cart to my car and place it in own personal shopping cart in the trunk. I know doing this won't help much, but I can still forget the guilt of $0.05.
In addition to this, schools have also begun to educate students about the environment. In the case of my daughter, at school, there was a homework assignment to make flower pots using discarded disposable products. My daughter made flower pots out of the disposable plastic cups she used for the party.
A while ago, I accidentally discovered that the beans I planted here are growing beautifully. The cup was made by my child, reminiscent of the shape of a butterfly.She rolled the butterfly's antenna into a circle and glued the small plastic materials she had collected onto the cup.
And they made wings out of damaged or unused toys and glued them together.
After making it, I took it with me to school. Soybeans were planted with soil at school. And the bean has just sprouted. I think it was a valuable and important educational experience for the children.
I worked for two months with $1 watercolor paint, creating a total of 38 pieces. I made these works into YouTube videos and uploaded them to my YouTube channel.
The processing of making Youtube file for 38 Paintings with 1 dollar watercolor paints!
A site called Stock provided by Adobe supports making YouTube files by making thumbnails for YouTube in this easy and various format. It is free to use. To use it, you need to create an account.
If you look at the YouTube file, you will see an image file called a thumbnail. Rather than simply uploading your own picture, it is better to use a thumbnail image like this to add text and make the picture move.
Adobe Stock provides a variety of thumbnail platforms. I have selected art from the category.
Choose your favorite background image and layout. Text and images can be edited.
In my case, I choose a background type with solid color(PNG).
When the thumbnail image is complete, return to the home of Adobe Stock and select the video.
Select the best template for your purpose. In my case, I selected the Show and tell.
You can upload a total of 25 images, and you can include music and text. It is possible to resize the image or change the layout while creating the movie.
After making it, you can download it in the form of a video. If you upload the downloaded file directly to the YouTube channel, the whole process is completed.
Myungja Anna Koh