A few nice Gift Ideas images I found:
The kindness of strangers
Image by Ed Yourdon
I had an appointment to meet someone on Central Park West and 66th Street (essentially across the street from the famous "Tavern on the Green" restaurant), and — as usual — arrived half an hour early. So I sat on a park bench, and watched a wide spectrum of humanity walk, stroll, and ride past me. Tourists, students, babysitters, friends, lovers, bicycle-powered messengers, retired people, and joggers moved past me, usually paying no attention to me at all…
I had my camera on my lap, pointed more-or-less straight ahead, with the zoom set to an 18mm wide-angle setting. With a couple of exceptions (including this photo), I didn’t bother aiming, focusing, or even raising the camera to my eye; if the picture looked like it might be interesting, I just pressed the shutter button at the appropriate moment.
I took three or four pictures of this man as he navigated slowly across 66th Street on Central Park West (just behind where this picture was taken), stopping every few feet to catch his breath. When he reached a tree that’s just out of sight on the right side of this picture, he decided to put his arm out and rest a while longer; you can see that in the previous picture of this sequence …
Seeing his condition, a very nice couple approached him and asked if they could help walk him to the bus-stop, which was about twenty feet further ahead (indeed, you can see the approaching bus in the background). They helped him onto the bus, and then walked away…
And, yes, I did notice the reaction of the woman on the left side of the picture: I felt that she was demonstrating the reaction that all of us would have felt if we were there, in person, to witness this little vignette of humanity…
Note: this photo was published in an Apr 13, 2009 blog entitled "Bold Compassion in The Jungle of Life." It was also published in a June 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Acts-of-Kindness," as well as a June 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Kindness in the World Today." More recently, it was published in an Aug 2, 2009 blog titled "Expressing the Heart’s Wisdom by Giving (Dimensions of the Heart in Yoga – Part 4)." And it was published as an illustration in a Sep 2009 Squidoo blog titled "Kindness in the World Today." It was also published in a Sep 29, 2009 blog titled "The Volunteer Wellness Effect," as well as an Oct 1, 2009 blog titled "Kind the Gap!" And I’ve discovered that it was published in a Sep 20, 2009 Asian blog (Japanese? Chinese? Korean? I can’t tell) titled "something-something-something spiritual life begins," as well as an Apr 20, 2012 blog titled Study found that rich people tend to have less compassion mondetto.com/2012/04/20/study-found-that-rich-people-tend…
It was also published in a Nov 13, 2009 blog titled "Improve the World: See a Need and Meet It." And it was published in a Dec 8, 2009 blog titled "Random Acts of Kindness, Yahoo! Style." And I found it published in a Nov 26, 2009 blog titled "Thanksgiving All Year." It was also published in a Dec 23, 2009 blog titled "Listening part 3: Action." And it was published as an illustration in an undated (Dec 2009) Squidoo blog titled "Sweet Kindness."
Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 22, 2010 blog titled "Healthy Acts of Kindness." And it was published in a Feb 11, 2010 blog titled "Finding experts in your company." It was also published in a Feb 14, 2010 blog titled "Help Others and Help Yourself." And it was published in a Feb 26, 2010 blog titled "Caring For A Loved One With Myelodysplastic Syndromes – Part 1: Making Your Own Health A Priority." It was also published in a Mar 1, 2010 blog titled "Brunetta sul pianeta anziani “Sarà il Comune a chiamarli”." And it was published in a Mar 26, 2010 Positive Psychology News blog titled "Are You a Half-hearted or a Whole-hearted Helper?” And it was published in a Jul 12, 2010 blog titled "Study Reveals Common Features Of Long-Term Surviving Multiple Myeloma Patients (EHA 2010).” It was also published in a Jul 20, 2010 blog titled "One Small Act of Kindness Leads to Another." And it was published in a Jul 25, 2010 blog titled "Kind the Gap." It was also published in an Aug 3, 2010 blog titled "Planting Seeds: Kindness Week.” And it was published in an undated (mid-August 2010) Squidoo blog titled "Discover the uses of Adaptive clothing," and another undated (late-August) Squidoo blog titled "Acts of kindness.” It was also published in an Aug 23, 2010 blog titled "Gifts and Choices," as well as an Aug 23, 2010 blog titled "You Never Know." And it was published in a Sep 1, 2010 blog titled "i don’t want to set the world on fire –." It was also published in an Oct 6, 2010 blog titled "Caring For Someone With Multiple Myeloma – Part 3: The Toll Of Caregiving." And it was published in an Oct 7, 2010 blog titled "Help Always, Hurt Never," as well as an Oct 9, 2010 San Francisco Examiner blog titled "It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day." It was also published in an Oct 11, 2010 Women’s Tuxedos blog, with the same title as the caption on this Flickr page, as well as an Oct 13, 2010 Women’s Tuxedos blog that was titled "The Evil Spender Woman in All of Us." And it was published in an undated (mid-Nov 2010) Dating Advice Expert blog, titled "Relationship Advice for Men: The Ones Who Need it Most." It was also published in a Nov 18, 2010 blog titled "My Reality Show." And it was published in a Nov 24, 2010 blog titled "Thanksgiving Attitude." Also for reasons unknown to me, it was published in a Dec 18, 2010 "How to Meet Fine Women" blog titled "International dating and matchmaking website for singles seeking Chinese women from China for love, romance and marriage." And it was published in a Dec 27, 2010 blog titled "4 Easy and Effective Marketing Ideas You Should Be Doing … NOW ."
Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Feb 10, 2011 blog titled "Stories from my past: Opportunities for kindness." It was also published in a Mar 16, 2011 Onsmatch blog, with the same aption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published as an illustration in an undated (late Apr 2011) Squidoo blog titled "Acts of kind-ness." It was also published in a May 16, 2011 Plinky blog titled "A High School Class that Should be Mandatory." And it was published in an undated (early Jun 2011) blog titled "How To Be Welcome At A Blog (Or A Party)." It was also one of several photos displayed on an undated (late Jun 2011) American Senior TV Photo Credits blog page, as well as a Jul 20, 2011 blog titled "Melphalan-Prednisone-Thalidomide Combination May Increase Survival In Elderly Multiple Myeloma Patients. And it was published in an Aug 2, 2011 Cool Lover Boots images blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Aug 7, 2011 blog titled " Sunday Seven Day Challenge: Random Acts of Kindness."
For some unknown reason, this photo was also published as an illustration in an undated (late Aug 2011) Squidoo blog posting titled " Reasons why Modest Clothing is a Must." It was also published in a Sep 13, 2011 blog titled "Do men seek relationship advice from other men very often?" And it was published in a Sep 30, 2011 blog titled "Trust, Connectedness, and Kindness." It was also published in an Oct 13, 2011 blog titled "Why would anyone take relationship advice from a single woman under the age of 30?" And it was published in a Nov 7, 2011 blog titled "Are ethical people happier?"
Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 8, 2012 Finnish blog titled "Kuinka pääsen henkilökohtaiseksi avustajaksi?" It was also published in a Jan 10, 2012 Italian blog titled "Ossitocina is in the air, inspirer gentilezza." And for some reason, it was published in a Feb 7, 2012 blog titled "Secrets of Millionaire Dating." And it was published in a Feb 16, 2012 blog titled "Feb 17th will be … random acts of kindness day." It was also published in a Mar 27, 2012 blog titled "Is Dressing an Easy Thing for the Elderly?" And it was published in an Apr 11, 2012 blog titled "I geni della gentilezza, gentili si nasce con le giuste variant ," as well as an Apr 20, 2012 bog titled "Study showed that rich people tend to have less compassion." It was also published in a Jun 5, 2012 posting on "Pam McAllister’s midstream." And it was published in a Jun 22, 2012 blog titled "Which kind of millionaires from the event website do you use?" It was also published in a Jul 15, 2012 Online Dating Site Tip Info blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Aug 16, 2012 Russian blog, titled "20 добрых дел, которые можно сделать сегодня." It was also published in a Sep 19, 2012 blog titled "「すいません」より「ありがとう」が多い日々を." It was also published in an Oct 5, 2012 blog titled "Going the Extra Mile." And it was published in a Dec 5, 2012 blog titled From "Tennis Player to Caregiver." It was also published in a Facebook page on Dec 30, 2012 which you can view here.
Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jan 6, 2013 blog titled "Q & A: How is your Christmas going? :)?" It was also published in a Jan 8, 2013 blog titled "Exodus Church." And it was published in a Jan 9, 2013 blog titled "Playing National God Day." It was also published in a Jan 21, 2013 blog titled "Weekly Words 1/25/13," as well as a Jan 23, 2013 blog titled "DTCM aims to boost health and wellness tourism," but also with the caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jan 24, 2013 blog titled "Make A Difference." It was also published in a Feb 3, 2013 blog titled "What’s Wrong With Being Nice?" And it was published in a Feb 21, 2013 blog titled "nacin da izgradite visok moral kod deteta." It was also published in a Mar 7, 2013 blog titled "Kindness for Beginners." as well as a Mar 18, 2013 blog titled "Respect Your Elders." And it was published in an Apr 17, 2013 blog titled "Why does it take a tragedy to bring out the best in us?" It was also published in a Jun 26, 2013 blog titled "Make a Mark," as well as a Jun 28, 2013 blog titled "The Kindness of Strangers." And it was published in a Jul 6, 2013 blog titled "Compassion: A Jewish Perspective." It was also published in an undated (mid-Jul 2013) Make Friends Online UK Images blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Aug 4, 2013 blog titled "New Law Helps Protect Older Adults and Disabled Persons from Financial Exploitation."
Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Mar 21, 2014 blog titled "Coping with Alzheimer’s as a caregiver." And it was published in an Apr 9, 2014 blog titled "Random Acts of Kindness Day is officially great." It was also published (in a highly cropped form, with only the two individuals on the right side of the photo) in a May 19, 2014 blog titled "Incidence of Alzheimer’s disease continues to rise as boomers age ." And it was published in a Jun 2, 2014 bog titled "Tending to Elderly Parents & Grandparents when You Live Abroad." It was also published in an Aug 21, 2014 blog titled "National Senior Citizens Day provides opportunity to make a difference." And it was published in a Sep 23, 2014 blog titled "The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Retirement."
Moving into 2015, the photo was published in an Apr 4, 2015 blog titled "この春就職した人へ。仕事をする上で大切な9つのこと。." I have no idea what that means, but I’m sure it’s all good.
Note: on Oct 3, 2009 I made some minor edits to this photo. Primarily, I decreased the extent of shadows in the coat worn by the woman on the left, so you could see more details. There were a few other "hot spots" and "cold spots" throughout the photo that I was able to adjust, too. And I made a modest increase in the color saturation of the faces of all four individuals, as well as increasing the vibrancy of non-skin-tone colors. I do think it helps to be able to see more details of the woman’s dark raincoat, but aside from that, none of these "tweaks" are particularly germane to the main emphasis of the photo…
Charging Bull – New York City
Image by Arch_Sam
Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, is a bronze sculpture, originally guerilla art, by Arturo Di Modica that stands in Bowling Green Park in the Financial District in Manhattan, New York City.
The 3,200-kilogram (7,100 lb) sculpture stands 11 feet (3.4 m) tall and measures 16 feet (4.9 m) long. The oversize sculpture depicts a bull, the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, leaning back on its haunches and with its head lowered as if ready to charge. The sculpture is both a popular tourist destination which draws thousands of people a day, as well as "one of the most iconic images of New York" and a "Wall Street icon" symbolizing Wall Street and the Financial District.
In Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide, Dianne Durante describes the sculpture:
The Bull ’s head is lowered, its nostrils flare, and its wickedly long, sharp horns are ready to gore; it’s an angry, dangerous beast. The muscular body twists to one side, and the tail is curved like a lash: the Bull is also energetic and in motion.
The bronze color and hard, metallic texture of the sculpture’s surface emphasises the brute force of the creature. The work was designed and placed so that viewers could walk around it, which also suggests the creature’s own movement is unrestricted — a point reinforced by the twisting posture of the bull’s body, according to Durante.
Charging Bull, then, shows an aggressive or even belligerent force on the move, but unpredictably, it’s not far-fetched to say the theme is the energy, strength, and unpredictability of the stock market."
Di Modica told the New York Daily News in 1998:
That bull is one of an edition of five. … I’m hoping the other four will be going to cities all over the world, whenever somebody buys them.
In 2010, a similar Charging Bull sculpted by Di Modica, which looks "younger" and "stronger", was installed in Shanghai, called Bund Bull, and in 2012 one was placed on Het Beursplein in Amsterdam.
Construction and installation
Di Modica spent some 0,000 to create, cast, and install the sculpture following the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of the "strength and power of the American people." The sculpture was the artist’s idea, not the city’s. In an act of "guerrilla art", he trucked it to Lower Manhattan and on December 15, 1989, installed it beneath a 60-foot Christmas tree in the middle of Broad Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange as a Christmas gift to the people of New York. That day, crowds came to look at the bull, with hundreds stopping to admire and analyze the gift as Di Modica handed out copies of a flier about his artwork.
The police seized the sculpture and placed it into an impound lot. The ensuing public outcry led the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to install it two blocks south of the Exchange in the plaza at Bowling Green with a ceremony on December 21, 1989. It faces up Broadway.
In 2004, Di Modica announced that the bull sculpture was for sale, on condition the buyer does not move it from its present location. Di Modica continues to own the copyright to the statue. In 2006, Di Modica sued Wal-Mart and other companies for illegally benefiting from his copyright, by selling replicas of the bull and using it in advertising campaigns. In 2009, Di Modica sued Random House for using a photo of the bull on the cover of a book discussing the collapse of financial services firm Lehman Brothers.
Since New York City does not own the sculpture, it has a technically temporary permit allowing it to stand on city property, but the temporary permission has lasted since 1989, when city officials said the new location would not be permanent. Art on loan is usually limited to a year’s display. Although the city does not buy art, it accepts donations. A writer in the New York Daily News wrote in 1998 that the statue’s placement was "beginning to look a mite permanent". According to an article in Art Monthly, Di Modica, "the authorities, and New York public, view it as a permanent feature of Lower Manhattan.
As soon as the sculpture was set up at Bowling Green, it became "an instant hit". One of the city’s most photographed artworks, it has become a tourist destination in the Financial District. "[I]ts popularity is beyond doubt", a New York Times article said of the artwork. "Visitors constantly pose for pictures around it." Adrian Benepe, the New York City parks commissioner, said in 2004, "It’s become one of the most visited, most photographed and perhaps most loved and recognized statues in the city of New York. I would say it’s right up there with the Statue of Liberty." In 1993, Arthur J. Piccolo, chairman of the Bowling Green Association, made the same point with the same comparison. Henry J. Stern, the city parks commissioner when the statue first appeared in the Financial District, said in 1993: "People are crazy about the bull. It captured their imagination."
The statue’s popularity with tourists has a very international appeal. One 2007 newspaper report noted a "ceaseless stream" of visitors from India, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Venezuela and China, as well as the United States. Children enjoy climbing on the bull, which sits "famously" at street level on the cobblestones at the far northern tip of the small park. One popular tourist guidebook assumes that a visitor will want to get his or her picture taken with the statue "after you pose with the bull" A popular Bollywood movie, Kal Ho Naa Ho features the bull in a musical number, increasing its familiarity with Indians. One visitor told a newspaper reporter it was a reason for his visit.
In addition to having their pictures taken at the front end of the bull, many tourists pose at the back of the bull, near the large testicles "for snapshots under an unmistakable symbol of its virility." According to a Washington Post article in 2002, "People on The Street say you’ve got to rub the nose, horns and testicles of the bull for good luck, tour guide Wayne McLeod would tell the group on the Baltimore bus, who would giddily oblige." According to a 2004 New York Times article, "Passers-by have rubbed — to a bright gleam — its nose, horns and a part of its anatomy that, as Mr. Benepe put it gingerly, ‘separates the bull from the steer.’"
A 2007 newspaper account agreed that a "peculiar ritual" of handling the "shining orbs" of the statue’s scrotum seems to have developed into a tradition. One visitor, from Mississippi, told the Tribeca Trib she did it "for good luck", and because "there’s a kind of primal response when you see something like that. You just have to engage it." The enthusiastic reaction to the sculpture continues into the darker hours. "I’ve seen people do some crazy things to that bull," said a souvenir vendor, "At night sometimes, when people have been drinking, I’ve seen them do stuff to that bull that you couldn’t print in a newspaper."
Following the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests, the sculpture was placed under police guard and was generally off-limits to tourists for almost 3 years, but is now again openly accessible.
In popular culture
The sculpture is featured in the films For Richer or Poorer (1997), Hitch (2005), Inside Man (2006), The Other Guys (2010), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010), and Arthur (2011). It also appears in the TV series My Life as Liz and Weeds. A dancer posed in arabesque atop the sculpture in the 2011 Adbusters appeal to "Occupy Wall Street".
Christmas gift ideas
Image by cai diva