This retired man in Japan uses the Excel spreadsheet software on his computer to make “paintings” (パソコン画 — pasokon-ga — “pasokon” is the Japanese portmanteau for personal computer + “ga” means picture).

He’s quite a character. So maybe it’s not about the tools. It’s about the person.

Here’s a little more about him from Spoon & Tamago.

And there’s more information, and images here, where it says Mr. Horiuchi won the official “Ageless Award” this year, proving that retirement can indeed be the start of a second life, and reminding us about how important it is to have a purpose and goals in life.


Trust in the pen

This artist draws … and draws and draws.

I liked the comment about how when she was in Japan, she used a fine pen. But when she went to the U.S. “everything was bigger and bolder” so she started using a bigger pen.

A daily museum visit on your phone

DailyArt is a free educational app for your phone that helps you learn a little about art. Each day, you’ll see a work of art, accompanied by a short text with description and sometimes an interesting backstory. It’s a way to get a little English input and feel like you’re visiting a musuem every day or getting a short art history lecture.

This is today’s selection:

Curious George

In Japan, he’s known as George the Monkey (おさるのジョージ). Easy to understand, but not as descriptive.

Did you know that he escaped the Nazis during WW2? Here’s the story:

I was looking around for something else related to Curious George and found a couple of easy-to-read articles:

“Curious George celebrates 76th birthday”

“85-year-old cycles from home to library every day”

The second one isn’t really about the character; it’s about this elderly man’s energy, inquisitiveness, and love of reading. Towards the end of the article, it says that people who know him were asked to liken him to a character in a book. One person said he was like Curious George.

That leads to a writing prompt for people who like to read fiction: Which character in fiction do you most resemble? How about a parent or grandparent or a teacher or coach? Or an eccentric neighbor?