St. Lucia — A Brighter Love [♬]

•August 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Totally digging the chorus!(^3^♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ I’m searching for the undiluted heart

Speak to me now
When I’m asleep and there’s nobody to depend on me
Hold out your hand
‘Cause I’ve been drifting and sometimes I need some sympathy

I tried to be what they want
I lost myself, I lost my feet, I lost my memories
Now in silence I wait
I need your touch, I need your face, I need you

‘Cause I’m searching for a night light in the dark
A brighter love, a brighter love
And I’m searching for the undiluted heart
A brighter love, a brighter love.

So now it’s all come to this
What was the purpose?
I assumed that everything would pass
I gave myself to the night
I walked alone, I fell asleep on empty streets
Now I see that
All this time my eyes were open

 

And all this time I didn’t close them
And the headlights play upon the ocean
I will stay this way
‘Cause I see you, I see you now

I’m searching for a night light in the dark
A brighter love, a brighter love
I’m searching for the undiluted heart
A brighter love, a brighter love
I’m hoping that somehow I’ll find my way
To a brighter love, a brighter love
Keep hoping ’til the night straight falls apart
A brighter love, a brighter love

[Interlude]

So I’m searching for a night light in the dark
A brighter love, a brighter love
And I’m searching for the undiluted heart
A brighter love, a brighter love
I’m hoping that somehow I’ll find my way
To a brighter love, a brighter love
Keep hoping ’til the night straight falls apart
A brighter love, a brighter love.

#Bookface Portraits — French Bookstore’s Perfectly Scaled Book Covers

•August 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Librairie Mollat (France’s first independent bookstore) has carved a unique niche on Instagram with its #bookface portraits. The Bordeaux-based bookstore regularly features photographs of book covers held up in front of perfectly scaled and dressed people:

As far as social media gimmicks go, I think this is a fun one.

Chalkboard Art by Hong Kong Students That Their Teacher Wipes Away Every Day

•August 1, 2018 • Leave a Comment

A group of high school students from the Heep Yunn School in Hong Kong who call their art group Illusdreamer spend hours creating strictly temporary masterpieces knowing they’ll be wiped away whenever their teacher needs to use the board again.

Their drawings are so big it takes them up to one hour to wipe the chalkboard clean.

Sobs — Telltale Signs [music video]

•June 23, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Debut album: Telltale Signs by Sobs, released 22 June 2018

Shot in Los Angeles by Gus Bendinelli and directed by Will Merrick.

And one more melodic song from this “Bedroom pop” trio from Singapore:

Footage by Lee Jing Wei, Joshua Loh, Christopher Sim, Dave Wong, JLE Music, PFvideoworks.

Nature by Numbers

•April 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This neat 3D animated infographic illustrates the complexity of nature to the naked eye, through the simplicity of one mathematical equation. I’m sure everyone touched on Fibonacci and the golden ratio sequence back in high school, but I bet no one actually took in how amazing it was. I know I didn’t.

A movie inspired on numbers, geometry and nature, by Cristóbal Vila. / Visit etereaestudios.com for more info. / Music by Wim Mertens – “Often a bird” from the album “Jardin Clos”, 1996 – © Usura – Published by Usura 2010.

Andy Stott “Faith In Strangers” [♬]

•November 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Footage is from the short films “Grim” (1985) “Ghost” (1984) and “Thunder” (1982) by Takashi Ito.

The Diatomist — a Fascinating Look at the Aesthetic Beauty of the Microscopic World

•September 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Meet Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement. Klaus Kemp, you are my new favourite person in the world. I find this incredibly life affirming for some reason; incomprehensible geometric organisms to the naked eye I otherwise would not have known about, that are as complex in their simplicity and just as mysterious as the wonders of our expansive non-declarative universe! And aren’t diatoms just the prettiest:

Soundtrack by: Ryuichi Sakamoto “Grasshoppers” / Bernard Herrmann “Brave New World” / Cults Percussion Ensemble “Circles”.

diatom-1

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification. The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. THE DIATOMIST showcases his incredible work:

Rattle Ya Dags – BE YOURSELF!!!

•October 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

RattleyaDags has an awesome assortment of interesting and inspirational tidbits from some of New Zealand’s most positive role models. I came across this YouTube page totally by chance, and I’m a little angry about that. Was this even promoted anywhere, but more importantly, why did it stop?! I think it’s so cool and a great medium for connecting the Kiwi youth with familiar and influential, positive kiwi thinkers:

Ladi6 (Karoline Tamati) is New Zealand’s premiere vocalist MC, renowned for her energetic live performances, sublime soulful vocals and conscious lyrics. Ladi6 started her musical career as part of New Zealand’s first all-girl hip-hop group Sheelahroc, who supported international acts including The Roots, De La Soul and 50 Cent.

P Digsss (Paora Apera) is the vocalist for drum and bass act Shapeshifter. Shapeshifter have been heralded as a musical phenomenon for their ground breaking live shows and unique blend of heavy soul/drum and bass. The popular act have recently released their fourth studio album, The System Is A Vampire, to critical and commercial success.

Nick Dwyer is a writer, broadcaster and TV presenter. He’s been on music TV presenting on Max TV, Juice TV, M2 and C4. A respected music journalist, Nick also wrote, presented and co-directed music travel series Making Tracks. He has been on the radio for 15 years and currently hosts the breakfast show on George FM.

Shavaughn has been a fixture on television screens, both here and overseas, since she was 18. After finding fame on kiwi kids institution What Now, Shavaughn moved to the UK where she was one of the hosts of Saturday morning TV show SMTV LIVE.

Both Clarke Gayford (MORE FM, The Edge, Channel Z, C4, George FM) and Matt Gibb (U live, STUDIO 2, Squirt) are youth personalities in their own right, who above all else both have positive attitudes and helpful advice.

Danielle Cormack hit our screens on television soaps Gloss and Shortland Street, and has gone on to star in dozens of films, TV dramas and stage productions making her one of New Zealand’s most respected and well-known actors. She recently appeared in the Australian television drama Wentworth.

Jeremy Elwood is an award-winning stand up comedian who has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his no-holds-barred style, and intelligent, relevant material. He can be seen regularly at The Classic comedy club, writes the popular Political Animal blog for 3news.co.nz and appears on comedy series 7Days.

These are awesome and if I had a monogamous attention span I suppose I could post one of these videos everyday, but yeah, I’m not going to do that.

There are HEAPS more @ the YouTube page. Bring this back!

Ladi6 — Outta Time [♬]

•July 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

https://ladi6.bandcamp.com/album/royal-blue-3000

Amazingly Detailed Video Tour of Entire SPIRITED AWAY World Built Using Minecraft

•July 9, 2018 • Leave a Comment

This must have taken a very long time, and you get a sense of that when we’re shown the furnished houses seen in the distance during the opening shots of the movie. The video is 32 minutes long because it is showing the world with a play-by-play commentary of the film:

Spirited Away, another world-famous Ghibli film, has been the subject of YouTube user and Minecraft Builder Alan Becker’s attention for four years now, and with the evolution of the game, his Spirited Away world has also evolved. He recently posted a video of his and his team’s updated recreation, and the high level of detail of the town, the bathhouse, and everything around it will blow you away.

If you want to check out Becker’s Spirited Away world in Minecraft, you can visit their server at play.ghiblicraft.com. They have some other Ghibli worlds, too.

12-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Takes Four Notes Randomly Picked and Instantly Uses Them to Improvise a Sonata [♬]

•July 8, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Meet Alma Deutscher, 6o Minutes correspondent Bob Pelley pulls four random notes out of a hat, then, soon enough, Deutscher uses the notes to start improving a sonata:

Last fall, 60 Minutes spent some time with Alma Deutscher, a prodigy on the piano and the violin. As her Wikipedia page tells us, “At age six she composed her first piano sonata. At age seven, she completed her first major composition, the opera The Sweeper of Dreams. Aged nine, she wrote a concerto for violin and orchestra, which she premiered in a 2015 performance.” And at “the age of ten she completed her first full-length opera, Cinderella, which had its European premiere in Vienna on 29 December 2016 under the patronage of conductor Zubin Mehta.” Fast forward to age twelve, you can watch Alma pull off something that, at this point, shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Katy Perry’s Been Taking Fashion Cues from Katy Keene, an Archie Comics Character from 1945

•July 6, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Not that I truly give a crap; I can dig this type of fictional appropriation (when credit is given of course):

Katy Keene character created by cartoonist William Woggon (1911-2003). Does this officially make her a cosplayer?

Botched Canadian Convenience Store Robbery Set to METAL GEAR SOLID Evasion Music [mashup]

•July 5, 2018 • Leave a Comment

The Canadian convenience store robbery that has now become infamous for its poor execution got a Metal Gear Solid makeover. Here is what it feels like to watch people who are bad at video games…and life:


Metal Gear Solid 2 Version:

My Tall Shorts Film Festival Entry [F]

•June 20, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Well, I did end up making a short, silly little thing for the competition after all. It was judged last month and no, I did not place anywhere. The rules were simple; entries must be under 2 minutes long, be presented in a vertical format (cell phone screen dimensions), and incorporate the theme of light. Coming in as one of the shortest of all the 63 entries, here is 46 seconds of ghost hunting silliness, FIRST CONTACT/HADOUKEN:

References — STAR TREK; run that start date number through a Julian Calendar converter and you will get 20/05/2018, the date the competition was judged / Snorricam; opening camera angle (and those sparks were made by my sis and bro spinning burning steel wool) / SILENT HILL; radio sound on that Sangean ghost box / STREET FIGHTER; Hadouken, a special attack in the Street Fighter video game series / SONG OF THE SOUTH; song reference from 1946 Musical/Animation (Mum used to sing this when I was little and we would go out for walks).

I’m not OCD or anything, I just, do more with my time than most. It’s a blessing and a curse, believe me. I’m bound to get paid one of these days though for all my effort and randomness lol! Believe it or not, I actually wrote a 5 page script and story boarded the whole thing. Come the night of the impromptu shoot, however, my sister, brother, and I, just ended up winging most of it, two days before the competition closed.

One-takes and plenty of lolz later, we made something enjoyable together. I mean, it still would have been nice to have known what Taika Waititi’s reaction was to seeing it and $10,000 in the hand would have also been swell, but overall it was a neat, cheap, let’s shoot-the-shit-and-see-what-we-make weekend short. Thanks, Spark!

Sevendust — “Medicated” [music video]

•June 19, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Still going hard; love this band so much!

Two Wild Lynx in Ontario Having an Intense Dialogue

•June 1, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Nicole Lewis and her partner Ed Trist captured this rare encounter between two Canadian Lynx screaming at each other — their funny vocal standoff coming close to blows:

Aww, fluffy. I don’t know why but, that reminds me of my sister so much. This one too: