The Smashing Pumpkins — “Thirty-Three”

•November 26, 2019 • Leave a Comment

The music video for “Thirty-Three”, directed by Billy Corgan and then-girlfriend Yelena Yemchuk, is a series of images shot in stop-motion, ending with a re-enactment of the Mellon Collie album cover.

Because the group’s videos so often avoid the literal interpretation of lyrics, the video for “Thirty-Three” was created with images closely related to the words of the song, as an intentional stylistic departure.

Life In A Different Light: Under The Microscope

•November 11, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Martin Kristiansen of My Microscopic World used a polarized light source, a lab microscope, and an iPhone to capture these incredibly detailed, colorful, and otherworldly images of insect larvae, isopods, and tiny crustaceans:

A few weeks ago, I modified my microscope to be able to use polarized light to illuminate my samples. This gives some incredibly beautiful and alien-like footage, so I of course made a video with this technique. All footage in this video is shoot on an iPhone mounted on my microscope with a LabCam adapter. [More images: Instagram]

Leaf Origami by Japanese Nature Artist @Kusabanaasobi

•November 5, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Japanese nature artist Kusabanaasobi, which means “plant play” in Japanese, creates adorable origami creatures out of leaves, grass, flowers, acorns and peanut shells.

“Keep an eye on the plants on the roads and parks where you are walking. Discover the smell, texture, and interesting shapes of plants that you did not usually notice. Let’s get along with nature through “Kusana Play.” ~ いのり

The artist also has a book about “Flower Play” that provides helpful tutorials showing how she folds the leaves in order to get such remarkable results. Visit https://ameblo.jp/taiyouinori for more.

Killing Joke – “Love Like Blood” [throwback]

•August 30, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Jewels in the Night Sea by Photographer Ryo Minemizu

•August 7, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I do not think I am allowed to post these images online, but I mean, I am a rebel 😎 and besides, the world must know of life’s unfathomable beauties!!

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Japanese marine life photographer Ryo Minemizu focuses his lens on some of the tiniest and most abundant life forms in our oceans. His series Phenomenons explores the diverse beauty and extravagant colors of plankton, and is shot amongst the dark waters of the Osezaki sea near Mount Fuji and other coasts around Japan, the Philippines and Maldives.

To capture the small creatures Minemizu sets his shutter speed to just a fraction of a second, while ensuring that his own movements don’t disturb the surrounding organisms.

“Plankton symbolize how precious life is by their tiny existence,” he explains. “I wanted other people to see them as they are in the sea, so it was my motivation from the beginning to shoot plankton underwater, which is quite a challenge. Most plankton are small, and their movements are hard to predict.”

Tornaria larva of acorn worms (Krohn stage) April 2016 Palau

Eudoxid of Enneagonum hyalinum. Eudoxid is sexual reproduction stage.

It’s a marine benthos, inhabiting sand or under stone. Adults are long and slender, grotesque. However, some larvae are beautiful like this picture, and they are floating.

March, 2012 Yakushima Kagoshima, Japan.

Amazing! I’m all about science fiction, but whenever there is a popular article about anything space related I scoff, because here on Earth is where the real mysteries of unknown life lie swim.

You can see more of Minemizu’s underwater photography on Instagram and Twitter, with prints from his Phenomenons series available in his online shop 🐟🐟🐟

Crazy Town — “Butterfly” (1999) [throwback] [♬]

•October 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Ahhh the sweet, nostalgic sounds of unbridled horniness. Here’s a fun fact, that melodic guitar riff is a sampling of a Red Hot Chili Peppers track. So credit where credit is due, you know how it goes — “Pretty Little Ditty” from the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ 1989 album Mother’s Milk. Which means that everyone holding an instrument in the video above is 100% a poser lol

Freaky Flowers — Echinopsis Cactus Flowers Blooming Like Bursting Fireworks [time-lapse]

•July 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Echinopsis cacti have some of the most brilliant flowers of any cactus, with vibrantly colored petals and explosive blooms — The trick is actually seeing it. The cacti bloom only late at night, and even then the peak moment of beauty may only last an hour or two at the most. Lucky for us, Echinopsis enthusiast Greg Krehel has a knack for catching these blooming succulents in the act.

When one of his specimens looks like it’s about to bloom, Krehel brings it inside and films it overnight with a special HD time-lapse setup. Gathered in this video is a montage of his favorite shots from the 2014 season, and he’s already posting new videos from this spring on Vimeo (via National Geographic):

“The evening when it looks like a plant’s flowers are about to bloom, I bring it indoors to image. Most of the clips in this montage show approximately 8 hours of change as the flowers open and bloom. A little more than halfway through the montage, there’s a series of three clips showing different views of a 24-hour period in the life of a yellow-flowered ‘Daydream’ plant.

I hope you enjoy “Freaky Flowers” and invite you to contact me via my Vimeo account and/or visit echinopsisfreak.com where you’ll learn more than you ever wanted to know about these cacti.” ~ Greg Krehel

Visit either one of Krehel’s links and it is clear to see that this man has fallen in love with Echinopsis cacti, so much so that he even gave them an endearing pet name. Endearing in the sense I suppose, because these beautiful plants really aren’t that freaky at all. Now if they were to spring legs and decided to literally dance about and burst like fireworks, now that type of behaviour would be freaky.

Freaky Cactuar

Flowering Plants Growing & Blooming [time-lapse]

•July 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I thought the music was uninspired, but aside from that, David de los Santos Gil’s time-lapse is exquisite in both subject and technique:

Lillium, hibiscus, carnations, orchids, dandelions, lilies, daisies, alstroemeria, peonies & nigella damask.

It took David 50,000 pictures over a total span of nine months to make the video.

Fluttering Both Ways: Thanks to a Genetic Anomaly These Butterflies Have Male and Female Wings

•April 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Bilateral gynandromorphism is a condition where an animal or insect contains both male and female characteristics. This is caused when the sex chromosomes fail to separate during mitosis/fertilization.

Tiger Swallowtail Gynandromorph

Although it is one of natures rarest phenomena with only 0.01 per cent of hatching butterflies being born as gynandromorph, this condition is visually striking and can be easily spotted in most butterflies by the perfect division between the two halves of the body:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

(Above) The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.

Papilio Rumanzovia - Rare Gynandromorph

The female (left) and male (right) Papilio Rumanzovia (Scarlet Mormon) Butterfly.

one of nature's rarest phenomena with only 0.01 per cent of hatching butterflies being born as gynandromorph

I was wondering how other creatures of the same genus react to these unique anomalies. The butterfly above unfortunately died shortly after the photo was taken because it didn’t have a long enough proboscis. For the ones that live long enough however; my guess would be that pheromones play a role in determining attraction on a non-visual level. But I’m no expert. For more info on gynandromorpism, checkout sciencesnaps.com

Cuushe “Airy Me” [animation] [music video]

•February 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Pure dream logic. There’s something special about hand-drawn animation that I really admire, in tandem with a great soundtrack, — in this case, Cuushe — something beautiful is created; ‘Airy Me’ is something special indeed. The beautifully intricate and haunting video for ‘Airy Me’ was made by artist Yoko Kuno who hand-drew 3000 individual illustrations as the basis for her University graduation piece.

Airy Me

Dream-pop songstress, Mayuko Hitotsuyanagi aka Cuushe, accepted Yoko Kuno’s request to use ‘Airy Me’ — from Cuushe’s 2009 debut album “Red Rocket Telepathy” — and Voilà, synergy. The story tells of a hospital that carries out experiments on its patients, with one metamorphosing into a chimera‏:

Yoko Kuno has since contributed her artwork for “Butterfly Case” Cuushe’s brand new breath-taking 2nd full length album, coming four years after her sweet debut “Red Rocket Telepathy”:

Butterfly Case by Cuushe Red Rocket Telepathy by Cuushe

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.

Bring this back! These are awesome and if I had a monogamous attention span I suppose I could post one of these videos everyday. I’m not going to do that.

Heaps more @ the YouTube page.

‘Little Drifters’ by People All Over Earth [DIY]

•August 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

People all around the world were encouraged by BOOOOOOOM (♥ this site) to make little boats out of foliage/anything natural. Here are a few of the beautiful results:

Photos of Japan’s Night Parade Of One Hundred Demons by Keiichiro Yasugi

•November 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Japan and cosplay go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that every year the gigantic Halloween celebration in Shibuya yields a mass of creative costumers. An often overlooked celebration in Kyoto, however, offers a just as impressive—and possibly more terrifying—assembly of costumes.

On the third Saturday of every October, Kyoto plays host to a recreation of the Hyakki Yagyō (Night Parade of One Hundred Demons), where a massive swarm of Japanese ghouls and monsters are unleashed in pandemonium.

To recreate the legendary event of yokai invading the human world, Kyoto’s Taishogun Shopping Street (which already has dozens of yokai-themed shops and spooky sculptures) welcomes an event called the “Yokai Parade”, where hundreds of people dress up in amazing costumes based off of ghastly creatures from Japanese folklore.

Photographer Keiichiro Yasugi took some excellent pictures of the frightful night and showcased them on Twitter:

Photographer Keiichiro Yasugi: twitter.com/KeiichiroYASUGI / instagram.com/keyasugi/

HAZBIN HOTEL (contains coarse language)

•October 31, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Be warned, this cartoon is absolutely NOT for kids and is
aimed at older audiences. Badwords and Innuendo galore!!

Hazbin Hotel is the story of Charlie, the princess of Hell, as she pursues her seemingly impossible goal of rehabilitating demons to peacefully reduce overpopulation in her kingdom. She opens a hotel in hopes that patients will be “checking out” into Heaven.

👻💦

•October 31, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Makes me feel pretty good too bro 😛

Death Stranding Advert with Rick and Morty

•October 28, 2019 • Leave a Comment

DARK EMPIRE: The Destiny of a Jedi [fan film]

•October 27, 2019 • Leave a Comment

The first episode of animator Ian Wilkins‘ Star Wars fan series is here. Many years after the fall of Vader and the battle of Endor, members of the Rebel Alliance must once again defend against the Empire as they strengthen against the New Republic:

Dark Empire is a Star Wars comic book metaseries produced by Dark Horse Comics. It consists of a six-issue limited series written by Tom Veitch and drawn by Cam Kennedy.

No More Blog…Space!! [F]

•August 11, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I have run out of storage space to upload images! 3GB worth of uploads from 2008~2019 (RIP) I think is a pretty good damn fine run.

So, is now a good time for me to move on from this blog?

For an extra annual fee of $8.00, I can bump the maximum upload space to 13GB, and continue the longevity of this digital footprint of randomness, my sanctuary of procrastination, this politics and pornography free collection zone of whatever.

However, could my time be better served not in front of a screen? I am hesitant to make a decision. Not sure why that is. Something inside just needs to be communicated. Generosity, I feel, and a desire to be in touch with words and ideas as often as possible.

Was/is Dark in the Boy my bubble of creative gestation, or a crutch, stifling my creative thoughts and inner truth? …Does it sound/read crazy if I think I’m called upon to create something great? Will a random blog get in the way of that belief in myself? And is all of this simply TMI??? 🤔

*sigh* little hiccups in life. I’m a big picture kinda guy but these little bumps and scratches along the way shut my brain down, for real. Like, what if I have the makings for a bombass sandwich but have run out of butter?! That’s a transitional moment of panic for me OK!

…I’m thinking I should just pay the measly $8 and shut the front door huh.

Mike Tyson as Every Character in FAMILY MATTERS

•August 2, 2019 • Leave a Comment

What if celebrity X were absurdly cast in role Y? Deepfakes have it covered (is that a pun?) — Mike Tyson deepfaked in Family Matters:

The animated wonkiness and unease of uncanny valley, alleviates deepfakery into humourous territory, but make no mistake, deception is a powerful tool, both for entertainment purposes and lesser known agendas.

This footage of presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard appears to show a small blemish on her chin (a pimple or bug bite, perhaps) that suddenly disappears as she’s talking:

And, sharp vampire fangs!

Conspiracy theorists suggest MSNBC (producers of the footage) added the pimple to make her look bad, as the Congresswoman from Hawaii was talking foreign policy during the debate — specifically the possibility of America going to war with Iran. Important stuff, no doubt. The times are not amenable to even the most innocuous digital manipulation.