Tumbleweeds [supercut]

•January 29, 2022 • Leave a Comment

YouTuber, film buff, and meticulous editor Duncan Robson (featured on DitB before) was commissioned by the Columbus Museum of Art for one of his celebratory montages. After watching this, you will never not notice a tumbling tumbleweed ever again:

Columbus Museum of Art http://www.columbusmuseum.org/ Music by Joel Robson http://joelrobson.bandcamp.com/music / Sources are listed in closed captions.

Weval — “Someday” [music video]

•June 17, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Watch this mesmerizing music video if you like photography, architecture, geometry, juxtapositions, stop-motion animation, and/or just kick’n tunes in general:

Amazing editing work!

Filmmaker Páraic McGloughlin’s abstract music video serves as the perfect complement to the driving rhythm and headphone-worthy sounds of Weval’s track Someday. The imagery and sounds reflect the fragility of our planet, and humanity’s desire to hold on.

“Last year Weval approached me with the idea of developing a music video for ‘Someday’. Upon listening to the track ,which I loved, I had ideas of what I thought would fit. We aimed at creating an abstract journey with a sense of ambiguity holding underlying core concepts […] super happy to put images behind their amazing sounds!”

Here is another crazy music video by Páraic McGloughlin:

The Invisible Light That Plants Emit

•April 23, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Californian photographer Craig Burrows has photographed hundreds of glowing flowers since 2014 after seeing Oleksandr Holovachov’s work with ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF) photography. Here are his impressive findings (CLICK TO ENLARGE!):

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“Each time I do a set of UVIVF photos, it starts with going out under the cover of darkness to snatch unsuspecting flowers growing around the neighborhood. I rarely know what to expect from a flower before I get it back to shoot. Some I think will dazzle end up flopping, and others I am surprised by their colors or light. Every one is a surprise!
In the same way a tee-shirt blue glows under a black light, most organic material glows at least a little with UV stimulation and in all kinds of colors. To make the most of it, I make sure I’m working in the darkest environment I can and use a 365nm light so the camera can’t see the UV light.
Any time the flowers are hit by sunlight, they’re letting off their own glow in response and it’s simply overwhelmed by the sunlight we can see. These photos capture something we always see, but never can observe.” – Burrows

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.

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

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”.

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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:

The Smile “Skrting On The Surface” [♬]

•April 11, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Any Radiohead fans here? The Smile are an English rock band comprising Radiohead members Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner. They are produced by Nigel Godrich, Radiohead’s longtime producer.

The Smile worked during the COVID-19 lockdowns and made their surprise debut in a performance streamed by Glastonbury Festival in May 2021. Jonny Greenwood said the Smile came from his desire to work with Thom Yorke during the COVID-19 lockdown;

“We didn’t have much time, but we just wanted to finish some songs together. It’s been very stop-start, but it’s felt a happy way to make music.” ~JG

In early 2022, they released four singles and performed to an audience for the first time at three shows in London in January, which were livestreamed. The Smile are set to begin a European tour in May 2022.

Tears of the Willis [♬]

•March 30, 2022 • Leave a Comment

This man knows how to squeeze a trigger and shed a damn fine tear. Bruce Willis will be stepping away from acting for good after a recent diagnosis of aphasia — a disorder that affects the brain’s language center and a person’s ability to understand or express speech.

This tribute-music-video is to you, Bruce Willis:

“I’m Bruce Willis” performed by Jeep Cherokee.

He’d probably hate that so much lol.

The video contained clips from every single movie Bruce Willis has ever appeared in…pre 2010… None as iconic as The Fifth Element, or Die Hard, or Twelve Monkeys, or Pulp Fiction, or The Last Boy Scout, or Unbreakable, of course, and I just watched Last Man Standing for the first time with bae and it was good, thank you Walter Hill. (I’m thinking Armageddon or Sin City next)

Be proud Mr. Willis, be Yippee Ki Yay motherfucking prou-😢-proud ​​😭​

The Oscars Event That Shook A Face

•March 28, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Come for the DrAmA, stay for the memeable event.

Personally, I don’t think these two brothers needed to engage themselves in low blow mockery and humiliation. That being said, comedy is disarming for a reason and Chris Rock is a professional comedian. Hollyweird must be a strange and alienating place to keep it together in, but damned if that wasn’t the most passionate live televised outburst not produced on an MTV reality show. …Or was it!?! (#ratings #sponsoredbylookoverherenow)

Like Chris Rock’s professionalism and Will Smith’s West Philly passion, the world responded in memes:

Foo Fighters “On The Mend” [♬]

•March 27, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Taylor Hawkins Drumming Masterclass (Nov 6, 2019)

•March 27, 2022 • Leave a Comment

As drummer for the Foo Fighters for over 20 years, Taylor Hawkins has drummed his way through everything from Reading & Leeds Festival, to Radio 1 Live Lounges to sell out stadium shows.

But what does it take to become a drummer? What inspires someone to pick up a pair of drumsticks in the first place? And just how important is the drummer to a band?

In this programme, Taylor gives us a guided tour of his drum kit, talking to Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq about his childhood, his influences, his favourite drum loops, and what it’s like drumming with both Alanis Morissette & Dave Grohl.

R.I.P. Taylor Hawkins 1972 ~ 2022

•March 26, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Californication: The Game

•March 15, 2022 • Leave a Comment

In 1999 the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their seventh studio album Californication.

In 2000 the album’s title track was released as a single, and along with it came one of the coolest 3D rendered animated music videos ever to grace the music scene. It certainly stirred emotions and imaginations, and for obvious reason captured the hearts of young gamers around the world. I was one of those dopey kids who had wishful daydreams of what the sixth generation of video game consoles may bring. I remember thinking at the time how Crazy Taxi was the closest actual game to it.

Now, some twenty-three years later, developer Miquel Camps Ortezaa took it upon himself to create a free to download video game based on that sweet music video. What began as a two-day challenge to re-create the spirit of those delirious game logic scenes, ended up as seven levels, allowing you to experience the super graphical environments as if you were the shirtless band-mate confronting those crazy hyper heart-pounding dangers.

So… The graphics leave a hell of a lot to be desired 😂 it is janky, but fun, and did I mention, freeeeeeeeee. Download the game for free on Itch.io for Windows PC and macOS to relive the glory days of 2000’s RHCP. Alternatively, you can just watch the MV below.

Although Otherside had the hook I hummed the loudest down the school hallways (and a German Expressionism, Cubism, and M.C. Escher music video aesthetic I could’t get out of my brain), Californication is definitely one of those era defining songs. People will still be finding and enjoying it many years from now. Much like today.

The Halabaloo Over Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Metaverse, DeFi & NFT

•February 25, 2022 • Leave a Comment

This topic is a world changer. Best learn up with me, and ahh, maybe, “buy the dip?”

Clocking in at just under 14 minutes, you will know more about our current climate of money and tech by the end of this then all your best guesses combined — a really well rounded and put together summary video of cryptocurrency:

Want more? Here is a full documentary!! It costs under $10 to rent on other platforms, so I am not sure why/how this is free on YouTube, but give it a watch if you have time: CRYPTOPIA: Bitcoin, Blockchains and The Future of the Internet 

For those interested in the digital artwork side of things, here are several interesting looks at the unpredictable world of NFT:

In this video, you’ll learn about how art, fine wine, and blockchain can be useful for laundering money.

The Crew sits down with Digital Artist Mike Winkelmann AKA “Beeple” for a Q&A about NFTs and the future of Crypto Art.

How will this new technology affect the world of art? How does it affect the community and the environment?

Don’t get suckered into the vortex of hype-mania-hype videos. There is good, honest content and researchers out there, but damned if they are not hidden behind an algorithm promoting FUD (Fear, uncertainty, and doubt) and biased speculator ramblings.

THE BACKROOMS [short film]

•January 29, 2022 • Leave a Comment

This ongoing saga unfolding in an unnerving plain of existence was first uploaded January 7 2022. That is all I want to know. I mean know, that is all I know 😨

Kane Parsons a.k.a. Kane Pixels, the director and VFX artist responsible for this well put together series of shorts, is 16-years-old. Dude is bound to be offered to make a movie one day, or he’ll just do it himself. https://www.instagram.com/kanepixels/ / https://ko-fi.com/kanepixels / https://soundcloud.com/kane-pixels

Quentin Tarantino Launches ‘PULP FICTION’ NFTs Despite Miramax Lawsuit

•January 22, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is getting in on the phenomenally overblown NFT (non-fungible tokens) fad. Superb smart-contract technology, to be sure, but currently many of the NFT projects are nothing more than over-hyped clip art. Don’t take my word for it though, a quick search will prove my point. PULP FICTION and its writer/director however—love them or hate them—carry a gravitas of legitimacy. If movie memorabilia is something you enjoy, owning a share of this manuscript NFT might interest you.

Each NFT represents a single scene from PULP FICTION and features the original handwritten screenplay of that scene, alongside unique recorded commentary by Mr. Tarantino himself that contains never-before-known secrets about the film.

The manuscript for PULP FICTION has been sectioned into 7 unique scenes. Tarantino entering the NFT space will perform well in the initial and secondary markets for obvious reason. Whether he will continue to release other properties on the Secret Network blockchain remains to be seen. No one is sure how the lawsuit will effect Tarantino’s NFTs, but the notoriety can only help. That was how I heard about it.

Website: https://tarantinonfts.com/ / Twitter: https://twitter.com/TarantinoNFTs

“Secret Network and Secret NFTs provide a whole new world of connecting fans and artists and I’m thrilled to be a part of that.” ~ QT

If I was endowed with such a disposable income that I could have fun collecting NFTs, I would certainly try to snaffle all instances of screen direction that involved car trunks or feet (film buffs get it).

The first time I heard about an established creator making money selling NFTs was in October 2020. José Delbo, an 87-year-old former DC comic artist in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, auctioned 914 Wonder Woman NFTs in four days, culminating in a profit of $1.85 million. He too faced backlash.

“Heroines – Weight of the World” sold for almost $300,000.

Naturally this event got the attention of DC Comics and Marvel, not just because José Delbo made bank (good on him), but because the fictional character was a trademarked property. If commissioned artwork gets a pass then it seems a double-standard that there should be any talk of lawsuit for creators, seeing as contracts as old as José Delbo’s would not have covered blockchains or art as non-fungible tokens. I would stand by the argument that the artist and their craftsmanship is what gives a drawing value and drives interest in buyers. But I digress; read more of José Delbo’s story here: https://gizmodo.com/dc-comics-tells-artists-to-stay-out-of-nft-business-or-1846466427

Blockchain technology and what it allows users to generate and share is going to be something transformational, and not just for artists and tech-savvy collectors in-the-know. Expect to hear more NFT coverage from all major networks in the coming year as more retailers and industries trial decentralized finance (DeFi) options. The literary landscape will not go unaffected either.

PULP FICTION is a good film, but I’d rather spend fiat money on actual pulp fiction—far less stress than an auction and more surprise than a Big Kahuna Burger.

New Zealand WHAKA YEAH! [♬]

•January 5, 2022 • Leave a Comment
 
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