Semisonic — “Closing Time” (1998) [throwback] [♬]

•April 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

First week of every month I think I’ll hit ya with a 90’s throwback 😀

Field of NOPE: Spiderwebs, Everywhere

•April 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

After recent flooding in Papamoa, New Zealand, entire fields became the home of thousands of cobwebs:

This is the result of the spiders fleeing the floodplains. It’s a survival trait that spiders use their webs to parachute themselves from danger. As remarkable a sight as this is, it does beg the question; where the hecking heck are all the spiders now?!!

Time Chicken [stop-motion animation]

•April 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Bless clay animation and those who do it. The protagonist in Nick Black’s darkly comic claymation short sets out to answer the divisive question: “Which came first – the chicken or the egg?”

Written, animated and directed by Nick Black (facebook.com/NickBlackanimation/ @TheGildedPrawn) / Original score by Nathan Stornetta and Martin Batchelar / performed by the Prague Symphonic Ensemble.

And while we are on the subject of chicken, take a gander at this giant mf bird!!

It’s called a Brahma rooster, a USA heritage breed of chicken which in this case was likely cross-bred for international export… IDK actually. My brain felt the need to logic this shit. What ever the heck happened, that’s one hardcore chook.

Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa — “Scared To Be Lonely” (Medasin Remix) [♬]

•April 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment

“As You Like It” at the World’s First Pop-up Globe (NZ)

•April 11, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Leading up to the date, I was expecting a great show while really not knowing what to expect. It was great. Me and Renée enjoyed it, and myself more-so noticing her little idiosyncrasies every time the actors came within vicinity of kissing each other (hehe her smile kills me). The entire cast for this particular play was comprised of men only, which made for some rambunctious sexualised comedy.

Shakespeare was a master of his craft, and experiencing that genius translated live among a crowded audience and with a friend no less was memorable to say the least.

Here are some quotes from the play which are quite profound beyond their intended comedic context:

My affection hath an unknown
bottom, like the bay of Portugal
Plenty
(this line was changed to describe a NZ coastline, and was a cleaver play on words in itself—plenty.
— Rosalind confides to Celia that her love for Orlando feels limitless.

We that are true lovers run into strange
capers; but as all is mortal in nature, so is all nature
in love mortal in folly.

— Touchstone is relating some of the follies he has committed in the name of love and concludes that love itself dictates mortal folly—silly acts which are bound to fail.

Thou art not for the fashion of these times,
Where none will sweat but for promotion

— Orlando praises Adam as representative of the good old days, as contrasted with the present, when no one does anything except for reward or promotion.

If thou remember’st not the slightest folly
That ever love did make thee run into,
Thou hast not loved

— Silvius, the young shepherd, is advising an older shepherd in the ways of love. Silvius, full of the overweening assurance of youth, declares that if the older shepherd cannot remember every time he made a fool of himself for love, then he has not experienced true love.

If ladies be but young and fair,
They have the gift to know it

— One of the gems of wisdom that Jaques takes away from Touchstone is that if ladies are young and attractive, they know it.

Pop-up Globe, an open-air amphitheatre, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe, popped up for the first time in Auckland in February 2016 with a twice-extended debut season that sold over 100,000 tickets including 20,000 to school students.

For showings info and tickets visit, http://www.popupglobe.co.nz/tours I highly recommend “Much Ado About Nothing.” My personal favourite so far. And by recommend I mean see first, because you’re going to want to see all of them.

Writing

•April 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Writing truth. I don’t usually reblog, but this was a delightful read 🙂

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handsSometimes I don’t really know what to write, and then I think oh, you shouldn’t write for the sake of writing, you should write because–because you’re trying to write something. Because you’re trying to convey something. Because there’s a story you have to tell, a thought to flesh out, a destination to get to. You’re driving your point home.

But I don’t always have a point or a story or destination. And then I remember how I used to squirrel away hours just stabbing down words, stringing together sentences, writing whatever I wanted just because. Because it was fun and it made me happy and I didn’t really care if people read it or loved it or hated it. It was like rubbing on unscented lotion. It’s therapeutic, no one really knows you’re wearing it, and it’s something you do for yourself. You’re not trying to leave behind little…

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Near Miss at Mt Eden

•April 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Be safe and alert around train crossings, people. I’ve seen first hand what the impact of a train will do to a person and it can be fatally devastating. #donteven

Talking Raven

•March 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

1. This bird can talk 2. this bird is huge 3. I want this bird to be my friend!!

And Mischief is this White-Necked Raven’s name. I once had a Magpie friend I named Mr. Maggles. He was a rescue, like the other four bird friends I had growing up. I love birds.

– Like all members of the Corvidae family, ravens are extremely intelligent. They use tools to get food if necessary, and can even mimic human speech!

– Since they are very social by nature, ravens are also some of the most playful of birds.

– Ravens display a strange behavior in the wild called “anting”. They roll around on anthills, let the ants crawl all over them, and then they chew up the ants and rub them through their feathers. Scientists are unsure why they do this.

My NICK FURY Cosplay [F]

•March 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A friend invited me to her friend’s dress-up theme party last night — Superheroes vs Villains — so I found some black electrical tape and went to work on a lid to a tin can of tomatoes, brown boots and a pirate eye-patch. Pretty thrifty aye 😉

Sarah was Catwoman and Shin was Red Hood. Met Goku, Tomb Raider, Electra, Darth Vader and some guy in a banana suit. Hazukashī, seeing photos of myself is embarrassing!

Tegan and Sara — “U-Turn” [music video]

•March 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Ahh, Tegan and Sara, a long withstanding remnant of a former relationship, which is a testament to their music I suppose…which is also besides the point, ahem; recently, for some reason one of Tegan and Sara’s music videos was flagged on YouTube as inappropriate for general audiences, a classification usually reserved for explicit language, violence and gratuitous T&A, which as you’ll find out when you watch “U-Turn”, features anything but:

“We made the video for U-Turn with the incredibly talented Seth Bogart. It is a simple and goofy video where we drive around in a plywood car and dance in front of a green screen. I have no idea why this video would be deemed too “sensitive” by YouTube. The other videos of ours that have been restricted? That Girl, which is essentially a tour documentary that includes footage of us performing and sitting backstage. And Alligator, a video where we dance around in snow suits with woolly hats on. I can only assume that the content has been flagged by users who are homophobic and don’t want unassuming straight people to be turned gay by seeing us dance. What a shame.”

5 Minute Preview of Ghost in the Shell

•March 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

My first and lasting thought after watching that was how intrusive, leading and wrong the music was. Had the music been completely omitted I 100% believe that would have been an improvement on the scene. I was already expecting a run-of-the-mill, fast-cut action movie with little to no philosophical depth, but I wasn’t expecting the soundtrack to add to my preconceived notions.

It does look visually stunning though, I will say that much 🙂 Here is the original source material, and in my opinion, the better movie:

And here’s a fan who shares my sympathies, video blogger Alachia Queen:

Shy Luv — “Shock Horror” [music video]

•March 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This is a real catchy song. Love it! Directed by the French duo Bif, the video features Shy Luv falling in an endless skydive amidst gigantic women in swimsuits:

“CGI allowed us to create impossible camera shots, animate the duo and populate each scene the way we wanted,” says Bif. “We used the photogrammetry scanning system in order to recreate a perfect 3D model of each character.” “The animation was mostly created using simulation,” they add. “By applying physics and dynamics forces we manage to get very interesting results. The band inflated like balloons were alive, diving in the sky in a very organic way.”