The Saga of Sakeru Gum さけるグミ

•April 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I had a good laugh with these commercials, especially at the end, so be sure to watch it all the way through. Sakeru gum comes in regular and long. In these TV ads, Chi-chan seems to prefer the long kind. About a dozen ads ran in the series over the past year, and we are lucky to have them all together with subtitles. While technically SFW, it’s full of innuendo that wouldn’t fly so well on American TV. The story takes some turns as Chi-chan battles her temptation and constantly loses, but it ends with a twist you do not see coming at all.

Since we’re on the topic of *cough cough* innuendo, McDonald’s Japan recently sent a startlingly suggestive tweet, encouraging customers with a pep talk, about French fries…

“The longest French fry isn’t necessarily the best French fry.

Short French fries, curved French fries, crispy French fries, and soft French fries. All of them have good points. All of them have people who love them.

As long as you value your own unique flavor, we believe you’ll be able to contribute in your own way. To all new employees, congratulations on your new jobs.

Sincerely,
McDonald’s French fries.”

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Memo Akten’s Learning to See Project: Gloomy Sunday

•April 5, 2018 • Leave a Comment

A deep neural network making predictions on live camera input, trying to make sense of what it sees, in context of what it’s seen before. It can see only what it already knows, just like us.

Humanizing the idea that comprehension is reliant upon tangible concepts really reminds me of the climax in the film CONTACT (1997), so if you have yet to see it — spoiler alert —

Could Life Be an Artificial Simulation?

•April 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Why not? But don’t expect these scientists to mention religion even though that’s basically what the simulation hypothesis proposes; a mathematical architect:

Edited by: Emanuel Danneman nobaddays.nu / Full list of credits at Vimeo.

No Bad Days stitched together discussions from scientists, enthusiasts and art forms about the possibility and consequences of our reality being a simulation. “So you’re saying as you dig deeper, you find computer code writ in the fabric of the cosmos.”

If simulation is a word that describes something intelligently created, and reality is a word that describes what is not (for some) and is something that just is (or random cosmic explosion), then why are we as a species intrinsically not content with that “just is” explanation for existence? Could it be that it lends no clue as to the reason why? If we’re all in the same boat, behind the veil of knowing for certain, then why can’t we stop debating and all just be in awe? Maybe it is our predisposition for disparity that makes us human. The ultimate itch for certain truth that advances us forward. Birthing ambition. Ignorance, like curiosity and imagination then, might just be another one of our greatest mechanisms for achieving greatness. But who of us truly likes admitting ignorance.

“Roadside Lights” by Eiji OHASHI — Capturing the Solitary Glowing Appliances of Japan After Dark

•April 1, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Following after the last post (Video Game Soda Machine Project), I remembered this cool photo series by Hokkaido photographer Eiji Ohashi. Vending machines in Japan are more ubiquitous (found everywhere) than they are in most other parts of the world (like here in NZ), which is no doubt why when I first saw these pictures, I really liked them:

Japan has the highest concentration of vending machines per person (there’s roughly 1 vending machine for every 23 people in Japan) and the fact that the majority of them are outdoors is a testament to the country’s safety and respect for property. Very rarely are these machines ever vandalized.

Juxtaposed with the landscape of Japan, these images are visually striking.

One snowy night, Ohashi was walking outside when he found himself transfixed by the form of snow that had piled up on top of a vending machine.

Ohashi has spent the nine years since then obsessively shooting starkly beautiful Japanese landscapes, usually in the dead of night, that are “populated” only by vending machines yet offer perspicacious comment on the human condition. […]

“Life in Japan has become extremely convenient, but still there seems no end to the pursuit of greater comfort,” he tells The Japan Times. “That quest continues relentlessly, but we don’t need this degree of convenience in order to live. Rather, having achieved this level of comfort, we should now be asking what is the true essence of happiness.”JapanTimes

The collection of Ohashi’s photographs are also available as a photobook. …Since it is sort of related; I tried Calpis for the first time this year (thanks Shizuka) and I love the stuff!

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The Video Game Soda Machine Project — Obsessively Cataloging Video Game “Pop” Culture [screen caps]

•March 31, 2018 • Leave a Comment

In 2016, Marshall University professor Jason Morrissette was playing Batman: Arkham Knight. While sneaking around the shadows, Morrissette stumbled upon a soda machine. Like many games, Akrham Knight doesn’t feature any real-life soda products; that’d cost money. Instead, the developers simply made up their own: Sparkle Fizz. “It was so colorful in an otherwise gloomy corner of Gotham City that it caught my eye,” said Morrissette in a recent email exchange.

After joking on Twitter that someone catalog the various ways video games choose to represent soda machines, Morrissette decided to take it on. Thus, the Video Game Soda Machine Project was born, and as of March, it reached an important milestone: the blog cataloged its 2,000th soda machine.

Morrissette, who admits to preferring the term “soft drink,” isn’t just collecting these random images as a pet project anymore—it’s incorporated into his research. He even presented a paper at an academic convention called “I’d Like to Buy the World a Nuka-Cola: The Purposes and Meanings of Video Game Soda Machines:”

Full PowerPoint presentation in Dropbox PDF: https://t.co/SN5MrFgWTK

If you’d like to point Morrissette towards some undocumented soda machines, you can get in touch with him over Twitter.

Virtual Self — “Ghost Voices” [♬]

•March 11, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Com Truise — “Brokendate” & “Fairlight” [music video]

•February 20, 2018 • Leave a Comment

This sweet retro-futuristic tale directed by Will Joines, compliments BROKENDATE perfectly with its Blade Runner-esq eighties cop-nior ambience. It takes me back to a time that only exists in memory now, and I’m not concerned at all that that sentence shouldn’t have made any grammatical sense… BROKENDATE is rad.

Director: Will Joines / Producer: Sarah Romney / Cinematographer: Zoë White

How great a name is Com Truise — one of the many pseudonyms of New Jersey designer/musician Seth Haley. Love his melodious synth and the depth of atmosphere he’s able to create with minimal sounds. Here is another favourite — FAIRLIGHT:

Stellar* [throwback] [♬]

•November 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

While walking along Ponsonby Road during my break today, I came across a jewellery store called Boh Runga. I went inside, said hi to the women sitting behind the counter and her friend, then told her how much I loved her band, Stellar*. Boh Runga, older sister of acclaimed recording artist Bic Runga, had a pop/rock band in the 90’s that turned out some neat hits. I had no idea Boh has been making jewellery now for 10 years. You can view her range here — https://bohrunga.com

And here are those sweet, throwback Kiwi tunes (you’re welcome 😉):

We sure turnout some great singer-songwriters here in New Zealand. I only wish these were higher quality uploads.

I’m bonafide hermit out with the sun
I admit that it’s not everyone’s ideal existence or their idea of fun
Seems to work for me

I’m waiting for the moment
The time will come I know it
The strength of my connection will recognise my soul

Part of me will know
Part of me will know
Stop me in a street
Stranger when we meet
Part of me will know

I don’t deny selfish hunger in me
My ambition can be diva to see
I’m not above her but I’m hoping to be
Substitutes are free

I’m waiting for the moment
The time will come I know it
The strength of my conviction will recognise my soul

Part of me will know
Part of me will know
Stop me in a street

Stranger when we meet
Part of me will know

Recognise my face
Some forgotten trace
Some familiar place
And I’m almost home
I’m almost home
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I’m waiting for the moment
The time will come I know it
The strength of my conviction will recognise my soul

Part of me will know
Part of me will know
Stop me in a street
Stranger when we meet
Part of me will know

Recognise my face
Some forgotten trace
Some familiar place
And I’m almost home
I’m almost home
Almost home
Almost

Pixelord — “Rescue Cyber Party” [music video]

•November 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Animation by Alexandre Louvenaz facebook.com/alexandre.louvenaz and alexandre-louvenaz.com / Music by Pixelord pixelord.ru and facebook.com/pixelord / Production Wemotion wemotion.net / For more from King Deluxe visit kingdeluxe.ca.

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“Slapdash Supercars” by Max Siedentopf — This Guy Is out at Night Pimping Strangers’ Cars with Cardboard

•November 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

There is a man in Amsterdam who wanders the streets during the silent hours of the night carrying pieces of cardboard and masking tape, so he can custom shape and stick them to random people’s cars to make them look less ordinary and more like supercharged pimp-mobiles, unbeknownst to the sleeping owners:

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“Individuality, self-expression, and status are more important than ever these days. But for some reason you see that things as ordinary as cars are getting personalized less and less, while it could be a strange but great form of self-expression. I thought I’d do people a favor by giving them a custom-made supercar.” ~ Max Siedentopf

Right, and I’m sure they are grateful for it. For more work from this cardboard vigilante, visit: http://maxsiedentopf.com/

Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” Performed With a Traditional Japanese Bamboo Flute and Koto [♬]

•November 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones created some of the most timeless and iconic music of any generation, so it is understandable if someone was to guffaw at the idea of an acoustic cover version with traditional Japanese instruments sounding as good, but it does. This is one of the best cover tracks I have ever heard.

Professional shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player Yoshimi Tsujimoto is accompanied by two talented koto players, Erina Ito and Yuko Watanabe on the 17-string koto, for a truly unique rendition of Michael Jackson’s 1987 classic Smooth Criminal, with a traditional Japanese flair:

SHAKUHACHI Yoshimi Tsujimoto / KOTO Erina Ito / JUSHICHIGEN Yuko Watanabe

This isn’t Yoshimi’s first time performing with Erina—in fact, they actually play together as a pair in a group called 523 ~Koibumi~, which they formed during their university days.

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For comparison, here is the original music video for Smooth Criminal (1987):

Nosaj Thing — “Cold Stares” ft. Chance The Rapper & The O’My’s [music video]

•October 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Fantastic music video for track by Nosaj Thing and Chance The Rapper, put together by Rhizomatiks and features dancers from Elevenplay. The video uses drones, 3D capture and performative dance to create a sense of alternating between digital and real worlds:

Creative Director + Technical Director: Daito Manabe (Rhizomatiks Research) / Video Director: TAKCOM / Choreographer: MIKIKO (ELEVENPLAY) / Dancer: Kaorin (ELEVENPLAY) & Erissa (ELEVENPLAY) / Technical Director-Hardware Designer-Hardware Engineer: Motoi Ishibashi (Rhizomatiks Research) / Computer Vision Programmer: Yuya Hanai (Rhizomatiks Research) / Drone Engineer: Katsuhiko Harada (Rhizomatiks Research), Momoko Nishimoto (Rhizomatiks Research), Youichi Sakamoto (Rhizomatiks Research) / Video Producer: Takahiko Kajima (PICS) / Video Production Manager: Syuhei Harada (PICS) / CG Designer: Akira Miwa (McRay), Kohki Okuyama (McRay) / CG Producer: Akira Iio (McRAY) / Motion Capture System: Crescent, inc. / Costume Design: Yaepon.

While CG effects are nothing new, the use of little drone cameras to capture the movements of the two dancers teetering on the edge of reality and illusion gives everything a very unique feel. Learn about the making of here >rhizomatiks/coldstares/<

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Directed by Tokyo-based media artist, Daito Manabe, who I remember a few years ago was doing interesting things with electronic pulses and facial muscles moving in sync to music:

Anime & Game Character Inspired Pancake Art

•October 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Mmm pancakes, surely half the fun in having them is in the making and decoration of them — those warm cushions of deliciousness!! It is nice knowing that there are others who also share this view, like those working in Japan’s La Ricetta, an Italian restaurant located in the city of Zama in Kanagawa, the prefecture bordering Tokyo to the south, where the pancakes come pre-decorated with images of Pokémon, Mario, and dozens of other anime and video game characters.

At 800 yen (US$6.70) it comes with a scoop of gelato on the side, still allowing customers the opportunity to add their own desired condiment, splat in the middle of all that art.

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Talented culinary expert Keesuke Inagaki of Kanagawa’s “La Ricetta Ristorante Pizzeria” has demonstrated a rather unique form of artistry, one which involves shaping anime characters out of fluffy pancakes — a tasteful form of art where even failure can at least ensure that the artist will not be a starving one.

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As long as there is enough pancake to sink my teeth into, I am happy with whatever shape and form it takes.

PANCAKE DAY!!!!

^ It is a universal law that things will get real if there is an odd distribution of pancakes.

‘Sunburn’ Photographs by Thomas Maileander

•July 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

French artist, Thomas Mailaender, applied 23 old photographic negatives from the Archive of Modern Conflict collection, onto the skin of his volunteer models using a UV lamp to create a sunburn effect. Having substituted human skin for photosensitive paper, he then photographed the fleeting imprints before they disappeared. The results have been compiled into a book called “Illustrated People” which can be seen here:

 

I like that these are produced through a person’s natural skin tones, and the fact that they are photographic as opposed to just graphic, and fade, meaning they don’t last, adds a special charm to them too I suppose. Would be a nightmare of a thing if sunburns never healed away, am I right.

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Grades “King” [music video]

•June 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Love it! A little girl living out her superhero fantasies goes on a wild journey through the haunted halls of her school and beyond:

Dancer Laika Takasu as little girl. Directed by Taichi Kimura, with animations by Rapparu. Producer Takuma Hiramatsu / DOP Kohou Kotake / 1st AD Ryosuke Asano / 2nd AD Anam Sekiguchi / Choreographer Sayuki Kobayashi / Make up Rie Furuya / Runner Takumi Kidokou.

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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.

“Gloomy Sunday” [♬]

•November 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Billie Holiday was an amazing women. Before I ever listened to “Gloomy Sunday” and its countless renditions, the title itself is one I had known about since childhood.

There is a recurring urban legend which claims that people committed suicide while listening to the original song. The original “Gloomy Sunday“, also known as the “Hungarian Suicide Song”, is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933. Since its recording it has been blamed for more suicides than any other in the history of music. In the same decade, the composer himself, his wife, and at least eighteen suicide deaths in Hungary were reported to have had close links with Gloomy Sunday, although urban legend embellishes its more in the hundreds range. This ultimately led to its banning on various radio networks in 1936.

Regardless of whether you choose to believe in the mystery or rather in the social climate of the 1930s in which the song was composed; this is a beautiful piece of music:

The Great Depression had begun and suicide rates were skyrocketing in the U.S. and Hungary. Additionally, antisemitism was taking hold across Europe. He didn’t know it when he composed Gloomy Sunday, but Rezső Seress would later be interned at a Nazi labor camp in Ukraine. He survived the camp, but his mother did not. Prior to becoming a musician Seress had lost his career as a circus performer through injury. He was struggling to make ends meet. (“Rezső Seress.” Wikipedia. August 2,2013.)

This set the perfect (gloomy) tone for Seress to compose Gloomy Sunday. And he did so by putting his heart and soul, his sadness, and his disappointment into the composition. Seress composed the song in the sad key of C minor, and the music alone was said to be enough to make a person extremely depressed or suicidal. Then came the wretched lyrics on top of the music. As the story goes; Hungarian poet, László Jávor, had recently broken up with his fiancée, and his heartbreak served as the inspiration for the mournful lyrics to Gloomy Sunday.

Seress eventually succumbed to his own depression, and jumped from his apartment building in Budapest. He killed himself just after his 69th birthday. His legacy endures:

Anthony Howe’s Wind-Powered Kinetic Sculptures

•October 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Wind-Powered Kinetic Sculptures by Anthony Howe

These otherworldly artworks sure are aesthetically pleasing to stare at. Like the title states, these are powered by wind, but don’t let the thought of the simplicity of a breeze fool you, these move in mesmerizing & mysterious (albeit, mathematical) ways:

Kinetic sculptor Anthony Howe works with specialized software to first mockup each piece digitally before fabricating the individual components from metal. The motion you see is generated completely by the wind, with even the slightest breeze setting the dozens of rotating components in action. See more of his work: YouTube / Howeart.net

And my two favourites:

Creative Photo Collages Pair Athletes in Action with Classical Art Sculptures by Jens Ullrich

•October 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

These are amazing and I love them much. Such an accurate and fitting juxtaposition, marrying sport athletes with the defined physique of classical, fine art marble statues:

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[Jens Ullrich’s Website / PDF Article]

Pharrell Williams “It Girl” [music video]

•October 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Kawaii! I was skeptical, but it got funky good from 2:38 on, right to the fade out:

Producer Takashi Murakami / Director Mr. and Fantasista Utamaro / Animation Production NAZ

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Not sure about the bikini clad anime girls, but this is a great marriage of funk driven, synth-tastic melodies and hyper-vibrant colours and imaginings courtesy of Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami. In case his name rings any bells, Murakami was producer for “Akihabara Majokko Princess” — the infamous Kirstin Dunst music video made in 2010:

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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:

ベジタブル・ウェポン / Portraits of Women with Vegetable Weapons by Tsuyoshi Ozawa

•June 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A random Tumblr image I thought a bit odd, got me on a search to find if there were more of the same — there was.

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Saury fish ball hot pot, Tokyo,  2001

Poking fun at the stupidity of war and violence; Japanese photographer Tsuyoshi Ozawa’s ‘Vegetable Weapons’ series began in 2001. Since then, he has traveled around the world taking photographs of women holding “weapons” fashioned from the ingredients needed to make an actual hot-pot dish, chosen by the local women who serve as the models:

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After being photographed, the ‘vegetable weapons’ are dismantled and the ingredients tossed into a cooking pot. The project participants then share and enjoy the meal together.

Sounds like the perfect project — Getting paid to exhibit the work that you’ve eaten!

Apparently there is an App or digital cookbook of the recipes that were made, unfortunately all I could find of that was the video above ^

Bill Hicks “It’s Just a Ride”

•February 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A fantastic speech from the late Bill Hicks:

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we…kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok… But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”

Snowflakes: Phenomenal Pieces of Frozen Molecule Art

•December 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Snowflakes are a combination of chemistry and nature’s persuasion culminating in a fleeting array of beauty that can only be described as serendipitous. There’s absolutely no reason why snowflakes have to look so pretty, but they just gosh darn are!

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Could you believe that an outdated, consumer model camera and a few strips of gaffer tape could be converted into a high-definition macro capturing tool powerful enough it’d make the Hubble telescope blush in envy? Lucky for the skeptics, Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov has photographic evidence of how this inexpensive DIY feat can be done. Kljatov’s technique; he removed a 44M-5 Helios lens from an ancient Russian Zenit camera and attached it backwards to a (2010 model I think) Canon Powershot A650:

Here are the stunning results — see more @ Alexey Kljatov flickr page (ChaoticMind75):

How do water molecules naturally form to become teeny tiny flakes of frozen geometric shapes? If only I could find a short, informative video on the process. …Found:

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!

Massive Fish Sculptures Made from Discarded Plastic Bottles at Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

•July 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Rio de Janeiro, host to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Recycled materials to art is always ingenuitive. Quite the eye catching sentiment.

See more: Rio+20 Flicker set

Goldfish “We Come Together” [music video]

•June 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I’m loving the retro video-game motif in Goldfish‘s new music video; it’s funky and full of total win! Along with just enjoying this sweet song, see how many pop culture and gaming references you notice:

Seinfeld replaced by Barry B. Benson from BEE MOVIE

•April 20, 2018 • Leave a Comment

YouTuber Spacepig22 worked a little video magic on a scene from Seinfeld, replacing Jerry Seinfeld with Barry B. Benson, the fuzzy little insect he portrayed in Bee Movie:

“This idea popped into my head, and I wanted to see if I could do it. […] I was so preoccupied with whether or not I could, I didn’t stop to think if I should.”

H O N E Y M O A N – “We” [♬]

•April 17, 2018 • Leave a Comment

A Quiet Outage [F]

•April 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

The radio informed me that there were over fourteen thousand lightning strikes last night across Auckland, Northland. Wind speeds reached two hundred kilometers per hour in some areas, and power is still out to over ninety thousand homes and commercial businesses. Mine went out yesterday around 8 p.m.. The house was a little chilly today. Dad suggested we go see a movie to kill time, before it got dark. We saw A QUIET PLACE, and we both agreed it was well told. When I came home the power was restored to the area, so it was out for roughly 27 hours. Not so bad, especially given what the rest of the country endured. I didn’t really want to gripe about the weather though, just wanted to have a written record of a moment, because it was nice. Doing my nightly/early morning writing under candlelight. Listening to Newstalk ZB radio the following day and then deciding to randomly see a movie with dad with an audience that was on edge throughout (hehe receptive much) and who were probably without power as well. Then coming home to reheat leftovers. IDK. No power gets me feeling nostalgic I guess. Used to make blanket forts in my room on rainy days and use the leftover sheets to cover the windows. Sit in the dark and listen to music on my mother’s Sony Walkman. Her mixtapes and the radio. And this funny thing used to happen on rainy days too, when evening came I’d run around the house looking at every windowsill, because I’d always find a small crocodile somewhere, waiting for me to chew.

Links about the power situation: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/354736/as-it-happened-storm-aftermath-thousands-still-without-powerhttp://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/04/weather-live-updates-auckland-wakes-up-to-massive-storm-damage.html

The Blue Marble by Kaplamino

•April 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

“After 3 months of work and probably more than 500 fails, I’m happy to present you my best video ever. Since magnets and marbles I’ve always wanted to make a big chain reaction in one take with this 2D style ! It’s also a “one marble path” which means you have to follow the same marble for all the tricks (in that case the little blue one.) Because everything is in a tilted plane, the hard part was to find different ways of having the marble riding up along the table (magnets, falling weight, catapult …). To do that, the marble has to be light. And because everything has to be triggered by this little marble, all the tricks are very unstable. Most fails happened when an element fall down earlier than expected.”

Lights — “Savage” [music video]

•April 12, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Discovered a new artist today while shuffling through random playlists, as you do, and she also happens to be a comic book illustrator and author. The first couple of issues of Lights‘ comic book series will be accompanied by new music from her fourth album, Skin & Earth. Here are the videos I saw today:

Savage is part of a bigger story (literally) as the vocalist’s album coincides with a comic series of the same name that she wrote and illustrated.

“I feel my whole life has lead up to a project like this. It’s a complete convergence of everything I love – music, comics, post-apocalyptic romance, crystals, wine and powerful ladies, all perfectly entwined. It’ll be by far my most care-free and fierce album yet. I think now, more than ever, people need a reason to listen to a whole record, and this is mine,” said Lights.

Comic Girls [animation]

•April 4, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Schoolgirls work hard to make their mangaka dreams real:

Studio: Nexus / Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life / Premiere Date: April 5.

AI-Powered Automatic Colorization for Your Drawings

•April 4, 2018 • Leave a Comment

This site automatically colours your sketches. I played with it for a bit, adding colour for aesthetics sake, and I found its preset styles to be neat. Rather than a serious tool, PaintsChainer is more for fun, in my opinion anyway. Feel free to prove me wrong:

I uploaded some old (really old) pictures and yeah, it works. Please don’t ask me why I drew a character with exposed legs over armour. …I was working on a comic and she was meant to be a weapons courier for this sword, so she had to be a fighter and able to move fast, OKAY! … *cringe.