Ariana Grande, Jimmy & The Roots Sing “No Tears Left to Cry” w/ Nintendo Labo Instruments [♬]

•May 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Nintendo released an accessory pack for their new Switch game system — Nintendo Labo — which is a bunch of build-it-yourself cardboard controllers. Pretty niche, but also pretty neat. Until this video, I haven’t seen anyone actually do anything out of the ordinary with Labo (even if it’s a glorified commercial, it’s still impressive). As it turns out, Jimmy Fallon is a huge Nintendo Mario Kart fan, and with the Roots Crew playing on his show, they really made a funky pop hit with these Labo instruments :

Ariana Grande – Vocals Jimmy Fallon – Guitar, Piano Studio Questlove – Robot Kit Black Thought – Electric Guitar Fishing Rod Kamal Gray – Toy-Con Piano x2 (Organ) James Poyser – Toy-Con Piano x2 Captain Kirk – Acoustic Guitar Mark Kelley – Bass Guitar Stro – Toy-Con Garage Drum Machine.

Noice! Though I feel the reality of Labo, for me at least, would be closer to this:


Ryan Reynolds Makes Lowkey Appearance on South Korean TV Singing Contest “King of Masked Singer” [♬]

•May 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

If Ryan Reynolds aint just the hardest working self-promoter in Hollywood right now, well, I just don’t know self-promotion. Deadpool 2 opens this week and everyone knows about it, especially here in New Zealand because the second installment of the merc with a mouth stars 15 year old Kiwi actor, Julian Dennison. Here is Ryan doing karaoke wearing a unicorn mask:

I appreciate him working for our affection with all this interesting marketing, but he should give playing hard to get a try, right? I’m not super hyped, but I mean, I am going…

Tall Shorts Film Festival (NZ)

•May 8, 2018 • Leave a Comment

The Festival’s call for entries asks that submissions be no longer than two minutes, that they are shot in portrait format and that they incorporate the theme of light.

Award-winning director Taika Waititi will judge entries, with the entire showing and judging conducted through the Facebook Live platform. Waititi will be looking for films that embrace the format for storytelling and composition.

Not only will the winner have their work seen by the film icon and promoted by Spark, they will also take home a prize of $10,000.

Says Andy Blood, creative strategist at Facebook: “Orson Wells said something like, ‘The enemy of art is the absence of limitation’, so it’s nice to see a film festival with a new limitation: that entries must be shot in portrait format (9:16).

Entries are open from April 1 to May 13. To enter, contestants must post their films to the Festival’s Facebook page, where it will be checked against the competition rules before appearing on the wall. Live judging will take place on the evening of May 20.

So I went to the Fb page, looked at the Visitor Posts submissions (so few), and found that this person was the competition:

This is such a cool initiative, but why the heck is there no/so little marketing for this? Like, zero! I found it by accident for goodness sake scrolling Reddit.

Le Nuage — Frustrations of Creative Expression [stop-motion animation]

•May 4, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Le Nuage is a neat short film by Russian film student Iulia Voitova which succinctly displays the many frustrations of creative output. Voitova created the work with the theme “bad weather” for La Poudrière animation film school:

Directing and animation : Iulia Voitova / Music : Lawrence Williams

Like Iulia Voitova’s style? Be sure to check out her art page

Anthias Asperilinguis

•May 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Look at this exquisite reef fish — the hallmark pink coloration Jeweled Gemfish. That is all 😀

Most species are found at deep reefs in the tropical and subtropical Atlantic, often well below depths reachable to a scuba diver.

ALASKALASKA – “Meateater” [♬]

•April 27, 2018 • Leave a Comment

‘Meateater’ is described by vocalist Lucinda John-Duarte as “about how frustrating it is to be categorised or stereotyped. We’re always in competition with each other or ourselves, trying to sell ourselves like meat and hiding parts of our being in the process.” 

ALASKALASKA is a six-piece based in London, with roots from Scotland and Portugal and history working in jazz. This diverse array of influences came to bear on their debut EP last year, and seems only to be growing into a more potent force on their new single ‘Meateater’. Follow ALASKALASKA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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

Continue reading ‘The Invisible Light That Plants Emit’

Prince Tribute Mural in Bloom

•April 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Two years ago today, Prince Rogers Nelson passed away. He was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, and director, and he was loved the world over for those reasons and more. When Prince died in 2016, California artist Christine Stein painted a piece of plywood in the likeness of the late artist under a shrub outside her Citrus Heights home. Two years later, the shrub is in full bloom:

Prince fans are now making the pilgrimage to visit it, according to KTVU:

The bush – specifically, a Red-Tip Photinia – appears perfectly around Prince’s head, and looks like a flowery halo of hair. Her husband is supposed to trim the bush, but hasn’t in a year, which is why the bush has grown so large.Stein… thought the image was so stunning that she posted in on Facebook on Easter. The post went viral… and the news trucks – and the Prince pilgrims – have been flocking to her home ever since.

“I’ve had people from LA, Minnesota, and Georgia come to my house and lay down in the driveway,” Stein said. “They leave their own art. Someone from Anchorage just called me to say they’re coming to visit.”

On the one hand, she said she finds it “kind of creepy” to find people “worshipping” Prince on her property.

But on the other hand, she also wants to conjure up the altruistic spirit of Prince, who had supported many charities and acted with kindness and generosity throughout his life, much of which had remained private until his death in 2016.

You can get a print of the flowering mural for $10 over at Stein’s Etsy shop.

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:

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.”