- Mad Men Series Finale Alternative Ending - no, this has nothing to do with the GIF above. And, yes, spoilers within if you haven't seen the finale yet.
- Redrawing Taylor Swift - Shake it Off Rotoscoped - 49 students were given 52 frames of Shake It Off and redrew it in whatever style they wanted. Results are compelling just for the ADD nature of it all.
- Maya Rudolph Commencement - a bit of an endurance challenge but the funny moments are pretty absurdly on point.
- Bloodsport Mentos Commercial - I'll be honest, I've never seen Bloodsport and if you showed me this and told me it was an honest-to-god Mentos commercial, I'd believe you without hesitation. via Lee.
- What is Dropbox? - yes, you know what Dropbox is but this is a nice new ad from them. Apparently worked on by some familiar faces.
- Golden Age of Knowledge 2013 - this is a seven-minute commercial for a series of books. It's slow at first but it gets continuously more absurd. How is this real? How is it seven minutes?! via John
- SHEER MAG - Fan The Flames - I've listened to this song a good 20 times this week. The distorted vocals are just fascinating to my ears.. and the visuals are unexpected and delightful.
- Final Letterman Top Ten - Letterman's final show was the end of an era and it's good to see him going out on a nice high note.
- Letterman's Final Thank You - to me, it's rare to see honest outpouring of emotions on TV. It's not exactly a medium designed for authenticity, so it's good to take in these moments. Letterman wasn't a big part of my life or leaving a hole in television / Internet viewing but I applaud him for all he's done.
The film has been receiving plenty of press over the last few months and is available on Netflix now but I waited to write about it until it was available on VHX. Why wait? Because I enjoyed the movie so much I wanted to own it. I'm promoting the Deluxe Edition but, honestly, see it however you can. It's gorgeously shot, compelling acting and a fascinating balance of teenage emotion and sexual budding mixed with classic horror tropes.
Remember when those children from South America were invading the United States? Remember the Malaysian Airlines plane? REMEMBER THE FUCKING ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE?? Every story is given the same amount of attention for the same amount of time, because the news has turned into Internet pornography. Not titillated by Ferguson anymore? Let's talk about Sony being hacked! When that's boring, let's talk about the Star Wars trailer! A black stormtrooper?! Wind up Wolf Blitzer and put the memory card in the slot in his back - that little fucker will talk about anything, from Taylor Swift to Boko Haram, with the same intensity level.Maybe it's not for everyone but I'm a fan of his skewering as it often hits perfectly on the nose.
Put simply, this is the idea that as a society, we are kept in a state of arrested development by dominant forces in order to keep us more pliant. We are made passionate about the things that occupied us as children as a means of drawing our attentions away from the things we really should be invested in, inequality, corruption, economic injustice etc. It makes sense that when faced with the awfulness of the world, the harsh realities that surround us, our instinct is to seek comfort, and where else were the majority of us most comfortable than our youth? A time when we were shielded from painful truths by our recreational passions, the toys we played with, the games we played, the comics we read. There was probably more discussion on Twitter about the The Force Awakens and the Batman vs Superman trailers than there was about the Nepalese earthquake or the British general election.Yes, it's wordy but really take that in. We are made passionate about the things that occupied us as children as a means of drawing our attentions away from the things we really should be invested in... That's a hard point to argue with.
Is the Internet creating a culture of meaningless passion? I don't think it's a black-and-white argument or should be boiled down to blanket statements about being Good or being Bad but I am intrigued by the idea that we keep ourselves in a perpetual state of childhood in order to avoid having to grow up. Thanks for the thoughts Mr. Pegg.
I donâ€™t use a machine to tattoo, I do it by hand. No electricity, no power supply. Its similar to tebori and hand tapped tattoos. I hold my tool which has a needle on it, I use pressure and break the skin, the ink goes in, and then I repeat that thousands of times until you have a nice tattoo. ta da.I don't think it's any one single aspect to it - the simplicity, the retro-ish style, the abundance of nudie lady depictions or badass snakes and knives. It really feels like what a tattoo should feel like. I've none myself but I can't stop looking.
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The first, Show of Force, tells the story of World War II artists that were recruited specifically to build a "false army" that would trick the opposition into thinking more troops and weaponry were present than in reality. Inflatable tanks is not something you typically think of when pondering warfare.
The second, Razzle Dazzle, explores the alternate camouflage techniques used for warships - painting them with zebra-like patterns, opposing blocks of black and white or just sea-like discolorations. At the very least, it makes for some fascinating looking mockups.
I'd heard of both of these before but the podcast really dives in a bit deeper and reveals some more relevant history and personal backstories to them both. So, even if these are old news to you, might be worth a listen.
Anyway, if you're in the startup world, you know this. If you're not, you should read this great New Yorker profile - Tomorrow's Advance Man - on him. He has money, yes, but he also has a feverish passion for technology that will move the world forward (from his perspective). His history growing up rurally causes him to say things like:
Screw the independent bookstores. There weren't any near where I grew up. There were only ones in college towns. The rest of us could go pound sand.Whether you agree or not, that's the quote of a man that is laser focused on technology bringing people together and granting opportunity to those that may not have ever had it otherwise. Oh, and probably some healthy profits too.
Chalk it up to years of touring and being nailed to women-only bills, but I have a slight irritation of 'female centric' lists, line-ups, bios, and press. However, I do think it's imperative to point out that the gender gap is no closer to closing in 2015 than it was in 1995. The Guardian recently published this statistic: This year, 89.6% of the acts confirmed for Reading and Leeds are all-male. These are not the only festivals that seem to have a gender bias going on. Some execs have cited oversights, others have said it's just a matter of availability. With this kind of denial, we shouldn't be surprised that we're still dealing with women artists being 'othered' and treated as token minorities in mainstream music.
Here's my short list of some of Nashville's most talented ladies. I chose to stay in more rock/pop territory because I think Nashville is still pretty under represented when it comes to genres other than country, folk, and americana. In that case, I want to make sure I mention Margo Price, Caitlin Rose, Birdcloud, Those Darlins, Alana Royale, and Thelma and the Sleaze for working their asses off to make this town brim with great music. I'm also looking forward to new music by Adia Victoria, the Dead Deads, and Ariel Bui. Some of the artists I chose for this playlist are great friends, some are acquaintances, and some I barely know - but all I deeply respect for their artistry. Each of these songs are very special to me. When I was growing up here and starting to play music, I was aware of only a teaspoon of female musicians in this town. Today, Nashville has a healthy tablespoon. This progress excites me.
"We keep coming back to the question of representation because identity is always about representation. People forget that when they wanted white women to get into the workforce because of the world war, what did they start doing? They started having a lot of commercials, a lot of movies, a lot of things that were redoing the female image, saying, 'Hey, you can work for the war, but you can still be feminine.' So what we see is that the mass media, film, TV, all of these things, are powerful vehicles for maintaining the kinds of systems of domination we live under, imperialism, racism, sexism etc. Often there's a denial of this and art is presented as politically neutral, as though it is not shaped by a reality of domination."
It's certainly not all doom and gloom but given how much focus is given on the Future of Video (see: Verizon buys AOL), it's certainly worth a full immersive readthrough.
- Rick & Morty Simpsons Crossover - it's a great Adult swim gag that crosses over into the Simpsons universe and then into the Futurama universe. Should I be watching this show? I loved this.
- Emotional Titanic Flute - the best part of this is that it's over 4 minutes long. That's a lot of emotion.
- Better If You Didn't - Step Out of the Way - the first episode of my friends new skit show is up. If we're being perfectly honest, I'm not that keen on the intro so start here and enjoy!
- Suturing a Grape - tiny, delicate, robot hands suture up a grape skin. I believe a human doctor is driving this thing but you can easily foresee a future where these little nanobots take care of us. We're basically indestructible now.
- Guy talking Sh*t to a possum - I'm not a possum hater. I think they can be cute in their own way. Despite that opinion, this guy talking shit at one is pretty funny.
- Edubb - Whooty - apparently this is what my girlfriend listens to at work all day. She really leads a secret life. ;)
- Tim & Eric - Music is Four Songs - when you hear that Dell, you know.
- Spoon - Inside Out - slow panning Spoon music video goodness.
I would also suggest his prior film to that one, Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006 but my utmost adoration seems to fall squarely on the former not the later. Regardless, he's been doing incredible, fun, engaging, hilarious work for as long as I've been aware of him and I can't suggest keeping up with him as much as possible.
The real question is being able to conceptualize what the next iteration of the web is and how it relates to future periods. Kind of hard to imagine a Baroque website but I'd love to see it.
How do you feel about your reputation that you simply aren't a warm person?
I understand that. I think it's genetic. I don't want to blame it on my parents and my grandparents. But you don't need to be all that warm when you're born and raised in Linton, Ind., and working in a coal mine. They weren't hiring coal miners on the basis of their personalities. Inside, I feel like everything's firing properly. And then when I look at a videotape, I just think, What the hell is Dave [angry] about? When in fact I'm not [angry]. We used to do that with my mom. We'd say, "Mom, are you all right?" Because she'd sit there looking dour. And she'd say [shouting], "I'm fine!" It's the Golden Rule. I try to be nice to people who are nice to me. I like doing nice things for people. It makes me feel good. But I think it's legitimate.
- Better If You Didn't (Teaser) - I'll be honest... I've no idea what's in store with this new series but if Claire Burns and Brooks Alford are involved, I'm in.
- Ferris Plock: Inside Voices - nothing like a coupla cardboard Ferris Plock outfits representing the duality of the brain battling it out with skateboard jousting and beer crushing. Seriously, nothing like it.
- Sid loves food (compilation) - this dog is unbelievable.
- Paul Robertson Super Dino Boys v3 - I posted about parts 1 and 2 previously so you must be as invested as I am in wanting to see how this pixel perfection animation plays out.
- Paul Robertson Super Dino Boys v4 - aaaaaand the finale. My creativity crush on Paul Robertson just grew 10x.
- Bounce - I am mesmerized by the seemingly lackadaisical dance moves in this video. It's entrancing. Be sure to stick with it through the end.. nice little twist in the third act.
- The Fermi Paradox â€” Where Are All The Aliens? - nice educational piece on The Fermi Paradox; i.e. are we alone in the universe? The answer seems a bit disappointing but the animation within is great.
- Wings: The Alternate London Town - not really a video but a whole alternate album of Wings songs that grabbed my attention this week. Thanks John.
Huge stamp of approval for this artist. Please immerse yourself in both the new album and the prior.
Long story short, there's a lot going on and it's all got a great vibe. Carve out some time to enjoy it. via 990000.