Friday Videos - Sept 25th, 2015

Occasionally there are things I can't embed in the Friday videos because my player only supports Youtube and Vimeo. I'll figure out a solution for this one day but, in the meantime, please make sure you enjoy this Donald Trump Narcotest video and spend some time with Nicolas Godin's Contrepoint album. You need them both in your life.

I digress! On to the videos... Where's the Bad Lip Reading of the Pope's USA visit? It's percolating, right?


The folks at Exposure (the photo narrative site) have grown into a full fledged multi-disciplined company, now named Exposure Labs. Their first release under the moniker is StatShot - a daily Instagram stat tracking tool. This may sound mundane but their solution is simple, elegant and, thus far, better than the web's previous offerings. I'm not really that obsessed about the metrics of my Instagram account but I do appreciate that getting that info is no longer a pain in the ass.

Pebble Time Round

I'm one of the masses of people that isn't quite sure where a SmartWatch fits into my life but will, undoubtedly, come around to it eventually. The Apple Watch seems nice enough and many of the Android offerings look solid too. That being said, I find myself quite intrigued by the new Pebble Time Round - the latest design from the eInk powered Pebble crew. The intro video showcases a simplicity to the display and interface that I find refreshing. The animations seem a little quirky as well, which is actually a bonus in my opinion.

The physical device itself seems more watch-like than anything I've seen. It's got a low profile, an always-on display (like my actual watch) and sensible color combinations between band and face.

These wearable devices seem like an extravagance to me at the moment - a way to view a text message without having to cumbersomely reach into your pocket (that's sarcasm). I'm all for convenience but I'm not particularly inconvenienced by my current setup. That being said, I am certainly intrigued.

The Eyes of Film

I don't browse Letterboxd lists very often but, occasionally, you run into a gem like a collection of movie posters featuring Eyes. The variety of images is pretty astounding (though it does tend to skew towards the Horror genre). It's hard to pick a single favorite but that's part of the delight.

Semi-related: it reminds me that I need to continue fleshing out my Arms and Hands playlist.

The Complete Drug Factory Press Print-of-the-Week

I've been a longstanding fan of Ryan Duggan for some time now, so it's quite exciting to see that The Vacvvm has released The Complete Drug Factory Press Print-Of-The-Week Poster Series Book (that title is a mouthful). It's 52 prints from 2014 capturing Duggan's distinctive illustration style depicting grim reapers, hawks with hoagies, piles of poo and gorgeously inked landscapes. Some may call it an odd combination but I find it to be the perfect mix.

The Last Cat

The Last Cat started as a design collaboration between brothers Luke and Aaron Martinez but has grown over time to be more than just a singular creative outlet. It's an art gallery, an incubator for creativity and a marketplace to showcase the talents of their respected friends. They recently released a limited edition Deth P Sun patch and have plenty of previously released enjoyables.

There's a ton to see on their blog and it's not all cat related (though, a great deal of it is, thankfully). On the whole, it's a great place to get your creative fix.

Arrival: Alex Myung

Way back in 2013, Alex Myung launched a successful Kickstarter project to fund his vision for an animated short film depicting the struggles of youth in the context of a young man struggling with coming out. The illustration style harkens to many of the anime greats - think Miyazaki as a strong influence - and was all hand drawn by Myung himself. An incredible impressive feat to say the very least.

The first official trailer has debuted and it looks great. I can't imagine the amount of work that goes into making such a creation but I'm excited to see more.

1767 Shop

The team at 1767 Designs does an excellent job of going into old Nashville homes and rescuing building materials - wood, bricks, metalwork, etc. - to be re-used in their own creations. Their blog is a compelling read to see the beautiful interior spaces they explore, albeit cut with a little sadness to know that they are on the cusp of being destroyed.

Recently, they opened the doors on their own Shop, where they're offering coffee tables and decorative panels culled from the aforementioned building materials. They are rather compelled pieces and I love the idea of keeping a bit of old homes alive in a new space through their efforts.

Serif TV

French designers / brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec collaborated with Samsung to create Serif TV, a television set with a mindful eye on how it exists in your living space. The "serif" name comes from the uppercase I shape that the exterior form takes on, creating a foot and top ledge with a simple shape.

I imagine the price point on this exercise probably makes the set itself entirely unobtainable but I love the cleanliness and simplicity of it. They've also implemented a "shade" mode that allows you to obfuscate commercials through a rather beautiful post-processing type screensaver. I highly recommend watching this profile piece on the device to see it in action.

Devin Clark

I loved the Comedy Central show Ugly Americans. Every episode was a perfect balance between hellishly gruesome characters and hilariously naive bumbling. It was unfortunate to hear that it was cancelled but I'm happy to see that creator Devin Clark is going strong with his illustration undertakings and continuing to maintain that balance even in still form.

If those offerings aren't quite enough for you, there's also a Ugly Americans Fan Art tag to see how the series continues to live on in new forms - cosplay, tattoo and over the top fan drawings.

Friday Videos - Sept 18th, 2015

Had a crazy week this week but I'm not complaining - love how much stuff is going on lately and hope to keep the fires blazing bright. Enjoy these distractions and get yourself fired up for another week of existence. I felt bad adding so many longer videos in this week so please take note of these here in the addendum: Vancouver Never Plays Itself from Every Frame a Painting and Children of Men, Don't Ignore the Background from Nerd Writer.

Olivier Goka

The work of Belgian artist Olivier Goka is primarily comprised of characters that look to be inspired by the building blocks of childhood. Simple shapes, high gloss and optimistic feelings. They are adorable. However, he also has a set of works called The Vonpischmeyer Collection that merges traditional African art with found items (random plastic and rubbish from the street) with his aesthetic of simplicity. It's an appealing approach and a surprisingly effective nod to the source material.

via goldenfiddle

Mauro Maione, Tuscany

Take a few moments to check out these Mauro Maione photographs of the Tuscany countryside. There's fewer phrases in the world the evoke more pretension than "the Tuscany countryside" but these photos are a calm, serene series of captures of a beautiful landscape devoid of people. The feel like they're from an entirely other time.

Bernie Arcade

Controversial Twitter history is becoming more commonplace but what happens when journalists start digging in's Wayback Machine? Apparently you find absolute gems like this Bernie Sanders Arcade Game from 2006. It's an awkward Flash undertaking for sure but it's great to see the man has never wavered from his message, even in videogame form. Despite your political leanings you must play the game just for the encounter with the raining Fat Cats.

If I didn't already like this guy so much I might be swayed by this little treat but I'm already onboard, so this just solidifies my enjoyment more. Thanks to Davis for the link.

Neuza Rodrigues

There's a bizarre combination of crude, creepy and mystifying appeal in the works of Nueza Rodrigues. The vintage photography with, mostly, erased faces replaced with surrounding environments or clothing seems like a trick you may have seen before but the manner in which he somewhat leaves the containing area that has been removed is a nice new tactic.

Talking Heads, CBS 1975

I was poking around one of my local record stores recently and came across a curious bootleg entitled Talking Heads: The 1975 CBS Demo Session. I was a bit skeptical of the quality of it (and the pricetag) so I did not purchase it but, fortunately, the Internet has all the information and sampling one could hope for.

You can read about the sessions here, taken from their original 1975 CBS Studios demos when they were still a three piece. Psycho Killer is just as good in its original incarnation (as is every other song).

With a little creative googling you can likely turn up mp3s of the whole session but Youtube really does empower you to stream it at your leisure. Maybe now I'll have to go back and buy that record.

The Dolly Zoom

Absolutely loving this supercut from Vashi Visuals depicting the Irmin Roberts effect known as "The Dolly Zoom" in which the camera zooms focus in and is simultaneously pulled backwards along the dolly track. Youv'e seen it a ton but it's really great to see how many films have implemented it so effectively - from Vertigo to Raging Bull to Ghostbusters.

via One Perfect Shot.

tvOS Initial Impressions

Great read from Chris Wagner on tvOS Initial Impressions. It's just a basic rundown of the new device with a focus on the development kits now available. I'm particularly intrigued by the TVML app language they are making available so that an AppleTV app could simply be powered by a combination of default Apple templates and your own XML/Javascript markup. This sounds strikingly similar to the way that a Roku works but with somewhat better looking templates and more control. Even if you're not a programmer of any kind (or a dabbler), I suggest giving it a read just so you understand the impending development landscape a bit.

Everything Is A Remix Redux

I recall when Kirby Ferguson's Everything Is A Remix was released some five years ago and I was smitten with the project. It's such a compelling way to think about the fuzzy line of inspiration and plagiarism. He's gearing up to release a Five Year Anniversary version that includes various merchandise items and and his equally compelling follow-up series This Is Not A Conspiracy Theory.

If you haven't seen the series yet, I suggest partaking in this (already funded) Kickstarter to get your hands on the HD remastered, fully re-cut version. It's not a series to miss.

Master Calligrapher Seb Lester

Even if you don't read it, please take a moment to check out this interview with Seb Lester, a master calligrapher. Watching the video of his personal favorites in timelapse is astounding. His work is, unequivocally, beautiful and even more impressive that it's all done by hand. I love his take on the dedication to his work:
I think it's great that technology does empower people this way and create choice. I wouldn't be prescriptive but I am personally more interested in trying to become a true virtuoso in one field than a generalist. Specialization has worked for me. I would love to paint again, and to produce dodgy electronic music again, but I think developing a profound understanding of anything requires total commitment to that field. Profound mastery requires everything, heart and soul. A lot of love and a lot of time. I know that, even having spent twenty years working at this, I still have a lifetime of learning ahead of me.
Plenty more insightful gems in his interview so, please, read on!

Jodorowsky's Dune

I realize I'm a little late to the party but I just watched Jodorowsky's Dune over the weekend and I'm a bit spellbound by it. At the core of it, it's the retelling of how director Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to adapt the Frank Herbert novel of the same name by assembling an incredibly talented group of Spiritual Warriors to assist him along the way. The entire film was storyboarded by Moebius, the incredible French illustrator, and contains the most unbelievable landscapes, space vehicles, costumes and ideas that would have been almost impossible to achieve in the early 70's (tho, they did have the team that could do it).

Beyond the plot, which is compelling enough, it's also just great to hear Jodorowsky wax on about creativity and the triumph of the spirit.

Friday Videos - Sept 11th, 2015

Fun fact, there's a NASA Graphics Manual Kickstarter that has raised nearly 750k to reprint scans of a 1975 manual. The fun part is that NASA just released the entire manual for free. So, if you were curious what the contents were but didn't want a bound book of them, you're in luck.

Hope you had a great week. I think I could get used to this four-day work week thing.
  • Dead Man's Bones - should I save this for Halloween? Probably but this dance routine is just too spellbinding to not share immediately. Thank you Wijtze.
  • Reverse Jaws Boat Scene - I saw a gif of this making the rounds and the keyword search to find the original material was too perfect.
  • Hell's Club - probably the most insane mashup of films I've seen. Yes, I posted it earlier this week. Yes, you still need to watch it.
  • The Art of Close-Ups with Edgar Wright - love the work of Edgar Wright and will take any chance to hear him talk about his process and filmmaking in general.
  • Viet Cong "Bunker Buster" - beautifully shot and perfectly weird music video. Quality song too.
  • Laser Moon Awakens - listen, I tend to stray from Star Wars related anything online because there's just too much of it and the saturation makes everything not funny. So, the recommendation to watch the full 30 minutes of Laser Moon Awakens does not come lightly. Thank you Paul
Need more? Watch this great MacWorld feature on Specimen - with Erica Gorochow and the Upright T-Rex boys. Or just watch this absolute madness about 100 times. Or have a peek at this chart of insane correlated data.

Hiroshima Cat Street View

This Verge article has the full low-down on the Hiroshima Cat Street View but, really, what do you need to know? The name says it all! You're at the height level of a cat and you get to explore Hiroshima, meeting other cat friends along the way. It's a sweet and clever tactic from their tourism board to attract attention to their fair city and, frankly, it's working like gangbusters.