Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Ken Lee

There is no other word but "Wow" for the work of Ken Lee. His pencil drawings may as well be photographs as far as I am concerned. I would kill to be able to draw like this, it is simply stunning. See more here. As always, click to enlarge.




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Monday, 29 November 2010

Ted's Band

I'm a big fan of the TV series Scrubs, all my family are. One of the highlights for us is the a capella band led by the unfortunate Ted Buckland. You may be aware that the actor Sam Lloyd and his team actually form a real band called The Blanks. They made an appearance recently on the Scott Mills show on BBC Radio 1. Luckily, they filmed it. See them perform a mega-medley for Scott including Teenage Dream, Barbara Streisand, Forget You and Taio Cruz's Dynamite.


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Sunday, 28 November 2010

We Feel Fine

Jonathan Harris wants to make sense of the emotional world of the Web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his projects troll the Internet to find out what we're all feeling and looking for. The project he talks about in this TED talk is called We Feel Fine and can be found here.


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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Paul Hunt

Paul Hunt is a gymnastics coach from Murray, Utah noted for his comedic performances of women's gymnastics routines. This balance bar routine was performed in 1988 and sees him change his name to Paulette Huntinova. I hope you enjoy the skill and precision it takes to look this bad. YouTube has many more examples of his performances.


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Friday, 26 November 2010

Google Car Chase

This is a great bit of fun. Honest Directors has taken the time to animate a full blown car chase on top of satellite images from Google Earth. Enjoy!


Satellite Car Chase from Honest Directors on Vimeo.
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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Leave Me

I found this short film very poignant. In "Leave Me", a recent widower takes comfort in his dead wife's camera. Nice plot, beautifully shot and well acted. Unsurprisingly it has won numerous awards.


Leave Me from Daros Films on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Derek Paravicini

Please take the time to watch this documentary about the astonishing Derek Paravicini. Derek was born premature, at 25 weeks, and weighing just over half a kilogram. As a result of the oxygen therapy required to save his life, Derek lost his sight, and his development was affected too. It later became apparent that he had severe learning difficulties. However, he soon acquired a fascination for music and is now recognised as a true musial genius. I have only included part one of five of the documentary here. The other parts can be found here...Two, Three, Four and Five.


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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Lyrebird Update

Well I am sure you all realised that the post I made yesterday about the Lyrebird was a bit of fun and of course fake. However I felt guilty afterwards because the little chap really does have a great talent for mimicking that should be recognised. So here is the true story. Enjoy!


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Monday, 22 November 2010

Lyrebird

This is the Lyrebird from Australia. They have a superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment. At first listen this sounds like it has been dubbed but I'm sure the brilliant David Attenborough would never lie to us. :-)


Amazing Australian Lyrebird - Watch more Funny Videos

EDIT: This was of course a joke, but the Lyrebird really is a fantastic mimic, see genuine film here.

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Sunday, 21 November 2010

Powers Of Ten

Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only as a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward - into the hand of the sleeping picnicker - with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.

Powers of Ten is a 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames, rereleased in 1977. The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke, and more recently is the basis of a new book version. Both adaptations, film and book, follow the form of the Boeke original, adding color and photography to the black and white drawings employed by Boeke in his seminal work.

In 1998, "Powers of Ten" was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


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Saturday, 20 November 2010

Misery Bear

A big thanks to Al for pointing me in the direction of Misery Bear. This is a web series of videos produced by the BBC featuring a hapless and sad little teddy bear. In this episode MB prepares for a date. Will the lonely little fellow finally find love? Of course not. For more MB episodes take a look here.


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Friday, 19 November 2010

Crater Face

Today's post is a cool animated love story with a difference. I liked this so much much I have watched it repeatedly. Enjoy!


Crater Face from Skyler Page on Vimeo.
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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Houdini Crab

I'm afraid I don't know much about this, but it is rather amazing. This giant monster of a crab has clearly outgrown it's shell and needs to shed it. I can only imagine the effort that is involved in slipping the confines of it's former home, but luckily the time-lapse footage makes it effortless to watch. I would imagine it rests for quite a while afterwards.


Monster Crab Exits Shell - Watch more Funny Videos
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Jassel

I hope you'll indulge me a personal post. I lost a loyal friend and companion this week. My German Shepherd, Jassel (Jass) had developed a problem with both her liver and kidneys (most likely because of cancer and had to be put to sleep to avoid prolonged suffering. Any of you with pets will, I am sure, be familiar with the sense of loss that occurs when "one of the family" reaches their time. Such a clever and majestic creature, the house seems quite empty without her. I miss you baby girl!


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Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Birdman

Claudio Montuori is the Birdman, a street performer from Lisbon. He is clearly quite eccentric but captivating at the same time. This performance had me grinning the whole way through and I am so grateful that there are people like this in the world. Enjoy!


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Monday, 15 November 2010

Spoon Slide Guitar

This is simply sublime. Slide guitar playing is not new of course but it usually achieved by way of a purpose made device that slips over your finger. Years ago a broken glass bottle neck was used. But I think this is the first time anyone thought to use a spoon. Enjoy!


Spoon Slide Guitar
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Sunday, 14 November 2010

Balance Skills

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me...Everybody join in!...Oh OK, don't then. :-)

I'm going to refrain from the obvious joke about ball handling and dribbling...D'oh! Enjoy the video anyway.


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Saturday, 13 November 2010

I Met The Walrus

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview. Fastforward to present day and using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word. Raskin marries traditional pen sketches by James Braithwaite.

James Braithwaite is an illustrator, animator, and director based out of Montreal Canada. James’s first animation, “I Met the Walrus” won best short animation from the American Film Institute, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2008. The film has since been nominated for an Emmy, and has won two awards at the Banff Television Awards.

James Braithwaite - I Met the Walrus from POCKO on Vimeo.

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Friday, 12 November 2010

Rant!

Please allow me to vent! OK, perhaps this is a little harsh but this picture sums up how I feel sometimes. Just what are we teaching the youth of today and how will it affect the future of our race? We're all doomed I tells ya!

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Bombad Bounty

A big thank you to Daisy for this one. So you you're a fan of Star Wars but think that the Jar Jar Binks character was a huge mistake right? You're not alone. But in actual fact Jar Jar played an unknown, but important role in the downfall of the empire and indeed the whole saga. Now, finally, his story can be told. Enjoy this great video from Lego.


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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Rapture

It has been a while since I posted a time-lapse video and I always seem to get great feedback from them, so here is a beauty. Rapture is simply stunning. Might I suggest you watch it in HD, full screen with your sound turned up. :-)


TimeScapes: Rapture from Tom Lowe @ Timescapes on Vimeo.
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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Rave Review

It is true that the Hasselblad H3D-39II is a very expensive camera. Even second-hand. But at least one witty Amzon user saw the funny side of handing over such a large amount. Click the image below to enlarge.

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Sunday, 7 November 2010

Funfair

I went down to a local funfair last night. The idea was to take some photographs of the fireworks, but it was so cold that I didn't wait for them to start but headed in my local bar instead. :-) It wasn't a total waste though as I did capture some pleasing images of the fair.

Funfair
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Saturday, 6 November 2010

Ex-ET

I seem to be finding a lot of good animation recently and this one is no exception. Sadly I cannot find out too much about this charming little short other than it is a product of ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques) students, Yannick Lasfas, Nicolas Gracia and Benoît Bargeton.

Do you ever feel like you just don't fit in and that there is something a little different about you? Well maybe there is a reason. Enjoy!


Ex-E.T
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Friday, 5 November 2010

Graham Stookey

I love music of all sorts, that's no secret. But I often struggle to find the good stuff amongst what seems to be a never ending stream of crud. It makes me wonder how some of these so-called artists get contracts, especially when the likes of Graham Stookey are unknown. Graham's music isn't actually a style I particularly like, but there is no denying that the 18 year old from Colorado is supremely talented. Enjoy the video below and his YouTube channel here.


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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Teacher's Halloween Joke 2

Last year I posted about the teacher at Biola University who played a rather neat hi-tech joke on his students. This year he did it again and upped his game. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Marcel The Shell

OK I know I'm a bit weird (it's OK, I'm comfortable with it) but this is really odd. Having said that for some reason I love it! (Wow, I really am weird). Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp and voiced by Jenny Slate, meet Marcel The Shell with Shoes. Dean's site can be found here.


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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Time

Forgive me for yet another shameless promotion of my own photography. I have called this "Time" and it was an idea that came to me quite suddenly and fully formed. It is a little more abstract than my usual stuff, but there is no harm in experimenting eh? It did not come out quite as well as I'd hoped but maybe I can perfect it at some point.

I shot it on my desk using just the relatively orange light of my room combined with an LED torch to highlight the watch. The background is a sheet of paper stained with cold tea to give it some texture. The text I added with Photoshop and skewed it to appear as if it was actually on the paper.

Time
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Monday, 1 November 2010

Jungle Jail

Here's a nice animated short film from France called Jungle Jail. Look out for a lot of subltle jokes that can easily be missed first time around.


Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at Aniboom
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