Thursday, 31 March 2011

Never Hit A Girl

This video is a censored version of one that is currently doing the rounds virally. I don't need to say much except that you should never hit your girlfriend; the consequences could be very serious.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Toy Stories

Aled Lewis has challenged himself to make something cool every day for the whole of 2011. The results of his "Make Something 365" campaign can be seen on his Tumblr and his Flickr pages. The "Toy Stories" collection I particularly like. They really appeal to my sense of humour.

Allow Me To Explain.

Teenage Angst

Lone(ly) Wolf

Horn Hubris
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Monday, 28 March 2011

How To Write A Love Song

Those clever guys that brought you the Four Chord Song, Axis Of Awesome, have yet more words of musical wisdom for you. This time they show you how to create your own perfect love song. Perfect, beacuse it is the same as every other one. The lyrics of this clever parody describe the clichés as they're taking place.

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Sunday, 27 March 2011

The Chronicles Of Rick Roll

How well do your know your memes? Viral video legends unite for the movie the world has been waiting for! All star cast includes Antoine Dodson, Double Rainbow, Leeroy Jenkins, Boom Goes The Dynamite, Freakout Kid and Numa Numa. Produced by Andrew Fischer of Nurv. See the website here.

If you are not as sad as me and need a reminder...

Antoine Dodson (Bed Intruder Song)

Bear Vasquez (Double Rainbow)

Ben Schulz (Leeroy Jenkins)

Brian Collins (Boom Goes The Dynamite)

Stephen & Jack Quire (Freakout Kid and Brother)

Gary Brolsma (Numa Numa)
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Saturday, 26 March 2011

Cardboard Warfare

Another one for the little boy in me. This video took about a month and a half to make. Cardboard weapons, some great editing and some fantastic special effects make for a the best game of war I have ever seen.

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Friday, 25 March 2011

Blue Jays Ticket

I'm just a tad excited. My ticket to see the Toronto Blue Jays play the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre has arrived this morning. Yay!

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The Channel

I have said before, I adore the sound of the guitar in all the styles it comes. I thought I would share with you another discovery of mine now that I am addicted to all things Canadian. :-)

This is Calum Graham from Calgary performing his own composition "The Channel" at last year's Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at Kingston Ontario. It won't be a surpise to you that he won.

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Art That Looks Back

Golan Levin, an artist and engineer, uses modern tools - robotics, new software, cognitive research - to make artworks that surprise and delight. Watch as sounds become shapes, bodies create paintings, and a curious eye looks back at the curious viewer. Another great talk from the TED series.

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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

One-String Willie

I'm not very good but I like to play guitar. Had I known that I hadn't got to worry about all six strings, that I could concentrate on just the one, I'd have been overjoyed. Haha.

OK, I'm kidding but this really is a delight.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Vision Of The Future

In 1910 a french artist called Villemard produced some postcards that depicted his vision of what life would be like in the year 2000. These are now on display at Paris' Bibliothèque Nationale. You can also see more at this Flickr page. I think he got it bang on, what do you think? :-)

Villemard 1910 - En L'An 2000 - Auto-Patins a Roues

Villemard 1910 - En L'An 2000 - Madame a sa Toilette

Villemard 1910 - En L'An 2000 - At School
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Monday, 21 March 2011


Pixar have created a 3D zoetrope of the Toy Story characters. It consists of 18 sculptures per row. It’s on display at both Disney’s California Adventure and Hong Kong Disneyland. It looks amazing in the video, but I think it would be much better to see it in real life.

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Saturday, 19 March 2011

Street Art View

Banksy anarchist rat in Sloane Square.Image via WikipediaStreet art, good or bad? It is a much debated topic, especially with the likes of Banksy being so widely reported of late. I personally like it, providing it shows talent. Random scrawl is no good but I know of many buildings that have benefited from some bright graffiti. If you share my view, you might like to submit your favourite piece to the Street Art View site. Using Google Street View you can navigate to your chosen piece, fill in any information you know about and click submit. After approval it will appear on the map. Sponsored by Red Bull, they hope to build the world's largest collection of street art from all over the globe.
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Friday, 18 March 2011

VCA Downhill

I don't really know anything about this other than it is some kind of downhill bike race in Chile. But you really need to watch this great video as a chap rides the course with a camera attached to his helmet. Incredible stuff, especially when the dog very nearly costs him the race. Enjoy!

VCA 2010 RACE RUN from changoman on Vimeo.
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Thursday, 17 March 2011


On a personal level can I just share the fact that I became a grandfather today. To say I'm excited is perhaps a given, but I'm so very proud too. A little girl, at 10.31am, 7lbs 5oz. A big congratulations to my daughter and her husband.

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L3p Desk

Are you ready for a nerdgasm? Take a look at this fine job (click to enlarge). Peter from the Netherlands has built what must be the ultimate computer desk. Featuring a transparent top and sides that show his custom built computer "innards" all laid out, complete with UV liquid cooling system. See Peter's website for other mods he has done or drool over more pics of his desk here.

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Face Of An Icon

Has artist Siegfried Woldhek finally uncovered the ancient mystery of what Leonardo DaVinci looked like? Another thought provoking talk from e-clecticism's favourite inspiration TED.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011


This is not a shameless plug for Blogger, I don't work for them or Google, but I do love this as a blogging platform. I have used Wordpress as well but Blogger just does it for me. Some of the latest features and new ones coming soon (I urge all Blogger bloggers to uses Blogger In Draft) are just fantastic. So as a thank you to them, I'm posting this video to encourage all bloggers, veteran or fledgling to switch to Blogger.

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Monday, 14 March 2011

Thomas Shahan

A relatively brief introduction to high magnification macrophotography of arthropods. This just makes me want to go out with my camera. Uncomplicated equipment, a simple technique, but lots of patience. To see more of Thomas' work, go to his website or his Flickr pages.

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Sunday, 13 March 2011

Mmmm Pi

I have said many many times on e-clecticism, it is the simple things that often turn out to be the most impressive. Musical notes and chords can be converted to numbers but YouTube user michaeljohnblake has taken this further and arranged Pi (to thirty decimal places). It actually sounds pretty sweet.

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Friday, 11 March 2011

The 8pen

I have an Android mobile phone and I love it, but I do have one small problem. Typing can be tricky. It is a problem that is not unique to Android, any small device with a touch screen keyboard, even iPhones can make typing at speed tricky. So I am currently trying out the 8pen keyboard replacement. It is a bit early too say whether or not I prefer it, but it is good that someone is looking in to the problem.

The 8pen allows for the replacement of the conventional keyboard on all devices capable of detecting gestures, in particular mobile phones with touch screens, modern remote controls or game controllers. Its advantage lies mainly in the fact that it is possible to input text faster than using conventional layouts on small devices, while at the same time mimicking human hand-writing. Moreover, the simplicity of the gestures involved greatly reduces the problem of mistyping that frequently occurs with the classical layout due to the lack of space. For the same reason, it is possible to write without viewing, as only the central region is needed as a reference for starting and ending a movement.

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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Mega Mona

Mythbusters is a great show that I really enjoy watching. If you're not familiar with it, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage build often explosive experiments, to try and get to the bottom of some of life's burning questions.

Here, on their live roadshow, they attempt to illustrate the difference between how a CPU renders an image compared to the method a GPU does.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Time On My Hands.............

A guest post by Alistair.

Time passes very slowly in the middle of the night, or so it seems to the insomniac me. Time is relative though isn't it? An abstract construct we humans have created to measure nature and help make sense of part of existence, from cavemen observing the turn of the seasons to modern man measuring distances by time relative to the speed of light. When I was young time moved slowly and days were like weeks and weeks took forever, what happened yesterday seemed ancient history and what was to come tomorrow was too far away to imagine. The future seemed huge and infinite, filled with space travel and aliens. Now, as an amateur historian I spend a lot of time looking back in time and not a lot looking forward. Not that I do often, but when I stop to think of time it seems now like the past, although huge is very close. And the future? Well that's not nearly so far away as it once seemed or nearly so immense and time moves steadily on, although thankfully not at the speed of light, even without aliens.

I have time on my hands these days. As one of the unemployed it's a fact of life at the moment. But we all have time really don't we? It's something we often take for granted in our lives, ever busy and increasingly pressured as we are by the demands of modern life. Time passes noticed often only in small ways and unnoticed in others. Good times speed past and bad times seem to linger, drag their heels. But in time everything passes, the good and the bad. With time we can contemplate, compute, measure. We can record histories and we can forecast events. We can write a minute waltz. In time we can love, raise families, we can learn, we can remember and we can forget, we can heal, build, create.

In time we exist and in time we are remembered and forgotten.

We talk of modern time, day and night time, olden time, my time, in my fathers time, in time to come, time is money, time is precious and every second counts: seconds, minutes, days, weeks, years, generations, ages, centuries, millennia. Time spent. Time wasted. Even though it's all around us is there ever enough time to do what needs to be done, never mind what we want to do. Time it seems slips away beneath us while the future pulls us on.

Still, I have time on my hands these days. I looked at those hands last night and thought about time and you know what?

I'm sure my life-line isn't nearly as long as it used to be..............

Time for me to go.

Thanks to Jono for the chance to contribute to the blog I once described as 'a house of many pleasures'. To lighten the mood and pay homage to some of the wacky e-clecticism videos here's one from me.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Autism Angel

This is the amazing story of a little girl with autism, Carly Fleischmann, and how the dedication and perseverance of her parents changed not only their lives but the lives of countless others. An incredibale story.

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Monday, 7 March 2011

Flower Power

Using an ultraviolet lamp and a fluorescent highlighter, NurdRage shows us how to make flowers that can glow in the dark. In case you didn't know, some food colouring can give a very pleasing effect too and without the need for the UV light.

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Sunday, 6 March 2011

Don't Stop

I think that it is important to know what you want and how to get it. Take this monkey. He has a need. The girl has the solution. We could learn a lot from this guy. Enjoy!

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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Sebastian's Voodoo

I'm sorry folks as this short animation is a little dark but I really enjoyed it. A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his friends from being pinned to death. The mood of this, helped by stunning animation and wonderful music, really caught my attention. I hope you enjoy it too. See Pixel Nitrate for more of Joaquin Baldwin's work.

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Friday, 4 March 2011

Night Shots

I'm sure you have all realised by now, I love photography. I like to take pictures and I like, if possible, to try and make them a little different. I'm often trawling the Internet looking for tips and techniques that I can try out. This film has inspired me to try a little more night photography. To find some total blackness that I can then simply open my shutter and paint the bit I want to highlight with a torch. What more fun could you have in the dark?

Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark from Mark & Angela Walley on Vimeo.
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Thursday, 3 March 2011

Classy Drumming

Andrea Vadrucci aka Vadrum is an Italian drummer who likes to do things a little differently than your average rock musician. Take the following for instance. Performing Rossini's Barber of Seville with a 36 piece orchestra. I have to say that although I can really appreciate the skill involved here, it does spoil the music a little for me. But you decide for yourself.

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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Perpetual Motion

The idea of perpetual motion fascinates me. Ever since my father explained the concept to me at a young age (whilst playing with my Mamod Steam Engine I seem to remember), I was intrigued with the idea that something could be so easily solved but never had been. I was smart, but a little naive.

This chap may have finally cracked it though. OK, no, it's clearly a trick. But it really is a good one.

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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

What's The Internet?

Do you remember a simpler time? No nor me. Life is complicated. But I do remember a time from before the Internet and I started using it earlier than many people. Yes, that makes me old. :-)

Being a geek I embraced the technology from the outset, but not everyone did of course. I love this guy's reaction. It'll never catch on you know.

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