Friday, 29 July 2011

Cars On Cars

Back in 1979 Gary Numan had a huge hit with a synth-pop song called Cars. US battery makers DieHard have now resurrected Gary and the tune for an impressive advert that sees him play the tune using the horns and lights of 24 real cars, all powered by one of their batteries.

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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Interpretive Dance

This is a fabulous scene from the BBC's Fast and Loose tv show. Hugh Dennis invites David Armand to perform a hilarious mime to Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now'. If this doesn't get you smirking to yourself I don't know what will. :-)

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Harry Potter Reimagined

I confess I am not a huge fan of the Harry Potter films. I like them, but I think because I have seen them so far apart, I struggle to keep a grasp of the storyline. I think a marathon session is in order once a complete box set is released. I should also start reading the books as I have been promising myself for a long time. However, I do enjoy the films and was sorry to see the franchise come to an end.

Youtube user thewlisrox has come up with a nice idea. Perhaps feeling that the films emphasise the angst and the darkness of the stories a little too much they have re-edited scenes from the Half Blood Prince to create a trailer with a whole new feel. Using a bonus song found only on the CD version of the soundtrack, it now looks like a upbeat teen comedy. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Seeing Is Believing

Beau Lotto (what a great name) hosts another wonderful TED talk. Using colour based optical illusions he teaches us not only how our brains work, but that how evolution tints our perception of what is reality.

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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Space Painting Progressed

Back in 2009 I posted about Brandon McConnell and his talent for spray painted art. Out of curiosity I had another look at his YouTube channel to see how things have progressed since then and was blown away. Although I have always loved his work, it often had the same elements repeated over and over and because of this it could be accused of being a little limited in its scope. However that has all changed and I urge you to take a look at the great example below along with others at his website. It's a long way from just planets now.

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Friday, 22 July 2011

The Human Body

Here are some hopefully fascinating facts about the human body that will allow you to sound interesting in the pub or at a party. Well OK, maybe not, but they might remind you that the human body is a truly remarkable thing.

Human Body Facts Infographic
Source: Today I found out
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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Slip And Slide

This might possibly be the most fun a guy (or girl) could have. If you're going to build a "slip and slide" you really need to think big and these guys did just that. Filmed by Devin Graham using a Canon 5D Mark II and various accessories. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

English Class

Seeing as how my recent post on language proved to be so popular, I thought you might enjoy this clever sketch from British comedy series The Sketch Show.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The Chatterbox

Joe Robinson is a truly stunning guitarist. He won "Australia's Got Talent" and at a young age has attracted the attention and played with some of the biggest names in guitar. He is definitely a superstar in the making. Enjoy this composition of his called "The Chatterbox" but be sure to check out his YouTube channel and his website for more.

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Monday, 18 July 2011

Sculpture In Glass

The amount of time and patience it must take to perfect a skill like Venetian glass sculpture is just too great for me to fathom. Like most of you, I just watch in awe. Enjoy!

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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Time Lapse Painting

I have featured quite a few time-lapse films here on e-clecticism but this one isn't the usual style. It features Tim Gagnon as he paints a very cool forest scene using acrylic on canvas. If you're interested, Tim offers online painting lessons. Visit for more information and more examples of his work.

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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Parental Pride

Will you indulge a proud parent for a moment? Daughter number three was performing recently at a "School of Rock" show for her diploma. Accompanied by her friend on guitar they performed four songs and she later came back for a hastily rehearsed fifth with another friend on piano. I know I'm her dad but I think she has a cracking voice (bad sound quality on my phone's camera aside) and that she was certainly the best singer on the night.

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.

For The First Time by The Script.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Brendan MacFarlane

If there is any justice in the world, Brendan MacFarlane is a young lad that's going to go far. Just listen to the voice of the thirteen year old from Perth in Scotland as he is captured doing an impromptu performance of Sam Cook's Just Another Day in a guitar shop. For more from Brendan, see his website.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Perform This Way

Is it me or has "Weird Al" Yankovic been around forever? For those that don't know him, he is an unsung hero of music, that has been churning out parodies of popular songs and their videos since 1976 and selling millions of records in the process.

I hope you enjoy this rather disturbing looking rendition of Perform This Way his version of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way".

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Monday, 11 July 2011

I'm Batman!

Batman: an iconic superhero whose powers are r...Image via WikipediaI'm sorry to shock you, but I am a bit of a geek. Yes its true. For this reason I have a standard uniform of jeans and a choice of many many geeky t-shirts. Today I happen to be wearing a black one with the Batman logo in yellow blazoned across the front. I tell you this only so that the following story makes sense.

For lunch today I decided to call to a local sandwich shop. As I'm stood waiting in line to pay for my chosen sandwich I notice a little boy stood in front of me. I guess that he is around four years of age and he is staring at me with big round eyes. Just when I'm starting to feel a little self-conscious he tugs on his mother's skirt and "whispers" at the top of his voice that "Batman is in the line behind us!". His mother is rather embarrassed and turns a charming shade of red as she apologises to me. She must think I'd be upset but I'm far from it. I give her a wink and lean down to the little boy's level and ask that he keep a secret "after all even Batman needs a lunch break right?". With even wider eyes he nods his agreement. His mother giggles and thanks me for being "so cool". Apparently that will have made his day. Little does she know it made mine. Now if you will excuse me, I'm off to fight crime. :-)
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Saturday, 9 July 2011

Lost In Translation

The Unbearable Lightness of BeingImage via WikipediaThe English language is a glorious thing and something I am still learning and loving more and more with each new word I learn. But it is not always adequate. Below is a great list of wonderful foreign words that simply do not translate in to an English equivalent. Great for you to drop in to conversation at parties. :-)

This is another post that I cannot credit the original author because the email I received it in does not mention it. If you know, please pass it on so I can edit this post.
  1. Toska
    Russian – Vladmir Nabokov describes it best: “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”
  2. Mamihlapinatapei
    Yagan (indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego) – “the wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start”
  3. Jayus
    Indonesian – “A joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh”
  4. Iktsuarpok
    Inuit – “To go outside to check if anyone is coming.”
  5. Litost
    Czech – Milan Kundera, author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, remarked that “As for the meaning of this word, I have looked in vain in other languages for an equivalent, though I find it difficult to imagine how anyone can understand the human soul without it.” The closest definition is a state of agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.
  6. Kyoikumama
    Japanese – “A mother who relentlessly pushes her children toward academic achievement”
  7. Tartle
    Scottish – The act of hestitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name.
  8. Ilunga
    Tshiluba (Southwest Congo) – A word famous for its untranslatability, most professional translators pinpoint it as the stature of a person “who is ready to forgive and forget any first abuse, tolerate it the second time, but never forgive nor tolerate on the third offence.”
  9. Prozvonit
    Czech – This word means to call a mobile phone and let it ring once so that the other person will call back, saving the first caller money. In Spanish, the phrase for this is “Dar un toque,” or, “To give a touch.”
  10. Cafuné
    Brazilian Portuguese – “The act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair.”
  11. Schadenfreude
    German – Quite famous for its meaning that somehow other languages neglected to recognize, this refers to the feeling of pleasure derived by seeing another’s misfortune. I guess “America’s Funniest Moments of Schadenfreude” just didn’t have the same ring to it.
  12. Torschlusspanik
    German – Translated literally, this word means “gate-closing panic,” but its contextual meaning refers to “the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages.”
  13. Wabi-Sabi
    Japanese – Much has been written on this Japanese concept, but in a sentence, one might be able to understand it as “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.”
  14. Dépaysement
    French – The feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country.
  15. Tingo
    Pascuense (Easter Island) – Hopefully this isn’t a word you’d need often: “the act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them.”
  16. Hyggelig
    Danish – Its “literal” translation into English gives connotations of a warm, friendly, cozy demeanor, but it’s unlikely that these words truly capture the essence of a hyggelig; it’s likely something that must be experienced to be known. I think of good friends, cold beer, and a warm fire.
  17. L’appel du vide
    French – “The call of the void” is this French expression’s literal translation, but more significantly it’s used to describe the instinctive urge to jump from high places.
  18. Ya’aburnee
    Arabic – Both morbid and beautiful at once, this incantatory word means “You bury me,” a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them.
  19. Duende
    Spanish – While originally used to describe a mythical, spritelike entity that possesses humans and creates the feeling of awe of one’s surroundings in nature, its meaning has transitioned into referring to “the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person.”
  20. Saudade
    Portuguese – One of the most beautiful of all words, translatable or not, this word “refers to the feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost.” Fado music, a type of mournful singing, relates to saudade.
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Friday, 8 July 2011

Where Is My Mind?

You might remember the post I made about DubFX? Well ThePETEBOX utilises a similar technique to cover "Where Is My Mind?" by The Pixies. Just to be clear, none of this is pre-recorded and nothing is added in post-production. Everything is live and uses a loop-pedal to layer the sounds. See his website for more information.

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Thursday, 7 July 2011


Zero is a stop-animation short film that has won a great number of awards. Born into a world of numbers, an oppressed zero discovers that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something. See for more details.

Zero from Zealous Creative on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Isao Machii

Isao Machii is a modern day Samurai. His skill in wielding his Katana is truly amazing. The following video shows some demonstrations of what a finely crafted weapon in the hands of a skilled swordsman can do. If nothing else, the English subtitles are superb. :-)

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Vivian Maier

There is not much I can add to this story. You really just need to watch the video. If you would like to see more of Vivian's work, see here. Enjoy!

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Friday, 1 July 2011


The 2001 TED prize winner is photographer JR. JR exhibits his photographs in the biggest art gallery on the planet. His work is presented freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not museum visitors. Listen to his interview.

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