Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A Mashup Ending

I guess that my new year's resolutions should include posting more often. Sorry for the lack of them and thanks for sticking with me.

Let's end the year then on a musical high with a mashup of 56 different songs mixed together by Robin Skouteris. Enjoy and a happy new year to all of you.


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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Kippilaw Christmas

Happy Christmas from me to all my readers. I'm up in Scotland to spend the festive season with family in a huge Victorian house and loving it. I'll be posting again so, so see you then.


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Friday, 20 December 2013

Bastille Mashup

The BBC Radio 1 "Live Lounge" sessions have produced some fabulous music over the years and here's a great example. Bastille decided to combine several Christmas in to a mashup that any lover of music would appreciate. Enjoy.


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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Phone Crash

It seems that crashing in on other people's phone conversations is great to watch. I'm not sure how I would react if it happened to me, but I hope I'd be as happy as the last girl.


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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Ditch Fun

As a keen kayaker, this caught my eye, but I'm not sure I'd could justify the damage to a £400 kayak. No such problem for Ben Marr though as he flies down a drainage ditch in Canada at speeds up to 34 mph. I confess it looks great fun.


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Monday, 16 December 2013

Anthill Art

I'm in two minds as to whether this counts as animal cruelty, but there is no doubt that pouring molten aluminium in to an ant's nest produces some beautiful results.


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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Grasshopper

The Grasshopper test vehicle is designed to advance the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most booster rockets today are designed to fall back into the ocean or burn up in the atmosphere after use, SpaceX is designing rockets that will return to the launch pad for a vertical landing.

For this latest flight, Grasshopper used a brand new sensor system and flight control algorithms, which resulted in a far more accurate landing than was possible before. Grasshopper flew to 325 metres (1066 feet) before smoothly landing back on its launch pad.


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Thursday, 5 December 2013

It Is Always Now

An excerpt from a Sam Harris lecture (the full version can be found here). His thoughts have a clarity that I find very easy to identify with. I think my friends on my OALM course would understand this.


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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Canyon Ride

Kelly McGarry flips a 72-foot-long canyon gap at the Red Bull Rampage 2013 to earn a 2nd place finish. All I can really add is "Wow".


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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

PowerUp 3.0

Turn your self-made paper airplane into a smartphone-controlled flying machine with PowerUp. This needs to happen because I want one.


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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Water Fun

For my birthday I got a gift of an underwater camera. The other day I got my first chance to try it out when some of went for a Kayak training session in a pool. Hopefully I'll be able to post more videos as my degree progresses.


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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

In Saturn's Rings

This is the newest teaser for "In Saturn's Rings", a giant screen space film for IMAX® and other big screens, coming summer 2014. This DIY, not-for-profit all-volunteer film is from Greensboro, NC, USA filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren with tons of help from volunteer image processors around the world.

Created entirely from real photographs using photoanimation and multiplane photoanimation. No computer-generated images, painting, cloning, tweening, morphing, texture maps, camera projection or 3D models used.

The film is 100% created using only flat 2D photographs (often hundreds or thousands per frame) stitched together for massive hundred megapixel+ resolutions that are scaled and zoomed using techniques developed by the filmmaker.

Go full screen and enjoy!


In Saturn's Rings - New Teaser 4K (space photoanimation) from Stephen van Vuuren on Vimeo.
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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Sombodies

Do you remember Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye? How could you forget it, it was all over the radio and TV. It also spawned so many covers, tributes and parodies that were all over YouTube. Well it seems that Gotye himself loved all of these and edited together his own mashup-mix of the best. Enjoy Somebodies - A YouTube Orchestra.


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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Big Hail

We often have hailstorms in the UK but nothing like this. This one was potentially lethal surely. Filmed in Australia where it seems its not just the wildlife that is out to get you.


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Monday, 18 November 2013

JFK Stable

As we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, it seems the interest and controversy that surrounds that terrible day have not dimmed in the slightest. I found the following rather interesting viewing. The infamous Zapruda film has always been the main point of interest but at, an advanced for its time, 18fps, it has always been tricky to see much detail. YouTube user antdavisonNZ has used some fancy software and stabilised it with additional interpolated frames. The result is a much smoother 30fps.


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Friday, 15 November 2013

#SaveTheDay2

As I posted about recently, the big day is soon to be upon us, and the BBC are spoiling us with all sorts of goodies in the run up to the 23rd. Check out the trailer below for a documentary that will be shown after the 50th anniversary show, about how Doctor Who began. It is called An Adventure In Space & Time and stars David Bradley as William Hartnell.



Even more exciting is this mini-episode that teases us about what is in store for us for the big show itself. Called A Night of the Doctor, it hints to events that we have all known about but never witnessed, such as what happened the the 8th doctor and the events of the Time War. I'm so excited.


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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Forest Schools

As part of my degree I am currently learning about forest schools. OK so it does not have the adrenaline rush of climbing or kayaking but in terms of Outdoor Education, it is something that fascinates me.

We recently spent a great day at Queenswood Country Park, learning how the outdoors can have a huge impact on a child's education. We also got to play some great silly games and enjoy the glorious scenery. I even wrote a Haiku.

Damp trees dripping leaves,
Fresh air, autumnal colours,
Inner child released.

Autumn Flavours
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

R'ha

It is impressive enough to write, animate and direct an astonishingly good sci-fi short. But when you combine that with the fact you're just 22 and it is your first go. Enjoy R'ha by Kaleb Lechowski.


R´ha [short movie] from Kaleb Lechowski on Vimeo.
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Monday, 11 November 2013

Lettering

Master pinstriper Glen Weisgerber demonstrates the roundhand lettering technique. Weisgerber teaches pinstriping and lettering in various YouTube videos, so look out for more. I find this so relaxing to watch but I'm sure it is not relaxing to do.


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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Stan Lee

Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee, has made so many cameo appearances in his character's films now that some people are creating montages. Enjoy.


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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Smuggler's Run

I have posted about fan films before, but this one is a doozy. Star Wars Smuggler's Run is a 22 minute film, that was filmed on location at the original sets in Tunisia. Director Oliver Thompson has written an original story that is set within the Star Wars Universe between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.


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Monday, 4 November 2013

Pipe Dream

I haven't checked but I'm sure I blogged about Animusic's musical animation project from a few years ago. In case you don't recall it, I have reposted the video below.



Cool eh? But it couldn't happen for real could it? Well Intel thought differently. Intel Embedded Computing engineers teamed up with Austin-based Sisu to turn that animation into a real computerised paint ball orchestra.


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Sunday, 3 November 2013

SBU

I notice that they don't show you how to stop or even slow down, but despite that I still want a Self Balancing Unicycle.


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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Paintjam

Dan Dunn has become an Internet sensation with his skills of creating art at lightening speed. Here he is featured as a guest of Jimmy Fallon. You can see more of his work at Paintjam.com


Dan Dunn's Paintjam on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from dan dunn on Vimeo.
Speed Painter and Party Entertainer Dan Dunn performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Who Lives There

Filmed on location in Wellington, Ohio, Episode 14 of "The Amerikans" shares the vision of Dawn Reese, miniature artist, dollhouse builder, and owner of Dolls and Minis: a store with over 20,000 miniatures.


Who Lives There from Art+Practice on Vimeo.
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Sunday, 20 October 2013

#SaveTheDay

As the 50th anniversary episode of Dr Who approaches, I get more and more excited. It takes me back to my youth. Check out the brilliant trailer and see more and more little gems every time you watch it.


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Monday, 14 October 2013

Funny Impression

During one of the live results shows for America's Got Talent, Jimmy Fallon entertains everyone with some of his impressions of comedians. I'd have let him win it right there and then.


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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Stop Diving

On September 14, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returned to the Blue Lagoon on the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline in Wales. Red Bull teamed up with three of the biggest "Instagramers" in the UK, to take on the ambitious challenge of creating a stop-motion film of all the action and breathtaking views captured on the day. 21,489 shots later we have this video.


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Saturday, 12 October 2013

Pöpcørn

For no other reason than it made me smile, please enjoy the Swedish Chef from The Muppets with his rendition of Popcorn. For extra giggles turn on the captions.


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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Proper Chess

I used to quite like chess when I was younger although I was never particularly good at it. Mainly I think because watching a chess game is so boring that you'd rather poke yourself in the eye. However if chess were like this, I would pay big money to watch it.


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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Historical Humour

There is so much about this chap that is fantastic. An army veteran that now acts as a Yeoman of the Guard giving historical tours of the Tower of London to entertain the tourists. He his interesting, knowledgeable and very funny. Just how history should be presented.


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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Box

Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. It is essentially digital projection-mapping on to moving surfaces. Everything is captured "in camera" with no post-production.


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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Quitting Dance

This young lady wanted to quit her job, but rather than just hand in her notice, she decided to film herself dancing goodbye. Not a conventional method, but its got herself plenty of attention.


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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Best Friends Ever!

I have some pretty good friends, but these guys are the best. This isn't really a prank though is it? I'm not sure I'd want it switched back.


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Monday, 30 September 2013

You Know You Want To...

Not just view...Subscribe please. :-)


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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Please Vote!

Sea Cadets Corps logo
Sea Cadets Corps logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Can I ask you a big favour please? As many of you will know I volunteer at Worcester Sea Cadets. We have entered in the Lloyds Bank community fund which will provide grants to support more than 1,300 local good causes in villages, towns and cities across England, Wales and the Isle of Man. We have been short-listed down to the last four in our area. The winner will be decided by public vote. The two groups with the most votes will each receive £3,000 and the other two, £300 each.

There are three ways to vote and its no problem if you use all three.

Online

Click here and fill in your details. Make sure you also click the link that will be emailed to you. One vote per email address.

SMS

Text VOTE CWPC to 61119. If voting from the Isle of Man, please text VOTE CWPC to 447860016016. Only one SMS vote per phone number. Texts will be charged at your mobile network provider's standard rate.

In Branch

If you're local to us you can also vote in a Lloyds Bank Worcester branch.
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Monday, 23 September 2013

Eloy Morales

Based in Madrid, Spain, Eloy Morales has been refining his craft since 1995. Possibly one of the best photorealistic painters in the world, the depth and detail of his work is astounding.


Eloy Morales from Didi Menendez on Vimeo.
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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Fresher

Wow what a week I have had. My first experiences of being a mature student at university. Finding rooms in a massive unfamiliar campus, meeting my fellow course-mates (who are awesome), meeting my tutors, signing up to some extra-curricular clubs, my first social, climbing Pen Y Fan, gorge walking in icy water, realising how unfit I am, cooking a meal with a limited budget and finally resting at the weekend before the real work starts.



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Friday, 13 September 2013

Urban Playground

Ken Block has released another in his Gymkhana series. This time though he has really upped the ante by filming over four days using the deserted streets of San Francisco.


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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Hot Stuff

I love growing things, I always have, but I sadly haven't had the opportunity for some time. So when a friend of mine mentioned he could get me a young plant that I could grow to maturity and harvest I gladly accepted his offer. The only trouble is, the plant is a Scotch Bonnet pepper and I'm not keen on hot food. :-)

So growing it has been great, but now the peppers appear to be doing rather well and are close to ripening, I'm at a bit of a loss of what to do with them. Anybody fancy a curry?

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Little Girl

My latest photograph. Click to enlarge. You can see my full collection here.

Little Girl

There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

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