Wednesday, 31 July 2013


In the year 2154 two classes of people exist, the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarised worlds.

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Monday, 29 July 2013

Kite Photography

Cris Benton's self-devised technique for aerial photography produces some wonderful results. The professor of architecture at UC Berkeley, is a leader in the aerial kite photography community, constantly developing new ways to rig remotely controlled cameras to customised kites for stunning results.

Kite Aerial Photography on MAKE: television from MAKE Magazine on Vimeo.
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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Pooh Vader

This year's ConnectiCon saw voice actor Jim Cummimgs (Winnie The Pooh, Darkwing Duck, Dr Robotnick etc) perform a scene from Star Wars. The audio is not great but still manages to be truly wonderful. "She must have hidden the plans in the escape pod... Oh bother!".

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Friday, 26 July 2013

Norwegian Promise

This is a public promise to my granddaughter. At some point in the future I will take you to Norway to see the wonderful spectacle that you were named after. A trip of a lifetime that both of us can treasure. In the meantime, enjoy this time-lapse "postcard" taken in Tromsø.

Aurora Borealis timelapse HD from Tor Even Mathisen on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Portal To Hell

There are many reasons I'd love to be able to travel through time. Just one is to take a a little NH4Cr2O7 (Ammonium Chromate) and HgSCN (Mercury thiocyanate) back with me. I'm sure the religious could be made to do my bidding under the threat of opening a portal to hell. All I need to do is mix them together and set light to them.

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

100 Riffs

As you may have guessed by my previous post, things have been a little chaotic here over the last few days, so what better way to de-stress with some good old rock 'n' roll.

Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take giving you a chronological history of rock 'n' roll. See the full detailed list of all the artists, keys, and year of each song played at this site.

100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll) from Chicago Music Exchange on Vimeo.
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Friday, 19 July 2013

Please Help!

So we have been on the TV, on the radio and newspapers nationwide. All very exciting if a little bewildering but now things are a little calmer I want to ask for your help. As many have speculated the mother (presumably) of this beautiful little boy most likely knows us either directly or indirectly and left him here specifically because of my wife's work as a childminder. They clearly need help. Not only medically speaking from having recently given birth but also because they clearly must be in a very bad place to have got to the point of having to give up a child that they clearly cared for. Some of you know I have some experience of being so messed up that extreme decisions seem to be the right ones but even I cannot fully appreciate this. If you know us, you'll know we are caring people and we do not judge this person in anyway. In fact in an odd way we feel privileged that you trusted us with your precious child and I hope we haven't let you down. However we urge you to come forward in complete confidentiality and get the help and support toy need. If for no other reason than despite the wonderful care he is getting, this poor little thing needs his mummy more than anything else in the world.

Please contact us or call the police on 101. For the rest of you, please do what social networking does best and get the story out there. Thank you.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Snail Rave

Creating artwork with LED's attached to snails. Yeah that might take some time. But what an awesome waste of time it is. :)

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Frisco '58

I'm not very familiar with the city of San Fransisco but just like in my recent post about Disneyland, I am fascinated by historical footage like this. Those of you that are more familiar with the Alameda area can let me know if much has changed. Oh how I wish I had a time machine.

San Francisco 1958 from Jeff Altman on Vimeo.
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Monday, 15 July 2013

PARK Seung Mo

Underwater photography and ephemeral portraits made from layers of wire. Enjoy the video of this Korean artist at work. For more, visit his website here.

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Sunday, 14 July 2013


I actually detest that expression, but the You Only Live Once adage seems to be the most fitting for the following video. Highlighting the versatility of the GoPro series of cameras, these people show us how to take full advantage of this short time we have on this planet.

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Monster Tea Party

Oh how I wish I could draw, and in particular the doodle style that looks like it comes so naturally. Take a look at marydoodles where you get some input on what she draws next. This one is called Monster Tea Party and I love the way it looks.

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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Creepy Kids

Cover of "Children of the Corn"
Cover of Children of the Corn
I have been laughing at a great thread on Reddit where users are posting some of the creepy things their kids say. Oh yes I'm laughing but if mine had ever come out with any of these I'd have been sleeping with the light on and one eye open. Here are some of my favourites.

My 3 year old daughter stood next to her new born brother and looked at him for awhile then turned and looked at me and said, "Daddy its a monster..we should bury it."

I was on a bus recently and we were stopped outside a walk-in clinic. A little girl in the seat in front of me turned to her dad and said, "Death is the poor man's doctor." And that was that.

I was tucking in my two year old. He said "Good bye dad." I said, "No, we say good night." He said "I know. But this time it's good bye."

"Before I was born here, I had a sister, right? Her and my other Mom are so old now. They were ok when the car was on fire, but I sure wasn't!" He was maybe 5 or 6 years old? It was totally out of the blue.

My five year old son asked me last week "what do you see through the black circles in my eyes when you're controlling me when I'm at school?"

Not to me, but to his grandmother. He was cuddling with her and being very sweet (he was about 3 at the time). He takes her face in his hands, and brings his face close to hers, then tells her that she's very old, and will die soon.
Then he makes a point of looking at the clock.

"So I shouldn't throw him in the fire?"
3 year old daughter holding her baby brother for the first time.

When I was about 3 we had a cat that had still born kittens. I asked my father if we could make crosses for them, which he did. As he was making them I asked:
"aren't those too small?",
Dad: "What do you Mean?"
Me: "aren't we going to nail them to them?"
Dad: (after several moments silence) "we're not going to do that"
Me: "oh"

When my 2.5 year old and her friend were hanging out, the topic of T-Rex and other dinos came up. I asked her friend:
"If you were a T-Rex, what would you do for fun? "
He answered: I'd chase herbivores!
I then asked my daughter this question:
"If you were a T-Rex, what would you eat? "
She got very serious and looked me right in the eyes and said:
"Children. I'd eat children"
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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Rain Room

As Britain is currently experiencing a most welcome heatwave, I thought some of you might need cooling down today. Take a look at the Rain Room.

Rain Room is a hundred square metre field of falling water through which it is possible to walk, trusting that a path can be navigated, without being drenched in the process. As you progress through The Curve, the sound of water and a suggestion of moisture fill the air, before you are confronted by this carefully choreographed downpour that responds to your movements and presence.

Rain Room at the Barbican, 2012 from rAndom International on Vimeo.
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Monday, 8 July 2013

Disneyland Opening

This video, put together by the Disney History Institute, is a collection of home movies of Disneyland in 1955, the year it opened. I have haven't ever actually visited Disneyland but I love historical footage like this as the very many changes since then are obvious. See here for some highlights.

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Saturday, 6 July 2013


Not released until October, George Clooney's new movie Gravity, looks good. Also starring Sandra Bullock, it is a thriller set in space. Check out the trailer.

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Friday, 5 July 2013

VFX Reel

Chris Godfrey, the Visual Effects Supervisor on The Great Gatsby, has released a great "before & after" real that shows just how some of the wonderful shots were achieved. Seeing really isn't believing.

The Great Gatsby VFX from Chris Godfrey on Vimeo.
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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Self Freezing Trick

Well this is a bit of a lie because it is neither self-freezing or instant but it is still a pretty cool trick. Check out the self-freezing instant slushy.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Sorry I'm Late

A stop motion short film shot with a stills camera in the ceiling pointing straight at the floor. There's tons of 'making of' stuff at the website showing just what a great job they did.

Sorry I'm Late from Tomas Mankovsky on Vimeo.
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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Lernen To Talk

Mickey Mangan wanted to learn a new language, so he did what 99% of us couldn't do. He went to live in Germany with little or no knowledge of the language. You can see the complete Lernen To Talk Show here.

This is what it looks like to learn a language in one year. from Mickey Mangan on Vimeo.
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Monday, 1 July 2013

Don't Be Scared

I have probably said before that creative advertising is a favourite of mine. It may never convince me to buy anything but I'm sure we all remember a particularly clever or funny commercial. This one from giffgaff is a great example. I'm a big fan of Zombies, but who knows, they may simply be misunderstood.

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