Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Pocket Rockets

Do you fancy being able carry your own rocket launcher around with you? OK, just me then. I have actually made miniature rockets like this using matches and tinfoil but this guy takes them to a whole new level.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Cardistry

Quite a hypnotic video showing the art of cardistry or fancy card shuffling. I could watch this for a long time but I'm not sure I would want to play this guy at poker.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Best of Web

Some more of the best videos of 2014 as collated by Luc Bergeron aka Zapatou. This is volume 7 in a series that shows some amazing things. Be sure to check out Luc's channel for more, or better still, fire up your GoPro and go make something worthy of the next one.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Knock Knock

Watch a wonderfully animated love story that that takes place across multiple screens of iPhones, iPads and MacBooks. It is a music video for the band Brunettes Shoot Blondes and their song Knock Knock and it has gone viral. The video tells the story of a lovestruck rabbit, who dashes across the Apple devices to catch up with the object of his affections. It's an incredible combination of live action camera work and animation, intricately synchronised between a series of devices with different sized screens.


Brunettes Shoot Blondes - Knock Knock (Official Video) from Brunettes Shoot Blondes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Home-Made Cloud

Another great moment on Jimmy Fallon's show. Jimmy and actress Lucy Liu perform science experiments with Kevin Delaney, with gasses of different densities. The impressive conclusion shows them making a giant indoor cloud.


Monday, 15 December 2014

Drum Pad

Japanese YouTuber oodairago has uploaded multiple videos of himself playing a virtual drum kit on his iPad. Dexterous to say the least, he doesn't miss a beat. Certainly takes up a lot less space than the real thing for the budding drummer.


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Tyre Roll

There are many reasons why I love the Japanese and this is just one of them. There really was no reason to watch this all the way through but I'm glad I did. Which of the different size tyres can ski jump the furthest? You can't tell me you don't wish you could try this.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Back to the Whoture

Doctor Who and Back to the Future meet in a witty little video with some cracking special effects. The DeLorean is a sight to behold but I still think that the TARDIS is a cooler mode of transport.


Friday, 5 December 2014

Time Trap

This is a lovely little sci-fi short. Humorous and intelligent it has won several awards and you can see why. After losing control of his engines, cyborg archaeologist Fripp finds himself stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. In order to repair his ship he must dip into the dead planet’s history for some spare parts.


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Rey del Rio

A bit of Kayak heaven for you today. The first international waterfall competition, the Rey del Rio in Mexico this year. Pat Keller claimed the two titles up for grabs. Check out some of the truly stunning footage that was captured.


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Postcards from Pripyat

As a photographer there are many subjects, locations and styles I'd like to shoot, even if they have been covered many times before by others. I guess I want to try and put my own spin on it. One such location is Chernobyl and it's surroundings. I was a teenager when the disaster hit reactor 4 back in 1986 and ever since I played Call of Duty - Modern Warfare, the abandoned town of Pripyat has fascinated me. I'd love to visit with my camera. Until then I can marvel at what others show us such as Danny Cooke who recorded these "postcards" on his visit.


Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Chimney Climb

Solo Climbing or Free Climbing is climbing with no ropes or equipment. It is normally associated with rocks and cliffs but this chap decides to climb a 280m chimney, the second tallest structure in Romania. Not for the feint of heart.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Major To Minor

Chase Holfelder has created an interesting set of videos where he has transposed several hit songs from the major key you are used to here them in to a minor key. With some rearrangement as well the entire song takes on a whole new more melancholy feel. Below is my favourite example, Every Breath You Take by The Police. Check out his channel for others.


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Fire Painter

Steven Spazuk is an extremely talented artist, however his art is perhaps unlike anything you've ever seen before. While most artists use paint or ink, Spazuk's art form is a bit more..."flammable". He creates his beautiful works of art using fire and a feather! Spazuk has spent the last 14 years developing and perfecting his soot painting technique, but the creation process always has an element of random spontaneity and improvisation.

You can see more of his work at his website.


SPAZUK fire painter from Patrick Peris on Vimeo.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Ingress

I like video games but to be honest they very rarely hold my interest longer than a few weeks. The trouble is I'm an outdoors kind of guy and and gaming and enjoying the outdoors just don't mix right? Well actually that's no longer true. Google have managed to combine a very engaging game with a great back-story with walking and exploring your surroundings. It even helps with your sightseeing and local history. Available for the iPhone as well as Android, Ingress is an app that combines gameplay with your surroundings in a global game of "Capture The Flag". Watch the following video for a brief explanation download the app and get out there and join the struggle. Just be sure to join the Enlightened. :-)


Friday, 7 November 2014

Yaybahar

This is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Görkem Şen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound. What you hear in this performance is captured in real-time without any additional effects and with no post audio processing. It really gets going at around the 2.08 mark.


Yaybahar by Görkem Şen from Olgu Demir on Vimeo.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Drop

Professor Brian Cox's fabulous series Human Universe has been a joy to watch and has been truly fascinating so far. Take a look as he demonstrates two objects of different weights being dropped in a vacuum. You may know the theory but seeing it in action is still a joy.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Retro Web

If you used computers before the existence of the World Wide Web, you might remember the dial-up BBS and ASCII graphics and perhaps you'll feel a little fondness and nostalgia for the simplicity of those times. Well WebSquirrelMonkeyCom make hilarious videos just for the likes of you. I have added several examples below but be sure to check out their YouTube channel for more.

So how would Twitter look if it was invented in the 80's?



What about Youtube and Facebook in the 90's?





And finally, what if Angry Birds were an 80's computer game?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Big Bang

It is that time of year again when fireworks are the norm. At a festival in Konosu City, Japan, attendees watched a rocket weighing 1,014 pounds and measuring nearly four feet in circumference explode into the night sky. It broke the record for the largest ever firework and caused a ball of fire over 2,624 feet in diameter. This whole fireworks display is impressive, but if you're looking for the big bang, it comes at around 3:15.


Monday, 27 October 2014

Cecelia

The classic song by Simon & Garfunkel gets a fabulous makeover as it is performed by percussion group Stomp, Jimmy Fallon and Paul Simon himself. Makes me smile.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Gone Pro

This is one epic compilation. 178 awesome GoPro videos all edited together. I hope it inspires you to get outdoors and do something amazing. Just don't forget to film it.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Building Swoop

I probably wouldn't recommend that you swoop between buildings at high speed whilst paragliding but by goodness it looks cool.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

ESB Uncut

A few days ago I made this post and by chance the follow-up Empire Strikes Back version has just been released. With more than 480 fan-made segments culled from over 1,500 submissions, The Empire Strikes Back Uncut features a stunning mash-up of styles and filmmaking techniques, including live action, animation, and stop-motion. Enjoy!


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Ceramic Art

The American Museum of Ceramic Art presents ICHEON, a Korean Ceramics tradition that dates back over 5000 years. Their work is truly magnificent but also quite hypnotic.


Monday, 13 October 2014

Star Trek Axanar

There are no shortage of Star Trek fan films, some are good and some not so, but they're all going to pale in comparison to Axanar. Set 21 years before the events of “Where no Man Has Gone Before”, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek, it boasts some big names from previous incarnations of the franchise and some amazing effects and sound that belies its small Kickstarter raised budget.

Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero. Kirk himself called Garth the model for all future Starfleet Officers. Garth charted more planets than any other Captain and was the hero of the Battle of Axanar, the story of which is required reading at the academy. This is that story. “Axanar” tells the story of Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time.

If all that were not enough the creators have released a 21 minute trailer called "Prelude to Axanar" which sets the scene magnificently. You can find out more from the official website.


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Stop Motion Parkour

Like me, there is no way CorridorDigital are able to do all the moves that practitioners of parkour can. But unlike me they can create a terrific stop-motion animation to make up for it.


Monday, 6 October 2014

Extreme Barbie

If anyone ever asks you why we have hills, tell them its because of Extreme Barbie Jeep Racing! :-) I really can't see why this doesn't have its own TV channel. Thanks to Dom for telling me a about it.


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Star Wars Uncut

In 2009, Casey Pugh asked Internet users to remake Star Wars: A New Hope into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. In a few months time, thousands of fans responded with extraordinary creativity from around the world. All the footage was then stitched together to make a classic.

Star Wars Uncut has been featured in documentaries, news features and conferences around the world for its unique appeal. In 2010 it won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media. Check out www.starwarsuncut.com for more information and to hear news on an up and coming Empire Strikes Back version.


Star Wars Uncut: Director's Cut from Casey Pugh on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Money Art

Mark Wagner is a collage artist with a difference. Putting his money where his mouth is he he uses cold hard cash to create his work with some very cool results.


Mark Wagner - Money is Material from The Avant/Garde Diaries on Vimeo.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Slow Ink

I have a fair few tattoos myself so some of this I already knew, but the part showing tattooing in super slo-mo was fascinating. I always assumed that the needles went much deeper. It certainly feels like it. :-)


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Wall Waltzing

Here's an interesting mix of rock-climbing and dancing. Bandaloop dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber take vertical choreography to new heights on Oakland's City Hall during the Art & Soul Festival.


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Lose The Spinner

YouTube is a platform that prompts many questions for me as a regular user but outsider. The inner workings of Google as a whole are normally kept quite secret but occasionally they let little nuggets of information escape such as this rather interesting video by Computerphile. Is the spinner a thing of the past for you?


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Ice Fishing

The following video is a little mind-boggling at first but you soon realise it is being filmed upside down. Juuso Mettälä and his friends came up with a clever little play whilst diving under the ice in their native Finland. A simple idea but a great result. You can read an interview with Juuso here.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Top Barn Timelapse

I've been wanting to have a go at making my own timelapse video for some time and thought that my work at Top Barn Activity Centre might make good subject matter. Using gTimelapse to control my camera and OpenShot to edit and render it, here is the result. It took a few weeks to shoot over this summer and consists of over 9000 photographs but I'm quite pleased with the result.


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Action Movie Kid

How cool would it be for a young boy to have a father who works as a top animator at Dreamworks and who was able to CGI you in to all kinds of cool adventures? Well Action Movie Kid is that lucky. I'm hoping there will be more adventures soon.




Monday, 8 September 2014

Inertie

Combining physical activity with art, Canadian Cyr-wheel artiste Valérie Inertie, in collaboration with Stephan Braun, German composer and Cello player, perform an improvised piece. Beautiful.


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Run Walter, Run!

Call me psychic but I think that Walter the Labrador might like the sea. It's not often that such a simple video can capture joy quite as well as this. This is just how I feel about being in the outdoors. Lucky aren't I? I think I might attach a GoPro to one of my kittens. :-)


Friday, 5 September 2014

Abbey Road

Did you know it has been 45 years since The Beatles were photographed walking across the zebra crossing on Abbey Road? Now it has become one of the most famous images in pop culture. The photograph was taken on the late morning of August 8, 1969 for the cover of their last-recorded album.

The photographer, Iain Macmillan, had only ten minutes to capture the image; a policeman stopped traffic while he set up a ladder in the middle of the road and framed the image in a Hasselblad camera. Since then the crossing has become a pilgrimage site for music fans from all over the world. Everyday motorists are inconvenienced whilst tourists re-enact the shot. You can watch for yourself here.

This short film was made in 2012 and is called Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?


Why don't we do it in the Road? from chris purcell on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Levitron

The Levitron Revolution with EZ Float Technology is a mesmerising way to display small objects. The device allows you to levitate and slowly rotate your collectibles, toys, small office supplies or pretty much anything weighing up to 12 ounces.

To float an object, you first levitate the included small magnetic disc. Four LED lights on the base station help guide the alignment. Next, place your item of choice on top of the disc. The Levitron's base station automatically compensates for changes in weight.

You can buy one here.


Monday, 1 September 2014

Non-Month

I'm really sorry that e-clecticism has been so lacking in posts lately. I think we can write August off as the most sparse month I've had. However it's been for good reasons.

Mainly because of work. As many of you will know I'm trying hard to switch career in to the outdoor adventure education industry and I was lucky enough to begin working at a fabulous outdoor activity centre called Top Barn. Gaining some very valuable experience has reduced my free time but the busiest period is coming to an end now. Hopefully this means I can get back to a more regular pace of posting. On that note, please look out for the Timelapse project I have been working on for Top Barn. I'm very excited about it and will be sure to share it here when its finished in the next week or so.

Last week I took a trip to Ireland with the family. Below are two of my favourite photographs I took from that trip.

Merchant's Arch

Beach Comber

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Californigor

A lovely rendition of Californication by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. You can hear more from Igor Presnyakov by visiting his website.

3D Maniplulation

I'm still often impressed with the power of PhotoShop but this new process from Carnegie Mellon University is even more impressive. As they explain...
We present an approach that allows users to perform 3D manipulations, such as rotations, translations, scaling, deformation, and 3D copy-paste, to objects in photographs. Our approach seamlessly reveals hidden parts of objects in photographs, and produces plausible shadows and shading. To reveal hidden parts, we use publicly available 3D models to complete missing geometry and appearance. As input, the user provides a photograph, together with a 3D model obtained using a word search on a public repository, and an object-free background filled in using in-painting techniques. Using our approach, users can create artistic compositions, manipulate vintage photographs, and even create animations.


Monday, 11 August 2014

Lucky & Unlucky

Here is a lovely short animated film featuring Jinxy Jenkins (a terribly unlucky fellow) and Lucky Lou (a very lucky young lady) who are perfect for each other. Enjoy.


Amazing anim short film : "Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky... by mistersexybuzz

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Drink Can Box

"Up-cycling" seems to be a very popular at the moment. I'm not exactly sure what the difference is between this and re-cycling but that's not really important. The following is an lovely example. I wish I had the patience and the talent to turn an aluminium drinks can into a lovely tinwork box.


Old Art

With today's all singing and dancing digital cameras there is very nearly a lost art to photography. Don't get me wrong I love the advantages that digital brings to the medium but like any craft, going back to how it used to be done can show an innate beauty that that modern processes miss out on. Enter Dan Carrillo, a Seattle based portrait photographer who likes to do it the old fashioned way and just look at how stunning the process is, let alone the results.


Dan Carrillo: Daclotype from Patrick Richardson Wright on Vimeo.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

A Tribute To Discomfort

At the heart of Outdoor Adventure is the idea that you learn and grow most when you're outside of your so called comfort zone. Whether it is conquering a mountain peak or getting to the end of the white-water run in a kayak, the risk will do good things not just for your body but your mind as well.

Blue Chalk worked with National Geographic Creative photographer and North Face athlete Cory Richards to create a promotional piece to demonstrate the scope of his work and the passion and athleticism that accompanies him in the field. A Tribute to Discomfort brings the viewer through Cory’s stunning work, his unique sense of humour, and his quest to create photographs that relate a common humanity.


A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards from Blue Chalk on Vimeo.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Spinning Magnet

Science is awesome! I could rant about how much I love it but lets get right down to some learning. Sixty Symbols has some great videos on a number of subjects and I urge you to check them out. This one is all about the suspension of a spinning magnet.


Monday, 28 July 2014

Simpsons Guy

Finally, The Simpsons and Family Guy will air an hour long cross-over episode this autumn. This year's Comic Con attendees were treated to an extended trailer which you can see below. It looks like it will be packed with in-jokes and veiled insults. There are rumours that The Simpsons will also meet up with their Futurama cousins at some point. The last gasp to improve ratings? I'm not sure but Simpsons Guy looks worth watching to me.


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Hydrophobia

Effect of water repellent on a shell layer jac...
Effect of water repellent on a shell layer jacket (Haglöfs Heli II) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I first came across hydrophobic materials when I bought my first Gore-Tex jacket. My delight at how the water beaded when it rained has not diminished over time. The following video takes this to a whole new level. Using a combination of hydrophobic and hydrophilic textures on a single surface can be used to move fluids from one place to another very efficiently as demonstrated by The National Science Foundation.


Friday, 25 July 2014

Live To Climb

Shot in California, at the Yosemite National Park with Alex Honnold. He is an American rock climber best known for his free solo ascents of big walls. He has broken a number of speed records, most notably the only known solo climb of the Yosemite Triple Crown: Mount Watkins, The Nose, and the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome. I realise that this is an advert for a whisky but I love how it is shot and how it perfectly illustrates that to be this good at something you need to commit.


Dewar's White Label "Live true" / Alex Honnold from Mireia Pujol on Vimeo.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Cedar Strip Canoe

Included in my many interests are both Kayaking and Canoeing but I had never considered building my own. Not that I would have the skill anyway but this guy certainly does. The timelapse fools you in to thinking it was a quick job but this must have taken a lot of time and what a beautiful result. Would have liked to have seen it in action though.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Magic Drawing

Hermione Granger is of course the female protagonist from the Harry Potter series of novels and films but I'm not sure her magic powers could do a better job than this. Artist Heather Rooney does an amazing job of drawing a photo-realistic Emma Watson shown in timelapse.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Between The Scenes

Have you ever wondered about the bits you didn't see in Star Wars, those things that happened between the scenes? Nerdist were obviously wondering too. This is part of a series where they look at our favourite movies and fill in some of the gaps. Darth Vader is a jerk!


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Webcam Spy

With all the talk of hackers breaking in to peoples webcams to spy on them, Jack Vale decided to prank his friends and family to demonstrate how easy it can be. Their reactions are priceless.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Rescuing Riley

While hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. In a daring act Zak single-handedly orchestrated a delicate rescue. When Zak came upon Riley, the puppy’s condition bespoke his abusers’ handiwork—three shotgun pellets embedded beneath his skin, teeth turned permanently black from malnutrition. But with food, water and a lot of love, Riley is doing just fine.


Friday, 18 July 2014

Supermarionation

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was lucky enough to grow up in an era of great children's television. Some of the finest was created by Gerry Anderson. It made such an impact that even now I have DVD boxsets that include Joe 90, Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons, Space 1999 and UFO. I am still amazed at how real the puppet based series used to make things look and although his vision of the future may not have turned out quite as he envisaged, his legacy will go on for ever.

In that spirit a film has been made for release in October called Filmed in Supermarionation. It features a wealth of previously unseen archive footage, brand new interviews with the surviving casts and crews and clips from the shows themselves. Some of the most memorable moments of the film are the ingenious and accurate recreations of the pioneering techniques used in the productions. See below for the trailer and see more at Network's website.


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Paddle To Seattle

The trailer to a film detailing a journey through the Inside Passage, chronicling the progress of two intrepid adventurers paddling handmade wooden Pygmy kayaks from Alaska to Seattle. I think I'm going to have to plan a journey. I'm getting itchy paddle blades.


Paddle to Seattle Trailer from Benjamin Gottfried on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Bouldering Beast

Within the sport of Bouldering, German climber Jan Hojer is a bit of a legend. Racking some impressive problems, first ascents and a World Cup victory. The following video takes a peak in to his impressive training regime. It makes my arms ache just to watch him.


Jan Hojer Training from Jan Hojer on Vimeo.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Rippling Images

As a keen photographer I am always looking for inspiration regarding new things I can try. I have to admit though that replacing the camera with a completely different device has never crossed my mind. Nathaniel Stern did though and chose a device that was never designed to take photographs at all, a desktop scanner and the results are pretty cool. He created a waterproof version of an off-the-shelf scanner that captured a series of incredible images of sea life. See more at more on his website.

fishness

soft

composition


Friday, 11 July 2014

How To Make A Hit

I'm a huge fan of Brett Domino. I posted about him way back in 2009 and again a year later. This time he explains how to create you're own hit song. It's funny how this guy can show you how to follow a formula and make a song that could easily become a hit right? Or is it just a tragic comment on today's music scene? You decide. The magic comes in two parts.




Thursday, 10 July 2014

Wild Meadow

A park local to me is running a lovely project whereby they are sowing wild flowers along side the cultivated varieties. Here you can see Corn chamomile, Corn cockle, Cornflower, Corn marigold and the Common poppy.

Wild Meadow

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

He Is Back

A cheeky second post to say that The Doctor returns on the 23rd August and I'm very excited. Of course this time he will be played by Peter Capaldi in what looks to be a darker incarnation harking back to the Colin Baker era. Check out this teaser that the BBC have released. It looks like the Daleks are returning also.


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