Friday, 30 May 2014

Elvis Lives!

At just 20 months old little Ella Mae knows just what her preferred taste in music is and its Elvis. Here she sings along to "An American Trilogy" like a pro. My favourite part has to be at 4.18 and it just goes to show that Elvis truly is alive and well.


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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Public Boogie

On the concourse of the St Pancras train station in London there is a piano that is free to play by anyone who wishes to. Luckily when Henri Herbert, of the Jim Jones Revue, decided to give an impromptu performance it was caught on video. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

SubWing

I can see a lot of issues with this. The fact that you need to be in very clear water, the fact that you need access to a boat, the fact that you need to keep coming up for air and the fact that it costs nearly $300...But despite all that, it really does look a lot of fun.


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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Time Travel

Photographer Flora Borsi has achieved what many have dreamt about, time travel! Well no of course not but her series of photographs where she expertly photoshops herself into historic moments is the next best thing. She says...
How would time travel affect life as we know it? Capture the most important events in history, upload to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook? If time travel did indeed become a reality, how would it affect our world as we currently experience it?
The rest of the collection can be found here.




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Monday, 26 May 2014

Away

I must apologise for the lack of posts recently. A combination of work, exams and a long weekend away with my SO is to blame. On the bright side, one of these produced some photographs that I am pleased with. Normal service will be resumed.

Old Lighthouse

Stonehenge

Windmill

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Marquese Scott

I am sure that I have featured the the Californian break-dancer, Marquese Scott, before but his talents could certainly stand a second post. Here he is performing some amazing moves to the Skrillex remix of Promises by Nero.


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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Explosive Breach

A couple of years ago a hole was blasted in the base of the 125ft tall Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington. In less than 2 hours, the reservoir behind the dam drained completely and the White Salmon flowed unimpeded by a dam for the first time in 100 years. This short clip is a combination of video and timelapse photography captured throughout the day.


Explosive Breach of Condit Dam from Andy Maser on Vimeo.
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Scooter Freestyle

I've featured skateboards, bikes and even pogo-sticks here on e-clecticism but I think I have so far missed out on scooters. Putting that right here and now with some awesome freestyle footage.


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Friday, 16 May 2014

The Flying Man

Marcus Alqueres, who has worked on the special effects for films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes, has created a new short film that I really hope can go further. He has taken the superhero genre and twisted it slightly so that you're not too sure if the hero is actually a hero at all. Enjoy.


The Flying Man from Marcus Alqueres on Vimeo.
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Please Use This Song

Jon Lajoie, having become a YouTube celebrity, doesn't really need the money like perhaps he once did, but he has still managed to come up with a good idea to market himself. He is begging prospective advertisers to use his catchy tune to help sell their wares. A Parody it may be, but it works for me.



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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Streetpong

A great idea to pass the time whilst you are waiting for the lights to turn green. From what I can tell this started as a concept and was just a an animation in the following video, but now it seems it might actually be installed on the streets of Hildesheim as a trial.


STREETPONG from HAWK Hildesheim on Vimeo.
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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Droning Music

KMel Robotics gets a team of flying robots to play various tailor made instruments. They create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric guitar amp. Drums are hit using a de-constructed piano action. And there are bells. Lots of bells.


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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Lights Out

Do you want to be scared? Well try watching this. The winner of the best director category for David F. Sandburg in a short horror film challenge (www.bchorrorchallenge.com), it really is a cracker!


Lights Out - Who's There Film Challenge (2013) from David F. Sandberg on Vimeo.
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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Look Up

Despite switching my career and leaving the world of IT behind I am still a big technology user. I see a place for it and so unlike the following video I don't urge you to dump it completely. I see that it is a useful tool to make plans and enrich your life rather than the more depressing take that Gary Turk uses here. However, as a huge advocate of the outdoors, I do urge all of you to take the time to get out there. I could endlessly list statistics and reasons as to why and what we have lost by not getting out there as much. But instead, just go, the health, education and other benefits are massive, trust me.


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Friday, 2 May 2014

Super GoPro

A small team of Internet film-makers called Corridor Digital made this awesome video that shows what would happen if Superman wore a GoPro. Check out their channel for more of their stunning work and please visit this site if you'd like to help them out.


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Thursday, 1 May 2014

How To Sing The Blues

The blues musician Blind Willie Johnson
The blues musician Blind Willie Johnson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Another email that is too good not to share. I'm afraid I don't have anyone to credit for this, so if you can help please leave a comment and I'll change the post.

1. Most Blues begin, "Woke up this morning."

2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, 'less you stick something nasty in the next line, like " I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town."

3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes ... sort of: "Got a good woman - with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher - and she weighs 500 pound."

4. The Blues are not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch; ain't no way out.

5. Blues cars: Chevys and Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft an' state-sponsored motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

6. Teenagers can't sing the Blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, " adulthood" means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

7. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in Canada. Hard times in St. Paul or Tucson is just depression. Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City still the best places to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don't get rain.

8. A man with male pattern baldness ain't the blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg cuz you skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg cuz an alligator be chomping on it is.

9. You can't have no Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.

10. Good places for the Blues:

a. highway
b. jailhouse
c. empty bed
d. bottom of a whiskey glass

Bad places:

a. Ashrams
b. gallery openings
c. Ivy League institutions
d. golf courses

11. No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, 'less you happen to be an old ethnic person, and you slept in it.

12. Do you have the right to sing the Blues? Yes, if:

a. you're older than dirt
b. you're blind
c. you shot a man in Memphis
d. you can't be satisfied

No, if:

a. you have all your teeth
b. you were once blind but now can see
c. the man in Memphis lived.
d. you have a retirement plan or trust fund.

13. Blues is not a matter of colour. It's a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues. Gary Coleman could. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the blues.

2010 update : Tiger can nowadays sing the blues.
You know like this:
I got a good woman,
but she beats me with iron seven
I'm f$^%ing everything that's moving
and I will not go to heaven.
and then some rhymes about stress - mistress etc. :)

14. If you ask for water and Baby give you gasoline, it's the Blues.

Other acceptable Blues beverages are:

a. wine
b. whiskey or bourbon
c. muddy water
d. black coffee

The following are NOT Blues beverages:

a. mixed drinks
b. kosher wine
c. Snapple
d. sparkling water

15. If it occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So is the electric chair, substance abuse, and dying lonely on a broken down cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or getting liposuction.

16. Some Blues names for women:

a. Sadie
b. Big Mama
c. Bessie
d. Fat River Dumpling

17. Some Blues names for men:

a. Joe
b. Willie
c. Little Willie
d. Big Willie

18. Persons with names like Sierra, Sequoia, Auburn, and Rainbow can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

19. Make your own Blues name (starter kit):

a. name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
b. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi,etc.)
c. last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.)

For example, Blind Lime Jefferson, or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc.

(Well, maybe not "Kiwi.")

20. I don't care how tragic your life: you own a computer, you cannot sing the blues. You best destroy it. Fire, a spilled bottle of Mad Dog, or get out a shotgun. I don't care.

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