Thursday, 31 December 2015

The Awareness

On the eve of a technological breakthrough, an insignificant janitor and a prominent engineer are faced with a decision that will alter the course of humanity: the release of the first aware computer system into the world. A great short sci-fi film with a twist.


The Awareness from Henry on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Logos

Do you remember all the discussions that centred around the logo that was created for the 2012 London Olympics? Some loved it and some hated but everybody seemed to have an opinion. But if you see the Nike swoosh you instantly identify with the company and its ethos. How does a simple mark end up meaning something big? Joe Posner, and Michael Bierut explain.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Sounds Effective

Before digital trickery became common place, there was a time when all effects in TV and films had to be practical. Where things got particularly creative was in radio drama where producers really had to rely on their listener's imagination.

The following video from 1938 gives an inside view of how sound effects were produced in the radio studio. We get to see such things as one guy doing both voices in a conversation, an adult do a very convincing impersonation of a child's voice, guys playing cowboys impersonating the sound of conversing while riding by playing "horsie", all while reading their lines. The timing is quite beautiful.

Try listening a second time with your eyes closed.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Pitch Perfect

Young Dylan (he is 8) may well have, musically speaking, the perfect set of ears. Watch him not only identify single notes within seconds but then go on to pick out intervals and even poly-chords. Astonishing!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Digits

Another great short film. A guy loses the last two digits of a girl's number and tries every combination to track her down. A love story of the modern age.


Digits from Alexander Engel on Vimeo.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Working Lightsaber

Well it is as close as we have got so far. This chap has built a working replica of a Lightsaber from the Star Wars franchise. The build actually looks quite beautiful and the flame is stunning. You could say that it is "an elegant weapon for a more civilised time".


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Live Music?

A band of robots, called End Of Life (EOL), does a pretty good rendition of The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson. A little lacking soul I guess, but a great job by the creator. I particularly like the use of the scanner.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Real Life Tycoon

Do you remember the game RollerCoaster Tycoon? Click the link if not but in a nutshell it allowed you to play god whilst building a fun park and a lot of people really enjoyed torturing the attending masses much like they do in the various incarnations of The Sims. Anyway, here we get to see the consequences as some brilliant special effects illustrate how the game would work in real life.


Saturday, 12 December 2015

Uncanny Valley

In the not-to-distant future, virtual reality is so enjoyable that people become addicted. But just how virtual is it? Virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment, but an expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away. 3DAR’s latest short film explores the frightening potential of our next technological revolution.


UNCANNY VALLEY (2015) from 3DAR on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Plane Amazing

A new advert for Singapore Airlines features a stunning model of an Airbus A380 made entirely of manilla. The level of detail that artist Luca Iaconi-Stewart has put into this is truly phenomenal.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Too Foo

This makes the hairs on my neck stand up. 1000 musicians play Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters to ask Dave Grohl to come and play in Cesena, Italy last July. Apparently he was moved to tears by the video and immediately agreed.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Hoth Wedding

Long time subscribers to e-clecticism will know I am a keen photographer and a keen student of Photoshop. So things like this always interest me greatly. Photographer Tanya Musgrave converts a fairly standard wedding photograph in to a Star Wars masterpiece set on the ice planet of Hoth. For more information see here. Can you tell I'm excited about the new film?

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Short Wars

You may have heard that Star Wars VII - The Force Awakens opens in cinemas this month. But perhaps you're one of the few people on the planet that have not seen the other six films and are struggling to squeeze them in? Never fear, the following video is the perfect solution. They did an amazing job of making it so you can follow the story perfectly.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Up & Down

If you think that the space race was over in 1969, think again. A race to be the first to provide a commercial trip to space for those willing to pay is very much on. We're one step closer now that Blue Origin has managed to successfully launch their rocket and it not only flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometres) but they executed an historic landing back at the launch site in West Texas.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Earth, Wind & Fire

I have featured the work of the Slow Mo Guys a few times before but this one really caught my attention. This time Gav and Dan combine wind with fire to create a swirling vortex of flames and film it at a huge rate of frames per second. It looks unreal.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

It's All About The Bass

Picture the scene. You're among a group of friends listening to music when the beat drops and you all start bouncing your heads simultaneously. Satisfying eh? Well perhaps there is a scientific reason for this. The following video explains why we love a good bass rhythm.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Sea Wars

I have seen a few parodies of the trailers to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but this has to be my favourite. The US Navy, and in particular the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, have put together a really professional looking effort. I particularly like the stand-in for BB-8.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Good Old Days

The technical excellence that barbershop quartets display has always amazed me. I can't sing a note but I can still appreciate the talent and skill that goes in to the nailing the harmonies. Add in a little a humour and it completes the magic. In this video Main Street give us a taste of the future when the pop songs of today will be considered "good old songs".

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Lewis Or Smith?

I'm not sure I can see why many people in this country get excited about the annually recurring advertisement for the John Lewis department store. Yes I can see that they have spent a lot of money in conveying a "message" but deep down they just want you to give them your money. However, this year's offering did catch my eye. not because of the commercial itself, it was the usual schmaltz, but the re-working by a fellow Whovian. I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Climbing Video Game

As a keen climber I'm always looking for new and innovative ways on improving. In the video below we can see that you can even turn it into a form of video game with high-scores etc, I hope that the creator, Randori can mass produce it for a climbing wall near me.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Megavalanche

A downhill mountain-bike race, departing from Le Pic Blanc (3300m) and finishing at Allemont (720m). 1400 participants from 20 different countries, 4 days of training and racing, a total of over 4000 downhill metres in competition and it is carnage. In this video watch Jamie Nicoll crashing into other riders straight after the start in the the first 2 minutes of the race on the glacier.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Forging A Cut

Bloodroot Blades. Meet the science nerds in Georgia who re-forge abandoned scrap metal into blades with a multi-year waiting list. Truly beautiful work that makes me wish I could have a try.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Solar Scale

On a dry lake bed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.


To Scale: The Solar System from Wylie Overstreet on Vimeo.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

97%

Via an app on his phone, Bert discovers that a 97% love match is near. Will he find her before the subway reaches the end of the line? A charming short film that has one a slew of awards.


97% (Short film) from Ben Brand on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

CYMATICS

Nigel Stanford uses Cymatics to produce a very cool music video. Visit his website for more and some great behind the scenes "making of" videos.


Monday, 19 October 2015

Smooth Shakuhachi

Professional shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player Yoshimi Tsujimoto and a backup duo of koto players put a Japanese twist on Michael Jackson‘s classic song: Smooth Criminal. What a great sound!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Backbeat To The Future

I really should be posting this on the 21st October but I couldn't wait. For you see on that date we will have reached the point in time that Marty McFly travelled to in Back To The Future. To celebrate, Eclectic Method has created a mega-remix of BTTF sounds for you to boogie along to. Great Scott!


Friday, 9 October 2015

Luthier

Alex Bishop is an expert luthier, transforming wood into complex musical instruments. In this mesmerising short film, we get a snapshot of his life as an artist. "There's something about working with your hands and working with wood that detaches you from technology," Bishop says. "You don't have the obstacles of everyday life in the 21st century, and that's a liberating experience."


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Cardboard Car

I'm not sure how well it last in the wet but Lexus have made a beautifully crafted car...Entirely out of cardboard. Inspired by origami it looks absolutely stunning.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Greenwood

I both love and hate this video. On the one hand it reeks of hipster indulgence. Over-used faux vintage tints to the colour palette; craftsmen with beards, brand new clothing and brand new tools; worst of all is the apparent gratuitous use of green wood. Is it sustainable? Wastage? On the other hand, it is beautifully shot and to see someone work in the natural environment with natural materials is always a joy for me. You decide for yourself.


Greenwood from Adam Newport-Berra on Vimeo.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Chuck Jones

From the same guy that made the film about Vancouver I posted about last month, comes this tribute to a childhood icon of mine. Chuck Jones, one of the all-time masters of visual comedy, was responsible for the Looney Tunes cartoons by Warner Brothers. Seeing for the first time the genius behind these short masterpieces, makes me appreciate them all the more.


Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Inferno

The "time slice" or "bullet time" photography technique that was first used to great effect in The Matrix is still very cool. However, like anything else it is even cooler once you add fire. Using 48 dSLR's, two high-speed cameras and a couple of fire-breathers, this looks awesome. Remember, no CGI is used here.


Inferno - Bullet Time Camera Array from Mitch Martinez on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

And The Three Men I Admire Most

OK this is longer than my usual posts but I urge you to take the time. I have seen this video before but was recently reminded of it. Back in 1998 Magnus Magnusson hosted a discussion featuring some of the greatest minds of the time. Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan (via satellite) discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence as well as the possibility of extraterrestrial life. There is so much IQ here that it nearly rips a hole in the space-time continuum. The only way it could be better is if it had been filmed before we lost the genius of Richard Feynman.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Hexo+

You might remember that I wrote a post not long ago about the Lily Camera? Well the makes of the Hexo+ system got in touch with me because they feel that I wrote about an inferior design to theirs. Certainly if you watch the numerous videos on YouTube you will see that the Hexo+ is an outstanding piece of technology. It is clear that a lot of thought has gone in to it's design with several revisions since it's inception and by listening to their prospective customers they have secured more than enough backing from Kickstarter.


Capable of auto-following and auto-filming the subject, the Hexo+ is designed for everyone to take amazing Hollywood-style aerial shots and videos easily. Being able to fly at a maximum speed of 70km/h, the Hexo+ can be controlled with a few simple gestures on the smartphone. Ideal for adventure sports, why not take a look at their website for more information or to order yours.

Monday, 21 September 2015

iBroadcast

The compact disc
The compact disc (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When it comes to my music I'm a little old fashioned. Streaming services like Spotify are all very well but when I spend money I like to own something for life and not just while someone grants me access to what I've purchased. For this reason I could just stick to buying CD's of course but history tells me that they will be obsolete before long. So what's the alternative?


Well up until recently I have been using the music section of Google Play to store the MP3's that I have ripped from my CD's in addition to the ones I have purchased directly. This solution has worked well in that I can play my music from nearly anywhere across numerous devices and platforms. However, the service has some annoying quirks that Google seem reluctant to fix. Poor upload processes for example and a very clunky interface for sorting my collection, have caused me to look elsewhere and I think I've found the best one.


iBroadcast allows me to store all my MP3's in the cloud. I have a lot, but they actually provide me with unlimited space free of charge. Even more impressive is the fact that the service will always be free and free of advertising as well! After I have uploaded everything, an intuitive web interface allows me to sort my collection, make any changes I need to and create playlists etc. I can then use the app (Android and IOS) to play my tunes on the move. Perfect. Why not give it a try for yourself.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Over The Moon

A feminist space adventure about comic book heroine Connie Radar as she attempts to prevent the first moon landing. Award-winning director James Cunningham and the talented visual effects students at Auckland's Media Design School.


Over the Moon from Media Design School on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hidden In Plain Sight

Vancouver is a city you know well. No really, you've seen it in film after film. Today it’s the third biggest film production city in North America, behind Los Angeles and New York; and yet for all the movies and TV shows that are shot there, we hardly ever see the city itself. In this video film-maker Tony Zhou, a native of Vancouver himself, explains how he'd like to see the city play itself for a change.


Monday, 14 September 2015

Popping & Locking

If you don't know what Popping and/or locking is then you just need to watch the following video for an absolute master class. Unfortunately I can't tell you much about it as the description is in Polish but I think it kind of speaks for itself any way.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Slackline Tricks

I have tried to walk a Slackline. As you can imagine it is not easy. These guys make it look very easy though. This is the final of the Globetrotter World Slackline Masters in Königsplatz, Munich, Germany, back in July of this year. Team America (Alex Mason & Diego Diaz) versus Team Estonia (Jaan Roose & Tauri Vahesaar). Estonia won.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Wire Cutters

I think it is time for another great animated short film. This is "Wire Cutters" by Jack Anderson. A multi-award winning film about two robots who have a fateful meeting whilst mining on a remote planet.


Wire Cutters from Jack Anderson on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

The first "supermoon" lunar eclipse in more than three decades will grace Earth's skies this month. The eclipse, which occurs on September 27th, features a full moon that looks significantly larger and brighter than usual. It will be the first supermoon eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033. See the following video from NASA for more information.


Monday, 7 September 2015

High 10

I'm very proud of my sister. Contrary to my interest in outdoor education, ten years ago my sister and her husband started the UK's first ever high school that exists entirely "online". To celebrate the anniversary, InterHigh has made a video explaining how things have changed since the beginning.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Changes

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FYI - Unfortunately I have been forced to make some changes to the email feed here at e-clecticism. The service I used to use to deliver my content by email is closing and so I have switched it to another service. Any of you that already choose to get my posts emailed to you have had your addresses transferred to the new database. Hopefully this will be a smooth transition and you won't experience any problems, but of course if you do, please get in touch.

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New Look Google

Love them or hate them, Google has come a long way and has given us many things over their relativity short lifetime (only 17 years). From the range of their products to the evolution of their look and feel. Today they're changing things up once again with a alteration to their logo, the first since 1999. Take a look at the following video to get a reminder on how they have evolved from a possible alternative to Alta Vista.


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Liquid Science

A little bit of scientific fun with liquids. 10 tricks to amuse you and your friends, if you can find all the ingredients you need.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sommer på Stadlandet

The stunning beauty of the Norwegian coastline (near Stadt) have never been more evident that when filmed from above by drone.

Monday, 24 August 2015

TV Floor-plans

Have you ever watched a serial TV program, a sitcom for instance, and found yourself wondering what the property depicted in the set would like if you could visit? A Spanish interior designer Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde did and used his skills to draw some very detailed floor-plans. I have posted some of my favourites below (click to enlarge) but visit his gallery to see lots more.

The Simpsons



Friends



Big Bang Theory



How I Met Your Mother

Sunday, 23 August 2015

History of Typography

A rather nice stop-motion animation using paper letters to explain the the history of fonts and typography. 291 paper letters, 2,454 photographs and 140 hours of work.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Mountain Jog

A runner with a camera attached to his head jogs through the mountains of Chamonix by the Lac Blanc. Some truly stunning scenery caught in wonderful detail. Makes you feel good to be alive.


Sunday morning jog from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.

Monday, 17 August 2015

ARING

OK so the ARING technology is mildly smart but I'm not sharing this video because of that. It is the truly horrendous advertisement that makes this a winner for me. Perhaps the awful dialogue and awful acting were intentional to ensure it went viral? Well if so it worked. It is the dog I feel sorry for.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Egg Art

Ornamental eggs are a signature craft of Eastern Europe. The jewelled Fabergé versions once coveted by the Russian nobility are really just a high-end take on a humbler, older, and perhaps even more remarkable Easter tradition.


The Art of Egg Painting: Ciocanesti, Romania from Jungles in Paris on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Fnar Fnar!

Sorry for the juvenile title but this video is all about the world's largest organ! (Teehee). Most Philadelphians don’t realise that the largest working musical instrument in the world is built into one of the city’s landmarks, the former John Wanamaker department store, now Macy’s.

The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy’s is a 7-story-high contraption bigger than most people’s houses. The vast maze of 26,677 pipes and baffles and bellows and wires and wooden stairways lies hidden behind the walls.


Sunday, 9 August 2015

Big Swim

How would you fancy taking a swim in the world's largest swimming pool. Actually this pool is so large that you can kayak, sail, water ski, scuba dive, and do much more without getting in anyone's way. Found in Chile it over 3,000 feet long and holds 66 million gallons of salt water.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Boing Ball

This is a fantastically original video. A very bouncy ball runs havoc through the streets of Los Angeles and you get to see all the action from the ball's POV. It is called Ballin' Out Of Control and if you want spoil the magic you can see the "making of" video here.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

One Shot

If I said to you that a video of someone riding a mountain bike down a hill whilst pulling off some amazing flips and jumps could be relaxing to watch, you might think I was talking rubbish. Well watch this. In a single continuous a shot and with a great Buffalo Springfield soundtrack, Brandon Semenuk nails it.


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Crazy Eye

Marcello Barenghi starts with what looks like a decidedly average drawing of an eye but don't judge too soon because before long he turns it into a crazily realistic image.


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Study In Haneda

Its been too long since I posted a good time-lapse or a tilt-shift video, so here is a combination. A beautiful example that focuses on Haneda Airport in Tokyo.


Haneda Airport Tilt Shift and Time Lapse from darwinfish105 on Vimeo.
羽田空港とその周辺からのタイムラプスです。城南島では強風のためブレないかとヒヤヒヤしながらの撮影でした。
my blog : http://darwinfish105.blogspot.jp/2015/07/blog-post_20.html
camera : Panasonic GH4
lens : OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6
camera : SONY a7S
lens : SONY FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
lens : Nikon Ai AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF
mount adapter : ARAX TILT adapter for use Nikon lenses on Sony NEX
camera : SONY RX100M3
music : Summer Colour by I Am Robot and Proud
color grading : VisionColor ImpulZ(http://www.vision-color.com/impulz/) Rec709_Kodak Vis3 50D 5203 (DP)_FC

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Long Night Followed

I often post about short films that get my attention. Admittedly most are science fiction related and are usually animated, as that is my area of interest. This one is different however. It is live-action and it is much more artistic than my usual taste. The director, writer and narrator is a very good friend of mine, Bill Bradshaw, which is how I was introduced to it but it is not the reason why I think it is well worth a watch.

"An abuse survivor must travel the hallways of his memory to revisit the trauma's [sic] that forged his life". If you like it as much as I do, then please consider voting for it at the Online International Film Festival.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

One-Minute Time Machine

Every time the beautiful Regina rejects his advances, James pushes a red button and tries again, all the while unaware of the reality and consequences of his actions. Directed by Devon Avery. Selected for the Sploid Short Film Festival, a celebration of the coolest short films and the film-makers that make them.


Monday, 13 July 2015

Star Python

If you're a geek that needs cheering up then this might be just the thing. Two of my favourite things, Star Trek and Monty Python, combined.


Sunday, 12 July 2015

Aug(de)mented Reality

Armed with an iPhone, Sharpie, paint pens, and lots of transparent sheets, Marty Cooper AKA Hombre_McSteez is on a quest to turn everyday life into an odd creature infested cartoon world. This is actually the third film in the series so be sure to check out the others.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Wake My Monster

Another mashup but this time an acoustic one performed by sisters, Megan and Jaclyn Davies. The camera work is a little annoying but try not to let it distract you from the sweet harmonies and arrangement. Monster by Rhianna and Eminem, mixed with Wake Me Up by Avicii.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Malta & More

Hello all, well its been a hectic time recently and its not over yet. I travelled to Malta and have not long returned and I am flying out to Italy and France next week to do some Sport Climbing, so apologies for the lack of activity here at eclecticism. I of course took many photos whilst away and I'll post some more soon, but in the meantime, here are a few. Click to enlarge.

Malta is a truly beautiful place and if you have not yet been, I urge you to visit.

Sunset Pool


Iron Rock


Maltese Sunset

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Gabriella Quevedo

I have featured lots of crazily good guitarists here on e-clecticism but there is always room for more. Gabriella plays an astonishingly good version of Hotel California by The Eagles with not not only a melody but the rhythm and base lines too. It sounds like many more than just the one guitar. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Marble Tsunami

A Marble Run that has 4 tipping containers holding a total of more than 11,000 marbles. In this video you'll see 10,000 marbles and a further 1000 that get added from another tipper together causing more than 11,000 marbles rolling down the giant tracks. The sound is deafening apparently.


Monday, 1 June 2015

Pedal Lift

Ethan Schlussler is building a tree-house. Hopefully when it is finished he will give us a tour but in the meantime check out his novel solution to having to climb a ladder. Very cool for when the apocalypse comes as we all know that zombies can't ride bikes.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

The Alchemist's Letter

A short award-winning animation that boasts beautifully rich visuals and voice acting by John Hurt no less.


The Alchemist's Letter from Carlos Stevens on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Young Feathers

Is it Thunderball? The James Bond film that features Sean Connery using a Jetpack? Whichever Bond film it is, I have wanted a jetpack ever since I saw that scene. Then I saw this and now I really want one. Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet explore the city of Dubai in the most amazing way.


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Lily

I would love a drone to follow me kayaking, climbing or just take some great photographs. This new one called Lily looks perfect. Lily is the world's first throw-and-shoot camera. It lets anyone create cinematic footage previously reserved for professional film-makers. Lily is waterproof, ultra-portable, and shoots stunning HD pictures and videos. Pre-order now at https://www.lily.camera/


Monday, 11 May 2015

Battle of the Saxes

A wonderful random moment on the New York subway. Luckily a talented sax player has is instrument with him when is travelling home and spots another player jamming to the crowd. He very calmly unpacks his saxophone and joins in. Luckily it was caught on several cameras so if you want to see and hear more, click here.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

LBC

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a remarkable piece of engineering but how about its Lego equivalent. Built by the JK Brickworks, the Large Brick Collider (LBC) can accelerate it's particle (a Lego football) to just over 12.5km/h.


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Destroyer Destroyed

I'm sure you didn't fail to notice that it was May 4th on Monday which has recently come to be known as Star Wars Day. What better way to celebrate than by watching a Super Star Destroyer shatter in slow-motion? Filmed at 1000fps, it took a a lot longer to build than it did to break.


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

In To The Fire

Video technology and science converge on an active volcano in Vanuatu, where explorer Sam Cossman operated camera-mounted drones to capture high-definition images of the spectacular yet dangerous Marum Crater. Cossman and his team piloted the drones over the 7.5 mile wide (12km) caldera while confronting toxic gases and boiling lava. Although two drones succumbed to the harsh environment, the team was able to bring back video and photos that will help scientists learn more about the volcano and the life around it.


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Voices From The Past

As a history buff I enjoy historical movies especially if they are historically accurate. But even the good ones have to make concessions on accuracy for the sake of modern limitations. Take language for example. The English language we know and love is not what was spoken in times past and even when the movies try to re-create it, they have to keep it understandable. So how accurate are they? Listen to linguist James Harbeck on his podcast for The Week and let him take you back to the times of Shakespeare, Beowulf and King Arthur for a look at how the language has altered.


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Monty Hawking

There are many reasons to love Stephen Hawking. Everyone's favourite theoretical physicist and cosmologist has not only inspired many to investigate things for themselves with his gravitational singularity theorems but he has never taken himself too seriously. He has appeared in Star Trek, The Simpsons, Futurama and The Big Bang Theory and even music videos. But now he has a video of his own! He has recorded his version of Monty Python's Galaxy Song from their film The Meaning of Life, and it is available as a digital download and on limited edition 7” vinyl from today.


Saturday, 11 April 2015

Saturn's Rings

Here is an improved, extended version of an already amazing photographic animation of the rings of Saturn. Created from over 30,000 real photographs taken by the Cassini spacecraft, the video contains no CGI and is rendered at a resolution of 5.6k (5600 x 4200 pixels).


In Saturn's Rings 5.6k Saturn Cassini Photographic Animation - Expanded, Improved from Stephen van Vuuren on Vimeo.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Domino Sketch

It is hard to comprehend the patience that must have gone in to making this. Stop-motion is time consuming at the best of times but combined with a domino effect it must have been heart-breaking at times. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Man Of Letters

It seems there is something very satisfying about watching someone do very skillful calligraphy. Seb Lester has been posting Vines of him drawing some stunning looking logos and now someone has kindly combined them in to a YouTube video. I keep watching these over again.


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Colour Grade

Today's post features a rather nice, twenty fine minute tutorial on how to give your photographs a cinematic style colour grade using Photoshop. You may not be aware of it but many blockbuster movies don't use natural colours but rather tint everything to provide mood and also to draw attention to certain aspects. Here the Photoshop Training Channel show us examples and give us step by step instruction on how you can apply the same effect to your photos. Below the video I have posted the results from when I had a go.



BEFORE

AFTER

Monday, 30 March 2015

Hike-Lapse

Photographer Andy Davidhazy hiked a whopping 2600 miles from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. He travelled at the very cool speed of 1spm. That's selfies per mile. Enjoy the time-lapse he made of his journey.


Saturday, 28 March 2015

Tech Rope Magic

Firstly let me please apologise for the lack of posts recently. With work, university and home life, things have been a little manic. Hopefully things will be a little quieter now for a while and I can make more posts.

Working at in the outdoor adventure industry I am used to safety harnesses, tying knots and rigging for safety. But these Japanese firefighters take it to a whole new level. This appears to be a speed based competition and boy are they fast.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Rainbow Run

My employer played host to a very colourful event yesterday. St Richard's Hospice, a local charity, held a charity fun run with a difference. The runners were sprayed and dusted in colourful powder paint as they took part. It made for a cracking photo opportunity but I was caught in the crossfire a few times and feared for my camera. A great day though.

Rainbow Run

Rainbow Run II

Rainbow Run III

Rainbow Run IV

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Home Of Democracy

I have long known that my small city has been host to some pretty big historic events over the years, but its always nice to be educated. This video highlights the role that Worcester played in the creation of Magna Carta and how in many ways how Worcester became the birthplace of liberty and democracy in Britain.


Sunday, 1 March 2015

We Need To Talk

As many of you will know I suffer from depression. If you need a reminder you can read this post I made. Now that was several years ago now and I am happy to report that I got help and generally speaking I'm now in a much better place. I still suffer but I'm no longer on medication and I many more good days than bad.

Kevin Breel is a writer, comedian and a campaigner to raise awareness for mental health issues. Like me he is a suicide survivor but he speaks about the issue much more eloquently and I urge you to listen. Not just to the video but to anyone you know who suffers with depression.


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