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


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


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


Email Icon
Email Icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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.

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