Wednesday, 16 November 2016

PhotoScan

Do you ever come across a piece of tech that you wonder why it wasn't invented a long time ago? The PhotoScan app from Google is one such example. Like me, you might have a slew of old photos stored in boxes or albums and think that the only way to digitise them is to scan them or re-photograph them; neither which gives good results. Try this instead, as a quick test for me has found it to work beautifully.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Hoshino

I do like a good Star Wars fan film and this short is a good film. The tale of blind Jedi Master Ko Hoshino and her journey to becoming one with the force.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

VoCo

Photoshop has become the go-to application to manipulate our visual world. Now Adobe wants to do the same for the land of audio. Presented live during the Adobe MAX 2016 Sneak Peeks, Adobe introduced us to project 'VoCo' that allows you to change words in a voice-over simply by typing new words.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Light My Way

I spend a fortune on a dSLR and spend hours tweaking it to get night-time shots that I'm pleased with and then I snap this with my phone...Ah well.

Walk Toward The Light

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Escalade

As part of my undergrad in Outdoor Education, I learned to climb. Whilst I'm not the strongest climber in the world, I do enjoy it and jumped at the chance to get to France for the second time with students on and new from my course.

Sport climbing, swimming, wine and great company all in an area of outstanding beauty. The following video shows a little of what we got up to.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Pewter Stool

Inspired by a childhood spent on the beaches of Cornwall building castles, boats and tunnels in the sand, Max Lamb decided to return to his favourite beach at Caerhays on the south coast of Cornwall to produce a stool using a primitive form of sand-casting. Molten pewter was poured into a sand mould sculpted directly into the beach by hand, and once cooled the sand was dug away to reveal a pewter stool.


Hexagonal Pewter Stool from Max Lamb on Vimeo.

Monday, 24 October 2016

ANA

A sci-fi short film based in a world where the singularity is near through the development of ANA, a management software, used to increase productivity. ANA follows the sole worker in a futuristic car manufacturing plant, as ANA tricks him into given her total control.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Futher

This video is part of an original series exploring the intersection of science and humanity. In the wake of Kepler-452b, Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at SETI Research weighs in on the potential for alien life.


FURTHER - Seth Shostak from Stuart Langfield on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

First Wave

Benjamin Eck has created a rather nice Star Wars fan film that relies on character and dialog rather than just special effects. A short that tells the story of three Imperial Stormtroopers right before the battle of Jakku.

Monday, 19 September 2016

DollyTonix

Taking on a classic of Dolly Parton, such as Jolene, is a brave move but this arrangement by Pentatonix and performed with the lady herself is just perfect.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Vinyl Movies

Instagram user whythelongplayface posts some great pics of classic album covers mashed-up with classic movies. I have posted some of my favourites below that all happen to be Star Wars related, but visit his page for many more. Do you recognise these?

A photo posted by WhyTheLongPlayFace (@whythelongplayface) on


A photo posted by WhyTheLongPlayFace (@whythelongplayface) on


A photo posted by WhyTheLongPlayFace (@whythelongplayface) on




An Apology

I'd like to apologise for the lack of posts. Due to a new job and various other commitments I have not posted at all in August and the first chunk of September. This has not happened before in the history of e-clecticism and it has been so bad that I even considered ending the blog...But fear not, I am back!

New posts of what has been described as "What I find down the back of the Internet" to follow shortly.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

World Builder

For the past 30 years Dan Ohlmann has been distilling the world down to 1/24th of its actual size. He’s a miniaturist, and his photographic memory allows him to precisely replicate spaces he has seen before. The optical illusions are incredible. See for yourself.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Locating A Location

Some people, myself included, are fascinated with famous film locations and like to visit them long after the crew have packed up and left. Phil Grishayev is such a man and is lucky to live in an area that contains more than its fair share of iconic places. Take a look at his Instagram account for lots more great examples.







A photo posted by Phil Grishayev (@phil_grishayev) on

Monday, 25 July 2016

Snap Evolution

Because photography and holidays go hand in hand, online travel booking website Hoppa decided to create a momentous video compilation of travel photography trends from the late 1800’s to present.

The video charts the progression of when travel photography started becoming popular with family seaside photos at the beach paving the way to the road trip, holiday proposals, and hold my hand snaps we see today.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Mission Centaur

Since astronomers first discovered exoplanets (planets that orbit a star other than our own) in 1995, we've come to learn that there are a staggering amount of planets out there in the universe. But, we have yet to find one that's habitable, aside from our own. The Search for Earth Proxima is a short documentary about a group of scientists and their mission to build a telescope to hunt for an Earth-like planet around our closest neighbour: Alpha Centauri.


The Search for Earth Proxima from Speculative Films on Vimeo.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Brothers Moving

Danish street performers 'Brothers Moving', give a stonking performance of the jazz classic Minnie The Moocher by Cab Calloway. More info on Brothers Moving can be found here. Enjoy!



Monday, 11 July 2016

Dawn of Games

Many people think that 'Pong' was the very first video game. However, as this video explains, 'Pong' was actually the culmination of several efforts that were made back as far as 1948.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Fire Rain

I'd like to try this but with a dSLR and not a GoPro. Rob Nelson and Jonas Stenstom from Untamed Science take us through the process of using steel wool and long exposure to create a fire rain photo.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Model Trains

This is a rather nice film that shows the tremendous detail put in to a HO (similar to OO in this country) model railway by the film-maker's father. A true labour of love.


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Impossible Dovetail

Every aspect of this video pleases me greatly. The puzzle itself although not too taxing on the brain, is elegant. The metal, colour and finish of the hardware is beautiful and the manufacturing process soothes me. I hope you're as weird as me. :-)

Monday, 13 June 2016

Wolf In Ink

Watch as a wolf is painted in the winter moonlight, using India ink and water colour. The skill of painting first in plain water and then building up the ink is astonishing.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Lego Ghostbusters

LEGO Ghostbusters is an epic re-imagining of the classic Ghostbuster films. Digital Wizards Studios - Eight artists with a combined collection of over $100,000 of LEGO bricks spend 2000 hours over the last 5 months: building, animating, lighting, compositing and composing for this animated marvel! The opening shot alone took 12 hours to setup and 6 hours to animate.


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

El Toh

Spelunking is not normally classed as a relaxing activity, but this film of divers exploring "El Toh" in Yucatan, Mexico, is almost hypnotic.


Cave Diving El Toh - Yucatan from Jonas Pedersen on Vimeo.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Approaching The Unknown

Mark Elijah Rosenberg's film about an astronaut whose Mars journey does not go according to plan, combines old school non-CGI special effect techniques with new-fangled equipment to create a completely unique and hyper-realistic "space" atmosphere. The Creators Project goes behind the scenes to discover how Rosenberg, with the help of legendary special effects specialist master Doug Trumball were able to create physical models to appear realistic on modern cameras and like the film's protagonist, conquer the unknown through daring action.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Wooden Death Star

Watch as Frank Howarth not only turns a Death Star out of bamboo plywood, but also entertains us with a Star Wars reference laden film which is nearly as clever as the build itself.

The build consists of making two segmented halves that seam together at the trench. Each half is made of 9 rings. Each ring has 13 segments. (13 seemed like an evil number). There is one extra ring to help the two halves overlap at the seam. The 'superlaser' dish was turned separately.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Attack Of The Drones

R2-D2 takes the helm in this masterful reinterpretation of a dog-fight from the beloved Star Wars saga, using drones and some clever CGI and sound effects. You can watch a "How we did it" video here.


Monday, 23 May 2016

The Arrival

This short film illustrates perfectly why it is not just the actors who make a film, the cinematography, sound and lighting are all essential elements too. In this case the whole story is told in one continuous shot and it works fantastically.


The Arrival from Zen Design Studios on Vimeo.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Liquid Paper

The art of Cardistry was a new concept to me but I have to say it looks fabulous. In this video a number of slick effects are demonstrated that make the cards look like they are flowing together like water. The audio samples from one of the most iconic interviews of all time, Bruce Lee’s “Be like Water” speech, are a genius touch.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Coming Home

This is a short film directed by Michael Coleman a Martinez, California native inspired by the writings of naturalist, author and early advocate of wilderness preservation John Muir.

Many of the locations featured in the film are authentic to Muir's life including his home in Martinez, California, north-east of Oakland and Muir Woods National Monument just north of San Francisco, California. Muir's original writings and books were shot at his home including the windmill that accompanies the 2,600 acre fruit orchard that surrounded his families property and John Muir's desk in the "Scribble Den".

Muir is perhaps the most famous and influential naturalist. If it weren't for John Muir and his writings, we probably would not have Yosemite National Park as we know it today. He was also involved in the creation of the Grand Canyon, Kings Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Mt. Rainier National Parks. Additionally, his writings about Alaska led to further preservation of the landscape over time. Because of his influential writings and role in the creation of multiple parks, he is often called "The Father of Our National Park System."

John Muir was born on April 21, 1838 and Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22nd.


John Muir - Coming Home from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Bach In Time

At one time all printed music was produced on metal plate, a painstaking but relaxing looking traditional craft, demonstrated here by G. Henle Publishers. This movie was filmed in the year 2007 and produced in 2011 for NAMM and G. Henle Publishers, directed by Martin Marris. English and German with subtitles.

Monday, 16 May 2016

1950's Iraq

Watch this fascinating insight in to Iraq in the 1950s. The country is steeped in a rich history and culture. The very beginnings of civilisation started here and where man began cultivating the land and where writing was conceived. It even used to be a tourist hot spot. Today...Not so much.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Massive

I'm sorry for the low post rate at the moment. Not only an I finishing off my undergrad but I have lost all Internet connectivity at home (long story involving a fallen tree). Hopefully normal service will resume shortly.

This is a nice ambient short film showing giants inhabiting our world. Artist Dan Chen created this video art piece using a mix of forced perspective and clever compositing.


Massive from Dan Chen on Vimeo.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Cats Explained

They’re cute, they’re lovable, and judging by the 26 billion views on over 2 million YouTube videos of them, one thing is certain: cats are very entertaining. But their strange feline behaviours, both amusing and baffling, leave many of us asking: Why do cats do that? Tony Buffington explains the science behind some of your cat’s strangest behaviours.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels Second Wind 1976 made in India and ...
Hot Wheels Second Wind 1976 made in India and this never had a window (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I was a kid back in the 1970's one of the coolest toys a boy could have was Hot Wheels.

It's nice to see that they're still going strong. Here a cool beach track is built and even includes a GoPro strapped to the roof for some POV action.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Purple Floyd

Sorry about the pun, but I'm sure you'll forgive me when you hear this. David Gilmour performed at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, 24th April for Teenage Cancer Trust. This is an audience recording of him performing Comfortably Numb, with the inclusion of Purple Rain as a tribute to Prince. Nicely done Dave!


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Iceland. Proven Here.

Perhaps like many people, I have a list of countries I would love to visit before I shuffle off and Iceland is definitely high up the list. In this stunning film we get to experience some of this magical land as some mountain bikers do their thing.


ICELAND. PROVEN HERE. from Yeti Cycles on Vimeo.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Cheap Trip

I have not tried this yet but it sounds like some fun if you've a little time to kill. Two guys set out to experience the 'Ganzfeld Effect' where their brains try to create patterns from blank space and white noise.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Bray

The small seaside town in Co Wicklow, Ireland where my wife is from and where many happy memories of mine are based. A nicely shot video a gorgeous song. See below the video for a full description by the creator.



This is Bray, vol. 1
To kick off the transfer of videos from Youtube to Facebook I'm going back (almost) to the start. This was the third video I posted and the second to feature a performance by local musician, Luke Maloney, recorded at the now defunct Homegrown Sessions at the Harbour Bar. I still think it made the perfect soundtrack.

It was around this time of year that I started filming for this clip, and If you ask me this is the best time of year to catch the sunrise in Bray. So, with the days growing longer, our perennial hopes of fair weather and thoughts of summer in mind, I think the time is right to repost this.

It can sometimes feel like we're under constantly reminder of reasons to be pessimistic these days, but that's a fallacy easily challenged. Simply by living on this sparsely populated island on the northern slopes of the Atlantic ocean and the western fringes of Europe, we are all, every single one of us, optimists! Go climb the Head, walk the prom or just find a comfy spot to sit and watch the world go by and you'll be doing your part to spread that good Karma we can all use a little more of.

I did actually make a start on volume 2 and I suppose I really should finish it, not least to make the title of this one a little less pretentious! Finally, It's hard to believe that two years later I still get the occasional message chastising me for including the shot in this clip of the two women wiping their trainers on the side of the path. For the record: they were wiping dust from the construction of new pathway on Main St. - not Rover's last meal.

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Dave Byrne
For BrayTube
Posted by Bray Tube on Saturday, 5 March 2016

Monday, 11 April 2016

The Old New World

Using archive photographs of 1930's New York, Vimeo user seccovan has produced a stunning animation of what it might be like to use a Steam-punk time machine to travel back and visit life in the area in 1931. Everything about this project shows exquisite attention to detail. I hope you enjoy it.


"The Old New World" (Photo-based animation project) from seccovan on Vimeo.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Behind Impact

Erik Johansson has been creating some amazing surreal photographs for some time. Now he has produced a video to show you how much work goes in to his latest creation titled 'Impact'. Here is the finished image and the video is below. To see more examples of his talent, visit his website.


Saturday, 2 April 2016

Heavy Metal?

Dan Spitz, who played lead guitar for the metal band Anthrax, left the group in the '90s to pursue an unexpected path: master watch-making. Now, he's one of the top watch-makers in the world, but can still shred a guitar like it's 1983.


Thursday, 31 March 2016

Crayon Vase

Melting 256 Crayola crayons and then turning them on a lathe to produce a beautiful rainbow coloured vase is a little bit trippy but ever so satisfying.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Northlandz

For the past 16 years, Bruce Zaccagnino has worked alone to build what is thought to be the world’s largest HO-scale model railroad set. Featuring more than nine miles of track, Zaccagnino's masterpiece also boasts 400 bridges, 3,000 miniature buildings and 50,000 streets. Welcome to your childhood fantasy. Welcome to Northlandz.


Monday, 28 March 2016

Holoportation

Take a look at this new type of 3D capture technology that allows high quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens(tm), this technology allows users to see and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in their physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as natural as face to face communication. Microsoft Research appear to be well on the way to providing us with what they already had a long time ago in a galaxy far far away...


Sunday, 27 March 2016

Cheyenne Mountain

Emblem of Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center.
Emblem of Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I first heard about Cheyenne Mountain as it was the fictitious home to the Stargate programme. According to legend, it is a sleeping dragon that many years ago saved the Ute Tribe. In the Native American story, the Great Spirit punished the people by sending a massive flood, but after they repented, it sent a dragon to drink the water away. The dragon, engorged by the massive amount of water, fell asleep, was petrified and then became the mountain.

Unlike the dragon of legend, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex has never slept during 50 years of operations. Since being declared fully operational in April 1966, the installation has played a vital role in the Department of Defence during both peacetime and wartime.


Saturday, 26 March 2016

London Day & Night

More than a time-lapse, more than live action. French filmmaker Franck Matellini shows us the stunning similarities and differences that can be found around the city of London. Matellini stitches a side-by-side comparison together using footage from the city in daytime and after hours to showcase how the same thing can be so different depending on the situation.


London Day & Night from matel on Vimeo.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Voice Over Ice

Many will know Ice-T as a rapper and an actor. But how many of you are familiar with his former career as a voice actor for children's cartoons? Jimmy Fallon explores some classic examples.


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Urushi

The name actually refers to tree sap that forms the lacquer that is used on 'Japanware' bowls as far back as 5,500 years ago. Relax and watch as Ippei Saginoya demonstrates the painstaking process of this beautiful ancient technique. For more information on Urushi take a look here.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

AxiDraw

Plotters are not new, but this robot can do so much more. Pens, markers, fountain pens, and other writing utensils can all be used and the output can look so much more like natural handwriting than any printer can achieve. I found it very satisfying to watch for some reason.


Friday, 18 March 2016

Photography With Intention

In a time of Instagram & Snapchat, it can be forgotten that photography hasn't always been an instantly gratifying process where mistakes can be rectified or ignored at will. Ansel Adams was an artist and a technician that had to craft his photographs. Watch as the Nerdwriter explains.


Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Fast Erosion

Water wearing down pebbles on a beach until they become grains of sand is one thing, but how about this? Slicing cleanly through a laptop like a hot knife through butter and with just water!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Old Words

If you had a time machine, how far back could you go and still understand English? If you only went back as far as the 1800's or 1700's you'd be OK, but any further and things start to get a little tricky.

Friday, 11 March 2016

History of Rock

The title is a bit misleading as there are many important artists missing from this but besides that this is a brilliant mashup of some great rocks tracks and influences in music all wrapped up in a neat Facebook style timeline. I hope you enjoy it. For those that are unsure, there is a full track list below the video.


History of Rock from Ithaca Audio on Vimeo.

Tracklist
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
The Yardbirds - For your Love
The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women
The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Cream - Sunshine of your Love
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Led Zeppelin - Good Times, Bad Times
Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song
Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well (Part 1)
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Doors - Riders on the Storm
Queen - Don't Stop Me
Queen - Radio Ga Ga
Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
Queen - A Kind of Magic
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Who - Baba O'Riley
The Who - Eminence Front
Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Black Sabbath - War Pigs
Deep Purple - Woman From Tokyo
Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water
Deep Purple - Living Wreck
The Eagles - Life in the Fast Lane
Aerosmith - Walk this Way
Aerosmith - Dude Looks Like a Lady
Alice Cooper - I'm Eighteen
The Clash - Train in Vain (Stand by Me)
The Police - Roxanne
Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Duran Duran - Girls on Film
Duran Duran - Wild Boys
Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall
David Bowie - Let's Dance
David Bowie & Queen - Under Pressure
Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me
Guns N' Roses - Mr Brownstone
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
AC/DC - Back in Black
Rage Against the Machine - Bombtrack
Rage Against the Machine - Guerrilla Radio
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box
Oasis - Supersonic
Oasis - Live Forever
Blur - Song 2
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Radiohead - High and Dry
Radiohead - Idioteque
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
Foo Fighters - All My Life
U2 - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
Linkin Park - One Step Closer
The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
The Strokes - 12 51
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Darth Maul: Apprentice

For a change I'm a bit late to the party on this one, but it is too good not to share anyway. A group of fans got together to make a film to fill in the early career of Sith Lord, Darth Maul. To be honest the skill and production skills involved here make it hard to distinguish from something that Disney/Lucasfilm might produce. Be sure to check out some of the "making of" videos if this is your thing.


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Old Rock

Stary Olsa are a mediaeval Belarusian music band who usually perform traditional folk balladry and the work of renaissance composers from their homeland. In this video though they perform a cracking version of Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd on a Belarus TV program. Check out their website for a chance to own an album of these types of covers. By the way the band's name is from a brook in the west part of the Mahilioŭ Region of Belarus.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Astronot

Have you got what it takes to be an Astronaut? I confess that like many others I'm sure, I had a childhood dream to go to space. But what are the job specs?


Friday, 4 March 2016

The Trial of Ralph McTell

This video is a comedy sketch from back in the day featuring Raw Sex who were the 'house band' for French & Saunders. They decide to put Ralph McTell on trial for publishing crimes and choose to call some fabulous surprise witnesses. What a treat to see Mark Knopfler, Lemmy Kilmister, David Gilmour, Mark King and Gary Moore not taking themselves too seriously.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Block Is Back

Ken Block is at it again. Maybe he should plan his journey more carefully so that he doesn't need to drive so recklessly. :-)

This time it is Gymkhana 8 and it tales place in the closed streets of Dubai.


Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Lady Gayageum

Enjoy a fabulous cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana played on a traditional Korean Gayageum by Luna.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Bladed Minds

A Japanese sword fight with a twist. Watch an impressive display of skill with the Katana but make sure you watch until the very end for a good laugh.


Bladed Minds (Long Version) from Kefi Abrikh - Samuel on Vimeo.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Hack Me!

See what happens when you invite top notch hackers to have a go at hacking you. This reporter visits Defcon and finds out. I have to say I am unlikely to fall for a phishing scam but the social engineering hack is scary because it is completely out of your control.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Hat Master

In Venice, California, Nick Fouquet designs and builds custom headgear from raw materials. He makes each by hand, as requested by a client roster that includes celebrities like Pharrell and Anne Hathaway. No two hats are the same, but each is made with the best materials, using techniques that have been perfected for centuries.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Decoy

As part of a series of "experiments" devised by Canon in Australia, six pro photographers were told to photograph the same guy but were given six different back-stories for him. Naturally enough, they came up with six different images of him.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Mesmerising Mass

This incredible footage of hundreds of sheep being herded across New Zealand’s grasslands will blow you away. The amazing footage shows hordes of sheep stampeding their way across a field, being rounded up by dogs as they migrate to a new field. The mesmerising scenes were caught on film by aerial photographer and qualified pilot Tim Whittaker, from New Zealand.


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Siri B. Goode

YouTube musician samuraiguitarist covers Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry with beat-boxing accompaniment by Siri. Obviously some trickery is involved and I don't think much of Siri's singing voice, but it is a great video nonetheless.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Photographic History

The Cooperative of Photography's YouTube channel often features great videos for the amateur photographer to pick up tips but this one is a little different. Lots of interesting facts about the history of our beloved hobby. Did you know that the French open sourced it?

Monday, 8 February 2016

Uprising!

Ben Hansford is looking to produce a short comedy film about robots in a post world who decide to raise a human baby. His project is currently on Kickstarter and has already reached over half of the total budget of $36,800 after just a few days. If you want to help it get made, you can contribute to the campaign right here.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Gerry Anderson

An absolute legend in British television broadcasting that doesn't get the recognition he deserves in my opinion. Together with wife Sylvia and a team of regulars, including Reg Hill and Derek Meddings, Anderson produced so many great shows for both children and adult audiences. It is also worth mentioning Barry Gray who came up with some of the best TV themes ever created. Perhaps best remembered for his SuperMarionation work but with some cracking live action examples too, enjoy this trip down memory lane. I'm sure I speak for many when I say that Gerry Anderson was a massive part of my childhood.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Sound & Vision

Make sure you have good headphones for this one. A fabulous performance by a mass of musicians and singers, led by Beck and his father (conducting), of Sound & Vision by the late David Bowie. I sadly have no information about why or where this was performed but I am convinced Bowie himself would have loved it.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The Answers

If you could have any question about your life answered, what would you ask? A thought provoking, award winning, short film. Starring Daniel Lissing and Rose McIver. Written and Directed by Michael Goode.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Wind Games

No it's not what you're thinking. Held last week in a wind tunnel in Castello D'Empuries, Spain, the 2016 Wind Games feature competitive indoor skydiving. I'd never heard of it, but it looks awesome. More videos from the event can be seen here.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Exit Log

The Imagination Series is a short film competition that aims to spark people's imagination by offering them the chance to have their own short film made through interpreting a script written by Academy Award® winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. Entries were received from all over the world, a judging panel lead by Fletcher were tasked with selecting the 5 most imaginative films to be premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and online.

This is one of the 5, Exit Log is a stunning sci-fi short set in 2249. Two space engineer's journey through deep space takes a dramatic turn when they discover an emergency message from the past. Can they decipher the message and decide their fate forever?


Exit Log -- The Imagination Series from Bombay Sapphire on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Knife of the Year

This is truly beautiful to me. The American Bladesmith Society presents the 2016 International Master Smith Knife of the Year by Master Smith Rodrigo Sfreddo, Nova Petropolis, Brazil. The skill and artistry of Sfreddo is shown in this video about the making of this knife. This “Modern Gaucho” knife with integral construction was forged in Damascus steel in a “W” pattern with gold inlay stamp. The handle is in his Keyhole style, with hidden tang and polished border, and desert Ironwood handle.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Coin Ring

I have seen rings made out of coins before and was curious as to how the effect was achieved. Thanks to this channel I can not only have my questions answered, but I can actually have a try myself. I wonder how UK coins would come out. If I ever get around to it I will post the results here.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Classical Mash

Grant Woolard has very cleverly woven together 57 famous classical tunes by 33 composers and it sounds way better than you might think. How many can you identify?

Friday, 15 January 2016

Glob Blocks

This one is probably best described by the chap that created it, Alan Wagner...
I was hired by my friend's entrepreneurial uncle to make an infomercial for a new toy he had invented called Glob Blocks. His only instruction was to make it "viral", so I thought he wanted something like this, but I was very wrong. He strongly disliked the video and declined to use it for the purpose of promoting his children's plaything. To this day I can't figure out for the life of me why.
Of course that's not true but it made me roar with laughter so I hope you like it too.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Playing With The Ground

Hold on to your hats as you're in for a ride. An impressive video of some seriously low level parachute runs. I wonder what the margin for error is.


Playing with the Ground from Valentin Delluc on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Da Da Da Drone

A spectacular display of drone technology by Intel Corporation involving 100 of the small aircraft being launched skywards in formation has earned a new world record title for the most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously. All this whilst syncing a light display with a live rendition of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Spellbound

There are so many crafts that that are on the brink of extinction in this modern age and bookbinding by hand is one of them. Watching this process is some how relaxing and if you're a bibliophile like me, you'll be fascinated and just want to touch the beautiful end result.



Monday, 11 January 2016

Blind Covers

I think this would make a great TV show. Blind Covers is a new YouTube series that presents a band with the lyrics of a song they have never heard of before and asks them to produce their own interpretation. This is episode two and sees Town In The City (now called The Mosaics) come up with their version of Independence Day by Martina McBride. I look forward to seeing more episodes.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

What Makes It?

The hype over Star Wars has reduced a little now, well until next year anyway. So whilst it is quiet it might be worth a moment to pause and ask what makes "Star Wars" so special? Oscar Boyson explores the question.


What Makes Star Wars STAR WARS? from Oscar Boyson on Vimeo.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Knife Skills

Oh how I wish I had the skill and patience to do this. As I teach both Forest School and Bushcraft I often use a knife and to make my own as beautiful as this would be fantastic.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Hit Record

Happy New Year! The actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has created a website where people can collaborate with each other on all sorts of artistic projects. Music, writing, artwork, you name it. See him here fight to get word in during an Off Camera interview and then see a fantastic example of a collaboration. More details at the Hit Record website.


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