Like a lot of creative-minded folks, I like films. A lot. And, like most of my kin, I try to watch carefully about the filmmaking as much as a care about the story or whether or not I'm simply "entertained." And, who's in a movie isn't nearly as exciting as how that info is presented.
One of my favorite new blogs, The Art of the Title Sequence, has assembled an awesome reel of the best of title design throughout the centuries, from early "talkies" through master Saul Bass and the best of recent films.
I've watched this guy three times already. I love how some just need mentioned because they're so iconic (Anatomy of a Murder, Saturday Night Fever), and some are explored a little deeper, such as the final Enter the Void, which is a must-see that's on Netflix streaming right now
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My sister was born on March 14th. And she's a math teacher. Plus, she married a numbers guy, and they're both delightfully math geek-y. So you better believe they celebrate Pi day on 3.14. From hanging out with them, I actually have Pi memorized to twelve decimal points, which is more than I thought I could do: 141592653589, and no, I didn't cheat.
In honor of Pi Day, Musician Michael Blake transcribed the mathematical constant into music, with one standing for the root note of a scale etc. It takes a while to get going, but the results are amazing. Be sure to watch through to the end.
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I went to a Jesuit high school with a dress code (collared shirt tucked in, dress pants, no shorts), and so spent most of my teenage years in, literally, fancy pants. When I got to college, it was totally weird to wear jeans to class, but once I got in the habit again, I haven't been able to wear non-demin pants unless it's dress-up time.
Like me, you likely wear jeans most days of the week. And though we see them everyday, and they look like most other pants, they actually have a really fascinating manufacturing process that's worth checking out in this video:
This morning, Apple announced a new generation of MacBook Pros. Cool enough.
BUT! With it came a new promo video that details the manufacturing process of Apple's laptop design, which demonstrates the MacBook as a "quite remarkable engineering achievement. It's truly the result of hard work, of innovation, of attention to every detail."
Starting with a piece of solid aluminum,
I'm sure by this point, folks are getting sociology Ph.Ds on email forwards, viral videos, and internet memes. And when they publish their dissertations, I'll be glad to read them, and hopefully be able to understand what it is that captures the popular attention and makes something "viral."
Until then, I'm gonna imagine it's because they're very funny, and stuff that no ones really seen before. So, with that in mind, here is my favorite YouTube video so far this year, and probably ever. And it's an award winner.
The Washington Post reports, "Dolphins, llamas, boars and baboons. Taking the top prize at Australian short film festival Tropfest, the Animal Beatbox by Damon Gameau appropriates animal names for musical awesomeness. A fair warning: The words "dogs and cats" will probably be stuck in your head for the rest of the day."
Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari of California is a Place offer a unique view into a fascinating social expression, a fight club for computer geeks.
"In Silicon Valley we have the highest concentration of aggressive people in the United States. And it's a place where all life has been reduced to working in a cubicle and then after work going out to have a Merlot at the Fromage bar. I'm kind of looking for something a little more primitive, a little more basic, something that appeals to the essential nature of a man."
This video is endearing and terrifying. Excellent work.
New York-based artist Holton Rower (and friends) create these boldly colored abstract works called "Pour" paintings from...you guessed it: pouring paint.
While playing with the fact that paint is a liquid is nothing new, it's fascinating that these works are so engaging. It's obvious how they were created, and the effect is something we all experimented with in elementary school art class. Plus, I love that these pieces are necessarily also 3D sculptures, as there needs to be an added element of height from which to let the paint flow.
Watching these things in process is amazing; they serve as both paitings and kinetic sculptures. Check out this video:
I imagine I've spent a total of three minutes on a skateboard in my entire life. But, with their bent plywood construction and screenprinted original artwork, there's plenty reason they end up as art objects and media for contemporary designers.
What I love about this video is that each of the French company Rekiem decks are made by hand: hand lamininated, formed, cut on the bandsaw, sanded, and profiled with a trim router. While I'm sure some companies uses mechanized systems (or do they?), each Rekiem skateboard is its own woodworking project.
This video is truly worth watching:
Admit it: mistakes can be funny...especially when they're someone else's.
We’ve all had our moments of DIY failure. I have. From the contact paper stencil that I melted with spray-paint just last month to the time my parents were out of town for the weekend and my sister and I decided to spruce up their bathroom.
We were 17 and 14 respectively. Yeah. Imagine how that might have gone...
I’ve had plenty of epic fails. (The more you try, the more you learn, right?) To make you (and me) feel better, I’ve rounded up three of my favorite TV DIY fails for your enjoyment.
On Wednesday night, I caught the last 3/4s or so of a new American Masters on PBS on Jeff Bridges, entitled Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides
It was actually pretty fascinating, and the highlight includes the actor's visit to the Little Lebowski Shop in Greenwich Village.
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Inhabitat reports, "'Once Upon a Time in Knoxville' is a new documentary about Rollo, a man who erected a small town of buildings using recycled windows, doors, beams and shingles from forklift pallets and old house trailers. He’s created his own building style dubbed 'Appalachian Gothic,' from which he was inspired to create a low-tech, low-consumption community."
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I know, I know. The holidays are over...even I took down all my seasonal decor over the weekend.
BUT! This kind of awesomeness is worth watching, year-round. Plus, we figure these guys actually completed this after Christmas, and grabbed all that terrible gift wrap when it was 90% off.
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