Many of you probably saw this video when it was released by NASA back in 2012, but I still can’t get over how beautiful it is. As I understand it, it was put together from a series of time-lapse photos from NASA’s Expedition 30 crew, while they were aboard the International Space Station. And Howard Blake composed the enchanting music. It’s such a breath-taking work of Art, I have to share it. How incredible our world is and yet most of us just take it for granted. We don’t see how truly unique we are in our galaxy! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
It’s funny to realize I’m blogging in New York City, and have yet to write anything about life here. Well that ends tonight! I admit after 6 years of New York, I’ve grown used to the frenetic energy. But that to which I can’t adapt, are the wild and crazy people I encounter. Here are some anecdotes.
I was coming home late along 7th Avenue in Park Slope and I noticed a twenty-something walking down the sidewalk laughing in a kooky way. Continue reading
I just came across the most crazy thing! I never knew it until just now, but Sean Young shot 8mm film during the making of DUNE! It’s pretty amazing to watch. And I like the idea that Sean Young, in all her beauty, was filmming everyone else. You can see the pull she has on people as they look into her camera. From her voiceover, it sounds like she knew that DUNE was a special time and event. And that it was not an entirely successful movie. How cool she took the time to shoot, not just the actors, but also all the crew, and in a very organized way. I didn’t realize how intelligent she was.
I like the ending too.
One of the main reasons I started this blog was Austin Kleon’s book “Show Your Work!”. I found it at Spoonbill & Sugartown Books in Williamsburg. Come to think of it, they have one of the most dour sales staff in New York City, but their books and printed matter are always interesting, so hey!
Anyway, the book was fantastic and encouraged me to maintain a blog, no matter what! That it was expected I wouldn’t have any readers and to use it as an online workbook. I was psyched.
Recently, I saw the book’s older brother “Steal Like An Artist” at Housing Works Thrift Shops in Park Slope. So I snapped it up, and found it even better than his second book.
God it gets confusing when you read books out of chronological published order.
Anyway, I highly recommend Austin’s book “Steal Like An Artist“. It’s about how to inject influence into the creation of your art. And it’s not just about stealing. I’m going to explore some of his advice about how to write in a more “analog” way before approaching the computer. Terrific!
Check it out, you won’t regret it!
PS I wasn’t paid/sponsored to write this review, I just thought it was a good book.
After reading this article on the bbc.com on shooting celluloid film, and in particular 8mm film, I went fishing. Look at the great links I caught:
An awesome organization based in Brooklyn, teaching celluloid filmmaking:
And here’s a list of 8mm film resources in New York City:
That got me thinking about what it costs to shoot 8mm film in New York City. I think these guys may have the best pricing around. They also sell cameras and film. I’ll have to stop by their showroom:
And this is a place in LA that’s all about 8mm film/cameras/education:
I heard this electro band BIG DATA this past week and dig them. I’m guessing the band’s name is a nod to gigantic data sets (Big Data). Cool. There are four tracks on their debut EP and the vocals are fun, sung with relish by Daniel Armbruster (JOYWAVE) on the track “Dangerous”. “Dangerous” sounds like a bass slapping convergence of Peter Gabriel, MGMT, and Discovery. By the way, I dig the fact that BIG DATA is from Brooklyn (where I live). And from what I understand, the band is the brainchild of producer Alan Wilkis.
The track “Big Dater” adds MUSE’s sound and a touch of 90s boyband aesthetic. Dig that old school modem near the middle. Nice touch.
Next, in “The Stroke of Return” the MUSE influence is present as well as GIORGIO MORODER’s sound – an interesting combination. It’s like the Neverending Story soundtrack meets MUSE!?! And the lyrics explore how we’re all giving our personal data up willy nilly to the cloud. And that is not good. Pretty relevant paranoia!
Shoot, they just played last night at the Brooklyn Bowl! Looks like this band is starting to get big, check out their debut EP ‘1.0’ released by Wilcassettes LLC on 19 August 2013.
Big Data – “Dangerous (feat. Joywave):
Big Data – “Big Dater”
Big Data – “The Stroke of Return”
The BIG DATA Facebook page
Here are some of the most beautiful bookshops in the world! Just jaw dropping. I wish I could visit each one:
As I’ve been thinking about music videos lately, I thought I’d put some interesting black and white work here I could refer back to for inspiration!
Retro Art Commercial:
The famous photographer Gavin Watson:
As I commuted through Fulton Street station yesterday, I heard wonderful classical music… and a woman’s voice. I soon passed two mildly amused classical musicians and saw the source of their disturbance: a religious fanatic had decided to park herself right nearby. She was belting out “religious” “songs”. If she hit a correct note, I don’t think anyone knew, including her. And, God bless her, she was so loud and off-tune she was actually competing with two stringed instruments! I almost broke. But I had to get to work. What a royal pain!
While I was waiting for a FedEx package that never arrived, I started watching music videos. And I suddenly realized “I have to make a list of some of the funniest.” So here we go, this is by no means complete, or the end of the effort. Enjoy!
Aqua – Barbie Girl
Electric Six – Dance Commander
Yo La Tengo – Sugarcube