Friday, September 22, 2017

Senses working overtime #126

1 Calm...breathe

I love this photo.

2 Jon Hamm

Fancy a nice catch up with Jon?

3 Jacinda

You have to leave home to see the country clearly. So The Guardian have today's NZ election spot on.

4 Stop chasing perfection

Loved this latest piece from Thomas Oppong.

5 Longitudinal studies
I'm a sucker for these things. Try this one on for size - it follows thousands of superbright kids for four and a half decades, and provides a how to guide on raising a high-achiever. 

Overtime: Crown shyness

I didn't know this was a thing. Read and see more here. It was the best thing on James Whatley's Five Things this week (great to have the king of weekly newsletters back btw).

Friday, September 15, 2017

Senses working overtime #125

1 Women who draw
Freakin' awesome site that Austin Kleon's newsletter clued me into. Here's one (Cait Brennan) I clicked randomly:

2 Look up!
As a mini project, 88 of the women who draw looked up and drew what they saw. The results are stunning!

3 Nine eleven
This is sobering

4 Han Solo

Harrison Ford appears to be the most boring man alive in interviews and so freakishly awesomely cool as Han Solo. Appears. 

5 What's his name?

Dear old Mr Starkey doesn't get into the mainstream news much any more. But he did just now, with his revolutionary view on Brexit (smiley face, two thumbs...oops, wrong bloke, er, peace signs up).

For me, cover versions have to add something to both parties to be meaningful. Think Hendrix doing Dylan, Joe Cocker doing The Beatles, and The Beatles doing The Isley Brothers.

I've been catching up on MySky recorded stuff and Norah Jones doing Young on Later With Jools Holland blew my socks off.

Unfortunately, that particular version (with Jools on some nifty organ) is not available on YouTube (annoying) but here's the cover she's put out:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Senses working overtime #124

1 Canada O Canada Eh

Great travelogue through Canadian landscapes and some Jesse Rowbotham standard photos along the way. All that gave me a vicarious thrill this week.

2 The Defenders

Our next bingefestathon after The Blacklist! Details are here.

3 These fake shadows are pretty cool

so here are some more.

4 The fade out

5 Dolly Dagger

Well, not exactly, but this is a sweet story about Jimi Hendrix and a note he wrote a girl 50 years ago, when she was a foxy (19 year old) lady. 

Overtime: Favourites
Age 14, 24 and 30. Find out how they figure in your favourites in this cool article from the folks at medium.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Senses working overtime #123

1 Feminism sells!

Fun, spunky, thoughtful article on advertising for women.

2 Graphic design

Fun, spunky and, erm, thoughtful part 2: A fabulous romp through 500 years of graphic design in print. I love that people like Rian and Allie write these kinds of articles and position them on the interweb for us all to enjoy.

3 Your compelling reason

This piece from George Couros features an amazing advert that may make you cry (something got into my eye while watching it).

4 Voyager 2

It left 40 years ago and it's travelled an eye watering 11 billion miles so far!

5 Tay Tay's not a happy bunny
New single, new Taylor Swift. Awesome!

Loving the font use. Anything that harks back to iconic material from Saul Bass like Vertigo gets my vote!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Senses working overtime #122

1 National Geographic photography awards

Pretty much doesn't get any better than this. Love this mirror image and here's more.

2 Welcome to the golden age of television

In case you were wondering, that would be right now! And I thought I'd lived through it in the sixties/seventies!

I love that photo of the writer as well. The couch, the array of pictures, her pose, the coffee table, the skirting board. All, very, cool.

3 Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey: I Needed Color from JC on Vimeo.

Genius artist!! Who knew (well, obviously, apart from him!)

4 Interview questions
Great list of things to ask your next interviewee.

5 3D Coke advert in Times Square

3D Coke Sign in Times Square from Loren Brinton on Vimeo.

I love Coke adverts!  

Extra texture
If you are NOT one of the 31 million (and growing) people who have watched this amazing animated history of JAPAN vid on YouTube, then WATCH IT!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Senses working overtime #121

1 Celebrating the wisdom of Marshall McLuhan

MM shock as he phones it in
Some great messages from Marshall

2 Warm jets

I have none of Brian Eno's early albums. But reading this could change that situation!

3 Einstein revealed
Great piece from the fine folks at National Geographic on Albert.

4 Marry a teacher

And be happy!!

5 Social media goes critical mass!

Wohsers - these numbers are mindnumbing!

Overtime - Paper dictionaries.

The dictionary corner at City Lights Bookstore
in San Francisco

I hadn't thought about this (the value of a paper dictionary) at all. And I love it when a post comes along that makes me think something new. I very much enjoy Austin Kleon's weekly newsletter summary of titbits! 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Senses working overtime #120

1 Disney's Star Wars Hotel

Last time we were at Disneyland we saw the huge area where the Star Wars stuff is under construction. The Hotel concept is explained here. We'll be there!

2 Arsenal v Leicester

Premier League is back! Read all about the first weekend.

3 The Last Jedi...

is getting closer.

4 U Thant Island
Loved this Vox video - best thing I watched on a computer this week!

5 THOR... also coming. Great poster!

Extra texture
In praise of San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), actually their museum store which looks splendid.