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...



...is also coming. Great poster!

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Senses working overtime #119

1 Just do it



Great piece from the gifted Thomas Oppong about action! Do it! Make the great leap forward. Okay, you could start by just reading about it I guess. Here it is. Read it! Now! What are you waiting for?

2 Celebrating Len



Best thing I read this week - an obit for Len Herzstein. A Giants 'balldude', a regular joe, who lived well and has died age 93. 

3 Lame Donald duck



Excellent piece about Donald Trump's  lame duckhood.

4 Greatest albums by women



Excellent run down of some outstanding music. How many do you own/have listened to?

5 Seven meaningful TED talks to inspire you
Some beauties, right here!

Extra texture
Tower Records doco All Things Must Pass looks like a must see...

Friday, July 28, 2017

Senses working overtime #118

1 Seinfeld: The Movie
Oh yeah baby!!!! I wish. It's a 'parody' (even though it's not technically a parody), a sham if you will but wouldn't it be great. It would be real and magnificent! Check out the 'trailer'.



2 Allen Ginsberg
Some 2000 plus audio cassettes have been released from his archive and are now streaming. OMG. Great piece about that and access to the list.

3 Icons for Africa
Ai curumba - check out these icons - thanks to James Whately for the link. Just what this one is...


4 Bridge of sighs



Five stunning examples of human engineering. And we can't get something going for the Manawatu Gorge!

5 Warren Ellis

I read Gun Machine this week. Wonderful piece of sustained writing with a genuinely exciting ending. Hurrah!!

Extra extra read all about it



My youngest daughter just announced her engagement. These beautiful toilet paper wedding dresses may be the go!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Senses working overtime #117

1 The story behind this picture



is a click away.

2 You are a Moonchild



Great images have been released. More here from the Apollo missions.

3 Great car chases



Here's your top 10!

4 Stan the man
Stan Lee. 94. Going strong! Marvellous! Excelsior!!

5 Mad Men



One of my favourite shows of all time! Why it was both promise of better TV to come and dead end.

Extra Texture - memories are made of this
Nice piece about how our brain is made up of memories, and how similar humans are to sea slugs!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Senses working overtime #116

1 Cool movie and TV posters



Check out more here.

2 The beat generation



Great article and interviews with some of the beat generation, a.k.a. Allen Ginsberg's friends - according to Ferlinghetti who is among them.

3 Poor rich Qatar



I lived and worked in Doha for a while back in 2009-2010, enjoyed it too, so this article about Saudi's diplomatic war against Qatar was interesting, to say the least. The BBC outlines events well, too.

4 Rotten tomatoes? Fresh or rotten?
I'm a fan of the site but Hollywood is moaning about it. Boo hoo.

The world's greatest newspaper (a.k.a. The Guardian) weighs in on the debate.

5 So, how about that Spiderman?




Looks like mega success to me! Here are the numbers.

Overtime - Celebrating Warren Ellis



Castlevania is a hit on Netflix. Bravo Warren Ellis.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Senses working overtime #115

1 Spin, spin, spin the black circle




Welcome news about the vinyl resurgence!

2 Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asterioid field is approximately 3,720 to 1!



Asteroids can be scary things. Apparently in 2013 a small asteroid exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. 1,500 people were injured from the resulting shockwave. Yikes!! 2013!!!

But, this article kind of put my mind at rest, just a tad.

3 Black Panther





Another Marvellous addition to the superhero ranks. See what I did there?

4 And here's more - 17 top movies to check out
Just a click away...17 of this year's best movies and how you can find them.

5 And...action!



Still photography on movie sets - great pictures as well as a great bunch of words.

Extra Texture



I've always loved The Amazing Spiderman. I collected the comics when I was a nipper and I dreamed about being him - he was accessible even though his girlfriends weren't. I enjoy the movies and Homecoming looks like the real deal.

Spidey - his story.