Friday, March 16, 2018

Senses working overtime #151

1 Autumn is coming

Photo by Curtis MacNewton on Unsplash

2 Robert Creeley seldom disappoints

Oh No

If you wander far enough
you will come to it
and when you get there
they will give you a place to sit

for yourself only, in a nice chair,
and all your friends will be there
with smiles on their faces
and they will likewise all have places.

Robert Creeley (1960)

3 Arrrrrrrtichoooooooo!

Every morning I wake up in a southern hemisphere countryside (north of Auckland, New Zealand) and start sneezing. My nose runs and get heady. Why? 

As we head into autumn, maybe this is the reason - pollens seem to increasing and making it tough for the world's allergy sufferers. 

4 RIP Stephen Hawking

Yes, another week and another high profile exit. This look at five of his media cameos is a good way to celebrate his amazing life.

5 Stay fed up kids!
This image from Austin Kleon's blog is pretty remarkable. This pop out effect is most probs easy to do, but who knows - regardless, it's genius! And, I agree with him -  I hope these kids stay fed up and change the world.

Overtime: Sorry To Bother You
Samantha Purdy's first film as Assistant Director. Congrats Fanfa!!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Senses working overtime #150

1 Brain fog
Photo by Ahmet Sali on Unsplash
I have no idea why Thomas Oppong used that image for his piece on reducing brain fog, but he did. Something subtle at work I guess that escapes me right now. There's a whiff of inappropriateness to the image and that's unusual for Thomas. He always uses Unsplash free photos and they usually have something oblique to add to his piece.

So this is odd. To balance it out I offer the final image to this week's JFTT edition.

Anyway, his piece is good, so, yes, worth your time. Check it out here.

2 RIP Russ Solomon

Another week, and another hero down. Celebrate the life of Russ Solomon. Who is he? Read this.

3 Clever golden arches campaign

Here's the deal.

4 Lost in Space
Netflix look like they got the mix right, even if the promo is too long. Less is more people!!

5 Quotenik
I'm a quote fiend so I loved this repository! Love this quote of the day:

Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.

“Everything I Know About Writing Poetry,” in A Hundred White Daffodils (Saint Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1999), 141.

International Women's Day came and went during the week and the world spun on in its eccentric way for men and women.

Photo by Oladimeji Odunsi on Unsplash
I love this image. Strength and beauty and the enigma that is to be a women - all there! Thanks Oladimeji.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Senses working overtime #149

1 Annihilation

Looks and sounds gooooooood!!! And it's coming to Netflix in March. The link has a promo which is actually worth your time and doesn't tell you the whole story, shock horror.

2 Liam Gallagher and the cute kids
Hilarious! Having been interviewed by our Year 3 students this week, I know how Liam feels. 

3 Neutral Milk Hotel

An in-praise-of from Pitchfork. I love this album so I'm especially happy to pass this on to my select clutch of JFTT followers. Possibly this has appeared on JFTT before. Possibly. What the heckfire! It's worth it.

4 Then and now

I love these kinds of photo essays. Enjoy it with me here.

5 Get over it


Overtime - Grim!

California dreaming - the downside of Disneyland and the tourist industry is explored by The New York Times - the reality is often overlooked. Best thing I read this week (apart from Ian MacDonald's essay, The People's Music, in his anthology of the same name, that is).

Friday, February 23, 2018

Senses working overtime #148

1 Air NZ fashions

Fun look at the changing fashions for the trolley attendants from Air New Zealand.

2 Mike Woolgathering Sturm interview

I enjoy Mike's Woolgathering weekly newsletter (you can find a link to it here) and this interview was real and revealing. I like it that he's a real guy.

3 Yikes - Katie's story: broken dreams (and bones)

Human interest story - the flip side to medal success at the winter Olympics.

4 Lost In Space returns

As a kid I loved this original show. I have the reboot movie (it's pretty good actually) and I'm really looking forward to the new Netflix 10 episode reboot.  

5 Emma Gonzalez
She gets my vote - this powerful speech from a Florida student is worth your time. Incredibly Trump is calling for MORE guns and arming teachers. Have them kill the killers.

Clearly he doesn't get it.

And then there are these thought pieces by teachers: the best things I read about the Florida mass shooting part 1. And part 2. I'm a teacher. I can relate.

Overtime: Family Of The Year

Friday, February 16, 2018

Senses working overtime #147

1 Hard Day's Night

It's been a heck of a two weeks at work. I needed a picture to lead off this edition that summed it all up. The answer was obvious!

2 Vinyl, in praise of...

Nice look at weird vinyl design from Magenta.

I can’t tell you, man — what a life!

This interview with Quincy Jones has pretty much gone viral. There's a reason for that!

4 John Perry Barlow: Silicon Valley visionary...

...and Bob Weir's writing partner for The Grateful Dead, died recently. Here is his take on being an adult: a wonderful list!

Fare thee well now / Let your life proceed by its own design / Nothing to tell now, let the words be yours, I’m done with mine (Cassidy)

5 Pablo

Great piece on Picasso. I learnt a lot (could he have painted that much? I hope it's true).

Extra texture: Drones, drones, and more drones

Friday, February 9, 2018

Senses working overtime #146

1 UK Parliament on the move...sort of

The Palace of Westminster needs a huge repair job. The BBC article asks and answers some questions

2 The Croz

David Crosby tells it like it is and I agree with his opinions on his own music: I’ve made three records in the last three years and I’m working on a fourth now. They’re good records. That’s what I should be doing. Whatever time I have left on this planet should be dedicated to making the best music I can. It’s the one contribution I can make. Music helps things; it makes things better. Just like war drags down everything and brings out the worst in human beings, music brings out the best.

Rest of the interview here.

3 Star Wars books: How to buy!

Great run down of what's out there in the Star Wars fiction universe.

4 Love this (from Warren Ellis' newsletter)
Bryan Hitch variant cover for THE WILD STORM 12, colours by Alex Sinclair

5 Moral? Immoral?
Take this test to find out.


Photo by Aaron Bean on Unsplash

The top 15 cities to live in world wide have been named and there are no Nu Zild cities in the list. 

Where d'ya reckon that photo above is from? Coz that's #1...again!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Senses working overtime #145

1 Street art from Argentina

More here.

2 Happy happy joy joy
Everything you wanted to know about happiness in one great graphic. Here's a mere snippet:

3 French illustrations

More oh la and here

4 Hogarth self portrait
Excellent bit on a man and his dog - in this case satirist William Hogarth and his pooch.

5 Your train is delayed. Why? 
This is great - a doco that The Lunch Room suggested (The Lunch Room is also a nifty newsletter you should check out).


In Groundhog Day, Phil Connors asks his bowling buddy,“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?

And his buddy, who’s a little drunk, looks at him and says, “That about sums it up for me.”

Great piece on one of my favourite movies by Austin Kleon.