Friday, June 26, 2015

Senses working overtime #10

1 Take time
I like this 'stop and smell the roses' idea - stealing time.

2 The future photograph

I was talking with Fran about the value of the photograph in these digital days and then I read this erudite explanation of what's happening with photos these days. Serendipitous.

3 Learning to let go 
I enjoyed reading this passage from a short article about building a bridge:
Be humble. Do not boost your ego. Know that your existence cannot be stopped because of one incident or two or three or four. You are in this body to fulfill a purpose in life. To complete a task. To accomplish something greater than yourself. To transcend. Your existence is extremely powerful. Let the wounds heal. Fight the battle with yourself and come out on the top. The goal of life is to progressively become egoless. Know that you only have to answer to yourself. 

4 Lost gentleman traditions
I like to think chivalry's not dead (it just smells that way).

5 Blackfield
The Purdmobile has been grooving to Blackfield in general this week, and Blackfield II in particular and My Gift Of Silence even more in particular!!

Overtime: Not sure if he does or not. I have no idea how it's doctored if it is. I prefer to think he does really do this and then go  WOW!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Senses working overtime #9

1 J.J. Abrams
I love anything J.J. touches - movies, TV shows, TED talks...whatever. So I was always gonna love this - an article published on with the wonderful title: He was The Beatles to me.

2 Star Wars fridge - Han Solo in carbonite
This is so cool - literally!! I want one:

3 This week's cheeky article:
This Guardian article explains in a really entertaining way, why tall women wear high heels.

4 People are awesome
Time for another dose of this series - only one word for it...A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

5 The Terminator
Arnold is still the man. This clip is destined to add another footnote to
the 'Arnold is awesome' file.

Overtime: It's all Greek to me - I have zero interest in economics but I found this article that explains the Greece bailout conundrum fascinating. Loved the layout and I'm now informed. You will be too.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Senses working overtime #8

1 Clarity and mystery

I am fascinated by design. In this article Chip Kidd explains the inspiration behind some of his designs. It's brilliant. 

2 The Guardian eye witness photos are often terrific. This one is of balloonists over east London in the Lord Mayor's Hot Air Balloon Regatta.

3 FIFA rats
This wonderfully written piece from the Washington Post is called How a curmudgeonly old reporter exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter  and you should read it!

4 How Labour lost it!
You'll need a cuppa and a bikkie or two to get through this longish read but it's worth it. How Ed Milliband lost the election (and Scottish Nationalist Party won it along with Cameron) is a fascinating study in leadership styles. I needed to read this to figure out how it all happened.

5 Lighthouse Family
I've gone back to using my ipod in the Purdmobile. Shuffle mode, of course. This Lighthouse Family chune came on, one of my favourites, and it reminded about the cool video that accompanied it back in the day:

Overtime: Count On Me
I've had this stuck in my head for a few days. We use it at school from time to time. There is a lovely naive innocence vibe going on. Enjoy. And sing along. Go on. It's good for you!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Senses working overtime #7

1 Twitter's verified users explained
If you are at all interested in social media and Twitter you need to read this. No dry analysis this - instead a fascinating collection of information and graphs about Twitter's verified users. I couldn't stop reading it.

2 Fathers and sons
Something about father and sons stories gets me every time. I'm always drawn to them, and so this article by Michael Cerveris about playing the role of a father in Broadway's Fun Home struck a chord. The article twists and turns and surprises and delights. Worth some of your time in other words.

3 Yossi Sassi
One of my new Twitter followers is an awesome musician. Here is his full album and it's free! And it's great! I am very partial to instrumental rock guitar albums (Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai) and this one has a fresh desert vibe going on. What a world we live in eh?!

4 Matt Oliver
A plug for our next door neighbour - Mr Matt Oliver. He has just embarked on his new career in real estate by selling his first house - ours!!

Matt IS the man! Here's his web site. If you're looking to buy or sell your place...Matt's going places so hitch your wagon to a star. 

5 The FIFA Women's World Cup 2015
Canada is the place and I'm getting pumped. PUMPED I tell you! It will be amazing!

As a precursor - remember these scenes from the last one in Germany 4 years ago:

I could fill up this bonus section with posts every week. here are two more that you need to read - one to make you think and the other to amuse in a nice gentle way.