Friday, September 25, 2015

Senses working overtime #23

1: Medium
This is a cool run down of the various things has to offer.

2: Han Solo in carbonite

I mentioned the Han in carbonite fridge a while ago - here is the next installment: Han on pop tarts!

3: Abandoned
This is pretty cool - pictures of empty and abandoned buildings. Nice one...

4: I choose NOT to race
I include this video from vox on the myth of race for the way it's put together as much as the message (Marshall McLuhan you bloody genius!).

5 and overtime: It's the term holidays!
How can I NOT play these two songs (saving Alice Cooper for December). BTW - the Madonna version is from Live Aid in 1985 - always, always love watching this version!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Senses working overtime #22

1 360 views
I have visited this site a few times and I always find something new that delights me. Try it if you haven't already and marvel at how great modern technology can be!


No!! Not the Disney character...the planet. Apparently it is one again, as these stunning photos prove conclusively. It sure LOOKS like a planet. 

Again though - technology eh? Wicked!

3 Star Wars - the logo!

This week's Star Wars feature is pretty damn cool - how the logo was designed. I know, perhaps at first glance that doesn't SEEM like such an exciting thing but, believe me, this article is a veritable treasure trove for SW obsessives like me. Take a look! Go on!

4 Beach Boys - How 'bout that Carl Wilson?!
I've been listening to a lot of BB material this week. Here are two of my favourite BB songs with the mighty Carl on lead vocals. What a voice! And so good to see the three Wilson brothers playing together.

5 Bill Murray
I love Bill for the man he is and the man he doesn't want to be. This article lists a few other reasons why I love him.

Overtime: Go The All Blacks
The rugby World Cup is now on and among the many NZ products to hone in on a marketing opportunity is one of our milk companies. It's a pretty cool idea!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Senses working overtime #21

1 Writing

I've finished Murakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki. It's a fantastic book. One of my all time Murakami favourites. Coincidentally I came across this quote about his writing regime. It deserves to be shared:

“When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation.”

2 Speaking of morning rituals...
I read about Morning Pages recently and it made sense. I post on one of my blogs every morning before the daily grind kicks in. Since my wife gave up working nights I have had to adjust from night time writing to morning. 

Confession time - it's more of a struggle to get myself going there but I'm happy with the discipline involved.

3 London town
The current Mrs Purdzilla and I are planning a holiday back to London at Christmas this year. My juices are flowing!

The first thing we do after landing at Heathrow is grab a coffee at Costa, find that day's Guardian and plan our next move which usually involves putting on layers of clothes and heading to the Underground. 

I. Love. The. Underground!

It really opens up my senses - weird this - but I love the smell of the Underground! I also love that first moment when the train comes out of the journey into London above ground for a spell. It's like waking up in Narnia!

4 London sounds
Thought I'd throw this version of Chris Difford's immortal London tale Up The Junction into this edition on Jewels:

Star Wars Now

Loving this mash up style photo and link to Star Wars now photography sent to me by my favourite daughter-in-law. Cheers Ashleigh!

Overtime: I've been dipping into this article on habits all week - trying to do some self diagnosis!! It links to number two item above quite nicely!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Senses working overtime #20

1 Limitless
Before the ink was even dry on Senses Working Overtime #19 I came across this wonderful piece about designing the artwork (a.k.a. cover) to Ajaz Ahmed's new book (the Velocity wunderkind). Some initial plans are below. 
The design process is fascinating and I loved reading how the audience and other considerations are factored into a cover. Great stuff!!

2 Eatsa
I already love San Francisco but here's another reason why.

3 Mindfulness
Feel like taking a breath and looking around at your world? Me too. Here's something to read while you contemplate that idea.

4 New sounds
had a visit to JB HiFi in Palmerston North during the week. Stocked up!! Including this from Jamie xx. I'd read a Mojo review of the album (In Colour) and it was positive, plus I like XX. That helps. And YES - I still visit bricks and mortar music shops, I still browse the racks and YES I still buy CDs. I'm a freak, I know.

5 Star Wars toys
Okay, while I'm confessing - YES I would love (LOVE) some of these new Star Wars action figures that have been just released to tie in with The Force Awakens.

Overtime - Graham Brazier's death won't register much on a world scale but for kiwis of a certain age who lived through Hello Sailor in their Stonesy prime it will be sad news. My mate Greg included this on his blog - a link to the news story and a clip of Blue Lady.