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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Senses working overtime #114

1 Big brother

Great piece about the lasting appeal of 1984 and George Orwell's world of the fut...er...pa...er...

2 The (shudder) eighties aesthetic



3 Han Solo. I've got a bad feeling about this.



Hmm - the directors have left the film (fired) while filming it. Not a good sign, although Opie Taylor is now in charge. Read all about it.

4 Your focus determines your reality



Great article about the distracted mind.

5 When to post?
Woh - exhaustive and entertaining look at when is the best time to post, tweet, facebook message, email, and so on. Amazing stats!

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This week, I've been reading a book about Woody Allen's career up to the early eighties. Hence this... 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Senses working overtime #113

1 Annie and Alvy



True confession time - I'm a huge Woody Allen fan, and so I enjoyed this film review of the classic Annie Hall.

2 The Simpsons inserted




Great fun. More here.

3 Rock stars
Gotta love em.

4 21st Century movies - best of...so far
Some movies here I need to see (and some I can recommend).

5 Oh Yoko



Fair's fair - very pleased with the decision to add Yoko credit to John's Imagine. If you have read Grapefruit (Yoko's collection of stuff) you will know this rights an injustice of sorts.

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Arsene Arsene, give us a wave!



Fancy some stats on Arsene's 20 year reign at the greatest club the world has ever seen? Me too. Check it out fellow gooners.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Senses working overtime #112

1 Bridges in China
I love these images showing some tremendous feats of engineering in China even if they are in debt (China now boasts the world’s highest bridge, the longest bridge, the highest rail trestle and a host of other superlatives).


The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao, in Shandong Province

The Beipan River Shanghai-Kunming high speed rail bridge
 in Guanling Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Anshun
 

The Duge Beipanjiang Bridge, in Guizhou Province

2 Words
Great Guardian piece on mangling words - it really effected me (sic).

3 Leftovers eulogised





I've watched a season and liked it, after reading this I need to rewatch and continue with the series.

4 Computer screens within movies
Fascinating look from the Vox people about how graphics get onto computer screens in the movies




5 Bobby gets a prize
Dylan's lecture on getting the Nobel Prize for literature is 27 ish minutes so grab a cuppa and let your boot heals wander.



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Anne Lamott gives 12 truths she learned from life and writing. Kinda needed this today...

Friday, June 9, 2017

Senses working overtime #111

1 Blade Runner



Amazingly exhaustive and entertaining analysis of Blade Runner. This guy knows his stuff (where does he find the time?).

2 Alien

Appetite whetted? Try this, also from Dave Addey.

3 The Paris agreement



Want to understand the various intricacies of the Trump decision to screw the world and withdraw the USA from the Paris climate change accord? Go here.

4 By Jupiter
Fab video fly by showing Jupiter's enormity and crazy freaky landscape.

5 Wonderful



Wonder Woman is getting some great reviews. Here's one from Wired (yes, Wired).

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Ricky Nelson. I love Ricky Nelson. I was born in 1957 as this was hitting the charts!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Senses working overtime #110

1 Vanity Fair hits one out of the park, again



I never buy Vanity Fair but I'd sure as heckfire buy this copy! And there are more to come!


2 RIP Gregg Allman




I recently raved over Eat A Peach on my music blog and now this...Duane and Gregg, together again.

3 Sgt Pepper taught the band to play



Rolling Stone article on the reworked Sgt Pepper's for a generation who think - Dr Pepper? Huh? What do you mean? (Hi Jeff, if you read this!)

4 Rogue One, Hammerheads and physics



Great article explains the physics involved in ramming an Imperial Star Destroyer. I thought that too, but read it anyway - I learned a few things about physics and I thought THAT was impossible!

5 Paul Ryan
Friend Paul Ryan is walking the Camino again. You can read about him and his pilgrimage here. Good luck avoiding the blisters this time Paul.

Extra texture:
More on Sgt Peppers - the making of...Macca's Penny Lane (mmm - I know it's not on the actual album but Rolling Stone are taking a holistic view. Go see for yerself).