Friday, October 13, 2017

Senses working overtime #129

1 The First Trailer. The Last Jedi.

Read and watch all about it here.

2 Yeh, Tay Tay

What to do with a problem like Taylor? Am I the only 60 year old male alive who actually appreciates Taylor Swift? I'm not sure how old Ryan Adams is, but he can't be that old, so, I think I might be. 

Hilarious, is it not, that her image is so fascinating for people. Try this analysis for starters.

3 The politics of Plath

I read Ariel as an undergraduate back in the late seventies. Appreciating it was a complex experience; she was a complex woman.

 Nice that Plath is still generating thoughts, words and new dramas into 2017. This Medium article is absorbing and worth your time.

4 The Governator on Trump

Arnie is the man! Here he is at Oktoberfest and talking sense about Trump (and other things)

5 Courtroom sketch artists and why we need 'em


Extra Texture
Austin Kleon's blog is pretty darn cool.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Senses working overtime #128

1 Fare thee well

Great send off for Squadron Leader Nigel Rose, a war hero from WW2.

2 A swift half? Oh go on then!

In celebration of happiness and a visit to the local.

3 Eddie Vedder takes a knee!!!!!

I love Eddie's support of those NFL guys.

4 Nature, enter me
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” HD Thoreau

Great piece that, okay, preaches to the converted but that's okay from time to time.

5 The open office
Another excellent vid from Vox!

Caught up with some bookmarks this week (first week of our term holiday)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Senses working overtime #127

1 Calm...breathe, calm...breathe (part 2)

Photo by Ivana Cajina on Unsplash

My favourite Unsplash photo from the week.

2 Batman villains

Entertaining look at the female villains in Batman (zap, kapow)

3 Tim and Colin

Excellent piece about two American christians who also happen to be big time NFL Quarterbacks - Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick

Oh Yeah! BTW. The NFL is back baby!!

4 Radio Zimmer Head

Steller Vox look at how Hans Zimmer and Radiohead worked on a song for Blue Planet II.

5 Heavens to Betsy

Brilliant satire from The Borowitz Report:

In a ringing endorsement from the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos said on Thursday that she did the math on Donald Trump’s tax plan and that she estimates it will save the United States roughly eleventy krillion dollars.

“I took out a pencil and paper and figured it out the old-fashioned way,” DeVos told reporters. “I wound up going through a lot of paper, because eleventy krillion has ten hundredteen zeroes.”

DeVos stressed that the eleventy-krillion figure was actually a conservative estimate. “The exact number was between eleventy and ninety-quelve, but I rounded down to eleventy,” she said.

The Education Secretary said that the national debt, which currently stands at more than twenty trillion dollars, would be greatly reduced by the eleventy-krillion-dollar windfall.

“If you subtract eleventy krillion from twenty trillion, you get a number so small it has no name,” she explained.

Overtime: Cassini

The last pictures from Saturn. Beyond the beyond.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Senses working overtime #126

1 Calm...breathe

I love this photo.

2 Jon Hamm

Fancy a nice catch up with Jon?

3 Jacinda

You have to leave home to see the country clearly. So The Guardian have today's NZ election spot on.

4 Stop chasing perfection

Loved this latest piece from Thomas Oppong.

5 Longitudinal studies
I'm a sucker for these things. Try this one on for size - it follows thousands of superbright kids for four and a half decades, and provides a how to guide on raising a high-achiever. 

Overtime: Crown shyness

I didn't know this was a thing. Read and see more here. It was the best thing on James Whatley's Five Things this week (great to have the king of weekly newsletters back btw).

Friday, September 15, 2017

Senses working overtime #125

1 Women who draw
Freakin' awesome site that Austin Kleon's newsletter clued me into. Here's one (Cait Brennan) I clicked randomly:

2 Look up!
As a mini project, 88 of the women who draw looked up and drew what they saw. The results are stunning!

3 Nine eleven
This is sobering

4 Han Solo

Harrison Ford appears to be the most boring man alive in interviews and so freakishly awesomely cool as Han Solo. Appears. 

5 What's his name?

Dear old Mr Starkey doesn't get into the mainstream news much any more. But he did just now, with his revolutionary view on Brexit (smiley face, two thumbs...oops, wrong bloke, er, peace signs up).

For me, cover versions have to add something to both parties to be meaningful. Think Hendrix doing Dylan, Joe Cocker doing The Beatles, and The Beatles doing The Isley Brothers.

I've been catching up on MySky recorded stuff and Norah Jones doing Young on Later With Jools Holland blew my socks off.

Unfortunately, that particular version (with Jools on some nifty organ) is not available on YouTube (annoying) but here's the cover she's put out:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Senses working overtime #124

1 Canada O Canada Eh

Great travelogue through Canadian landscapes and some Jesse Rowbotham standard photos along the way. All that gave me a vicarious thrill this week.

2 The Defenders

Our next bingefestathon after The Blacklist! Details are here.

3 These fake shadows are pretty cool

so here are some more.

4 The fade out

5 Dolly Dagger

Well, not exactly, but this is a sweet story about Jimi Hendrix and a note he wrote a girl 50 years ago, when she was a foxy (19 year old) lady. 

Overtime: Favourites
Age 14, 24 and 30. Find out how they figure in your favourites in this cool article from the folks at medium.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Senses working overtime #123

1 Feminism sells!

Fun, spunky, thoughtful article on advertising for women.

2 Graphic design

Fun, spunky and, erm, thoughtful part 2: A fabulous romp through 500 years of graphic design in print. I love that people like Rian and Allie write these kinds of articles and position them on the interweb for us all to enjoy.

3 Your compelling reason

This piece from George Couros features an amazing advert that may make you cry (something got into my eye while watching it).

4 Voyager 2

It left 40 years ago and it's travelled an eye watering 11 billion miles so far!

5 Tay Tay's not a happy bunny
New single, new Taylor Swift. Awesome!

Loving the font use. Anything that harks back to iconic material from Saul Bass like Vertigo gets my vote!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Senses working overtime #122

1 National Geographic photography awards

Pretty much doesn't get any better than this. Love this mirror image and here's more.

2 Welcome to the golden age of television

In case you were wondering, that would be right now! And I thought I'd lived through it in the sixties/seventies!

I love that photo of the writer as well. The couch, the array of pictures, her pose, the coffee table, the skirting board. All, very, cool.

3 Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey: I Needed Color from JC on Vimeo.

Genius artist!! Who knew (well, obviously, apart from him!)

4 Interview questions
Great list of things to ask your next interviewee.

5 3D Coke advert in Times Square

3D Coke Sign in Times Square from Loren Brinton on Vimeo.

I love Coke adverts!  

Extra texture
If you are NOT one of the 31 million (and growing) people who have watched this amazing animated history of JAPAN vid on YouTube, then WATCH IT!!

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... 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!