Friday, December 15, 2017

Senses working overtime #138

1 The first review is in...

...and it's a very positive one!

 2 John Wick, a celebration

Coincidentally, I re-watched this and Chapter 2 over two nights this week. This appreciation of Keanu Reeves hits the right tone.

3 Do the evolution baby
Movie trailers are how they have evolved.

4 Netflix
Some great stats here on how the world watches via Netflix, like: the highest global re-watch record was set by an American who streamed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 365 times in 2017

They tell some interesting stories about the evolution of watching stuff.

5 The last word on Star Wars: The Last Jedi for this edition

Excellent primer - what you need to know BEFORE you go and see Episode 8.

Overtime: Merry Christmas by Big Big Train

Friday, December 8, 2017

Senses working overtime #137

1 Unsplash photo of the week

Photo by Tomas Chevalier on Unsplash

2 Lessons from Whiplash

Great movie (great poster too) - here's 10 lessons from it for you to chew on.

3 Josh Rose

He's a photographer with some great tips.  

4 The Silence Breakers

Time's 'person of the year' is a diverse bunch brought together by a common stand which I applaud. Seems some folk have a problem with Tay Tay's inclusion. I don't.

5 Aristotle Aristotle was a begger for the bottle

The great man on friendship via this snazzy piece.

Overtime - North Korean graphic design

Love it!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Senses working overtime #136

1 The 'umble sandwich exalted

The Guardian do the honours - mines a tuna bagette thanks.

2 Man paints bridge

Great human interest story about Brian Russell, a guy who works on the Golden Gate Bridge in SF.

3 Darkest hour

I started to skim but quickly settled in to read the whole damned thing. Oddly compelling and fascinating. But I do have a thing for Winston Churchill and how he saved us all, so I guess it was inevitable.

4 Infinity War

New Avengers movie and the promo is full of promise. Stay with it to the end too - I smiled!

5 Twenty-six words we don't want to lose

Great article from The Guardian (where else?) on some spectacular words that I need to drop into the conversation. Frinstance: I'm especially looking forward to some frowst this Sunday morning!

Overtime: And so this is Christmas

Great antidote to all that saccharine piped Christmas muzak in department stores as November turns to December (first day of summer in Nu Zild) - both this article and Vince Guaraldi’s cool jazz.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Senses working overtime #135

1 Next Last Jedi

A new poster is out and the countdown continues to The Last Jedi. One month to go!

2 The twins

Nice focus to this story - a profiling of the Star Wars twins Luke and Leia.

3 Graham and Stephen
Colbert that is, with Graham Nash - interesting interview.

4 Eight Four days a week!!
Let's join the movement. You know how much you love the four day week? Sign up!


Overtime: I heart squirrel stories!

So here's a good'un.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Senses working overtime #134

1 Stillness

A modern day Walden story by a young poet desperately seeking solace - great writing and amazing photos.

2 Hilarious

Great piece about Omarosa Manigault and what she may or may not do at the White House. Fascinating and the Trump administration in microcosm.

3 Robots 
An excellent, balanced, Vox vid on robots and future employment.

4 Dunedin's Cadbury factory

I live in Nu Zild but missed this cool story about efforts to save Dunedin's Cadbury factory - I needed the Guardian to get things sorted out.

5 Speaking of the joy of chocolate...
Great reminder from Zen Habits about appreciating things!

Overtime: One-hit wonders

Excellent run down of some great one off hits. Who doesn't love a one-hit wonder??!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Senses working overtime #133

1 Marvel rankings

Here are the new ones now that the latest Thor is out. Fun!

2 Get journaling!

Nice reminder from the consistently awesome Thomas Oppong on the joys of keeping a regular journal.

3 Apollo 15

Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden took this eery photo of Earth on the way home from the Moon
4 JFK 22 November 1963

Nice piece about the fiction generated by the JFK assasination.

5 Reputation
Tay Tay's new album is out and this Vox run down of her current state of being is spot on!

Overtime - 

Culture overload from now until Christmas explained by Vox!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Senses working overtime #132

1 Unsplash photo of the week

Photo by Mike Wilson on Unsplash
2 The quiet voice

Voices in the head - apparently we all have them

3 More voices by Dan Rockwell
Feedback and tough conversations start in the head

4 A lot of smoke!
Great Vox summary of where the Trumpski investigation is going.

5 Search your feelings Luke

Mark Hamill talks.


A European in San Francisco explains the unwritten laws.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Senses working overtime #131

1 Mmmm

Photo by Calum Lewis on Unsplash

2 It's Jacinda Time

Personally, I'm thrilled to have Jacinda Ardern as our new PM. Great choice Winston! She's a breath of fresh air and after nine years of no creditable opposition to the National establishment, we have a new leader. Let's do this!! Rock on!

3 Evil - call it!

Evil happens when good people do nothing. Tarantino should have spoken up against the Harvey Weinsteins!

4 Sonder
Seth Godin explains all.

5 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Now that you know about Sonder - read Walt Whitman's great poem - Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.

Overtime: Real life Up In The Air

It's been 43 exhausting weeks since Ben Schlappig slept in a bed that wasn't in a hotel, and he spends an average of six hours daily in the sky. He has a freewheeling itinerary, often planning his next destination upon hitting the airport. Just last week, he rocketed through Dallas, Dubai, Oman, Barcelona and Frankfurt. Yet for all his travel, it would be a mistake to call Schlappig a nomad. The moment that he whiffs the airless ambience of a pressurized cabin, he's home.

Read more about him here!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Senses working overtime #130

1 How to walk out of the Louvre with a masterpiece

Excellent piece from the New York Times.

2 Steven Spielberg

Thoughtful piece backgrounding a PBS film about SS. 

3 Zinger!!

Found this list by Mary Cella on:


via James Whatley's Five Things - hits plenty of bullseyes!!

4 Hit the road Jack
Goodbye to these tired cliches!

5 To do

I'm not a fan of the daily 'to do' list - this is not that! As the song says, it's something else: Da Vinci's 'what I want to learn' list via Austin Kleon's newsletter.

Overtime: Build
This song just keeps on, erm, building. 

The Housemartin original popped up on my YouTube notifications and, of course, that lead me back again to Zuni's stunning (STUNNING) version. I love Zuni!

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.