Friday, May 26, 2017

Senses working overtime #109

1 Melania's view

Fascinating piece that features analysis of Melania Trump's photos that she posted via her Twitter account. Sad and revealing!

2 Cool movie posters without text

More here.

3 I love maps

I have a Readers' Digest big book of maps that dad used to have. As a kid I'd often gaze and wonder. This site is a pretty cool extension of that idea.

4 RIP Chris Cornell
Dead at 52. What a waste. I have been growing old with Soundgarden and I will miss that voice.

5 The Last Jedi
Trailer is here in case you missed an earlier post and this is a thoughtful piece about what to expect around Christmas this year.


Had he lived, he would turn 100 on May 29. This selection of thoughts from his daughter, Caroline, and her children, is very moving. But it's the photos that accompany the video that got me...and resonate, even today!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Senses working overtime #108

1 Photo of the week

I love this shot from the great Unsplash photo site.

2 Oblique Strategies

Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities

Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies are a bit of a mystical hoot and a fun way to get over writer's block.

3 Ridley Scott
I'm a fan, and I get how Scott's films are both brilliant and banal.

4 The illusion of confidence

I'm an excellent driver!

I laughed out loud a few times during this look at how we overestimate our abilities. It leads nicely into...

5 The White House under seige
Great piece on how this week's train wreck played out in Trumpland.

New Spidey movie looks pretty super cool - Spiderman: Homecoming 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Senses working overtime #107

1 Wonder

I have a file in my brain labelled 'Wonder'. It's a miscellany of images, memories, books, poems, films, sounds. Wondrous-ness is very much a valued commodity in my brain. So I enjoyed reading this piece about how wonder works.

2 Stunning interactive mini-sites

My colleague, Greg Semmens, at Woodford House, would love this one from the creative BBC people.

3 Big Big Train
I'm a big big fan of Big Big Train - take a listen to their brand new song, and you will be too.

4 Marvel movies ranked
I'm a sucker for these kind of lists. Here are the 15 Marvel movies (so far), ranked from worst to best. 

5 Star Wars
Interesting analysis of the Rogue One and Force Awakens screenplays. I know, but this guy delivers his messages well and loves Star Wars as a thing, so...hang in there.

1 Hari Georgeson and Slowhand play Taxman. Sharp!

2 Macca on one of my fav Beatle solo albums - Ram.

3 Blade Runner 2049 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Senses working overtime #106

1 RIP Bruce Langhorne

Bruce - far left

Guitarist on one of my favourite Dylan albums - Bringing It All Back Home.

2 What kids looked like 100 years ago

More here!

3 WOW!! World's fastest film camera shoots at five trillion images per second. 
A research group at Lund University in Sweden has demonstrated a camera with the ability to film at some five trillion images per second. WHAAAAAAAAT????????

In order to split time down that finely, the camera pulls several images out of a single frame.  

While the "shutter" is open, several different laser light flashes hit the subject. Each laser flash is visually coded, so it can be separated from the rest of the information in the frame afterwards using a decryption key.

The team will use the camera to document the chemistry of plasma discharges, the initiations of different chemical reactions, and the lifetime of quantum states.

To illustrate the camera’s capability consider using the camera to record the blink of an eye, which takes around 0.3 seconds.  

If the results were played back at a normal cinematic 24 frames per second it would take a little under two thousand years to watch.

4 SkyGuru comes to the rescue.

I am one of those 1 in 3 people who suffer from fear of flying (aerophobia). I liked this article - it offers some hope!

5 Seriously awesome comic book art from James Stokoe 

More here!

23 (count 'em!) movies to look out for this year. Some beauties among this lot!