Wizard Mode is an upcoming documentary on Robert Gagno, a young man who has autism and is also an up and coming pinball player.
There are currently only twelve master penman in the entire world, and Jake Weidmann is one of them. He’s also the youngest. Watching what he can do by hand is really fascinating. Hearing him talk about how much work and practice he did previously is difficult to comprehend.
The Instinctive Drowning Response is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like what most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.
Prior to her leaving Chicago, Meryl Williams decided to document her last 100 days in the city using short video snippets. After gathering all the short videos together, she combined them together and created #100DaysOfChicago.
While we were watching, it was a pleasure to listen to Liz laugh. It’s rare for us to watch comedies, and to see a lot of Burnett’s best work on display… it was great to watch. And equally great to listen to Liz. The sound of my wife’s laughter is the most beautiful thing in the world to me.
A lot of different people are interviewed (many of them in different states of altered consciousness). While some of the stories are incredibly wild, the most intriguing part of this doc to me is when Dunne zooms in and just holds on the face of the person he’s interviewing.
This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life (by David Foster Wallace)
“… thinking this way tends to be so easy and automatic that it doesn’t have to be a choice. It is my natural default setting. It’s the automatic way that I experience the boring, frustrating, crowded parts of adult life when I’m operating on the automatic, unconscious belief that I am the center of the world, and that my immediate needs and feelings are what should determine the world’s priorities.”
Happy to hear that the Muppets are going to be on TV again! This was a really fun trailer to watch, though as someone who grew up watching the Variety-show version (and also Muppets Tonight), I am cautiously excited.
After this happens a few times, rabbits will do a kind of “flop” where they fall over onto their sides. It’s a little terrifying the first time you see this, because it looks as though the rabbit has died. But in reality what’s happened is that they’ve just succumbed to their nap in the most dramatic way possible.
The video (above) I mentioned a few years ago. But on recently returning to his Vimeo page, I found a ton of other great vids. Like this one of David Hasselhoff, performing the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
For those unfamiliar with the event, it gathers 20 creatives together and tasks each of them to answer the same question in 2 minutes or less. Participants can answer the question however they like (some people do presentations, some sing songs, others read poems) – so long as they stick to the 2 minute or less requirement.
It is very immersive, and at times the video seemingly pulls you into a building only to them propel you away. Many parts are quite frenetic and fast-paced, which is actually the exact opposite of how I view Paris.
Watching this, I got a similar sensation of awe as I did when watching Michelle Erickson working with clay. With skilled creators, their movements seem almost like dance-like. I imagine them performing the same motions, again and again, year after year.
I will say though that the videos kind of do inspire me to want to say something silly or something quick. I’m not sure why that is, but from a viewer’s perspective… watching someone else’s video kind of makes you want to chime in. Even if it is a video of them just going through their fridge.
Artist Michelle Erickson recreates a very interesting piece called a “puzzle jug.” Filmed while Erickson was a Ceramics Resident: World Class Maker at the V&A (2012), this is a fascinating bit of video to watch.