A majority of the videos were pretty mundane: reading, watching TV, a laundry-basket full of socks. But somehow, these details made the whole thing seem that much more intimate. And they also provided a contrast to some of the more surprising moments: like a fireman walking down an apartment hallway, shown with little to no explanation (though I loved that the video to follow was of a friend, smoking).
His film documents his six-month journey aboard a container ship, travelling between New York and Singapore via the Suze Canal. Combining both still image and video, the documentary covers a wide range of topics: the various jobs on board the ship, the precautions taken for fear of pirates in the Gulf of Aden, and the constant comfort/problem of monotony.
So at work, there are two large coffee carafes – one containing Starbucks coffee, and one containing Folgers. Both taste terrible, partly due to the fact that the grounds are all pre-packaged and partly due to the fact that the containers likely haven’t been cleaned between each use. But hey, it’s hot. And it’s free. And I’m trying to save money. And somewhere, beyond the awful burnt taste is a modicum of caffeine.
As it is in most offices across the world, the bane of the shared kitchen is the person who taps the coffee and leaves refilling it to the next guy. Large or small, all companies have these guys.
Andy Martin is about halfway through a year-long project, drawing a different alien every single day. In addition to that, he’s also bundling up all the aliens from a given month and creating videos highlighting the planets they come from.
Was just reminded of this the other day. Here’s a very good (and very detailed) look at the complex Chinese family tree – with specific names for each relation. The term “grandma” doesn’t quite cut it for us, as we have specific names for your mom’s mom vs. your dad’s mom. In fact, there’s a lot of differentiation happening based on one side of the family versus another. Age is also another point of delineation, as different names apply based on whether someone is older or younger than you.
Adrift is a beautiful time-lapse video made by Simon Christen. Described as a “love letter” to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area, it took over 2 years of filming to capture the perfect weather conditions.
sonder – n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own…
There’s something very intimate about these images, as you feel like you’re really up close to each person as they’re at their most vulnerable. What’s interesting is seeing how quickly the trains are moving, with the background blurring behind each set of closed eyes and nodding heads.
Une Saison En Enfer – Amazing Automaton Featuring Verlaine, Absinthe, and Ghostly Apparitions by Thomas Kuntz
Thomas Kuntz makes some pretty sweet automata, but the one that stands out for me is entitled Une Saison En Enfer. It features Paul Verlaine seated at a Parisian cafe, drinking absinthe and experiencing a series of ghostly encounters (one with the “Green Fairy,” naturally).
“You have, in fact, already begun to die. You look great. Don’t get me wrong. And you are youth and beauty. You are at the physical peak. Your bodies have just gotten off the ski slope on the peak of growth, potential, and now comes the black diamond mogul run to the grave.”
In Frankfort, while visiting Bob and Julie… Liz and I got to see something pretty cool. Out in the backyard, Julie showed us a small patch of ground by one of her bushes. There was a small patch of ground that was pulsing a little, moving around every so often. I didn’t know what was going on, but Liz (with a lot of hesitation) started to peel back the ground a little bit… and this is what we saw:
Looking forward to playing this thing when it finally gets released, and just started following the devs on Twitter. It sounds like there will be multiple platforms available, but my hunch is that it’ll be stellar on an iPad. Can’t wait.
The details about how the FBI work to turn informants is a tricky bit of legal wrangling. Seeing this also reminds me of an excellent talk by Professor James Duane on why you should never talk to cops.