Check out this wonderful Ted Talk, "Your body language shapes who you are" from Amy Cuddy. Good stuff, especially for my fellow introverts out there!
On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign "Som Sabadell" (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.
By gathering the appropriate scenes and then placing them in one wide shot, filmmaker Jeff Desom created a video installation of the neighborhood events as they unroll in Hitchcock's film "Rear Window." I love this.
I dissected all of Hitchcock's Rear Window and stiched it back together in After Effects. I stabilized all the shots with camera movement in them. Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions. The order of events stays true to the movie's plot.
The whole thing takes twenty minutes to screen, but below is a time-lapse. Wouldn't you love to see it in person?
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/37120554 w=400&h=225]Rear Window Timelapse from Jeff Desom on Vimeo.
Pretty sweet, right?
So this is pretty much one of the best videos ever. I'm gonna watch this next time I take a scary leap.-- right? (I actually have some scary ones coming up.) And how awesome is that kid?!
Remember when Whitney Houston made your fourth grade heart swell? You and your best friend fought over who sang her ballads best. For years you wanted to be in a band that pretty much exclusively sang Whitney Houston and Gloria Estefan covers.
Rest in Peace Whitney.
One way to deal with distractions:
How do you deal with distractions during your working hours?
Video by Miranda July found via Makeunder My Life
I found this video through LinkedIn and thought it was interesting (and maybe kind of terrifying?)
Cincinnati, Ohio-based identity designer Adam Ladd asked his 5-year-old daughter her impressions on some popular logos...
More than her impressions of each logo, which are often adorable, (eg "Parade Elephant",) I found it fascinating which logos she recognized. You've got your basics like 'Disney', and 'McDonald's', but a couple I found surprising. 'GE' for one. Yes, her grandfather works there, and they own basically everything, but you don't actually see their logo that much. The other one was 'Xbox', which she recognized, not because she's playing video games all day, but because it "controls" the tv at her friend's house. Maybe it's more a sign of my naivete about video games and tv watching in general, but I was surprised a five-year old would notice something so small.
Did any of these take you by surprise?
Anyways, hats off to the marketers of the world. Well done, Sirs and Madams. Excuse me while I unplug my family and run off to the hills to become hermits.
G and I discovered Veronica Mars late in the game--two years ago, actually. But once we did, we devoured that series and both fell head over heels in love with Kristen Bell. But then she betrayed us with this. And it was over. (Yes, it was way worse than all those other forgive-ably bad movies. And Party Down did not make up for it.)
I hear she's in a new tv show, but I just can't be burned again. (Well, that and we don't have cable.)
But then I saw this today:
(A bit much? Maybe. But after seeing this I can relate.) You gotta love a girl who would show an up-the-nose video of herself on a syndicated talk show. Kristen, it's on.
Have you seen this interview from the Colbert Report? (Part one here.)
[edit: oops that clip got taken down. You can watch it here on hulu.]
Maurice Sendak is hilarious, as expected. I love his whole sassy, frank attitude. He's awesome.
And sort of random, but go with it: Did you ever read "How Does It Feel To Be Old?" by Norma Farber, and illustrated by my favorite, Trina Schart Hyman? Written in prose, an old woman tells her granddaughter the benefits and tribulations of being old. I read it a lot growing up and one of my favorite parts was about not caring what other people thought of her. How she was old and so could pretty much say anything, about whatever, to anybody. (I'm pretty sure the illustration is of her yelling at a grocery store clerk about the price of bananas. If I can find it I'll post here. It's amazing.) Anyways, those interviews reminded me so much of that book.
I just ordered it, but maybe I'll ask my mom if she still has it. I'm so curious to read it as an adult.
On March 28, 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. appeared on NBC's Meet The Press.
One week after leading his historic five-day march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, King said that the demonstration was necessary not just to help push the Voting Rights Bill through, but to draw attention to the humiliating conditions in Alabama such as police brutality and racially-motivated murder.
Video from NBC.
Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.
Murmuration: n. a flock of starlings.
You've probably seen this already, but if not... You're in for a treat. I spotted it again the other day and couldn't resist.
(It's kinda sad, but when I first saw this I flatly decided it was fake, sure it was clever CG. Nope.)
Enjoy this little video the
design studio production company Mindcastle made of creating their holiday card a few years ago.
Does your business send out holiday cards? I know that's something everyone is supposed to do. But unfortunately, I never seem to get it together with all the other craziness going on.
I'm thinking Valentines Day cards instead...
Have you met "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On"? (By Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate.) Somehow I missed him the first go round, you know, when he became an internet sensation. But once I stumbled on the latest video I jumped on board:
Gah! So good.
He has a book now too!
Have you heard of The Goodwin Project?
A young family leaves their home on Kauai...It is what they will learn, what they bring others, what they will pass on to their children in the hyper-expanded classroom, the lab of direct being; a legacy passed from a father to his family.
...Together with a small film crew the Goodwins will document how they are changed by their travels, and the effect they have on their acquaintances, hosts, friends and ticket agents as they circumnavigate our planet, through 18 countries and four seasons. This is the story of their encounters with the world.
They step into the current faithfully, inquisitively, boldly and with good will.
I'm fairly certain I couldn't live like this. Which is a little bit sad to me. I love traveling, but I'm pretty sure my little homebody-self would have a hard time being so untethered. But I love that other people can embrace a life of adventure. It seems like a magical way to raise a family.
Who knows? Maybe some day I'll get to prove myself wrong...
Have you seen Shawn Gilheeney's work? He does huge painted installations of predominantly urban ruins, that are just beautiful.
His work explores the “theory of entropy, [and how] things are constantly de-evolving.” You can see more here.
*Is it Tuesday already? Oops, yes this post is late. But for history's sake I'm backdating this to yesterday.
The whole Elmo phenomenon was after my time. And I think because I didn't grow up with him as a muppet, I find the whole obsession a bit annoying. (Everyone knows Grover is the best muppet.)
However, Being Elmo looks like the sweetest movie. It might even turn me into a fan after all.