Nearly two years have soared past since I shot this Super 8 footage at the Carson Ianson Memorial Jam in 2007 and I’ve finally pulled this footage from the dusty archives for this short cut. The snowboard jam was held on the ridge of a tall mountain outside of Cascade, Idaho.
The trailer for Where the Wild Things Are is here. This trailer is great and the movie will be even better. There has been a lot of skepticism about whether or not the film will be as big of hit as anticipated. For now, while we wait, check out the trailer, or if you prefer in HD, on Apple.
Also take a look below at the similarities of the teaser images to the original illustrations from the book.
Head Like A Kite is Dave Einmo, joined by drummer Trent Moorman, and in the studio by a cast of musical friends. Their combined efforts result in a blend of progressive, instrumental, poppy electronic music. Head Like A Kite debuted in 2006 with the Pattern 25 release, Random Portraits of the Home Movie, an album built from samples of Super-8 home movies from the 70’s. What a great band to add to the Songs for Singing collection, check out a song and live performance below.
Head Like A Kite – No Ordinary Caveman
Francis and the Lights. There really isn’t much background information on this band which is great, because it leaves it up in the air as to how the band was started. Deciding whether or not they were very good was hard at first. There is so much energy being pushed out by the dancing that its hard to listen to the music. Every move to the beat is as if he is conducting the whole video.
Sure this artist may border the line of songs for singing, but it fits greatly with the new and fresh songs that I intend to group into the Songs for Singing category. The Bottom line: Francis and the Lights is intriguing. Their 80’s, Prince, Soul sounding music simply rocks. Check out some more of their songs on Muxtape.
Francis and the Lights – Striking
Francis and the Lights – A Modern Promise
Note: Everybody likes great music––I’ve been gathering a lot of new music lately and have some great songs to share. I will be putting these songs in future posts with a “songs for singing” tag so they can be searched.
Bon Iver (pronounced: bohn eevair; French for “good winter”) is a greeting, a celebration and a sentiment. It is a new statement of an artist moving on and establishing the groundwork for a lasting career. He––Justin Vernon, the head of the band––is also one of my favorite musicians/singers because of his uniqueness in vocals and the vocal range he uses.
Vernon’s music was recorded while living in a remote cabin in the woods of Northern Wisconsin for three months and slowly began to fill his days with twelve-hours of recording music. The end result of his attempts is his current album, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’. The beauty of Vernon’s music is that he uses old recording equipment, giving it a crisp and raw feel that really makes the music what it is—edgy, awesome, and relaxing.
Check out Vernon’s new EP on the band’s website here.
The first time listening to this talk by Malcolm Gladwell at the 2008 AIGA Business Design Conference was eye opening. The first few minutes of the video pulled me in as Josh Liberson steps onto the stage, introduces himself, and then proceeds to tell us of how Malcolm knows nothing of design. Malcolm then comes to the stage and starts speaking about Fleetwood Mac–I’d never heard of the band at this point–and I began to wonder where he was going with the topic.
It’s not until the second and third time listening in that you’ll really start to process what Malcolm is saying and how to apply it. So lets back up and look at his points main points:
Dedicate at least 10,000 hours to whatever it is you’re trying to master.
Only 10,000 hours? Well, yes. If you look at the time it takes to master something, it takes about 10,000 hours–that’s roughly four hours a day for ten years. It’s not to say that creativity and mastership of a profession can’t be had overnight or in a shorter period of time, but it just doesn’t happen for most people unless they’re solving a problem that can be summed up that simply.
Malcolm then goes on to say that the choice of profession is not trivial–I agree. The example that Malcolm uses is that if you decide to be a teacher, being a great teacher is not something that simply happens. It is something that comes out of an investment of your time (10,000 hours) and the things you’re a part of. You can’t just walk in and become a teacher and be great at it. It simply doesn’t work like that. The same goes for being a designer, photographer, or a profession in any other field. It takes time to learn and and develop each of the creative tasks and then solve them.
Additionally, someone could invest a large amount of time to a profession and still be terrible. You have to take into account the quality of the time and the underlying intent for spending that time.
Here is the link to the video again as well as a transcript of it word-for-word so you can gather more information from his enlightening talk.
There is nothing better than starting off a post with a great panorama. This was shot down at Elliott Bay about 15 feet from Anthony’s Diner. Here is a photo from just three days before the I shot the pano.
Who would’ve thought that audio could be used on a Digital SLR camera? The EOS-1d Mark II has a built in voice recorder. This could come in handy when needing to remember names or locations of people or photos and also for blogging how well it works.
This afternoon I was cruising the net and found this video. It talks about the creative gap—something that we’ve all been through at one point in time, and to close the gap we have to push ourselves to do more. The video is part of a storytelling series by Ira Glass.
These past couple weeks have been fairly busy–from moving into a new building to trying to navigate Ikea’s crazy store. I spent a solid two hours in the store just looking at different things. I ended up getting quite a few things from the store in Renton, WA. For anyone who hasn’t assembled Ikea furniture, its a blast and very fun to do. Everything is pre-drilled and fits perfectly. The only problem I had was that I didn’t start out by reading the directions. It made things difficult so I’d suggest reading them first or at least as you go along.
After putting together two tables, I decided to make a time lapse video of a dresser being built. I used iMovie so of course the quality is low and only a few cuts were made but here it is.
Awesome! So psyched, my website has been down for a handful of days due to a horrible domain host–Joker.com. If you can avoid it, don’t register with these guys. They will gladly host your domain, but if you need to change your contacts, email or even have a small customer service problem they won’t respond back. I’d recommend going with Dreamhost; much more reliable and willing to help you out with problems.
A few weeks ago Universal was filming a few blocks down from where I live (Seattle, WA). I headed down there with the camera but nothing was happening. After a few minutes, the camera crew and whole set rolls up and sets up nearly on my lap. I took the opportunity to shoot a couple hundred photos just for good measure.
The film is titled ‘Traveling’ and is about a man whose book turns him into a best-selling self-help guru. On a business trip to Seattle, he meets a woman (Jennifer Aniston) who attends one of his seminars. The man (Eckhart) learns that he is not truly over his wife’s passing. It should be an interesting movie for sure. Here are a few of the shots.
Sometimes when we’re bored, we have to entertain ourselves. What better way to do that than to hop on the tube and watch old Finnish I think this did the trick. Give it just one watch. You’ll be back for more.