Saturday, May 22, 2010

Photos - Elena Kalis: Underwater photography

This lady has made a big splash online with her underwater photography. So if you haven't discovered her yet, check out her website that is replete with her creations. Some of her pictures really convey a sense of other-worldliness and grace to me. Here are three that caught my fancy:

Well, I'll be back in ten days. I just wanted to leave this blog on a note of beauty.
Take care everyone, thanks for reading.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Photos - "Insomnium" by Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson. (Click to visit his site)
This guy has some pretty surreal art photography, each piece with its own meaning laden annotation...

Some of these are quite intriguing... See for yourself:

Discarded (Trees on the Left 2002)
I spoke to the tree on the left who told me to speak to the tree on the right. The tree on the right told me I should not be speaking to any tree from the left. Why not? "Look in those bushes!" replied the tree on the right, that's what happens when you speak to the trees from the left.

 Femme (2009)
Fallout Protection (2009)
If you are inside dive under the nearest table or other piece of sturdy furniture. Try to get in a shadow.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Video - James Randi (TED talk)

This is for a beige blogger I won't do the disservice of pointing out.

James Randi, as usual, laying into irrational beliefs (specifically in this case mediums) with wit, humor, and bite. Lots more on his website.
His foundation is offering a million US dollars to anyone who can prove a supernatural power of any sort, but no one has pulled it off yet (yes, there has been controversy, inevitable given the subject matter).
Fun stuff .

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Photos - Julia Fullerton-Batten

Another amazing photographer whose work you've probably seen before.
If not she has a selection of galleries up on her site.
Here are some of the ones I liked:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Music - Heidi Talbot

There are voices that leave impressions on you... In the late eighties I discovered a band called Cherish the ladies. Yesterday, I heard a voice on a folk webradio... It was one of those "Hey I know that voice" moments, but I couldn't place it.... The song came to an end and they said it was Heidi Talbot. No reaction: I didn't know the name. A few moments websearching later "Ooh, cherish the ladies!" She had gone on to do a solo career I hadn't heard about.
She has a beautiful smoky clear voice that's perfect match for singing folk. If you like Irish music and female singers take look at her myspace (click here).

As usual a youtube video as a foretaste. : j

Music - Bonobo

I've recently been introduced to Bonobo, aka Simon Green. He's a British musician and a DJ who makes artfully layered down tempo electronic music. It's great chill out music if you like the genre. I've really been enjoying it lately.
Click here to go to his myspace.

And here is kinda low quality version of one of his tracks so that you know where you're headed before visiting the myspace. : j

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Photos - Jordan Matter's "Dancers among us" series

This recently came up on my modern MET. It reminded me that I had forgotten to put this photographer up here.
So if you haven't seen this series yet, you might want to. Here's a direct link to the Dancers among us galleries, there are others galleries on his site that are very much worth taking a look at.
Here is some of what you can expect to see:

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Movies - Eztakes

I found this awesome website via Boing Boing: Eztakes (links directly to their free stuff section)
This amazing website offers free legal movies for direct download or to watch as streaming video!

There are a lot of bad and very bad movies there (e.g. "Santa Claus Conquers the martians")... There are some classics (e.g. "Call of the wild" with Charlton Heston)... A lot of old movies (a lot of Buster Keaton for isntance)... Some rarities... Some cult films... And some jewels too!

Essentially it's a very eclectic mix of stuff...Especially in the free section. That said, it's worth taking a look at all their stuff, even the stuff that isn't available for free tends to be priced reasonably. For example, Charlie Chaplin's "The kid" is only 4$.

(click the banner for their homepage)