Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Music - Eric the flutemaker

In minor unrelated news about myself, I have recently acquired a bamboo saxophone... And have been having great fun with it.

What is a bamboo saxophone you ask?
Well, bamboo saxophones can be saxophones that are entirely built out of bamboo (excepting the reed and the mouth piece of course)... Like so:

But that's not what I'm playing. I'm playing an instrument built by a man who specialises in making bamboo flutes. He essentially stuck a sax head on a the body of a bamboo flute.

His website.
The man himself and his spiel (fun to watch, he's an entertaining guy):

Or you could watch a video recounting in fairy tale fashion the flutemaker's first steps into the world of flute making. It's a interesting story that is pretty well told.

He is also using his business to collect funds for orphans who were living on a garbage heap in Nicaragua. Laudable work!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Photography - Update on "Young me/Now me"

Some of the long time followers may remember that I posted about a project called Young me Now me... Well, they now have a blog which posts a Young me/Now me picture every day.


They've also now pushed the concept further and have created a variant called "Like Mom Like Dad", adult children posing to recreate pictures of their parents... Which is a further dose of awesome! It's touching to read and see how these people have gotten better acquainted with their parents or pay tribute to them as they go about recreating these pictures.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Photography - Three way photo safari Vol. II

Eryl from "The Kitchen bitch ponders", Khnoum, and I have been at it again.

For those of you who missed the first part, here is how we got organised: each of us choose a theme, which we then grouped, and each of us took a picture for each of the three themes.

The themes this time were "Missing", "Consequence", and "Landmark".

The pictures are below. If you'd like, you're welcome to try and guess who took which shots, and further who choose which themes. I think it's quite difficult unless you really know the person well, and even then... so good luck with that if you try! . : j

(Psst... Click on the pictures to enlarge them. Holding the ctrl button as you click opens pictures in a new tab in most modern browsers, or alternatively wheel-clicking)
I liked the monument before it made me ralph.

Windy Miller's new pad.
Too obvious...
The consequence.
Life on the fast track!
Loss of heart...
I'll miss you.
How many waiters does it take to change a bulb?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Video - "Anchored" by Lindsey Olivares

Whilst I don't particularly recognize St Valentine's day as being any more exceptional than other days of the year, I celebrate love no less today.

So, allow me to present Lindsey Olivares and her senior thesis at Ringling College of Art and Design... You can find out more about her on her blog (which is full of her artwork) and take a look at her portfollio!
And now for her creation (pst... watch it fullscreen, it's worth it):

Coincidentally, today, I'd like to tell you that I love you. ; j
Thanks for reading! Happy valentines! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Video - "Eye of the storm" by Lovett

Ben Lovett is a man of many skills... I first encountered him in through the music he composed for a nifty psycho-horror film called the signal. Well, here he is again with a steam-punky animation music video:

His website.

His online radio, check out some of his work!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Art - Google does something cool again! (Artproject)

If you are interested in art check this out!

Basically, google has taken the streetview approach to museuming, and they have hidef zoomable pictures of major artworks!

It's awesome!

Whose eye is this?

It's the baby's eye!
In a painting of Marie Antoinette,
by Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun.

Virtually wandering in the MOMA, that little plus means they have a close up of the work!