Archive for November, 2014

「3秒クッキング 爆速エビフライ」篇

Now this is how you should cook shrimp.

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Iceland

from Ugmonk

“Iceland is magical! There’s no other way to describe it.

My wife and I recently took a trip to Iceland and explored some incredible spots along the southern coast and around Reykjavik.

I put together a little video to recap some of our trip, but nothing compares to experiencing it in person.”

Shot on my Olympus EM-10 and 12-40 f2.8 lens. (A couple shots on iPhone 5s)
Song: “Stay Alive” – José Gonzalez

(I’ll be posting photos from our trip on my blog soon: ugmonk.com/blog)

via http://stellar.io/interesting/

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Sarah Kay-Poetess/Storyteller

Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay was stunned to find she couldn’t be a princess, ballerina and astronaut all in one lifetime.

In this talk, she delivers two powerful poems that show us how we can live other lives.

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SPAZUK fire painter

SPAZUK fire painter from Patrick Peris on Vimeo.

Video portrait of the very original and talented Steve Spazuk in his creative space.

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The 10 Stages of the Creative Process

Listen to your hunches, sponge up ideas, let them marinate, and know when you’re done.

The 10 Steps:

1. The Hunch
Any project starts with a hunch, and you have to act on it. It’s a total risk because you’re just about to jump off a cliff, and you have to go for it if you believe in it.

2. Talk About It
Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your community … they’re the ones who are going to support you on this whole treacherous journey of the creative process, so involve them, engage them.

3. The Sponge
I’m going to tons of art shows, I’m watching a lot of movies, I’m reading voraciously… and I’m just sponging up ideas and trying to formulate my own idea about the subject.

4. Build
I love the world “filmmaker” because it has “maker” in it. My team and I are … building an armature — the architecture for the project.

5. Confusion
Dread. Heart of Darkness. Forest of fire, doubt, fear… [But] as hard as it is — and it is really hard — any project … gets infinitely better after I’ve rumbled with all of my fears.

6. Just Step Away
Take a breather — literally just step away from the project… Let it marinate — don’t look at it or think about it.

7. “The Love Sandwich”
To give constructive feedback, always snuggle it in love — because we’re only human, and we’re vulnerable… Set expectations for where you are in the project, then ask questions in a way that allows for “the love sandwich”: First, “What works for you?” Then, “What doesn’t work for you?” Then, “What works for you?” again. If you just ask people for feedback, they’ll go straight for the jugular.

8. The Premature Breakthroughlation
You’ll find in a project that you’ll have many small breakthroughs — and you have to celebrate those breakthroughs, because they’re ultimately going to lead to the Big Breakthrough.

9. Revisit Your Notes
I always do this throughout the project, but especially during that last home stretch… I revisit all my notes and think back, and always find a clue — that missing link that brings it all home.

10. Know When You’re Done

via Brain Pickings

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Alain de Botton on Art as Therapy

We often hear that art is meant to be very important; but we’re seldom told exactly why.

Founder of The School of Life Alain de Botton believes art can help us with our most intimate and ordinary dilemmas:

Why is my work not more satisfying?
Why do other people seem to have a more glamorous life?
How can I improve my relationships?
Why is politics so depressing?

In this secular sunday sermon he introduces a new method of interpreting art: art as a form of therapy, providing powerful solutions to many of life’s dilemmas.

www.alaindebotton.com

This secular sermon took place at Logan Hall at The Institute of Education on Sunday 27 October 2013.

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Moonshot Thinking

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win. ”

~ John F. Kennedy

Moonshots live in the gray area between audacious technology and pure science fiction.

Instead of a mere 10% gain, a moonshot aims for a 10x improvement over what currently exists.

The combination of a huge problem, a radical solution to that problem, and the breakthrough technology that just might make that solution possible, is the essence of a moonshot.

Visit http://www.solveforx.com and browse through the hundreds of moonshots that have been curated by the community.

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Sandra Chevrier “Les Cages”

When the film director Patrick Peris enters the universe of Sandra Chevrier the little moments of the day to day life of the artists becomes an enchainment of poems.

The spectator takes place in Sandra’s sacred home of creation and watches the work while it becomes alive trough the eye of the creator.

Sandra Chevrier currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

She is a gaze collector, an idea chaser and a full time single mom.

Her work takes her traveling over a broad range of fluctuating emotional enigmas and concepts that have set the standard of our modern communication.

Working in a home studio, Sandra produces her work at a full-time scale, aggressively pursuing a common thread until it is worn away, leaving her to begin on a new path.

She exposes the limitations within our world, our self-imposed expectations and the cages we have allowed to bar us from fullness of life’s experience.

A dance between reality and imagination, truth and deception, cure and poison.

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Maira Kalman: What I choose to illustrate and why

Illustrator and author Maira Kalman believes that everything that delights you needs to be documented. Sharing images from a range of her projects, Kalman talks about her curiosities and inspirations. Exploring the themes that matter to her the most — time, work, and love — Kalman fascinates us with her wisdom, whimsical illustrations, and her clever trick to slow down time.

Maira Kalman Quotes

“It’s not bad to be bored.”

“What protects you in this world from sadness and from the loss of an ability to do something? … Work and love.”

“You’re constantly battling with the idea of loss and grief in this lifetime, and then continuing with optimism and courage to continue your work.”

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