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May 22, 2017

Inside Hashimoto: Tokyo's Michelin-starred Eel Restaurant

"Meet Shinji Hashimoto, the humble, 6th-generation owner of Michelin-starred unagi restaurant Hashimoto. This unassuming eel joint in Tokyo's Bunkyo district serves up a secret family recipe for tare sauce that dates back nearly 200 years."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 06:44 AM

Parekh & Singh - I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll

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May 21, 2017

Inside Dior

"This episode visits the star-studded party to celebrate the re-opening of Dior's summer mansion, and dazzling fashion shows at Blenheim Palace and in Paris. And can Dior find a new creative director?"

"Dior's new creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, prepares her first collection and shows it at Paris Fashion Week. And Dior's 'nose', Francois Demachy, reveals how to make a best-selling perfume."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 10:24 AM

Meet a Dancer - Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté

"Our latest instalment features Principal Dancer and Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté. Superbly controlled athleticism, fearless attack, an effortlessly noble bearing and exquisite purity of line all combine to create the powerful stage artistry of Guillaume Côté. This talented dancer is also an award-winning choreographer and composer and was named Choreographic Associate with the National Ballet in 2013."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 10:23 AM

VÉRITÉ - Phase Me Out

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May 20, 2017

The scent of life itself

"Indian villagers have found a way to bottle the fragrance of monsoons."

Publishing in the journal Nature in 1964, Bear and Thomas proposed a name for the scent brought on by rain. They called it “petrichor,” a blend of the Greek words petra, rock, and ikhor, the blood of the gods in Greek mythology. But the scientists acknowledged that they were not the first to identify the stormy smell. They were not even the first to extract it. In fact, what they had dubbed petrichor was already a signature fragrance produced in Kannauj. Extracted from parched clay and distilled with ancient techniques, it is known as mitti attar—Earth’s perfume.

Fragrance of the First Rain - Making of Mitti Attar:

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 07:34 AM

May 19, 2017

Adam Curtis - HyperNormalisation (2016)

"HyperNormalisation is a 2016 BBC documentary by British filmmaker Adam Curtis. In the film, Curtis argues that since the 1970s, governments, financiers, and technological utopians have given up on the complex 'real world' and built a simple 'fake world' that is run by corporations and kept stable by politicians. The film was released on 16 October 2016 on the BBC iPlayer."

The term "hypernormalisation" is taken from Alexei Yurchak's 2006 book Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation, about the paradoxes of life in the Soviet Union during the 20 years before it collapsed. A professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, he argues that everyone knew the system was failing, but as no one could imagine any alternative to the status quo, politicians and citizens were resigned to maintaining a pretence of a functioning society. Over time, this delusion became a self-fulfilling prophecy and the "fakeness" was accepted by everyone as real, an effect that Yurchak termed "hypernormalisation".
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Papooz - Ann Wants to Dance

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May 17, 2017

Rock & Rule (1983)

"Progressive and daring for its time, Nelvana's "Rock & Rule" was the first English-speaking animated feature film ever made entirely in Canada. It features adult themes, and a stellar rock 'n' roll soundtrack including Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, and Earth Wind & Fire. Unfortunately, the production faced an enormous amount of hurdles and due in part to a lack of marketing and distribution, it was a box-office flop. Now, over 30 years later, 'Rock & Rule' enjoys a cult status on par with 'Heavy Metal.'"

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 08:29 AM

Pace prestige television

"Just a bugaboo of mine:"

These "Prestige" TV show seem to think that a bore-you-to-tears pacing is a de facto marker of "quality writing and deep characterization," and most TV critics aren't hip enough to get the con. A lot of these shows' very slow pace suggests to me they are being written with a target audience of people "multitasking" on the computer as they half-watch in mind. I guess when you're mostly reading Instagram while the TV is on, you maybe don't notice that nothing has happened in the past three minutes. And I guess if you're one of the one-eye-on-tv-one-eye-on-twitter crowd, you need nothing to happen for long stretches, or else you'll be missing important stuff.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at 08:28 AM

Tei Shi - Keep Running

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May 16, 2017

The Lost Army Of King Cambyses (2002)

"While escaping the Egyptians 2,500 years ago, the Persian King Cambyses led his army into the desert and disappeared forever. Despite efforts in the 1930s to discover what happened to him, no clues were found until 1996 when a geologist stumbled on evidence by accident. The Egyptian authorities have suppressed news of these findings until now. The Lost Army Of King Cambyses returns to the site to uncover the truth."

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Eskmo - Cloudlight

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May 14, 2017

Eric Cline - 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

"From about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex cosmopolitan and globalized world-system. It may have been this very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age. When the end came, the civilized and international world of the Mediterranean regions came to a dramatic halt in a vast area stretching from Greece and Italy in the west to Egypt, Canaan, and Mesopotamia in the east. Large empires and small kingdoms collapsed rapidly. With their end came the world’s first recorded Dark Ages. It was not until centuries later that a new cultural renaissance emerged in Greece and the other affected areas, setting the stage for the evolution of Western society as we know it today. Professor Eric H. Cline of The George Washington University will explore why the Bronze Age came to an end and whether the collapse of those ancient civilizations might hold some warnings for our current society."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 07:48 AM

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Soundtrack

Composed by Rik Schaffer & Various Artists.

Track No.: 13: Title: Club Confession (Ministry - Bloodlines)

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 07:46 AM

May 13, 2017

Genevieve von Petzinger - Why are these 32 symbols found in caves all over Europe

"Written language, the hallmark of human civilization, didn't just suddenly appear one day. Thousands of years before the first fully developed writing systems, our ancestors scrawled geometric signs across the walls of the caves they sheltered in. Paleoanthropologist and rock art researcher Genevieve von Petzinger has studied and codified these ancient markings in caves across Europe. The uniformity of her findings suggest that graphic communication, and the ability to preserve and transmit messages beyond a single moment in time, may be much older than we think."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 09:07 AM

Myrkur - Två Kongungabarn

Myrkur playing Himlen Blev Sort in the hallway of Denmark's Radio's Concert Hall:

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 09:04 AM

May 12, 2017

Forest Man (2014)

"Since the 1970's Majuli islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at 10:33 PM

Sia - The Greatest

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