December 12, 2013
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a 2011 American documentary film directed by David Gelb. The film follows Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant, on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi. The film also profiles Jiro's two sons, both of whom are also sushi chefs. The younger son, Takashi, left Sukiyabashi Jiro to open a mirror image of his father's restaurant in Roppongi Hills. The 50-year-old elder son, Yoshikazu, obligated to succeed his father, still works for Jiro and is faced with the prospect of one day taking over the flagship restaurant."
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This American Life - 511: The Seven Things You're Not Supposed to Talk About
"Producer Sarah Koenig's mother lives by a set of rules about conversation. She has an actual list of off-limits topics, including how you slept, your period, your health, your diet and more. You don't talk about these things, she says, because nobody cares. This week we try to find stories on these exact topics that will prove her wrong."
Charles Bukowski - Friendly advice to a lot of young men
Mad Dog Mcrea - Beeswing
December 11, 2013
"It turns out that the Prado’s Mona Lisa is not just any 500-year-old copy. It was most likely painted by someone who was sitting right next to Leonardo da Vinci, trying to duplicate his every brush stroke, as he produced his famous lady with the enigmatic smile."
“It had to be painted at the same time,” Ms. González said. “Someone who copies doesn’t make corrections because they haven’t ever seen the changes. They can see only the surface of the painting.”
Simulation: "The Prado’s copy of the Mona Lisa was most likely painted by Salaì, Leonardo’s assistant and reputed lover. Salaì, whose nickname means 'little Satan', joined his master’s studio in 1490, at the age of ten, and worked with him until Leonardo’s death."
"David Smith, a traditional signwriter, has been practicing reverse glass decoration and ornate gilding for more than 29 years. His designs are featured in pubs, liquor labels, businesses and album art."
How to Graduate from Art School
We Draw A - Tears From The Sun
December 10, 2013
The Known Universe
Sega Bodega - Security
December 09, 2013
James Lima and Yuko Shimizu - Sky Watcher
"To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its signature Greyhound logo, Trussardi has teamed up with Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizu and Director and visual effects master James Lima to produce Sky Watcher, a short animated film set around Milan. Supervising the music was British musician and record producer Steve Mackey, former member of the cult britpop band Pulp."
Related (literally): Trussardi My Name.
"Oscar-winning director Gabriele Salvatores directed the Trussardi My Name commercial in the prestigious setting of Milan full of charm and history. The interpreter of this journey is Gaia Trussardi, the Creative Director of the Maison."
The secret of creativity
A reference for the narrative and dramatic sources of all William Shakespeare's works (excepting Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Tempest, all originals).
BBC Omnibus - Don DeLillo: The Word, The Image and The Gun (1991)
Tame Impala - Elephant
December 08, 2013
The USAF Band Holiday Flash Mob at the National Air and Space Museum 2013
December 07, 2013
Nova - Lord of the Ants (2008)
"At age 78, E.O. Wilson is still going through his 'little savage' phase of boyhood exploration of the natural world. In 'Lord of the Ants,' NOVA profiles this soft-spoken Southerner and Harvard professor, who is an acclaimed advocate for ants, biological diversity, and the controversial extension of Darwinian ideas to human society."
Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind
Documentarian James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, is worried about robots.
And here's where things get interesting. And by interesting I mean terrible.
What weather they shall have is not ours to rule
"The Lord Of The Rings has a specific climate, described in J.R.R. Tolkien novels and a scientist claims he has mapped it with the help of a computer and discovered that director Peter Jackson may have made a mistake in choosing the location for his films."
"There are two varieties of Jovian radio bursts: Through the loudspeaker of a shortwave receiver, the so-called 'L-burst' sounds like ocean waves crashing on a distant beach. The 'L' stands for long. If a recording is slowed down dramatically, the S-burst sound like eerie drifting whistlers. Through the loudspeaker of a shortwave receiver, the so-called 'S-burst' produces a staccato of rapid popping sound with a beat that reminds some of woodpeckers. The 'S' stands for short."
Pete Drake - Forever
December 06, 2013
Iggy Azalea - 1Xtra Live 2013
Lawrence Roullier White considers a "near impossible task" in perfumery; "a range celebrating the botany of the British Isles using ingredients from our somewhat challenged natural history. Perhaps it was the focussing brief, perhaps it was the skill of the perfumer, Anastasia Brozler, or the foresight of the brand’s creator, John O’Sullivan, but most probably it was the combination of all three; a trinity which has yielded one of the most interesting collections of late."
Dior Homme Spring 2014
"Discover the Dior Homme Spring 2014 collection by Kris Van Assche."
Au5 & Fractal - Smoke
December 05, 2013
"Device 6 is a metaphysical thriller in which the world is made almost entirely from words. Playing it is like reading a book—except, in this book, the words veer off in unexpected directions, rather than progressing in orderly fashion down the page. When Anna, the game’s protagonist, turns a corner in the narrative, the text does too, swerving off to one side at a right angle, forcing the player to rotate the screen."
Where: Sculpture, Room 111
Turner Prize 2013
"Installation artist Laure Prouvost has won this year's Turner Prize for her piece Wantee, which takes the audience in search of her fictional grandfather."
Also: Behind the scenes at the 2013 Turner Prize.