1994 Soundgarden – Fell On Black Days

Chris Cornell 1964-2017.  Rest In Peace.

Posted in music, music (eclectic)

EVERYTHING – mini masterpiece from David OReilly

This is (I guess) a promo for an interactive game with the tag “Be the Universe in this epic reality simulation game” created by David OReilly.  I better stop there.  I am NOT a gamer, and I have no business trying to explain a world I can not understand.  BUT, as a film, a meditation, a work of art, EVERYTHING is a work of great beauty.  Give it a chance to grow on you, let it unfold before your eyes and mind.  Featuring narration by philosopher Alan Watts.  Inspired.

 

Posted in animation, awesome

1968 Plymouth commercial with Petula Clark

They don’t make car commercials like they used to.

Posted in cinema, music, music (eclectic)

Seagull portraits GIF

seagulls

Ok, I cheated.  It’s the same seagull throughout.

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Chopin’s sublime Prelude in C Sharp Minor Opus 45

Young Polish pianist Krzysztof Książek performs the work with great delicacy.  From a performance at the 2015 International Chopin Competition.  Prepare to be mesmerized.

Posted in awesome, music (classical)

Catalogue: a visit to the American Museum of Natural History

Shooting with a digital SLR, I sort of animate my way through portions of the American Museum of Natural History (New York City).  Entire sequence was edited “in camera”.  Each of the 16 tiles contains the same movie, but offset in time, if you watch it long enough, this becomes apparent.

Posted in animalia, art, ephemera

Island of Lost Souls

From 1932 comes this pre-code (meaning it’s somewhat racier than the typical fare of the period, but innocuous by today’s standards) strange & weird film Island of Lost Souls featuring a hammy Charles Laughton in the role of Dr. Moreau, a “mad” scientist who conducts horrible, painful experiments on animals, turning them into human like beasts.  His masterpiece is the Panther Woman (featured in the lobby card below).  Needless to say, shit goes bad, and it doesn’t end well for Dr. Moreau.  Atmospheric cinematography by the great Karl Struss.

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Posted in cinema, movie posters, trailers

Gould, Bernstein & Bach

Here’s a great little gem of a video featuring famously eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto #1 in D minor along with Leonard Bernstein conducting the orchestra.  Bernstein introduces the performance with a brief talk about interpretation in musical performance, quite instructive and fascinating in itself.  Gould performs with precision and clarity in this 1960 television broadcast.

Posted in ephemera, music, music (classical)

Hill 88, GGNRA

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes many scenic areas which used to be controlled by the military.  From Fort Cronkhite, located in Marin County, you can hike to the summit of Hill 88.  This hike will reward you with spectacular views in all directions, and a healthy workout (5-6 miles, 1000′ elevation gain).  The abandoned, dilapidated & graffitied structures which reside at summit were once part of a radar station for the former Nike Missile Base which is located nearby.

Posted in moments, San Francisco Variations

Tourist shot of the day: Fort Point, San Francisco

The surf is up by Fort Point.  A great day to be a tourist in San Francisco.

Posted in moments, San Francisco Variations