London to Paris

I haven’t trav­eled from Lon­don to Paris straight, but did over­sleep and miss a tour coach along with my room­mate this past March (too much exploring/partying I guess, and lack of sleep). We hopped on the Eurostar bul­let train to try and catch the rest of the Con­ti­ki group at the Lon­don Pub, but were 10-min­utes late and had to catch the next one =\

Any­ways, ‘Lon­don to Paris’.

AllOrNothingproductions.com present ‘Lon­don to Paris’, direct­ed by Grace Lado­ja, doc­u­ments 10 rid­ers from all over the world mak­ing the track bike jour­ney from Lon­don to Paris to meet Lance Arm­strong as the Tour De France 2009 comes to a close. Made in asso­ci­a­tion with Nike Sports­wear’s CTRS project, the film’s NYC pre­miere is set for late Octo­ber 2009… stages09.com

Source via slamx­hype.

C’était un Rendezvous

I almost for­got about this short film. Pret­ty cool one-take flick.1 Crazy dri­ving skills for sure. I guess its true to the con­cept that “90% of life is just show­ing up.“2

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  1. It seems that this type of film tech­nique is an exam­ple of ciné­ma-vérité. Ciné­ma vérité is a style of doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ing, com­bin­ing nat­u­ral­is­tic tech­niques with styl­ized cin­e­mat­ic devices of edit­ing and cam­er­a­work, staged set-ups, and the use of the cam­era to pro­voke sub­jects. []
  2. As quot­ed from Woody Allen. []

Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far by Stefan Sagmeister

I was inter­est­ed enough to check this out from a TED newslet­ter. Pret­ty inter­est­ing TED Talk by Ste­fan Sag­meis­ter.

Ste­fan Sag­meis­ter is no mere com­mer­cial gun for hire. Sure, he’s cre­at­ed eye-catch­ing graph­ics for clients includ­ing the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed, but he pours his heart and soul into every piece of work. His design work is at once time­less and of the moment, and his painstak­ing atten­tion to the small­est details cre­ates work that offers some­thing new every time you look at it.

While a sense of humor invari­ably sur­faces in his designs, Sag­meis­ter is nonethe­less very seri­ous about his work; his inti­mate approach and sin­cere thought­ful­ness ele­vate his design. A gen­uine mav­er­ick, Sag­meis­ter achieved noto­ri­ety in the 1990s as the design­er who self-harmed in the name of craft: He cre­at­ed a poster adver­tis­ing a speak­ing engage­ment by carv­ing the salient details onto his tor­so.

Some of the points he high­light­ed in his TED talk were:

  • Help­ing oth­er peo­ple helps me.
  • Hav­ing guts always works out for me.
  • Think­ing life will be bet­ter in the future is stu­pid. I have to live now.
  • Start­ing a char­i­ty is sur­pris­ing­ly easy.
  • Being not truth­ful works against me.
  • Every­thing I do always comes back to me.
  • Assum­ing is sti­fling.
  • Drugs feel great in the begin­ning and become a drag lat­er on.
  • Over time I get used to every­thing and start tak­ing for grant­ed.
  • Mon­ey does not make me hap­py.
  • Trav­el­ing alone is help­ful for a new per­spec­tive on life.
  • Keep­ing a diary sup­ports per­son­al devel­op­ment.
  • Try­ing to look good lim­its my life.
  • Mate­r­i­al lux­u­ries are best enjoyed in small dos­es.
  • Wor­ry­ing solves noth­ing.
  • Com­plain­ing is sil­ly. either act or for­get.
  • Actu­al­ly doing the things I set out to do increas­es my over­all lev­el of sat­is­fac­tion.
  • Every­body thinks they are right.
  • Low expec­ta­tions are a good strat­e­gy.
  • What­ev­er I want to explore pro­fes­sion­al­ly, its best to try it out for myself first.
  • Every­body who is hon­est is inter­est­ing.

There’s also a com­mu­ni­ty site ded­i­cat­ed to Things I Have Learned In My Life in which you may con­tribute, share, and hear oth­er peo­ple’s life lessons.

PS. Thanks to Mar­co de Jong for sum­ma­riz­ing them on the TED Talk page.

The “Amen Break”

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Can I Get An Amen?. Pro­duced by Nate Har­ri­son. 2004.

Can I Get An Amen? is an audio instal­la­tion that unfolds a crit­i­cal per­spec­tive of per­haps the most sam­pled drum beat in the his­to­ry of record­ed music, the Amen Break. It begins with the pop track Amen Broth­er by 60’s soul band The Win­stons, and traces the trans­for­ma­tion of their drum solo from its orig­i­nal con­text as part of a ‘B’ side vinyl sin­gle into its use as a key aur­al ingre­di­ent in con­tem­po­rary cul­tur­al expres­sion. The work attempts to bring into scruti­ny the tech­no-utopi­an notion that ‘infor­ma­tion wants to be free’- it ques­tions its effec­tive­ness as a democ­ra­tiz­ing agent. This as well as oth­er issues are fore­ground­ed through a his­to­ry of the Amen Break and its pecu­liar rela­tion­ship to cur­rent copy­right law.