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Cosmos: Then and Now

Tonight’s premier of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey has me on the couch watching Sunday evening TV for the first time since I don’t know when. I remember The Simpsons, King of the Hill and X-Files Sunday nights on Fox fondly. Those have long since gone off the air or have become stale. I’m an adult now and therefore updating the ritual. The popcorn is popping as I sip my bubbling beer. It’s time to learn some science! Read On…

Setting Clocks & Magic Hour

We’re setting our clocks forward one hour tonight. For many it means that this cold winter will soon be a memory.  But the extra hour of evening light is much more valuable to our humble team for a different reason: Magic Hour is earlier!
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2014 Oscars

Year after year, the Oscars stand as Hollywood’s oldest tradition of self congratulatory schmoozing. Yes, this Sunday, March 2nd, the Academy Awards presents the ultimate prize for America’s motion picture industry. They propel the commodity of an actor, director, and even studio’s stature to that of ersatz royalty.
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Winter Photography: Freezing Rain

My humble opinion of the frigid winter months is noticeably negative.  I dislike cold weather so I stay inside for the most part. Ultimately, I want to hibernate. But since taking up photography, I’m beginning to see there’s an upside to the season.
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Music From Robots: The Z-Machines

What has 78 fingers, 22 arms, and likes to rock out? The robots of the three-piece Z-Machines.
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Symmetry: The Palindrome of Pictures

Palindromes in language are strings of letters or phases that can have the same meaning read forward or backwards.  ‘Step on no pets,’ the word ‘kayak’ and the name ‘Hannah’ for example. They are a challenge to write but never before have I seen one done with video.

A graphic designer in Paris shares this short film as his graduate project. “Symmetry” is an impressive piece. It ends as it begins. The movie would play the same if, after you saw it once – you played it back in reverse.
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Berlin Bicycle

My jaunt through the back alleys of Neukölln (a borough of Berlin, Germany). A wall of graffiti and a deserted bicycle. The colours just popped. Read On…

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

He looked like your neighbour, or perhaps the mailman. And yet, behind that rounded face, hefty frame, and swath of blonde strands was a force of nature.  Philip Seymour Hoffman was a talent who sparred onscreen with modern giants (Streep, Hanks, Cruise).  His ambitions and heart marched, thankfully so, to that opposite of Hollywood’s. He was awarded an Oscar in 2006.
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Self Expression: Could Have Been A Love Story

I stumbled across this video online. I feel it is a clever critique on modern self expression. As two characters (James and Jane) chat online, their constant erasing and indecisiveness reflect a real life trend. This is a reminder one should not suffocate their own hearts and minds.

Our conversations can have other directions with the right words.
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Koyaanisqatsi: A Review

Koyannisqatsi  (1982) Dir: Godfrey Reggio

Essentially what we have here is one long time lapse video. Spoiler alert: it’s mesmerizing. The story is about life. But you can draw your own meaning from the visuals. Make time to screen this pioneering picture.  After viewing, one thing’s for certain –  you’ll never look at the world around you the same way again.
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