Falling Tide, a short animation by Ning Cheng

Tuesday, 28 June, 2016

Falling Tide, by Ning Cheng. I knew something weird was going on, but I didn’t see that twist at the end coming.

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Ronin, a new track from Thug Entrancer

Monday, 27 June, 2016

I can’t decide what I like the most about Ronin, a new track from Denver based electronic band Thug Entrancer… the tune, the video clip, or the name of the act.

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Walk on water with the floating piers of Italy’s Lake Iseo

Monday, 27 June, 2016

The scenery is reason enough to visit Italy’s Lake Iseo, but The Floating Piers, an art installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, that link two islands in the lake, to the shore, by way of yellow coloured floating walkways, is surely an added incentive.

There’s no doing things by half measures here, is there?

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ABBA’s SOS, by Portishead, for Jo Cox

Friday, 24 June, 2016

Bristol trip hop act Portishead have released a moving cover of Swedish pop group ABBA’s 1975 single, SOS, in memory of murdered British MP, Jo Cox.

Stunning.

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Wonderland, by Caravan Palace. Let’s go down the rabbit hole…

Thursday, 23 June, 2016

Wonderland, new music from Paris based seven piece electro-swing act, Caravan Palace. There’s no doubt, this is music to descend the rabbit hole by.

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Why are aircraft flight recorders called black boxes? Good question

Thursday, 23 June, 2016

An introduction to aircraft flight recorders, often known as black boxes. That’s a misnomer, if ever there were one, as they are usually orange in colour.

What’s also interesting is that no one in the aviation industry exactly knows how fight recorders became known as black boxes in the first place. Perhaps the term was made popular by the media? Black box certainly has more presence than orange box, so possibly that explains it?

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On the other hand, talent may be overrated, dance instead

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016

Maybe talent is overrated after all.

Just ask Ian Eastwood, a choreographer, who says “I would rather be horrible at something than mediocre. To me, being ok at something is like my biggest nightmare.”

I don’t know that I’d call his work horrible, or even lacking in talent, but I guess it shows what is possible, if you might think you aren’t gifted in any way.

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A bad day in space, but a good day for sci-fi film fans

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016

Space Story: A Bad Day, by Luc Bergeron, a compilation of scenes from numerous sci-fi films, cut together to tell a new story. I wonder if a sequel is on the way?

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You are awake. For that matter, am I awake?

Monday, 20 June, 2016

You are awake, a short film by Pedro MartÍn-Calero Medrano. An illness, that eludes detection by medical professionals, leaves victims with no memory of how long they’ve been asleep, or how they came to be in the place where they eventually awoke. Is this a nightmare, or a glimpse of a dystopian near-future that awaits us?

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Since I left you, The Avalanches have released a new track, Colours

Monday, 20 June, 2016

Frankie Sinatra was the first single from The Avalanches to be released in the best part of sixteen years, which they’ve followed up with Colours. This is a departure from the norm, in that the track is said to contain no samples, which is not the usual modus operandi of the Avalanches.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still undecided about their new music. I hate to be one of those, your-old-stuff-is-better-than-your-new-stuff people, but neither of these new tracks has the… energy of their earlier work. Still, let’s wait and see what they come out with next.

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