August 31, 2011

Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)


Using three iPods like magical props, Marco Tempest spins a clever, surprisingly heartfelt meditation on truth and lies, art and emotion. Thank you Maud for sharing this! Another great presentation at the TEDGlobal conference. More on that later, stay tuned :)
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August 30, 2011

Kalenderschal Gregor 2012

A super cute German wall calendar (Calendar Scarf) that you manually unravel as the days go by. Is it too soon to count down until the next Nottinghill?


Gregor 2012 Unraveling Scarf Calendar textiles design calendars

Kalenderschal Gregor 2011 video home design calendars

Kalenderschal Gregor 2011 video home design calendars
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August 29, 2011

Pure love, pure smiles ♥


Image reblogged from here

Here's to a safe and wonderful Nottinghill Carnival, no rioting allowed! We will be jumping along the streets of London in teeny tiny beaded bikinis, rum punch in hand :) xx
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August 28, 2011

New kid in town


Are computers becoming smarter than us?

Algorithm expert Kevin Slavin delivered one of the most "sit up and take notice" speeches at this year's TEDGlobal conference. He warned that the "maths that computers use to decide stuff" was infiltrating every aspect of our lives.

 Algorithms are subtly taking control of our everyday living through web codes. From the web retailers - calculating what books and films we might be interested in, to Facebook's friend finding and image tagging services, to the search engines that guide us around the net and even the online trading algorithms that are increasingly controlling Wall Street.

Algorithms have also made mistakes however, shown when a book was priced incorrectly at Amazon.com because of the logic in it's coding. I'm pretty sure a text book on the molecular biology of flies isn't worth $23.6 million.

This highlights the idea that algorithms are like small children: they can bring about chaos when they become smart enough to operate without parental, or in this case human, intervention.

Too-smart-for-their-own-good children running the world is a scary thought.

Bit of nerd talk but interesting none the less. Read more here.

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August 27, 2011

2011 Venice Film Festival

The summer season means the start of the awards season :) The two big autumn film festivals, Venice and Toronto, have announced their programmes, offering us a peek at the films that will be the talk of the town for the awards seasons in 2012.

Here's a quick look at some of the feature films at The 68th Venice film festival which runs August 31-September 10. Unfortunately I couldn't find trailers for all of them but these seemed most interesting...


2011 Venice Film Festival Lineup



THE IDES OF MARCH (OPENING FILM) - USA
(GEORGE CLOONEY) Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood



A DANGEROUS METHOD - Germany, Canada
(DAVID CRONENBERG) Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel


CARNAGE - France, Germany, Spain, Poland
(ROMAN POLANSKI) Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly
 
Here are a few more films that critics are keeping their eye on:
 
  • 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH - USA (ABEL FERRARA) Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta, Natasha Lyonne 
  • POULET AUX PRUNES - France, Belgium, Germany (MARJANE SATRAPI, VINCENT PARONNAUD) Mathieu Amalric, Maria De Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Isabella Rossellini, Chiara Mastroianni 
  • KILLER JOE - USA (WILLIAM FRIEDKIN) Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon  
  • SHAME - United Kingdom (STEVE MCQUEEN) Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge, Nicole Beharie 
And last but not least, the closing film for the festival is

  • DAMSELS IN DISTRESS - USA (WHIT STILLMAN) Adam Brody, Greta Gerwig

 Read more about the festival here:
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August 26, 2011

Take me back to China, doll




My obsession with China began in 2008 when I spent a month there on the DIUS Study China programme in Shanghai. Everything was so new and exciting, I loved it! (The food however, not so much)
One of my favourite memories of China is of the children and babies; they were adorable! Always dressed in cute little outifts like dolls or in strange onesies with a slit at the back in case of emergencies :)


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August 25, 2011

Maya Angelou


 *Image sourced in cyberspace & edited by me
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August 24, 2011

Heaven on Earth


This is some of the most beautiful footage I've ever seen!
I had to look this up from a few different sources as it seems too perfect to be real. Turns out this is filmed from El Teide, Spain's highest mountain, by Norwegian landscape photographer, Terje Sorgjerd. He used 7 days worth of time lapsed footage to capture these magnificant scenes of the Milky Way and the view from the mountain. So determined was he to film as much footage as possible, he estimates he had as little as ten hours sleep during the entire seven days. 'A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on April 9. At approximately 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes. Interestingly enough, my camera was set for a five-hour sequence of the Milky Way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined.
'To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way.'

Read more here. Or Check out Terje Sorgjerd.

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August 23, 2011

August 22, 2011

The Help - Book Review


Kathryn Stockett's "the Help' is set in Jackson, Mississippi 'during the nascent civil rights movement. This is a town where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver.' A shocking relationship exists between the whites and the blacks and it's strange to think that this happened not too long ago.

On returning home from college, white heroine Skeeter begins collecting the shocking tales of the black maids of her town, unearthing evil truths about the white friends around her and how they treat their domestic help.  More Oprah than awe inspiring, this book is predictable and at times quite slow but with hilarious dialogue entangled within as Stockett chose to use heavy dialect for the main characters. Here are some memorable quotes :

"it always sound scarier when a hollerer talk soft."   

"I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty ain't a color, disease ain't the Negro side a town. I want to stop that moment from coming - and it come in ever white child's life - when they start to think that colored folks ain't as good as whites. ... I pray that wasn't her moment, Pray I still got time."   

"....we ain't doing civil rights here. We just telling stories like they really happen."

There is no trickier subject for a writer from the South than that of affection between a black person and a white one in the unequal world of segregation. For the dishonesty upon which a society is founded makes every emotion suspect, makes it impossible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism' (Howell Raines's Pulitzer Prize winning article "Grady's Gift" which Kathryn Sockett used in her summary)

What I found interesting whilst reading this book was the striking similarities between some of the main characters and my Dad's nanny/help Daisy. Daisy helped raised my dad, aunt and uncle during the 60's and 70's in Barbados; a time when racial segregation was still very much engrained in this former British colony. It would be interesting - and upsetting I'm sure - to see what it would have been like for all the Daisys in Barbados during that time.
Us as kids with Mum and Daisy :)
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August 21, 2011

Savage Beauty

 
I wouldn't normally blog about fashion but I do love most avant-garde installations and performance art. These pieces by Alexander McQueen are featured in his book "Savage Beauty" as a reminder of McQueen's unique talent and ability to both challenged and expand the conventional parameters of clothing beyond utility to a compelling expression of culture, politics and identity.
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August 19, 2011

If~

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about but don't deal in lies,
Or being hated on and not give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream~and not make dreams your master;
If you can think~and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same,
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn~out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch~and~toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings~nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And~which is more~you'll be a Man, my son!

~Rudyard Kipling
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August 18, 2011

The Ballerina Project


Though not the slightest bit the dancer myself I really appreciate the enchanting grace and poise of a ballerina; a delicate calm supported by stricht discipline and an incredibly strong form. This juxtaposition is relayed in these images of ballerinas in urban environments.
The Ballerina Project is a series of photographs created by photographer Dane Shitagi. Crafted over the span of ten years the Ballerina Project has been photographed entirely on traditional photographic film and not with modern digital cameras. The majority of ballerinas who have posed for the project are professional dancers and the minority are advanced ballet students in renown dance schools.









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August 17, 2011

Sex Trafficking : The Girls Next Door

Even as celebrity activists such as Emma Thompson, Demi Moore, and Mira Sorvino raise awareness about commercial sex trafficking, survivor Rachel Lloyd publishes her memoir Girls Like Us, and the US Senate introduces a new bipartisan bill for victim support, the problem proliferates across continents, in casinos, on streets, and directly into your mobile device. And, as Amy Fine Collins shows in a Vanity Fair crime report, human trafficking is much closer to home than you think; victims, younger than ever, are just as likely to be the homegrown American girl next door as illegally imported foreigners. Having gained access to victims, law-enforcement officials, and a convicted trafficker, Collins follows a major case that put to the test the federal government’s Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

A photographer’s representation of a typical scene at one of the motels in Central Connecticut used for sex trafficking.

“Prostitution is renting an organ for ten minutes.”

—A john, interviewed by research psychologist Melissa Farley.
 

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Paper Aeroplane~

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August 16, 2011

I ♥ Sarah Lee

Flickr is a beautiful thing; an opportunity for so many talented photographers to exhibit their work on an international platform and receive feedback from their adoring fans. Sarah Lee is from Hawaii and one of my favourite photographers. Oversaturated, monochromatic, upside-down, exuberant and refreshing, Sarah's photography is an inspiration to push the boundaries. She's also a sunny, wave riding water baby, all the more reason to love her work.








All images are from Sarah Lee's Flickr stream.
Check out her website here: www.vivantvie.com

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August 15, 2011

Math Atheist


Currently studying statistics...
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August 14, 2011

When life hands you lemons, make rum punch*~


No summer would be complete without some Bajan rumpunch. Naturally, I would recommend you use Mount Gay Old Gold for this but any cheap rum equivalent will do (I quite like Morgan's Spiced Rum) For the rest you need freshly squeezed lime juice, simple syrup and lots of ice.

To make the perfect rum punch just remember this rhyme:

1 of SOUR
2 of SWEET
3 of STRONG 
4 of WEAK

This ratio can be applied to any measurement, depending on how much you would like to make. We generally use cups so squeeze one cup full of lime juice and make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after this as the juice becomes very acidic once you go in the sun and can blister your skin. For simple syrup bring to boil 2 cups of water and 2 cups of brown sugar, until it has melted and formed a thick syrup (you may need to add more sugar depending on how sweet you like it). Mix this together in a jug and add water or crushed ice to taste. Rum punch is silent but deadly; on a hot day the effects of the rum will sneak up on you! Serve in a short glass with fresh nutmeg grated on top. Enjoy!


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