Tag: amazing

Pass It On: Florida School for the Deaf and Blind Performs “The Wizard Of Oz” – wonderful

When I was in Saint Augustine, FL attending Flagler College and going to Anastasia Baptist Church, I noticed that there was a large portion of the population who knew how to sign.  I remember one study session in particular in which I saw three guys at Denny’s rocking out a pretty intense discussion.  I wish I was in on it.  It looked awesome.  The reason that there were so many signers, is because in Saint Augustine, there is the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (where Ray Charles actually got kicked out from for bad behavior).  Here is their production of “The Wizard of Oz” – and it is truly amazing.  Its about a half hour, so get some popcorn and enjoy:

Here is a link to the school: (link) for further information if your interested.

Pass It On: Super Wave of Tahiti in Slow Motion Takes Breath Away and Teaches about Leadership

I watched this amazing footage of surfers taking on one of Tahitis mega-waves and thought two things:

(1) God has made an amazing Earth.  That much water curling and moving with such power really shows off God’s glory.

(2) All you leaders or wanna-be leaders out there, look at these surfers taking on this thing.  There are contests out there for surfers to get 100 foot waves and they drop in with lines from motor-boats.  Surfers go to the arctic to ride frigid waves created by dropping ice cliffs.  All this for the pursuit of excellence in surfing and simply the thrill of doing it.  Makes me feel like the challenges in my day are a lot less dangerous.

What challenges are you taking on?  How thrilling is your own personal ride in this life?  Push yourself further!

Source: @Gizmodo

New Iphone “4S” Hints at Iphone 5 Release

Last year I had heard rumors that this summer, it would be likely that no new Iphone would be released other than a smaller version of the Iphone 4.   As the rumor mill goes, that doesn’t seem to be the case. This is especially so because Game Developers have been receiving what they call the Iphone 4S with the new A5 chip (replacing the slower A4 of the Iphone 4) and is rumored to have an 8 mp rather than 5 mp camera as well as 64 gb of storage rather than just 32 gb.  Not bad.  According to this article, the phone is to be sold in September.  I hope so, because I want to find someone upgrading so I can buy an Iphone 4 as they unload! My 3g is bogging down with the new apps and an upgrade needs to happen soon.

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs Presents A Short Film “Scenes From the Suburbs” by Spike Jonze

Since seeing Arcade Fire perform “Wake Up” with David Bowie a few years back, they have continued to be my favorite band.  Their EP “Funeral” is one of the best composed albums I have ever heard for many reasons.  They recently released “The Suburbs” which won a Grammy this year – so I picked it up at Best Buy (old school, I know).  Actually have been listening to it in my car for the last week and a half now.

(1) Listening through once it was a beautiful album with a lot of energy in explosive points.  Track 15 blew me away.

(2) I listened to track 15 and 1 over and over again.

(3) I realized I was going to kill 15 (The Sprawl 2, Mountains Beyond Mountains) so I relistened to whole album.  Amazing.

(4) Tracks 1-4 Rehaunt me. Absolutely poetic and the second round of listening through is better now that I’ve started looking through the lyrics.

This video from youtube is actually a Preview for a 30 minute short film based on the album “The Suburbs”.  I just watched it and found myself realizing how real the images feel.  The suburbs they show look just like my neighborhood in South Carolina (though the shots are from California probably).  The crisis at the end with the police, sirens, and disturbed tranquility happened right in my neighborhood recently and I remember kids on their bikes just watching.

There is a reason this album won a Grammy.  Make sure to read the lyrics.  I will be watching this short film when I can.  Blew me away.

“Scenes from the Suburbs” Info:

CREDITS:
ARCADE FIRE PRESENTS A MJZ PRODUCTION OF
A SHORT FILM BY SPIKE JONZE “SCENES FROM ‘THE SUBURBS’”
BASED ON THE ALBUM ”THE SUBURBS” BY ARCADE FIRE
STARRING SIENNA BLAW, SAM DILLON, ZOE GRAHAM, ZEKE JARMON, PAUL PLUYMEN & ASHLIN WILLIAMSON
MUSIC BY ARCADE FIRE
CONCEPT ARTIST MARCEL DZAMA
COSTUMES BY RENATA MORALES & CAROLINE KARLEN
CASTING BY VICKY BOONE
PRODUCTION DESIGNER ELLIOTT HOSTETTER
EDITOR JEFF BUCHANAN
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY GREIG FRASER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ARCADE FIRE  &  SCOTT RODGER
PRODUCED BY VINCENT LANDAY
WRITTEN BY SPIKE JONZE, WILL BUTLER & WIN BUTLER
DIRECTED BY SPIKE JONZE

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 30 MINUTES, COLOR

Pass It On: The Sleek Sheen of Darth Vader in Typography – Beautifully Done

I often peruse Gizmodo blog, and this really caught my eye (I was a Graphic Design major in college before switching to Religion/Philosophy).  Full pic below, and here is some info from the Giz article (click to jump)

Evan Travelstead has created this poster of Darth Vader using only typography and all his famous quotes, from I find your lack of faith disturbing to ***SPOILER ALERT***Luke, I am your father. The results are… remarkable. Here’s the full poster: