In this new weekly column, filmmaker Danish Aslam will be your purveyor of the finest quality random facts, useless trivia and other esoterica from the world wide web. He lives mostly behind a keyboard and may or may not be a wizened old green man who speaks in grammatically incorrect aphorisms.
1. Air France - Collapsing At Your doorstep
I think there's something bittersweet about starting this post with a song from a band that recently ended their career. Air France announced their retirement from music last month after releasing just two EPs in six years. But what really gets me are the descriptions of the genre they belong to: 'beach-foam pop', 'Balearic disco' and (my personal favorite) 'post-rave bliss'. This is happy music! And even though it may not have the deepest lyrics, it still has a zen-like simplicity to it:
“Sort of like a dream
(Repeat until satisfied)
2. The Old Man & The Sea - The Illustrated Version
If you haven't read the book, do. One of the major reasons why Hemingway got the Nobel Prize, it's a great story. But if you're too lazy and/or just want to watch some interesting animation, this is for you. Marcel Schindler (any relation?) has made a time-lapse video of him sketching out the entire story set to AWOLNATION's 'Sail'. By hand. On paper. Crazy.
3. Wallpaper - Ministry Of Silly Walks
Monty Python! If you're not a fan, don't click on this link. It won't make any sense, may seem fairly stupid and puerile, and will probably cause you to question the sanity of anyone who does like it. But if you're an initiate, then this wallpaper will instantly remind you of how John Cleese is the undisputed master of physical comedy.
4. Smart Fabric That Charges Your Phones
That's what I'm talking about. Forgot to charge your iPhone? No problem, just stick it in your pocket. Forgot to charge your pants? That's when you're screwed.
5. The Greatest Note Ever Left On A Dented Car
6. OK Go - Needing/Getting
From the guys that made treadmills cool with 'Here We Go Again', here's another crazy combination of choreography and sheer bloody-minded inventiveness. The members of OK Go may not have many chart-topping songs, but their videos always manage to, for lack of a better phrase, blow your mind.
For this one, they used a Chevy Sonic car with retractable pneumatic arms to play over a thousand instruments laid out over two miles of the Southern California desert. Treadmills are so yesterday!
7. Every World Press Photo Winner From 1955-2011
The World Press Photo has been chronicling iconic images from some of the best photojournalism over 50 years now. And here, they've all been compiled into one giant feature. Some, like the execution of the Viet Cong member and the Tiananmen Square protest are instantly recognisable. But the others are equally shocking.
Fair warning: most of these images are fairly gruesome and don't make for happy viewing.
8. Ten Words You Need To Stop Misspelling
One of my favorite webcomics, mainly because of his "the world is made up of 90% idiot and my mission is to reform them", uber-sarcastic sense of humor. That, and the fact that he's right.
9. Getting Bin Laden
Kathryn Bigelow's shooting in Punjab for the movie version right now. The image of President Obama sitting in a corner of the Situation Room and watching the video feed went viral. And now the entire op carried out by Navy SEAL Team Six in Abbottabad is laid out in detail in this New Yorker piece that reads like a chapter from a Tom Clancy novel.
10. Everything You Need To Know About Project Glass
Apart from the name that sounds like it's from an M. Night Shyamalan movie, this latest attempt by Google to bring the future a few years closer is generating a serious case of "I-want-this-right-now-where-do-I-sell-my-kidneys" in me. And unless you live under a rock, you've heard about them. No? Seriously? So how's that natural igneous formation working out for you?
So here's what they are: augmented reality glasses that allow you to answer calls/texts, get directions, take pictures and basically do everything that a phone does through your glasses, much like Robocop/Terminator. Check out the video for a demo that will blow your mind.
For those who seem skeptical about its feasibility, here's what a review published by MIT has to say.
And for the Luddites among you that just like making fun of all things technological, this should cheer you up.
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