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What They Found

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Quarterlife Crisis, Too Close to Home

Found this article posted on facebook about people undergoing their Quarterlife Crisis. It’s a good bit of reading, but the scenarios, insights, and details described are incredibly and eerily accurate, especially to a 25-year-old not-so-recent college grad like myself.

“They can’t make any decisions, because they don’t know what they want, and they don’t know what they want because they don’t know who they are, and they don’t know who they are because they’re allowed to be anyone they want.”

“You could always say the whole premise of education is that if you study, get good grades, acquire skills, you will have more options in a ‘career and life’ point of view. If you get a degree, you don’t have to work in a factory or have to work in a farm. That’s proving to be a huge lie, because you have people coming out of school and there are just no jobs, especially in ‘middle-class’ fields.”

“This isolation and its private anxiety are pervasive, as is a longing for the way things were in the predictably structured eras of high school and college or university. The directionlessness and resulting immobility is made worse when twentysomethings going through the Crisis compare themselves to their peers, past and present, further convincing someone in the throes of it that they’re not only alone, but the worst kind of failure.”

“Nothing could be more alienating to someone in the midst of a crisis than a tool like Facebook.”

The irony of that last quote isn’t lost on me. It’s a good article, give it a read here.

**Depressing Bonus**

This video is quite possibly the most cynical, darkly funny, depressing (and apparently honest) video about those that forgo the Quarterlife Crisis by moving right along with “the timeline”. Think of it as an icy blast in the collective face of chick flicks and romance novels.


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Stefan Nadelman: Spring Fever, Birds, Bees, and Food Fights

If you can’t tell already, I’m a sucker for well made music videos. Something about the synergistic combination of creative, beautiful, and transfixing visuals with already powerful music really narfles my garthok.

Anyways, just in time for spring, a couple spring-themed videos (of the darker sort), both directed by Stefan Nadelman, an award-winning artist who won the Sundance 2003 award for his video “Terminal Bar”.

The first video, “I Say Fever” by Ramona Falls, does an awesome job of punching your earballs in the gut. It does a great job of accentuating the music with an awesome and unique visual style, and matches the action with the music perfectly. It feels like the folks from Married to the Sea found some illicit substance and decided to remake some strange children’s story. Just watch it already.

The second video, “Evil Bee” by Menomena, follows suit, not surprisingly since it’s also directed by Stefan Nadelman, and the artist, Brent Knopf, actually used to be in Menomena before splitting off and forming his own group. Gives new meaning to “the birds and the bees”, and makes you want to forget where honey actually comes from. Oh well, cram some of this sweetness in your earholes.

Bonus:
Stefan also directed the short film “Food Fight”, which depicts the history of war from World War II to present using representative foods from each country. It’s entertaining and funny, given its subject matter, even funnier if you actually paid attention in world history and know your world foods. The cold war arms race cracked me up. Bon Appetit.


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What They Saw: Out and About


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What They Saw: Neighborhood Characters


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Fat Soluble Ideas and Breaking Blocks

Loved this quote on ISO50, the blog of artist and musician Scott Hansen, from a post about how professional creatives get past creative blocks.

I go on a long run, bike ride, walk with the dog; Anything but work on the project. Good ideas are stored in fat so if I burn some off I can free them up and use em.

- Justin Krietemeyer, of National Forest

<via kottke>


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ReBooted

He’s Back! Seems like Craig Mitchell, of the previously mentioned MyBoot fame, is back from obscurity and taking a stab at finishing his novella, She Hates My Futon. His new website (around since November 2009), FamousBoot.com, hosts the original chapters along with accounts of further progress (and distractions…naked distractions). Craig willing, we’ll finally have a conclusion/closure to his novella masterpiece. Like I said, give it a read, get sucked in, and then join the throng of addicted fans pressuring him for a conclusion. Thanks to Scott for the heads up. Life is indeed good.


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Black and White

So, in honor of MLK Jr. day (a bit late, but the internet was down), here’s a poorly themed picture post from a walkabout around San Antonio.  Yes, perhaps black and white is a poor choice, considering the spirit of the day.  It’s just what happened to catch my eye.  Plus, the brown and white of the last one is quite appropriate for San Antonio.


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On Avatar, and the nature of F/X porn

http://www.theawl.com/2009/12/flicked-off-with-mary-hk-choi-avatar

“Avatar” is staggering. It’s seismic. Evolutionarily speaking it is cladogenesis in a thunderclap. Punctuating the balls outta equilibrium. Think about it: You can’t bit torrent this shit. And even if some very industrious pillager cops the glasses and figures out how to do it in the way it was intended to be seen, that person is a hope rapist that should be shot in the face for dream treason because James Cameron and a gang of wizards made this beautiful, beautiful thing for us—in 2009 of all years. We should ALL hold hands about it.

That interview, courtesy of TheAwl.com, takes home the gold for sheer unbridled vulgar enthusiasm.  Best review I’ve read so far.  I ended up seeing Avatar twice (in 3d, there is no other way), and from the reviews I’ve read, I guess it’s redundant to throw in my two cents.   It was an incredibly amazing piece of work and truly staggering in what it achieved visually.  The characters came as close to the uncanny valley as I’ve ever seen without falling in (though technically they weren’t recreating truly human faces, per se…that’s just nitpicking), and the attention to the expressiveness of the eyes and mouths of the cgi characters allowed you to forget that you were basically watching cartoons for 3 hours and become immersed in the world that Cameron so painstakingly created.   Yes, the story was simplistic (dances with wolves/pocahontas with smurfs),  and yes, “hamfisted” seems to be tossed around in a lot of the reviews of the dialogue, but that’s not the point.  It’s the immensity and detail and reality of the cgi world, along with the well-integrated 3d effects that will set the bar for cgi/3d movies to come.

Of course, it also affirms the prophecy set by the recently departed author David Foster Wallace [1] in his 1998 essay, F/X porn“, which skewers big F/X blockbusters (namely Terminator 2) for their similarity to hard-core porn, and all but lays out the formula that some claim Avatar followed.  

It’s a good read, even if you’re not familiar with DFW, merely for a segue into this next little gem, the first 10 minutes of a 70 minute (yes, 70, more than an hour) evisceration of George Lucas and the steaming pile of true F/X porn that was the Phantom Menace.  

**NSFW**

I’m sad to admit that I watched all 70 minutes (yay unemployment).  It gets pretty weird after the first one, but looking past the whole “serial killer kidnapping hookers in his basement” stuff, the man wields the truth like Thor’s hammer until there’s really not much left for Lucas’s bastardization of the Star Wars franchise to stand on.  Just watch the first one and see if you don’t get hooked.

Footnotes

[1]Obligatory footnote.


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Bjorn to Rock

On the heels of the music video post…

Jason Forrest - War Photographer

Vikings.  Giant robots.  Marching bands.  Funk.  Rock. What more do you want?

<via pitchfork.com’s 100 Awesome Music Videos>


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Seeing Sound, Michel Gondry, and 101 Music Videos

Techno/Electronic music is one of those genres that some people just don’t “get.”  They hear the same noises, samples, and loops, over and over, without appreciating the subtler shifts and variations and choreography of sounds.  In a way, it’s a lot like classical music, where listening with a careful ear can change the experience completely.   Way back when, I was a wee little nerd and my musical tastes didn’t stray past orchestrated movie soundtracks until a fateful CD opened my eyes/ears.  Cue the Lost in Space Soundtrack.  Half orchestrated soundtrack, half techno.  Thanks to Crystal Method and company, I came to appreciate a whole new world of music that rewarded the engaged listener (at least, when done well).  Anyways, here’s two examples of physically visualizing the layering and interaction of elements that make techno so great (click the pictures for videos).  Strangely enough, they’re both directed by Michel Gondry, a powerhouse director of music videos

Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar

On a train? In a box? With a fox?

On a train? In a box? With a fox?

Daft Punk  - Around the World

Just in time for Halloween

**Bonus:  Courtesy of the Lost in Space soundtrack, a strangely fitting/mildly disturbing claymation video set to “I’m Here(Another Planet)” by Juno Reactor and the Creatures ( the Creatures was a side project of Siouxsie (a la Siouxsie and the Banshees), Juno Reactor just sampled them.)

**Double Bonus: ville.2k presents the 101 best music videos of the decade. Plenty of audiovisual goodness.  Also liking D.A.N.C.E. by Justice, for the groovy bass line and the creative video.
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Michel Gondry seems to have a prevalent influence (6 of the top 52), and for good reason. He was also responsible for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a visually trippy movie in itself.

**Triple Bonus: Apparently Michel Gondry also directed “Too Many Dicks on the Dancefloor”, a la Flight of the Conchords.  Not as technically impressive, but funny none-the-less.