Life is like a game. Nay, life IS a game. A game that everyone plays and eventually dies in. However what determines whether you win or lose that game is not if you die or live, but rather HOW you live your life and HOW you experience it. Cheesy, I know, but its the truth and we all know it.
Every decision we make of every minute of every day determines the path to our very next move. Was the move worth it? What other move could you have played? Does the move get you one step closer to your goal? Will it help you finish the game? If you’re a little on the slower side (pointing to myself) and answered “yes, those daily nights of partying are helping me achieve my goal”… then you, my friend, are in dire need of some help from our good ol’ buddy, the internet – Here is your guide to the game of life.
Now I’ve met a few pseudo-nomads and world travelers over the years, but this one takes the cake by a MILE. Meet 33 year old Graham Hughes who became the first person ever to visit all 201 countries… WITHOUT A PLANE. He accomplished this ridiculous feat using a combination of buses, taxis, trains, and his very own two feet to travel a total of 160,000 miles in just 1,426 days. Or four years.
Think about that for a second. This guy dedicated FOUR YEARS of his life just to traveling. Imagine what you could accomplish if you dedicated that much time to a single task…
Casey Neistat is an incredible film maker with a style all his own. So when a studio came to him to do a video for an upcoming movie, he came at them with a most interesting concept. It’s a little something that companies can learn from and emulate.
What do you get when you combine projection mapping and moving surfaces? One complete mindf*ck coming right on up! This is one of those things that you need to be completely high for in order to fully enjoy the experience, much like you do when watching Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas every holiday season. Just kidding (?).
I’m not sure about you guys but this is the first of its kind that I have ever seen, at least to this level of creativity. Bot & Dolly expect this to revolutionize the future of live theatrical performances and I couldn’t agree more.
Last week I posted about the revolutionary Science Genius pilot program created by Dr. Chris Emdin and the positive effect it’s already been having on the kids involved. After some digging around I came across some more in-depth footage of the program that also sheds some more insight from the student’s perspective and how beneficial they believe the program to be. It’s just amazing to see how interested and engulfed into science these students become by incorporating hip-hop. #FutureOfEducation.
Bonus footage: GZA (one of the all-time greats) visits the class and provides some 1-on-1 feedback.
Last week I had lunch with my friend Kalyanee Mam. You might have recall my 8 Questions with her. While she has two new projects in the works, Kalyanee continues to show A River Changes Course, her award-winning documentary about the effects of change on Cambodia at special screenings. It’s a subtle and powerful piece of cinema, as contemplative as it is artistic, and it recently kicked of the inaugural Cambodia Town Film Festival in Long Beach.
Kalyanee shared that her audiences have been very perceptive. They understand that while the stories may take place in Cambodia, they can see how their decisions affect others around the world. The realization shrinks the planet and is a little bit scary but also empowering and perhaps even hopeful. No wonder Kalyanee is such an inspiration and pleasure to be around despite her dark subject matter. Look for the movie to show in theaters in December.
On Saturday, I visited the Vincent Price Art Museum on the campus of East Los Angeles College. There, my friend Shizu Saldamando was having her first museum retrospective. I loved seeing her older works gathered properly and shown as a body of work, as well as newer works that show a new emphasis and vibrancy of color. Her subtle use of traditional Japanese paper, foil, and wood grain is, as always, as strategic as it is sophisticated–a ballast to her much-observed pop culture references to cholo culture and, specifically, the goth, new wave, and punk subculture.
I love how Shizu’s portraiture (on handkerchiefs and bedding as well as paper or wood, left) is shown just one floor below a survey of work by fellow California artist John Valadez (right). I was familiar with his mural-sized surreal Southern California landscapes but seeing his portraits for the first time really put Shizu’s pieces in context. It is not only appropriate but quite meaningful that their shows are running concurrently at VPAM, and I highly suggest you check them out before December 7.
A River Changes Course trailer
Shizu Saldamando website
Shizu Saldamando art show
John Valadez art show
How often are you on your phone? The average smartphone user spends an hour a day, with iPhone users spending a bit more and Android users spending a bit less. Now, consider the fact that this is just an average and we all know how misleading averages can be. I’m absolutely convinced that users, especially those located in major metropolitan cities, are on their phones for AT LEAST double that time. With all of the social media content, addicting games (*cough* Candy Crush), sports apps, Netlix, email, and many others, it’s almost impossible to stay away.
YouTube-er CharstarleneTV just launched a video on just how disconnected everyone is from the real world. It’s garnered quite a bit of attention as it’s already surpassed 13.5 million views in just a week. Although a few of the scenes are a bit facetious, Charlene nailed the video dead on as most people, if not everyone, can resonate with every. single. scene.
A lot has changed since I last attended FYF Fest two years ago. Back then the Los Angeles music festival was already far removed from its DIY roots, taking on a family-friendly acronym and being transplanted from the clubs and alleys of Echo Park to a national park in Chinatown, but it has exploded into a two-day extravaganza. The headliners are bigger and the crowds are even huger. But you know what? The lines have shrunk (just moments to enter, minutes to take a whiz), the food has improved (trucks I’ve actually heard of, i.e. Kogi, and many meatless options), and the vibe is still kick back (I didn’t see one O.D. or altercation). Ninety-nine bucks for two days ain’t bad, either.
Yet none of that would matter if the music was lame, right? The taste still leans indie but the variety is mind boggling. Clockwise from top right are photos I shot of college rock royalty The Breeders, garage rock king Ty Segall, and underground soul hero Charles Bradley. There were also mutations of soul (Solange), hip hop (Death Grips), metal (Baroness), folk (Kurt Vile), and even Arabic music (Omar Souleyman). Truly, FYF offers something for almost everyone who has an ear to the ground.
And while the fest is aware enough to please young fans of electronic and dance music (top right), it is also attractive to old guys like me who like loud guitars. Clockwise from bottom right, there were reunited ex-members of Black Flag representing L.A. hardcore, the freakish showmanship and musicianship of post punkers Les Savy Fav, and the crossed-over art rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Sunday night’s closer was the shoe gaze pioneering My Bloody Valentine, whose gorgeous and noisy aesthetic overloaded the PA and sent everyone home similarly broken, exhausted, and thrilled.
My ears are slightly ringing and I’m still coughing up phlegm from two days of breathing secondhand smoke and dust, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay for two afternoons and evenings jam-packed with cool music just 15 minutes from home. I read that the park won’t be available next year due to renovations (the spot has turned out to become popular for music festivals so perhaps its days as a dust bowl are nearing an end) but if this year is any indication the challenge will be met handily. Seeya wherever FYF happens next year.
Hank bought a bus. As an architecture student at the University of Minnesota and preparing for his final thesis project, he impulsively purchased a $3,000 bus and converted it into one epic mobile home pictured below. Completely retrofitted and re-designed to accommodate up to six people, it includes tables, couches, beds, a sink, a skylight, and even a working toilet(!). Taking up only a mere 225 square feet, the “home” looks surprisingly spacious and comfortable, even with a packed house. Pure genius, if you ask me, and not because he created a mobile home, but rather for his vision to be able to re-purpose something already existing and contributing to sustainable living. Well done, Hank.
He’s currently on a 5,000 mile trek traveling across the country and providing regular updates on his site. Give him a holler if he’s in your city!
Via Design Boom.
We always hear about these “live your life” cliche talks, presentations, and articles from every single corner of the world, but they never do seem to really stick unless some worthy context is thrown into the mix.
Well, lo and behold, the all-time great Mr. Kareem Abdul Jabbar recently published a piece titled “Kareem: 20 things I wish I’d known when I was 30.” Here’s a list of the “20 things” but do yourself a favor and check out the commentary he provided for each of the bullet points.
My favorites? #1 and #15!
|1. Be more out going
||11. Cook more
|2. Ask about family history
||12. When choosing someone to date, compassion is better than passion
|3. Become financially literate
||13. Do one thing everyday that helps someone else
|4. Play the piano
||14. Do more for the community
|5. Learn French
||15. Do one thing every day that you look forward to doing|
|6. Get handy
||16. Don’t be so quick to judge
|7. Be patient
||17. When breaking up with a woman, you can’t always be friends
|8. Listen more than talk
||18. Watch more TV
||9. Career is never as important as family
||19. Do more yoga
|10. Being right is not always the right thing to be
||20. Everything doesn’t have to be fixed