Dave Grohl talks with Kyle Gass (of Tenacious D) about writing hits.
Some great examples of retro-futurist “envisionings”
The site: http://ru-2061.livejournal.com/ is devoted to a drawing contest where artists imagine a planet Mars colonized by a thriving Soviet space program in the year 2061.
Not all of the work is good, but some is very good. The second round of the contest, “The Stone Belt” seems to have attracted more talent than the first.
The page is in Russian, but Chrome translates it pretty well.
Russian art is always fascinating to me because the default color palette is just a little different from the American one. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but if you look at, say images taken by Russian satellites:
the blues are shifted a bit toward green and the reds shifted a bit toward orange, in comparisons to the NASA photos which are usually “color-corrected” so that the blues, reds, and greens are fully saturated.
Game of Thrones has captured a lot of attention. I’ve seen a few episodes and wonder if it’s not just Mad Men meets Lord of the Rings – a very slick and polished period soap opera set in Middle Earth.
But the intro is gorgeous. It is reminiscent of Tolkien’s books, with a map at the very beginning to show you the world the characters inhabit. Supposedly it will change over the course of the show to reflect the changes to the world.
I’ve been having trouble keeping track of all the characters, but their animal representatives help keep them in order in my head
Stark = Wolf
Targaryen = Dragon
Lannister = Lion
Baratheon = Stag
Arryn = Eagle
Greyjoy = Squid
Tully = Fish
This is a series of 6 brilliant lectures Leonard Bernstein gave at Harvard in 1973 on the subject of music theory. He goes so deep, yet in such an approachable way. Anyone with an interest in creating or appreciating music should listen to them
The music really adds to the wonder and mystery of these videos
“A first person walk through of ‘Machine’, a steam punk horror show we built and performed in our garage.”
“it took about 18 months of tinkering in the garage to build it, we’ve been planning and designing it since way before. There’s one top secret bit of kit we had to build first to enable the the machine to travel between scenes. The whole set is only in a normal sized double garage. One of the most time consuming bits of the build was the brick walls in old London, each brick hand carved from polystyrene, that might have been a mistake.”