Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink -- A book I really really enjoyed


I listened to the audio book version first and found that there is so much good advice in this book that I had to get a physical copy for reference.
Here is the backs description:
"Lawyers. Accountants. Radiologists. Software engineers. That's what our parents encouraged us to become when we grew up. But Mom and Dad were wrong. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind. The era of "left brain" dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which "right brain" qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate. That's the argument at the center of this provocative and original book, which uses the two sides of our brains as a metaphor for understanding the contours of our times. In the tradition of Emotional Intelligence and Now, Discover Your Strengths, Daniel H. Pink offers a fresh look at what it takes to excel. A Whole New Mind reveals the six essential aptitudes on which professional success and personal fulfillment now depend, and includes a series of hands-on exercises culled from experts around the world to help readers sharpen the necessary abilities. This book will change not only how we see the world but how we experience it as well."
What I really liked about this book is that it was a mixture of a physiology book and a self help book. It had very interesting facts and information and also great links and reference material to check out on your own. Great quotes too!
"Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn't know it was missing." - Paola Antonelli, curator of architecture and design, Museum of Modern Art.
I have always been very passionate about the support to nurture the right side of the brain as much as the left side in school, business, etc. and I am very pleased to see that Daniel Pink did his research and composed such a great book that accurately describes the state of the information age we are in now and how the current push in schools and business to favor the left side will eventually hurt our economy and well being and create a greater need for creators (right-brainers) in the future. His personal tips to help sharpen the right side of your brain are not only fun but self rewarding and will give great benefits beyond just a good career.
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Jimi

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

EatDrinkOrDie.com -- like FunnyOrDie.com but for food/drinks

I wiki'd FunnyOrDie.com and found out those guys have made a few spin offs like EatDrinkOrDie.com which is a food website that allows viewers to rate food/drink recepies either Delicious (good) or Die (bad).
I went to the website and found this video of Nick Swardson and Owen Benjamin (funny comics) learning about wine from Gary Vaynerchuk. Nick and Owen have no idea what they are doing.
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Desk Sketch -- At my buddies apartment in Seattle

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Great day up skiing

Went up to Crystal Mountain yesterday for my roommates birthday. It was the best day of skiing ever. We ripped it up! It was the best I have ever skied. My legs are ridiculously sore. The best feeling is bombing down the mountain hearing my coat crackling behind me from the wind. And I finally had my first legal beer on the mountain... of course it was a Rainier.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

"NY-Z" -- Absolut and Jay-Z documentary

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Logorama -- Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film

Logorama from Marc Altshuler - Human Music on Vimeo.


Fuckin Sweet!
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Day at the race track

Went down to South Sound Speedway in Washington with the pops and watched some midget car practice.
Down in the pits
Late model practice
Sprint car practice

MULLET CENTRAL IN THE PITS!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

True Dat

"Computer will make a good artist great...
and a bad artist faster!" -Frank Vacanti
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Monday, March 15, 2010

An Ideal Cut for Walter Murch

"An ideal cut (for me) is the one that satisfies all the following six criteria at once: 1) it is true to the emotion of the movement; 2) it advances the story; 3) it occurs at a moment that is rhythmically interesting and "right"; 4) it acknowledges what you might call "eye-trace" - the concern with the location and movement of the audience's focus of interest within the frame; 5) it respects "planarity" - the grammar of three dimensions transposed by photography to two (the questions of stage-line, etc.); 6) and it respects the three-dimensional continuity of the actual space (where people are in the room and in relation to one another)."

Taken out of "In the blink of an eye" an essay about film editing by Walter Murch.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cute pet -- Red Panda


Red Panda at Wikipedia
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Desk sketch

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Ha

Humor is everywhere, even in clam strips
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Painting of a palm tree in tree.

Found this walking to class. Someone should make a painting of this
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Datamosh - Video I created using datamoshing



Created for the Digital Audio/Video class at the University of Oregon.
This effect is called datamoshing. "Chairlift" by Evident Utensil and "Welcome To Heartbreak" by Kanye West use the same effect.

PSYCHEDELIC MAN!

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

MY 2010 OSCAR PICKS -- Who want to place some bets??

YES! Finally I have seen enough movies this year to be able to have an educated guess on who's going to win the Oscars.


  • Leading Actor: Jeff Bridges -- I knew this dude was going to give a great performance right from his very first line in the movie "Fucking bowling alley".
  • Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz -- BEST PERFORMANCE HANDS DOWN. This dude rocked it.
  • Leading Actress: Sandra Bullok -- I saw The Blind Side, meh it was ok, but Bullok was good. I didn't see any of the other nominees, so I'm just going with her.
  • Supporting Actress: Maggie Gyllenhaal -- SECOND BEST PERFORMANCE. I really liked her in Crazy Heart. Such a good actress
  • Animated Feature: Up -- Not one of my favorite Pixar movies, but they still did a fantastic job.
  • Art Direction: Avatar
  • Cinematography: Inglorious Basterds -- I love the way Quentin shoots his movies because he always pays homage to films history. When you are watching his films, it's like you are watching the growth of film. There was one shot in particular in the opening scene of Basterds where Shosanna Dreyfus(Mélanie Laurent) runs out of the cabin away from Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) and is beautifully silhouetted by the cabin door as she runs off into the distance. This is clearly paying homage to the ending scene of John Fords "The Searchers" (Check the scene out HERE). So cool
  • Costume Design: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus -- I thought this movie had great art design. Watching this film you can't help but notice that specific Terry Gilliam style.
  • Directing: James Camoron "Avatar" -- This was a very hard decision... but I have to give it up to James for putting forth so much effort into creating exactly what he wanted. From creating a beautiful imaginary land that no one has seen before, to creating revolutionary 3-D viewing experience that no one has seen before. He is a true perfectionist. If only he was a perfectionist with the script...
  • Documentary Feature: Food, Inc. -- I didn't get to see this documentary, but I'm taking my brothers word for it as being good. But if I got to write the oscar ballot, I would have definitely put "Anvil! The story of Anvil" on there. It is one of my favorite documentaries.
  • Film Editing: District 9 -- This is my underdog pick... but I have good reasoning behind it. This film is jam packed with cinematic tactic used to create a realistic yet "movie" feel. Take this scene for example . Its great how they cut together the news shots, the real film shots, and the interview shots, to make it seem realistic. It allows the viewer to get emotionally attached to this story because the story is presented through media/documentary styles that we are so use to seeing and believing as being real. Its so smart.
  • Original Score: Up -- One of my favorite things about Pixar (or Disney movies in general) is the music. How great was the first 30 minutes of this movie! Absolutely no words were spoken, yet story couldn't have been stronger. Music played a key role in this movie and it was just... lovely.
  • Original Song: "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" -- This movie had great music. I suggest getting the soundtrack. I personally love "Fallin' & Flyin'"
  • Sound Editing: Avatar
  • Sound Mixing: Avatar -- Actually I have to admit, I don't know the difference between sound editing and sound mixing, but whatever, Avatar did a great job.
  • Visual Effects: Avatar -- Do I have to explain myself on this one?
  • Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air -- FAVORITE MOVIE OF THE YEAR. If I was to become a film writer, I would want to write like Jason Reitman. Great humor.
  • Original Screenplay: Inglorious Basterds -- Quentin has the best fucking dialog! The way he writes is spectacular. Not one of the character's lines felt out of place or inappropriate to the characters image. It such an interesting story (explained more below)
Best Picture: Inglorious Basterds -- Now I know what you are saying "Bryson, you crazy. Only like 5 times in Academy Award history has there been a movie that doesn't win best picture AND best director". But I am calling it... this year will be one of those years. Quentin did a great job of continuing the progression of great cinema. It hard for me to put my thoughts on this movie into words but I am going to try to explain my feelings for this pick.
This film has so much more backbone than the other nominations this year (literally and metaphorically speaking) . It has so many levels to it. I'll start by talking about the film within the film. Quentin makes a Nazi film "Nation's Pride" that is in this film. It is a film that glorifies a Nazi sniper who killed an ungodly amount of enemies from a church bell tower. This film is the convergence point in the actual films climax, at the movie theater, where the good fight the evil.
If you look back in movie history, German propaganda films played a huge part in the evolution of cinema. They were made to glorify the Nazis and brainwash weak minded into thinking that killing all the jews is a good idea, and despite that horrible idea, the films were incredibly well done. They made Hitler look like Walt fucking Disney.
Then look at cinema now, especially Hollywood. It is an industry ran by the jews. Now I'm not sure if Quentin is Jewish or not (I'm sure a simple google'ing would answer that question) but that is beside my point. He created a movie, about a movie (that helped evolve movies). It is such an interesting cycle of inner-folding.
And the ending. Some people who watched the film say to me "But that wasn't historically correct.", I go "yea, no shit". If you want to learn history, read a history book, don't expect to learn fact through movie form. But think about it? Doesn't the ending make sense now. (spoiler) Hitler died in a burning movie theater, remarkably similar death to the Jews who died in the Nazi's ovens. It movie metaphor of an eye for an eye. Quentin used film to glorify the Jews, the same way Hitler used film to glorify the Nazis. Both used the same medium, but just on the opposite ends of the spectrum. And did you notice I used the word glorify. In German Propaganda films, the Nazis were glorified and the Jews were not. So it makes sense to call the movie Inglorious Basterds, since it is about the Inglorious Basterds who stood up for the not so glorious.
So to wrap it up, I think this movie was great. It has deep roots in cinema history which are called upon in itself, and Quentin dove in head first and was not afraid to hold anything back.
He told the story the way he wants his viewers to see it, through folklore, gore, and metaphor.

I hope that rant made any sense. I swear it does in my head. That is why I chose this movie for best picture over the other nominees, just because it has more to it than what meets the eye, because in my opinion Avatar is only what meets the eye.

Anyways, if you haven't noticed I am super excited about The Oscars, which are tomorrow night. So if you haven't' already go over to oscars.go.com and get their printable Oscar ballot and get ready for a good show!
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Orange you having a good day

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