Have you ever taken the time to think about what really happens around us when living things- insects, cats, people move? There is more than meets the eye in these seemingly simple movements. These three videos by The Slow Mo Guys on YouTube show you exactly why that damselfly may have flown off, what really happens when your cat jumps off something, and the tiny saccadic movements of your eye that happen whenever you look at an object. Check it out. It’s brilliant work and it’s amazing to see all the things you don’t see all because they happen too quickly to notice.
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Happy Beltane/May Day, everyone!
In celebration of May Day, I’m posting up a bawdy little song about May celebrating that is straight from the Renaissance. I used to sing this and other madrigal songs when I was in madrigal choir in high school. Really though, pay attention to the words and you’ll see what I mean about it being risqué. Hint: The “fa la la” in this song is more like the modern day edit for some Top 40 Radio pop songs. You’ve gotta love Elizabethan England for that one.
Hope you enjoy Thomas Morley’s, “Now is the month of Maying.” I’ll be singing it and smirking all day.
(Oh, and for those of you who are interested in music theory, “Fa La La” can also just be an insert, monophonic repetition that is representing of cheerful music. Then again, there might be a reason other than food and drink for why everyone is so cheerful.)
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Tagged Art, Beltane, England, English, Fun, Inspiration, Life, Lifestyles, May Day, Media, Music, Popular Culture, Renaissance, Thomas Morley, Video
I had to reblog this post. I am always a fan of giant 1/1 scale statues. (Is it really a statue. I'm waiting for it to come to life and defend Tokyo.)
I missed this by two years the last time I was in Japan and I used all my money to move for grad school, so I was never able to see it in 2009. My brother got to see part of it since it was being taken down by the time he visited. He will be going to Tokyo soon so I'll have to live vicariously through the pictures he takes there. When he does, you can expect to see a blog post with some of his pictures.
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I couldn't help, but reblog this having been a CT resident for roughly 90% of my life. The image is part of a series by the creator to make a custom poster design for every state. 50 states, 50 weeks. Check it out!
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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso (Spanish Artist and Painter: 1881-1973)
Here is one of the first Sunday Sense posts I’ve done in a while. I hope it inspires all you readers with children in your lives. I think we sometimes take for granted how imaginative, creative, and generally ingenious children, especially young children, can be.
The reason I picked this quote? I’m eating breakfast in front of “little kid art” and thus being inspired by it. On the refrigerator there are scribbly images held up by magnets. (Refrigerators are like the Louvre of little kid art, aren’t they?) In front of me sits this:
Santa's Workshop: A post modern study of Christmas
Yes, that is a sugar and candy version of Santa’s workshop that The Fiancée’s (and by extension my) two little nephews designed on one of the nights we babysat. (Don’t worry, the house is for show so they didn’t end up eating the whole thing. That sugar paste dries into the equivalent of sweet cement.)
Another project, we worked on was this house made of rice crispy treats and candy. This one, they were able to eat, albeit, not all at once like they wanted to.
As you can see, it’s pretty good! Of course, I may be a little biased since I made this on Thanksgiving when they weren’t looking. (Don’t worry, I ate mine. That was the best part.)
Stuffing island with broccoli tree and a view of sweet potato lake and a string bean boat
So, remember, creativity and art can be found everywhere! Even in broccoli, gum drops, or refrigerator art.
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