Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Big Hard Sun

Washing our smalls in the bathroom sink this evening (a regular travel habit), pondering the fact that true fulfilment only ever comes through relationship. Not a relationship, but relationships. Connections with others give us context for our lives. Outside of relationship we don't really mean much. We may not always like it and sometimes we may even think we don't, but need people - we do. I found myself singing this song, thinking about Chris McCandless who came to this realisation too late for living. I may not have had to entertain death so viscerally to realise my need, but sometimes I need reminding all the same. Go get a hug from someone you love and tell them how much they mean to you. Then go out and be someone for somebody else. x

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Miles To Go Before I Sleep

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.

- From Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, 1922

(It's 3:53am Eastern Standard Time and jetlag bites. These lines are travelling around my head in the way that random things do when you're trying to sleep. Plus the 4 Non Blondes have joined the insomnia party, incessantly singing What's Up.)

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Damien Walters - King Of The World

What do you get if you google 'kick ass parkour'? The mesmeric kinetic beauty of Damien Walters, that's what. 'Dude's a super freak. And I love it. And I kinda wish I was him.

Tony Jaa - Ong Bak

And for some more awesomeness in the same vein, here is the magnificent Tony Jaa showcasing his poetic athleticism in the film, Ong Bak. If you're at all interested in human movement, it's worth a watch.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Yayoi Kusama - Mirror Infinity

{disclaimer: all photographs collected from random sites which didn't identify the photography copyright}
The beguilingly brilliant installation work of Yayoi Kusama. Who wouldn't want to spend hours exploring a mirrored universe? I could lie down in there and fall asleep amidst constellations of light.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Retrospective 2011 // Postsecret Picks

More than a month late, but here's my roundup of favourite Postsecrets from the latter half of last year.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Doubt And Wonder - Rupert Sheldrake

Illustration via Dugald Stermer.
"...that doubt and wonder might be returning to science...I think it is a uniquely open moment." Truly lovely language from a Tim Adams interview with Rupert Sheldrake, a man I'd never heard of until today (which would indicate I obviously don't spend much time in scientific circles, otherwise I would know he's famously controversial). And, as he is presented in this article - regardless of whether or not his theories have merit - I like the dude. Interesting questions more often than not lead to interesting answers, and this is a man who asks very interesting questions. I'm all for open mindedness. Inhabiting the paradox of doubt and wonder is a robust and creative approach to life. Plus, it's far more fun than dogma. (And another good read from Tim Morton over at Ecology Without Nature.) 

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Oscar Nominations 2012 - If Posters Told The Truth

Thank you Guardian photogallery. These cheeky satirical takes on some of the films up for Oscar nomination this year, gave me grins like the Chesire cat. Films are amongst my favourite things so I've either seen or will see, all of these (except for War Horse and The Descendants, which both look boring as hell). But serious films having the piss taken out of them? Even better.