Our Vision Of The Universe Is A Time Machine

Time travel is go.  When we look into Extreme Deep Field aka Space we see the past.  We photograph the past. We approach the past.  It is time travel.

When you look into space, when technology renders it real for us, when we capture the images, our imagination soars.  Without art, we'd have less science.  Without science, we'd have less art.  Peanut butter & jelly.  Blucheese and fresh figs.


Hey Kids! See These Films Before You Get 2B 14!

I love lists!  I mean, I LOVE lists!!  They are the gateway to educated choice.  You how "they" are always selling you something?  Well, it's because they have learned that when you don't really know what you want, it's much easier to make you act on impulse.  When you know what you want, you don't give away your money stupidly.  Informed choice allows you to get more of what you want.  Informed choice makes you more satisfied and thus happier.  Who wouldn't want to have more stuff they like and to be happier?

So you have to learn what you want.  And that is where lists come in.  I have lists that are so full I have more than enough films to keep me satisfied well past my life expectancy. I won't run out of movies I WANT to watch until I am 110.  And since they are going to keep making them, by the time I am 110 I will probably have enough movies I have CHOSEN to see to carry me past the age of 200.

So what do you want to watch?  Or, perhaps, what do you want your children to watch?  Did you know that the British Film Institute has a list of the Top 50 Films To See Before You Are 14?  It's darn awesome.  And there are some on that list that I still haven't seen and I am almost 50.  I better live to be 110.  I am going to start exercising just so I can watch more movies.

These are the BFI's Top Ten To See Before You Turn Age 14:

But you know what?  The BFI is not the only entity that has made a supercool list of movies to see.  Filmmakers Mark Cousins and Tilda Swinton made some great lists and then did it up one step better, helping really cool kids everywhere organize parties around great flix.  A party AND a movie?  Does it get much better than that.  Check out 8 1/2 Foundation now!!!!!!!

One last question: why are all these lists from British institutions? Where are the American counterparts? Or Swiss? Or Chinese? Or Australian? Help!

Build It And They Will Come (Thanks To The Internet!)

Caine is a nine year old boy who built his own cardboard arcade. He only had one customer but he did not let that stop him. One day, everything changed...

Visit the site for Caine's Arcade: http://cainesarcade.com/ And give a little something to Caine's scholarship fund.

I can't help but think that this only a moment of minutes before Chase or some other thief masquerading as an institution steals this lovely short and makes it into a commercial without paying the originators (like they did with the Brooklyn Space Program).

May All Our Buildings Come Alive! Projection Mapping Is Awesome!

Okay, so yes, this is a commercial for Android, but it pretty darn amazing. I saw another projection mapping project about a year ago in NYC as part of the Vimeo Awards at the IAC center, and was blown away by that too.

Imagine a "festival" where a city had a multiple of these set up, all with a bit of an interlocking story to them. If I was opening a building, a museum show, or having some sort of city-wide event, I would want to have something like this as part of it.

(Thanks to Gary Meyer for the tip!)

Why Be Like Everyone Else?

I have met many filmmakers who were avid skateboarders in their teens; some remain so today. Although scientists have yet to find a link between the two activities, but as they both encourage people to find their own personal style, you can see why there there is a connection. Of course, filmmaking and skateboarding go together like peanutbutter and jelly. And my favorite city is always the bread for two great tastes, as this film proves.

Skateboarding is a bit challenging in New York City, particularly when you have a board like this...