Journey Around The World In Under 5 Minutes

I have long been working on a film about a man who walks around the world. Maybe the walking has been the problem. It's slow food for a fast food world. Perhaps the film should have been this instead...

17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs.

WARNING: this short will make you want to quit your day job and travel.

Thanks to ThisIsColossal for the tip.

Let's Go To The Smithsonian's Museum Of Natural History

The comprehensive virtual tour allows the visitor to take a virtual, self-guided, room-by-room walking tour of the whole museum. The visitor can navigate from room to room either by using a floor map or by following blue arrow links connecting the rooms. Camera icons indicate hotspots where the visitor can get a close-up on a particular object or exhibit panel.

Check it out here.

The Beauty Of The World (and Technology)

We were just in Siem Reap in Cambodia breathing in all the truly amazing temples.  It is truly one of the great sites.   I feel so fortunate that we got to take this trip.  I fear such travel will soon be a thing of the past (so to speak...).
Sitting in my hotel room this morning, reading the paper online, browsing the web, I came across the World Heritage Tour website.  It shows off the glory of technology pretty darn well too.  I have it set for Angkor but you can use it to visit many incredible places, including where we just were, and look 360 degrees, zoom in and out and all that jazz.   
Our trip was covered by a speaking engagement, but with the current price of travel and all the chaos peak oil will bring, this website is pretty swell toy to travel from your chair.  

Transforming The Neighborhood

In my dreams, NYC transforms overnight.  Manhattan is no longer the island of the super-rich.  The ubiquitous advertising is gone.  Everything is art.  In fact it looks a lot like The Heidelberg Project outside of Detroit.  This alone is a reason for a trip to Michigan.

The Heidelberg Project was started in response to the homes left abandoned after the '67 Detroit Riots.  Tyree Guyton (and his wife and father) got the kids together and went-a-decorating.  It's truly inspiring.

Dancing Fool

And I mean that in the best possible way.  We all need to dance, just like we all need to laugh.  I think this proves both.  What a way to see the world!  42 countries, including outer space!  And all with happy feet (thanks to Ellen D. for the tip!)

P.S. No saying the title around the house.  That is, no saying it without your parents' permission.

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

Best Film of 2008: Blu

I saw another installation/film of Blu's awhile back at a gallery in NYC with my family and we were blown (bluwn?) away.  In that one you could see him painting the animation but this one, sans human, with the sun and clouds working as the clock, adds onto the prior one's promise. 

Right now, this is my favorite film of the 2008.  This guy's imagination soars -- and thus does the same for mine.  My son had loved the first one as much as I did.  You might want to scout this one first before screening for the young 'uns as it is a tad freaky -- but good freaky fun if you ask me.  
Of course it is ultimately graffiti and you may have to explain that one, less your walls start to change.  Not to mention the explanation on why Buenos Aires is looking cooler than NYC.

Check out his whole website here.

Room To Move

Eventually you will be able to find out everything about anything, and someday you won't even have to work hard to find it.  Not that I want any life other than Even More Knowledge, but part of me already feels like we are in The Days Of Too Much Information.  Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me and  a little more ignorance wasn't bliss, but studies have shown that those that don't accept basic facts (that we are destroying the planet, our freedoms are being reduced, opportunities are being diminished -- that kind of thing) are far happier than those of us that do.

I think THIS site is a really good idea nonetheless.  Presumably Tripkick is designed to keep you out of that hotel room by the service elevator and the one that overlooks trash alley.  The miserablist in me relishes it for when you can only get a specific room and you want to know just how bad the trip is going to be.  Of course though, like most things, it's only catering to the high end of life, so unless your life is consistently in high six figures you are stuck still with the luck of the draw.