This video, for one of my favorite songs, goes meta in a very poignant way.
This brief meditation on stop-motion animation (which transforms into a piece by the puppets themselves) is equally applicable to writing stories. I think about characters and places in things I'm writing the same way I might worry over someone I care about.
I just love learning about things that have always been around me, only hidden.
A beautiful 360-degree video commemorating the life of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean as his family fled violence. Words by Khaled Hosseini, visuals by VR artist Liz Edwards and a team from The Guardian newspaper using the VR drawing tool TiltBrush. Music by Sahba Aminikia, played by Chronos Quartet.
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After a period of disorientation spawned by this accent expert's astounding resemblance to actor Glenn Howerton (of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), I loved the rigorous attention to linguistic detail in this video. It's just amazing to watch an expert apply their knowledge in such specific ways.
In times like these, I feel silly posting snippets about 80s music and the resurgence of its innovative drum sounds. There's such a need to stay in touch with shit that affects the material lives of so many people, but damnit, I learned some cool stuff from this video - stuff I'd been listening to for a long time without ever hearing - and maybe you will, too.