Archives For October 2009
A few months ago, I blogged about the William Kentridge show, Five Themes, at SFMoMA. In that post, I described my introduction to Kentridge’s work ten years ago at the Carnegie International Show. Since that first encounter with his work, I have been a fan. This evening, I thought I’d post a copy of the original film that caught my attention:
The film has a soundtrack, but I was unable to find a full-length copy of it with the sound. Here is an abridged sample featuring the sound:
I love the raw quality of line and gesture; this piece still captivates me. What do you think, dear readers? Seen any great animations or art exhibits lately that you just can’t get out of your mind?
Watching this video leaves me dumbfounded– the amount of work and artistry that went in to this collaborative production is just incredible. Take a look at this piece created by Blu and David Ellis at the Fame Festival earlier this fall in Italy.
Ok, so this is how hip hop sounds in my head:
Seriously. There are not enough positive adjectives to describe how much I love this video– it has help mend my awful, bad day by making it a little better. The history of hip hop in five minutes of “chap hop” with a banjolele? Yes please!
What videos have made your day lately, dear readers?
I have another confession to make, Internet. I am terrible at picking out tables– I put it off as long as I can, I will buy a couch before picking out a table, and even then it takes me six months to commit to a couch.
When I lived in Denver, I went months and months without a table, not even a desk! I had kitchen counters and a side table, that was as flat as it got in my home.
But lo! I have found a table that I would gladly welcome into my home; behold:
I swear my fascination with this table has nothing to do with the year I spent living across from a ball bearing factory. Ok, maybe just a little bit.
What’s your idea of the perfect table? And are there any items of furniture you find it difficult to select?
After my recent posts about beloved cartoons, I’ve gotten a number of requests and recommendations from readers and dear friends. So tonight, I’d like to share with you some of the early work of Aardman, the brilliant British animation team who gave us Creature Comforts and the much loved Wallace and Gromit series.
Ident, dates from 1989 and features the first appearance of the dog who would later become Rex the Runt.
Silly dogs AND Eddie Izzard as an alien, yes please.
Vince kills me. What do you think? What are YOUR favorite cartoons, dear readers? What other cartoons would you like to see on AmandaMuses?
Digging up that last batch of cartoons made me wonder about other old favorites from my childhood. Not surprisingly, the vastness of the Internet did not fail me. So I present to you two more childhood Disney favorites:
Man do I love Donald Duck.. the muttering KILLS me… and both the soundtrack and foley for these two are great. Even though I’ve probably seen each of these at least a hundred times in the last twenty years and I know exactly what’s going to happen next, I still smile and laugh every time I see these.
What are your old cartoon favorites?
For as long as I can remember, Halloween has been my favorite holiday. Each year, I’d look forward to an annual excuse to get dressed up and be silly, and go around the neighborhood trick or treating, smelling the autumnal smells and laughing all along the way. Today, I still love the holiday, even if I don’t have kids or even dress-up.
While working in the yard today, I was overcome by the glories of the autumn season– crisp air, golden light, colorful leaves crunching in my hands, even the smell of an eastern fall. Yum. Now inside, settled in with a glass of apple cider and a twitching cat, I am just itching for Halloween. So much so, that I thought tonight, I’d share with you, dear readers, some of my Halloween favorites. I grew up watching these cartoons as a kid and still get a kick out of them:
Both are old Disney cartoons from 1929… eighty years later they’re still great!
Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of networking; and one of the frequent topics of conversation has been the City itself, Baltimore. People inevitably want to understand why I left sunny California and adventurous Colorado for what is often perceived as a humdrum, quirky little town on the Chesapeake. And my answer is always the same– “I love Baltimore;” I do.
There is something inexplicably wonderful about this funny little town. It is, admittedly, an acquired taste, one that is subtle and, in some ways, complex very much like blue crab– not everyone gets it or likes it, but those who do are are devoted to the flavor. As a crab lover and a proud Baltimoron (or Baltimorean for the more genteel) I gladly preach the gospel of the City, but am not terribly surprised by those upon whom the cause is lost.
This evening, while catching up on the long thread of blogs I read, I came across a post that included a thoughtful video of David Simon, discussing Baltimore. It is so right on the money, that I had to repost it here. For those who share the love of the City, hopefully you’ll nod your head in agreement with some of his tongue-in-cheek observations. And for those new or still unfamiliar with the City, perhaps it will inspire you to learn more and take a visit to Charm City.
One of my favorite quotes from the video: “If you come from D.C., you sort of have to admit you’re not from a real place.”
Go check it out, the video is eight minutes of thoughtful insight.