Downsize me!


The official trailer for Downsizing, a new movie from Director Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways) was released this week. Check it above. It stars Kristin Wiig, Matt Damon, and Christoph Waltz. It’s about a world where humans are able to shrink themselves down to five inches tall in an effort to save the planet and live richer.

The concept makes me think back to the fantasies of my youth. I imagine I’m not alone when I say that I fantasized about being small like that. The ability to do things that larger people couldn’t. To be able to escape into walls and pop out in other places. To spy on others without their knowing.

I’m not sure if this fantasy was inspired by the cartoon “The Littles” or if I came up with it on my own and it was embellished by the cartoon. Probably the former.

Like other kids, my fantasies often included super powers, like flight, invisibility, speed of movement, laser shooting hands or eyes, telepathy, etc.

There was one fantasy space I lived in in which I could descend into a haven space, a world where I was the only one or I could bring a friend. No matter how long I spent there, no time passed in the real world. So I could be gone for years and return to the same exact time when I left.

In my world, I could do all the things I couldn’t do, or was too young to do. I had cars or go-carts, and four wheelers. I had laser guns and other boys stuff. I had free reign to big buildings or malls to race around in and have access to toys I didn’t have in the real world. The world resembled where I lived in North Carolina, only empty of people, cars and other obstacles.

I know! Fantastical.

Ha.

I can’t say I do not return to my fantasies now. I can’t say that I don’t remember them fondly and wander through those thoughts once in a while as an adult.

To access that child-hood creativity, though, that would be amazing.

There’s a book out that’s getting media attention. I don’t know its name. But it talks about the power of boredom. That there’s power in boredom to inspire creativity. I feel like I fill my days too full with responsibilities some times that I don’t give myself the opportunity to be bored enough.

I think I want to be bored. I’m going to work on that.

Where’s the movie about being bored?

 

 

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“Shame and vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity”


Especially in younger neighborhoods around Chicago, you’ll notice that when young women — and some men — pass store fronts with big windows, they will turn their heads to see their reflections. It’s almost as predictable as it is annoying.

Those same people will never give anyone any eye contact, but they’ll always give themselves a once over any time they’re able to.

This only happens when their heads aren’t buried in their phone screens or taking selfies to share on social media.

In my French class this week, we talked about the phenomenon known as selfies. Selfies being the now ubiquitous self portraits we see on social media. Girls and guys hold up their phone and snap portraits of themselves then they post for all the world to see their duck lips, cuteness, hotness, hairdos and whatever the fuck else.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fucking Fairest of them All? 

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This is a new video for Radiohead’s Lift, a song recorded in the 90s and released officially on the re-release of OK Computer 20 years later album Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017. 

OK Computer is probably one of my favorite albums of all time, and Radiohead is certainly one of my favorite bands as well. So consuming this video is like a dip into my youth. Dip below the fold to listen/watch to other songs from this amazing album.

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Mayor spends three days and two nights among the homeless … lives to think and act on it


Dressed in jeans, sneakers and a hoodie, the county mayor spent three days and two nights walking and sleeping among the homeless and drug-addicted in Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande neighborhood.

One night on the street. One night in the shelter.

His experience was “shocking” on multiple levels, he said. And while he by no means meant his experience to be an “expose” on the Road Home shelter, an important stakeholder in homeless services reform, his stay did shed light on some troubling realities within the 1,062-bed shelter, including:

 

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The hand of a young orangutan


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This was posted at reddit in a “likeus” thread.

The conversation quickly dipped into the claws of evolution vs. creationism.

This comment stood out:

What about the bible? The largest Christian churches in the world encompassing the majority of Christians worldwide fully embrace evolution. Only some American fundamentalist protestants with churches barely a few centuries old don’t.

Oh, sorry, i forgot i’m on a predominantly American site where everything in the world is reduced to the local political, ideological and cultural peculiarities of the USA.

Read more at the thread here.

Seen at TYWKIWDBI

 

I’m this many!


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Last Thursday, I turned 42.

As you may already know, I’m going to spend approximately two years as a 42 year old.

I know. I’m a time traveler.

Last Thursday, my wife and I were on a job in Wisconsin. It was three days of corporate headshots, video production and some event photography for a large, international executive head hunting firm.

That’s why it was so quiet last week here at Le Café Witteveen.

Even if it was only a couple hours away, it was still exactly what we like to do: travel to work on the things we love: motion picture and portraits. Had we done environmental portraits, it would have made my heart swoon.

I was on a six-mile run yesterday thinking about life.

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Hurricane Irma tracking without all the scare tactics


From this video’s youtube:

Website: http://www.tropicaltidbits.com/ Please note that these posts do NOT reflect the official forecasts of the National Hurricane Center, and should not be interpreted as such. While tropical storms exist in the Atlantic, official NHC information is available at http://www.hurricanes.gov. Please refer to the NHC when making decisions, and heed the advisories and evacuation statements of your local National Weather Service Office and emergency management officials. Levi Cowan creates videos and blogs pertaining to tropical cyclones, primarily hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. Posts occasionally concern other, non-tropical weather events around the world. Levi is currently working on his PhD in tropical meteorology at Florida State University, and completed his bachelors degree in applied physics with a concentration in atmospheric physics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

I found this video at TYWKIWDBI. I liked his breakdown:

I don’t know who this guy is, but he’s good.  This is not an official NWS presentation; he appears to be a well-informed enthusiast on tropical weather.  His presentation is fast and concise.

That’s in contrast to the national news media reporters who have to stand out in the wind and “fill airtime” with repetitive and worthless drivel.  I was pleased to see a Hurricane Harvey victim talk back to a CNN reporter.

Hit the link for TYWKIWDBI for more.