Is it too late to review a movie 5 years after it’s release? If it is, well I don’t really care.
Last week I wrote about the top typography lessons available only (check it out to refresh your memory). When I tweeted the story out, I joking asked what my followers’ favorite font was. Right away my brother tweeted back “Helvetica…oh and by the way there is a documentary about it on Netflix.”
Surprised by his answer I immediate put the movie in my Instant Queue to watch that evening. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of a nerd on the subject, but the documentary was astonishing. Never would I thought something as simple as a single font would have such far reaching and profound effect on our culture. Without giving too much away, let me summarize the film in an excerpt from the movie’s website. I highly encourage you to watch the film for yourself.
“Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.”
So check out the movie on Netflix, or if you are too cheap for the $7.99 subscription just click here. You will not be disappointed.
I played with dominoes as a kid, sadly I never had a Domino Rally. That being said I would never have thought to recreate a famous work of art.
Check out this domino creation by Flippy Cat as he recreates Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. I’ve always been impressed when people use unique mediums to create art. This example is no exception. He’s got a Mona Lisa too.
I have photoshop skills…but this guys has mad photoshop skills. Check out this timelapse of a Photoshop creation by artist Alexander Koshelkov. He brings together a mosaic of images to create one disturbingly beautiful piece.
Ever wanted to see what a carpet being mowed looks like in slo motion? How about a handful of flour catching fire or a rocket propelled clothes line?
Sure no one “needs” to see these things happen in slow motion, and even fewer would think up scenarios so obscure. However the Danish show “Dumt & Farligt” has done just that. Successfully I might add.
One thing I’ve learned from this video is that everything looks amazing at 2500 frames per second.
I’m 6 ft 1in tall and wear size 12 shoes.
Robert Pershing Wadlow was 8ft 11in and wore size 37 shoes.
Out of all the people on the planet, the honor of being the World’s Tallest Man in recorded history belonged to a gentleman from Alton, IL, a town just 30 minutes from my own hometown. I thought it only fitting for me to grab my camera and make the short drive to the monument dedicated to him.
The life-size statue of Wadlow stands on College Avenue in Alton, opposite the Alton Museum of History and Art. The statue was erected in 1986 in honor of the hometown native. I first visited the statue with my grandparents back in 1995 (check out the shorts I’m rocking in a picture in the gallery below) but hadn’t been back until this past week. His statue looked just as enormous as it had when I was 12. Unfortunately I was the only one at the statue when I took pictures…so my shoe was the only point of reference I had to show just how, pardon the pun, largest than life he was.
Known as the Alton Giant, Robert Wadlow was born in 1918. His size was noticeable from an early age with special desks having to be made for him as an elementary school student. By his freshman year of college he was already over 8ft 3in and showing no signs of stopping. His celebrity status in American culture comes as no surprise and in 1936 he toured the country with the Ringling Brother Circus.
Mobility was always a problem for Wadlow, often requiring braces to support his 440lb frame. Sadly his giant stature would be his undoing. On July 4, 1940 a blister on Robert’s foot became infected requiring doctors to perform an unsuccessful blood transfusion. He would pass away in his sleep 15 days later at the young age of 22.
It is said his funeral was attended by nearly 40,000 people. His casket was 10 feet and required 12 pallbearers to take Robert to final resting place, which was interred in a vault of solid concrete.
While Robert Wadlow will likely hold the world record indefinitely at 8ft 11in doctors said that his body showed no signs of slowed growth. Who knows how tall he could have become.
There are six other life size statues of Wadlow, one of which resides at the Guinness Museum in Niagara Falls.
One of the first video projects I ever did in high school was a stop motion video. Mine was about the Iron Chef. It was terrible.
This stop motion video, however, is top notch. Sean Olhenkamp and his wife, along with an army of volunteers, spent countless hours moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto (883 Queen Street West, (416) 366-8973).
Check it out. I’m sure you’ll be as impressed as I was.
Max Joseph and Casey Neistat created this video of their 10 day jaunt around the world.
If you are a fan of inspirational quotes, you’ll like this video.
If you are a fan of traveling the world, you’ll like this video.
If you are a fan of seeing people embracing life, you’ll like this video.
Be sure to check out Max and Casey’s sites as well. It’s always motivational for me to see people using their talents in such a cool way.