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I woke up yesterday with this song stuck in my head:

It. Is. Still. There.

I haven't heard this song since the early 1990s when it was played on 120 Minutes on Mtv so it becoming my current earmworm after all these decades is bizarre to say the least. 

I had to share with all of you to torment you with the weirdness that is my musical memory at the moment.

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I discovered the musician Kishi Bashi on NPR last night and ended up downloading the above "Tiny Desk Concert" to watch how he makes music. I was awed!

I love this sort of thing and the music is so interesting and beautiful. So glad I stumbled upon this artist.

Studio version of his music:

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Last night I ended up watching The Tree Of Life.

I cannot say I totally understood what the film was saying beyond:

"People are always searching for what everything means. That they want to have faith in something to make the world and the happenings in it make sense."

The visuals where stunning though! I sat in awe of them and wished I could capture images like that with my SLR camera. I think I might keep the angels and "close-up" in mind from this film as I head out on my photo-taking form now on.

While being caught up in the visuals I also loved the realism to the interactions between the kids. It is so rare you see authentic interaction between children in movies and Malick totally nailed it with this film. The kids act like real kids in this film and often in films it seems forced or too scripted. Not in this film.

Trailer with dialog:

It also captured the dysfunctional/over-bearing father family dynamics really well. 

I found myself reaching for the kleenix at the end for some reason. I am still not sure if it was because the visuals being so beautiful or some deep emotional connection to the plot content of the film that I was unaware of. Whatever the reason this film is a total experience. Don't expect a plot that makes a ton of sense and just lose yourself in the visuals if you decide to watch it.
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So, I was wandering Kickstarter today and came upon a really cool project that needs funding.

I may be biased but I think a documentary about Andy Whitfield's (of Spartacus: Blood and Sand)  battle with cancer (which he lost) is worth funding.

The video won't embed (*shakes fist at LJ*) but you can pop over here to view it:

Whitfield had a documentary crew follow him and his family while he fought the cancer because he wanted other families fighting the same battle to not feel alone and to raise awareness for Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. They actually followed him until a week before he died. It looks like it will be very interesting and quite sad from the video but worth viewing if the documentary gets funded.

Just thought I would share.

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The UK version of Being Human has successfully replaced two main actors that left the show! An amazing feat which I wish other shows would take note of when they have to do it.

They did it by having two whole new characters who are nothing like the originals join the cast. Yes, they are werewolf and vampire like the characters that left but, they are totally different. It works so well because they work so well off one another. For an example please watch this "The Bet" video:

The guy with the shaved head is a werewolf (Tom) and the other vampire (Hal). Both totally clueless and awkward as you will see by watching this.

I love them so much and barely miss the actors who carried the show through three seasons. I am so happy that the replacing characters/actors worked out so well since it could have been a complete disaster.
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My favorite Duran Duran song from when I was 12/13 years old.

The image of the man on the rock while the boy fishes on the beach in this video still appeals to the artist inside me.
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This is the stuff of the best sci fi dreams, meshed with the beauty of art.

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I am tempted to do this myself sometimes while riding public transportation. Somehow, the ride feels like a music video when you are listening to music. It makes you want to lipsynch and dance to the music.

Added bonus: Some people will think you are mentally off if you do this and leave you alone.

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This film looks AWFUL!

The trailer...hahaha!

Ominous chanting music, lots of meaningful looks, bed breaking sex, and (most importantly)...

I have read this series and I have no idea how this film will work beyond causing laughter. Even worse...this book in the series be broken into TWO horrible films!

*shakes head*

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This is where the tornado video I posted took place...the guy went back to show where he was.

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Huge tornados struck the mid-west last night. A lot of lives were lost and damage was done.

One hit Joplin, Missouri....a guy happened to catch what it is like to be huddled in a building while a tornado hits it.

What he says at Youtube site about video:

"The video i took while at Fastrip on east 20th street. We huddled in the back of the store until the glass got sucked out , then ran into the walk in storage fridge. Sorry for the lack of visuals but the audio is pretty telling of how intense the storm was. The tornado hits at around 1:20 seconds."

There is mainly audio due to no electricity but just hearing it hit and the people screaming/crying as they huddle in the walk-in freezer at the store is enough to really stun you.

As the little boy cries near the end:

"It's the worst day of my life."

I hope I am never in a storm like this.

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I am in the video...see if you can spot me.

Hint: I am sitting in a chair in a corner talking to two crouching.

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I love this! It is so important for the tribes to not let their languages die out with the elders.

A sidenote, the young lady teaching the Spokane Salish class in this video is my model for my photoshoot on Sunday. :)

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