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BUSK is a short, social issues and subcultural music documentary, following five musicians as they busk in the arteries of the NYC subway system. It’s a brilliant insight into why they perform there and the challenges they face in doing so. Well worth a watch.
Jumbo: The plane that changed the world
I’d caught the end few minutes of this documentary on BBC One last night about the build and evolution of the Boeing 747 aka the Jumbo. Watched it back tonight as it’s available on BBC iPlayer here. If you’re outside of the UK, as I am, you can watch it using the Media Hint plugin
The Internet is f*cked
Brilliant piece from The Verge on how the Internet is headed for disaster. Big companies in the US are wielding uncontrolled power and normal users will suffer as a result.
El Sendero Luminoso
Last month Alex Honnold, an American free climber, became the first person in history to climb the El Sendero Luminoso (2,500ft) in Mexico without any safety equipment. Watch the video below in HD and full screen. Amazing.
The above clip from ‘Chasing Ice’, a documentary film about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog to publicize the effects of climate change, is simply stunning. On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes
Day We Met
This made me chuckle this morning.
Red Bull Stratos: The Full Story
Genuinely breathtaking new footage has emerged from GoPro of Felix Baumgartner’s jump from 128,100 feet above Earth’s surface in a stratospheric balloon. I was absolutely glued to this at the time and this is even better than what we’d seen then. Wow.
Google Glass for fire fighting
I spotted this article on the Verge last week and thought it was genuinely the best use of Google Glass that I’ve seen. Patrick Jackson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is a firefighter by day and coder by night. He’s developing apps for Glass that assist in his day to day job (extracting people from
12 Years a Slave
What an utterly compelling and uncomfortable watch this was. Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers a stunning performance as Solomon Northup, a free man, kidnapped and sold into slavery. Michael Fassbender’s slavemaster Epps is as intimidating and cruel as he’s ever likely to be on the screen. In fact, there wasn’t a bad performance in the entire film.
Cinema & Time
A conversation with Richard Linklater (director of the Before… trilogy of films) through cinema and time… about cinema and time. If you haven’t seen them, I highly recommend the trilogy of films shown in the video. Start with Before Sunrise. (hat tip to John Morton who pointed this video out on Twitter)
Put quite simply, hitRECord is an open collaborative production company, and hitrecord.org is where thousands of ordinary joes make things together. Joseph Gordon Levitt and his bro are the guys behind it and they’ve been working on it since 2005. They recently produced the first hitRECord show for TV and you can watch it below.
This looks fascinating. Spike Jonze takes the helm for this comedy about a withdrawn writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s highly advanced operating system. It’s running above 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and is released in Ireland on 14th of February.
Quite a terrifying road safety ad from the New Zealand Transport Agency. You have to question how reckless some people are on the roads that we have to produce these types of ads in the first place.
I knew nothing about it going in and that was the best way to see it. The hugely successful Broadway play, since running in London too, is touring the UK and Ireland with the run about halfway through in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. I’m not a huge musicals fan but the script, sets and
It’s almost a year since I’d seen this video about Dublin. The flow to it is fantastic and it gives you a real sense for what makes the city unique. It also made one of the women in my office cry. Worth a watch if you’ve never seen it. Written and directed by Dave Tynan
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
I saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug yesterday morning and I’ve put my spoiler free thoughts up on culch.ie. Click through to read.
The problems with HealthCare.gov
The Verge have done it again with an excellent piece on the difficulties encountered with the HealthCare.gov site in the States. It speaks of the huge problems that procurement processes throw up and of the widening gap between what the private sector can do vs the hamstrung public service. I’ve personal experience of this problem
Never mind the chicken wings
Irish Pictorial Weekly is a satirical sketch show that’s in its second season on RTE Two at the moment. This weeks episode highlighted the fact that that we pay our judiciary €194k. Germany pays €73k. When we have people like Judge Nolan on the bench, it makes it even worse. The video above nails the
I love seeing innovative ways of tying digital advertising with real time data and British Airways have done just that with their latest billboard campaign in Piccadilly Square. The billboard has a child track a real time flight in the sky overhead with the destination details etc. Granted it’s not something smaller brands could do
Using Parcel Motel
I’ve always had an issue with getting stuff delivered when ordering online and I’d come across Parcel Motel in September on the recommendation of a mate. It works by sending whatever you’ve ordered to an address in either the Republic or the North and then your parcel is delivered to a collection point close to
Friday Photo – The distant Mournes
Captured after taking off from Dublin Airport on the 10th. It was a beautifully clear day and you can spot the Mourne Mountains in the distance.
Opt out of receiving a printed phone book
I’ve been living in an apartment for a few years now and have noticed the yearly pile of phonebooks that arrive in the atrium. The majority of them aren’t picked up so I’m presuming the management company throw a good few out and it’s a huge waste of paper. I can’t even remember when I
Most of the stuff that I’d read or watch is non-fiction so Blackfish was a documentary on my radar as having gotten great reviews recently. It’s a film that investigates incidents involving killer whales in captivity and is quite shocking. It’s clear that these mammals have a social sense far greater than humans (as has
The Grand Budapest Hotel
This looks like another winner from Wes Anderson
Friday Photo – Dublin sunset from Howth
Having walked the cliffs of Howth on Thursday evening, I rounded the head to catch the most amazing sunset. You can see the chimneys of Poolbeg in the distance.
A city in flames: inside Detroit’s war on arson
Understaffed and with few resources, Detroit-area firefighters battle a plague of abandoned, burning buildings. An excellent piece by the Verge and highly recommended viewing.
Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle
You’ve probably seen it elsewhere but this is just joyous.
Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum
Invitations to cemeteries don’t come along all that often, thankfully, but when it’s Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, you’d do well not to decline. Established in 1828 by Daniel O’Connell, the cemetery is completely non-denominational and has a total of 1.5 million people buried inside its walls. That’s more people below ground than there are currently
The mind blowing Mir mine
BBC Focus magazine have a feature called Megapixel in every edition where they feature mind blowing images. The edition I’m reading a the moment features Mir Mine in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. It’s a former open pit diamond mine and is 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep with a diameter of 1,200 m (3,900 ft). It’s
Friday Photo – Sand sculpture
My favourite of the sand sculptures currently on display in Dublin Castle. I didn’t get the name of it or the artist. :-/
From One Second To The Next
‘From One Second To The Next’ is a harrowing documentary by Werner Herzog and AT&T on the hazards and consequences of texting whilst driving. A hugely necessary work.
Quality work from Poorly Drawn Lines.
A Fortnight Plus Half
Just watched this excellent video of Shannon and Stephen Parker’s trip to Ireland. It’s not short at 19 minutes but is a brilliant showcase for what Ireland has to offer tourists. Good to see they enjoyed themselves.
Friday Photo – Mushroom cloud-esque
Ireland has been experiencing great weather for the past week so I went for a wander on Sandymount Strand the other night and captured the shot above. I thought the sunset looked quite mushroom cloud-esque. Anyway, I’m hoping it continues.
Jack Dorsey: The Future Has Already Arrived
I rarely, if ever, post lengthy videos here but I thought this one was worth it. Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square, talks about how his career has developed and how he listens to customers and tries to make their experience seamless.
Friday Photo: So….you’re not open 24 hours?
Spotted at Asda in Enniskillen. The big red sticker is kind of misleading.
Mountain biking with Track and Trail
I hadn’t been on a bike in twelve years, let alone one built for mountain trails. It started with a tweet from Martin, a keen mountain biker, who suggested we head out for a half day experience in the Wicklow Mountains. Our small group (myself, Christian, Ben, Amy and Ciaran) met up on a Sunday
Friday Photo – The setting sun
Taken on Monday evening as the sun went down over Upper Lough Erne in Fermanagh. The silence was deafening and I loved every minute of the few days away.
Dance moves for shy people
By the ever excellent Poorly Drawn Lines.
Fluffy McCloud is Conor Finnegan’s funny, short graduate film from the IADT National Film School. It’s a mix of stop-motion, live action and hand drawn animation. Great stuff.
Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate
Another stunning video of bike skills from Danny MacAskill. Love the Imaginate idea too. (h/t @broadsheet_ie)
Friday Photo – Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams delivering a brilliant show.
Storm chaser Mike Oblinski filmed this amazing video of a huge rotating supercell storm forming near Booker in Northern Texas. Full screen and speakers on to appreciate it in full. (h/t broadsheet.ie)
Friday Photo – Moon watching
Myself and Steph went out to watch the full Moon last Saturday night and she caught the image above while I was busy taking photos on my phone. It was reflecting off the tide that was in on Sandymount Strand. Love nights like that.
The Guardian have just published the best multimedia story I’ve seen on the web. Firestorm details the ordeal of the Holmes family, who were caught in the devastating bush fires that swept Tasmania last year. I highly recommend you click through and experience it.
A powerboat experience
I was looking for an alternative gift for a friend last Christmas and came across a deal for powerboating with Adventure Training Ireland. The lads run city kayaking, powerboating and sailing from their base at North Wall Quay by the Jeanie Johnston. We booked in for last Saturday morning and on the stroke of 11am,
Friday Photo: GSGC in concert
The Gardiner St Gospel Choir, of which my flatmate is a member, launched their new album tonight with a fantastic gig in the O’Reilly Theatre, D1. Proceeds went to Headway and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Details on how to get the album are here.
Trailer: We’re The Millers
This actually looks damn funny (and NSFW). Plus it’s directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber who did Dodgeball.