Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Another inspiring soul.

Possibly the hardest man on the planet, Jason Lewis completed his 13 year circumnavigation of the globe by human power alone.

Check out the details on his website
If you live in England you can meet him at another of my fav places The Adventurists, as they are having him to tea (that's scones and tea).

There are some incredible humans on the planet.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Jeremy Gilley. Peace Day 21st September

I'm so happy to have found this and hear Jeremy Gilley's vision. I am so inspired. And moved. And I wonder, how did I not know this before now? It matters not, now I do know and I'll be sure to get involved.

Peace One Day By Jeremy Gilley from E.V.A on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Midday naps assist learning...

New research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that an hour’s nap can dramatically boost and restore your brain power. Indeed, the findings suggest that a biphasic sleep schedule not only refreshes the mind, but can make you smarter.

So what's biphasic I ask: 
biphasic |bīˈfāzik|
having two phases the patient's biphasic recovery curve.

Lovely. I know that's also really good for dream-therapy, or at least remembering your dreams. At one stage in my life for about a year I trained myself to wake up after each dream. First of all I set my alarm for 2am and 4am and wrote what I remembered, but then eventually I just awoke several times in the night wrote my dreams and went back to sleep. If our sleep sessions are shorter, it allows less of a line between awake mind and sleeping mind, and therefore opens a world of frequencies that rest in between. Frequencies that would usually only be accessible whilst sleeping can become available whilst we're awake.

Anyway, off now... but my new job means I can have a midday nap every day WHOO HOOO.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Who'd have thought a butchers could be so cool?

Victor Churchill Butcher – Sydney

Gorgeous... and a butchers. Great brand identity. Sexy looking store. And it's dead animals. Doesn't quite compute. Their award-winning website even has i-phone apps. Fabulous job to Dreamtime Australia Design. Their first retail store... and what a job. Certainly on the leading edge of butchery.


Inspiration comes from all quarters.

Stumbled upon this music video. Nice track. French. But what a great video. Inspiring for me to see... anyone can make a music video. Really... just takes a little imagination and the inclination to do it.

Le Roi Des Ombres by Mathieu Chédid.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Ainslie Roberts

Just discovered Ainslie Roberts in a documentary.
His art is really powerful and moving.

Myth lives in his paintings. And the sacredness permeates. 
Magic. Awe inspiring.

He wanted to bridge the gap between white man and the native Australians. His art interprets Aboriginal legends. He spent a lot of time living and walking with the native people.

Bless him. What an amazing man. He said "I truly believe there is no end to us we just go on and on and on." 12 March 1911 - 28 August 1993.

An aside that I just heard : Did you know we look to the left for instinct, and we look to the right for logical analysis?

A radical Kiwi electric bicycle is set to change the lives of commuters worldwide

YikeBike for urban freedom. Let's hope it does what it says on the tin (tranforming urban transport). We need to get those cars out of the city.

Tell me it sucks (or otherwise)

This is a great way to get feedback on your new ID Designs.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Don't be evil.

This is certainly thought provoking.
Definitely worth the 2.39 minutes it takes to watch.

Sustainability su-shmame-ability

TreeHugger is helping the masses get hooked on sustainability. Check it out and see if you become dependent. It's been called "One of the 100 Best Blogs" by Times Online, 2009.

I've been quoted...

I feel quite privileged to have been quoted on Donna Farhi's website.

This is where I spent January this year.

"As the inate movement patterns of being human reawaken I wonder how it could be that they were missing from my practice, and how I never noticed their absence. I now have a freedom of movement that stems from my very core and will surely continue to permeate my life. To explore and discover in a space of wisdom, trust, care and laughter has been a joyous, relaxed experience for me." ~ Rachel Anning

We feel fine; An exploration of human emotion, in six movements

I think this is incredible. I've told so many people about it since I found it last year, and now I can share it with you.

Imagine being able to get guage of how the world is feeling right now. Or how women in England feel when it rains in June. Explore this site and you'll see that the world really does share the same emotions. I think this is mindblowing, a massive social experiement and real-time insites into how the world feels. Well, the 25% of the world who are online.

So this is a chap (should I say artist and computer scientist?) collecting partial glimpses of stories from reality.

Open this and have a look around. But I recommend you watch the video first to get a better idea of what it is about (helps).

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A quote that seems very real to me.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot

Two desert island books.

Watch this and be in awe of our unknown universe.

While I'm on the subject of universal inspiration, I highly recommend Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything (book or unabridged audiobook) published in 2004 Bryson starts with the birth of the universe and the creation of the earth, then tells us how they measured the earth, weighed the earth and all the crazy adventures that took place in between. With his usual wit (he's made me laugh out loud when reading, which is no easy task), he tells us about the personalities involved in all the great (and the downright dangerous) discoveries. He has talked to the world’s most advanced archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians to tell us about evolution, the discovery of elements, the counting of comets, the makeup of chromosomes and DNA, the mysteries of the seas, the composition of the air, and potential natural disasters.
My other favorite book is Seven Mysteries of Life written in 1975 by Guy Murchie. Although science has moved on significantly since he wrote this book, the themes, ideas and aspects he looks into are still relevant. This was where I first came across the comparison of humanity to a virus (visually, really impactful). Guy took 17 years to write The Seven Mysteries of Life, he set out to tell us about all aspects of life. His book is a delight to read, insightful and poetic, and a work so beautiful that it has been described as art.

• A Short History of Nearly Everything, By Bill Bryson
• The Seven mysteries of life: an exploration in science & philosophy, By Guy Murchie

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