Videos

How to Tie a Bow Tie

by Elizabeth on March 8, 2013 · 2 comments

in Cool stuff, Fashion, Videos

This video is the second-best thing I saw on the Internet this week.

The best thing has to be the animated gif version of the video, created by Devoureth.  It makes me want to put my boyfriend in his super-hot suit so that I can practice!

Fancy.

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THEY WERE WRONG (Shane Koyczan)

by Elizabeth on February 28, 2013 · 1 comment

in Life, Stuff, Videos

we weren’t the only kids who grew up this way
to this day
kids are still being called names
the classics were
hey stupid
hey spaz
seems like each school has an arsenal of names
getting updated every year
and if a kid breaks in a school
and no one around chooses to hear
do they make a sound?
are they just the background noise
of a soundtrack stuck on repeat
when people say things like
kids can be cruel?

http://tothisdayproject.com/

 

For Emily.

I promise you that one day these people will not matter.  You will leave them behind, and your life will be so full that there won’t even be space for them in your thoughts.  But until that day, please just remember this one thing.

They were wrong.

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#40 – Complete a jigsaw puzzle

by Elizabeth on February 25, 2013 · 6 comments

in 101 in 1001, Cool stuff, Videos

Jigsaw puzzle on Vimeo.
Music: Puzzle Pieces by Saint Motel

 

This ridiculous task is part of my mission to complete 101 Things in 1001 Days.

Some of the major regrets in my life:

  • Begging to have my hair permed when I was 12, and succeeding
  • The time I was hit by a bus on my way to a funeral
  • That month-long period in Year 10 when the boy I had a crush on flirted with me like crazy, and I just thought he was being a weirdo
  • Navigating LAX with three small children; and
  • Wasting 3 weeks of my life on this effing jigsaw puzzle.

I think the lowest point during this project was when I grabbed the scissors from the kitchen drawer, intending to re-shape a puzzle piece that I believed with ALL MY HEART should have fit in a particular spot.  There was a lot of Tim Talking Liz Down From the Ledge and Sure, Chocolate Can Be Dinner and Liz? Maybe You Should Go To Bed Now during the course of these 56.5 hours.  Also swearing and crying and flipping the bird at objects that could only be described as inanimate.

But maybe, maybe there were also some good moments.  Like the sort of conversations that only happen when you’re trapped in a room together and the TV is off.  And maybe it wasn’t entirely terrible to listen to Richard Mercer’s Love Song Dedications on the radio, even if my boyfriend made it clear that he will never publicly glorify our love with a Whitney Houston power ballad.

The thing is, we did it and nobody died.  We agreed that Tim wouldn’t touch the puzzle unless I was working on it (in order to satisfy the vague criteria of my list) and whenever we were puzzling, we were filming too.

Thank God we were able to capture all of our poor nutritional decisions on camera.

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I <3 NYC

by Elizabeth on January 26, 2013 · 2 comments

in Travel, USA, Videos

Tim and I only had a very short amount of time to spend in NYC when we visited in October.  It was incredible that we were able to squeeze it in at all considering our ridiculous itinerary, but a sojourn to the city was essential.  We stayed for two nights in an apartment in Brooklyn, walked across the amazing Brooklyn Bridge and spent our one full day in the city soaking it all in.

We didn’t visit a single museum or art gallery.  We barely did any shopping.  We just walked and walked (and photographed) and walked and occasionally I took some video on my Nikon D800.

I bought my first manual focus lens while I was in the US (the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4) and used it to shoot most of the video I took in NYC.  I was shooting for practice mostly, but when I got home I realised I had a series of really cool clips that gave a sort of snapshot of the day we spent in the city.  The end result isn’t a comprehensive picture of everything we did (sooo many things I didn’t think to shoot!) but it still captures the essence of our time there.  And as long as you don’t mind a little bit of camera shake à la Blair Witch Project from my heavy camera rig you might like it too!

The video begins with a long scene shot just outside the Flatiron Building.  It was very late at night (past midnight, I think?), we were tired and happy, and I was seeing the Flatiron for the first time in my life.  All the accompanying photos in this post were shot from the point where I shot this opening footage.

Watch this in HD if you can.

NYC – October 2012 from Scarlet Words on Vimeo.

(There were a lot of butts in that video, right?  Sorry / You’re Welcome, whichever applies to you.)

A few of the clips from that video invoke memories for me that words could never completely explain.  Like the dejected-looking Cookie Monster of Times Square, or the intimacy between the two men with the sneakers who were waiting for their slice of cheesecake at the deli.  The rapper filming himself in the middle of the road, the student/teacher conversation at the bakery, and the interaction of The Naked Cowboy with the 14-year-old girls.  Lip-readers might have fun with that clip.

And by stripping away some of the city noise from these clips I felt like I was left with a truer sense of the pace of the city, as I experienced it.  Before my first trip to NYC I imagined it to be crazier, noisier, dirtier, scarier.  I didn’t know how wide the streets and pavement would be, and that so many buildings weren’t skyscrapers.  Instead the city felt welcoming to me and I instantly felt at ease there.

I know that so much has changed in the city in the past 10 years and that it wasn’t always as liveable or safe as it is right now.  I understand that I’ve always stuck to the parts of the city where I am unlikely to run into trouble, and that it helps to have my Americano by my side.

I just don’t think I could ever, ever get tired of visiting this place and surrendering to its rhythm.  I secretly hope we can live there someday, even for a year.

Want to see more posts about our stay in NYC?  Here they are:

Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Bridge
FAO Schwarz – Fifth Avenue NYC
Central Park, NYC
Strawberry Fields, Central Park NYC
Giant bubbles at Bethesda Fountain, Central Park NYC
The lights of Times Square, NYC
Streets of NYC

My next post will take you to Boston.

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Walk Off The Earth

by Elizabeth on January 6, 2013 · 3 comments

in Cool stuff, Music, Videos

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Almost exactly one year ago I wrote about this incredible Canadian indie band called Walk Off The Earth.  At the time they had just catapulted to fame after their mesmerising cover of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know and they seemed to be pretty stunned by all the attention.

It was only today that I realised how much other stuff they’ve done since recording that cover.  There is some serious talent in this group of multi-instrumentalists (not to mention the incredible voices), and they’ve made some of the most creative low-budget videos I’ve seen in ages.

So I thought it was time to share more of their videos.  It was hard to narrow it down to just a few, so check out the Walk Off The Earth YouTube channel for heaps more amazing covers.

 

I don’t think I can write about this band without again posting the video that shot them to fame.  Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye & Kimbra was perhaps the song of 2012 so it’s been covered a lot, but this one blows all the others out of the water.

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I’ve set myself a challenge to complete 101 Things in 1001 Days, from 1 January 2012 to 28 September 2014.  #78 on my list is to take 101 photos with my Fujifilm instax mini 25 camera.

I’ve had this fun little camera for a while now, and we seem to go through phases with each other.  There are months on end where it sits neglected in a drawer, and there are days where I go through 3 packs of film before lunch.  It’s a great little toy when I remember it’s there.

I decided to call this task “done” when I had taken 101 photos that were good enough to share.  Some of them turned out as expected, others are happy accidents probably look like mistakes to the average person!  I’m sure I could have presented an entirely different set of 101 photos if I kept this open until the end of my 1001 Days but it’s time for me to start concentrating on the other items on my list.

Enjoy the little video above, and try not to notice the terrible nailpolish!  We all do things we regret on New Years Eve.

Photojojo Fuji Instax Camera

Image from photojojo.com, which is one of my favourite places for photo gadgets.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 25 takes instant photographs, much like a polaroid camera.  The photos are about the size of a credit card and there are enthusiasts out there who use them in journals and other crafty projects.  Lots of people are making albums that are sized for these photos and there are stacks of accessories on etsy and ebay.  I think people who love this camera really love this camera.

This camera isn’t for everybody, although most people would enjoy the novelty factor of instant film.

Through trial and error I’ve learned a bit about which lighting situations will work for this camera, and which ones won’t.  One of the  main frustrations that people have with the instax mini is that there’s no way to manually control the flash or shutter speed, so there’s an element of risk each time you take a shot.  Most indoor shots will cause the flash to fire and that can cause annoying glare on reflective surfaces.  If you’re photographing people indoors the flash does a great job and gives a fun 80’s feel.

The photos I liked best were taken in full sunlight, or in places with HEAPS of bright ambient light.

 

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR USING THE FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 25

The page where I have been posting my instax photos has been attracting a lot of google traffic throughout the year, and I’ve noticed that most of the search terms are related to problems that people have with using the camera.  I thought it might be helpful to share some of the things I’ve learned, especially since the manual that comes with the camera is pretty useless!

I’m not an expert (I’m not even happy with all 101 shots) but I did get better at it over time.

FILM

  • You should expect to waste a few packets of film when you first get your camera.  Film isn’t cheap, but in my experience the only way to learn is to keep shooting.  Photograph the same object multiple times, adjusting your distance or light source, until you figure out what works and what doesn’t.
  • I always buy my film through eBay now because it can be much cheaper than the usual places.  I usually get a good deal when I buy them in packs of a couple of hundred.  Whether you’re buying film online or in a store always check the expiry date.  Sometimes the price is too good to be true, and a seller who doesn’t disclose this information in their product description is probably shady.  My last few purchases have been made through cameragirl and they’ve been great.
  • Once you have your film don’t let it sit around collecting dust, and remember that it expires.  If you’re too precious with your camera or your film you’ll never learn to use it to its full potential.  Be ready to pay about $1 per photo, and don’t be too mad about the ones that end up in the trash.

LIGHTING

  • Taking a photo in full, bright sunlight will give vivid colours and a low-risk shot.
  • Some of my favourite photos were taken directly into to the sun, like the bird feeder and tomato plant above.  The brightest spots in the photo will be overexposed and you may end up with a black or green dot in your image.  That’s the film telling you that your scene was too bright, but I love it.
  • If you’d prefer to avoid this shoot your subject in direct sunlight but put the light source behind you.  The brightest spots may still be over exposed but you shouldn’t experience any burn.  The two photos of my dog above were shot this way, and while the detail of his white fur is lost to overexposure overall there’s more control in those shots.
  • The other four photos above (mug & lemons, baseball game, ivy & vases) were shot in areas with heaps and heaps of ambient light.  The instax needs a LOT of light, so it’s pretty quick to fire its flash if the scene isn’t perfectly lit.
  • The flash is brilliant for photographing people at night and in low light.

OTHER STUFF

  • Don’t forget that what you see through the viewfinder is just a guide.  As the viewfinder doesn’t sit directly over the lens there will be some differences in the framing of the final product.  It’s not easy to line up a perfectly symmetrical shot with this camera, so embrace imperfection!
  • The camera comes with a closeup lens, but it’s not a macro lens.  You’ll still need be a good arms length away from your subject to get it in focus, and I wasted a lot of film figuring out that sweet spot!  I also kept forgetting to remove it for landscape scenes which is why some of them are blurry.  I found I’m more tolerant of these sorts of mistakes with my instax than I ever could be with my SLR or DSLR.
  • Don’t buy this camera if you’re a control freak, or you will be miserable.  Embrace imperfection and you will love it.

If you have one of these cameras I would love to hear your tips in the comments!

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Merry Chr…, December 28!

by Elizabeth on December 28, 2012 · 0 comments

in Christmas, Videos

Choreography: Elf Yourself
Music: Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Malibu Remix) by Billy May

 

We were going to have this ready for Christmas Day, but Tim was a little bit slow to learn the choreography.  Not his fault I guess, that kid just has two left feet.  However, I think you’ll notice that what he lacks in natural dancing talent he makes up for in enthusiasm.

Also, you are right to feel sorry for the dog in this video.

I’ll be back really soon with a proper, grown-up blog post which will hopefully make up for the weeks of silence around here!

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Dumb Ways to Die

by Elizabeth on November 21, 2012 · 0 comments

in Melbourne, Music, Videos

Do you think a public service announcement as adorable as this can actually save lives?  I’m not sure, but I love it anyway!

(Be safe around trains.)

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The Old Man and the Sea – Marcel Schindler

by Elizabeth on November 19, 2012 · 1 comment

in Art, Cool stuff, Videos

 

This incredible stop-motion film by German artist Marcel Schindler makes me want to draw and draw and draw… and then read a bunch of Hemingway.

Discovered via Leslie at Pink Collar, who actually read the book in Cuba and earned a stack of bonus street cred for doing so!

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I’ve been obsessed with this song since hearing it a few weeks ago.

Good luck getting this song out of your head!

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LN-CC FILM: Copula | Making Bracelets

by Elizabeth on November 12, 2012 · 0 comments

in Art, Cool stuff, Videos

LN-CC FILM: Copula | Making Bracelets from LN-CC on Vimeo.

 

Every piece of Copula jewellery is handcrafted by a single artisan working with only the finest materials. In this exclusive video, LN-CC follows the intensive processes and skills that go into creating one of the Aztlan bracelets: a 925 sterling silver interpretation of a traditional friendship bracelet.

Shop Copula | AW12 > ln-cc.com/en/restofworld/mens-brands/copula/icat/copula-mens/

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Currently…

by Elizabeth on November 8, 2012 · 5 comments

in Life, Melbourne, Music, Videos

Danielle from Sometimes Sweet often write little “Currently” posts like this one to get her thoughts out.  I thought it might be nice to join in from time to time – you should, too!

 

WATCHING: Tim and I have so many new TV addictions that we’ve decided to just live until we’re 180 years old so we can fit everything in.  We almost never watch normal TV anymore because I can’t stand being planted on the couch for too long, so we queue up our shows on Blu-Ray and Apple TV and just watch an episode whenever we feel like it.

Right now we’re watching some shows that we discovered on our long flight back from the USA – The Newsroom, Revenge and House of Lies.  And maybe I’ll go ahead and be honest about the Hart of Dixie thing too, because I’m totally planning to be Rachel Bilson when I grow up but perhaps I should stop telling people that.

 

LISTENING TO: A couple of days ago I received an email from the singer of an unsigned Danish pop group who wanted to tell me about their new video.  I hear from a lot of bands because of this blog, but it’s been a while since a new song has really clicked with me.

This song Let It Out by Alex Canasta is a rare gem and I’m really happy to be sharing it with you.  Their new album Safe Inside will be released in March 2013.

We´re a band from Copenhagen, DK, making music because we can´t live without each other and because we can´t live without the music that appears whenever we´re together.”Let It Out” is a song from our forthcoming album “Safe Inside” which will be released in March 2013.

Safe Inside is our second album, our first album “Reborn Tonight” were released in 2008. So you can say it’s been a while since we´ve released anything, and the making of Safe Inside has been a long, loving/hating journey relying on a strong patience and not letting go of the opposite.

The Alex Canasta sound can be defined as pop without being it using ingredients as love, hate, sex and violence combined with a strong friendship. Nothing is sacred though everything is. it sounds a bit confusing, but we totally get it. a typical alex canasta-dogma. We´re open for any definition 🙂

Alex Canasta: Facebook | Website

 

While I was driving to work this morning I heard another new song on the radio, and it stayed with me so long that I had to google it as soon as I got to my desk.  This is Rainlessness played by the Sunwrae Ensemble, with original music by Rae Howell.  It was recorded at the Thornbury Theatre in 2009 and it’s just beautiful.


 

THINKING ABOUT: For some reason lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the person I’m becoming, and the sort of person I hope to be as I get older.  Earlier tonight I was grocery shopping for ingredients for chicken soup (sick boyfriend, entirely my fault) and in the span of about 15 minutes I encountered so many strangers who were just downright mean.  One lady forced me aside with her handbag because she wanted to take something from the shelf where I was standing.  I saw another person dive for the very last punnet of strawberries – almost snatching them from the fingers of somebody who was there first.  The woman who insisted I let her go through the register first because she was “very busy”.  There was road rage in the car park, a cashier who was impatient with her elderly customer’s credit card skills… it just went on and on.  I left there feeling as though the world was full of assholes.

I also noticed the good things.  There was a gorgeous young dad who talked meaningfully with his toddler up and down each aisle, answering every single, “but why?” with a genuine answer.  A teenage boy who jumped in to help when a tiny old lady couldn’t reach the top shelf.  I need to be better at remembering those moments instead of the woman who almost pushed me over in the frozen food aisle.

I hope to always be a person who finds time to have fun, and remembers to smile back at a little kid on the street.  I hope I never get too caught up in the day-to-day crap to enjoy an early morning hot air balloon or an amazing busker.  I hope that I never treat somebody badly just because I’ve had a long day and the supermarket is busy.

 

LOVING: This unseasonably cool November weather.  As I write it’s late at night and really chilly outside where I’m sitting.  I’m rugged up in a big cardigan and enjoying the pretty rain, and subtly eavesdropping on my neighbours’ conversation over the fence.  I don’t feel too bad because they’re being very loud, and it’s not terribly interesting.

Tim just brought me a hot cup of Earl Grey to warm my hands up so now I officially have everything I need.

We’ll get our Summer soon enough (knowing Melbourne, it will be here with a vengeance next week) but for now I’m really loving this borrowed winter weather.  And cardigans and rain and Earl Grey tea.

 

READING: A few days ago I got chatting with people on Twitter about the lost art of blogrolls.  Somewhere in the middle of my rant I realised that my own list hadn’t been updated in a really long time, so I jumped off my soapbox briefly to bring it back up to date.  If you have time to dig through the links in my sidebar you will find so many treasures, so next time you have time to kill just start clicking through.  You will meet some really great people there.

If you’re low on time, start here:

 

MAKING ME HAPPY: I’ve really enjoyed checking in here once per day for NaBloPoMo, and especially discovering the blogs of the other participants!  It’s also been really nice to see some new faces here this month as well.  Hope you’ll keep coming back.

 

So, how about you?  Feel free to do your own “currently” post on your blog and link back for everyone to check out, or just answer the questions right here in the comments!

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Fly

by Elizabeth on November 2, 2012 · 3 comments

in Travel, USA, Videos

This pretty animation is by Creatures Crew

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.  ~Leonardo Da Vinci

 

When it came to planning our trip overseas, the only thing I was really worried about was the long flights.  I’m a pretty good flyer, but the thought of being bored at 40,000 feet always makes me feel a bit claustrophobic.  I spent a lot of time in the lead-up to our trip planning ways to kill the time, knowing that I probably wouldn’t be able to sleep.

I packed a killer carry-on bag full of iDevices.  There were movies on my Macbook and iPad, audio books on my iPod, and lots of dumb games on my iPhone.  I brought a sketchbook and pencils, I downloaded some books onto Tim’s Kindle and I made sure I had the best noise isolating headphones I could afford.  I was set!

There was just one problem: the in-flight entertainment on Air Canada turned out to be so good that I was worried my flights weren’t going to be long enough to see everything!  I didn’t touch any of the gear I brought with me on the plane, and although our flights were really really long, I wasn’t once bored.

(No, this post is not sponsored.)

We did the longest parts of our journey in the centre of the plane, so I didn’t get to soak up the view as we flew over the ocean.  I had window seats on our shorter flights though, and I captured a little bit of it on video.

This video could use some heavy editing, but the music is so perfect that I couldn’t bear to cut it down any further.  You’ll recognise the song instantly if you’ve ever seen the animated Christmas movie The Snowman – it’s called Walking In The Air and this version is played by George Winston.

I recommend watching this full screen in HD.  Please ensure that your seatbelt is fastened, your tray table secured, and your seat is in the upright position.

Enjoy your flight.

 

If you’re reading this post on an RSS reader and can’t see the embedded video, please click through and view it on my site.

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New York City Timelapse from Eddie Peter Hobson on Vimeo.

 

In three weeks we’re leaving for an action-packed trip overseas to see Tim’s family.  We’ll only be away for 3 weeks, but in that short time we will be covering a lot of ground.  We’ll be taking Tim’s parents to Disney World (and meeting my brother there too!), watching the Red Sox play at Fenway Park, cooking fresh lobster in Maine and watching as the leaves change colour in a remote part of Vermont.  We’ll be spending time in 7 different states while we’re away!

The thing I’m most excited about is seeing the people that we miss so much.  I’m also really excited about seeing more of the places where Tim spent his childhood.

Last weekend we booked a couple of nights accommodation in NYC.  I’d been worried that we wouldn’t be able to fit it in to this trip, and I’m so glad we found a way to do it!  It’s been six years since I’ve been back in the city and I’m going to treasure every minute we spend there.  I know that we’ll only scrape the surface.

Just when I thought my excitement had peaked, I came across the timelapse above.  How good is that?

 

It looks like Eddie Peter Hobson is trying to capture lots of different cities via timelapse photography.  He’s even done Melbourne!  My city is so beautiful, especially at night.

Timelapse the World – Melbourne from Eddie Peter Hobson on Vimeo.

 

I have SO MUCH TO DO before we leave.  Send help!

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A big thank you to Kellie from 74 Lime Lane for sharing this short by Cale Atkinson (she always knows where to find the best stuff).  You can read more about the making of this animation at Cale’s blog.

I love everything about this.

 

(PS. Sorry that things are so quiet around here.  I’ll be back with a more newsy post soon!)

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