Archive for July, 2009

Larry Lessig @ TED on Law & Creativity

Posted in Art, Film, Get Meta!, Inspiration, Music, People, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by blakejohnson

This may be one of the best videos I’ve seen as a plea for business and industry and politics to embrace and support new media, technologies, and youth culture instead of fighting it with lawsuits and ‘non-common-sense’ methods as they’ve been doing. This is a huge debate these days and one that needs more accepting, supportive and constructive tones – much like Lessig’s presentation style – from both sides in working toward resolution and progress. Enjoy the video… I dare you not to become addicted to the collection of recordings available on the site. Comments welcome :).

Felicia Day's B-Day Present

Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Music, Video, YouTube with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by blakejohnson

Posted on twitter (@feliciaday), this was too good not to repost. Enjoy. (And happy birthday, Felicia!)

DIY Steampunk Pocket Knife

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by blakejohnson

Found this at Instructables the other day, posted it at my Curbly blog today. Enjoy!


Posted in Entertainment, Poetry, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by blakejohnson

Inspired by the Festival of Light that’s going on right now, I sorta got an idea in me head and went with it, hope ye like!

The sky is exploding with fire;
a cascade of shimmering stars,
a colored flame-fall of dying light,
glowing brightest – like mars,
and giving up the fight.

Faeries rush to save them,
bolstering the forces,
but the neon cascade falls,
lighting up the watching faces,
bringing joy to all.

The thunderclaps roll overhead,
echoing like the sea,
and I sit alone in my room,
the fireworks, my laptop and me.

😀 That was fun! Ian MacMillan was right, rhyming is fun, it does help you to think. I think I’ll aim for more rhyming poetry in the future, it makes you think and synthesize your thoughts and get into the concept and feeling of your subject. Freeform has a place, definitely, but this experiment has proven helpful in bolstering my interest in rhyme.

Love & Trolls

Posted in Entertainment, Music, Web, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2009 by blakejohnson

So I was on a late-night new music binge and found this …oddly fascinating:
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Writing, Podcast & News

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Journals, Life, Poetry, Writing with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2009 by blakejohnson

Disclaimer: This post will not resemble the title’s order of topics.

Now then, I’ve been getting out a lot more recently, I’ve taken to daily walks down to the waterside, picking different sitting-and-watching-spots each time I go to the park by my house. It’s about 6 blocks away, down the hill and across the streets, and I go when the sun is almost setting, to soak in the last few rays and feel the breeze on my cheeks, to breathe the fresher air and remind myself that there are other people living and moving around me, no matter how I shut myself up in my apartment room.

On these walks, I bring a book – Dune, for you curious types, and I’m almost done with it…a review should follow, but that simple mention is not a promise – and a notebook for recording ideas and thoughts, describing the sun and the mountains, the waves that lap the rock-cement seawall, or for remembering the old couple who wander down the path at sunset. I’ve begun writing much more, much like I used to, endeavoring to rediscover that spark I had before, the endless flow of ideas and thoughts that formed themselves into words, phrases, the lyrics of my mind that came pouring out like fresh, cold milk, coating and soothing and solidifying into a sweet cream… letting me understand their substance and intent.

And even now, inspired by a podcast series from the Open University (hurrah! for open learning initiatives) on creative writing, I’ve decided to link said podcast and some new writing of my own.
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Blood Trail

Posted in 3D, Entertainment, Film, Inspiration, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2009 by blakejohnson

Holy craziness. I’m not a connosseiur of CG stuff, but I’ve come across a fair amount, and this is without a doubt the most brutal, visceral, gory, violent piece I’ve ever seen. That said, I quite enjoyed the article and the fact that someone without prior experience was able to push the envelope so fully. Good inspiration.

Link: Leaving A CG Blood Trail