Life, beauty and a few chuckles…
It’s been a bit since I posted just myself and not either putting in a knowledge bomb post or a book review or such, its what happens I suppose when time becomes scarce and you lose track of it – something I intend to rectify immediately.
So with that in mind I wanted to share here something thats been sitting and waiting on my computer for a while now, patiently awaiting its turn on the blog page (though I’m fairly certain its been blogged left right and centre!).
But before we get to that, a quick update on the goings-on in my oh-so-eventful life: For the moment the 9-5 remains as it ever is, which is the stunning and ever-exciting thing about ‘normal’ jobs and careers. Honestly I don’t know how people can do this their whole lives with no other mental outlet, especially if they have any creativity in them at all!
Thankfully though, I have my writing and reading to keep my mind from atrophying and my more active status on my blog in the recent past and interactions with folks here and around the inter-webs (hey, I like that term, so sue me) definitely helps because it’s actually shocking how few people I know that I can just sit and have a chat of even slight substance with anymore – granted I’m a lazy, anti-social arse most of the time, but people are so lost in their lives that meaningful interaction and thought and introspection and REAL imagination is something I do mourn for a little when I look around my “real” (read: physical) world. But it’s good to know and feel that while somewhat isolated and odd-ball, I’m not alone in the world and that eases my mind.
In the meantime though, I’ve started on my second book’s third chapter (and had to stop myself yesterday from starting a third, whose idea just popped in and had to be noted down hurriedly for later!) and I think it’s looking pretty good thus far. Of course this is all bearing in mind that while its still awaiting approvals, my first is still not published, all the while my comic career stays afloat and alive – who would have thought it a few years ago even, me amongst those at the centre of India’s comic industry being truly born and fighting for life and acceptance. It’s both a daunting and a heartening feeling.
Enough with the “me” talk, must move on to other things now.
First up I want to share the amazing thing that I mentioned earlier – a series of images by photographer Martin Klimas from Germany who is doing unbelievably stunning things with high-speed photography, such as the images below which are part of a series he has done that are porcelain figurines dropped and photographed at the moment of impact.
Now while it sounds like there should be nothing spectacular about this, the timing and the way he’s done it have produced mind-blowing results! In addition to this series he has also done a series on still life bursting apart which I’ve put a sample of below.
There’s also a series which I think is brilliant and I believe he is working on now (and fans of The Big Bang Theory will appreciate!) that is basically him putting paint over very powerful speakers and photographing the results, samples of which are also here for your enjoyment.
This gallery contains a bunch of samples in the highest resolution I could find for you to (like me) gawk at for a while!
Enjoyed that? I’m glad.
To close out the day and to usher in the tilt of the week as we move toward the weekend, here’s some hilarious stuff for you to get a chuckle out of as you sit and (again, like me) pretend to be hard at work!
First, a movie trailer for what looks to be one of the funniest, cleverest and most brilliant concepts I’ve seen in a good long while:
Where Do We Go Now? (Arabic: وهلّأ لوين؟ w halla’ la wayn) is a 2011 film by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki. The film premiered during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as part of Un Certain Regard. The film was selected to represent Lebanon for the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. The film won the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
It tells the story of a remote, isolated unnamed Lebanese village inhabited by both Muslims and Christians. The village is surrounded by land mines only reachable by a small bridge. As civil strife engulfed the country, the women in the village learn of this fact and try, by various means and to varying success, to keep their men in the dark, sabotaging the village radio, then destroying the village TV.
As a concept and from what can be seen in the trailers and the reviews, this is the kind of movie I want to see more of and wish people would be willing to watch more instead of the commercial, trashy, cliched dreck that they eat up with several spoons and then forget an hour later like the Chinese food cliche!
Lastly, something that is both laugh-out-loud hilarious from start to finish and utterly and totally mind-boggling at the same time. I believe it’s real because I actually have met people like this and live in permanent face-palming bemusement and a dash of amusement that this is a very large chunk of humanity – makes me believe more and more in the prophetic nature of Idiocracy, one of the most under-rated and bravely made-under-studio-duress movies I’ve ever seen. (You should really watch it!) So without further adieu, I leave you with this little something to brighten and boggle your day and feel better that at least you’re better than this – and I will see you all again soon with more of my randomness, right here.