Archive for December, 2011

Dominos Everywhere for the Holidays

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2011 at 6:00 am

Jared Lyons, a web designer and developer, combines thousands of dominoes, bells and a classic song to bring a little holiday cheer. This creative video, a follow-up to another domino-oriented video by Lyons, shows how magical every little thing can be on Christmas.

Lyons said, “I specifically chose ‘Carol of the Bells’ because it’s not just a Christmas song. Believe it or not, its origin goes back to an old pagan New Year’s chant from the Ukraine.” Lyons’ fun twist on the classic holiday song will put you one step closer to Level 10 Holiday Spirit Mode.

The Secret Powers of Time

Posted by    |    December 13th, 2011 at 6:00 am

Professor Philip Zimbardo, an American psychologist and professor at Stanford University, illustrates how our individual perspective of time can affect us in profound ways in the short film, The Secret Powers of Time. Essentially, we can choose to think in past-oriented, presented-oriented or future-oriented ways. Past-oriented thinkers choose to focus either on memories, family history and ritual or on regret and failure. Present-oriented thinkers choose to live hedonistically, in the moment or without plan because life is all up to fate. Most people tend to be future-oriented, believing in choosing work over play and resisting temptation. The purpose of schools, in Zimbardo’s opinion, is to take present-oriented “little beasts” and make them more future-oriented. (more…)

How They Get There

Posted by    |    December 5th, 2011 at 7:00 am

You see them in every city, every town.  It isn’t just shoes, though that seems to be the prevalent accessory.  Sometimes it’s a shirt, a pair of pants, and unfortunately sometimes it’s a pair of underwear.

How do they get there?  Laying on the street, tied over a telephone pole, hanging from a tree branch.  How does someone literally lose their shirt?  Or be able to literally walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?

We see them, we pass them, we wrinkle our nose at them, but how in the heck they got there…we don’t know.  Go kayaking in White Rock Lake and you’ll find that even the aquatic reserves aren’t immune.  I’ve seen floating diapers, a lone flip flop, and an acrylic fingernail, all sailing along as if they belonged there.

Well, enough with the philosophical, and on to the answer to this age-old question.  Director Spike Jonze  has stumbled upon the truth in this short film, aptly titled, “How They Get There“.  Enjoy!