Sight and Sound - I


Warren Buffet's Best Kept Secret to Success: The Art of Reading, Remembering, and Retaining More Books. - Discusses how fast people read, types of reading, tips for improving the speed of reading and reading retention. Also - Staples - What speed do you read?

How to Develop the Coaching Eye - Bob Takano

On screenshots and taking pictures of words - Austin Kleon. This short article provoked me to download two apps, both on the iTunes, they are Cite and OneShot. Both are very easy to use and help give your twitter followers more context when tweeting.

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence. - Tim Urban. Long insightful article about 

How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body (The Atlantic) - Seth Maxon. Maxon takes us on a personal account on the lack of sleep while mixing in some insight from professionals trying to figure out why we need sleep.

We Should Have a Better Condom by Now. Here's Why We Don't. (Slate) - L.V. Anderson. A very long and in-depth article about creating a better condom. Starting with the personal motivation of a designer trying to improve on the sensation of condoms while asking the question as to why isn't there anything better than latex and why haven't condoms improved since the 1940s (answer: meeting FDA regulations).

*UPDATE - 26/01/18 - An in-depth guide to everything you could possibly want to know about condoms, it's 7000 words! Enjoy.


Louis C.K. "If God Came Back"

HARDGAINERS: How to Build Muscle (The Skinny Guy Lie)

STFU and Listen interviews Trent Oster - Basically an interview with the Creative Director of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. It's an interesting nostalgic youtube video, but I wish these guys did a podcast version. Still a good listen.

Everything Wrong With the Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Cinema Sins) - Often I watch these CinemaSins without having watched the parent video. With this however, I watched the Tolkien Edit version and thank fuck I did. I'm glad this Sins video is out there to Shame Peter Jackson and his team. I'm also glad the fan edited film is out there also which is available from all good rental stores, no wait I mean subscription services, I mean torrent sites sorry.

A Podcast

A recent one I've started listening to is Dan Carlin's Hardcore History (selling old episodes here), the episodes come out every few months and they need to. Episodes typically run over the three hour mark. I'm listening to a series focusing on WW1, there are five parts at the moment and the level of detail and context provided is astounding. The podcast is definitely worthy of its name.

I'm planning an episode of JPG with Charmaine soon and I'll go into greater detail about this. For now though, if you want to get lost in a retelling of various events across human history then this is the stuff. I binge listened to the 'Blueprint for Armageddon' series almost all in three days, that was over 18 hours. Hooked barely describes what's happening here with me (helps to listen on 1.5x speed).

All the more amazing is that Dan Carlin as the host is speaking on his own, this isn't a discussion podcast.

I found it via Joe Rogan's podcast, he was talking so passionately about it with his guest when they went into the reasons as to how the last 100 years of human history have changed simply because of a chance meeting outside a sandwich shop in Sarajevo.

Subscribe on iTunes here

Only Lovers Left Alive - Review and track listing


Being a fan of Jim Jarmusch's previous films, I knew what to expect with his easy going, uncomplicated, predictable, shooting style. It's most welcome (he's doing his thing, but with Vampires and more layers than 'Broken Flowers')! He's a film maker with an intimate, minimalist and considered approach which isn't exposition heavy. I believe he's letting audiences sit back and giving them time to think while watching his art. The characters and scenes speak for themselves on that subjective interpretation. Jarmusch, shows rather than tells and I always find myself talking about his characters after watching his movies. That's his take and his brand I enjoy.*

Jarmusch creates two rich and fleshed (pun unintended) out vampire characters that are ironically human, the focus isn't on supernatural powers. It's a given that they have them since they are vampires and the genre has been well explored by numerous film makers over the years.  It's safe to assume they're equipped with them, they just aren't worth focusing on, and aren't necessary for 99% of the movie. The focus is on their individual natures, personalities and the lives they live, Adam and Eve are a couple who need their time together as much as their time apart.

What makes them interesting is what they have given and taken in their long relationship with human beings. Adam is the music obsessive and recluse, secretly passing on his works through others over the ages, thereby (maybe without realising) providing entertainment for those he hates. Eve, the nature lover and one interested in 'feeling' history is somebody who feels human and is caring of others, oddly for somebody without a heartbeat she has a big heart. Without realising, they have become the things they eat.

Those insensitive to subtly in their movies will say in conversation that "nothing happens" in 'Only Lovers Left Behind', think how "nothing happens" in 'Lost in Translation' or 'Broken Flowers', except here even though we are just watching a few people living and interacting without some great drama or hero's climax, there is something for us to digest and be entertained by. If you can accept that, the themes and the mirrors that Jarmusch sets up, soon bleed out (pun intended). If not, you'll think it sucks and leave halfway through, as many people did at my screening.

*I'm tired of movies trying to explain everything with too much exposition or have a pace which is constantly directing our attention. Though don't go too far in the opposite direction either like with Jonathan Glazer's 'Under the Skin', with its hugely ambiguous narrative I couldn't survive cinema if more films took after Glazer's approach.

The music in OLLA is unique, special to me in that it's all new and refreshing and I want to hear more of it. So that's what I did and googled for the tracks. If you want to find the music, here is the song list (copied from the indiewire blog [but they don't provide links like to the songs like I do]):

All the Songs In "Only Lovers Left Alive", are mostly iTunes links. The individual songs below either don't exist on the official album or are not in their original form.

"Funnel Of Love" - Wanda Jackson

"Harissa" - Kasbah Rockers

"Caprice No. 5 in A Minor" - Charles Yang (itunes doesn't have Charles Yang as the composer for the purists out there).

"Gamil" - Y.A.S.

"Can't Hardly Stand It" - Charlie Feathers

"Trapped By A Thing Called Love" - Denise LaSalle

"Soul Dracula" - Hot Blood

"Under Skin Or By Name" - White Hills

"Red Eyes And Tears" - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

"Little Village" - Bill Laswell (free download).

The soundtrack album which are mostly SQÜRL songs, can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE - This is a repost (with grammar and spelling corrections [hello Charmaine]) from my old wordpress website.