23 October 2016
Local Californian Sea Lions have always been present in the city’s bay but had been pushed out to Seal Rocks, a small formation at the north end of the Ocean Beach. Pier 39’s K Dock was developed and opened in 1978. Little did we know that the sea lions also had their eyes on this particular piece of seaside real estate.
The Ark in Space has a great feature, packed with pictures, telling the history of these unusual squatters!
First Image Credit Flickr User WallyG
MEL Films joins him on one of his annual ‘dino camp’ excursions where a triceratops skull, hidden for 160 million years, awaits discovery.
22 October 2016
Royal Institution which have really helped to make science more approachable to a lot of people.
Alicia MacDonald this short film may leave you wondering whether it is fact or fiction…
For anyone interested in animation, Greek legend and dinosaurs, this is a must!
18 October 2016
available on BBC iPlayer. It is causing something of a stir on social networks and for good reason as it asks a number of long overdue questions.
First and foremost is this: do we live in a world where the truth is no longer valued – to the extent that the term post-truth has been coined?
There is another word in the mix too, one which I have not come across before – and that is HyperNormalisation (excuse the capitals, not quite sure what to do with them!). The teaser above is just that – it is the process of how we got to where we are now – the point at which the truth, at least politically, is no longer a prerequisite in terms of what we demand from our politicians.
The simplified and frankly fake version of the world that many of us now see is where the term hypernormalisation comes in and this riveting film has a cast of characters from over forty years. Has the chaos of those years culminated in a kind of paralysis where those who are supposed to lead us find that they do not know what to do?
Take a look at this film – you can then judge for yourself how this perceived retreat from the reality of the world has taken on an authenticity all of its own.
16 October 2016
The carrot is an unusual eye-piece - and the whisker is just what you might expect. Plus - what is that sticking outside? Are the Daleks tracking down Timelords through their ability to hide from the rest of the universe?
Whoever made this - we salute you!
Yet this year he may get more than he bargained for!
This very short short was written and directed by Matteo Bernardini who shoots shorts, documentaries and music videos while training for features.
One word of advice. Watch this very, very closely. Blink and you may miss it!
Here we have an ABC of monsters, each letter of the alphabet assigned to a particular beasty (though I am not sure about ET’s inclusion to be honest!). It was created by La Pompadour.
This is probably a good time for a confession - although I think I got most of these there were one two which I just simply cannot guess!
Producing what they refer to as WhimZicaL, HigHEneRgY, TheAtRicaL, KoZmiC, VauDeVilliaN Rock, I find it very hard to disagree with that description - in fact it is a way perfect to describe their sound. To find out more about the band, head for their website.
I have to admit that I had not heard of the band before I had seen this promo and to be honest, I love them! I will be checking out the rest of their catalogue. In the meantime, this video certainly demands more than one view - as Tommy and the band navigate the netherworld, spirits stir, the forest churns and if you blink you feel that you have missed something.
This awesome video is directed by the extremely talented Micah Chambers-Goldberg, otherwise known as MicahMonkey. As well as directing music videos he is gaining a reputation for himself as an illustrator and painter.
The combination of Tommy SpaSe And The Alchemists' music with the directorial flair of MicahMonkey lead to quite a ghoulish music video for Halloween!
10 October 2016
9 October 2016
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