3 May 2016
I might not want to recommend trying them all, but in some cases tasting a bit of traditionally cooked worms might be a great travel experience for sure, and that might be stuck in your mind better than any expensive souvenirs! So, pack your bags, get some bigger pants with these JCPenney coupons from our friends at ChameleonJohn and discover cultures through your tongue!
Balut – Philippines
Let’s start from the Philippines and one of the weirdest meals you can ever take. Balut might seem like an ordinary boiled egg, but you might be surprised to see that after cracking the shell, inside of the egg you will find fully developed duck embryo that was boiled alive.
It might not sound pretty appealing or look very appetizing, but Balut is pretty common street food. Though if you want to try this out someday – be careful not to eat a beak of the bird!
Casu marzu – Italy
Do you love cheese? Well, after eating this one that might chance for good! Casu marzu cheese is one of the craziest dairy products in the world because this traditional Sardinian dish is made out of sheep’s milk containing live maggots! Apparently these ugly creatures are supposed to intensify the taste of the cheese, so they need to be alive to make their magic. Therefore, be careful, because some of the might try to jump when they panic!
Locals or brave tourists sometimes tend to kill larvae by freezing cheese in the fridge, while other prefers some life action. However, do not forget that sometimes maggots can survive and, therefore, can burrow in your intestines for a while.
Haggis – Scotland
Scotland is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world, but sometimes it can take your breath away not because of its magnificent beauty, but of their traditional cuisine. Haggis is one of the most famous and loved meals every Scottish person knows, and if you are brave enough, you can try to eat it.
Haggis is nothing else than a real sheep’s heart, liver and lungs chopped and mixed with onions, oatmeal, fat and spiced with salt. Not enough? When you will love to hear that all that mass is cooked inside the same sheep’s stomach and served in it as well. I bet that you will take a bit of it after a few glasses of fine Scottish whiskey, so don’t say strict no to haggis!
Hákarl – Iceland
Let’s stay in Europe for once more, but this time, let’s go to beautiful Iceland. Here you can taste a weirdly named dish called Hákarl. However to taste it you might need to stop breathing for a while.
This amazingly weird dish is actually the rotting carcass of a specific species of shark that naturally lives in Iceland. Seems like cooking such dish is nothing that hard? Then take notes – to make such dish at home, you must bury it underground in a shallow pit and press it with stones. Stones will make all the poisonous internal fluids (which allow the shark to live in such cold waters) bleed out. After that, the meat is safe to eat!
The smell, the look, and even the taste won’t be a dream come true for all foodies, but this meal will definitely impress your date, for instance!
Wasp crackers – Japan
The name says a lot by itself, isn’t it? Japan is one of those countries in which you can find tons of strange things, but in this case, cookies made from real wasps might the weirdest one for sure.
The fun part is that crackers are actually pretty sweet, and might strangely remind you of chocolate chip cookies we love back at home. Yet chocolate here is replaced by wasps, that all still have pretty big stings on them too. So, if you ever decide to take a bite of such cookies with your milk, be careful!
Guinea pig – South America
Have you ever had those cute little guinea pigs at home? Or do your kids still have it? Well, then definitely try to avoid visiting a few South American rural areas, since there you might be unpleasantly surprised to know that people actually eat it.
Typically served in whole, a guinea pig is said to have a similar taste to rabbit – another cute looking animal people love as pets. In fact, in some places in Peru you might even find special guinea pigs farms where you can (if you want) choose the most favorite one and ask it to be cooked specially for you! Fun, isn't' it?
24 April 2016
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22 April 2016
Written and directed by Gerard Seymour, Somnium won silver in the Student Film category at The New York Festival’s 2014 International Television & Film Awards. Now a full time animator with TopLine Comms, we caught up with this Cape Town-based creative to find out more about the film.
What was the original brief?
We were asked to make a 3D animated short film that was anywhere between 2-8 minutes long. What really appealed to me is that there weren’t any story restrictions or limitations, which meant we could get as creative as we liked.
How did the idea come about?
As a creative child growing up in a school system that didn’t really cater for creatives, this story just felt very natural in my head. Almost like it was meant to be told. Around this time there was also a lot of tension around the topic of social control through a controlled media. (This was the same year Edward Snowden was indicted for leaking classified information.)
Who conceptualised it and what did that entail?
As the lead on the project as well as the one who came up with the original idea, conceptualising the story fell to me. A lot of it entailed researching topics I wouldn’t normally research, which was really interesting. But because the idea had been brewing for some time, it was mostly a matter of writing down what was already in my head.
What kind of research did you need to do?
I did a lot of Google searching and watched a bunch of conspiracy theory related documentaries as well as films that tackled the same topic. I also spent some time just contemplating life, which probably looked a lot like I was just lying on the couch doing nothing. Ha ha.
Can you take us through the character’s developmental stage?
The character was inspired by a collection of people in my life whose creative genius has left them largely misunderstood. I named her Wednesday, because just like the deadpan daughter in the movie, The Adams Family, she’s also nothing like other kids her age.
How did you piece together the elements to create the whole?
We split the pipeline into separate tasks and allocated them to each of the six members in the group. This gave us a better idea of how to accurately schedule our time and also ensured that the workload was spread equally among us.
Looking back on the production, are you pleased with how it came out?
I’m definitely pleased with what we accomplished in the limited time we had. But looking back now I can see how much more we could have done if we’d scheduled our time better and not used such complicated hair physics systems. All in all though, I’ve learnt so much from this experience and had a lot of fun working with (and learning from) my teammates.
When he’s not dreaming up movies to make, Gerard puts his talent to good use on TopLine’s various client and in-house projects.
17 April 2016
Featuring a tour de force performance by Sarah Kestelman who has been a regular face on British TV screens since the 1950s, Pardon the Intrusion is a Cue Pictures film, directed by Louise C Galizia and written by Harry Chadwick.
Lofoten is one of our favorite places in the entire universe not only because of its outstanding beauty but because it really shouldn’t be there. However, thanks to a weather anomaly it is and Dennis Schmelz was lucky enough to visit northern Norway to capture its almost unspeakable beauty from the air. The result is jaw-slackingly gorgeous.
Directed by LAW this is a beautifully put together piece of film – where elegance collides with this week’s washing.
16 April 2016
Check your knowledge and learn new fact right away, because bellow you are going to find five best, funniest and the most interesting facts about Tahiti and its islands!
The Tahitian alphabet is made up only of 13 letters. That includes such as vowels a, e, i, o, u and the consonants f, h, m, n, p, r, t and v. Noticed something missing? Apart from such missing letter like y, w, x or z, there is also no letter b in the alphabet. And that is why the infamous Bora Bora Island is actually pronounced Pora Pora by locals. Translated from Tahitian, that directly means “first-born”, but apparently because of simply human mishearing, early visitors heard it as Bora Bora and therefore named it officially.
The word tattoo originated in French Polynesia apart from the fact, that tattoos are pretty widely spread among many different nations and cultures. Tattoos have long been considered signs of beauty in Polynesian culture, and in ancient times were also a sign, of a person reaching adolescence. It is also believed, that the very first people who came to Tahiti and discovered people walking all covered with such body paintings, developed the English word ‘tattoo’ which directly originates from the Tahitian word ‘tatau.' In fact, here you can also try to get a traditional Tahitian tattoo as well since there are many local masters who will love helping you out!
The Tiare flower is considered being the national symbol of Tahiti. So, it is very loved and used in many different ways. For example, both men and women wear these flowers as an accessory: either as a necklace, crown or behind the ear. There are also some traditions or ways of communication as well. Therefore, if you wear this flower on your left ear, you are showcasing that you are taken, while if you put it in your right ear - you indicate that you are free for romance.
Tahiti receives fewer tourists in an entire year than Hawaii gets in one day. That means that this paradise on Earth is one of the most exclusive destinations in the world. However, that doesn’t mean that it is somehow pricier or harder to afford. Just take a quick look at these best but cheap hotels in Bora Bora and see with your own eyes how cheap it is to get a room there!
While staying in many different Tahiti islands, you might get a chance to meet one of the friendliest men, women in the world and… the third sex. The latest – as locals call it mahuor rae rae – are men who behave and or just dress like women. However, they are not considered being some kind of outcasts. In fact, mahu were always considered as people who combined the best of both the male and female gender. It is also safe to say, that homophobia is uncommon in Tahiti and other islands. It indeed makes it a real paradise on Earth, where everyone can just relax and enjoy the sun!
Blue Sky challenged Gyro-stabilized Systems in Grass Valley, US, to build a GSS 520 5 axis system that would produce rock solid images at a speed of more than 300 knots per hour. Blue Sky’s client, the Swedish company Saab Defence and Security, required high end motion and stills for their multirole fighter Gripen. Normally, all stabilization systems on the market are approved for helicopters, and thus a speed of maximum 125 knots per hour. Saab required at least 300 knots for their filming and stills projects. Here is the result – and it’s breathtaking.
Jackson Miller, Prism presents a dystopic future which, when you examine the visual metaphor, is a statement about what large multinational companies are doing to our planet and its resources – right now.