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I dream of becoming a magician, a chef, a chocolatier, a fashion designer, a movie director, a DJ, a professional photographer and a stock market guru. I also want my very own candy outlet. (: My blog comprises photographs and random thoughts. I like to keep my blog happy and I'm easily inspired. It's nice knowing that people are reading, so thank you. :D

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    29 December 2011

    How to Kill Time.

    Basically, you just have to read this small compilation of fascinating facts, photos, awesome movies and videos that I found over the net. They are really not bad, so please, do enjoy. (:

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    The gorgeous shot above was taken by x-ray photographer Nick Veasey. Cute, isn't it?

    By the way, is it just me or are there way too many nails hammered creepily into the heels?

    Anyway, wouldn't it be cool if family portraits were taken via an x-ray? Oh and this reminds me of an anti-racist advertisement. You know, the one that says that we are all the same on the inside.

    A Nuclear Explosion, As Seen From Space

    The above is a nuclear explosion as seen from space. Pretty terrifying isn't it?

    This is a video about a guy proposing to a girl through meme posters. Spoiler alert! He gets her in the end.

    If you have a bit more time on your hand to waste (assuming that you have finished all your holiday assignments, or don't plan to start) here's two Youtube movies that I STROOOOONGLY recommend. They're all pretty insightful.

    Lastly, you can watch the movie, Home on Youtube. It's an hour and a half by the way, and it's really really awesome so you should check it out.

    The graphics are genuinely amazing and so is the narration. It's the kind of documentary that will leave you intrigued. Definitely loads of food for thought.

    This actually received a 100% rating on rotten tomatoes. (And we all know how accurate rotten tomatoes is. Yes, it's 'is' because rotten tomatoes is the site's name.)

    Here's the summary provided by Youtube if you're keen (You really should be)

    Nanook of the North is regarded as the first significant nonfiction feature, made in the days before the term "documentary" had even been coined. Filmmaker Robert Flaherty had lived among the Eskimos in Canada for many years as a prospector and explorer, and he had shot some footage of them on an informal basis before he decided to make a more formal record of their daily lives. Financing was provided by Revillion Freres, a French fur company with an outpost on the shores of Hudson Bay. Filming took place between August 1920, and August 1921, mostly on the Ungava Peninsula of Hudson Bay. Flaherty employed two recently developed Akeley gyroscope cameras which required minimum lubrication; this allowed him to tilt and pan for certain shots even in cold weather. He also set up equipment to develop and print his footage on location and show it in a makeshift theater to his subjects. Rather than simply record events as they happened, Flaherty staged scenes -- fishing, hunting, building an igloo -- to carry along his narrative. The film's tremendous success confirmed Flaherty's status as a first-rate storyteller and keen observer of man's fragile relationship with the harshest environmental conditions. (In a sadly appropriate footnote, Nanook, the subject of the film, died of starvation not long after the film's release.)

    Oh my god. The subject of the film died of starvation not long after the film's release (?!?!?!?!) I didn't know that! Didn't he receive some sort of cash or food in exchange for his acting? (Since it's staged and all)

    You can watch it over here.

    Okay, so there you have it. Fascinating things.

    You're welcome. (:

    Credits: Gizmodo and Geekologie and Youtube

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