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Sand Animation

Sand animation is often mesmerizing as you look at how graceful and smooth the narrator can craft out illustrations out of (essentially) a pile of dirt on an overhead projector surface.

Watch artist Kseniya Simonova’s mesmerizing fingers twist and turn as she unfolds a story about Germany’s invasion into Ukraine in the WWII, as her act brings her to win “Ukraine’s Got Talent”.

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Office 2010: The Movie

I think there should be a special term for something like this – can I coin “Well-produced-WTF”?

“A trailer to the movie Office 2010: The Movie.”

Karim Rashid Interview

Karim Rashid is definitely no stranger to many of us – here’s an interview from Nylon TV in his home as he talks about design – you can just catch glimpses of how he has filled up his house with design objects mirroring his personal style – though he also mentioned that he’s getting more and more dematerialized.

Hmmm. Actually I’d love to see Karim Rashid doing design that doesn’t have a tangible, physical expression…that should be quite interesting.

Superheroes on their Off Days

With  The Incredible Hulk just around the corner, I suppose Mr. Green Giant would be more busy with promotions and screening galas. But what does he do on the rest of the years? Well, it turns out that he’s putting his talents to work loading/unloading greengrocer trucks:

Here are some of his fellow superhero buddies putting their talents to good use when they’re off-screen:

On a more serious note, these photographs are actually a series by Dulce Pinzón, a Brooklyn-based photographer. Through this series of photographs, she examines the roles of Mexican immigrants in the role of the American economy:

The principal objective of this series is to pay homage to these brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand extreme conditions of labor in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper.

This project consists of 20 color photographs of Mexican immigrants dressed in the costumes of popular American and Mexican superheroes. Each photo pictures the worker/superhero in their work environment, and is accompanied by a short text including the worker’s name, their hometown in Mexico, the number of years they have been working in New York, and the amount of money they send to Mexico each week.

The silent contributions of the Mexican immigrants are highlighted through the instant recognition derived from the superhero images that are well-anchored in our pop culture. In this way, we recognize that these immigrants do contribute heroic efforts within the economy, but with much less fan-fare, adoration and dare I say respect.

For more photos and description of the series, head on to Dulce Pinzón’s Superhero site.

The Last Lecture: Randy Pausch

It’s a long video – slightly over an hour – so set yourself the time/place when you’re ready for this video. It is certainly a very inspiring video – here’s the short introduction:

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

It’s truly amazing how much positivity Randy can exude – he’s got not much time to live, and yet his message is nothing but life, achieving your dreams and remembering the priorities of life. It was truly a moving moment when he said that he had the lecture only for his three kids – but certainly millions more around the world have been inspired. I hope this video helped to ignite and spark our own dreams in our lives.