We have been talking about books for next years book club and I recommended two. This first is perhaps the most important, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist (the second The Name of the Wind). I cant imagine a better book about believing in your heart, about the importance of the journey, about taking your dream and finding joy in the pain and the triumph that comes from accepting and following what you want out of life. Along those same lines I would like to share with you one of my favorite web videos called A Story for Tomorrow. I get emotional every time I see it. Enjoy!
This Crowdsourcing Thing
It is a bit of constant amazement to me that these sorts of projects exist and seem to flourish on the internet. Below is a home-brewed version of Star Wars Episode IV : A New Hope, completely put together from different small film tribute style projects around the internet. Its a basically a bunch of 15 seconds clips that encompass the entire film. Just thought I would share…if you make it though let me know!
Times They Are A Changin’
I decided a bit back that I needed a different home for my travel photograph, and IPBrian.com just wasn’t the place. I created BatteredLuggage.com for the singular purpose of me having a dedicated home for my travel work. My personal work will likely stay here, but to better segregate, promote and keep licensing straight, it just works better.
Get Up, Get On Up
A number of my creative commons licenses works that fall into the travel category have been moved for this site over to BatteredLuggage.com. If you happen to be missing something you were looking for, head over there and take a look.
I made the top 10! I am in the running for one of the top three spots. Brian (@thepointsguy) is going to choose between the three videos with the most votes so this is where I need your help. Go to ThePointsGuy and vote for “The Other Brian”. You can see my dorky video as well. I had quite a bit of fun putting it together.
I love miles and points and my preferred airline is American, so when the OneWorld MegaDO came around you would think it would have been a no brainer for me to attend. The only thing was, I was at work when it launched and it sold out in just over 23 minutes. Apparently lots of other people use OneWorld carriers like I do. I was sad!
But then I remembered Brian Kelly aka The Points Guy was planning on giving away a seat on the trip. I patiently waited for the announcement and lo and behold, he decided to do a video contest! Something I love to have an excuse to have fun with.
I did all the work on the video myself…shooting, acting, and editing.
The idea behind the video was to create a video about the subject Brian requested, but I wanted it to be something more, something fun in the background. The video is littered with references to the miles and points game. I say things, there is product placement, intentionally obscured websites, pictures, etc that should look familiar to people in the miles and points hobby. I count 23 references, however I may have done a bit too good of a job obscuring them in shallow depth of field (thats what you get when you are the actor and the cameraman). Hope you all have fun!
For those techie people out there I shot this on a Canon 5D Mark II with a 50mm 1.4 lens. Its all natural light. I edited on Adobe Premiere CS5, and the teleportation effect is a combination of a Film Riot episode and a VideoCopilot tutorial edited on Adobe After Effects
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
I recently discovered the artwork of Brooke Shaden. She is one of those artists that I hate to love…well…hate is WAY too strong. I actually love her work and think we would probably get along swimmingly (she seems awesome from her videos). What I believe is perhaps a more accurate descriptive may involve jealousy. Brooke is young, talented, intelligent and producing some absolutely stunning images that seem to flow effortlessly in some surreal and dream-like ether. The kind of thing I always think I should be capable of producing but never put in the effort or time.
There always seems to be a reason to distract me from the creative process. In the end I believe these to come from a place of fear…fear or failure, fear of discovering myself, fear of financial ruin, on and on. Regardless of the genesis, the culmination is a complete and utter paralysis to actually accomplish anything of merit.
Occasionally I get inspired to get myself down to my basement studio and take a few pictures. Some of Brooke’s work with apples actually inspired Nequaquam Morte Moriemini. After taking this series, I was struck by how much this image, in particular, made me think of The Fall of Man. I read through that section of the first book of the Old Testament and decided to work on a composite.
In the end I think I am actually somewhat pleased with the outcome. I have a long way to go in my personal work, but luckily I produce everything for myself. This allows me to be as creative, different, dark or inept as I find the desire. I hope you all enjoy this piece, and please take the time to take a look over Brooke’s work, it is quite beautiful.
If you have been around me for any period of time you have probably heard about my recent obsession with collecting frequent flyer miles, reward points and generating elite status within various programs. Managing all of these can be hard, but I have been using a great web based tool called Award Wallet. No this isn’t a spam post. I simply love this website and find it to be essential to keeping track of all my reward programs.
Some people might not like giving their account number and password to their reward programs to a third party, but there is an option to save your password on your local PC. I did this initially, but ended up converting to storing with Award Wallet for simplicity.
The free version does just about everything. Though there is a premium version with more perks. Normally it runs $5 every 6 months, but I have 10 free six month new users codes. Sign up for an account (click here) and simply enter free-awfctr into the Upgrade Using a Coupon button on the left side. This is only open to the first 10 people who use the code. There is no credit card required and if you don’t like the service at the end of the 6 month term you will automatically downgrade to a free account.
Give it a try, if you have more than one award program it really is a great tool!
Update: It looks like all the free codes are used up, but please feel free to signup, it is an awesome service!