Here’s a short video depicting a chain reaction of human kindness, where small individual acts ripple endlessly to amount for big changes. I really liked it; I thought you might like it too.
The video is actually a compilation of several video clips filmed through the years, stuck together in perfect order to create a heartwarming sequence that is capable of lubricating your eyes with tears. The compilation was apparently inspired by the beautiful song that plays through it: Give a Little Love by Noah and the Whale.
Well, if you are; What you love, And you do; What you love, I will always be the sun and moon to you, And if you share; With your heart, Yeah, you give; With your heart, What you share with the world is what it keeps of you.
Human kindness is complex. Even though, it is often defined as an attribute associated with single individuals, in reality it works more like a system. Actually, what would we discover if we mathematized human kindness? Is it possible for us to model it as a dynamical system relatively sensitive to initial conditions, and then go ahead and apply chaos theory to it?
Unexpected, spontaneous, powerful, stochastic, entropic, individualistic, systematic; human kindness is quite complex.
Doce surpresa (“Sweet surprise” in portuguese) is a one-minute short produced by SQMA Film Delivery for Nokia. Interestingly enough, even though the purpose of the video is to serve as a marketing tool for the Nokia Lumia series, not a single phone is shown at all. This short takes the ”Amazing Everyday” theme and follows a style similar to that of “The Little Amazing Show” ads I’ve shown you before. As such, the video highlights the bonds between people and how the simplest of things can make your day.
I particularly like the song that plays on this video. Unfortunately, it was specifically composed for it, so we don’t get anything else than those sixty seconds. By the way, I’d deeply appreciate it if anyone could help me figuring out the lyrics. I tried to do it myself, but my French is a little bit rusty, so I’m not even sure if what I think I have is actually correct.
Même si on ne comprends pas la vie * à la fois. Même si la porte est fermée, moi, je suis a tes côtés.
Et si tu voudras cacher la tristesse qui t’a trouvé, j’inventerai n’importe quoi pour te voir sourire d’autres fois.
Henry, an old man who’s been living in a nursing home for approximately ten years, is described as being depressed and unresponsive. One day, he’s given an iPod with music from his era. As soon as his caretaker puts the headphones on him, his eyes immediately brighten up with happiness. He starts singing and rocking his body and can’t stop smiling and is being animated. “… he’s restored to himself, he’s remembered who he is.”
Now, that’s music and technology for you. Indeed, there are few things out there as magical as music and the technology that seamlessly delivers it to us. Seriously, watch the video; it’s the sort of thing one must see.
You know? I’ve always felt this kind of personal obligation to do something (i.e. anything) to make people’s lives a little bit better. In fact, even though I’m significantly art-oriented, I became an engineer because I believe that technology is the key for me to deliver the biggest contributions I can to mankind. Sure, I probably won’t stop world hunger or erradicate diseases. Still, I truly hope that one day I do something, for small as it may be, that makes someone smile like this.
To be honest, I actually wonder if some of the stories I blog about in here bright up someone’s day from time to time. I hope they do.
“The Wilderness Downtown” is an artistic project which completely redefines the concept of a music video. Self-described as “an interactive HTML5 short created with data and images related to your own childhood”, it’s something that’s tailored just for you.
What does that mean, you ask? Well, basically you enter the address of a place that’s emotionally important to you, say, for example, the house where you used to live when you were younger. Then, you just play the film, sit back and leave the mouse untouched. Set to Arcade Fire’s song “We used to wait”, the experience takes place through choreographed browser windows and utilizes many modern browser features to create a music video featuring the place you chose.
You know? I might not see it clearly right now, but I think this is the kind of stuff that will make me shed a couple of tears as I grow older. It’s beautiful and genius, but don’t take my word for granted, so be sure to check it out by clicking on the source link above. Oh, and yes, you need Google Chrome for it to work appropriately, but don’t let my employer know about this.
I’ve always wanted to do a Daft Punk helmet since the very first day I became an electrical and computer engineer. I can’t say I’m a big Daft Punk fan, but I certainly enjoy their music and admire their superb style. Contrary to, say, Lady Gaga, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (the names behind Daft Punk) have a great taste for fashion, so they always look as badass and cool as it can get. Inspired by projects like the one depicted in the video, I actually made a mask for Halloween night on the fall of 2009, but it consisted merely of the LED display (you know, the nerdy part I’m nerdy enough to handle). Unfortunately, there’s nothing like the full helmet, gloves and clothes to spell g-e-n-i-u-s correctly.
From the video description: “This video documents about 4 months of work in creating a replica of Thomas Bangalter’s helmet from Daft Punk. The piece has over 350 LEDs, can run over 4 hours on a single charge, and the matrix is capable of being updated on-the-fly with a custom programmed iOS app.”
“The Zombie Song” by Stephanie Mabey featuring the art of Maddy Ashton
This song has just the right amount of catchiness, comedy and talent. Because nothing says “I like you” like ripping out the heart of your significant other!
The artist has a project on Kickstarter which, unsurprisingly, has been already funded successfully. Truth is: she has a very nice voice, and if the lyrics of all her other songs are as cool as these, well, that’s awesome! She’s quite gorgeous too and I probably have a crush on her now.
Oh well… Hit the source link below to learn more about her if you’re interested.
288,000 jelly beans, 22 months, 1,357 hours, 30 people, 2 ladders and 1 still camera. These are the ingredients necessary to create one of the most fascinating music videos ever. Even though I should confess that Kina Grannis’s style is not exactly my type, I’ve probably heard her song “In Your Arms” a dozen times already just because I’m mesmerized with the superbly artistic approach of the music video.* This is exactly the kind of things I love to see floating around: people who are so passionate about their job that they aren’t afraid of going out there to create something that’s unique and remarkable, no matter how complicated or time-consuming it might be.