Posts tagged video
Hijacking your eyes

This doesn't just apply to film makers. I think it's a goal for many writers, including myself, to craft a connection between the observer and story, such as the one below. 

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Craft: an activity involving skill in making things.

The attention to detail and the hidden patience behind the veil is truly inspiring.

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What a beautiful film that captures the wonder of humility, creativity, honesty and devotion.

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Forget the numbers, make something you love.


Q: Jian Ghomeshi

What was the alchemy? What was it about that session? (the recording of Michael Jackson’s Thriller). You, Michael, that created that magic?

A: Quincy Jones:

Intuitiveness. Anybody that says they know they are going to sell 104 million albums, whatever it was, are lying. You don’t do that.
You make something that love you, and makes you get goosebumps. That’s what I do. And I don’t care if anyone else gets them.
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A gracefully executed quit is a beautiful thing

The video below has done the rounds for the last year. " Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. At a TEDx talk in 2013, he discussed how hacking his education is helping him achieve that goal. " Collective Evolution.

I was reminded of Laplante's talk again during a recent read through of Kio Stark's Don't Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning AnythingIn her series of interviews she commented that,

... from their stories, you’ll see that when you step away from the prepackaged structure of traditional education, you’ll discover that there are many more ways to learn outside school than within.

... a gracefully executed quit is a beautiful thing, opening up more doors than it closes.

This is not a story between one or the other, but a call for re-imagination. Of dreaming, crafting, investing into what it means to learn. It will no doubt look different for everyone, but I am convinced that the collective sound of diverse notes will make up a symphony beyond expectations. A brave step of engagement within this creative world, that to my shame I quickly bypass, so many times, to reach my next goal.

On the road to salvation

... the Jordan is waiting, 
Though I ain't never seen the other side. 
They say you can't take in, 
The things you have here. 
So on the road to salvation, 
I stick out my thumb and He gives me a ride. 

Rich Mullins: Elijah

Run For Cover

First came across this track and bass player, Marcus Miller, 'years back' when I was a teenager. It shaped my musical journey ever since.

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God is the map whereby we locate the setting of our life

A wonderful interview that seems best summed up with the following quote:


 God is the map whereby we locate the setting of our life, that God is the water in which we launch our life raft, that God is the real thing from which and toward which we receive our being and identify ourselves. It follows that the kind of God at work in your life will determine the shape and quality and risk at the center of your existence. It matters who God is.