Sunday, 28 May 2017

Melania Trump Rickrolls America

Wikipedia: Rickrolling
Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up". The meme is a type of bait and switch using a disguised hyperlink. Those led to the music video believing that they were accessing some unrelated material are said to have been rickrolled. ... [Note: This prank started in 2008.]

On July 18, 2016, at the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump gave a speech in which parts were plagarized from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic Nation Convention in 2008. That was enough of a stink, however, there was another observation about the speech more humorous. Two lines out of the speech are remarkably similar to the lyrics of Rick Astley's song. Was Melania "rickrolling" America? Let the fun begin!

Melania Trump: “He will never, ever give up. And most important, he will never, ever let you down.”

Rick Astley: “Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down.”

Published on Jul 18, 2016 by The Swog Blog
YouTube: Melania Trump's RNC RICKROLL

The New Yorker - Sep 26/2016
Did Melania Trump Rickroll America? By Michael Schulman
Overlooked amid the Melania Trump plagiarism scandal at this summer’s Republican National Convention was an even stranger mystery. In the same speech in which she cribbed lines from Michelle Obama, Trump said of her husband, “He will never, ever give up. And, most importantly, he will never, ever let you down.” For a certain segment of the population, those words triggered a Pavlovian synth beat. Was it possible that Trump was sampling the 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up”?

LA Times - July 19/2016
Melania Trump's RNC speech provokes claims of plagiarism and, maybe worse, Rickrolling by Randall Roberts
Did Melania Trump lift part of her speech from Michelle Obama at Monday’s Republican National Convention? Or maybe her speechwriters made a mistake. Perhaps, as some have speculated, the use of phrases from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention was pure coincidence.

Another accusation has emerged that has nothing to do with alleged plagiarism of the first lady’s ’08 speech and everything to do with the British pop star Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

TIME - July 19/2016
Melania Trump's Alleged Plagiarism Was Just a Front to Distract Us From Her Rickroll By Cady Lang
Let's all slow clap for Melania Trump, who's much more cunning than what meets the eye. While politicos were up in arms over her Monday night speech at the RNC because of its uncanny similarities to Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech, the alleged plagiarism was really just a ploy to prevent us from realizing that the wife of the Donald was Rickrolling all of us.

Uploaded on Oct 24, 2009 by RickAstleyVEVO
YouTube: Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up


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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Duke Dumont: I Got U ft. Jax Jones

Published on Feb 19, 2014 by DukeDumontVEVO
YouTube: Duke Dumont - I Got U (Official video) ft. Jax Jones

(You got me...)

Ask me what I did with my life
I spent it with you
If I lose my fame and fortune
(Really don't matter)
As long as I got you, baby

Clap your hands y'all it's alright [x3]
As long as I got you, baby
Clap your hands y'all it's alright [x3]
As long as I got you

Ask me what I did with my life
I spent it with you
If I lose my fame and fortune
(Really don't matter)
As long as I got you, baby

Clap your hands y'all it's alright [x3]
As long as I got you, baby
Clap your hands y'all it's alright [x3]
As long as I got you

As the years they pass us by
(Years they, years they, years they)
We stay young through each other's eyes
(Each other's eyes)
And no matter how old we get
It's okay, as long as I got you, baby

Clap your hands y'all it's alright
As long as I got you, baby
Clap your hands y'all it's alright
As long as I got you, baby
Clap your hands y'all it's alright
As long as I got you, baby
Clap your hands y'all it's alright
As long as I got you, baby

As long as I got you [x5]


Wikipedia: I Got U
"I Got U" is a song by British record producer Duke Dumont, and features fellow record producer Jax Jones. It was released as the second single from his forthcoming debut studio album on 16 March 2014. The song topped the UK Singles Chart. It features on his EP EP1, which was released in North America. It also appears on the compilation album Now 87 and in the video game Forza Horizon 2.

Music video
A music video was created for the single and was directed by Rémy Cayuela. Starring the model and actor Rique and New Zealand model Kylee Tan, the video was released on 19 February 2014, and was filmed in Thailand in locations between Bangkok and Phuket.

Promo News: Remy Cayuela, director
"While looking for an idea for this track, I was in my office in Paris watching the wintery grey skies. I was listening this very cool summery track and simply wondering that question: when you're working and stuck in the winter what are the alternatives you have to escape?

"Obviously, there weren't any, so I imagined a sort of sci-fi device based on an augmented reality allowing people to travel, to escape for a shot of sun and fun and to experience things without moving. A sort of holiday pack condensed.

"The concept was to follow the character experience only from a first person perspective, immersing the viewer into this fantasy world, as if he was experimenting himself the device. That was one of the most challenging bit of the project, to be able to shoot a POV with lots of action going on.

"Ben Fordesman, our talented DoP on the job, worked with his team to come with an excellent helmet rig, allowing him to operate with free hands. In a way, this video is a simply a way to say 'Summer is coming!'"

Wikipedia: Duke Dumont
Adam George Dyment (born 27 August 1982), better known by his stage name Duke Dumont, is an English DJ, record producer and songwriter. He is best known for the singles "Need U (100%)", "I Got U" and "Won't Look Back" which both reached number one and number 2 on the UK Singles Chart respectively. He owns the record label Blasé Boys Club and has also used it as an alias for production. He has remixed a number of songs, including several which have charted in the United Kingdom. In 2014, "Need U (100%)", was nominated for "Best Dance Recording" for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.


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Monday, 15 May 2017

Strandbeest Evolution

Published on Jun 4, 2013 by theo jansen
YouTube: strandbeest evolution
Numerous specimen of the Strandbeest evolution on music of Khachaturian's Spartacus.
It open the archives of fossils. Theo Jansen's work since 1990. He tries to make new forms of live on beaches. His animals get their energy from the wind so they don't have to eat. In the future he wants to put out in herds.

Wikipedia: Theo Jansen
Theodorus Gerardus Jozef "Theo" Jansen (b 1948) is a Dutch artist. In 1990, he began building large mechanisms out of PVC that are able to move on their own, known only as Strandbeest. The kinetic sculptures appear to walk.[1] His animated works are intended to be a fusion of art and engineering, and he has said that "The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds." He strives to equip his creations with their own artificial intelligence so they can avoid obstacles such as the sea by changing course when one is detected.

The Strandbeest
Jansen has been creating Strandbeest (Dutch: strand=beach; beest=beast), wind-walking examples of what Jansen suggests is a kind of artificial life, since 1990. What was at first a rudimentary "breed" has slowly evolved with the aid of evolutionary computation techniques[5] into a generation of machines that to some degree are able to react to their environment: "over time, these skeletons have become increasingly better at surviving the elements such as storms and water, and eventually I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives."

Constructed from PVC piping, wood, and fabric airfoils, Jansen's creations are constantly being improved and are designed to function in the sandy beach environment in which Jansen releases them. The creations are also able to store air pressure and use it to drive themselves in the absence of wind.[6] Jansen's more sophisticated creations are able to detect once they have entered water and walk away from it, and one model is capable of anchoring itself to the earth if it senses a storm approaching.

YouTube channel: Theo Jansen

Published on Dec 1, 2013 by theo jansen
YouTube: mahler zw wit
black and white presentation of beach animals in the past.


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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Alf: TV Series Theme Music

Published on Mar 29, 2012 by Jan Schmelter
YouTube: ALF - Intro [HQ]
Theme music composed by Alf Clausen

Wikipedia: ALF (TV series)
ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround.

Wikipedia: Alf Clausen
Alf Clausen (born March 28, 1941) is an American film and television composer. He is best known for his work scoring many episodes of The Simpsons, of which he has been the sole composer since 1990. Clausen has scored or orchestrated music for more than 30 films and television shows, including Moonlighting, The Naked Gun, ALF and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Uploaded on Sep 5, 2010 by Duran
YouTube: ALF Intro 2
Theme music from seasons 3 & 4


Mental Floss - Jan 4/2016
25 Fun Facts About ALF by Kate Erbland
1. The voice of ALF, Paul Fusco, also operated the ALF puppet—most of the time. When ALF needed to be shown in his full glory, actor Mihaly Meszaros—who stands two feet nine inches tall—stepped into the costume.

6. Baby Eric was written into the show when actress Anne Schedeen (Mrs. Tanner) got pregnant in real life.

10. ALF was the first television show to be presented in Dolby Surround Sound.

ALF Wiki: ALF TV Series

Uploaded on Aug 28, 2008 by Thomas
YouTube: original theme with good quality sound


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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Relativity by M. C. Escher

People have done some interesting animations of Escher's work.

Published on Aug 21, 2012 by Mitacs MathOutLoud
YouTube: Animation of MC Escher's Relativity
Explore a 3D world where where spatial relationships are all askew through this animation of MC Escher's Relativity. The physics of this world has three sources of gravity, and each source affects only the automatons walking in a particular plane. This animation appears in the Mitacs stage production Math Out Loud.

Wikipedia: Relativity (M. C. Escher)
Relativity is a lithograph print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, first printed in December 1953.

It depicts a world in which the normal laws of gravity do not apply. The architectural structure seems to be the centre of an idyllic community, with most of its inhabitants casually going about their ordinary business, such as dining. There are windows and doorways leading to park-like outdoor settings. All of the figures are dressed in identical attire and have featureless bulb-shaped heads. Identical characters such as these can be found in many other Escher works.

Published on Feb 15, 2013 by Visual Impact Systems
YouTube: Labyrinth Movie - M.C. Escher 'Style' Room
Since Escher's passing, there have been many examples of using his unique 'view' of the world. One is the use of the "Relativity" (stairs on different planes) in the "Labyrinth" movie in 1986.

Wikipedia: Labyrinth (film)
Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American adventure musical fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive-produced by George Lucas, and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film revolves around 15-year-old Sarah's (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who Sarah wished away to Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie). With the exception of Connelly and Bowie, most of the film's significant characters are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.


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Monday, 8 May 2017

Goo-Shun Wang: Hallucii

An amusing animation based on the Penrose stairs and the work of M. C. Escher.

Uploaded on Sep 17, 2006 by Goo-Shun Wang
YouTube: Hallucii
Hallucii, a short animation made by Goo-Shun Wang


web site: Goo-Shun Wang
Goo-Shun Wang is specialized at creating connections, from his geology background to computer art, from science to design, and from paleo to modern. He keeps finding fresh balance between different worlds. He believes resonating is the best technique, breaking through is the best exection, influence is the heart of every project.

He is currently a senior camera & staging artist working in Bluesky Studios, known for "Ice Age", "Rio", "Peanuts Movie" and "Epic". He also worked at Psyop as lead animator, character technical director and previs artist for clients including Coca-Cola, Michelin, UPS, Adidas, Castrol, EA, Stella, Miller, etc.

Goo-Shun's creation covers film, commercial, music video and virtual reality. His personal short film "Hallucii" has been selected into over 50 international film festivals including the Brussels Animation Film Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Short Shorts Film Festival.

IMDb: Goo-Shun Wang
Ice Age: Collision Course (senior camera & staging artist) 2016
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (camera & staging artist) 2015
Rio 2 (camera & staging artist) 2014
Epic (camera and staging artist) 2013
Ice Age: Continental Drift (camera & staging artist) 2012

YouTube channel: Goo-Shun Wang

Wikipedia: Penrose stairs
The Penrose stairs or Penrose steps, also dubbed the impossible staircase, is an impossible object created by Lionel Penrose and his son Roger Penrose. A variation on the Penrose triangle, it is a two-dimensional depiction of a staircase in which the stairs make four 90-degree turns as they ascend or descend yet form a continuous loop, so that a person could climb them forever and never get any higher. This is clearly impossible in three dimensions.

The "continuous staircase" was first presented in an article that the Penroses wrote in 1959, based on the so-called "triangle of Penrose" published by Roger Penrose in the British Journal of Psychology in 1958. M.C. Escher then discovered the Penrose stairs in the following year and made his now famous lithograph Klimmen en dalen (Ascending and Descending) in March 1960. Penrose and Escher were informed of each other's work that same year. Escher developed the theme further in his print Waterval (Waterfall), which appeared in 1961.


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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Inspirations from Cristóbal Vila: A look at M. C. Escher and his workplace

Vimeo: Inspirations from Cristóbal Vila
Fullscreen and volume up, please! ;-)
A short movie inspired on Escher's works and a free vision on how it could be his workplace.
— 3D animation by Cristóbal Vila · More info about this movie:
— Music theme “Lost Song” by Ólafur Arnalds:

Wikipedia: M. C. Escher
Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898–1972), or commonly M. C. Escher, was a Dutch graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints.


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I'm a graphic designer and 3D artisan from Spain, living and working in Zaragoza, a town located between Madrid and Barcelona. I studied Fine Arts in Barcelona, from 1986 to 1990, specializing in Graphic and Industrial Design.

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