Improvised Life » video If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:29:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Annals of Voyeurism: Skyviewing Shacks, Docks and Apps Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:23:38 +0000 The "skyviewing cubes” nestled in a French vineyard that we spotted on YouTube reminded us of the pleasurable practice of checking in with the stars above each night. There are many magical ways to do it both analog and digital.]]> 0 2 Essential Steps to Completing Projects Close to Your Heart Thu, 18 Jun 2015 06:11:02 +0000

(Video link here.) We love the Helio Sequence’s trippy, beautiful, psychedelic-ish animated video more for the visuals than for the music. Turn the sound off and you have a wordless meditation on the inventive, imaginative mind and the many unexpected connections that occur in the creative process.

It reminds us of the many ideas we have for inventions, designs, projects. We’ve taken Mira Keras’ practice of using Google Keep to make lists of ideas of things we’d like to accomplish. Current high priorities include:

Design the perfect bag to carry throughout the day

Develope some very cool products, including books, that our Improvised (more...)]]> 0 Morning Bach and a Light-Filled Path Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:06:22 +0000

(Video link here.)  We’ve always loved J.S. Bach’s 24 Preludes and Fugues for Well Tempered Clavier and found our favorite in the first 2:30 seconds of this video animation. It is wonderful music to start your day —or week— and (more…)

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Google Keep (Keeps My Sanity in Check + Creativity Flowing) Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:49:23 +0000

Mira Keras

Throughout my school age years I kept ratty composition notebooks with me at nearly all the time. I used them to record lists, illustrations, ideas, and poetry. These books were a way to combine artistic enjoyment and organization. Google Keep, an app available at the Google Play Store or through iTunes, is my modern version of that. It is a canvas for lists and notes-to-be color-coded, archived, tagged, and illustrated. It’s accessible on desktop, laptop AND mobile devices and immediately synchronizes through your gmail account with no fuss (SCORE!).  The effect is something like a very personal Pinterest board and a planner on steroids.

My categories vary from the very practical to very playful: (more…)

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Is-ness and Poetry via The Wire Thu, 04 Jun 2015 06:24:22 +0000

(Video link here.)  Derek Donahue found all of the tautologies —phrases in which the same thing is said twice —from the great, gritty HBO series The Wire and supercut them into one video. Writes the ever-wise Jason Kottke, “these types of phrases characterize the immovable forces the characters feel govern their lives and actions: poverty, bureaucracy, addiction, institutional corruption, ethnicity”.

When we wrote a few down, they seemed more like some seriously ‘street’, existential koans— succinct paradoxical statements used for meditation in Buddhism. Here are our favorites, ESPECIALLY the rather cosmic ones at the bottom. They can be reshuffled to form curiously illuminating poems. (more…)

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The Reinvention of Normal (Dominic Wilcox) Thu, 21 May 2015 07:46:06 +0000

Reinvention of Normal

(Video link here.) Over the years, we’ve published quite a few of artist/inventor/designer Domnic Wilcox‘s brilliant rethinking of ordinary objects, documented on his site Variations on Normal. We love that Wilcox constantly challenges “normal” because “normal” is often so terribly limiting. And as Wilcox shows, its FUN and illuminating to think outside the normal box.

Reinvention of Normal is 7 minutes of pure joy AND inspiration as we get to see Wilcox’s process. The best: his dad’s insight into his son’s work and LIFE: (more…)

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A Mime’s Curiously Visionary Design Thu, 07 May 2015 06:17:48 +0000

(Video link here.) Ikeda Yosuke is a mime who incorporates graphic design and typography into his performances. He is not a professional designer, but he practices outside-the-box thinking with everyday objects we take for granted. Here he envisions OPEN’s opposite hidden within: an example of true possibility-thinking.

More of Yosuke’s work here.

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LOOK! Cherry Blossoms are Happening NOW Tue, 05 May 2015 14:20:04 +0000 Two astonishing time-lapse videos and a couple of haikus remind us of the fleeing moment that is cherry blossom time. It only takes a moment to STOP and take it the fabulous colors as we walk by a blossoming tree.]]> 0 Max Lamb: 40 Inspired Chairs + His Philosophy of Making Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:46:13 +0000

(Video link here.)  “Exercises in Seating” at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, is an exhibit of 40 chairs British designer Max Lamb has made over the past 10 years,  from elemental thrones in stone to boxy wooden chairs and and geometric stools cast in sand. It inspires serious chair lust and illumination into their possibilities. Even more compelling is this short video of Lamb’s process and the WHY OF MAKING…chairs or otherwise. (more…)

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FAB, Curiously-Addictive Miniature Food Videos Wed, 08 Apr 2015 06:13:58 +0000

(Video link here.) The Japanese YouTube channel Miniature Space has married the satisfying addictiveness of food shows with doll-house fantasy-thinking into strangely mesmerizing videos that we can’t seem to get enough of. Miniature Space prepares real food in teeny cookware. Some videos focus on assembly, like a layer cake and a sushi plate. Others require actual cooking (over a tealight), including a boiled egg, a doll-sized onion ring tower and a tiny stack of pancakes (which we find ourselves wanted to eat). All are lessons in inspired improvisation. (more…)

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Found Objects Music + Attitude for Monday Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:29:20 +0000

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At Under the Sun we stumbled on this reminder of the many objects around us that can be used to make music.

Type in Found Objects Music into YouTube’s Search and you’ll find A LOT of interesting improvisations. Here’s a favorite, with a great beat for Monday morning, and a long list of found objects used. (Video link here.) (more…)

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Lemesoff’s Weapon of Mass INSTRUCTION + Other Brilliance Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:26:25 +0000

(Video link here.) We are smitten with Buenos Aires-based artist Raul Lemesoff’s brilliant ‘Weapons of Mass Instruction’, a 1979 Ford Falcon transformed into a military-style vehicle/traveling library with a serious function of peace. Lemesoff tours through Argentina’s cities, towns and rural communities, offering free books to anyone interested in his a varied collection of poetry, novels and biographies.

But beyond this singular creation, the video proves Lemesoff a creative FORCE to emulate. (more…)

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Chris Burden’s Beam Drop: steel, concrete + CHANCE Tue, 17 Mar 2015 06:55:43 +0000

Video link HERE. Artist Chris Burden used some of our favorite materials — concrete, steel beams, a construction crane…and…chance — for his Beam Drop. For us, the crazy power of the piece is in watching it: pure gravitational and other mysterious forces violently plunking the beams  into wet concrete, fueled by Burden’s vision. (more…)

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Annals of Invention: Poop Spray (to Buy or DIY) Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:44:37 +0000

(Video link here.)  When a grieving friend came for dinner, the conversation eventually turned from sadness to LOL hilarity. He told us that he had recently heard that an entrepeneur was making a fortune selling “poop spray”, a scented liquid that you spray in the toilet “before to go” to literally prevent your shit from stinking.  You’re kidding, we said, thinking this had to be a joke on American anxiety about bodily processes.

I kid you not, he said, and what is even more amazing is the commercial. So we checked it out on YouTube, and laughed like crazy. We were happily surprised that the makers of  Poo-Pourri Poop Spray managed to make their product both funny and compelling.  The next day we did some research into just what was in their million dollar idea. (more…)

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