TED Talk (Adam Sadowsky)

I love my English class.

We watch soooooooo much cool stuff.

Today, we watched a talk on ted.com (an awesome website) about the Rube Goldberg video (an awesome video) for OK Go (an awesome band). The talk was by the guy that OK Go went to when they wanted to make a Rube Goldberg machine music video for their song “This Too Shall Pass”. It’s crazy how much work, time, thought, and man-power went into that project.
You can get to Adam Sadowsky’s talk by clicking this. He plays the video at the end of his talk, so don’t worry if you haven’t seen it before. It’s actually quite a short talk, and he’s quite engaging.

I recommend this to everyone. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Lord of the Rings

So Lord of the Rings:

I’m sure you’ve all heard of it. It’s rather popular, and has been around for a while. 😉

I read The Hobbit when I was about 8 or 9 and I loved.
So I decided to read the actual trilogy.
Halfway through The Two Towers, I quit. I couldn’t take it any more. After that, I swore never to read them again. I actually hated them, because they were so boring. I didn’t even remember what about them I didn’t like; I just knew I didn’t like them.

So when one of my friends suggested watching the Lord of the Rings movies, I was skeptical. Lord of the Rings? Really? But, I figured, I was older, maybe I’d like them.

I LOVED the movies. I watched the extended versions, and someone else I knew had complained about the extended version, saying it had too many dramatic shots of them walking and not enough action. I didn’t find that at all. I actually bought part of the soundtrack because it was so cool.

And since I loved the movies, I decided to give the books another try. I was about to go to DC for 10 days, and I knew I would have plenty of time to do nothing but read, so I borrowed them from a friend and started in. Again.

I really liked the first two books. I loved comparing the books to the movies, seeing what they did differently, and how it affected the plot. The language got a bit clunky and old-fashioned, but it was bearable, because I was in the right mindset.

And then I came back home. And I came out of the mindset. I’m still maybe barely a third through The Return of the King. But I have hope. Some of my favorite parts from the movies are still before me. I hope to finish it by the end of the month (I’ll let you know). But for now, I wonder if the best parts of the trilogies lie behind me, and if I’ll feel satisfied when I finally come to the end.

I hope I will.

And I really want to see the movies again.

OK Go

So, one of my all-time FAVORITE bands is OK Go. Their music isn’t just cool, funky and innovative: their whole band is! If you watch just one of their videos, say the Rube Goldberg version of “This Too Shall Pass”, or End Love, you instantly feel all the creative juices running through those four brains (and whoever else may be helping them along the way). After just one video, I was hooked. I have now downloaded from iTunes at least five of their videos, if not more, and I want to buy even more. I have a book for piano of quite a few of their songs. I’ve introduced several of my friends to their songs. Now, I’m not one of those ‘weird’ people who trawls through hours and hours of YouTube videos just for fun. I have no inclination to do that. So I must give credit to my uncle for showing me several of their videos, because he is who got me hooked. And now I sing their songs all the time, I listen to them very very often, and I get very upset when the videos don’t work on my iPad. I suppose this shouldn’t be just a “oh they’re so wonderful I love them so much” post without much about what they actually do. All the singers have great voices (without autotune!), the organ parts are very creative, and they use funky rhythms and actual melodies to support the songs about real life instead of just “oh I just had a break-up but I’ll get over it” or “omg she/he is so hot” (although there is one song of theirs that I like that is about the latter. XD). In all, OK Go is a great band to listen to and watch, if you enjoy actual creativity and plenty of humor on the side.