Hiding Fine Art Inside Popular Art

I came across this piece in the New York Times today: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/arts/design/woody-woodpecker-and-shamus-culhanes-animation.html

I’ve long known about animators inserting cameos in their work. But this was quite new. And the idea of inserting different kinds of art as transitional backgrounds or tonal matte paintings is a great one. I’ll have to think on that a bit!

I Love OKGo

The guys in OKGo are so amazing for their videos. And I think their music is pretty fine, too. But the videos really make them something special. I just watched “This Too Shall Pass” again after stumbling across a YouTube video of Notre Dame’s marching bang paying homage. What it is about this video that I think is so incredible, I can’t really say. It’s a simple idea, and not nearly as complex as their previous videos. So perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they are doing something live and so outside of genre, with a teensy bit of Souza built in. It’s four years later, but it’s still great.

And this newer one is pretty awesome, too, for an entirely different reason!

Berkeley Ranks 4th in International Reputation

The irony with this study, however, is that even many of my fellow East Bay residents — living in the shadow of Cal — barely mention it when talking about elite schools. “Ivy League” carries a huge amount of weight for some people. But clearly, schools don’t have to be private to enjoy great reputations and to produce excellent graduates.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/mar/10/world-top-100-universities-reputation-rankings-reputation-times-higher-education

How to Write a Love Song

I don’t much listen to this kind of pop/R&B/hip-hop-esque music, but it’d be hard to have gotten to 2011 without having heard a few of them, and some of what’s in this song is true for most pop/rock songs going back to the 50s (a period with which I’m all too familiar, thanks to my college singing group’s emphasis on doo-wop music — blech!)

This group from Australia has a laser beam focus on what’s silly about these songs. I was laughing out-loud most of the way through.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5f0cf25368/how-to-write-a-love-song?utm_campaign=newsletter20110216&utm_content=fv3&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=fd