Taylor Swift & Goats

My love for Taylor Swift continues through no actual effort on her part:

Movies without words

She's All That |  Elf | The Dark Knight

I was going to make this a "post without words", to really make the most of the theme but there are a few things I wanted to point out:

  • So much heavy breathing and sighing in teen films. Woah. Why you need to breath so hard? 
  • The Kiss Me song in She's All That. Hello 90's. 
  • Elf - So creepy.
  • How good was Heath Ledger. That spin around scene with Maggie Gyllenhaal  is brilliant even without words.

News I like

A 27-year-old USC grad student is hoping to land Bill Murray as the lead in his thesis film [Refinery29]

The day after Valentine's Day each year is Phil Collins Day. [Buzzfeed]

Black and white and black and white design

fieldguidedccooll | Baubauhaus | Unknown

Driving in Russia with Meteorites

Have you ever watch 'driving in Russia' video? They're simply videos of near-accidents and accidents on the snowy or rainy streets of Russia. They are also hilarious. Marina Galperina explains via Kottke the existence of so many of these driving videos:

[In Russia] Dash-cam footage is the only real way to substantiate your claims in the court of law. Forget witnesses. Hit and runs are very common and insurance companies notoriously specialize in denying claims...Since your insurance won't pay unless the offender is found and sued, you'll see dash-cam videos of post hit and run pursuits for plate numbers.

This means that the internet has, in abundance, dash-cam videos of what happens on Russia's roads. Some of the videos I've seen are amazing. (The best one, a compilation, has been taken off youtube but this one is pretty entertaining).

But now, after today's meteorite shower over Russia, some dash-cam footage has been upload that is truly remarkable, even to a non-science nerd like me:

This one has Bleeding Love in the background (even better!):

The universe is pretty incredible.

Academic Coach Taylor

Advice from the best coach of all time, Coach Taylor specifically for academics not sporting folk. I'm considering printing a few of these out and sticking them by my desk to motivate me.

View more over here.


I updated my portfolio site design recently, and purchased a proper, professional url for it.

Check it out here.

If not now, when

I struggle with motivation and procrastination. Even when I know I will enjoy a task or a project, I still struggle to get started.

My mind always calculates exactly what I will miss out on in life if I start a task. It could be small like I won't have as much time to relax, or more confronting if I take on this project for love and not money, I will not have much money.

A friend recently suggested I print out a picture of something to remind me of why I am making the creative project decisions I am making. Sure they bring in less money but the pay off is that they're projects that are worth it in life.

So what would this picture be? A quote or a phrase, an image of someone who's career I admire? I started thinking about a quote I see on Pinterest all the time If not now, when That could be it I guess.

But on a recent episode of Scriptnotes one of the guys stated You can't go back

For me it's a stronger version of if not now when, because it has a reflective finality to it. It makes me think about how next week, in a year or five years I may look back at today and regret not doing more. Maybe I simply respond better to guilt than optimism?

And then there is this from Ricky Gervais via Swiss Miss:

“You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is... You should do something, then sit back and say, “I did that.’”

I did that. It's always nice to say that. Maybe that should be my reminder and my motivation.


Do you have a phrase or an image?


Mirror above by Doug Aitkin

Brazil highlights in pictures

I'm off

Stay tuned if you like radio silence. I'll be in Leblon.

Let's chat in 2-ish weeks.

Music for whatever... I'm so tired who cares...

I'm so overworked and so tired, and when I get like this, even when I have a MOUNTAIN of work to do in close to zero time (but really thats like 5 days, when you really need 10, not exaggerating and deadline are not moveable because you're leaving the country.....

where was I?

Yes. I ramble. Like this. And I listen to a single lonesome song on repeat. It keeps me going, the momentum or something. It helps me get the work done.

This week it has been a song by my favourite Suzy Krause look-a-like: Taylor Swift.

We are never ever ever getting back together is actually so fun to sing along to when you're still working at 1am, for the third day in a row. And then again at 1pm.

On a more designery note, 
this music video does remind me of two much better music videos:

Bjork's Bachelorette:

And Let Forever Be by the Chemical Brothers.

Both Michel Gondry classics.

Music for Mondayitis

An old-ish favourite. Very motivating for busy Mondays when you would prefer to stay in bed.