Halloween in nearing but don't let today's edition scare you. Still, I hope something here jumps out at you. If you're game, surely you can find your way through the interactive hyperromance, listen to a video about doodling's benefits, watch a real-time data dump, select your choice of free stock video and stock footage for your next project, listen to a Book of Voices from e-Poets Network, or sit on the edge of your seat through a showing of the animated short Balance.
✭ If you're in the mood for an interactive hyperromance, take your turn with Paul La Farge's Luminous Airplanes. But first check out the About section of the site; it will help you understand your about-to-be immersive journey outside of time and space. La Farge's experimental fiction has been getting starred reviews. (Nods to the Paris Review Daily for the link to the stand-alone Website.)
✭ Next time your child is reprimanded for doodling in class, send the teacher the link to Sunni Brown's TED Talk. Sketching and doodling, Brown makes clear from neuroscience research, can improve both comprehension and creative thinking. Known for large-scale live content visualizations Brown is the author of Gamestorming: A Playbook for Rule-breakers, Innovators, and Changemakers.
Sunni Brown on Twitter
✭ Ever wonder what a real-time data dump looks like? Take a look at this video documentation by Christopher Baker, part of his Waste Not outdoor video projection project, about the garbage that accumulates every day in Minneapolis. (My thanks to Walker Art Center blog for the link to Baker's work.)
Waste Not from Christopher Baker on Vimeo.
Also take a moment to view Baker's HPVA (Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome), Murmur Study, American Toys, My Map (A Self-Portrait), and other projects you can access here.
Christopher Baker's Blog
✭ Unlimited downloads of hundreds of high-definition stock video and stock footage are permitted at XStockVideo. Free, the videos may be used in projects for personal or commercial use, although some restrictions do apply. The footage is shot at 25 frames-per-second and is available in different file formats. Check out the links section for other sites that offer free stock footage, stock audio, and stock images.
X Stock Video on FaceBook
✭ The e-Poets Network describes itself as the place "where spoken word lives on the Web". The site offers an impressive collection organized broadly into a library, an aural Book of Voices that includes spoken word, performance, and text and a Videotheque comprising poetry videos and clips of poets in performance. Readings are from poets in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. Also offered: news of interest to poets and an information neighborhood that provides links to publishers, workshops, broadcast language arts, educational programs, and more.
✭ This film, which won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Animated Short, is titled Balance and is the work of Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein of Germany. It is impossible not to watch the full 7:32 minutes to see how it ends. And, oh, the questions it raises! (My thanks to Curator magazine for the link.)