#educheck #list :: Visual Arts on YouTube

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Today’s links are for a few great YouTube channels that are focused on the photography and cinematography disciplines. Check these out if you are into photo and video. Even if your not a producer, these channels produce great content and do it in an extremely educational and entertaining way. Any artist of any type will benefit from these channels.

My latest favorite is Filmmaker IQ. John Hess does marvelous job teaching. From history to concepts, he discusses film making in an amazingly detailed, yet concise and humorous way. Two of his videos will give you a headache…and I mean that in a good way. Like jacking into a Matrix training program. Mandatory stuff. 🙂

Filmmaker IQ

Cinematography Database is another great channel that focusing on the film making and video disciplines. Lots of gear, concepts, techniques, and everything else. If you’re into this sort of thing, this channel will benefit you. Also hosted by a great personality. One thing that always stands out to me is the usual greatest factor in the success of a YouTube channel is the personality/s contained within. So, check it out:

Cinematography Database

The Art of Photography by Ted Forbes is another one that just excels on the quality level. Even if you don’t indulge in photography on any level, but enjoy good photography, this channel will give you a great insight into exactly what it says, the art of photography. Also mandatory. 🙂

The Art of Photography

#youtube #educheck #art #photography #cinematography #film #visualarts

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Skateboarding: Street VS Downhill

Now don’t get me wrong, I love all kinds of skateboarding. But over the last decade or so, downhill skateboarding made a serious jump in participation and evolution. Downhill reached speeds and techniques never before even imaginable. Decks and trucks evolved, various styles emerged. But all the mainstream scene could ever seem to muster for acknowledgment was “longboarding isn’t skateboarding” or “longboarding is for kooks”, or whatever derogatory nonsense they could come up with. Downhill skaters were breaking records, while street skaters were still doing the same old tricks…and not even with half as much style and balls out as the pioneers, such as Natas, etc.

So, downhill skateboarding (or longboarding as it’s detractors love to call it), has pretty much had it’s big surge and now has drifted back into deep underground territory where it stayed for years. Numerous businesses that were big names have gone under, race and events were seeing low turnout. It was basically a sad way to see a sport with so much stoke and potential get marginalized because the street scene being dominate is controlled by a bunch of trendy conformists that I can only assume must have been threatened by the competition. It’s the only assumption that makes any sense.
Back when Dogtown was creating the foundation for street skating, the same skaters were also part of the Signal Hill and related downhill scenes. Skateboarding wasn’t fractured into these separate and seemingly opposing scenes. The same thing happened to bowl/vert when the street scene took over. Pioneers that made skateboarding a permanent thing and not just a fad, like it had been previously when it came around, had been marginalized and left for dead. Guys with good careers and sponsors found themselves working regular jobs. Not that they ever thought that skateboarding could be a career…they never saw it that way. They just did it because they love it. The business people came in and capitalized on that and made it a business. And that’s all good except for when it becomes dominated by trends and marketing type thinking that ends up fueling these hater attitudes and ends up dividing the various skateboarding scenes.

Like I always say, it ain’t what you ride, it’s how you ride it. And if it’s a deck with trucks and urethane wheels, it’s a skateboard…no matter how long it is. And even if it’s a hipster riding a pintail down a bike path, it’s still skateboarding, no matter what the haters say. Are they stoked? If so, and they aren’t just doing it for fashion, than it’s skateboarding.

And really, street is so corporate at this point, and downhill is so underground…one could easily make a case just based on that which is more true.

So anyway, I was just scrolling Instagram and in the first few posts, I saw two posts that I thought summed up what I see regarding the two scenes.

The first post is from Prism Skate Co, a company that caters to the downhill/longboard scene. A ripping clip of a popular SoCal run that perfectly captures what modern downhill skateboarding is all about.
The second clip is from Thrasher. No description of them needed. Watch both and then tell me why street skaters have all this hate for “longboarders”? It baffles me…like I say, the only thing that can be assumed is somebody is feeling threatened. There’s no way in hell that the downhill clip can be considered anything but “thrashing”. The Thrasher clip is obviously not meant to be taken seriously, but it does tend to show where street has ended up these days…a sad parody of itself.

HOLY MOLY, no apex is safe from @noah.fish. Down the one way. #prismskateco

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#skateboarding #street #downhill #prism #thrasher

sound check: Vivaldi -Trevor Jones – Gloria In D Major

Vivaldi -Trevor Jones – Gloria In D Major (Runaway Train Soundtrack)

Arranged by Trevor Jones / written by Antonio Vivaldi / performed by The USSR Academic Russian Chorus & The Moscow Conservatoire Students Orchestra

Runaway Train is a 1985 American action-thriller film, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. The screenplay by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel and Edward Bunker was based on an original screenplay by Akira Kurosawa with uncredited contributions by frequent Kurosawa collaborators Hideo Oguni and Ryuzo Kikushima. It stars Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay and John P. Ryan.

#music #soundtrack #Vivaldi #jams #testing123

bootleg cinema :: Finale to Runaway Train

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“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”

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#cinema #bootlegcinema #scene #classic

#link #pictorial :: Social Decay

“A captivating series by CGI artist Andrei Lacatusu from Bucharest, Romania. “Social Decay” contains amazingly detailed 3D renderings imagining a crumbling post-social media world. See more images from “Social Decay”.

#link #art #rendering #socialmedia

edu check #link: Talking to yourself in the third person

“Third-person self-talk facilitates emotion regulation without engaging cognitive control: Converging evidence from ERP and fMRI” (read more)

“A first-of-its-kind study led by psychology researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan indicates that such third-person self-talk may constitute a relatively effortless form of self-control. The findings are published online in Scientific Reports, a Nature journal.” (read more)

#education #educheck #psychology #MSU #links

bootleg cinema :: The Yesterday Machine

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The Yesterday Machine – 1963

Cheesy sci-fi from the 60’s. I think it deserves more than a 4.1 on IMDb. It’s got humor value, for one. But it’s actually got a decent enough story to keep you engaged. And the scene when the scientist is ranting is hilarious. He turns in a great performance. Watch it with a sense of humor and it’s good for laughs. I think it has an edge over a lot of it’s competition. I’m going to give it a 8. 🙂

#cinema #bootlegcinema #bmovie #scifi