Sunday, December 15, 2013

Into the Great Wide Open: An Amazing Timelapse of California

Into the Atmosphere: A Breathtaking Timelapse of the Skies Above California by Michael Shainblum weather timelapse clouds California
Into the Atmosphere: A Breathtaking Timelapse of the Skies Above California by Michael Shainblum weather timelapse clouds California
Into the Atmosphere is the latest timelapse tour de force from photographer and filmmaker Michael Shainblum (previously), shot in numerous locations around California over a period of year. For the nearly four minute clip Shainblum payed special attention to the clouds and ever changing atmospheric conditions above the Golden State, shooting some 75,000 photographs which he edited down to 12,500 for the final cut. Of the work he shares:
“Into The Atmosphere,” is my tribute to the state of California and the beautiful deserts, mountains and coastlines that exist there. This video showcases a variety of national/state parks as well as less recognized natural areas. The video also focuses on clouds, fog and interesting atmospheric conditions. Although California is known for blue sunshine skies, seeing a colorful storm cloud over Half Dome or an incredible sunset at the La Jolla Coves is really a sight to see. The goal of this video is to show these environments in their best possible light.
Additionally the Creator’s Project sat down with Shainblum to learn more about how he works and shot somefun behind the scenes video.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Polish Concert Pianist Builds a "Viola Organista" Based on a 500-Year-Old Leonardo Da Vinci Sketch

Polish Concert Pianist Builds a Viola Organista Based on a 500 Year Old Leonardo Da Vinci Sketch Leonardo Da Vinci instruments history
Viola Organista built by Slawomir Zubrzycki
Polish Concert Pianist Builds a Viola Organista Based on a 500 Year Old Leonardo Da Vinci Sketch Leonardo Da Vinci instruments history
Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo Da Vinci, (page 93r)

Timelapse of Grand Canyon Becoming River of Clouds

Rare Temperature Inversion Creates River of Clouds Inside the Grand Canyon weather Grand Canyon clouds
 Grand Canyon National Park
Rare Temperature Inversion Creates River of Clouds Inside the Grand Canyon weather Grand Canyon clouds
Rare Temperature Inversion Creates River of Clouds Inside the Grand Canyon weather Grand Canyon clouds
Rare Temperature Inversion Creates River of Clouds Inside the Grand Canyon weather Grand Canyon clouds
Rare Temperature Inversion Creates River of Clouds Inside the Grand Canyon weather Grand Canyon clouds
Rare Temperature Inversion Creates River of Clouds Inside the Grand Canyon weather Grand Canyon clouds
Last week on November 29th the Grand Canyon experienced a rare temperature inversion where cool air began to rise from the bottom of the canyon and met warm air above creating low level clouds. Apparently this type of thing happens once or twice a year, but almost never with clear skies which provided an unprecedented once-in-a-decade view of the canyon filled to the rim with fog. Several photographers were on hand including Ben Mayberry who captured some amazing panoramic shots, and Paul Lettieri managed to shoot a timelapse of the event. (via My Modern Met)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Vertigo Walk in NYC Courtesy of Artist Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room

Take a Vertigo Inducing Walk into the Infinite Inside Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms at David Zwirner in New York installation
Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.
Take a Vertigo Inducing Walk into the Infinite Inside Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms at David Zwirner in New York installation
Infinity Mirrored Room, detail – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

NASA Releases First Ever Photograph of Saturn, Venus, Earth and Mars


NASA Releases First Ever Photograph of Saturn, Venus, Mars and Earth Venus space NASA moon Mars Earth
NASA Releases First Ever Photograph of Saturn, Venus, Mars and Earth Venus space NASA moon Mars Earth
You might remember earlier this summer when NASA released a striking image taken by the Cassini spacecraft of Earth as it appears from the dark side of Saturn. Yesterday the space agency wowed again with the first ever photograph of Saturn, Mars, Venus, and Earth all in the same shot. The image spans about 404,880 miles (651,591 kilometers) across and is made from 141 wide-angle photos taken by Cassini. You can learn more about the image over on JPL’s site where you can even download some wallpapers. This is a good excuse to watch an interpretation of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot monologue. Or this one. (via PetaPixel)

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Missionary Position DVD Release Show at Hwy. 99 Blues Club: The Event of the Month, Maybe Even The Year!





Truly our musical heroes this year, when not touring with The Walking Papers, Jefferson Angell and Benjamin Anderson try their best to sneak some time in with their other amazing band, The Missionary Position! Occasionally graced by horns and a stand-up bass player, and as always including Michael Alex - Seattle's Most Adorable Drummer, every show is a new and uplifting experience full of Jeff's musical storytelling. And if you have not been to The Hwy. 99 Blues Club, you will realize when you get there that this is the perfect venue for this show: bluesy, sexy, and amazing food!  

Friday, November 8, 2013

Reincarnation Through Stop Motion Art

A Story of Reincarnation Told Through Stop Motion Face Paint video art stop motion reincarnation makeup animation
This animated short by London-based artist, animator and body painter Emma Allen briefly depicts the cycle of reincarnation using face paint. Allen made the 75-second piece over a period of five days by painting and photographing her own face. (via mashKULTURE)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Skateboarding Skeleton Makes His Debut in Stop Motion Video by Darren Pearson

Light Goes On: A New Light Painting Stop Motion Video About a Skateboarding Skeleton by Darren Pearson stop motion light painting animation
Light painter Darren Pearson (previously here and here) is back with a new stop motion short that follows the adventures of a skateboarding skeleton. In the making for nearly a year, the video involves over 700 individual photographs that were painted in camera using a small flashlight.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Heaven Beside Us: A Timelapse of Three Minutes of Mauna Kea Hawaii





Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse or Three Minutes of Telescopes Shooting Lasers into Space timelapse telescopes space Hawaii
Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse or Three Minutes of Telescopes Shooting Lasers into Space timelapse telescopes space Hawaii
Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse or Three Minutes of Telescopes Shooting Lasers into Space timelapse telescopes space Hawaii
Shot over a period of three nights in April of this year, this timelapse from Sean Goebelshows the myriad telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The clear view at 14,000 feet is the premiere location for astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. The lasers you see are called laser guide stars and they help astronomers correct the atmospheric distortion of light by creating an artificial “star” to use as a reference point. (via Coudal)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Beard & Mustache Day Portraits

Absurd Portraits from the National Beard & Mustache Championships by Greg Anderson portraits beards
Absurd Portraits from the National Beard & Mustache Championships by Greg Anderson portraits beards
Now we just need a photo of The Mustache a.k.a. Chris Cornell! 

The Infinite Sadness of Losing Shannon



It's been almost 18 years and still the sting of losing Shannon Hoon is sharp, and one can only shake their head at the tragic loss. 


His mom, family and friends have a yearly vigil the week before his birthday, September 22nd. I wanted to go this year, but decided to wait until this winter. I'm way overdue for a solo train trip, so this December I plan on braving the weather and traveling to Indiana to visit his family and see for myself where one of my favorite singers came from. I will be live streaming and filming my entire trip so check back this December to participate and ask questions through our Live Performance page. This does not mean I will be interviewing anyone in the family, my plan is to talk to the normal everyday fan and talk about what Blind Melon means to them.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hindu Mythology Just Got Sexy: Gods & Godesses Brought to Life in Amazing Photographs by Manjari Sharma



Mumbai-born and Brooklyn-based photographer Manjari Sharma’s new project Darshan (spotted via Huffington Post) takes a modern approach to a timeless Hindu cultural artifact. ”We may have seen paintings and sculptures used to illustrate Hindu deities all over the world,” Sharma explains. “However, it’s the use of a rarely explored medium like photography to culturally preserve the Indian heritage that lends a uniqueness to the project.” The result are large-scale productions that incorporated exhaustive research, extensive makeup and prosthetics, and a team of 35 Indian craftsmen.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stop Motion Reverse Haircut

Ballpoint Barber: A Stop Motion Reverse Haircut by Peter Simon stop motion humor drawing beards
Ballpoint Barber: A Stop Motion Reverse Haircut by Peter Simon stop motion humor drawing beards
The ludicrous battle of haircut/shaving videos continues with an new stop-motion short from Peter Simon that was inspired by an old magnetic Wooly Willy toy. Simon previously created a video called Trim back in 2011 which might have been inspiration for Ben Garvin’s Magic Beard last month. Do we have a new genre on our hands? Music byPaul Otteson.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Jack Endino's Earthworm and Why Hippys Are the Best People on Earth


Jack Endino with Endino's Earthworm at Hempfest 2013

Seattle has been fortunate this year when it comes to music. There have been so many band reunions, comebacks, and super groups formed, that there is simply no way any one person can make it to every show. So as we dive into Uproar Festival this weekend, many of us will reflect on our own history. Lots of us will be driving to the Gorge, probably blasting Alice in Chains the whole way there, then Jane's Addiction on the way back..."coming down the mountain!" 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

NASA Releases Photo of Earth Taken From the Dark Side of Cassini Spacecraft

NASA Releases Photo of Earth Taken from the Dark Side of Saturn by the Cassini Spacecraft space Saturn NASA Earth
NASA Releases Photo of Earth Taken from the Dark Side of Saturn by the Cassini Spacecraft space Saturn NASA Earth
Yesterday NASA published a new photograph taken on July 19, 2013, by a wide-angle camera on the Cassini spacecraft that shows a view of Earth from the dark side of Saturn. In the photo Earth is 898 million miles away and the moon appears as just a tiny protrusion off to the right (you might need to see it up close). According to NASA this is only the third time that Earth has ever been photographed from the outer solar system.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Xana and Demri on Rolling Stone: Hey, It Could Happen!



This got such a huge and positive response on social media, we figured we'd better archive it here, and while we're at it, you know it just may be an interesting story, so whoever wants to pick up the phone and let them know I'm ready to talk, go right ahead! 

Heh Heh, I joke!  I'm way too busy for Rolling Stone, besides it's way more fun being almost famous! 


Thanks anyhow, unless I get a personal invitation hand written and delivered with flowers from Cameron Crowe, I think I'll just stick to my own publication! 


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Brace Yourselves, The Mustache is Coming! Soundgarden to Play Free Show in Seattle


Is it true?  Will the people that didn't have $200.00 for a ticket to see Soundgarden finally get a glimpse of Chris Cornell at Sub Pop's 25 Year Anniversary Show?  For the past few years The Mustache has been slithering into town undetected, under the Xanaland radar. 
This month, a few short days away Seattle is rumored to be getting treated to a REAL free show, not just local bands you can see anytime, so this is really great news and I hope the day goes smoothly for everyone!
 Here is the link to the event for details! 


 ( Hopefully) a show teaser: 


p.s. we love fan videos keep them coming! 


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Former Soundgarden and Nirvana Member Jason Everman Graduates From Columbia University



Originally posted in the Columbia University online newsletter, and written by Anna O' Sullivan

 We here at Xanaland understand the complexities and ups and downs of being in the Seattle grunge scene, and also as the widow of Andrew Wood, I myself understand what it's like to feel left behind.  Jason has persevered and become a wonderful human being, It makes you realize that people really do have their own destinies, so congratulations Jason from us here at Xanaland, I only met you once, but I'm sure I speak for the entire Seattle music scene when I say we are very proud of you! 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Seattle's Fremont Solstice Parade 2013: Fat Bottomed Girls Video, check!



What a wonderful event! And since I was so lucky to be there, I wanted to share a few photos and a video I made


Drummers that kept perfect beats! 


Believe it or not, this is a photograph, slightly doctored, but the real beauty was in the body paint -- still pretty cool, who needs oil paint?! 


Another amazing photo I took that I barely enhanced, what an adorable hippy couple! 


So nice to see so many people make the effort to be so artistic


And my personal favorite, naked Batman! 
Gotta love Seattle! 

And here's my video, dedicated to Freddie Mercury




Monday, June 17, 2013

In Love, But Lazy: Let's Listen To Band on the Run and Reflect on the Summer of 1978






Whenever I hear this song, it takes me back to one summer in 
Las Cruces, New Mexico.  I was maybe 13 years old, my mom was a college student, and I spent my days at the campus pool and my evenings at the conservatory.  This song played many times over the stereo they blasted at the pool.  I remember how warm it was and how young and strong I was, too (boo hoo to old age). Great music made swimming even more fun.... I hated leaving the pool at the end of the day...





Looks like that was a great summer for Linda and Paul as well.  What were you doing in the summer of 1978?  Do you have a special memory that comes up when you hear Paul McCartney & Wings, good or bad?  Leave your interesting or creative comments below! 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Au Revior Bee Charmer! Seattle Gets One Last Chance To See The Walking Papers Jeff Angell Before Their Summer Tour



 There ares so many great musicians in Seattle right now, these decisions are never easy, deciding who to go see, ...but not tonight and not when it comes to Jeff Angel, hands down the best male singer/performer that I have seen in years.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Transporter Ship Over 100 Years Old Sprouts a Floating Forest

A 102 Year Old Transport Ship Sprouts a Floating Forest trees nature history boats Australia
Bruce Hood
A 102 Year Old Transport Ship Sprouts a Floating Forest trees nature history boats Australia
Bruce Hood
A 102 Year Old Transport Ship Sprouts a Floating Forest trees nature history boats Australia
Andy Brill
A 102 Year Old Transport Ship Sprouts a Floating Forest trees nature history boats Australia
Stephane & Eva
A 102 Year Old Transport Ship Sprouts a Floating Forest trees nature history boats Australia
Stephane & Eva
Homebush Bay in Sydney, Australia is home to the remnants of a ship-breaking yard that operated during the mid 20th-century. Large watercraft that outlived their usefulness were towed to Homebush Bay and dismantled to salvage any components that could be reused or sold for scrap.
One such ship was the SS Ayrfield, a 1,140-tonne behemoth built in 1911 as a steam collier that was later used during WWII as a transport ship. In 1972 it was brought to Homebush Bay to be dismantled, but fate would decide differently. Operations at the ship-breaking yard subsequently ceased and parts of several large vessels including the Ayrfield were left behind, the largest objects in an area now infamous for decades of chemical dumping and pollution. But only this century-old transport ship would be transformed by time into a floating forest, a peculiar home for trees and other vegetation that have since sprouted over the last few decades.
From 2008-2010 a concerted effort was made to remove many of the lingering chemicals in Homebush left from the industrial era. Not far away is the Brickpit Ring Walk, a former industrial site where nearly three billion bricks were made from 1911 through the 1980s that is now a carefully protected natural habitat. As the forest has grown inside the SS Ayrfield, the bay is now a popular place for photographers who wish to capture the uncanny sight of this strangely beautiful relic of the bay’s industrial past, not to mention nature’s resiliency.
A huge thanks to Bruce HoodAndy Brill and Stephane & Eva for providing photos for this post. If you liked reading about the SS Ayrfield you might also like the Glass Beach in California. (via my modern met)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Who The Hell Is Sancho?



"And then I told myself, why should I be the monkey when I can be the big bird behind the monkey?" 




The funny thing is, not a lot of people who know me ask this question. I think it's a given that anyone with a history of addiction has had "a monkey on their back," so no big mystery there, but it gets more complicated....

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Happy Birthday Johnny Depp! And Some Very Interesting News To Go With!


Johnny Depp has found his long lost twin...well, kinda.
A scientist discovered a unique, half-billion-year-old fossil and named it Kooteninchela deppi after the actor, because of its scissor-like claws, which reminded the researcher of Depp's famous 1990 character, Edward Scissorhands.
"When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species, I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands," David Legg said on the website of London's Imperial College
"Even the genus name, Kootenichela, includes the reference to this film, as 'chela' is Latin for claws or scissors."
But that's not the only reason Legg chose that specific name for the 505-million-year-old fossil, "In truth, I am also a bit of a Depp fan," he admits, "and so what better way to honor the man than to immortalize him as an ancient creature that once roamed the sea?"
Kooteninchela deppi is a distant ancestor of lobsters and scorpions, along with spiders, centipedes, millipedes and crabs.
"Just imagine it," Legg exclaims, "the prawns covered in mayonnaise in your sandwich, the spider climbing up your wall, and even the fly that has been banging into your window and annoyingly flying into your face are all descendants of Kooteninchela deppi."
Hmm, we'll stick to thinking about Depp, instead.
Here are some funny and clever and downright silly birthday wishes to Johnny we found online! 

I love it!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Rough and Laugh: Music Video For Clammbon Is A Fun Splash of Color


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The Japanese musical trio Clammbon, known for their quirky, jazzy, upbeat tunes, released a music video late last year titled “Rough & Laugh.” The music video, illustrated with fantastic bursts of color and abstract shapes flying in and out the screen, is the work of TYMOTE, an 8-member Tokyo-based design studio with the tagline “pirates of design.” The MV was supposed to be a limited offer, airing just during the month of November, at which point it would be vaulted, never to see the light of day again.
But feedback was so enormous that those involved decided to throw it back up on vimeo. So here it is.
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The track was originally created for Shirokuma Café, a popular animated series about a polar bear who runs a café. How great is that!?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Flawed Symmetry of Prediction: A Time Lapse of Optical Illusions in The American West


The Flawed Symmetry of Prediction: A Time Lapse of Optical Illusions in the American West video art timelapse optical illusion
The Flawed Symmetry of Prediction: A Time Lapse of Optical Illusions in the American West video art timelapse optical illusion
The Flawed Symmetry of Prediction: A Time Lapse of Optical Illusions in the American West video art timelapse optical illusion
Flawed Symmetry of Prediction is an outstanding short film by filmmaker Jeff Frost that defies categorization as it ventures into time lapse, street art, and even optical illusion. Via email Jeff tells me:
I roam the deserts of California and Utah looking for abandoned structures. When I find a room that I like, I paint large scale optical illusions on the inside of it. I record this process with time lapse photography. It took me over half a year and more than 40,000 high resolution still images to produce this film on my Canon 60D. Aside from painting supplies, the only other equipment I used was a borrowed tripod, and some pretty unconventional lighting. As post production goes, no graphics or CGI was used whatsoever.
The visuals are absolutely brilliant and the sound design is top notch as well. (via laughing squid)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Creature Comforts: A Wildlife Surprise In Your Cup of Coffee


Creature Cups: A Wildlife Surprise in your Coffee Cup  tea home cups coffee ceramics
Creature Cups: A Wildlife Surprise in your Coffee Cup  tea home cups coffee ceramics
I love these ceramic creature cups by design group Yumi-Yumi out of Brookyln. At the base of each mug rests an animal that’s slowly revealed as you consume your tasty beverage. Good to the last dripping octopus. (via etsy)