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Planet Corgi 2:  Orbital Drift

The second in the Planet Corgi series.  In other words, lots more of Mochi chasing and jumping after her beloved, saliva-covered nylon flying disc … in grainy super slow motion.

Almost all the super slow motion was shot in native 240fps on the Canon S120.  Because the camera is shooting 240 frames per second, the video quality is poor.  But I prefer this look as opposed to how regular HD video looks when slowed down using editing software.

(Recently tested the GoPro Hero 3+ shooting 720HD format at 120 frames per second.  A simple doubling of the frame rate during the editing process creates 240fps super slow motion video that remains sharp and crisp. 720 is at the bottom of the scale for high definition.  But it’s still High Def.  And the result is super slow motion without any degradation in resolution.) 

Video was shot on Canon S120, GoPro Hero 3+, Lumix GH2, Canon 7D and edited with Cyberlink Power Director 12.

Ever So Lonely (buddha hat remix) - Steve Coe / Sheila Chandra / buddha hat

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Ever So Lonely (buddha hat remix)

by Steve Coe / Sheila Chandra / buddha hat

Released in 1982 “Ever So Lonely” was the first “world music” pop hit.  Written by Steve Coe and performed by Monsoon with Ms. Chandra providing lead vocals, the original recording became an international sensation, but was never released as a single in the United States.  Later, Sheila Chandra performed the song solo without the pop instrumentation and tempo.  Both versions of the song are wonderful.  However, the two different productions are miles apart.  The original recording has an almost manic tempo and an almost cartoonish instrumentation.  The solo vocal recording is ethereal and meditative.  My own musical taste is somewhere in the middle, so I thought it might be interesting to re-introduce some new percussion on the solo vocal track.  This remix was done years ago when I was first introduced to loop-based recording software, but I’m generally pleased with the instrumentation.  Besides Chandra’s vocals, some reverb and a solitary sitar … all other voices, drums and instruments were added by me using Acid Pro.    -buddha hat

Why do we work so hard?

Why do we bother to love or hate or make absurdly popular music in 4/4 time?  Why do we buy new shoes, wash our underwear and berate our fellow humans with our heartfelt, but poorly constructed political views?

Why did we go to the moon?

To watch someone hit a golf ball in low gravity?

Hell no.  Well, kinda.

The reason we do anything is because we’re all going to die. 

That’s right.   Die.

Even if you’re like me and have plans of immortality via a cryogenic facility hidden in your parent’s basement, the world is eventually going to end.

The world is going to end because someday the sun is going to become an old man and do exactly what old men do … explode.  And that’s the end of the earth.  And you and me and all our stuff.

The world was supposed to end well before that. 

In 2012.  In an apocalyptic event known as Ragnarok. 

Ragnarok?  Wasn’t that some kids TV show with puppets?

Yes it was.  But it was also a battle that killed a whole lot of Norse gods.  You know, like that guy Thor.  After that, the entire planet gets waterboarded.

I know.  It’s starting to sound really cool.  And dangerous.

Only one man stood between us and the Norse apocalypse.  Thomas Edison. 

I’m sorry.  JOHN HODGMAN. 

Determined to save mankind, this Hodgman guy created HUNDREDS of Ragnarok Survival Kits.

In the end, as shocking as this might sound, Hodgman was wrong.  

Actually a dude named Snorri Sturluson was wrong. 

But I digress.

The world has not ended.  Yet.  So there’s plenty of time to stroll home after work, stop at Internet cafés, go online and BUY STUFF.

Stuff like … a SURPLUS RAGNAROK SURVIVAL KIT. 

ARGUABLY USEFUL and DEFINITELY FOR SALE. 

They include an extended DVD of John Hodgman’s RAGNAROK special, with additional comedy, songs, and special appearances by Andrew Sullivan, Tom Scharpling, and Ira Glass.

BUT WAIT.

THERE’S MORE:

SURVIVAL MAYONNAISE

AN ENGRAVED URINE FLASK

JOHN HODGMAN’S CONSCIOUSNESS, EMBEDDED ON A CUSTOM THUMB DRIVE  (I am sure he’s telling the truth.)

SAMPLES OF JOHN HODGMAN’S DNA  (No comment.)

A NON-IRONIC UNISEX COLOGNE 

And that’s why you only take five days off a year from work.  Because you work hard, you create your own luck and you make minimum wage.

And the world is not ending.

And you need more stuff.

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Visit your local Ragnarok Survival Kit dealership for a test drive:

http://john-hodgman-super-package.highwire.com/

The images above are from the pilot Cheryl and I wrote and produced for USA, starring Stephanie Sigman, Bryan Greenberg, Stephen Root, Kumail Nanjiani, Manolo Cardona, Amanda Schull, John Pankow and many others.

We were lucky enough to work with truly amazing people with extraordinary talent.  It was a lot of hard work … and a ton of fun.  We are happy for the opportunity … and the memories.

Fans of Numb3rs may remember the very first episode … otherwise known as the “Pilot” episode.  If they do, they may remember the very first “Charlie Vision” — wherein Charlie explains a complex and difficult-to-understand mathematical theory or concept by describing a visual metaphor.  In the pilot episode, the first metaphor is a lawn sprinkler.

The mathematician and police detective, Dr. Kim Rossmo, originally came up with the idea of using a lawn sprinkler as a metaphor to describe his ground-breaking “hot zone” geographic-profiling equation to other police detectives and the public at large.  Rossmo’s simple, but elegant metaphor brought math to life.

We thought the sprinkler metaphor was absolutely perfect.  Ridley and Tony Scott agreed.  So did the network.  

The metaphor was so perfect it created a little bit of a problem.  How were we to come up with subsequent visual metaphors that were as succinct and powerful as the sprinkler?  The sprinkler was so beloved that there was even talk of continuing to use the sprinkler in other Charlie Visions.  When it was explained that different math concepts would require different metaphors, the magnitude of the challenge to create future “visions” equally dynamic was not lost on anyone.  Dr. Rossmo had set the bar very high.

What Cheryl and I knew from our research was, of course, that math itself, by its very nature, had so many direct real world applications that finding effective, captivating metaphors was not going to be a problem.  It was going to be in choosing the right one. 

Eight years later … walking the dog and water drops are spraying across a lawn … 

= sprinkler