Daily Archives: July 27, 2012



The Worlds of Viral Video | Off Book | PBS: What’s viral? Find out from PBS Off Books

Viral Video” is the signature phenomenon of internet media. Something akin to pop songs, these videos with irresistible hooks have saturated video culture online and have now evolved into a multitude of sophisticated forms. Whether rooted in comedy, spectacle, schadenfreude, cuteness, politics, performance, or deep meaning, the idea of viral videos, and the huge audiences they generate, have forever changed the values and potential impact of video online


Jonah Peretti, Buzzfeed
Kevin Allocca, YouTube
Brad Kim, Know Your Meme
Dan Gurewitch, College Humor
Mark Douglas and Todd Womack, Key of Awesome
Michael Learmonth, Advertising Age
Casey Neistat


Mindthings: http://www.mindthings.net/
Minus Baby: http://minusbaby.com/
Binar Pilot: http://binaerpilot.no/
Dexter Britain: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/
Nic Bommarito: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nic_Bommarito/

More Off Book:

Our last video on The Art of Logo Design: http://youtu.be/x3jTSB2ez-g
A meditation on slow-motion, time-lapse, photo micrography, and astrophotography: http://youtu.be/nWX4O7K5pyA
A sweet piece on The Evolution of 8-Bit Art: http://youtu.be/xYL1DsY8GMI
Our short documentary on The Culture of Reddithttp://youtu.be/fXGs_7Yted8
We took a look at the amazing world of LEGO art:http://youtu.be/2H4C5xZG_WU

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Alchemy: moments to jewels (my poetic thoughts)

Alchemy: moments to jewels

Alchemy: moments to jewels

alchemy: moments to jewels

the moments past are now my jewels
long time have they been polished
In the clean interstellar void, beyond…

The place I keep them  is no secret ,
the perfect  vault’s,  my heart ;
 from time to time I take few out to wear,
sometimes they’re meant as truthful gifts
for those who care…

Will the moments survive?

2012, copyright, poems, George-B, euzicasa

Today’s Quotation: Francis Bacon (1561-1626) on Two “V” Words: Vice and Virtue

 Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

Birthday: Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko (1853) Remember: Absolute power corrupts absolutely

Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko (1853)

Korolenko was a Ukrainian-Russian writer. Arrested for revolutionary activities in 1879, he was sent to various places of exile where he wrote many of his lyrical short stories, notable for their descriptions of desolate nature and the lives of the poor. After 1895, he devoted himself to liberal journalism. Greatly honored in Russia, he reservedly welcomed the 1917 revolution but later opposed the Bolsheviks. His most famous story, “Makar’s Dream,” describes a dying peasant’s dream—of what? More… Discuss

Today in Yesteryear: Bugs Bunny Makes His Debut (1940)

Bugs Bunny Makes His Debut (1940)

Though an unnamed bunny appeared in Merrie Melodies cartoons in the 1930s, the true Bugs Bunny was born with the 1940 release of “A Wild Hare,” in which a clever, mischievous Bugs plays pranks on his hapless nemesis, a hunter named Elmer Fudd. Bugs went on to become one of the most well-known and beloved cartoon characters of all time, perhaps second only to Mickey Mouse. “A Wild Hare” was nominated for an Oscar the same year that another cartoon introduced what pair of cartoon rivals? More… Discuss

Mutineers’ Descendants See Swell

Mutineers’ Descendants See Swell

After mounting a mutiny against Captain William Bligh and setting him adrift along with those members of the crew who remained loyal to him, the remaining crew of the HMS Bounty sailed to Tahiti and settled there in 1789. To avoid arrest, the mutineers eventually fled to Pitcairn Island, taking their Tahitian companions with them. Their descendants, who now inhabit nearby Norfolk Island, have one of the lowest rates of myopia in the world, and scientists believe studying them could help identify the genetic causes of short-sightedness. More… Discuss



Harlequinade was a type of theatrical performance popular in 18th-century Britain. It was a slapstick adaptation of the commedia dell’arte, itself a 16th-century Italian comedy tradition featuring stock characters in improvised performances. A typical Harlequinade showcased a series of interwoven scenes culminating in a skit about the clever protagonist Harlequin and his love interest, Columbine. Which Harlequinade character became so popular that he remains instantly recognizable today? More… Discuss