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Podcast featuring discussions and interviews about the cultural happenings in the United Arab Emirates presented by Hind Mezaina (The Culturist) and Wael Hattar.

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Thursday
Mar042010

Tik Tok - Best Spoof Ever

I am not a fan of Ke$ha and her Tik Tok song, but here's a spoof video and if it was the original video, this song would officially be one of my favourite songs.

Created by Eddie King and Tyler Marshal from Teddie Films, this video is genius,
hilarious and super nerdy and Eddie King as Princess Lea is just priceless.

I must also give props to this cute lip dub version of the same song I saw over a month ago made by a group of students from Ateneo de Manila University.

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Thursday
Mar042010

A Literary Journey - Happy World Book Day

Samuel Beckett, shot in Notting Hill, London. Photo by Hind Mezaina

Happy World Book Day! I have not been reading books for a long time, despite the many books stacked in my room that I bought or received as gifts from friends. I do feel bad for not reading regularly and I blame the interweb...

The last book I read was Yoga for People Who Can't be Bothered by Geoff Dyer a few months ago. It was passed on to me by a friend when we were travelling. I like the idea of passing on books after you finish reading them, either by giving it to a friend or to a  stranger. It's like an ongoing gift of giving.

So I was glad to hear that the upcoming Emirates Airline Festival of Literature celebrated World Book Day today by announcing a project called the Literary Journey, a mass book sharing initiative across the globe.

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Thursday
Mar042010

Honda - The Cog

I was talking with a friend today about how great OK Go's This Too Shall Pass music video (the RGM version). He asked me if I remember the Honda Cog ad from 2003. So after looking it up, I realised I had not seen it before and I can't believe I missed it the first time round.

This is another great RGM in the making. Everyone first thought it was CGI, but it isn't. It took around eight  months to complete, from script, concept design and to final production. Each part is from a Honda Accord. The ad is beautiful. Check out the making of video below. I think I am in love with technicians.

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Wednesday
Mar032010

OK Go's This Too Shall Pass in the style of Rube Goldberg

If you watch one video today, make it this one.

This version of 'This too shall pass' is directed by James Frost, OK Go and Synn Labs. It was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The 'machine' was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs.

It is a lovely ode to Rube Goldberg machines designed by the famous American cartoonist Rube Goldberg, known for his cartoons depicting complicated devices that perform the simplest tasks in the most indirect and convoluted ways.

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Monday
Mar012010

Aman Iman, Water is Life

Matilde Gattoni is a Dubai based photojournalist whom admire a lot. Her photography has been published in New York Times, Financial Times, Der Spiegal, to name a few. So I am happy to see her work will be exhibited this month at Portfolio Gallery.

Water for Life is an exhbition that addresses the shortage of water and its impact on the environment on the world today. It opens on 10th March and will be on till 31st March.

Touched by the plight of people across the globe that are deprived of this basic subsistence, Matilde travelled across 8 countries including Eritrea, Niger, Indonesia, India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China and Jordan to create photographic testimony to the shortage of water in the world we live in.

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Monday
Mar012010

Art Sawa - Master Directors: Woody Allen

During the month of March, Art Sawa gallery located in Al Quoz, Dubai will be screening Woody Allen movies every Tuesday.

Dates:
09th Mar - Annie Hall
16th Mar - Manhattan
23rd Mar - Hannah and her Sisters
30th Mar - Husbands and Wives

Time: 8.00pm-10.00pm

Free entrance, but RSVP and book your seat by sending and email to workshop@artsawa.com or calling +9714-3408660

www.artsawa.com


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Sunday
Feb282010

A successful flash mob in Dubai

Looks like Dubai finally had a scuccesful flash mob last night at Dubai Mall. This one was sponsored by Du (one of Dubai’s telecommunications service provider) and I am sure it involved lots of pre-planning and went through various approval process. So even though it probably wasn't an organically organised flash mob, it still looked like good fun.

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Saturday
Feb272010

Alice in Wonderland made in 1903


Watch this recovered footage of Alice in Wonderland that was made in 1903.

From BFI National Archive:

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations.

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Saturday
Feb272010

The Sandpit by Sam O'Hare

I'm used to hearing people referring to Dubai as a sandpit, so I was surprised to see this video about New York by Sam O'Hare called The Sandpit.

It is a lovely tilt shift video of a day in the life of New York and I am also loving the music, made specifically for this video by Human

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Friday
Feb262010

Johnny Cash would be 78 today

If Johnny Cash was alive today, he'd be celebrating his 78th birthday. Flavorwire compiled a great list of 78 things you didn't know about Johnny Cash. Here are my favourite 5 from that list:

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