Friday, January 27, 2012

Thank Google it's Friday (Volume Something)

Here is another bundle-o-joy. My favourite bits from the past few weeks. As always, watch what interests you and skip whatever doesn't. As the cliche goes, "There is something for everyone." Which also means you won't like it all ;)

As I have mentioned before, I am so fortunate to have most of this sent to me by friends. My favourite messages always start with, "I saw this and immediately thought how much you'd love it!" <3 Thus, I try to give credit where due (and apologize for any for which I cannot track down the source).

Also, I seriously considered culling this crop significantly - there is a LOT in here. But, they are all awesome - each in their own way - so I said, "Screw it!" (I really did) and left them all in. I have done my best to give you a brief overview of the subject matter and your commitment (time). 


This is an amazing mash-up of dozens of movies, creating a new "film" that is all about "what's it all about?"
You will hear and see yourself many times throughout this 13 minute watch. I found this about a year ago and rediscovered it this week.

A Reel Transformation by theschu

This is just a great philosophy, shared by my friend Paula Vollick :)

Found this on Infinity List. 2 minutes with a phenomenal young lady who lost her arm to a shark and came back to fulfill on her dream to become a pro surfer!

Jason Mraz singing a song of outrageous accolade! Shared with me by Amanda Woodman. Enjoy these 6 minutes of fun, music and celebration.

Diana Nyad, a 63 year old who set out to swim from Cuba to Florida, asks "What will you do with your one wild, precious life?" ... 17 minutes (and truly a must watch, whatever your age and stage). Thanks to Joanne Lepicek for a stellar find.

In the past week I discovered Butch Walker (thanks Karen Johnston Waite, Steve LaFraugh and George Strombolopous). Butch is absolutely brilliant. So much so that I have included three of his songs in this colection. The first two for their extraordinary lyrics, and the last one for a joyous cameo by one of my all-time favourite movie characters. This first song is just under 4 minutes long.

Two magical lines ...
"When you live in the past, one thing that will last, is the resentment that time won't stand still"
"One thing that my father said when he was younger, to a boy with a mullet who looked like his son. 'To want and to try, is the difference why some people will walk and some run.'"

Just over 2 minutes ...

This minute and a half video captures the improbable flight of a Lego man launched into space by two Toronto teens. Using a helium ballon, 4 cameras and a GPS locating device, they send their plastic friend 24 km into the sky before the balloon broke, his parachute deployed, and they retrieved him 150km away. They are soon releasing a much longer version that shows the whole journey.

This is awesome. The metal icon playing with an 8 year old prodigy. Shared by Death Race compatriot, Dave French. This video also reminded me of the beautiful lyric "Crazy, but that's how it goes. Millions of people living as foes. Maybe it's not too late, to learn how to love and forget how to hate." ... 5:45

Five minutes with Tim Waggoner, ultra trail runner. Sharing some beautiful life philosophies inspired by running. Accompanied by such great music. Shared by Spartan Race.

A 3:26 song by Animal Liberation Orchestra ... 
"We got to try just a little bit harder and let it shine just a little bit brighter."

Some of the funniest sports commentary ever in this one minute clip ... "Oh monsieur!!"
Thanks Margaret Schlacter.

Wingsuit flying at its best! 3:30

WOODERSON!!! 5 minutes well spent if you are a Dazed and Confused fan :)

Amazing perspective from a freestyle skier now bound to a wheelchair. Thanks Johnny Ellis for this inspiring 7 minute wake up call.

Salomon Freeski TV S5 E05 The Freedom Chair from Salomon Freeski on Vimeo.

Just when I thought I had no use for "autotune" someone makes this entertaining 3:21 video showcasing the beauty of evolution theory. (ALL positive, with no shots at opposing religious beliefs) Thanks Sherry Matson!

Skrillex collaborating with The Doors. Three and a half minutes of MAGIC!

Some magnificent footage of all things climbing (bouldering, slacklining, etc). 2:39

... and, finally, a beautiful blog post by Maston Kip (The Daily Love). The title says it all <3

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