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Midnight Movie Fest 2 – The 60s

You loved the previous festival from the 50s, so here’s another one. This time I have curated a lot of cheesy movies from the 60s. Enjoy!

Beware some are definitely not safe for work, but hey what are you doing watching my movie fests at work?

Anyway ENJOY!

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Creative Genius

 

Midnight Movie Festival

This is just a bit of fun, but there is a serious intent behind it. I LOVE 50s horror and sci-fi movies, and they are a great source of inspiration to me. I put together this playlist of great cheesy old flicks to inspire me to make movies and write stories that excite me as much as these did when I first saw them on TV as a kid. Connect with your sources of inspiration. Oh and if you fancy sittin’ through 16 hours of cheezy 50s movies be my guest.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Creative Genius

 

Maria Popova on the Tim Ferriss Show

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Best bit of audio on the web at this moment, the great Maria Popova doing a Q&A on the mighty Tim Ferriss​ Show. http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/07/24/maria-popova-starting-a-successful-blog/ If you create anything, blogs, film, writing, food, and what to live comfortably in your skin while doing so, I urge you to listen to and digest this, multiple times if necessary. Seriously, this is concentrated good stuff.

From Tim’s introduction: “Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, BrainPickings now gets more than 5 million readers per month (!). I read very few blogs regularly, but BrainPickings is one of the few that makes the cut. It’s a treasure trove. Maria is massively successful, and her output is staggering. None of it’s accidental, and she’s great at teaching what she’s learned. This episode answers the top-10 most popular questions you all had for Maria, including:

  • The single attribute that leads to greatness in any given field
  • Required reading and habits for anyone in public office
  • How Henry David Thoreau was the first to talk about the dangers of sitting
  • Why we must stop referring to our work as “content”

Really, you haven’t listened yet? Schedule some time today or tomorrow.

And if after that you are thirsty for more, ingest this too, the original appearance on the Tim Ferriss show which inspired the Q&A http://fourhourworkweek.com/2014/10/21/brain-pickings/

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2015 in Creative Genius

 

THE OLD BROKEN HOUSE: a story about us

There is an old broken house in the woods. Originally it served a purpose and served it well, but it’s long overdue for not just repairs but . . . and nobody wants to think it . . . tearing down and rebuilding from scratch.

The people in charge, the bosses, urge us to “all work together” to shore up the crumbling walls and patch the roof for our golden future, a golden future where we can all seek shelter in the house together. But we don’t live in the house, the bosses and all their friends and family do. And we are not “all working together” because we live outside the house in the cold and they live inside.

It is us who are working together.

We are in the cold, working hard to keep the walls and roof of the house water tight and warm. We are hungry because the bosses inside the house need to keep all the food to eat and wood for the fire, and they say they are sorry about this crushing austerity but it’s for our golden future.

We ask them, shivering in the cold and the rain, if they perhaps could save less for our future and give us some food and wood now so we don’t die. And they say they understand, and they would, they really would . . . but they have so many mouths to feed and besides, as well as feeding themselves and keeping themselves warm they are stockpiling food and wood for our golden future! And anyway how can they, the bosses, co-ordinate our work if they are hungry and cold? They need to be healthy to make good decisions on our behalf, surely we must see that?

It’s okay, they say, because in our golden future, which is just around the corner, we shall all live together inside the house when it becomes stable enough for us to stop working, leave our tools, cease our endless shoring up of the fabric of the house . . . because the work is done. Then and only then can we come inside by the fire. So we keep working hard, saving the crumbling walls and the leaky roof, rebuilding the corners when they crumble, putting our blankets and clothes on the holes in the roof. For our golden future.

But then one day when too many of us have died and grown sick and old we realise the golden future is not ours . . . it’s theirs. We will never sit with them by the fire and warm our toes and eat stew. And on that day when we wake up from our slumber and realise what we’ve done, we wait . . .

We stand together holding hands in the rain watching the house gradually drop slowly and painfully under it’s own corrupted weight and fold in on them. We close our eyes and let the screams and cries for help blend with the pattering rain . . . until all is quiet and the dust settles . . .

And then, we heave a heavy sigh of relief and we walk together in silence to find a place to build a new house for all people to live in, in peace and warmth and comfort.

A house we build together. If we share.

Phil South
Some rights reserved 2015

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Creative Genius

 

Always have a project

You should always practise your craft, wether that be writing or photography. With this in mind I make it my business to always have a project in hand. My Random Acts of Cinema project is something I’ve been working on, on and off, for about 10 years.

With it I film stuff around me wherever I might be and try to cut it into a random piece of ambient cinema. Once they are done I upload them to a playlist on YouTube and gradually the overall thing gets longer and more complex.

MAKE SOMETHING TO PRACTISE YOUR ART EVERY DAY, NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you want to write then write, if you take pictures have a camera on you at all times, if you make music then at least record a little idea or doodle every day . . . you see the pattern. Draw and paint, make music, write, make photos and films. Do it every day. You will automatically get better and better all the time.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Creative Genius

 

Omvana session

I wasn’t aware of this but the session I made for the Omvana app is now available on YouTube so everyone can enjoy my chocolatey tones.

 

If if you have any questions please use the comments.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2015 in Creative Genius

 

Your brain on Beer or Coffee

Obviously relying on chemicals for your ideas is the height of foolishness, as many alcoholic writers will attest, and as many midnight oil burning coffee twitchers will tell you once they stop babbling about stuff. Cortisol is there naturally to wake you up and you should try to do without coffee till mid morning to train yourself to use it. And meditation and relaxation are much better natural alternatives to sedative drugs like alcohol. But hey what do I know, that’s just my 2p. I enjoy coffee and beer, I just drink them sparingly to protect my brain.:)
Your Brain on Beer vs. Coffee

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2014 in Creative Genius

 
 
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