Videos

Travel: Iceland 2015

“Sometimes there’s just so much beauty in the world…”

Shots from my trip to Iceland in November of 2015. 100% filmed on an iPhone6s. Edited in Premiere Pro + After Effects.

Song: “Last Time I Saw You” by Sublab
Voice Over: American Beauty

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Toronto Nightime Timelapse

Toronto the good from Oscar Flores on Vimeo.

If you’ve cruised my blog before, you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of time-lapses… Well there’s a new one based out of Toronto, shot by Oscar Flores, celebrating the city at night and per usual, I love it!

The city at night is a beautiful thing; the lights, the sounds, the energy and more. NYC has always been known at the city that never sleeps, and people have always compared Toronto to the same vibe. I’m not too sure how true this is (and part of me always doubts the comparison), but I do know that it’s pretty darn magical to witness either way.

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Mini Playlist of the Day: The Letter “V”

So I missed Valentine’s Day by almost a week… but that’s okay, because this isn’t a playlist about love, or lust, or chocolates and flowers. No. Today I’m doing a different kind of “V-Day” by shouting out artists with the letter “V”. Sort of like Sesame Street. Yes, exactly.

1. “Premonitions”– VAULTS
2. “Heartbeat”– VÉRITÉ
3. “Fade Away”– VITALIC
4. “Bittersweet Symphony”– The VERVE

Bonus:
5. “Hunger Of The Pine”– VAULTS (ALT-J Remake)

 

*Just to note: I had such a hard time deciding on songs for this. There aren’t THAT many artists/band that I really like that start with “V”. Let me know on Twitter if you can think of more.

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Versus: The Stars or the City Lights?

I’ve talked about the creators project before, and I’m always finding new videos from them that are both inspirational and awe-inspiring. “The Art of the Timelapse” features Michael Shainblum, a photographer/artist that creates amazing timelapse videos. To see his work, I definitely recommend checking out the video above.

In the video there is a part where he mentions his past film, “evolution”, where he contrasts the calmness of nature and the hustle and bustle of the city. I found this to be an interesting comparison, because it’ll actually a topic that comes up a lot without ever delving too deep.

If you live in the city, you probably can’t see the stars, and if so, not many. Whereas, if you live in a rural area, then you definitely can. I grew up on the cusp of a farm/country town in a little subdivision. I could sit in my backyard and clearly see the stars, or I could drive less than 5 minutes north and feel like I was seeing galaxies. Surprisingly however, I don’t miss it. Not one bit. I’m a city girl, and I love everything about it, including the hustle and bustle and including the city lights. I find them beautiful and ever-changing, depending on whats happening in the city, what office lights are on and off, and especially in Toronto, the changing colours of the CN Tower.

Am I alone on this? What do you prefer?

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Mini Playlist of the Day: Chet Faker & Flume

Chet Faker solo: Amazing. Flume solo: Amazing.

So what happens when you have two amazing artists come together? You get something magically mesmerizing. These artist’s styles aren’t all that similar as solo acts, but that whole opposites attracts thing really takes into effect here; they compliment each other incredibly well! Flume’s mixes with Chet’s wonderfully sexy, sultry voice means eargasms all over the place. (And yes. I just said eargasm). With the release of their latest collab, “Drop the Game”, I’ve decided to pay tribute and put together this mini-playlist. Enjoy!

1. “This Song is Not About a Girl”– Chet Faker & Flume
2. “What About Us”– Flume & Chet Faker
3. “Drop the Game”– Chet Faker & Flume (above)
4. “Left Alone”– Flume ft. Chet Faker

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Mini-Playlist of the day: WhoMadeWho

 

Six months ago I stumbled onto WhoMadeWho’s “Inside World”. It was instant love! I decided to check out more of their songs at that point, but unfortunately, for some reason I wasn’t falling in love with anything else from them at the time. When this happens, I’ll often try revisiting the band at some later date just to see if there is something I missed.

Plus sometimes even with music, you can be blinded by love and stuck in the “nothing is better than this” mode. Today I’m sharing a couple more songs I’ve been able to open up emotionally to:

1. “Greyhound”- WhoMadeWho
2. “The Sun”- WhoMadeWho
3. “Inside World”- WhoMadeWho (Acoustic) (Above)
4. “Space For Rent”- WhoMadeWho
5. “Keep Me In My Plane”- WhoMadeWho

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“Wait For Love” by St. Lucia


This song couldn’t come at a more perfect time in my life. You know when music just speaks to you on some different level? When you just connect with a song, and within the first 20 seconds, you know that song will stick to you like a melted rice-krispy square for the next while.

For the past 2 years, I’ve considered St. Lucia to be one of my summer bands of choice. They have this graceful yet upbeat sounds, that usually puts me in a darn good mood. Even though it feels like winter out, this song is no exception to that feeling. Take a listen and see what you think.

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The Innovation of Loneliness

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“Our social lives become tainted and more demanding than ever before.”

Does social media really aid in how lonely we feel? A month or so ago, I shared a post about social media being directly related to the amount of anxiety a person feels; this is commonly referred to as the FOMO, the fear of missing out. Here is The Innovation of Loneliness video. I really love how this video is able to elaborate and expand this idea. The video says, we are sacrificing conversation with a mere connection.

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Instead of engaging and really getting to know people, we are in turn getting to know their photos and statuses, rather than the person themselves: “I share, therefore I am.” We see who they want us to see. Only an edited version of themselves. With all of this, there has become a loss of complete interaction with others. Sometimes a screen won’t cut it and in turn we feel lonely. What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you agree with the points in this video?

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The “Herd Effect”: Nothing New

 

The “Herd effect”: Nothing new to the online world.

SourceFed is hilarious and I love their informative video. However, this one popped up and made me wonder “just how long ago was this posted”. Surprisingly, only yesterday! I think most people, if not everyone can agree that the Herd Effect exists, and it exists in the online world almost predominantly.

Take viral videos as a prime example; You see a video pop up on your feed 3 or 4 times, your reaction is usually curiosity of “what it is”, but I’m sure there also lies the feeling of not wanting to be left out- “I need to know what this is all about!” The same goes for the growth of a social network platform; I have had numerous friends claim to ‘hop on the Twitter wandbaggon’ after the first year or two that it was out, just because their friends liked it and were on it. Well there was Twitter, and Facebook, and Instagram and Vine, and Snapchat, and… The list goes on.

This type of reaction to do what others are doing isn’t a big surprise in the online world, so it’s not super shocking that something with a lot of likes, would also be liked by other peers. It’s human nature in the digital space.

 

TIP: Just remember brands out there that fake likes are NOT cool. Learn from another brands past mistakes or even read about how it can be a dick move [here].

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