Monday, June 20, 2011

Always looking on the bright side of life

Continuing with this a bit ridiculous thing of expressing my moods through videos found around the webs, this week you get Always look on the bright side of life, which coincidentally is the end of Life of Brian, so I don't recommend watching the video without having previously watched the film.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Some readers (in the broad sense of the word) find from time to time in certain works of art the expression of thoughts we failed to externalize ourselves. This is one of the functions of art, although not the only one nor the most important. Channels, by Graham Annable, made me think of this.

Being sad is like riding a bicycle: once you learn how to, you can continue throughout life, no matter how much time you spend without doing it. Being happy is like playing the piano: no matter how much you practice, any neglect may may damage your technique. Feel free to reverse the metaphor and make it optimistic. Pain may just be like playing the piano and pleasure like cycling. Aphorisms have that: they can claim anything in any circumstance sounding equally true and being equally useless. Two things, however, remain indisputable: I never learned to ride a bike nor I know how to play the piano.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Surviving, I said

As I already said, I'm sad. But I also predicted the Internet would lift my spirits, and there was some of that. I was never a good prophet, anyway. What I did got were some smiles, mostly due to things like these:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Genius at the speed of light

We often say an artist "makes so much with so little." And whether we're talking about Pizarnik or MacGyver, we're referring to their ability to maximize the expressive possibilities of the materials they work with. Never before has this expression described so well an artistic phenomenon as with the boys of 5-Second Films.
The idea (making five-second long films) is not much more than the name. But it is no less either. And the implementation has surpassed the idea (as in the commonplace, not that they've started making longer shorts). So relax, and learn to enjoy the magic of cinema.