Friday, October 30, 2015

The Nostalgia Machine: Bring Those Forgotten Songs Back to Memory

The Nostalgia Machine lets you bring some forgotten songs back to memory by letting you choose music videos according to year and that year's Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles list. And you can export those songs as playlists, which is a neat little feature.

Ah, Montell Jordan with "This Is How We Do It" from '95:

Via A Cup of Jo.

Mesmerizing Footage of Waves in a Field of Grass

Just outside Oslo, Norway, Gissur Simonarson shot this mesmerizing footage of waves in a field of grass, caused by air currents. Music by The 126ers and the track "The Low Seas" (video link).

Via Digg. H/t Boing Boing.

Watch Adam Scott Claim the Green Jacket at the 2014 Mini Masters Crazy Golf Tournament

Watch golfer Adam Scott claim the green jacket during the 2014 Mini Masters Crazy Golf Tournament. Hilarious!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Keyboardist Kebu Performs 'Perplexagon Part 4' on Lifestyle TV Show 'Strömsö'

Keyboardist Kebu was a guest on the Finnish-Swedish lifestyle TV show "Strömsö", where he performed with the track "Perplexagon Part 4".

'The Case for Bad Coffee' by Serious Eats' Keith Pandolfi: What's Your Best Cup?

In the article "The Case for Bad Coffee", Keith Pandolfi, senior features editor at Serious Eats, talks about his sometimes intimate relationship with coffee throughout the years. It's beautiful and captivating writing, so be prepared to feel the urge for a cup of java when you're finished reading.

Ted was short and portly and vulgar and gruff. Unlike my father, a dapper Italian and gifted home-cook who had a fondness for Strauss waltzes and old Platters records, Ted prefered polyester shirts, chain restaurants, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. He was a coffee and cigarettes kind of guy who liked to sit in window seats and watch the world go by. He grew up in a rough neighborhood, had an eighth-grade education, was a Korean War vet, and owned the largest blueprint company in Ohio. He wore a big gold bracelet with the word "Ted" spelled out in diamonds.

The two of us had nothing in common, but my mother would often send us out to pick up food for dinner at the local Perkins or Frisch's Big Boy. "Let's get a cup of coffee while we wait," he would always say with a sparkle in his eye as we arrived at our chain of choice. "We'll sit back and relax. Sure, just relax a little bit." But it was never just "a cup" of coffee—it was always three, and sometimes four. The idea of being stuck with Ted at booth or a counter stool made my head spin. We would be there for at least an hour as he talked about things I couldn't even pretend to understand—the blueprint industry, the stock market, the wisdom of the Republican party.

Featured image: Early-morning coffee in a Harlem diner, New York, 1977, by photographer Chester Higgins Jr. Via Charles Guice Contemporary.

RetroSnickers Shows How to Restore a Pair of Vintage Sneakers Into Mint Condition

Jose Reminisce from RetroSnickers shows how to restore a pair of 1989 OG (Original) Air Jordan 4 “Military Blue” into mint condition.

Via Digg. H/t Sneaker Bar Detroit.

Film Posters Come to Life: Watch the Animated Work by Filmmaker Pablo Eyre

From filmmaker Pablo Eyre, a set of animated movie posters. My favorites have to be "Eraserhead" (1977), "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and "Rocky" (1976).

The music playing is "Fly" by Ludovico Einaudi, who did the lovely soundtrack for the French film Intouchables (2011).

Via Devour.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Watch an Incredible Steep Vertical Takeoff of Fighter Aircraft MiG-29

The fighter aircraft Mikoyan MiG-29 is able to make a very steep vertical takeoff. During the military airshow Royal International Air Tattoo, held at Royal Air Force Fairford, Gloucestershire, UK, the Polish Air Force demonstrated its capabilities.

And here is the view from inside the cockpit during Capt Adrian Rojek's demonstration at Royal International Air Tattoo 2013:

London Grammar Performs on Morning Becomes Eclectic at KCRW

I wrote about the British trip-hop trio London Grammar yesterday, when I referred to them as the next big thing. Today, I found out that they last year visited one of my favorite music shows, Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by KCRW's music director Jason Bentley. Enjoy!

The Art of Drinking Water: Artist Marina Abramović on How to Drink Consciously

Performance artist Marina Abramović talks with Sir Norman Rosenthal about love and how to turn a glass of water (at the 2:04 mark) into a potent healing life force.

Via Asli Ceylan.

Mysterious Musician Entertains the Motorists of Pasadena

If you ever found yourself stuck in a Pasadena traffic jam, you might encounter the mysterious musician that sometimes goes under the name of the Pasadena Piper, when he turns his car into a jam session.

More jamming:

There's even a playlist over at YouTube if you want to watch a few more.

Army of the Future: The Action Figures Yoga Joes from Yoga Company Brogamats

The yogaphiles from Brogamats now offer you the action figure Yoga Joe. In a classic green army outfit (and pink), these figures practice some of the most common yoga poses.

Tree pose:

Cobra pose:


Via Boing Boing.

Photographer Joe Capra's Time Lapse Shows the Celestial Landscapes of Greenland and Iceland

The time lapse video "Two Lands – Greenland | Iceland" is a compilation of some of the footage Los Angeles based photographer Joe Capra shot during a 10 day shoot.

You find the details regarding the video here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Magical Europe: A Time Lapse That Takes You Through Europe

During a two-year period, Stang Chang and his family travelled to Europe and visited 30 countries. This is a compilation of some of the amazing time lapse videos he shot during that time.

Here is the list with all the places shown in the video.

Featured image: Oia, Santorini, Greece

Sixty-One Wingsuit Skydivers Set a New World Record for the Largest Wingsuit Formation

On Oct. 17, 2015, during Skydive Perris, in Perris, CA, sixty-one wingsuit skydivers broke the world record for the largest wingsuit formation.

Via @GuyKawasaki. H/t Daily Mail.

Fragments: Footage from 130 Feature Films Turns Into a Short Film of Its Own

With "Fragments", filmmaker Alizée Lafon has made an excellent compilation by taking footage from 130 feature films and turning it into a short film of its own.

Robert De Niro Plays an Immigrant Stuck at Ellis Island in Artist JR's Short Film 'Ellis'

In the short film "Ellis", written by Eric Roth and directed by photographer and artist JR, Robert De Niro plays an immigrant in the early twentieth century, whose dream of entering the United States is shattered when he instead becomes hospitalized at the immigrant hospital at Ellis Island.

For millions of immigrants entering the United States in the early twentieth century, Ellis Island was the gateway to a new life. Upon arrival, some travelers were approved, but many, due to illness or simply fatigue, were denied access and hospitalized.

Ellis, a fourteen-minute film directed by JR and written by Academy Award winner Eric Roth, tells the elusive story of countless immigrants whose pursuit of a new life led them to the now-shuttered Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital. Following its opening in 1902, approximately 1.2 million people passed through the facility, where the Statue of Liberty can be seen from the windows. Languishing in a sort of purgatory awaiting their fate, many were never discharged.

Watch trailer:

Via Lady Danger.

Montefiore Hospital Uses Musician Brian Eno's Light and Sound Installations to Create a Healing Environment

Brian Eno's light and sound installations "77 Million Paintings for Montefiore" and "Quiet Room for Montefiore" are being used by Montefiore Hospital in Hove, East Sussex, England, in an attempt to create a healing environment that can assist in the recovery of patients and staff.

Often cited as the inventor of "ambient music", Eno, 64, has created "77 Million Paintings for Montefiore", an installation of light and "generative music" in the reception area. Eno's "generative music" employs an electronic system so that the sounds are constantly changing and never repeat.

Eno has also created "Quiet Room for Montefiore", a space available downstairs to patients, visitors and staff as a place to "escape" – "somewhere to think, take stock or simply relax."

Here Eno decided that generative music would not be suitable so he has recorded a special soundtrack and created a light installation specifically for the space.

Eno, who previously created a soundtrack to enhance the airport experience for jittery fliers, was asked to provide installations by Robin Turner, a local surgeon, after this wife had spent two hours immersed in the quiet serenity of one of the producer’s installations.

Here is a recording from Brian Eno's DVD "77 Million Paintings" with music created by Eno's and musician Peter Chilvers' generative music iPad app "Scape":

Via Pitchfork.

The Next Big Thing: The Enchanting Soundscapes of UK Band London Grammar

Once in a while, I hear music that really feels special to me. Several years ago, prior to their major breakthrough, I watched one of Coldplay's videos, probably "Yellow" from the album "Parachutes" (2000), and thought to myself that this band will become great.

The exact same feeling emerged when I last week listened to London Grammar's "Hey Now". The voice by Hannah Reid is pure gold!

And here is London Grammar's nice performance of Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" in the BBC Radio 1 Live lounge:

You can listen to their debut album "If You Wait" (2013) over at Spotify.

Update: Watch them perform on Morning Becomes Eclectic at KCRW.

Featured image: From London Grammar's official video "Nightcall".

Monday, October 26, 2015

Watch a Sound Designer Re-Create Everyday Sounds in the Short Film 'The Foley Artist'

The short film "The Foley Artist" directed by Oliver Holms, is a humorous take on a master sound designer's work with re-creating everyday sounds for a fashion film.

Via Devour.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Mountain Bike Film 'Darklight': Watch the Follow-Up to the Ski Film 'Afterglow'

From Sweetgrass Productions, the mountain bike film "Darklight", a follow-up to the stunning ski film "Afterglow". Follow the riders Graham Agassiz, Matt Hunter, and Matty Miles on a colorful journey from Southern Utah to the Ewok forests of the Pacific Northwest.

Firefly Experience: Watch Nature's Own Light Show

It's fascinating to watch fireflies lit up the evening. I have yet to observe this phenomena in real life, and think the first time I heard about fireflies was when I watched the film "Fireflies in the Garden" (2008) – a film with a very good soundtrack by the way – with Ryan Gosling in the lead.

Get back to nature with Radim Schreiber's short film "Firefly Experience", shot in Fairfield, Iowa. The film is accompanied with music by Tiko Lasola.

Via Ken Chawkin.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Amazing Sugar Sculpting by Chinese Street Artist

Watch how a street artist in Xian, China, molds a little string of candy into a beautiful figurine.

This Replica of Thor's Hammer is Impossible to Lift

In this prank, a highly sophisticated model of Thor's hammer Mjölnir uses electromagnets and a fingerprint scanner, making it impossible to lift except for the hammer's maker.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Bluey the Budgie Interprets the Sounds of 'Star Wars' Character R2-D2

After Bluey the budgie had heard the sounds of the robot character R2-D2 from "Star Wars" a few times, he was able to make a spot-on impersonation.

Listen to the original:

Gigantic Mosaic of 66,000 Cups of Colored Rainwater Raises Awareness for Pure Water

The large mosaic by artist Belo is made up by 66,000 cups of colored rainwater. The work aims to raise awareness about the importance of having access to pure water around the world.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Meet the Penguin Who Lives with a Family in Japan and Runs Errands

The penguin Lala was once living in the Antarctic, but now lives in Japan together with a family, where he has his own room and runs errands. This is probably one of the most unusual stories I've ever stumbled upon.

Via @GuyKawasaki.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Watch a Stick of Incense Burning in Macro View

Watch the macro view of incense burning, in the first video in a newly created video series, by Montreal based video production company Stereokroma.

If you like footage like this, you'll love the documentary "The Nose – Searching for Blamage" (2013).

Via Devour.

Take an Afternoon Chillout Watching the Waves in 'Barcelona Surfing Movie'

Take a Friday afternoon relax by watching this tranquil surfing footage from sunny Barcelona, to the tunes of London Grammar's "Hey Now".

The Self-Portrait Mashup by Director and Designer William Laboury

Asked to produce a short video presentation about himself for an upcoming film festival, director and designer William Laboury edited together a bunch of film clips, creating the "Hello. / Mashup Self portrait".

Thursday, October 15, 2015

'Run All Night' (2015) Main Titles: The Visual Design Work of Patrick Clair

When watching the film "Run All Night" (2015) with Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman and Ed Harris in the lead, I appreciated Patrick Clair's visual design work with the main titles showing at the end.

Music by Modern Talking and a Custom Car is a Perfect Match in This Insurance Commercial

A custom car and German pop music duo Modern Talking's song "You Can Win If You Want" (1984) make this insurance commercial from Dutch insurer Delta Lloyd just perfect.

The Documentary 'Tuning the Student Mind' (2015): Meditation on the Schedule

I've had the pleasure of watching the documentary "Tuning the Student Mind" (2015) after film director Chelsea Richer, upon my request, granted me a private screening of the film.

The documentary follows students at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, who are enrolled in professor of sociology Molly Beauregard's class "Consciousness, Creativity and Identity". This class was first put to use in 2011, and was at that point unique of its kind.

To sum up what this course is all about, simply explained, you can describe it as a journey of self-discovery to find out your true self, the authentic you.

In today's society, this proves sometimes to be a difficult task, of finding this part of yourself that contains the values and desires that are your very own. With all the external noise going on, Molly's class gives her students a great opportunity to start incorporating silence in their daily activities, get a better view of themselves, increasing their intuition, by using the tools of meditation, reflection and self-enquiry.

Regarding the meditation, there are several well-known meditation techniques that are widely practiced, but in this particular class, students practice the mantra based meditation technique called Transcendental Meditation, which was brought to the West in the 50's by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

As the documentary unfolds, we see the students becoming more and more secure and self-confident. Upon graduation, the students graduate a bit more grounded, well-prepared to walk out into the world. This shows what a positive and dramatic shift this type of education can make.

As a result of this successful class, Molly together with Chelsea, founded the Tuning the Student Mind Foundation in an effort to assist colleges and universities around the country to do the same and begin to offer consciousness-based education. A truly worthy goal since we with silence, respect and love, can come a long way.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Book Review: 'The Transcendental Meditation Technique and The Journey of Enlightenment' (2015) by Ann Purcell

In the book "The Transcendental Meditation Technique and The Journey of Enlightenment" (2015), Ann Purcell digs deep into the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who brought the technique to the West.

A TM teacher since '73, Ann has lots of experience under her belt. In the book, she blends written poems with everyday experiences that she and other meditators have encountered through the practice of Transcendental Meditation, together with a thorough explanation of the different elements and stages that are closely related to the technique, elements that you very well might encounter on your own meditation journey.

Ann's book differs somewhat from the books related to TM that I've previously read. While the others are a great read in their own way, this book deals more with the fundamental and spiritual stages and concepts that you associate with the technique, and less with scientific findings and personal accounts, although you'll find these as well.

In her work, Ann includes the writings from some of our most beloved authors such as Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Helen Keller, and scholars of today such as Craig Pearson and Robert Keith Wallace, connecting their work with the concepts of Transcendental Meditation.

A few of those concepts are:

  • the natural state of enlightenment
  • the growing sense of belonging
  • bliss
  • God and cosmic consciousness
  • the experience of flow
  • love
  • the blossom of creativity

Towards the end of the book, I particularly enjoyed the part when Ann talked about the importance of taking better care of our nature, e.g., grow and eat more organic food, the use of renewable energy, and the creation of more stress-free environments in schools and workplaces around the world, and how your own meditation practice contributes to more peace in the world, not just within yourself.

The book is easy to read, from cover to cover if you'd like, and will inspire you to maintain your own meditation practice, growing yourself and the world at the same time.

Image credit: Via publisher Green Dragon Books.

The Work of One-Man Band Tom Tryniski Outcompetes the Goverment's Digitizing of Old Newspapers

A wonderful segment by ReasonTV about Tom Tryniski, a one-man band who with his website, outcompetes the goverment's digitizing of old newspapers, and does it all for free. It's time this man get some well deserved grants!


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Listen to the Synthwave Album 'Black Waves' (2012) by Lost Years

Here is the synthwave album 'Black Waves' (2012) by Lost Years. One of my favorites on this album is the track "Beneath the surface".

I have written about Lost Years music earlier, which you find here.

Scenes from 'Star Wars' Recreated and Single-Cut from Sheets of Paper

In his project "Cut Scene", Marc Hagan-Guirey recreated various scenes from Star Wars by outlining and cutting these from single sheets of paper, a technique called kirigami.

… [Marc Hagan-Guirey] is a freelance digital designer, but that's just his 9-to-5 gig. His extracurricular activity is much cooler: Using a scalpel to make hundreds of tiny, delicate cuts in 8.27 x 11.7-inch sheets of paper to recreate famous movie scenes. His latest foray? Carving out iconic moments from the Star Wars franchise. The project, which he calls Cut Scene, is an homage to a saga that's been with him for a long time.

Due to licensing issues, he can't sell merchandise related to this project, since the franchise is owned by Disney and Lucasfilm, so he crowdfunded the exhibition "Cut Scene – The Exhibition" through Kickstarter instead.

A carbon-freezing chamber:

The Endor bunker:

Leia and R2-D2 in the blockade runner:

The Millennium Falcon:

Featured image: A carbon-freezing chamber.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Jay Z's '99 Problems' Recreated with Film Clips by Eclectic Method (aka Jonny Wilson)

With a wide range of different video footage, Eclectic Method (aka Jonny Wilson) has recreated Jay Z's "99 Problems".

The Short Film 'Daniel Lanois' (2013): The Celebration of a Great Artist

Film director Eric Morin put together this short film about Canadian artist Daniel Lanois for the 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala, when he was honored for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. The film reflects through black and white photography where Lanois finds inspiration.

BuzzFeed Presents: 6 Alternative Ways to Have Your Beloved Coffee

You can never get enough of alternative options! Here, 6 ways to drink your coffee produced by BuzzFeed.

Via Devour.

The State of the Art Graphic Software Used by TV Detectives: A Supercut

The supercut "Let's Enhance" by Duncan Robson shows the amazing capability of the graphic software used by TV detectives, that can enhance pretty much everything.

Breathtaking Time Lapse of Aurora Borealis Over Tromsø, Norway

Harald Albrigtsen from Norway created an awe-inspiring time lapse of the shots of Aurora Borealis he's taken over the years in the Tromsø area, Norway. Electronic music duo Röyksopp and singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør let him use their song "Running To The Sea", and the finished result is breathtaking.

Watch the HD version at Vimeo.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Get Your Personal Primordial Sound Meditation Mantra for Free

In the tradition of Primordial Sound Meditation (PSM), as taught by Deepak Chopra, a personal mantra based on your time and place of birth is used. These personalized mantras consist of beej (seed) mantras that are calculated through your individual nakshatra-pada found in Vedic astrology. For every PSM mantra, the basis is "Om beej (seed) mantra Namah", where only the seed mantra changes.

Must Read: Learn 'Primordial Sound Meditation' Online from a Chopra Certified Instructor for Just $150

For the sake of this demonstration, we're going to calculate the Primordial Sound Meditation mantra for a person born in New York City on October 7, 1960 at 11.06 p.m.

If you don't know your exact time of birth, according to PSM and Reiki teacher Lisa Guyman, the Chopra Center has you use 6:30 a.m. to calculate your personal mantra.

First step – Details of Your Time and Place of Birth

Visit and enter your details for your time and place of birth in their Nakshatra calculator (screenshot):

Second step – Find Out Your Seed Mantra

After having entered your details, you find out that your Nakshatra is "Krithika", pada 2, and the first syllable (your seed mantra) "I":

Third step (Optional) – Read the Mantra Chart and Control Your Details

You can control your details by looking at the seed mantra chart at the site

Fourth and Final Step – Make Use of Your Seed Mantra and Put It All Together

In this final step, you'll take the first syllable, in this case "I", and put it in the middle of the mantra "Om seed mantra Namah", replacing the default text "seed mantra" with it. The syllable is always suffixed with an "m", so as a final step you add that letter to your first syllable.

That leaves us with the personalized PSM mantra "Om Im Namah".

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How I Use the Mantra

I use my PSM mantra in conjunction with the Natural Stress Relief mantra technique, since I find this mantra more appealing for the moment, and I have also used the very first mantra taught in Transcendental Meditation in my practice. For me, it all comes down to personal preferences.

Read More: I Signed Up to Learn Acem Meditation: Effortless Meditation in an Affordable Way

What to Do Next?!

If you haven't had any prior mantra meditation training, find out more about Primordial Sound Meditation online courses and similar alternatives to Transcendental Meditation in one of my earlier posts.

Featured image: The British Columbia Coast taken from the French five-part nature documentary "Morning Glory".

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Watch Freeskier Jon Olsson Bring His Supercar to a Winter Wonderland

When professional freeskier Jon Olsson takes his supercar, The Rebellion R2K, to a a winter wonderland, the silence ceases, but the magnificence continues. Enjoy the beauty of Storlien in northern Sweden!

Norweigan World Record for Longest Ride on Water with a Snowmobile

By traveling the Tana river located in Finnmark, Norway, Morten Blien sat a new world record for distance driven on water with a snowmobile by driving it 131 miles (212 km).

Don't miss out on Sledneck's Kalle "KJ" Johansson's amazing ride when he takes his snowmobile up the river.

Via Devour.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Back from the Past: Home Video Footage from the Production of 'Back to the Future III' (1989)

During the filming of "Back to the Future III" (1990) on December 18th, 1989, a neighbour filmed the production that took place at a house in Arleta, California, which in the film acts as Marty McFly's home (YouTube link).

Universal Studios returns to the previous location in Arleta California used as Marty McFly's house for the 3rd and final sequel of the trilogy. The Delorean Time Machine has already been destroyed by the train and Marty runs back to his house to find old Biff polishing his Dad's BMW and his new Toyota in the garage..... imagine this is all playing out in front of you as you view it from the next door neighbor's house, through the kitchen window on your new VHS camcorder! This amazing behind the scenes footage has been kept on the shelf of that neighbors house ever since that day, only to be given to me (Videobob of Bob's Prop Shop) on my recent visit to the house in March of 2013 to be shared with you the fans!!!

Watch the footage:

Via Boing Boing.

The Documentary 'The Man Who Saved the World' (2014): How One Man's Decision Saved Us from Nuclear War

The documentary "The Man Who Saved the World" (2014) by Danish director Peter Anthony tells the story about Russian officer Stanislav Petrov, who during the Cold War reported an alert warning triggered by a supposive incoming missile strike from the United States, as a system malfunction to the duty officer in the Soviet army's headquarters. Thereby, did he save the world from a nuclear war, that surely would have destroyed our civilization as we know it.

Thirty years ago, on 26 September 1983, the world was saved from potential nuclear disaster.

In the early hours of the morning, the Soviet Union's early-warning systems detected an incoming missile strike from the United States. Computer readouts suggested several missiles had been launched. The protocol for the Soviet military would have been to retaliate with a nuclear attack of its own.

But duty officer Stanislav Petrov - whose job it was to register apparent enemy missile launches - decided not to report them to his superiors, and instead dismissed them as a false alarm.

This was a breach of his instructions, a dereliction of duty. The safe thing to do would have been to pass the responsibility on, to refer up.

But his decision may have saved the world.

Watch the trailer:

I found out about this documentary and this heroic man yesterday, and plan to watch the documentary during the week. I must admit, it feels somewhat odd that I haven't heard about him before, since he did the world such a service.

Image credit: Poster via The Clinton Street Theater.

Bokrecension: 'Huvudrätt: mental träning för alla' (2015) baserad på Lars-Eric Uneståhl's mentala träning

A Book Review in Swedish Based on the Work of Mental Training Expert Lars-Eric Uneståhl, Ph.D.

The following text is a review in Swedish about the book "Huvudrätt: mental träning för alla" (Main Course: Mental Training for Everyone). The book is based on the teachings of one of the world's foremost expert on mental training, Lars-Eric Uneståhl, Ph.D. You can read about Uneståhl's work here, and find out more about the courses in English he has to offer, for example the extensive distance UMT-course (Unestahl Mental Training).

Bokrecension av 'Huvudrätt: mental träning för alla' (2015)

Vad jag håller i min hand vill jag sammanfatta som Lars-Eric Uneståhls, fil. dr i psykologi och grundare av Skandinaviska Ledarhögskolan samt pionjär inom mental träning, PUMT-kurs (Personlig Utveckling genom Mental Träning) i mini- och bokformat, som löper under 150 dagar. "Huvudrätt: mental träning för alla" (2015) ger dig möjlighet att snabbt och okomplicerat komma igång och träna mentalt.

Till sin hjälp har Uneståhl längdskidåkaren och världsmästaren Johan Olsson, den erfarne mentala tränaren och coachen Stig Wiklund samt författaren Sara Olsson som tidigare har arbetat med böckerna "Våga välja eget spår" (2013) och "Vägen tillbaka: må bra, prestera bra!" (2013).

För vem passar 'Huvudrätt'

Denna bok passar en bred kategori av människor, vare sig du är:

  • föräldern som önskar redskap vilka kan ge återhämtning, lugn, harmoni, och förbättrade relationer
  • företagaren, chefen, den anställde som önskar höja den egna prestationen, sätta upp och nå specifika mål, möjliggöra ett mer kreativt och dynamiskt arbetsklimat, skapa en bättre gruppkänsla samt friskare personal och kollegor
  • idrottsutövaren, författaren, musikern som önskar att uppleva det kreativa flödet oftare och lättare, s.k. flow, där tid och rum står stilla och den egna prestationen bara händer
  • för dig som söker lindring till följd av tinnitus, sömnlöshet, kronisk värk och sjukdom
  • för dig som är utbränd eller upplever sig vara på väg dit
  • eller för dig som enbart är nyfiken på mental träning och personlig utveckling och önskar upprätthålla något av ett mentalt friskvårdsprogram

Ovanstående lista kan givetvis utökas med ett flertal kategorier, men den visar på att boken lämpar sig väl för en bred målgrupp, för vem mår inte bra av att må bra mentalt?

Din egen vardagliga mentor

Att närvara vid och deltaga i diverse föreläsningar och workshops är vanligt förekommande idag. Dock händer det ofta att den initiala entusiasm som följer efter att ha lyssnat på en inspirerande och upplyftande föreläsning avtar efter några dagar, och sakteliga återgår man till gamla invanda vane- och tankemönster. Personlig utveckling kräver tid och övning och här utgör "Huvudrätt" ett utomordentligt komplement. Där kanske föreläsningar ger en "tillfällig smärtlindring" kan boken ta egenskapen som din egen vardagliga och närvarande mentor där du bjuds in att ställa personliga frågor som går på djupet och skapar varaktig förändring.

Även barnen får vara med

I boken finns en rad övningar specifikt utformade för barn, som hjälper till att bygga självtillit och självförtroende hos barnet, samt kan hjälpa till att skapa och utveckla en djupare relation mellan dig som förälder och ditt barn.

Självhypnos och det mentala rummet

Något du kommer att lära dig under kursens gång är självhypnos. Genom vetenskapliga studier har Lars-Eric Uneståhl kunnat påvisa att självhypnos och hypnos via en utomstående hypnotisör (heterohypnos) är lika verksamt, och att hypnosdjupet efter ett par månaders mental träning var detsamma som vid heterohypnos.

Som ett led i detta kommer du i boken kunna läsa om och skapa ditt eget mentala rum. Väl där kommer du att befinna dig i ett självhypnotiskt tillstånd där hjärnan blir mer balanserad och bättre mottaglig för suggestioner och föreställningar.

Här kan du exempelvis:

  • få återhämtning
  • programmera dina mål och framtidsvisioner
  • ändra på fysiska och mentala tillstånd
  • hantera och bearbeta stress, ångest och fobier
  • lindra värk
  • utveckla din kreativa sida

Tillhörande ljudfiler

Till vissa av bokens övningar ingår diverse ljudfiler så att du mer passivt och effektivt kan ta till dig den specifika övningen. I dessa ger Lars-Eric dig en rad suggestioner till tonerna av avslappningsmusik.

Vad krävs av dig

Att systematiskt arbeta igenom boken kräver av dig mellan 3-15 min varje dag. Dock är boken upplagd så att du utan problem kan bläddra igenom den och påbörja valfri övning omedelbart då det finns gott om fristående övningar.

Boken tryckt i smidigt format

För närvarande finns inte "Huvudrätt" som pocket men den inbundna varianten är tryckt i ett smidigt format vilket gör den lätt att ta med i väskan.

Var kan jag köpa boken

Följande aktörer tillhandahåller "Huvudrätt: mental träning för alla":

Vidare material

Som avslutning vill jag passa på att rekommendera Lars-Eric Uneståhls ljudprogram "Divine: det gyllene rummet" samt "Må bra med mental träning", vilka snabbt ger dig värdefulla tekniker. Jag har de flesta av Uneståhls ljudprogram vilka alla håller en hög kvalité, men dessa två är oerhört smidiga att komma igång med. Ett flertal aktörer tillhandahåller programmen, inklusive större bibliotek.

På en del av Uneståhls ljudprogram används avslappningsmusik gjord av Kasa-Lord, som är komponerat enligt det gyllene snittet vilket ökar lugn och avslappning. Du finner Kasa-Lords musik här eller via Spotify. Kasa-Lord ger också ut musik under sitt riktiga namn Tommy Kaså och då finner du honom här på Spotify, där du kan lyssna på en av mina favoriter, "Fagertärn" (2007).

Sunday, October 4, 2015

'Change Begins Within' Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall to Promote Transcendental Meditation

In collaboration with the global bank Citi, David Lynch Foundation presents the "Change Begins Within" benefit concert at Carnegie Hall (NYC) on November 4th, 2015, to raise funding and awareness about Transcendental Meditation. Katy Perry, Sting, Angélique Kidjo, Sharon Isbin, Jim James and Jerry Seinfeld will perform, all presented by David Lynch himself and George Stephanopoulos.

Ted 2 (2015): Ted and John Watch 'Law And Order'

Today I intend to watch the rest of "Ted 2" (2015). The film is a bit more mellow than the first one, but it's still funny, entertaining, warm, and with some great political pointers.

The following scene with Ted and John watching "Law and Order" cracked us up. Seth MacFarlane's voice really brings this character into life in such a good way.

Meet Herman Hurwitz Who's Been Working as a Private Investigator for More than 30 Years

From 1989, reporter Marcus Jones from WGBH-TV in Boston meets 77-year-old private investigator Herman M. Hurwitz, who's been doing investigations for more than 30 years. With a modest fee of $40 per hour, and the personal choice of not carrying a gun since Herman prefers to apply clever thinking instead, his workdays are far away from the glamour days of TV detectives.

For more, watch reporter Marcus Jones meet the fastest talker in the world.

Daft Punk Unchained (2015): The First Documentary About French Electronic Music Duo Daft Punk

The documentary "Daft Punk Unchained" by director Hervé Martin-Delpierre in collaboration with journalist Marina Rozenman, is the first documentary about the French electronic music duo Daft Punk who consists of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.

This documentary explores this unprecedented cultural revolution revealing a duo of artists on a permanent quest for creativity, independence and freedom. Between fiction and reality, magic and secret, future and reinvention, theatricality and humility, The Robots have built a unique world. The film combines rare archive footage as well as exclusive interviews with their closest collaborators who talk about their work with Daft Punk including Pharrell Williams, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers and Michel Gondry.

Featured image: The Robot Schematic Lithograph Set via Daft Punk's official merchandise store. Image via A DJ View.

Via @Arsova. H/t HUH magazine.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Short Film 'Il Capo' (2010): The Flowing Gestures at an Italian Marble Quarry

At a marble quarry in the Apuan Alps, located in northern Tuscany, Italy, Il Capo (The Chief) uses subtle handsignals to guide his workforce who operates the excavators. I think I've seen this place before on TV, and the light was just incredible, pure white.

Here, an excerpt from Yuri Ancarani's short film "Il capo" (2010):

Via @isabelbongard.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Short Film 'Elemental' Directed by Kogonada Recaps Human Development Through the Ages

Directed by filmmaker Kogonada, the short film "Elemental" is beautiful visual storytelling about human human development and the use of different everyday tools through the ages, going from creating with rocks to using modern technology. The stunning photography was done by Yusuke Sato, and music by Minjo Green.

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