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Depository of Visual Inspirations

Written by : Posted on November 1, 2013 : No Comments

Even though he’s had this up and running for a while, we’ve never really shared it. Bradnon has a folder on his desktop that’s filled with imagery that he find visually inspirational for one reason or another. Iconic. Ritualistic. Spiritual. Demonic. Beautiful. Disturbing. He decided to start categorizing them in a somewhat nonsensical fashion online. This is the result: depository.noyou.do

This collection is by Brandon, and was primarily created for his own personal use. So if there is something that offends you, get over it and please point your browser elsewhere. Take it for what it is, visual XXX.

Suggested listenings for viewing the gallery

CocoRosie – R.I.P. Burnface (Daytrotter Studio)

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Radiohead – Reckoner (Bangalore Mashup)

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Lil’ Wayne – Drop the World

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A Buddhist monk, burns himself to death as form of protest

Paratroopers

Balloons being released in park

A Few of My Favorite Follows

Written by : Posted on January 4, 2010 : 13 Comments

Now that Twitter has lists, it’s become even easier to follow more people without missing the content you really want. Here are a few of my favorite people/things to follow.

Music: @AmazonMP3 If you’re still buying music on iTunes, I only have one question: Why? AmazonMP3 albums are always cheaper, and every month they have at least 50 albums for $5. Plus, they offer $3 off coupons all the time. I bought the Antlers’ album, Hospice*, the other day for $2.00. Follow them on Twitter for the daily deal and special discounts.

Entertainment: @Variety Probably the best source for Entertainment news. And one of the news sources best-suited to 140 characters. For casting updates and box office reports, a headline is all you need.

Important: @TheEconomist For when you CNN isn’t really enough. More in-depth and thoughtful articles on finance, business, and world news.

Funny: @TheSulk Alec Sulkin*, a writer/actor/producer of Family Guy, has becomes my favorite for quality one-liners. It’s nice to see things like,“God, I wish I was 5 years younger, and not me.” in your feed every once in a while.

*My thanks to @TylerRomes for recommending both of these things to me.

Bill Hicks, Outlaw Comedian

Written by : Posted on December 7, 2009 : No Comments

Bill Hicks, Outlaw Comedian

I just came across a great clip from the late, great Bill Hicks, and had to post about it so others wouldn’t miss it. You may consider me posting this as “biting the hand that feeds.” But, for me it’s a good clip to keep the people(including myself) involved in advertising/marketing in check with their sense of morality. Sorry William, I’ve got bills to pay, hopefully someday I won’t have that as an excuse.

Bill Hicks – Marketing & Advertising

If that clip was your first experience of Bill Hicks, then you might be a little put-off by him. Below is a clip that’s a bit more inspirational. It’s Bill Hicks words from his “It’s Just a Ride” segment with a simple underlying track by the Kleptones.

Bill Hicks – Last Words (A Tribute)

“… I had a vision of a way we could have no enemies ever again, if you’re interested in this. Anybody interested in hearing this? It’s kind of an interesting theory, and all we have to do is make one decisive act and we can rid the world of all our enemies at once. Here’s what we do. You know all that money we spend on nuclear weapons and defense every year? Trillions of dollars. Instead, if we spent that money feeding and clothing the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded… not one… we could as one race explore outer space together in peace, forever.”

It’s been said (since 2008) that a film about Hicks’ life and career is in the pre-production stage with Russell Crowe possibly playing the main role of Hicks, and is rumored that Ron Howard may be directing it. Hopefully the movie will come together at some point in the near future. There’s also an animated feature documentary coming out about Hicks, American: The Bill Hicks Story, that has been receiving praise. It’s has a UK release dated the 31st of March, 2010. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a release date for here in the States.

Movement: TOMS Shoes

Written by : Posted on August 6, 2009 : 8 Comments

I find it necessary in life for everyone to give of their time, money, or both. I don’t care of your religion, race, or income. It’s the duty of all human beings to do their part in making life better for the human race. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s very easy to let others slip out of your mind and pursue our own selfish goals. In fact, I haven’t done very much for others over the past year or so and am pretty disappointed in myself. That’s why I’d like to start a weekly segment called Movement. Each week I will spotlight non-profits throughout the world that are making amazing changes in other peoples lives. The point of this is to encourage you to do what you can for each movement. Whether it’s donations or purchases, volunteering or just spreading the word. Do what you can, as will I.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. – Martin Luther King Jr.

TOMS Shoes

TOMS Shoes

I thought that I’d start out this first week with something easy for everyone. TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. It doesn’t get much easier than purchasing something for yourself in order to give to someone else. I went with the Burlap Woven TOMS. Some of my other favorite designs that I’d recommend (for men) are the Rope Sole TOMS, Vegan Stitchout TOMS, and the Gabe Lacktman TOMS. Go find a pair of TOMS shoes that fit your style and help give to those in need!

Here the story of TOMS movement: In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by caring TOMS customers.

Since our beginning, TOMS has given over 140,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the One for One model. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.

Our ongoing community events and Shoe Drop Tours allow TOMS supporters and enthusiasts to be part of our One for One movement. Join us.

The Cleaner Has Pulled Me In

Written by : Posted on July 1, 2009 : 1 Comment

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If you’re not watching this show, you should be. The Cleaner, on A&E Tuesdays at 10/9c, is a new show based on the redemption story of Warren Boyd. Two episodes into it’s sophomore season, The Cleaner seems to be picking up some steam and getting quite a bit of good press. “Starring Benjamin Bratt as William Banks, a recovering addict who must balance his unwavering dedication to helping others get clean with an increasingly rocky personal life and the ghosts of his addictions. Banks and his teammates employ an unconventional – and often by any means necessary – approach to getting addicts and those who surround them to realize they’ve reached rock-bottom and help them begin the process of recovery. With every success and failure, William wrestles with his commitment to his work and his love for his wife Melissa and their children through an unusual relationship with God.”

Basically, in my own words, the show is a refreshingly emotional and powerful offering in a sea of increasingly dull, dry, and ridiculous television. Both the first two episodes of the new season have had me choked up by the end. With a new season comes a new budget, and they are using their new budget wisely. You can see the cinematic difference in quality between seasons 1 & 2, as well as the licensing of some wonderful closing songs. The promos are making great use of Hallelujah (performed by Ari Hest), episode one ended with 9 Crimes by Damien Rice, and episode two with When the Night Comes by Dan Auerbach.

For those looking to simply be entertained, you may want to watch something else. But if you want to feel and be inspired this is a must see. You can watch full episodes of The Cleaner on AETV.com or catch them on OnDemand.

Damien Rice – 9 Crimes

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Dan Auerbach – When the Night Comes

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Oprah’s on Twitter!

Written by : Posted on April 21, 2009 : 6 Comments

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I really liked Twitter. I liked getting updates throughout the day on what crazy things Rainn Wilson is doing, or how Eddie Izzard’s show went last night. I liked posting stupid pictures for people to see (or not). And I liked that only about 10 of my friends were on Twitter.

Then Oprah had to go and ruin everything. Pretty soon I’m going to get requests from all those people from high school I didn’t have the heart to reject on Facebook either  trying to “follow” me. Obscure relatives will want to follow my updates. 

I’ve come to grips with the fact that Facebook is no longer ours – it’s been hijacked by the 40-somethings of the world, and now I have to live with that. But, shit Oprah, couldn’t you have just left Twitter alone? We needed it.

God Bless You, Dave Eggers

Written by : Posted on March 30, 2009 : 1 Comment

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Mostly, I like to write about things I hate on here, so this should be a fun change of pace.

Dave Eggers, who has long been one of my very favorite authors, somehow just keeps getting better. You may have read his memoir, the Pulitzer Prize-Finalist “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.” And trust me, it’s just that. Or maybe you’ve read “What is the What,” a novel about a Sudanese refugee’s early life. While it’s billed as a novel, it had major factual components, as the main character is a friend of Eggers’, Valentino Achak Deng. All of the proceeds from this best-selling book went to Valentino’s foundation, which is in place to rebuild his hometown of Muriel Bai in Sudan. Pretty cool.

Also, Eggers is responsible for starting McSweeney’s, one of the funniest, smartest literary journals out there. A sample of their online offerings.

Oh, and he started an incredible non-profit group (826 Valencia*) to offer tutoring in reading and writing to kids around the country. The guy’s not even 40 yet.

So, Eggers is a brilliant writer, publisher, humanitarian, etc.

This month, it came to my attention that he has yet another job description: Screenwriter. Remember the “Where the Wild Things Are” trailer Brandon posted? Remember how it looks so amazing it almost made you want to cry (be honest)? Guess who wrote that. Dave Eggers. And as if that weren’t enough, he’s also responsible (along with his wife Vida) for the screenplay for “Away We Go,” certain to be one of the better films of the year (it’s directed by Sam Mendes, “American Beauty”).

All that to say, Eggers is brilliant, and I am so pleased he is expanding into the world of film.

*Eggers won the TED award last year for his work with 826 Valencia. Check out the video. It’s awesome.

Top 5 Hallelujah Covers

Written by : Posted on March 25, 2009 : 3 Comments

I’m always amazed at the timelessness of Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah. You would think people would get tired of it, but it seems like every couple of months I run across an artist who has had success covering this song. Even still, it doesn’t crack the top 100 most covered songs according to Second Hand Songs. Though, I find that hard to believe since it has been recorded by around 185 different artists. (Here’s a list of all the artists to cover the song)

Just as interesting as the song’s popularity is its ambiguity. Probably because Cohen was a more of a poet than a songwriter, the song is left open to interpretation and everyone seems to have their own. I love how Cohen describes the meaning… “It explains that many kinds of hallelujahs do exist, and all the perfect and broken hallelujahs have equal value.” Supposedly, Cohen told Bob Dylan this song took him 2 years to write and the original composition had 80 verses. The full version has been slimed down to a mere 15 verses.

So, with all those versions out there, I decided to rank my personal favorites. Like most people, I secretly used Jeff Buckley’s version as the standard. I leaned towards artists who were creative with their melodies and instrumentation without killing the feel. There are some good voices covering this song but their too similar to Buckley’s version. Anyways, here are my top 5:

No. 1 – Jeff Buckley

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No. 2 – Phil Wickham

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No. 3 – Rufus Wainwright

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No. 4 – Brandi Carlile

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No. 5 – Bob Dylan

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Honorable mention: Beirut

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Dishonorable mention: Bono

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Deliver Me

Written by : Posted on September 12, 2008 : 1 Comment
This post is an article from IdiomLife.com. With the phase out of Idiom Life, we found it important to archive the great content that our contributors invested much of their time into. Viva la Idiom Life.

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Over the past few years my friends and I have had the tremendous opportunity of being able to travel to many countries around the world. Meet many people from many cultures. And be blessed by the relationships developed with these people. This is a video honoring the people that have welcomed us with open arms and open hearts. A lot of times it’s easy for me to forget what I’ve experienced during my travels. This video still gives me goose-bumps and makes me say, “Wow, I experienced that?”

The pictures in the video were primarily photographed by Myself, Ryan Welborn along with contributions from Craig & Cassie Nason and Sara Houy. And feature the people of Uganda, Africa; Lima, Peru; Iquitos, Peru; and Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Set to the music of David Crowder Band’s – Deliver Me (Antidromic Mix).<

Obama Selects Phelps as V.P.

Written by : Posted on September 12, 2008 : No Comments
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It’s the announcement the whole world has been waiting to hear: The most important news ever… EVER. Soon to be President Barack Obama’s choice for Vice President. Preliminary rumors suggested the announcement might come as early as Wednesday morning. But, this very evening, Obama has named his running mate, and he shared the news exclusively with IdiomLife.com. Suck on that New York Times.

Public opinion polls revealed a tight race between Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Joe Biden, Sen. Evan Bayh, and underdog favorite Gov. Tim Kaine as possible running mates. Yet tonight, despite the pundits’ predictions, Obama has thrown a trademark curveball to the entire political arena. His Vice President will be… Michael Phelps!

Now, I can already hear the complaints. “Phelps isn’t a politician.” Good. “He lacks experience.” Hardly. “He’s not even old enough to run.” Not interested. We here at Idiomlife don’t think Obama could have made a better move, and here’s why.

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