The Arcade Fire has released a new interactive online video, this time featuring the song ‘Black Mirror’. This is definitely one of the better songs off of Neon Bible, and the video (and experience involved) is pretty rad.
The video is pretty ambiguous, but it seems like a giant head in the ocean sinks a Titanic-esque ship, forcing people to boats. In one of the boats is a man with a glowing jar, possibly what the giant head monster was looking for? The man with the bottle then swims out to the giant head, and allows him to eat him a la Pinocchio. Inside the head, the man is captured by pyramid creatures, thrown down a sort of conveyer belt until he reaches then end, where the black mirror resides. Inside the mirror are dancers, and bubbles/pearls…. I really don’t know.
The video is very cool looking, and like I said earlier, interactive. You can hit the number keys 1-6, which start and stop certain instruments in the song. I think they threw in some additional instrumentation as well, to give the song more depth and to allow you more things to control.
Also be sure to check out the previous video they did like this for Neon Bible.
I’m only 25, so I don’t personally know about the effect that John F. Kennedy had on the country, but the overall feeling I get is that he was one of the greatest that we’ve ever had. So reading Caroline Kennedy’s piece in the New York Times backing Barack Obama for president makes me feel good inside. Here’s a small part:
Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.
We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isnâ€™t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country â€” just as we did in 1960.
It seems like most people are finally seeing the Clintons as the pair of goons they are, and slowly realizing that what we really need is change.
Last week, Newsweek posted it’s 11th Annual Oscar Roundtable, which brings together six of the biggest Oscar contenders and has a nice chat with them. The conversation comes in 14 parts, each running anywhere from 2 to 8 minutes, all of them being extremely interesting. This years roundup brought Angelina Jolie, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ellen Page, George Clooney, Marion Cotillard, and James McAvoy.
The conversation goes all over the place, from their first job, politics, and obnoxious neighbors. George Clooney provided the best story of the night, talking about an encounter he had with helicopters flying over his because Britney Spears lives 300 km away from his house. Listening to him tell his stories, it’s very evident how extremely nice and genuine he is. I also learned that every actor in the world is in utter awe of Daniel Day-Lewis and the performances he gives. Definitely worth the hour investment.
I spotted these amazing bottles over at The Dieline (which is becoming one of my favorite new sites) and had to post about it. They’re pretty simply, just refill bottles for hand soap, or so it looks to me. On each bottle though is a beautifully disgusting photo of a big dirty mess. The images combined with bold text and stark white bottles make quite an awesome impact. I would want the whole set though! They were created by a company from Singapore called Kinetic, who may have done these for internal use only, seeing as they’re not for sale anywhere else.
I think today is going to be product design Friday, seeing as how there’s going to be another product design-y thing above this one.
The teacup you see is by Design by Pidgeon, an Australian collective who design pretty much anything and everything. The teacup was created for the Heide Museum of Modern Art, along with several other products. I love how simple and straightforward the design is, but at the same time it’s pretty damn clever.
Be sure to check the rest of their site while you’re at it.
They have a ton of really great work, and this one, tiny teacup doesn’t do them any justice.