August 23, 2014

Jarrod Radnich: Game of Thrones Medley - Virtuosic Piano Solo



Jarrod Radnich’s performance of his original hard-hitting medley arrangement of music from the hit Emmy Award Winning HBO series Game of Thrones. 

Music licensed courtesy of Universal Music Publishing and in partnership with 

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 MP3 at .

Created by Mastermind Studios and HOAX Films 

Music Composition: Jarrod Radnich
Piano Performance: Jarrod Radnich
Executive Producer: Anne LaFaye
Producer: Alexis Nelson
Director: Ian Moore
Cinematographer: Thor Wixom
Editors: Ian Moore, Jarrod Radnich, Colin Woods
Drone Pilot (drone): Terry Miller
Drone Pilot (gimbal): Lance Rand
DIT: Shiblon Wixom
Visual Effects: Digital Caliber
Creative Director: Aurelio Vera
VFX Supervisor: Jason Richardson
Sound Engineering: Mastermind Studios
Key Hair and Makeup: Marley Gonzales
Production Assistants: Amy Angel, Spencer Moore, Will Reiland
Costume Tailoring: Custom Craft Tailoring- Barbara Bartley
Piano Technician: Mark Burgett
Piano Movers: Mike Kolosov, Bogdan Kolosov
Jewelry Props: Hunter Forrest
Sword Props: Marston Smith
Special Appearance: The Humpback Whale Pod


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August 20, 2014

Lorenzo Manuel Durán: From A Simple Leaf, An Intricate Masterpiece Is Born


While many would view a pile of leaves as, well, just a pile of leaves, Spanish artist Lorenzo Manuel Durán imagines the artistic potential in even the most ordinary of leaves.

Originally an oil painter, Durán became inspired to make his delicate sculptures after observing a caterpillar chomping its way through a leaf. His fragile, intricate works of art are created using a surgical scalpel and a whole lot of patience and care.

Most of the leaves used are sourced from near his home in Cáceres, Spain.

To see more of this exquisite work, continue to link below or visit Durán's website.

By Catie Leary is a photo editor at MNN
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The octopus’s ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, US researchers said Tuesday. 
Engineers and biologists joined together for the nearly three-year-long US Navy-funded research collaboration, and its initial result is far from ready for commercial use.

But architects, interior designers, fashion houses and the military all have their eyes on its eventual capability to provide a first-of-its-kind man-made camouflaging material.

“If you illuminate it with white light and different patterns, it will automatically respond to that and produce a pattern that matches that,” said lead author John Rogers, a professor in the department of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois.

“Having said that, we are a long way from colour-morphing wallpaper, but it is a step that could lead in that direction over time,” he told AFP.

The material is described in this week’s edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Its layers include temperature-sensitive dye and photosensors that respond in one to two seconds to changing patterns.

The dye appears black at low temperatures and clear at temperatures above 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit).

“These devices are capable of producing black-and-white patterns that spontaneously match those of the surroundings, without user input or external measurement,” said the study.

The international research team included chemistry and mechanics experts at leading Chinese institutions as well as Roger Brown, a senior scientist at Brown University who is a top world expert on the physiology of cephalopod skin.

Cephalopods include octopuses, squid and cuttlefish. They can hide themselves by matching the colour and textural appearance of their local environment.

These skills helps them escape predators and attack prey.
Top picture: the deadly blue-ringed octopus.

With thanks to The Australian

August 16, 2014

Julie Fletcher: Photographing Unique Parts Of Australia


Some really incredible images. These deserve a lot more of a different type of exposure and attention!

Ever dream of packing a bag and leaving everything behind to live closer to nature? Here's one inspiring photographer who did just that.
After escaping a destructive relationship and quitting her office job in Sydney, nature photographer Julie Fletcher hit the road to experience all that the Australian wilderness has to offer.
"I was very unhappy until one day I made the life-changing decision to leave," Fletcher tells MNN. "I set a date, got everything in order, packed my car with the essentials and drove away with $3,000 in my bank account. It was the best thing I ever did."
That was more than 12 years ago, and she hasn't looked back since. The abrupt career change led her to take jobs at tourist resorts and remote cattle stations, which gave her the opportunity to explore and photograph the surrounding scenery on her days off.
"I was on a journey," Fletcher reminisces. "A journey of photography, but more than that, I was rediscovering 'me' again."

Fletcher now spends her days traveling, camping, and hiking for miles just to the find the perfect shooting locations. Armed with her trusty Nikon gear and a dedication to the outdoors, she's managed to make a living out of her passion.
One of Fletcher's most favorite photographs, seen above, was captured at Menindee Lake in New South Wales. The photo, titled "Graveyard," won several awards and was even a finalist in National Geographic's 2013 Nature Awards. To this day, she still can't believe she witnessed such a surreal moment.
"I don't just photograph an area, I connect to it," Fletcher explains. "My tenacity leads me back to the same location many times to achieve the right light for the right image, time and time again."
When she's not trekking around the country, Fletcher lives with her partner in the small, remote town of Marree, South Australia. She's recently begun hosting workshops focusing on outback photography, as well as collaborating with other professional photographers for group photo tours.
Be sure to visit her Facebook and website to purchase prints or sign up for a photo workshop. There are also more beautiful photographs.
By Catie Leary
Pictures and story with thanks to MNN. More pictures there. 


August 14, 2014

The Musketeers - The BBC's Post-Medieval Mini-Series


Although it will be hard for me to find a medieval mini-series I enjoyed as much as The 'Borgias'  this is definitely coming close.

Sadly 'The Borgias' was never completed - much to my disappointment.

Whilst I think many mini-series use a lot of poetic licence they are still fun to watch, even if not totally accurate. That's what entertainment is after all, and I have always enjoyed historical or costume dramas.

"The Musketeers" has a slightly modern edge to it. The costumes for example. I doubt they were all dressed in leathers but who will ever know for sure?

This is an extended and enhanced version of Alexandre Dumas' novel which many of us have not only read, but seen many movie versions of it like the ones with Gene Kelly and Oliver Reed. 

I think it's worth watching, and the opening theme is great!

I also like the sword-fighting scenes so I have put a montage of some very famous filmed duels below.

Interestingly enough some members of my extended family are direct descendents of Dumas.

BBC AMERICA’s new co-production drama series, The Musketeers, is set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris, where law and order is an idea more than a reality. In addition to being King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards, Athos, Aramis and Porthos stand resolutely for social justice, honor, valor, love – and for the thrill of it. 

Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) stars as D’Artagnan alongside Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour,War and Peace) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Porthos. 

Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Hour, The Thick Of It), Maimie McCoy (Loving Miss Hatto), Tamla Kari (Cuckoo, The Inbetweeners Movie) and Hugo Speer (Bedlam) also star in the 10-part series created by Adrian Hodges (My Week With Marilyn, Primeval). 

D’Artagnan is charismatic, impulsive and ridiculously brave with a fierce appetite for justice. A skilled fighter from rural Gascony, meets the three Musketeers while on a mission to right the wrong of his father’s death. Although he meets the men in unfortunate circumstances, he finds kindred spirits in the other soldiers.

Porthos is a great fighter, a loyal friend and a man who lives life to the full. He  is a larger-than-life character, who has come from humble beginnings to become a soldier in the most elite regiment in the land, finding a family in the other Musketeers.

Constance Bonacieux (Tamla Kari) leads a dull but comfortable life married to a cloth merchant, but her life is turned upside down when D’Artagnan tumbles into her world, and she becomes involved with the Musketeers.

Cardinal Richelieu (Peter Capaldi), while striving to achieve his vision of a thoroughly modern France, is a shadowy character who will stop at nothing to achieve his objectives. Milady (Maimie McCoy) is the Cardinal’s secret weapon, the most mysterious and beautiful of villains whose motives are often concealed.

The King relies on the advice of the Cardinal, his shrewd wife Queen Anne and also Captain Treville (Hugo Speer), the brave and respected commander of the Musketeers who keeps an eye on the soldiers to ensure they stay out of trouble. 

The series bursts with escapism, adventure and romance and is set to thrill audiences with riveting stories every week.

Athos is brave, resourceful and a natural leader of men. But he nurses a dark secret in his past. Athos, who has rejected his noble roots to become a Musketeer, quickly befriends D’Artagnan, but has a past which is shrouded in mystery, and is prone to getting in trouble.

Aramis is charming but deadly, a great lover and a great fighter – Aramis is a man of fascinating contrasts.  Never short of admirers, Aramis has an effortless charm which leads him in and out of love. Despite this, he is a shrewd pragmatist who is ferocious in battle and commands a key place in the brotherhood.


From BBC America 
Series cast summary from IMDB:
Howard Charles ... Porthos (11 episodes, 2014-2015)

Ryan Gage ... King Louis (11 episodes, 2014-2015)    
Luke Pasqualino ... D'Artagnan (10 episodes, 2014)   - also in "The Borgias"
Santiago Cabrera ... Aramis (10 episodes, 2014)
Tom Burke... Athos (10 episodes, 2014)    - also in "War and Peace".
Peter Capaldi...Cardinal Richelieu (10 episodes, 2014)    
Hugo Speer...Treville (10 episodes, 2014-2015)   
Tamla Kari...Constance (9 episodes, 2014-2015)   
Alexandra Dowling ... Queen Anne  ... (8 episodes, 2014-2015)     
Maimie McCoy...Milady (8 episodes, 2014-2015)  - also in "Loving Miss Hatto"

Above: Picture with thanks to Images123

There are quite a few of my favourite swash-buckling movies in this clip.
The list is here. 

It is generally accepted that possibly the best ever duel is the one with Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer from the film, "Scaramouche", and Basil Rathbone was considered an expert fencer, but there is plenty here for younger viewers too!

Series 2 commencing January 2015 - looking forward to it! 
Series 3 commencing August 2016This is the final series.


First picture Credit: Foxtel






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