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March Music Find of the Month - 2CELLOS - Thunderstruck

I love classical music. I also love some good 'ol rock. Anyone who can combine both and bridge those two, seemingly disparate worlds, is someone who I will listen to.

These guys, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, have given me shivers and made the hair on my arms stand up.

R.E.M - The Lotus

The "Lotus" by R.E.M is one of my favourite songs by this band. While some people prefer the more popular "Everybody Hurts" (voted the most depressing song of all time), "Shiny Happy People" or "Losing my Religion", I have always felt that the "Lotus" spoke to me most.

In a recent pub conversation I have discovered, that not everyone actually understands the lotus reference in the song:

So happy to show us
I ate the lotus
Say haven't you noticed?
I ate the lotus

This is actually a reference to Homer's "Oddysey". When Odysseus and his crew reach the land of the Lotus-eaters they are fed the lotus by the inhabitants and those who taste it never want to go home:

Art on Drugs - about Bryan Lewis Saunders and Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy)

I stumbled upon an article written on Cultso about Bryan Lewis Saunders, an artist who had decided to paint a series of self-portraits on drugs.

He describes his project as follows:

“After experiencing drastic changes in my environment, I looked for other experiences that might profoundly affect my perception of the self. So I devised another experiment where everyday I took a different drug and drew myself under the influence. Within weeks I became lethargic and suffered mild brain damage. I am still conducting this experiment but over greater lapses of time. I only take drugs that are given to me.”

This is the one I enjoyed the most, created under influence of 10mg of Loritab:
10mg Loritab

Intelligent and Cultured

I giggled at this today:

This is a part of a larger collection by a graffiti artist who calls himself Mobstr; wonderfully cynical.

Found here.

Can Can Recycle (Itself)

Can a can recycle itself? Yes it can. Only it would take some 50 years.

Saw this video on Discovery this morning and I was mesmerised:

Birds Eye's Creepy Polar Bear

I saw this ad on TV few weeks back and I couldn't figure out why I was so uncomfortable watching it. I don't think I would mind having a cute polar bear in my freezer. So why is it so creepy?

Amelie Soundrack - a piece of music that breaks my heart.

[updated: media player now works... ;) ]

I've got new neighbours upstairs. They must be nice people because they were listening to the Amelie Soundrack the other day, loud enough for me to hear it downstairs *.

Bank Zachodni WBK Bank Advertisments - witty, fun and all stars

A note on friend's Facebook pointed me to Bank Zachodni WBK's advertisments. This is a Polish bank that once has decided to use well known actors to promote it - which I would have probably known if I was still living there, but instead a French man visiting Poland for holidays made me aware of the BZ WBK ads. I googled them and had real fun watching them, I thought it is a bit of a shame that it only can be appreciated in full by the Polish, so I'm posting them here with transcripts, translated where needed.

John Cleese "But I WANT one!"

The Ninth Gate

I don't remember when was the first time when I saw The Ninth Gate. I remember I liked it a lot. I remembered the plot rather well and even then - and it must have been at least eight years ago - I realised that it was very good.

Anatomy for the Artist

The first time I ever saw a reference book of anatomy for the artists it was at home. I must have been in my early teens, my mother normally kept the book out of reach and that was about the time when I was finally allowed to access the entire library in my parents' room - though I would always ask if they think I should read this or the other. They trusted me with their books, I trusted their judgement. They frequently left books they wanted me to read lying around in the kitchen or on in the toilet instead of telling me I should read them; they knew I could never resist.