Neat Music Video Effects – Slice of Life Round the World

Check out the advanced video effects in this progressive house video. Start off with this cut at [28:07] James Woods & Talamanca – Arrival (Original Mix) [Elliptical Sun Melodies]. At 29:30 there are amazing city scenes and it almost appears as though it’s animation with miniatures, but it’s actually real time-lapse photography. After that is Mindset and Borealis (Tobi Hedges remix) a  nice progressive trance cut.

I’ve listened/viewed this video several times and it just keeps growing on me.  I don’t warm to things or people quickly, but when I do then I’m a huge loyal fan. It’s making me much more interested in video production and the visual arts.  This video is creative and the progressive house and trance music is excellent accompaniment.  If you want to be creative with video, this is a superb example. Great job by TechnoFanSenne and Luscious Melodies. I hope they keep these entertaining slice of life videos coming. I appreciate what they’ve created.

The Allen Watt’s Out of Reach cut at 4:39 with the Northern California people and scenes is excellent. Northern California people are nice (visit my old clients and buy some nice bath & beauty products ; the soaps are very high quality. Definitely a gift item). The Australian scenes are nice too. Man, I wish I could be in Australia, i.e., Melbourne to watch the Aussie Open.

beautifulasiangirlI like the girl at 24.54 pretending to climb Mt Huron, Colorado (14,000 feet) with her boyfriend (19 Hz – Another skin). She is neat. And so is this Asian girl despite the awful tattoos.

At 44:17 it’s Auvic with Voices which is perhaps the best music on the compilation (lots of video from Iceland. I once had a client from Iceland, but I didn’t get to visit. All those giant hot tubs!). And the California scenes are neat too. How do the young ones keep their sanity growing up in So Cal? Maybe this shows you.

Download Luscious Melodies mp3  for your mp3 player/iPod right here. If you love progressive house and dubstep, leave your comment and tell me about your favourites.

Check out some great Dubstep videos too.

Time to Get You Pumped Up!

Powering Up Creativity

If you could learn something new that would double your income, would you do it? Let’s look at the incentive — double your income. That’s quite an incentive, but it doesn’t motivate some people.

There’s no one incentive that will work for everyone. That may tell you something about creativity – that the incentive to be creative may be very personal.

Without knowing what your personal motivation is, creative techniques won’t do much for you.

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Motivation is important.

Motivation actually comes first. If you aren’t aware of your motivation, you won’t have a reason to be more creative or to solve problems. Motivation is physical, mental and emotional.  Each of us has unique wants ranging from having more spending cash, to be fit and look great, someone special to love, a better place to live, to writing a book, or having an active social or family life. What’s your special mix? Write them down.  You know, if you can’t write them down, it kinda suggests you’re a big phoney.

Think about the things you want right now: money, freedom, autonomy, companionship, health, esteem, sense of purpose and contribution, helping others, or having exciting experiences.

That mix underlies your inspiration.

Find Your Inspiration

Your inspiration is what helps you achieve these things. Perhaps a good job, starting your own business, getting married, moving to a new city, travel, buying a house, or having an active social life symbolize your basic motivations. They are symbols. No one wants to get married. The marriage symbolizes something else. No one wants to work 40 hours a week. A job symbolizes something else. We believe achieving these things will give us something else — something we crave deeply.

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We all have multiple motivations, yet there might be something in the real world that promises to solve many of our needs. A good job can fix a lot of things for us. Meeting someone new and exciting can also solve basic wants and desires. Could be emotional, social, and intellectual.

So, armed with that info, you need to visualize something that will solve multiple needs.  With inspiration, your locomotive has the power and forward motion to take you where you need to be.

When I say where, I’m referring to that powered up, optimistic, relaxed, and powerful state of mind that makes you most creative. Once you get into that state, you start to believe you can do incredible things like climb a mountain, write a book, get a better job, find someone incredible to love, or create a successful commercial product.

Look Hard at Your Own Motivations

You need to look at your life right now and think about what will solve your major life problems. Without these things in mind, the creative techniques I’m going to get into will have no meaning.  You must be motivated by the specific things you need to achieve.

Motivation <3

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I know, it does make you anxious to think about this. When you’re creative, you’ll blow right by things that used to make you nervous and depressed. Your heightened motivation will make you blind to all that crap that used to trip you up. Inspiration and motivation will give you such momentum that you’ll be unstoppable. You still need to learn techniques to succeed, and that’s where creativity comes in.

Now we’re ready to move onto techniques, and learn more about using creativity to position yourself for success.

Creative Exploration – Open Your Mind for Discovery

Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder

Many years ago, I visited the Glenbow Museum in Calgary (it’s right in downtown Calgary on 8th Avenue. It’s a unique gallery and I highly recommend it).  Just inside, in the main foyer, they had a large oil painting on the wall.

The Brilliance of a Master

It was of a magnificent southwest desert scene somewhere in Arizona or Utah, with cowboys riding on horseback along the edge of a ridge on a mountain.

This wasn’t the usual painting, it was an epic masterpiece that surpassed anything I’d ever seen. Not that I’m an expert, but it was obvious by the painstaking effort and quality that this artist was really inspired.

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The artist used heavy strips of thick, pasty oil to make the rocky ridge stand out in a three dimensional way. And the desert mountain vista was perfectly coloured and lit. If you stood 15 feet from the painting, the vision he created was incredible.  He created such a mood that made you feel you were there and understood what it must be like. I couldn’t walk away. It was that awesome.

I just stare at beautiful things and drink in whatever it is that makes them so awe inspiring. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and there are undoubtedly some amazing things that you find beautiful and inspiring.  Inspiration is also in the mind of the beholder.

Inspiration is personal and this painting gave me a lot of pleasure. That’s what the Glenbow Museum curator was hoping for.

I certainly understood what that artist was trying to capture and communicate.  It resonated with me and it’s been sort of a standard for me when I judge any art I see. This “most beautiful painting” still inspires me decades later and will for the rest of my life. It wasn’t long after that that I started to paint. I don’t know if I had that kind of talent; maybe, maybe not.  If you’re inspired, you can do anything. I fell into my routine and abandoned any thought of becoming an artist. You abandon your inspiration at your own peril.

Still, creativity is an amazing thing. It can be rechanneled into other things that might bring even more joy and benefit.

Your Creativity: The Power of Inspiration

My inspiration isn’t just art objects. People I’m sure you’ll agree, leave an indelible impression.  It’s always the special things, outside of their routine where they do something personal that fulfills them. That’s what you remember about them.

Creative people seem to do inspiring things more often and their lives aren’t routine. Everything is special, and if it isn’t, they make it special. You know some of those fussy people who try to make occasions or things better with some little unique addition?  Your good old momma. Other times, a person for some reason got knocked out of their routine orbit, acted outside their comfort zone, and did something unusual, something that took a little courage, and it’s usually an act of generosity. Something inspired them to do do something new and creative, probably because they knew it would make you do something new and creative.

And then there are those who have nothing, yet still find inspiration in their lives and a willingness to care about others and give to them. That’s the kind of creative spirit we need.

Why Not Dig in and Really Explore the Nature of Creativity?

So, spurred on by this apparent connection between inspiration and creativity, I’m creating a series of posts on creativity because it is that important. I’d like to invite you join me in discovering more about your imagination and how you can expand and develop it to become powerfully productive and creative.

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Anchored in Avalon. Beautiful painting demonstrating how amazing creativity is. However, we don’t need to be a world-class painter or musician to use creativity.
 Time To Reflect
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This isn’t about art. It’s about ordinary people becoming extraordinary in the ways that matter most to them. Creativity can be in any area of your life and will likely spill over into all your other activities. You probably had such events and you never thought about them much. You may have had a great inspiration but didn’t think about it much. Maybe a person you emulated and still do now unconsciously.

My Comfort Zone Doesn’t Include That

I think the reason we aren’t happier and more productive is because we never take time to reflect on things and we’re not creative enough. That needs to change.

You might say “Hey look, I’m stuck with my world and there’s little I can do to change anything. I’ll never be much more than I am now.”  So here’s the perfect time to use your imagination to solve your stifling situation and help you evolve to your full potential at a pace you feel comfortable with. There’s really nothing to lose is there?

Everything is there but we’re ignoring it. What is our fear of creativity? Change. Insecurity. Fear of making mistakes? What if it’s not fear, laziness, stupidity, or lack of energy?

It just might be that we lack inspiration. Without an inspiration, there’s nothing to focus our energy to become really creative. You need to find your inspiration and once you do, your creative potential will show up and your courage will be strong (you still need some creativity tips).

We’re not creative enough in our thinking, feeling, attitudes, in socializing with others, helping and encouraging others, and in how we work and live our lives. Our communities don’t support it and schools don’t see it as a big priority. But without inspiration, people and communities stagnate. Nothing happens until you are inspired. Motivation comes first but nothing really happens until we are inspired. Although I must say that an inspiration can be daunting. Just because we aspire, doesn’t mean we will succeed.

And that’s where others and creative imagination arrive as our heroes.

People who make you feel better are very creative

Creativity Needs Motivation and a Free Mind

I injured my back showing off on the tennis court. Now I’ve got this rare breather to reflect on how I’m living, making the most of things, and being appreciative of what I have.  Very lucky. I can reflect on what lead up to me getting myself injured. I touched on this before about being ambitious and how that contrasts with being content and appreciative of all the great things and people you have in your life. Nothing wrong with being ambitious. Maybe you need a break too?

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I’m sure you’ve gone through all this too. You really have to capitalize on these moments before they disappear.  Act on your inspiration if you have one, and forget your fear of mistakes and others derision.

The Powerful Benefits of Creativity:

–        Earning more money

–        Getting a better job

–        Influencing more people

–        Improving community spirit

–        Passing on more to your children

–        Helping others achieve more

–        Helping others solve their problems

–        Utilize whatever opportunity and resources are available at the time

–        Be more competitive

–        More flexible and adaptable

–        Be more productive

–        Create more value

–        Living a much better quality of life

The whole topic of creativity ties into all that. Without a relaxed, refreshed, and motivated mind, you won’t find the solutions you need to the simplest matters.

Creativity – Getting Over Hurdles to Personal Fulfillment

Okay, maybe I’m starting to oversell here, but there are plenty of hurdles you’re facing. Suffice to say that when we’re creative, we’re at our happiest and most powerful.  Fostering the conditions for creativity should be a priority not a quick afterthought.

Why aren’t we all very creative then? In a society, creativity has to be controlled and employed to produce things. That’s all good, however because we play strict roles at work and at home, we lose our ability to use our imagination to try different things. We end up stagnated because there was no room, no time, no resources for re-inventing ourselves.

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 And when I say re-invent, I don’t mean total, complete, drastic life or career makeovers. We’ve lost the skill of being creative to make small improvements in our lives. That’s what the Japanese called “Kaizen.”  A process of never ending improvement. How do we discover what needs to be improved?  By being creative.

Creativity can open up tremendous improvements at work, for you in producing value for your employer, in collaborating with others to help them achieve more, and in supporting everything in your world.

Although creativity seems very selfish, it’s tied closely to being a part of something greater, making more use of what’s available, and helping others achieve and feel good about their contribution.

Collaboration is important. I’m studying an advertising copywriting course right now. Our class exercises brought out the fact that many minds are much better than one. Other people are a great source of inspiration and material. Sharing and communicating are vital to producing at work and in creating better family environments. Silence and isolation lead to suffering and poor productivity.

In the next post I want to cover creativity and mind expanding techniques, so stay tuned for that!

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Retro Thursday – Hall & Oates

Oh those 80’s just keep coming back.  This music is completely analog, before any digital showed up. They need to remaster the sound and put it out at high digital quality so people can really hear what it sounded like way back.  It wasn’t the Beach Boys, but there was something very important to know about this music and how unspoiled it was.

Hall & Oates were the best in the early 80’s.  Daryl Hall had an incredible vocal range and they produced some catchy tunes which I got to hear at lunch time when I worked in downtown Calgary. I really liked their hit song Can’t Go For That, meaning (You can’t have my soul).

And, Say it Isn’t So was a big hit too. 30 years ago this music was very slick.

And more with “You’re out of Touch”

And Michael Jackson was no match for Hall & Oates for great urban music. What Jackson did was be the first to use a new magnetic tape technology that gave his album Thriller deeper, smoother bass. The new technology took Jackson to the top. Always ride the technology waves.

And later on in the late 90’s they had another big hit.

Daryl Hall also did his own solo material where he got to explore emotion in more depth. His 1986 album was excellent. Here’s Foolish Pride which I played over and over driving back from Calgary. The old guy on the drums is pretty cool.

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Big Price Breaks on Bikes at the Toronto Fall Bike Show

This morning, Dan W and I went down to the fall bike show at the Better Living Centre beside Ricoh Colliseum.  The lineup wrapped around the Ricoh Centre for about 800 feet. Very crowded because they only had one day. The Toronto Marathon is running tomorrow.  There are going to be 25,000 runners in that race.

I was telling Dan that I’d like to run in a marathon next year. Now I have to.  But I run about 8 miles three times a week so that’s a marathon every week. I’ll have to step it up to run 26 miles. That’s gonna hurt. How about a half marathon?

This Toronto bike show wasn’t great, however some great discounts could be had on road bikes and mountain bikes. Typical reductions were about $1000.

I could have bought some riding shorts for $40, but they were all black. No imagination at all it seems, so I’ll go online to get some coloured shorts.  I bought some handle bar grips at half price.


This amazing wheel is made of hollow carbon fibre, and the join with the tire is so tight you can’t distinguish tire from wheel.







This bike is used in triathalons.


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Sleep Deprivation, Health and Productivity

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and I’ve gotten a lot of sleep so far. In fact, I just woke up from a 4 hour rest this afternoon, and awoke feeling really good.  I haven’t felt this good in a long time.  It’s given me a little breather to discover what might be causing me to feel depressed and tired.

I am suffering from sleep deprivation and it’s actually become a significant problem. The physical aspect is a little scary and there’s no doubt it affects my performance and creativity at work. My craving to be more creative may actually just be a craving for more sleep. I know a couple of issues that cause the problem, but once the deprivation gets going, it creates a negative life of its own.

I’m just thinking now about the physical health implications and that I need to reorganize so I get 8 hours of sleep for sure.

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