Author Archives: Felicia Williams

I find the elderly using new technologies incredibly charming, generally. But this video strikes a special cord for me. First, because when the family emailed Oculus, they sent them a demo unit same day. Secondly, because in the last month of her life, the immobile Roberta Firstenberg had the chance to virtually see butterflies, hear the ocean, and walk outside before she finally gave in to cancer. At least she got to take one last trip up the stairs. (Sometimes the Internet makes you cry.)

“Tokyo Reverse” is nine hours of live music set to a man walking backwards in Tokyo. The footage was reversed so it looks like everyone else is walking backwards instead. Obviously, way cooler. Tokyo is such a foreign city in design and culture that seeing this way only adds to the beauty and alienation. It’s really quite mesmerising.

I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the fact that this commercial has been running on loops on every video streaming site lately and is permanently imprinted on my brain. Or maybe it’s how nonchalant yet completely spot on this Matthew McConaughey impression is. Whatever ‘it’ is, I kind of love it.

SPOILER ALERT (if you aren’t caught up on seasons 1-3): As someone who never got into Game of Thrones, this animated spoof of Burton’s ‘What’s This’ song embodies my reaction to the popular show I know so little about. Until you are willing to 100% commit, Game of Thrones is a foreign world that makes no sense. Nor does what all your friends keep saying about it.

This is stunning. It seems near impossible that anyone could stand at a ledge on the ocean floor and dive head first off of it. But what is even more mind-blowing is that they could do all this in one breath.

World champion freediver Guillaume Nery calmly walks into the water then dives into the deepest blue hole in the world, Dean’s Blue Hole, which measures 663 feet to the bottom.

The cinematography is beautiful. I have no idea how they knew to put the cameras where they did. Was there a diver filming? Nope. It was his girlfriend is also a freediver. So many mysteries. I want to become a champion freediver so I too can fall into the cracks in the ocean.


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