I am still a wimp when it comes to scary movies. Especially the implausible ones. Do I have a fear of serial killers coming to get me in the middle of the night? Psh, no way, what are the chances of that? It is clearly the ghost that lives in my bathroom mirror that will end me. I do love Halloween though, and can’t help indulging in a few heart thumping films in preparation. What really makes a movie scary? I know for me it’s not the blood and guts type horror flick, but something a little more subtle. Some of the best scary movies use the atmosphere, setting and music to send shivers up your spine. Carrie, Halloween, and The Shinning are all great examples that simple can sometimes be better. Still what exactly did the filmmakers do to make these successful thrillers that would stand the test of time?
According to Rob Ager, The Shining in particular plays with us by skewing our spatial awareness of the film’s architecture. Doors to no where, overlapping staircases and impossible windows are just some of the design “defects” that Ager points out in this analysis. He is very adamant that these were not mistakes on the set designers part, but in fact deliberately included by Stanley Kubrick to add to the theme of the movie. Take a few minutes to explore the maze of the Hotel Overlook through Ager’s eyes. You might want to curl up with some popcorn and rewatch The Shinning this Halloween to see if you can spot any odd architectural anomalies yourself.
liars//the exact color of doubt
Today’s music monday is actually a video from Nowness.com of Stephanie Gilmore. This is not your normal surf video however. Set to a new track from the band Liars, this black and white footage portrays the softer side of surfing. Imagine holding your breath and letting the surf engulf you…that is what this song feels like.
Click me to watch the full video.
PS read the whole description of the shoot. Who knew Devendra Banhart could surf!?
[image from espn.com]
This next house isn’t necessarily a feat of architectural wonder. As the old adage says, it’s all about “location location location.” If you are an avid surfer, there is no place that you would rather be than Oahu’s North Shore, directly in front of one of the most famous breaks in the world…Pipeline. In 2007 Volcom expanded their stake of land here by purchasing a second house next door from their current single story dwelling. This three story, 3,000 square foot house had more appeal than just it’s fabulous location. It was built by none other than surfing legend Gerry Lopez in the 1970s and is probably one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in surfing history. Volcom’s compound now houses the luckiest of their team riders and crew. Just imagine waking up to this view every morning:
While the original house has a reputation for parties, “Gerry’s” house is more mellow and Volcom seems adamant about keeping the legacy of the home intact. Check out the video for a quick tour of the main house…and every surfer’s dream residence.
When I first found out I was pregnant I was of course ecstatic. Not too long after, reality hit me and a flood of questions popped into my mind.
What will my life be like as a mother?
How will I juggle work?
Should I be a stay at home mom?
How can I convince the doctor I should still be able to go surfing?
It is almost enough to send you into a frenzy. Unfortunately it is harder for us ladies to make this transition than our male counterparts. Sure my husband is going to be super awesome and help me with midnight feedings. Will he take paternity leave or change his job to accommodate our new little one? No. And I don’t really think anyone would expect him to. No wonder the term “supermom” is actually in the dictionary. When it comes down to it though, I don’t think any woman is capable of “doing it all.” What does that even mean? Rather we do the best we can and try to find what works for us.
Since I have been pregnant (and even prior to taking the plunge) I have gotten great guidance from my friends and family about babies, jobs and keeping sane. I love that each of them have such different backgrounds and situations that have affected their advice…but regardless have made me feel excited and ready for this big change in my life. It seems that there is no right answer for navigating your first baby (or second, or twins!) but rather that it is a time you should enjoy. I think if we all realized we can’t be perfect we would see how awesome of a job we are actually doing. So because these stories have all inspired me in their own unique ways…I would love to do a series of interviews sharing them with you.
Keep an eye out for the first installment of Baby Balance coming soon!