10 year old blind Down Syndrome kid plays amazing Paganini piano transcription by Liszt

Franz Lizst

Franz Lizst

La Campanella is the third of Franz Liszt‘s six Grandes Etudes de Paganini, based on Paganini’s 2nd Violin Concerto. A demanding piece to execute, such as is common in Liszt’s work, it studies large hand jumps, often larger than an octave, and is a brisk paced Allegretto.

The video shows a 10 year old blind kid with Down Syndrome, Noboyuki Tsuyii, beautifully working his way through the piece and the subsequent standing ovation by the whole auditorium.

If you liked this video watch Pogorelic at the Chopin competition, Yo-Yo Ma’s moving Swan, or Horowitz’s encore in his epic return to Moscow!

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Documentary – The Amazing Mistery of the Crop Circles!

Crop Circles - Swirl

Crop Circles - Swirl

Every summer, throughout the South of England and many other places around the world, crops are used as a giant canvas on which strange geometrical shapes of extreme complexity are painted by unknown artists. some say they’re a man made hoax, some that its aliens. Regardless of what the answer to this question is, the truth is that they’re truly amazing.

Attracted by the underlying mistery behind the crop circle phenomenon, the Academy Award nominee and Emmy award winner documentary filmmaker William Gazecki, embarked on a voyage of discovery to try and explain, or at least begin to understand the crop circle phenomenon, which resulted in the release of the 2002 documentary “Crop Circles: Quest for truth”.

If you like this video, you should also watch the one on UFOs and US military!

Watch the full version of “Crop Circles: Quest for truth”

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Documentary – Vincent Van Gogh – The power of art!

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh

Find here the BBC produced documentary on the life of Vincent van Gogh conducted by Simon Schama, as part of the acclaimed “The Power of Art

Vincent Willem van Gogh (; 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died at the age of 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found). His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.

Van Gogh loved art from an early age. He began to draw as a child, and he continued making drawings throughout the years leading to his decision to become an artist. He did not begin painting until his late twenties, completing many of his best-known works during his last two years. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, consisting of 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints. His work included self portraits, landscapes, still lifes of flowers, portraits and paintings of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers.

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If you liked this video you should check out the ones on Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock!

You can buy “The Power of Art” complete series HERE!

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The best UFO documentary I’ve ever seen – “I know what I saw 2010”

UFO

UFO

The documentary “I Know What I Saw” change the way we see the universe. Director, James Fox assembled some of the most credible UFO witnesses from around the world to testify at The National Press Club in Washington D.C.. They were: Air Force Generals, US astronauts, military pilots, commercial pilots, government and FAA officials from seven countries. Governor Fife Symington from Arizona stated said, it: “will challenge your reality”.

If you liked this video you should check out the one about Crop Circles!

Watch here the full 2010 documentary “I know what I saw”

While technically a UFO refers to any unidentified flying object, in modern popular culture the term UFO has generally become synonymous with alien spacecraft; however the term ETV (ExtraTerrestrial Vehicle) is sometimes used to separate this explanation of UFOs from totally earthbound explanations.

Proponents argue that because these objects appear to be technological and not natural phenomenon, and are alleged to display flight characteristics or have shapes seemingly unknown to conventional technology, the conclusion is then that they must not be from Earth. Though UFO sightings have occurred throughout recorded history, modern interest in them dates from World War II (see foo fighter), further fueled in the late 1940s by Kenneth Arnold‘s coining of the term flying saucer and the Roswell UFO Incident. Since then governments have investigated UFO reports, often from a military perspective- and UFO researchers have investigated, written about, and created organizations devoted to the subject. One such investigation, The UK’s Project Condign report, notes that Russian, Former Soviet Republics, and Chinese authorities have made a co-ordinated effort to understand the UFO topic and that State military organizations, particularly in Russia, have done “considerably more work (than is evident from open sources)” on military applications which have stemmed from their UFO research. The report also noted that “several aircraft have been destroyed and at least four pilots have been killed ‘chasing UFOs’.

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Documentary – Sir Norman Foster – “Building the Gherkin”

Swiss Re London HQ "The Gherkin"

Swiss Re London HQ "The Gherkin"

At the end of the Last Century, the european insurance conglomerate Swiss Re didn’t find a suitable space to group its operations in London’s financial district. It mandated world acclaimed architect Sir Norman Foster to solve the problem, which he did by proposing a building that would change the architectural paradigm, shifting from boxed like skyscrapers to a cigar shape which was popularly named the Gherkin. In the year 2000 the city of London granted the permit to construct it. It was occupied by Swiss Re’s employees in 2004. This is the famous documentary on its history “Building the Gherkin”.

If you liked this video watch the one on Zaha Hadid and the groundbreaking GuangZhou Opera House!

Watch here “Building the Gherkin”. Fast forward to minute 2 to skip the introduction.

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd (German: Schweizerische Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG), generally known as Swiss Re, is a Swiss reinsurance company. It is the world’s second-largest reinsurer, after having acquired GE Insurance Solutions. The company has its headquarters in Zurich. Founded in 1863, Swiss Re operates through offices in more than 25 countries.

Its London office is located in the award-winning 30 St Mary Axe tower, which opened on 25 May 2004. 30 St Mary Axe is London’s first environmentally sustainable tall building. Among the building’s most distinctive features are its windows, which open to allow natural ventilation to supplement the mechanical systems for a good part of the year.

The landmark London skyscraper, designed by architect Norman Foster and popularly known as ‘the gherkin’, was confirmed sold on 5 February 2007 for over £600 million (US$1.18 billion) to a group formed of IVG Immobilien AG of Germany and Evans Randall of Mayfair.

Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM Kt. (born 1 June 1935) is a British architect whose company maintains an international design practice, Foster + Partners.

Foster was raised in Manchester in a working-class family and was intrigued by design and engineering from a young age. His years observing Mancunian architecture subsequently influenced his works, and was inspired to pursue a career in architecture after a treasurer clerk noticed his sketches and interest in Manchester’s buildings while he worked atManchester Town Hall.

Foster gained an internship at a local architect’s office before submitting a portfolio and winning a place at the University of Manchester School of Architecture. He subsequently won a scholarship to study at the Yale School of Architecture in the United States of America.

Foster returned to the United Kingdom in 1963 and set up a practice, Team 4 which became Foster + Partners. His breakthrough building was arguably the Willis Building in Ipswich in 1975 and he has since designed landmark structures such asWembley Stadium and 30 St Mary Axe. He is one of Britain’s most prolific architects of his generation. In 2009 Foster was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category.

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A quick look at the European Cookie Banning Law!

Http Cookies

Http Cookies

Not so long ago, in 2009, the European Commission passed a law regulating the use of cookies for all companies operating in the internet. The deadline for the adoption of the law was May 2011, only 3 of the European Countries embraced such regulation; Denmark, Estonia and UK, which as of realizing it wasn’t really something enforceable gave a “grace” period for companies to adapt to it.

The fact is 92% of websites use cookies for one thing or another, and most probably, all sites you’re visiting are breaking the law. Watch the video at the bottom of the page.

Find here a video from Silktide that briefly illustrates in 2 minutes all the basics of the law you need to know.

cookie, also known as an HTTP cookieweb cookie, or browser cookie, is used for an origin website to send state information to a user‘s browser and for the browser to return the state information to the origin site. The state information can be used for authentication, identification of a user session, user’s preferences, shopping cart contents, or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data on the user’s computer.

Cookies cannot be programmed, cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer. However, breaches of browser security can allow tracking cookies to be placed which are then used as spyware to track user’s browsing activities—a major privacy concern that prompted European and US law makers to take action. The security of a cookie generally depends on the security of the issuing website and the user’s web browser. If not implemented correctly, a cookie’s data can be intercepted by a hacker to gain unapproved access to the user’s data and possibly to the originating website.

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Find here a video from Silktide that briefly illustrates in 2 minutes all the basics of the law you need to know!

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James Cameron dives to the bottom of the Mariana Trench as preparation for Avatar 2!

James Cameron - Filmmaker and explorer

James Cameron - Filmmaker and explorer

National Geographic explorer in residence and world renowned James Cameron will soon be diving to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the ocean, 35,000 feet, as part of a general research trip, but also as preparation for Avatar 2, which, as rumor says, will take place under the sea. This trip has been preceded from previous expeditions by Cameron himself to the bottom of lake Baikal in Russia. This will be the first attempt to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the last 50 years. Watch videos below!

The Mariana Trench or Marianas Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands. The trench is about 2,550 kilometres (1,580 mi) long but has a mean width of only 69 kilometres (43 mi). It reaches a maximum-known depth of about 10.91 kilometres (6.78 mi) (35,800 ft) at the Challenger Deep, a small slot-shaped valley in its floor, at its southern end, although some unrepeated measurements place the deepest portion at 11.03 kilometres (6.85 mi).

James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian film director, film producer, deep-sea explorer, screenwriter, visual artist, editor, environmentalist and inventor. His writing and directing work includes Piranha II: The Spawning (1981), The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Dark Angel(2000–2002).

In the time between making Titanic and his return to feature films with Avatar (2009), Cameron spent several years creating many documentary films (specifically underwater documentaries), and also co-developed the digital 3D Fusion Camera System. Described by a biographer as part-scientist and part-artist, Cameron has also contributed to underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards overall, and received half of them, three Oscars forTitanic.

In total, Cameron’s directorial efforts have grossed approximately US$2 billion in North America and US$6 billion worldwide. Without adjusting for inflation, Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar are the two highest-grossing films of all time at $1.84 billion and $2.78 billion respectively. In March 2011 he was named Hollywood’s top earner by Vanity Fair, with estimated 2010 earnings of $257 million.

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Watch James Cameron National Geographic Mariana Trench trip preparations: Find below an animation of the Mariana Trench by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Documentary – The Life of Mark Rothko – The Power of Art

documentary from Simon Schama‘s famous series, The Power of art, on the life of Mark Rothko, from his beginning to his impact on american twentieth century art and the world in general.

Mark Rothko, born Marcus Rothkowitz (September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970), was a Russian-American painter. He is classified as an abstract expressionist, although he himself rejected this label, and even resisted classification as an “abstract painter“.

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If you liked this documentary, watch Jackson Pollock’s one!

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Astonishing Mapping the Facade of the Frank Gehry IAC HQ for the Vimeo Festival – The Lightline of Gotham!

 

Vimeo Festival

Vimeo Festival

When the CEO of IAC, Bruce Foley, was looking for a show to round up the Vimeo video festival, a 3D mapping on the Facade of Frank Gehry‘s IAC Headquarters was proposed, the result “Lighting Gotham” was so impressive that the company decided to share it with the general public.Vimeo  is a video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos. It was founded by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein in November 2004. They left the company in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The name Vimeo was created by co-founder Jake Lodwick and is a play on the word video, inserting the word “me” as a reference to the site’s dedication to user-made video and is also ananagram of the word, “movie.”

IAC purchased Vimeo in August 2006, as part of its acquisition of Connected Ventures. Dae Mellencamp is the Chief Executive Officer of Vimeo. In January 2009, Mellencamp joined IAC as General Manager of Vimeo.

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If you liked this video check out the one of a Japanese band with electroluminiscent suits, Tron revisited!

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Wikileaks Documentary!

Wikileaks Documentary

Wikileaks Documentary

A fully fledged documentary on Wikileaks, the nature of leadership of its founder Julien Assange as well as recent evolutions and its situation after the Irak war scandal.

WikiLeaks is an international, online, self-described not-for-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks,  and whistleblowers. Its website, launched in 2006 under The Sunshine Press organisation, claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents within a year of its launch. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its founder, editor-in-chief, and director. Kristinn Hrafnsson is the only other publicly known acknowledged associate of WikiLeaks as of 2011. Hrafnsson is also a member of the company Sunshine Press Productions along with Assange, Ingi Ragnar Ingason and Gavin MacFadyen.

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Watch here the complete Wikileaks Documentary

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