15 Memorable and Most-Viewed Posts on Booooooom in 2017

A look back at 15 of the most memorable and most viewed posts from the past year.
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How a Character’s Use of Vocal Control Directs the Narrative of the Film

In another of his truly insightful video essays, host Jack Nugent of the series Now You See It speaks to the immersive technique of vocal control as was regularly utilized by actor John Wayne in most of his roles and particularly with Daniel Day-Lewis‘ sublime performance as Daniel Fairview in the 2007 film There Will Be Blood. Both men in their respective roles, use their voice or its withdrawal to control the narrative, the scene and those around them; diminishing those who seek approval as well as those who rebel against the character’s authoritative nature. Questions are ignored, speech is interrupted, promises are made and then broken. How the characters exert their vocal control most profoundly, however, is in the need to be recognized as the most important voice at all times, the proverbial the voice of God.

Daniel Plainview may have the vocal influence but he’s a conman. In one of his monologues he elegantly talks about the schools he’ll build, the wheat he’ll grow, the importance of family values but the visual shows only men and no schools, irrigation or farmland just people preparing the drilling. His voice of God Authority tricks us even though Plainview constantly talks about bringing wealth to the town there are actually very few signs of him improving the town.

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“Nothing To Report” by Photographer Laurent Laporte

Some beautiful shots from Paris-based photographer Laurent Laporte’s latest series. Contrary to Laporte’s usual documentarian sensibilities, “Nothing To Report” represents a decided effort not to tell a story but, rather, focus freely on his aesthetic obsessions with light, shape, composition and ideas of loneliness. However, as Laporte reflects, the project became more of an observation in our inability to completely let go:

“Despite setting my goal as “freedom,” once gathered, these images ultimately created a consistency and homogeneity that I didn’t really expect. In a sense, this assembly makes me admit my failure at an attempt to create something completely free. In the end, absolute freedom, in its most fundamental sense, doesn’t really exist. But these images are my attempts to approach it—even if it will always remain just out of reach.”

See more images from “Nothing To Report” below.

 

Laurent Laporte


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How Ongoing Competition Between Airlines Affects the Cost of a Flight

In a high-flying episode of his informative series, Wendover Productions explained the science behind the cost of airline flights, the cheapest days to fly, the different codes used in pricing and how the constant competition within the industry has caused airlines to lower their prices, particularly at larger airports.

It’s all about competition. Different routes of the same distance cost different amounts generally not because they cost different amounts to operate, but because of how much the competitors are charging. This is part of why flights into small airports are so expensive—because they lack competition. …In all, the truth is that prices reflect what people will pay and so people will pay what flights are priced.

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A Gorgeous Wooden Sculpture of a Floating Coffee Cup Spilling Out a Rainbow of Colored Pencils

Bobby Duke, a very talented wood carver and artist in Fort Worth, Texas, crafted an amazing floating coffee cup that’s tipped over and spilling a rainbow of colored pencils that lands with a big splash onto its base. The entire sculpture is made of wood, in a process that Duke very generously shares on camera in both long and short form video. Once completed, Duke put the sculpture up for auction on Ebay. It sold for $4,550 and 10% of the proceeds will be going to St. Jude’s Hospital. .

the original “floating cup pencil carving”. It is one of a kind and completely hand made by me, Bobby Duke 🙂 Cup is carved from a solid block of basswood (handle is not glued on) Colored pencils and cup are encased in clear resin. Base is made from unknown wood species (burl). Dimensions are, Height 16.25in Width 4.75in Depth 9.25in. …I will be giving 10% of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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Explosive Light-Based Installations by Adela Andea

Romanian-born artist Adela Andea creates futuristic light installations that range from wall-based works to immersive environments. The pieces appears as lit explosions, with LED lights, magnifying lenses, and flex neon springing outwards in a blend of chaos and control. Despite their composition of electrified material, each work is inspired by a natural phenomena. Andea looks to bioluminescent sea life, melting icebergs, and cosmological events to shape the composition and meaning of her large-scale installations.

Andea is currently represented by Anya Tish Gallery in Houston and Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas. You can see more of her neon-based installations on her website. (via The Jealous Curator)


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Blowing Up a Snowman With a Mixture of Oxygen and Acetylene Gas in Slow Motion

Blowing Up a Snowman With a Mixture of Oxygen and Acetylene Gas

Finnish couple Lauri Vuohensilta and Anni Vuohensilta of the Beyond the Press channel captured slow motion footage of a snowman being blown up. They pulled of their explosive stunt by stuffing a large garbage bag, filled with about “100 liters of oxy-acetylene gas mix,” inside of their unlucky snowman.

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Musician in a Striped Sweater Plays the Oasis Song ‘Wonderwall’ in a Variety of Styles on his Synthesizer

The humorous and talented musician Seth Everman, clad in a striped sweater and occasional sunglasses, stared directly into the camera and skillfully performed the very catchy Oasis song “Wonderwall” in a number of genres and instrument styles while trying out all the features of his new, highly sophisticated synthesizer.

since i don’t have human friends i did this instead of partying on new year’s eve enjoy (yes i actually bought the damn keyboard for only this one video)

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Amusing Footage of Clumsy Gorillas Failing to Grab Sufficient Hold of the Tree That They’re Climbing

Climbing Silverback Gorilla

A photographer for the BBC Earth program Gorilla Family and Me followed the family of gorillas after their proud silverback blocked traffic as they crossed the road and found the gorgeous primates up in the trees searching for food. Noticing that they had a tendency to be a little clumsy sometimes, the photographer mischievously captured a bit of amusing footage showing the gorillas as they failed to grab sufficient hold of the tree that they were climbing at the time.

Life in the trees can be hard when you weigh over 200 pounds.

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Husband Gives Wife Cabbage Patch Kid From Her Childhood For Christmas and She Cries Tears of Joy

David Barragan did Christmas right last year by giving his wife Laura Mejia a special Cabbage Patch Kids doll from her childhood, named Tina, and she cried tears of joy. Mejia had to give up all of her toys at the age of 10, including Tina, before she and her family immigrated to the United States from Columbia. There was just not enough room on the plane.

When I was 8 years old for Christmas I received a Cabbage Patch Kid Doll who came with a bathing suit,snorkeling mask and floaties; her name was Tina.

When I turned 10, my family and I were immigrating to the United States and I was told by my parents that I would have to leave all my toys behind, even my precious Tina, because we couldn’t carry much on the plane. I was only allowed a little backpack. I cried about leaving her behind, and to this day I still remember her. (read more)

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

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