God put a smile upon your face...

Ahreelee_1 This has got to be one of the coolest things I have ever seen in terms of independent video production.

Basically, an artist named Ahree Lee began taking a digicam self portrait of herself on November 1, 2001. This trend continued every single day. I think it's still going on as she calls this film a work in progress.

Well, she has now taken each shot and spliced it together into a film showing her evolution over what amounts to nearly five years. Each photo is a single frame within the video and, while it may sound a bit weird, the end result is fantastic.

And the music on the video was written by her husband. It, too, is really good.

Yes, this video is also available on YouTube, but if you watch it on AtomFilms, she actually receives a royalty for it. Either way, it's free to you.

Check it out.

Oh, and I've got a meme for you in the extended post, courtesy of SJ.

One Book:

  1. One book that changed my life: Tough one. Probably any of a number of Choose Your Own Adventure novels that I read as a kid since they were some of the first books I read purely for pleasure. Thus opening me up to reading as an obsession.
  2. One book that I have read more than once: None. I have never read a book more than once for pleasure. I have gone back and reread bits and pieces for the purpose of reminding myself of some detail I forgot and needed for reference, but I have never read one more than once if it wasn't for school. And that lone academic instance would be Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet which I read both in high school and grad school.
  3. One book I would want on a deserted island: Definitely not that TV tie-in book to the show Lost, that's for sure. Heh. But as an ironic sort of fun read, I'd have to pick Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. Whole island theme going here.
  4. One book that made me laugh: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. I harp about this one quite often, but that's because it's damn good.
  5. One book that made me cry: Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan. I can't imagine a single red-blooded human being that wouldn't at least get weepy reading this. Even if you're not a dog lover.
  6. One book I wish I'd written: Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini by Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg, M.D. Hilariously funny, yet practical, guide to those medical questions you'd never ask in public. The concept is brilliant as is the execution.
  7. One book I wish had never been written: Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard. Oh, how it's fucked up modern "religion" and Hollyweird.
  8. One book I am currently reading: Cast of Shadows by Kevin Guilfoile and A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger. Okay, so it's two. I'm juggling here.
  9. One book I have been meaning to read: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson. I've been eyeing this book for years and have yet to even buy it. Then, of course, there's one that I bought years ago and still have to read. And that is The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis.
  10. One book I think everyone should read: Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine.

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Dave2

"Last Chance To See"?? Sweet. One of my all-time favorites. :-)

kilax

Woah, that video is neat! The music is a bit freaky though!

Bre

I've read "Last Chance to See" at least 1,000 times! And Marley and Me made me cry so hard I could barely breath.... so... good choices!

Kevin

Dave, totally understandable why it's one of your faves. It was a damn fine book. I'm glad I finally took your recommendation and read it.

Kilax, isn't it cool? I can't wait to see how it progresses over the years.

Bre, I think Last Chance may be one of the first I do wind up reading multiple times. Marley and Me made me tear up and made Katie sob hysterically.

RW

Seriously brilliant.

Karl

Very cool video. Thanks for the link.

"Lamb" totally rocks. Brilliant book.

ms. sizzle

i like the book meme! and i am so going to check out that woman's site. thanks for the linkage. :)

Dagny

Loved the video. I cannot believe that you hae never read a book more than once. That's why I buy books. So I can read them again and again. And thank you for listing "Dianetics" as a book that should not have been written.

nicole

Interesting how her expression remains so constant in each photo. I loved the music. It sounds perfect for a mystery-type film. Did you notice the day she had a blonde wig on? :)

*lynne*

The video:
- had me thinking of PEter Gabriel's Sledgehammer video
- I caught that huge blonde wig too - too funny!
- overall - great vid, thanx for sharing!

The Book Meme
i am definitely stealing this one. But I too can't believe you don't re-read books: there are some that are just too good to be read just once. Or sometimes, too subtle. Or depending on when in your life you read a certain book, different things resonate with you at different readings, y'know?

Hilly

That video is crazy...I wonder if I could do that with how I look when I first get out of bed until ready to leave the house? *snort* Talk about transformation ;)

I used to LOVE the "choose your own adventure" series of books...I think it totally developed my creativity and penchant for mystery.

Dustin

That is one trippy video. Can we say "long term project?"

It is pretty cool though. Chronicling your life takes on a whole new meaning.

claire

Cool video. Thanks for sharing that link.

And cool meme...short enough I may just go knock it out.

Kevin

RW, I completely agree.

Karl, that's one of my favorite books of all time. Hence why I was so stoked about meeting him and having him sign my copy.

Sizz, no problem.

Dagny and lynne, it's not that I don't want to reread certain books. It's just that given the number of books I still want to read before I die, I feel like I cannot justify the time spent rereading one. Not yet at least. Believe me when I say there are plenty I would reread, they were that good.

Nicole, yep, caught the blonde wig. Tripped me out a bit.

Hilly, that would be a great way to document a weight-loss project, too.

Dustin, very long-term project.

Claire, so not like one of my huge drawn-out memes, right?

Tracy Lynn

I reread Terry Pratchett, because he just gets funnier with each reading. I recently read A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore's latest, it's very good. I've been a fan since Practical Demonkeeping.
The Devil In White City is a really good book. I bought it for the serial killer part, but wound up being fascinated by the fair part in equal measure.

And that video is mesmerizing. Very cool.

suze

I love anything by Christopher Moore, but especially Lamb. So funny, even my minister father enjoyed it :)

Kevin

Tracy, I read A Dirty Job too and liked it. Of course, it's because I love Christopher Moore and had him sign my copy of it when he was in town a few months ago. Thanks for the info on Devil.

Suze, many religious people I know have read it and love it. They think it has a very good message about inclusion. I'd love to hear it covered in a sermon somewhere.

Sereena X

RW sent me here.

Strange video. Takes dedication.

Nice book survey. I'd like to borrow it, as soon as I have time to give the questions some thought.

Kevin

Sereena, I will have to thank RW. Yeah, it is a strange video, but still very cool both in terms of the result and the level of dedication. How easy it would have been to just say "screw it, I'm tired of this." Go ahead and steal the meme. That's what they are there for.

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