Grams of Gold.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUELb7231a79

September 25, 2015, Ottawa, ON – A brilliant amalgamation of electronic music and down-south flow, Big Grams is the brainchild of hip hop heavyweight Big Boi and rising star duo Phantogram. Reemerging in a big way after time spent away from his original super-duo Outkast, Big Boi, alongside Big Grams, offers up soulful hooks and anthemic underlays from team Phantogram, propelled forward by Big Boi’s boisterous bravado, ready at the helm.

Definitely worth every gram.

Here’s to the directors of photography.

Directors of photography never seem to get enough credit these days. As creatives, we oftentimes overlook the sheer, yet subtle importance of proper framing when capturing a scene and getting the look and feel ‘just right’.

Personally, I think some of the most inspirational photo direction, ever, can be seen in a lot of Donald Glover’s work. Likely because he has experience in both the film and TV industries, he really knows how to select some of the best directors for getting the right images across.

Cinematographers could definitely learn a thing of two from Larkin Seiple, Donald Glover’s director of photography for his short film: Clapping for the Wrong Reasons.

Why Formal Education Should Take A Lesson In Jeet Kune Do.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

Adapt or die. Not in the literal sense – or perhaps in the literal sense – formalized education has become a stale, standardization of skills; effectively diminishing one’s own ability to grow creatively.

The body, like the mind, is an engine unique unto each individual. So then, should that mean that using preset solutions for solving problems be the only correct way of doing things?

If your kick is faster, more powerful; yet, does not meet the criteria for how a kick should be executed, would your kick then, be wrong? Not if it gets the job done. History is littered with great institutionalized failures that have eventually become great successes. Where they were once seen as wrong, we now see them as innovators in their field.

Granted, there are preset universal laws of nature that we each must abide by; but to cast out new ways of thinking that may provide a better alternative to the archetype would be a misstep in the learning and development of our society. We are at the dawn of a new age in creativity, all thanks to the power of the internet, and to dismiss open source creativity for inflexible dogma would be a disservice to all those proverbially peering outside the box.

Through adaptation, progression, and evolution, Jeet Kune Do has provided an appropriate framework for what continuous and effective improvement looks like. By keeping only the rules of nature in mind, and doing away with forcibly rigid schools of thought, we can each find our own unique creativity and way of doing things — if only we be like water.

Sir Ken Robinson – School Kills Creativity