#MOVINGPORTRAITS EP. 1 “Bhind the Camera.” with Brentley ‘Wabo’ Bautista

Stoked to have the first dude who taught me about videography serve as the first person on ‪#‎MOVINGPORTRAITS. Check out Episode 1, “Behind the Camera,” now to gain some insight from the founder of eight:six media.

Grams of Gold.

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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.

A World Run On Renewable Energy.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

greenenergySeptember 19, 2015, Toronto, ON – As byproducts of the industrial revolution, how can we ever commit to green-energy when everything that we do and continue to do is centered around the production and utilization of non-renewable resources?

Even in situations where “going-green” is the affable alternative, we are still caught in the paradox of utilizing non-renewable resources in order to erect and sustain these renewable sources of energy. Take for example windmills. An altruistic endeavor aimed at promoting a healthy planetary ecosystem, sure; however, what colour is the windmill? How did you drive the parts over in order to construct it? Were there any plastic pieces utilized during its construction? No? Then how about the rain boots that your manager wore in order to keep his feet dry?

By taking the analytical approach, we can see that no matter how far down we decide to reconstruct our culture, unless we are fully willing to put forth a drastic change with drastic consequences, we will forever be caught in the spin cycle of non-renewable energy. It’s just how our entire civilization has evolved in order to get to where we are today.

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Slowing down – not stopping – seems to be our only viable solution, as, if we are truly committed to making a serious change in this world, we must first ask ourselves: at what cost? Are we really ready and willing to give up our iPhones, internet, tea cups, oil paintings, fashion accessories, speaker systems, etc. cold turkey, just to ‘save our species’?

Though, from where I’m sitting, it kind of looks like slowing down may not be enough and quitting cold turkey seems a bit too unfavorable for the commonly complacent.

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Uncool, Canon cameras, uncool…

Under a month in and my new Canon 70D got hit up with an irritating firmware glitch that not even the message boards of the internet could solve. My only option, send it in for repairs.

Sad to think that my Nikon D5100 lasted over a year and a half with heavy use, was purchased second-hand and still sustains no faults even to this day. Should have listened to Casey Neistat when I had the chance – Canon can be full of glitches; as my brand new 70D-self found out after only under a month of use.

C’est la vie. Such is life.

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V 4 X D : BOOK II

Check out the latest V 4 X D photo book by hitting the image, below. Stay tuned for Book 3 of 3 – the final in the V 4 X D photo book series. Missed BOOK I? Click HERE now to check out the first book of the series!

– book ii playlist – J Cole – Lights Please Jay Z – Allure feat. Pharrell Williams Saigon – Lady Sings The Blues Kendrick Lamar – Wanna Be Heard

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Artistic Minds Podcast #2

We live in an amazing wold filled with immense wonder and beauty. There is no good or bad, there only is. Respect others, do good, love and enjoy your life. That being said, check out the latest podcast from Artistic Minds featuring me! [Disclaimer: futurist thoughts ensue. :)] Hit the image below and enjoy –

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8tracks addiction.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

Feb. 8, 2015, Toronto, ON – If you’re anything like me, and you’re addicted to constantly finding new music to let your mind wander during creative bursts of inspiration, I’d seriously consider giving 8tracks.com a look.8tracks

Allowing you to pick out genres and musical themes like toppings on a Pizza Pizza order, 8tracks spits out free and ready-made playlists, developed exclusively by other members, relating back to the categories that you chose.

Never boring and always providing an endless stream of new and entertaining sounds, this musical self-serve buffet is a great place for any music-junkie looking to break away from their daily iPhone shuffle mix.

Here’s a personal favourite of my own, ‘Chill Mix’. Hit the link and start effortlessly discovering your own mixes, today: 8tracks.com

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Laugh yourself into wakefulness.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

maxresdefaultFeb. 07, 2015, Toronto, ON – Why is it that the most spiritually awakened, objective individuals among us are majority comedians? With their light hearted candor and objective deconstruction of society’s folly, they offer us a glimpse at the more meaningful and truthful aspects of life, allowing us to not only poke fun at ourselves, but also jar us into awakedness in the process.

From Joe Rogan, to Jimmy Dore, to Russell Brand, to Dave Chappelle, we are afforded a truthful dissection of the malpractice of society, as they continue to open our minds and challenge public opinion.

Perhaps the world would be better run if we had a few more comedians in charge – or, at least, a little bit more jovial.

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Check out some enlightening wisdom, below:

 

+ more (CLICK) — “Essentials.”

EssentialsSMIn keeping with the growing trend, I thought I’d put out my own essentials kit. Here it is:

  • Nikon D5100
  • Nikkor AF-S 50mm 1.8G lens
  • Zeikos ZE-NBG5100 Power Battery Grip
  • Macbook Pro 15″
  • Yongnuo Speedlite YN560 III
  • Duracell is1000 rechargeable batteries
  • Two custom bracelets
  • Custom Japanese Katana Keychain & Carabiner
  • BURTON Durable Goods backpack
  • Element Wallet

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Being more human: the Reebok way.

BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL

be-more-human-86361824Feb. 02, 2015, Toronto, ON – It looks like Reebok has finally decided to answer back against Nike’s -Find Your Greatness- commercials with its very own –Be More Human- campaign. Regardless of your perspective on either company, it’s great to see that corporations have at least finally begun addressing (or capitalizing on) the positivity behind growing the human potential. From motivational soundbites to crescendoing anthems, we may have all just entered a new paradigm in commercial-evolution: the “you can be the best ‘you’ that you want to be” mindset.

Duplicitous history and corporate agendas aside, I’m sure that we can all at least agree that this is a nice step in the right direction.