Animating the past

The GIFs by French photographer and animator Nicolas Monterrat on this Tumblr include some funny, creative, and sometimes very spooky images (via Colossal). Many of them take old photos and animate them in unexpected ways. Not much English input today, but plenty to try to explain and express your opinions about. You could even turn these GIFs into a story.




I’m a big fan of noticing … noticing how language is used by native speakers (and then using it yourself as much as you can) is the best way to become more fluent.

This is a different kind of noticing: paying attention to things around you and noticing similarities.

Here’s the whole (short) video:

It’s a great photography prompt. Take a walk around your neighborhood or look around your room at all the objects. What do they remind you of?

For example: a cat in my neighborhood looks like a kangaroo:

(kangaroo photo source)

Last photos and alien fish

This short documentary asks people to share the stories behind the last photo on their phone. It’s a good discussion starter. WARNING: This particular video has a bit of swearing, but I think it’s worth it to see real people speaking real English.

One of these stories reminded me of something I was watching on TV last night about alien fish species in Lake Biwa. In a short time, the people caught something like 30+ blue gill (a foreign species) and only 1 fish that was indigenous to the lake. They also caught some turtles that didn’t belong there. The problem is partly due to people throwing unwanted pets into the lake. Like the lady in the video with the guinea pig her kid no longer was interested in. At least they did the responsible thing and took it back to the pet store, instead of abandoning it in the wild.

Here’s a little explainer about alien fish in Lake Biwa and other places. It’s a teacher’s blog and it’s a bit old, but it may give you some ideas for research.

Anyway, what’s the last photo on your phone? Mine is of Mt. Hood in Oregon. Last week my dad and I took a drive to Jonsrud Viewpoint, about 25 miles outside Portland, to see the view.

On the way, we passed a sign for a small community with a funny name:

Here are other videos in the Last Photo series::

Last Photo – San Francisco:
Last Photo – Los Angeles:
Last Photo – New York:
Last Photo – Miami:
Last Photo – Alabama:
Last Photo – London:
Last Photo – Detroit:

“People in order”

More interesting than statistics? The real people behind them.

Here are three videos showing people “in order” — the first is 48 couples in order of the length of their relationship. The second is 100 people in order of age. The third is 73 households in order of income. I would really like to see a student create something like this to show the world more of Japan.