Today we’re studying a video from the @Google Talks channel on YouTube.
Google regularly post videos of people who come to talk to their staff. And a lot of them I find interesting. But I saw one recently that I particularly enjoyed. It was a talk by an artist called Travis Millard.
I found his speaking style really quite refreshing after listening to a lot of super polished speeches on channels like this and TED talks. I really liked his laid-back and humble way of speaking. And I liked his art too.
He talks about his life story and the work that he’s done and the stories about how he came to be doing particular jobs.
You can turn on the subtitles for this video too, so if you want, you can read along while you’re watching.
The start of his story goes something like this:
4:41 I grew up in Kansas City and my mum was a self-taught artist. She did a lot of painting when she was pregnant with me and with my brother. She didn't really paint otherwise. She mostly would do it for fun or relaxation. And so their basement is just littered with these old paintings that she did and they are really sweet.
To be littered with something means that there are many objects lying around untidily.
If you do a search for be littered with you can find many examples of how this expression is used, such as:
Rakuten is an online shopping mall which was founded in Japan in 1997. Wikipedia says it’s now among the top 10 largest internet companies in the world. Last week the company announced it would make English its official inhouse language by the end of 2012. They said executive meetings and internal documents would be in English. The president made the announcement speaking in English at a press conference. He said making English the company’s official language is expected to improve its employees’ abilities and broaden their perspectives.
And that was Stick News for Thursday the 8th of July. Kia ora.
The act of becoming emotionally and physically aroused by the sight or the thought of a technicality of a certain topic of major interest. It resembles an "orgasm of the mind". Geeking out is not a universal feeling. As a result, if one person in a group geeks out, everyone else is wondering in curiosity what is wrong with that person.
So it’s basically when you become really excited by something that’s of particular interest to you, but not necessarily to anybody else.
In his talk, Travis describes a moment where he geeks out. He says it’s a little story of me geeking out.
He went to Japan and they’d just arrived and they took a train somewhere and the train doors opened and the first guy he saw standing on the platform was wearing some shoes that he’d designed.
35:12 This guy is standing there with the shoes I did for Vans. The first dude I see standing there, and I'm like "Oh My God!" and I'm taking pictures of him and he just freaked out.
conversations with sarah
Who’s your favourite artist?
Veronica Who’s your favourite artist?
Sarah I don’t think I have a favourite artist …
Veronica How about your favourite New Zealand artist?
Sarah Mmm, I don’t know. Oh, one guy that I came across fairly recently that I like is Tony Ogle.
うむむ・・・そうだ、少し前にたまたま見かけた Tony Ogle が良いかも。
Veronica Where did you see his work?
Sarah Ah, in a book actually, one that I borrowed from my uncle.
Veronica What’s his work like?
Sarah Mainly paintings of beaches and surf. They’re really cool. 主に海とサーフィンの絵画。クールな作品です。