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Paris in Motion by Mayoul Akpovi

Mayoul Akpvo’s  timelapse photography of Paris in motion are an interesting set of images to look at –   The image of the city as a playground and vibrant are quite interesting to observe. More than that, the use of timelapse photography is a great choice of technology to drive home the image of a city under constant movement; (A key lesson learnt from this is that the technology used to observe urban space is as important as the message one wants to communicate about it). Part One: <p><a href=”″>Paris in Motion (Part I)</a> from <a href=””>Mayeul Akpovi</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> Part Two: <p><a href=”″>Paris in Motion (Part II)</a> from <a href=””>Mayeul Akpovi</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> Part Three: <p><a href=”″>Paris in Motion (Part III)</a> from <a href=””>Mayeul Akpovi</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

The oldest piano shop in Paris

Came across a video about the oldest piano shop in the city at 85 rue Pascal in the 13eme. It also captures one of the things that are quite remarkable about the French spirit – this sense of following your bliss, finding your niche and not necessarily franchising it for profit but simply enjoying what you do for its intrinsic value —

What makes these Parisians happy…

Came across this video which is part of a project to gather as many answers to the question of what makes people happy from different cities. This is the Parisian version. It’s quite a big question. The answers are quite interesting too. The answer(s) on my part would mostly revolve around my partner and family. This is a given. Being in Paris together is also a priceless gift! 50 people 1 question Paris from Stills in Motion Malmö on Vimeo. Another reason I found the video’s topic interesting is because a few months ago I did some work on the economics of measuring happiness in national accounts. The idea was that we can’t continue to simply say that countries are doing well or progressing just because they have great Gross Domestic Product statistics. We may need to look beyond traditional measures for gauging progress and think more creatively about what it means to be well, and to be developing as individuals and as societies. For one, fantastic GDP measures were not good enough measures to …

All that is best of dark and light, meet in her aspect and her eyes

Another timelapse of Paris (above) showing images of Paris by night. Also somehow reminds me of a loved poem by Lord Byron, and one that I’m not ashamed to call a favourite: SHE walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that ‘s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellow’d to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impair’d the nameless grace Which waves in every raven tress, Or softly lightens o’er her face; Where thoughts serenely sweet express How pure, how dear their dwelling-place. And on that cheek, and o’er that brow, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, The smiles that win, the tints that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent!

Bastille, Time and Einstein

Stumbled across this timelapse of the Bastille. Quite cool. Perhaps also quite interesting to see how much time is simply an imaginary concept. Time seems to be passing by quickly, but so much of life (and here the Bastille) essentially remains the same. Albert Einstein may have been correct in saying “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen all at once”.

With a bit of jazz and lots of coffee

It’s a brooding, grey morning and there is nothing quite like either Barbra Streisand or Malena Laszlo’s interpretation of “You must believe in Spring” to flood the room with warmth and light. In the face of assignments, presentations, proposals and deadlines – a touch of jazz and copious amounts of coffee are better than anything a doctor can prescribe.