1. Little Taiko Boy combines Western holiday traditions, Shinto mythology and Japanese gay culture to advocate a very different way of wrapping gifts for a loved one.

    Little Taiko Boy's soundtrack is a safer-sex parody of the American Christmas carol "The Little Drummer Boy" interspersed with the slow rumble of a traditional Japanese taiko drum that sounds like a massive throbbing heart beat. Against this backdrop, several men meet in Tokyo's bathhouses, love hotels and cruising spots for intimate encounters, watched over by a glamorous drag version of Amaterasu Omikami, the Shinto goddess of the Sun played by Japanese activist and artist MADAME BONJOUR JOHNJ. Like a queer Santa Claus, the goddess leaves each couple a condom in a bejeweled wrapper as a gift and blessing for the night.

    While Little Taiko Boy's setting is local to Tokyo, the contrasting elements woven together within the video emphasize how universal its issues are: the music brings together the modern and the traditional, the East and the West; the images depict the carnal and the spiritual, and ancient deities take up new roles in the modern world. And despite the urgency of its safer-sex message, the video not only embraces sensuality wholeheartedly, but does so with humor; after all, there is nothing "little" about either the Taiko drummer or the drum he beats.

    Jackson made several trips to Japan in the course of developing Little Taiko Boy, working closely with AKIRA THE HUSTLER and Madame Bonjour JohnJ at Rainbow Ring’s COMMUNITY CENTER AKTA. The LGBT center and gallery takes an innovative, localized approach to community work that includes condom "Delivery Boys" who have done outreach and condom distribution in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-Chome district since 2003. The ‘Goddess Edition’ condom cases that Amaterasu Omikami gifts in Little Taiko Boy are inspired by the artist designed series produced by Community Center AKTA. Jackson made the video with a grant from ART MATTERS, a foundation created to assist artists who make work intending to break ground aesthetically and socially.

    Bryan Jackson | Director
    Quyen Tran | Director of Photography
    Dickie Greenleaf | Music

    Cesar Cipriano | Little Taiko Boy
    Eric Dean | Cruising Man
    Viet Hoang | Bathing Man
    Madame Bonjour JohnJ | Amaterasu Omikami
    Jeff Manabat | Business Man
    Kiyoshi Shido | Hustler
    Derek Lui | Drunk Businessman
    Eric Hsu | Lonely Man
    Richard Minor | Tengu Dancer #1
    Pade Weng | Tengu Dancer #2
    Kiyoshi Shishido | Tengu Dancer #3

    Asuka Murata | Assistant to Director
    Sam Riegel | First AC
    Hiromasa Tamai | Gaffer

    JoAnn Hockersmith | AD
    Michael Hofeldt | Art Director
    Roxanna Shih | Choreographer
    Brian Baugh | VFX
    Hiroko Honda | Make-Up & Hair
    Akiko Matsumoto | Make-Up & Hair
    Valeria Kohakura | First AC
    Edward Alva | Grip
Matt Cheah | Grip
    Joseph Chen | Grip
    Katie Faulknor | Grip
    Andrew Nguyen | Grip
    Ed Silla | Grip
    Harrison Lees | Art Department
    Akira the Hustler
    Bruce Yonemoto
    Community Center Akta
    Gai Gherardi
    Joe Wilbur
    Kosaku Kanechika
    Midoriya Studio
Noritaka Minami
    Rainbow Ring
    Sanwa Cine Equipment Rental
    Video Studio UC Irvine
    Yoichi Kunii

    This video was funded in part by a grant from Art Matters.

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  2. I went to buy a door handle for my car, and met this 9 year old boy, who had spent his summer building this elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad's used auto part store. Caine dreamed of having customers, but he hadn't had any - so we decided to surprise him and make his day. What happened next is a real life fairytale. Chip in to Caine's Scholarship Fund: cainesarcade.com

    UPDATE: Thank You!!
    - Over $240,000 has been donated to Caine's Scholarship Fund!
    - We also started a non-profit called Imagination.org to foster creativity in more kids like Caine: imagination.org
    - We host an Annual Global #CardboardChallenge inspired by Caine's Arcade- over 750,000 kids in 80 countries have taken part: cardboardchallenge.com

    Please continue to share this story, and lets foster the creativity of every child!

    Watch Caine's Arcade 2 to see what happened next:

    Buy a Caine's Arcade STAFF shirt:

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    *Please don't contact me via Vimeo - I don't check the Vimeo inbox. You can contact me via my website: nirvan.com/contact - Thanks!

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  3. Paper is where ideas begin. It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on the new iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and instantly share them across the web. Download “Paper by FiftyThree” from the App Store. #madewithpaper

    Download Now:

    More info:

    Director: Andrew S Allen
    Cinematographer: Jason Sondhi
    Production Assistant: Julian Walker
    Music: "Come Back" by Lotus Plaza
    (Available at itunes.apple.com/us/album/lotus-plaza-niceweekend-split/id499397741)
    Stylus: Wacom Bamboo (link to buy here: fiftythree.com/paper)

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  4. Join me and my good friends, and role models Leo Babauta, author of the awsome blog Zen Habits, Four Hour Workweek author Tim Ferriss, and VP of the San Francisco Zen Center, Susan O'Connell as we have tea, and connect on the meaning of life, zen, and how to live with joy in a world full of technology and distraction.

    Topics Include...
    - What is Zen?
    - How to meditate
    - How these people manage their lives
    - How to live with meaning
    - How to use the technology and the tools of our times

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  5. Purchase "TimeScapes" the movie here: timescapes.org/products/default.aspx
    Purchase the film on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/movie/timescapes/id523328712

    This is production footage I shot over the summer for my debut film, "TimeScapes," a modern portrait of the American Southwest. I used Canon and Red MX cameras.

    Follow the production at: twitter.com/DreamCorePics and Facebook: facebook.com/TimeScapes

    A huge thank you to my assistants who helped me film this, Dustin Kukuk (twitter.com/drkanab), Nilo Recalde (twitter.com/nilomr) and Chris M (twitter.com/visceralway). And, as always, my most sincere and humble respect goes to Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson, Terrence Malick and Godfrey Reggio.

    Thank you to my sponsors: Kessler Crane, camBLOCK Canon USA, Vinten, KATA & Cinevate.

    Music is by the film's composer Nigel "John" Stanford: johnstanfordmusic.com Make sure to turn the volume and bass way up!

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