LVL 012: “Stop The Violence” & the art of bones.

“Francois Robert was at an auction in rural Michigan. It was the mid 1990s. A school was selling off supplies, and Robert was looking to buy some furniture for his studio. “I was interested in buying some lockers, and they had three for $50.” Two of the lockers were empty, but not the third. When Robert opened it up, he found a human skeleton.

“Since then, Robert has spent hundreds of hours working with those bones, arranging them painstakingly into striking, iconic shapes, each five or six feet wide, and photographing them with a 4×5 Hasselblad rigged to a boom to provide a bird’s eye view. He calls the resulting images “Stop the Violence.” Each shot takes a full day to set up. “I was on my knees for all of 2008,” Robert remembers”
 src 2: gsek

LVL 010: “Under The Westway”

Blur have always been one of my favourite bands, and it’s a magical time that The Stone Roses and Blur are both back together making music again.  If Oasis come back, the triad will be back in full force.  This is the new Blur single, now available on iTunes; a magically lovely song called “Under The Westway”

LVL 08: Dawkins on Hitchens.

I was truly sad when Christopher Hitchens died last year.  As time went on and I perused more of his videos and listened to more of his opinions, I have started to appreciate his perspective even more than I imagined I would.   This is a fantastic tribute by another visionary Richard Dawkins about “Hitch”.


For those of you who are not familiar with Christopher Hitchens, here is a clip which summarizes his greatness:

LVL 06: “Waterfall”

Even on my worst days, on the days where my head is swimming through the sewers and my heart is ripped into shredded carrots, The Stone Roses never fail to make me feel better.  From the greatest album ever made by the greatest band ever formed.  I should have been at Heaton Park this weekend for their big reunion shows.

LVL 05: Art of Barnett Newman

I’ve never been so blown away by paintings as I have been in seeing Barnett Newman’s paintings.  One could easily dismiss these as too simple, too non-artistic, too ‘modern’, or any other lazy tag of insult.  However standing in front of one is to absorb energy and feel a sensation of freedom.  Barnett Newman’s artwork makes me feel like I want to let go instead of hang on.  That feeling in itself is completely unique and remarkably absorbing.

srcs:  artsWallpapersbarnettNewmanTechnart, noiseAdmiration

LVL 03: Products of a Sad Saturday.

Saturdays must be the worst days to have a ‘bad day’.  There are no distractions of mundane everyday life, and there is no hope to get distracted on the following day (Sunday).  Additionally, it seems that the whole world is trying to enjoy themselves, while the ones who are under are just trying to make it through the day—to live another day and maintain a sense of survival.


Porsche Prison:

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as standing on the side of a freeway at night, watching the cars go by like hyperactive motorized stars, and then staring up to see the real stars relaxing and burning out:


LVL 01: “The Seed”

Welcome to my new adventure.   This site is a simulation of my ideal world, filtered from the relentless crud of the real world, and purified into content which is custom designed for the mind of SYED. 

I used to run the IEDEI blog which focused on Automobiles, until I went through some f*cked up sh*t and realised that I had much more in me than merely discussing the mechanical and motion adventures of humanity.  LWR LVL is attempt to combine the rash underpinnings of my mind with the creative beauty of others’ minds.  I hope you are one of those creative minds…

I am tired of the cliches.  I am tired of the clones.  I am tired of fads.  I am tired of repetition.  I am tired of ‘the same’.  I am tired of the boring.  I am tired of the popular.  I am tired of agreeing.  I am tired of disagreeing.  I am tired of the ugly.  I am tired of the empty.  I am tired of being tired.

Here’s a wonderful video produced by Johnny Kelly entitled “The Seed”.  It makes me feel better.