08.12.08 by Jeff

Victor Borge

I was flipping through the channels yesterday and I ended up watching a fascinating documentary about Danish pianist (and comedian) Victor Borge. I realised that I had seen many of his routines on television over the years, but it really hit me yesterday just how insanely talented he was.


This is footage of Victor Borge and violinist Anton Kontra improvising during a spontaneous encore. The music suggested for the encore is a selection that Borge had heard but never played before. Incredible! They are like two jazz musicians conversing with their instruments.

Here’s another great clip of Victor Borge and Leonid Hambro playing the Minute Waltz:


And some of his comedic stuff, this one with Dean Martin:


Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/dutchct/ dutch

    what was the documentary called?

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    i think it was just called Legendary Victor Borge, not positive though.

  • http://www.lolzies.com Charlie Trotter

    Borge is solid class.

  • http://illsideink.com DanaWoulfe

    RAD! My grams took me to see him when i was a young buck. Good times!

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    wow lucky – i woulda loved to have seen him perform live

  • Hiroyuki Hamada

    Those were fun clips, thanks Jeff. I wonder if my guitar heroes will be rocking out when they are in their 80s. I somehow doubt it but maybe…

  • http://www.okaygreat.com Brendan

    That’s classic with Dean Martin. I was just reading this – http://blog.wired.com/music/2008/12/how-to-mod-a-pi.html – this morning; it’s a good article on piano mods & the group ‘Hauschka.’

  • Julie Groove

    Victor Borge is legendary in Danish entertainment :)

01.12.15 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions: December


Thanks to every single one of you who submitted work to the November Reader Submissions post, it’s really cool to see all the talent in this community!

For those of you who are new, these posts are the best way to submit your work to be considered for a post on Booooooom. Up-voting work you like and leaving the positive comments to each other helps me see what work you like really pumps people up. I encourage you to do both! These posts get a lot of traffic so even if your work is not a fit for Booooooom it still gets seen by many (and definitely sends traffic to your own websites).

Please share your work here this month by leaving a comment below. The commenting system allows images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website.


Submission guidelines:

1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

2. If you see good work posted by someone upvote it so it appears at the top. This is not just a nice thing to do, it helps me see what work you actually like.

3. You can/should also encourage people who are sharing good work here! Comment on their posts and let them know you like what they’re doing. I really want to foster a community here, and this is a simple way you can connect with other people making work.

4. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough.




01.12.15 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Caiti Borruso


A selection of photos from “Whale Creek is Flooding” a series by photographer Caiti Borruso, found via our November Reader Submissions. More images below.

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01.12.15 by Staff

Hilarious Hack of the Day: The Secret Selfie Stick aka Really Long Arm


For anyone who finds selfie sticks too embarrassing to use in public, a guy named Mansun has come up with a solution. Made with two right hands ordered off Amazon (naturally), two original selfie sticks, and a shirt with extremely long sleeves, Mansun’s hack certainly addresses one problem. (Of course, he may have just created another).

Click here for a more detailed account of his process. More hilarious images below, love the shot of the shirt sleeves!

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01.12.15 by Staff

Strangely Satisfying Video of the Day: “ENDLESS”


Directed/animated by Buenos Aires-based creatives at molistudio with music by Argentinian duo Anybody There. “ENDLESS is a story about seeking and (not) finding,” featuring brightly coloured and beautifully mechanized routines. Watch below!

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01.12.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Victoria Siemer


I like this simple series of illuminated text by Brooklyn-based Victoria Siemer. More images below.

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