May 29th, 2008

lost and found

hadn’t been very creative for a while, but recently i’ve started writing, and just now i’ve done another e-doodle. another portrait of a clock for practice:

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this time it’s animeclock

May 28th, 2008

poems

I’m writing poems for a book i’m piecing together week by week in my paper-making class. The poems, my first honest attempts at poetry, are however not the focus of the book. The book is the focus of the book. It’s an “Artist’s Book“, so to speak, and the whole thing is supposed to be a metaphor for understanding. Understanding in general – understanding life, literature, poems, people, language, and so on.

I’ll post more about the book, and how it is a metaphor for those things etc, later.

The following is not one of the poems i’ve been writing for my book (the poems i’m writing are more or less free form with a few exceptions). This is just a little haiku about poetry.

Now you’re learning fast:
Not only for birthday cards –
Our words in glass jars.

Consolidated:
In verse my words ring longer,
louder than ever.

May 27th, 2008

Luigi Colani

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Darkroastedblend has a collection of beautiful vehicle concepts by Luigi Colani.

May 26th, 2008

Failing

Check out “Failing: A Very Difficult Piece for Solo String Bass” by Tom Johnson! (Above)

This and more from deputydog‘s superb article the world od bizarre sound recordings.

May 26th, 2008

Phoenix

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The Phoenix Mars probe has landed successfully and there are already some cool images available on their website.

And on the topic of space exploration…

Above is “The Universe in Powers Of Ten”. I’d seen similar videos and graphics before, but never one so well narrated and contextualised as this. This one is also excellent in that it goes backwards to reveal the spatial relation of things on the atomic level.

From Neatorama, where I found the video:

In this ’70s video clip by the office of Charles and Ray Eames for IBM, you can see the relative size of things in the universe. The clip starts with a view of a couple on a picnic, then the camera zooms out by a factor of ten farther. Every ten seconds, the view expands by a power of ten… Then it zooms back down, also in a power of ten, down to the quantum level …

May 26th, 2008

unicorn chaser

There’s something brilliant about this reading of TS Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. I can’t stop watching it. Although I believe a couple of stanzas are missing.

Read by Michael Gough.

May 25th, 2008

We interrupt regular programming to bring you…


English


German


Dutch


Ducktales Zen
http://swedishfinnish.ytmnd.com/

http://uncutohh.ytmnd.com/

Sanskrit aint got hoot to say bout uncut.

May 24th, 2008

Lichtenstein

A little while ago I went to Schloss Lichtenstein with my German tandem partner (I help her with her English, she helps me with my German), her boyfriend, and Justin.

I took some snapshots and I just slapped this vaguely Hockneyan panorama together out of pictures I took:

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May 23rd, 2008

Influences on Star Wars

Neatorama linked to a fantastic article on Cineleet, which lists, with examples, the biggest cinematic influences on the Star Wars films.

Films about World War II were also clear influences on the Star Wars saga (the dogfight scene from “Episode IV: A New Hope“ was based upon a visualization created by Lucas taken from countless WWII films; and the historical tale of the Nazis was a huge influence on the development of The Empire). Visually, The Guns of Navarone, a classic in its own right, was a big inspiration on how the Death Star’s functionality was portrayed on-screen. The scenes in which the engineers and gunners prepare to trigger the primary weapon(s) in both films is very close; in fact it is more or less identical.

Plot-wise, the heroes’ attempts at attempting to destroy the formidable weapons are also mirrored in both Episodes IV and VI. While the journey to the end-goal differs between the two films, it is the idea of unlikely heroes accomplishing the impossible that Lucas was clearly fascinated with.

Compare the scene below to the scene in Episode IV where the Death Star is about to fire upon the rebel base on the moon of Yavin.

May 22nd, 2008

How Town

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How Town is Shawn Feeney.

I found his site via Drawn!, which had an article about his BFF project. That’s cool, but I like his music more. Myspace page here… If you’re into that.

May 21st, 2008

Caroline Leaf: The Street

Here’s a phenomenal sand animation by Caroline Leaf (a pioneer of this technique). It’s full of tender and clever observations. The animation technique is fascinating and reminds me somewhat of the pinboard animation technique pioneered by Jacques Drouin that I posted about before, particularly in the way that it seems to lead to a tendency of merging match-cut transitions in the animation style.

Via ClockCrew

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May 21st, 2008

The History of Chinese Food in America…

Here’s an interesting (and very long) presentation about Chinese food. All you ever wanted to know about Chinese restaurants, and much, much more.

Via kottke.

May 18th, 2008

latitudinarian

latitudinarian \lat-uh-too-din-AIR-ee-un; -tyoo-\, adjective:

1. Having or expressing broad and tolerant views, especially in religious matters.

Word of the day yesterday.

May 13th, 2008

The End is Nigh

http://www.lhcountdown.com/

I’m going to Amsterdam tomorrow. And apparently tomorrow is when the Large Hadron Collider will be activated and the world will possibly be sucked into a black hole. Rad!

May 11th, 2008

Nude

A while ago Radiohead offered the individual component tracks of their single “Nude” for people to remix, for free. The purpose-built website radioheadremix.com has now amassed a slew of interesting user-remixed tracks, including the Spor remix, which is currently in the lead in the contest to find the best remix:


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May 11th, 2008

Evolution and the Platypus

Do we really need science to tell us that the DNA of an egg-laying, no nippled, duck-billed mammal is unusual? – Kottke

Above is an interesting video I found on youtube after being intrigued by this article that I found via Kottke.

May 10th, 2008

Immigration

Here’s a video Julia and I made in Ghent, a few months ago. We interviewed some people about what it’s like to be a fish out of water, with regard to being new in a foreign country.

I don’t have the original files anymore so you have to play the audio separately (it was originally a video installation where the audio file was played on a loop, independently of the video).

So first click play on the audio stream below, and then on the video below that. They don’t have to be synchronized.
Immigratie from Jonathan Beaton on Vimeo.

There are some parts of the video where you won’t be able to understand it if you don’t speak Dutch and/or Czech – it was intended for a Dutch-speaking audience, most of whom speak good English.

Also important to note is that sometimes the dutch grammar is not perfect – this is mostly due to being a rough transcript of the actual speakers’ words, and the speakers are not all native speakers of the languages they are speaking. I have to apologise for the spelling mistakes in the dutch though – I notice many now that I was too poor in dutch to notice at the time we made the video.

May 9th, 2008

faux skylights and windows

This is funny. When I was much younger I kept books of inventions. They were mostly a bunch of crap, but a couple of them I’ve actually seen realised by other people (coincidentally and independent of me of course). One “invention” I’ve seen is the game “The Movies” which lets you create your own 3d environments and film little movies. Another example of one of my childhood ideas being realised by someone else in the present is this “faux skylight/window” product. Here’s the site. Here’s a picture:

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I wish I could post a picture of my childhood drawings/notes but they are at my parents’ house in Spain.

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