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October 1, 2008


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October 2, 2008

San Francisco Visual Artist - Photography by John Chiara

Thanks to TK's post to the silver mine forum on flickr, I found this guy who is doing some crazy stuff with a home made camera mounted on a trailer he pulls around behind his car.

[From John Chiara]

I like the idea of addressing the way modern westerners treat mobility and tying it in with memory.

October 3, 2008

Behind the Scenes

Recently re-discovered, this, good commercial photographer's blog

[ This particular entry is about an ad campaign for RAW and Kung Fu, make sure you watch the video!]Lots of special effects and pre and post production, notice how they actually photograph fire and the use of green screens, for various effects.

I encourage my students to use blogging as a marketing, promotional tool, some are doing quite well as a consequence.

October 4, 2008

Fallibility, Atonement, Redemption, Trust, And Other Arcane Technical Concepts.

Found this page/article this morning, courtesy of an e-mail list/forum I participate in that is discussing computers and education.*

[From Neal Stephenson's publishers site, of the book, "In the Beginning was the Command Line."]

About twenty years ago Jobs and Wozniak, the founders of Apple, came up with the very strange idea of selling information processing machines for use in the home. The business took off, and its founders made a lot of money and received the credit they deserved for being daring visionaries. But around the same time, Bill Gates and Paul Allen came up with an idea even stranger and more fantastical: selling computer operating systems. This was much weirder than the idea of Jobs and Wozniak. A computer at least had some sort of physical reality to it. It came in a box, you could open it up and plug it in and watch lights blink. An operating system had no tangible incarnation at all. It arrived on a disk, of course, but the disk was, in effect, nothing more than the box that the OS came in. The product itself was a very long string of ones and zeroes that, when properly installed and coddled, gave you the ability to manipulate other very long strings of ones and zeroes. Even those few who actually understood what a computer operating system was were apt to think of it as a fantastically arcane engineering prodigy, like a breeder reactor or a U-2 spy plane, and not something that could ever be (in the parlance of high-tech) "productized."

Download the zipped file to read the whole article, I, of course spent a few hours turning the txt file into a dtp publishing application to 'dress' it up and make it easier to read.

OK; OK; so I'm mad.

Some noteworthy quotes

..."Applications get used by people whose big problem is understanding all of their features, whereas OSes get hacked by coders who are annoyed by their limitations."
..."Or they could make the browser one with the OS, gambling that this would make the OS look so modern and sexy that it would help to preserve their dominance in that market. The problem is that when Microsoft's OS position begins to erode (and since it is currently at something like ninety percent, it can't go anywhere but down) it will drag everything else down with it."
..."The OS has (therefore) become a sort of intellectual labor-saving device that tries to translate humans' vaguely expressed intentions into bits. In effect we are asking our computers to shoulder responsibilities that have always been considered the province of human beings--we want them to understand our desires, to anticipate our needs, to foresee consequences, to make connections, to handle routine chores without being asked, to remind us of what we ought to be reminded of while ļ¬ltering out noise."

*Written in 1999, so some aspects of the article may or may not be relevant.and according to Wiki, now defunct as a piece of software. But I feel the principles regarding how and what a computer is used for, still hold true.

Yet Another Photo site

Through the vagaries of hyper-linking I found this site called Photo-shelter.

photosheler public page
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!

This site has a more commercial bent to it than flickr and other sites I've compared., it aims to sell 'stock' photographs. I've created an account and have been poking around for a few hours. While it doesn't have the smooth and intuitive, albeit flash driven feel of flickr, it's not bad. There maybe some social networking aspects to the site, but I've yet to find them. Which makes sense the site is about selling images.

Their up-loader on the other hand is not my liking, nor suited to my style of organising imagery. A beautiful tool is a sight to behold, and a joy to work with, this is none of those. If I am to spend extensive amounts of time using a tool, I'd prefer if it was elegant simple to use and had some sense of visual logic to it.

photoshelter uploader interface
Uploaded with plasq's Skitch!

October 9, 2008

When Henson became a blood sport

The Opinionator - Kara Kidman

Henson's horror week has pulled the sporting beanie from our eyes -- art is truly a waste of time.

[From what more can I say; ]


October 11, 2008

Oh nose I'm a POMO!

New series commenced.

Looks like I've become a post-modernist after all?

None shall know... - a set on Flickr
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October 12, 2008

Upcoming Photography Exhibition*

NGV, Ian potter is having a photographic exhibition of Rennie Eliis' photography later this month. If you are into street photography, this is the show for you.

And a word to all those big camera zealots out there, his main camera? An Olympus XA.

Rennie Ellis saw his photographic excursions as a series of encounters with other people's lives. His photos can be as straight-forward and blatant as a head-butt or infused with enigmatic subtleties that draw on the nuance of gesture and the significance of ritual. Often his images ask more questions than they answer.

*thanks to TK for the heads up.

October 23, 2008

Interesting Art

on several levels

Also fwiw, my contempt for bean counters and bureaucrats, has reached a new low.

October 25, 2008

City Traces [a blog re-visited]

trawling my news feeds today, and I re-discovered this gem

[From City Traces ]

October 26, 2008

Filtering out the fury: how government tried to gag web censor critics

Should we be alarmed?

[From Filtering out the fury: how government tried to gag web censor critics]

Same old same old?

Annie Leibovitz: Too many stars in her eyes

It's about time some one told it like it was

'A photograph is not an opinion. Or is it?' asked Sontag in the introduction to Leibovitz's Women, lightly implying that the photographer might have some opinions of her own. If she does, they are not discernible in the portraits for which she is famous. George W Bush, the exhausted surgeon in Sarajevo, Scarlett Johansson in gold knickers: they are all one in Leibovitz's drastically neutral view of human nature. All the energy spent on celebrating the outward appearance of her subjects leaves little for what goes on inside

[From Too many stars in her eyes]

It's all about self promotion really

About October 2008

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