Monday, February 28, 2005

Etchings...

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Ralph Steadman's etchings of famous people are fun and strange. [Steadman is most famous for doing 'Gonzo' prints of Hunter S Thompson]

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Oscar...

Chris Rock's opening monologue rocked. Although he lost steam after that.

Too bad Martin Scorsese didn't win...again. 'Million Dollar Baby' was such a by-the-numbers movie I'm surpised it won. Wait, no I'm not. Clint Eastwood walks on water in Hollywood.

Glad 'Sideways' and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' took home best adapted screenplay and screenplay respectfully.

Not so sure I like seeing awards given in the aisles rather than the stage.

Best acceptance speech was Jorge Drexler singing his winning song 'Al Otro Lado Del Rio' as a rebuff of sorts to the Academy who wouldn't let him perform his own song choosing instead Antonio Banderas and Carlos Santana to perform it.

Interesting that for the 'lesser' awards they put all the nominees on stage at once. Might have been more interesting if they had a trap door open up under the feet of all the nominees that didn't win.

I have actually seen 'Ryan' the film that won best animated short. It's very innovative and odd but good.

I watched the Oscars at a friend's apartment. She has Tivo and we ended up watching the whole thing 30 minutes behind real time so we could prepare our food and eat. But best of all we got to skip right past all the commercials - as well as the performances of the nominated best songs. Okay, we didn't really do that. But we could should have.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Comic...

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Yuko Shimizu is an amazing illustrator who also has created a couple comics. The above is from "Sweater for Siamese Twins". Her fine illustrations can be found here

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Hunter...

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He almost won.

"America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable."

"If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."

"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

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A friend went to Hunter's Woody Creek compound a couple years back and wrote about it.

R.I.P.
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UPDATE: Hunter's cremated ashes to be blasted from a cannon.

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Thanks to Larry for recommending this post.
Action Figures...

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Hiƫronymus Bosch action figures. These and many more 3-D figures of famous paintings are at Parastone Mouseion
[Via Things Magazine]

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Illustration paintings...

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Zohar Lazar is a profligate illustrator who does work for magazines in both paint and digital format.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Prints...

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Henry Evans (1918-1990) was a self-taught printer, botanist, and artist who began making botanical prints in 1958. In the span of 31 years he had more than than 250 one-man shows in many countries around the world and was commissioned to do prints of the official state flower of every state in the union.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Animation...

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Don Hertzfeldt's Bitter Films site has a bunch of photos and storyboards from his crude and simplistic [but very funny] animated shorts. He also has a comic strip.
Most people know him because of his award winning short film "Rejected". Currently he is on a tour with The Animation Show 2005. If it comes your way I recommend you go see it. You can also check out The Animation Show Volume One now available on DVD.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Photography...

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Alex Harris took a bunch of photographs in Cuba from behind the wheels of old 1950's American cars.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Streets...

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San Francisco Steet name origins

Some include:
- Embarcadero - roughly translated in Spanish means "the place where the boats leave".
- Van Ness Avenue - was named for James Van Ness who was the sixth mayor of San Francisco from 1855 to 1856.
- Geary Boulevard - was named for John W. Geary who was the first postmaster of San Francisco
- Divisadero Street - was named for its position. The word literally translates in Spanish to divider. It was the boundary between the City of San Francisco and The Presido.
- Haight Street - got its name from Henry Huntly Haight. He was Governor of Claifornia from 1867 to 1871.
- Stockton Street - was named for Commodore Robert F. Stockton, who was the military leader who claimed California for the United States.

*The above street is named after my Grandfather Peter Macchiarini who was an artist in San Francisco's North Beach region for over 70 years. [It used to be the Kearny Street Steps].
[via Grow a Brain]

Monday, February 14, 2005

Painting...

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Jeff Raglus might not be crazy but his paintings come close. [via Glubibulga]

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Public Art...

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Christo and Jeanne Claude's 'The Gates' have gone up in New York City. If you want to see it and you can't get there go over to the community photoshare site Flickr where there are over 2000 photographs of the work by mostly amateur photographers.
[The photo above is by laurea.]

Update:
Photo of The Gates from outer space.

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Article:
7532 portals, 5290 tons of steel, 60 miles of vinyl tubing, 116,389 miles of pleated nylon, 23 miles of trails, $21 million in costs.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Painting...

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Ioan Popei has an impressive range which include paintings of religious icons, still life, landscapes and nudes. [Via Plep]

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Woodblock Prints...

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Lu Min's splendid prints present vivid worlds. More here

Monday, February 07, 2005

Stitching Art...

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Caroline Hwang creates her women characters with thread, paint, buttons and fabric. More here.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Olde Book...

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili page

The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, with its unpronounceable title, indecipherable text, and unidentifiable author, is one of the most puzzling, enigmatic and fascinating books ever conceived. Since its publication (1499), it has surprised its readers with its vast knowledge of architecture and landscape and garden design, but also engineering, painting and sculpture. Part fictional narrative, and part scholarly treatise, the book...is available in original Latin and Italian over at MIT's website. The book can be bought too with an English translation. [Via Metafilter]

Friday, February 04, 2005

Murals...

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Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco has 27 murals on the inside all painted in the 1930's as part of the Public Works of Art Project; a Federal art project under The New Deal.
Painting...

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Jim Avignon has a real funky sense of reality.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Photography...

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Trent Parke and Narelle Autio spend a lot of time in the water getting these high composition shots.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

MGM DVD Settlement...

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I received an e-mail alerting me to an MGM DVD class action law suit stating that "certain representations on the label and package insert of MGM's widescreen DVDs are false and misleading because MGM's widescreen DVDs for films shot in the 1.85 to 1 aspect ratio have the same image width as MGM's standard screen format DVDs."

In other words, it seems MGM may have been duping consumers and there is a pdf file of over 300 titles that may be affected by this suit. Since I own a good number of MGM DVDs I was concerned.

But I watched some of them and was unable to detect any problems.

Now the Digital Bits and DVD File gives us the lowdown on this whole affair and conclude that the case is without merit.

In short, it seems that the plaintiffs in the case think the sides of the image are being cut off when it fact it is only the top and bottom of the image, which has to be cut off if you want a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

[Most films today are shot and composed both full frame 4:3 (or 1.33:1 aspect ratio) and 1.85:1. The theaters simply use a soft matte on the projector to cover the top and bottom of the frame to make the aspect ratio 1.85:1. DVD authorizers use letterbox to preserve the theatrical experience].
Animation...

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Square Pig TV is five very cool [and mellow] short animated pieces by Craig Frazier.