Archive for June, 2007

Mark Richards

Posted: June 30, 2007 in creativity

I came across Mark Richards‘ work when reading a small article on a book called ‘Core Memory’, written by John Alderman and featuring the photography of Mark Richards. The book chronicles 35 of the most significant computers, and its visual history and informative breakdown of the computer reminds us not just how far, but how fast, humans have evolved the computer since the punch card machine. The photographs are featured this summer at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. and were taken of the computers of its collection.
Richards’ work though is much broader, but I will start with a small example of ‘Core Memory’ and show some more of his work in a second post










Mark Richards

Posted: June 30, 2007 in creativity

To not give with my previous post on Mark Richards an impression of one-dimensionality, I thought I’d like to post a few more photos representing his work (like the previous ones, they are all taken from his website).

The first set is a sample from a series called ‘Hawaiian Cruises’.





The next set represents examples from a number of different categories, all of them focused on people. 




Comments from the film makers

Mr Roberts finds himself awoken inexplicably in a white room. A man sits before him at a desk and in between them stands a black button. If Mr Roberts pushes it, he will receive a briefcase filled with millions of dollars. Or he can take the key to the door and leave penniless. The catch? Pushing the button will result in the death of a human being. What would you do?
EDIT 1: Sone people have observed a similarity in the premise of this film and an revival episode of The Twilight Zone in 1986. Please note (1) We had never seen the episode and only learnt of it long after we’d finished the film (2) The Twilight Zone weren’t the first to do it. It’s an old premise called the ‘Faustian Bargain’, around since the 16th century (deal with the ‘devil’) (3) Our film is similar in premise, but different in plot, characters, dialogue, aesthetics, setting, moral meaning, religious undertone, twist etc. Please have the respect to not accuse us of plagiarism.
EDIT 2: Firstly, thanks YouTube for the feature! Secondly, thanks to all of you for watching and commenting! I’ll just take the time to say that we have no particular religious affiliation; this is a fictional work and its ideas are designed to encourage thought and debate, not comment on any particular theology. If it encourages healthy and friendly discussion, we’ve done our job!
Our first professional short film. We made it for $200 and shot it on the stage of our old school in Melbourne, Australia. Fortunately, professional actor Robert Grubb agreed to act in it for free after reading the script. This film took nearly a year to put together, working on it in stages and creating the ‘white’ effect on a home PC. Please note that the younger actor, unlike Robert Grubb, has no formal acting training whatsoever.
DVD available (with “making of”) from our website.

Protest songs lists

Posted: June 29, 2007 in creativity


After writing the post on Masters of War, I googled on protest song lists, and of course there are quite a few of them out there in cyberspace. One remarkable one I found on; it’s (original?) author claims that “This is an incomplete list of protest songs by notable artists, which can or may never satisfy any objective standard for completeness”. True, and that can be said of just about anything. Given though that this list, categorised by such headings as ‘America’ ( a bit of a dodgey one), ‘animal rights and meat consumption’, ‘anti-fascism’, ‘capital punishment’, ‘gay rights’, ‘globalisation and corporate dominance’, ‘war’, etc. would have easily more than 3000 songs, I think this effort deserves quite a bit more than just humbleness ;) .

Another list is a bit smaller – as stated by its heading “Top 10 Songs Protesting Bush and the War in Iraq”; compiled by Kim Ruehl it can be found in the folk music section. As the context suggests: all of its songs have a folk protest song flavour and were written after 9/11. Kim also has published in the same section a list called ‘Top 10 Best in Protest Music 2006‘; again 10 songs, this time from artists like Dixie Chicks, Ani Difranco, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen or Indigo Girls.

A great site is ‘Anti War Songs, à la Carte‘ which offers links to legal downloads and lyrics of anti-war songs. It references mostly English language songs from many protest music genres, most with clips, covers, albums, writers and links to lyrics and/or audio downloads. Songs newly written or remixed for the 2003 attack on Iraq as well as timeless classics are among this comprehensive, yet growing list.

Amazon’s list mania too has an offering called ‘best protest music‘ which, given Amazon’s desire to sell albums, is not a comprehensive list of protest songs (or music for that matter) and therefore is a bit misleading (e.g. The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival would not offer too many protest songs).

We could cast the net a bit wider and look at songs that, rather focusing on protest, set out to make social and political statements – like ‘Songs of Consciousness and Awakening‘, Salil Chowdhury’s music composed during the 40s and 50s. That though would be another list discussion, for maybe another time … ;) .

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Floater – a notebook stand

Posted: June 28, 2007 in creativity
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Floater is an interesting option when your desk is cramped or messy (like mine ;) ) and you just wanna use a keyboard. a mouse and your nice big 24″ screen. Floater has a cool design, being machined from a single block of aluminum for great stability and good looks. At US$ 305 though, the price is less cool.

Desiree Palmen is a Dutch Camouflage Artist, to coin a term, and she certainly can make herself disappear – visually that is … as long as she doesn’t move, I guess .

David Ornstein

Posted: June 28, 2007 in creativity

I am not sure who Avi Ornstein is, but the following photos are selected from what seems to be a Flash presentation of his on Scribd. I always think that there is little to say about photos; watching them is a very personal experience. These one obviously speak to me ;)

This is quite an awesome hand-jig to Daft Punk’s ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’. Apparently the guy who did it has done the whole thing in one go – all one take, no editing involved (except the word trailer right at the beginning). Right at the end there’s some blurriness where he falls over but – keeps going! I didn’t look at it in slow motion to check whether he’s got it right at every moment 😉 .

I don’t really go to clubs anymore, but if I would, I’d certainly like to visit this one in Singapore: The Clinic. Only thing: I’m not so sure about is how I’d feel about the the drug induced associations my mind would come up with after a while … [via Random Good Stuff]

Steampunk mouse

Posted: June 27, 2007 in creativity


I have said it several times before: I quite like steampunk design ;) . Via Jack of all Trades comes this computer mouse design – with directions on how to build it … well, kind of.