October 2008


my brother just let me know about this:

it’s part of some sort of educational shorts that isabella rossellini is doing. i don’t know more than that, but i’m certainly loving it.

it’s nearly that time again. national novel writing month. i plan to participate again this year. hopefully i’ll be able to tear myself away from scanning and uploading pictures long enough to get some proper writing in.

last week my first order from freestyle arrived. it was mainly instant film(the blurry bit at the bottom is 127 film(the only non instant film in the order)). the order arrived just in time for me to use for world toy camera day in the polga sun 4 instant camera back for the holga.

on world toy camera day i loaded it up and this was the first shot i took with it:

that shot was also a macro test. so far it’s my favourite shot i’ve taken for wtcd2008.

at the end of the day i took a shot of the sunset:

i have to say i’m really loving shooting instant film. i wish i didn’t have to order the film from overseas but most of it is not available locally and most of what is – is a bit more expensive. more of my wtcd shots can be seen here.

today peter and i went up to jiali in tainan county for the final day of the design festival that was happening there. i’m always hoping to see something cool at these sort of events, but usually i’m disappointed. this was no exception, lots of mediocrity on display(not to mention that most of the displays were caked in dust). i guess it’s just too much to ask for things to be both functional and aesthetically appealing.

there was a sofa on display from singapore called “new wave” but it really should have been called “old wave” as it hardly seemed groundbreaking. peter mentioned that even some of the stuff that seemed nicer still looked cheap because of the materials used.

there were some interesting lamps on display and i dug quite a bit of the stuff i saw from france and germany. we ran into some friends who had bought some interesting rubber coasters which could also protect your hands from a hot cup or be used to help opening jars with tight lids by giving you extra grip.

there were a lot of bicycles on display, which makes sense when you consider how popular bicycling has become recently. it seems like lots of shops are giving away folding bicycles when you sign up for certain services or buy certain products(peter and i are supposed to be getting folding ones for signing up with a new cell phone company).

outside the main exhibition area were vendors selling various products. a lot of what was for sale was more interesting than what was on display in the official exhibition space. i’m not sure what that says about the official exhibition.

microcinema and metacafe have teamed up to present the metafestival. a festival of short films. the finalists for the online audience award can be found here and they are asking people to vote on their favourites to determine the winners. i’ve only watched a few, but this is my favourite so far.

i’m still not sure what i think of this. john lydon hawking butter on tv. maybe those sex pistol reuinon concerts didn’t pay him enough. via eye of the goof.

i had today off so i went down to kaohsiung to do some shopping. at eslite i found this wonderful book on animation called: animation unlimited: innovative shorts since 1940. it was in the discount section and sadly is missing the dvd that’s supposed to go with it.

a lot of big names in here: stan brakhage, len lye, ed emshwiller, mary ellen bute, the brothers quay, jan svankmajer, harry smith, etc. and maybe more importantly, a huge amount of filmmakers i’m unfamiliar with(which makes me wish the dvd was still with this even more). each artist gets a write up and then several pages of images from their films.

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