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The life Aquatic

posted by Duncan at 8:52 am on February 28th, 2005

In Wes Anderson’s THE LIFE AQUATIC, a group of oceanic explorers who call themselves Team Zissou embark on a journey to hunt down the “jaguar shark” that ate one of their crew members (Seymour Cassel). Determined to avenge the death of his dear friend, team leader Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) is melancholic about the journey he’s about to make.

I thought the movie was great, Bill Murray is a god. The last Wes Anderson movie I watched was THE ROYAL TENUNBOWNS, and this is along the same strange lines. I just love the fact that there is so much going on in his films away from the focal point of the camera (watch for the electrictionas that never seem to quite fix things). This made me smile all the way through, and that for me is all a movie has to do.

Tomoko Takahashi

posted by Duncan at 6:06 pm on February 26th, 2005

Tomoko TakahashiI visited the Tomoko Takahashi installation at the Serpentine gallery this afternoon. I knew her work but had never seen it in the flesh. The show consists of about 5 rooms with an installation in each. Each follow slightly different theme. I’m not sure what I liked about them, I actually think it was the colours, the actual bits and pieces were quite literally junk. I also quite like the order of everything. I am a bit like that myself so I’m told so I found a common interest there. Here’s an intro to the exibition:

Tomoko Takahashi’s sculptural installations strike a delicate balance between chaos and order. She uses an array of found objects and discarded materials, subjecting them to her own complex set of organizing principles. Takahashi spends weeks on site during the making of these installations, and the finished works are often punctuated with references to the time and labour involved. This emphasis on the construction processes that are usually hidden or kept out of the public eye is central to Takahashi’s work.

Evergreen rules

posted by Duncan at 5:33 pm on February 26th, 2005

I went to a night last night called ‘evergreen’ in Faringdon, London. I had heard about this event from a friends who had been a few times and had said it was one of the best nights she’d had in a long while. I can now agree! It was fantastic. A mixture of many styles of music all of which follow the same idea that they are danceable and happy. The decor is like a friends flat, in fact the whole event feels like a house party with cushions of seats and books on shelves. You buy drinks via tokens and everyone seems to know each other.

The night is not advertised and is only know to exist via a closely guarded mailing list (which I have managed to get on). It has apparently been going for a good few years like this. This sieves out all the low life’s, and means the only people there are people that want to be. I can’t wait for the next one. Thanks ‘evergreen’.

Kaiser Chiefs

posted by Duncan at 11:58 am on February 25th, 2005

I was lucky enough to watch the Kaiser Chiefs in the 6 Music hub this morning. People who know me will know I am more a deep house, hip-hop kind of listener, but I have been trying to expand my listening habbits.

Kaiser Chiefs at 6music

These guys were great. They played two tracks which both sounded fantasic. I have been informed that they will be top 5 this week.

Rainbow fun

posted by Duncan at 10:31 am on February 25th, 2005

For those of you who don’t know, “Rainbow” was a credible childrens TV show from the 70′s and 80′s. This clip was actually broadcast and watched by millions.

I used to watch rainbow as a child and loved it. It’s great to know that I could re-watch it now and have as much fun for completely different reasons.

post it notes art

posted by Duncan at 10:22 pm on February 24th, 2005

Now here’s a new use for post-its. These guys have created some scaled up pixel art, done in a Miyamato stylee. Aparently it took 3800 post-it&reg notes to complete. I have always loved the pixel art style and seeing it in that grand scale made me jump back through all my pixels art links again.

The Ed Templeton show

posted by Duncan at 10:25 pm on February 20th, 2005

After a tipoff from a friend, I went and checked out a show by Californian artist and pro-skate boarder, Ed Templeton. It was a exibition of illustrations, paintings, drawings, sketches and photographs spanning over the last 10 years.

Ed Templeton ExibitionIt was not what I expected even though I was unsure what to expect. Infact we almost didn’t see the show due the gallerys minimal signage. How anyone is expected to see a sign that was 2cm x 6cm baffles me (I guess that art)

All of the work was anoted in pen and was pretty hard to read. Most of the images seemed to be of nubile conquests that Templeton has had in the past, many in (your mum wouldn’t like it) poses.

My favourites were of people and places he has visited on his travels. There’s a great photo of some guy dragging a crucifix that is on castors along the street in some back country town.

If you are interested to see this for yourself it is running from 20 Jan 2005 to 6 Mar 2005, Thurs – Sun 11.00 – 18.00, 10 Vyner St, E2 9DG, London. Telephone (0)20 8980 7742.

Semantic Web Interface

posted by Duncan at 10:41 pm on February 19th, 2005

The University of Southampton has launched a new semantic web interface, called mSpace, that it says will make searching for information online, and learning about a subject, much easier. mSpace is a framework that gathers information sources and presents them to the user in a single window. It can potentially be applied to any subject, provided the basic information is available. The researchers say this means users will no longer have to wade through lists of undifferentiated data when researching a subject.

I would assume this is the project that Tim Berners Lee has come to southhampton to run.

Bloody Plusnet

posted by Duncan at 9:48 am on February 18th, 2005

UPDATE: It turns out the loss of site was due to malicious script running from a users webspace on the same server. The equally helpful response from plusnet was to re-upload your backed up site back onto the server. I’m sure all of those non technical users and infact 80% of everyone else enjoyed that response the most. Luckily I do backup my site so I’m kind of ok. It’s a special ISP that asks you to backup your own data !?

I came into work this morning and found that my whole site had been deleted! My hosts Plusnet seem to have made a major error. It seems that other are effected too judging by the message boards. I have managed to get all the text back but have to re-find all the images.

It makes me so mad that a large company can make such a simple error. You put up with scripts not running or servers slow, but deleting your files is taking the piss. I will await the excuse and decide then whether to continue giving them my trade.

Cops and Robbers

posted by Duncan at 8:15 pm on February 17th, 2005

I came home from work tonight and found half the MET outside my flat. As you can see from the photos, we had the the police, firemen and the bomb squad.

I shat myself initially but quickly realised they weren’t telling anyone to leave the area *strange* and people were wondering about. After a few photos and much staring I soon spotted the camera and the lighting rig.

Turns out they were filming The Bill, which I have to admit I never watch. Look at for my our flat in the next episode.

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