Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Internet connection was down for a week----somewhat disrupting for my blogging so please forgive----just a paragraph of places/articles I've found on the net that interested me and may interest you: First an article in GOOD magazine's online edition--i love GOOD magazine...you take your chances with each issue as to content but this is a piece on street art around the world:
It appears as if once again the flu shot we all supposed to get, the vaccination they try to force us to take---well--- this year's shot like last year's shot winds up not protecting us at all from this year's flu. http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/01/12/flu.html Heads we lose, tails we lose eh? Here's a blog I've been stopping by routinely ART CAR CENTRAL http://artcar.blogspot.com/ beautiful cars---true works of art on a rolling canvas-just go and take a look. A photo listing on the site OOBJECT centering on watches worn into space----by the US the Chinese and the Russians----
It's official--Bush is leaving the white house with the lowest approval rating since polls on presidents has been done--he's departing with 22% of register voters approving of his performance as President---it really does not get any lower than this--since about 22% of the American public are legally psychotic...
I just finished viewing the uncut DVD version of BABYLON AD….very, very nice. There was quite a bit of blah-blah about this film. Reviews on the internet were hammering it----to me nothing could be further from the truth---there are some great textures, great visuals and interesting elements within this film…very gritty---if you were not smart enough to notice this shame on you…here’s just a few of the films elements I found thought provoking---
1- A vision of the future much like the chaos in children of men---which I accept as a given for us. This setting may have disturbed many of the films reviewers—too real perhaps?
2- Aged bullet trains scarred by graffiti, aged soviet nuclear subs transporting refugee’s and lots and lots of guns and tattoo’s involved in this thing.
3- Peculiar corporate religions
4-Vin was excellent—very good acting on his part.
5-There was a group of those Urban gymnasts—the guys who swing around like monkeys on city stuff which made for a very cool w
eird vibe to the scenes they were in. A great texturing touch for the film. I’m trying to research this “sport” for more information. (not to try it that’s for sure) This type of physical performance was also done in Live free or die hard—involving the French assassin characters.
Vin did a great job playing a spiritually-tired Mercenary—-who liked his world a specific way. I enjoyed the fact the director made it obvious that the character Toorop maintained his hideout in Serbia to a certain standard…to keep from falling into the craziness surrounding him. He had a great personal kit as well, weapons, clothing, parka, backpack. Not too much stuff, but what he had he obviously attempted to care for despite the surrounding chaos---
I do not care at all for what the critiques said about this movie. I found it interesting and have viewed it several times with enjoyment. It has definitely got a spot in my SF movie collection. This is one of those perfect films to watch on your computer while traveling…If you like movies outside the box or if you enjoy SF movies in general I recommend BABYLON AD.

I’ve developed a new weakness ---I am suddenly and without warning very much into those rolling ball-sculptures—apparati or whatever you may call them—rolling ball clocks—rolling ball sculpture kits—anything that has to do with this eccentric little world of movement and complexity.
I’ve nev
er really decorated my new office you see—four large, abstract art framed prints (for which I am constantly censured for by my co-workers who apparently prefer the dogs playing poker style of “real” art) and the odd photo is all I have done to personalize my place of work. I began to think of adding another element to my command center that would appeal to me but yet represent an incontestable strangeness…rolling ball sculpture therefore became my focus.
So far I purchased a very, very noisy rolling ball clock---and built one small, chain driven, rolling ball spiral tower (displayed)---and I am starting tomorrow a larger and more complex, rolling ball sculpture kit called Spacewarp 5000. I find the movement and complexity of these mechanisms very calming---some co-workers readily state that they are irritating and dismaying? This may be one of those love it or hate it hypothesis … disarming my conservative associates never bothers me----watching the balls emerge on all sides of the mechanism through a combination of gravity and track design pleases me deeply —I think I may have found an entire new genre for personal expression. These devices are also very popular in Japan---
Displayed is a photo of a very large canvas, hanging in my nerd cave--- I’ve been working on this project catch as catch can---it’s my usual cave art—stick man, no depth perception process done in manga markers—there is a long, long way to go with this yet but that is a part of the enjoyment. I work a little and put it up---I haven’t quite yet decided how these 4 universes are to meet. I’m leaving that to inspiration. But this project has been where all of my art intention has been going over the past two months---which is fine. I only do this for the sake of doing it---I’m not really planning on going anywhere with it. Art for art’s sake so to say.

I am such a lucky guy---my wife collects transformers---displays her Optimus Prime and Bumblebee by her computer--she and I are a geek match made in heaven.

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