Saturday, September 16, 2006

Beeree beeree beeree... N times... phew!

"The year is 1987 and NASA launches the last of America's deep space probes. In a freak mishap Ranger 3 and its pilot, Captain William 'Buck' Rogers, are blown out of their trajectory into an orbit which freezes his life support systems and returns Buck Rogers to Earth 500 years later."


The excerpt above is from the introduction of a classic TV program. In 1979 Universal Studios released a motion picture named "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century", also it was a series TV based on the original movie released by NBC for two seasons between 1979 and 1981. As usual all this junk came over the "Deep South" to enliven the existence of millions of children whose, eventually, were victimised during the horrible, wasted, hated, and moreover unforgettable 80's.

Gill Gerard played as Captain William Buck Rogers and Erin Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering. A lovely home-made character was the star of this sci-fi series (alright! some people may think it was not a sci-fi series but a cheap comedy) it was TWIKI which sole play was to repeat tirelessly "beeree beeree beere". Amongst the low-tech machinery that joined TWIKI there ware "CRICHTON -a mobile computer unit- which looks like a smashed micro-wave and Dr Theopolis -a non-mobile computer unit which resambles a Fiat 147's front light- that compensated its motionless with an extraordinary artificial intelligence (typical of the 80's).

About Gil Gerard I just want to point that he played Lee Grant's youthful lover in Universal's Airport '77. Mr Gerard is nowadays an avid golfer and still acts time to time.

Likewise Mr Gerard, Mrs Gray is still an active actress and is also remembered for playing an irrelevant character in (also irrelevant) "Friday 13, Jason goes to Hell" (unfortunately Jason did not take Mrs Gray with him...

To find out more click here, and here too.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

and I will go downtown, stand in the shadows of the buildings


Get Lonely

I will rise up early and dress myself up nice
and I will leave the house and check the deadlock twice.
and I will find a crowd and blend in for a minute
and I will try to find a little comfort in it.
and I will get lonely and gasp for air.
and send your name up from my lips like a signal flare.

and I will go downtown, stand in the shadows of the buildings
and button up my coat, trying to stay strong, spirit willing.
and I will come back home, maybe call some friends,
maybe paint some pictures,
it all depends.
and I will get lonely and gasp for air.
and look up at the high windows, and see your face up there.

by "mountain goats" from "get lonely

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Nobuyoshi Araki

Nobuyoshi Araki: From A’s paradise.

At the beginnig of the year I had the chance to wander around the Barbican Gallery to visit Nobuyoshi Araki's exhibition. It was plenty of very impressive photographies. The "polaroid room" was a small room which walls were covered from ceiling to floor by polaroid pictures Araki took alongside his creative life.

No Japanese artist is as provocative or triggers such extreme reactions. People either admire Nobuyoshi Araki, or despise him. Like one of his characteristic bondage-nudes, the life’s work of this country’s best-known photographer is laid out unapologetically in "Araki Retrographs," a retrospective now on at Tokyo’s Hara Museum of Contemporary Art. by Monty di Pietro

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The ballad of the sad cafe -Carson McCullers-

Summer 2006 is now an annoying collection of memories gone by forever... the time to pick up dry, whithered leaves is here... time to be indoors with a good book (but fuck! I've gotta work...).

In "the ballad of the sad cafe", a tale of unrequited love, Miss Amelia, a spirited unconventional woman, runs a small-town store and, except for a marriage thet lasted just ten days, has always lived alone. Then Cousin Lymon appears from nowhere, a little strutting hunchback who steals Miss Amelia's heart. Together they transform the store into a lively, popular cafe. But when her rejected husband Marvin Macey returns, the result is a bizarre love triangle that brings with it violence, hatred and betrayal...

Born Lula Carson Smith on February 19, 1917, in Columbus, McCullers was the daughter of Lamar Smith,
Photograph by Carl Van Vechten. Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Carson McCullersa jewelry store owner, and Vera Marguerite Waters. Lula Carson, as she was called until age fourteen, attended public schools and graduated from Columbus High School at sixteen. An unremarkable student, she preferred the more solitary study of the piano. Read more...

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Edward Hopper -painting the solitude-

Hotel Lobby -1943-

Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was an American painter best remembered for his eerily realistic depictions of solitude in contemporary American life.

Born in Nyack, New York, Hopper studied commercial art and painting in New York City. One of his teachers, artist Robert Henri, encouraged his students to use their art to "make a stir in the world." Henri, an influence on Hopper, motivated students to render realistic depictions of urban life. Henri's students, many of whom developed into important artists, became known as the Ashcan School of American art. Read more...

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Yira yira


Last night I did not manage to sleep -again-, this morning -which is now- a tune started revolving around my head as thought it was something I had forgotten afar, out there... the tune is "Yira yira" by Carlitos Gardel. "el sorzal criollo"...
Saludos senior Pabon-Rabon... ojala tengamos el chance de bebernos una fria escuchando al Morochito...

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

HOTEL- an interactive tale-

Submarinechannel projects has created "HOTEL 2004" an interactive tale by H.Hoogerbrugge.

"Flip is about to enter "hotel" to volunteer in a series of tests conducted by Dr.Doglin. He is the founder of "preconstruction", a medical organisation that investigates freak accidents. Flip will crash in a car. He feels a bit unconfortable..." learn more...

"Hotel" is just an example out of million of them that recreates narrative from another point of view. Merging traditional storytelling techniques and theories (let us say "diegesys" and so on) with cutting edge possibilities that new media; technically as well as theoretically; provides.
"Hotel" is a excellent website and I strongly recommend you to visit it.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Tasteful Cream to all my dear anonymous


I do not have much to say. Just to all my dear anonymous... watch this video out!...and yes! they are even older than KISS, but if you dare to tell me that they do not sound good 'cause their widely known age I am not sorry to say that you have not got a remote idea about what music is (you might think that Bach's Brandenbourg concerts are a pile of crap as Bach (who is that chap?) is very very very very very old. Wake Up!!!!. Cream is one of the best rock bands ever. I'm sure any of all those new bands wish they had at least 10% of Cream's musicians skills. One of the things that rock is losing nowadays is that, the mastery on the instruments.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Rock and Roll all Night.


I was told they are satanic, the "demon" has got a dog's tongue instead of a human one, the man in the drums has signed a deal with the devil, KISS stands for Kids In Satanic Service, but all that is just a pile of crap. Yet KISS in not my favouirite band I like the design of the masks and the show, also some songs. And yes...someone told me "...no pal...KISS? they are too old.."mmm poor sap.

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Salvation scheme application form.

the path of the doomed. by Ferney.

I was waiting for the rain to stop when I received a phone call...


-hello!!!

-hiya! you alright?
-who's that?
-I am calling from "heaven's customer service" in regard of you P36 "salvation scheme" application form...

-oh yes I remember, I waited for 23 years but noone answered.

-oh dear! I am terribly sorry but I am sure you understand, lately we are dealing with loads of forms, you know...

-mmm, yes I understand but it is my right to....

-Hang on a minute please. -ok -Mr M.I am sorry to inform that you "salvation scheme application form" has been rejected, it seems you have not behave in a proper way...
-Mmm but why? I thoguht I had done everything by the book...

-But do not worry please, it is our duty to be fair and to offer the best deals to our customers...

-Excuse me, with all due respect but my parents enroled me in that stupid scheme, I filled the aplication more than 15 years ago against my will.

-as I said before, it is our duty to offer the best deal, so please send again the application form and this time make sure you fill correctly the relevant gaps concerning to you behaviour, you will receive a text message with some instruction which you must follow in order to gain a place on the scheme. your customer reference number is FM.SS.24JN1M9N7S4C.969. please make sure you have this number with you when being requested by "heaven's customer service". This phone call has been recorded for training pourposes.

-What?!!

-good bye -hanging up sounds.

-hello?
-hey!

-hey!


fuck this shit!!!....where are my pills...

Eadweard Muybridge - A revolutionary of motion image-

Somersault, man” Working proofs for Animal Locomotion
Cyanotypes on cardboard mount

Freeze Frame explores the famous photographs of animal and human locomotion that Muybridge made at the University of Pennsylvania between 1884 and 1887. For 100 years, historians considered these photographs to be scientific studies of the body in motion. The Museum’s collection of Muybridge’s working proofs, however, suggests a more complex interpretation. The proofs, never before exhibited, were recently rediscovered and are shown here for the first time. Visit the website


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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sealand - the smallest principality in the world-

Sealand is with no doubt the smallest country in the world.

During World War II, the United Kingdom decided to establish a number of military bases, the purpose of which was to defend England against German air raids. These sea forts housed enough troops to man and maintain artillery designed to shoot down German aircraft and missiles. They were situated along the east coast of England on the edge of the English territorial waters.
One of these bases, consisting of concrete and steel construction, was the famous royal fort Roughs Tower situated slightly north of the estuary region of the Thames River. In contrast to the original plan to locate the tower within the sovereign territory of England, this fortress was situated at a distance of approximately 7 nautical miles from the coast, which is more than double the then applicable 3 mile range of territorial waters; to put it briefly, this island was situated in the international waters of the North Sea. After WWII ended, the troops were withdrawn from all bases by the British Admiralty. None of them was ever used by the United Kingdom again, leaving the forts deserted and abandoned. Except for the aforementioned fortress, the bases were subsequently pulled down. This resulted in the portentous uniqueness of the fortress. Fort Roughs Tower, situated at the high seas, had been deserted and abandoned, res derelicta and terra nullius. From a legal point of view, it therefore constituted extra-national territory. Read more...

Saturday, September 02, 2006

MUTAFUKAZ!!!!



Angelino is a young loser amongst thousands of others in Dark Meat City. He squats in a seedy hotel room in the Latino neighbourhood of Rios Rosas. His dreary existence consists of zapping, mexican wrestling matches (of which he is a great fan), shitty little jobs and the so-called metaphysical discussions under the starts with his buddy Vinz...

The kind of things that are possible to do with a laptop and a good idea. MUTAKUFAZ a damn good animation... watch out the soundtrack, it rocks...

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Roysopp - Remind me-



This animated video clip is from "Remind me"by RÖYKSOPP from the album "Melody A.M." Wall Of Sound 2001.
A funny as well as intelligent work.

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