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Category Archives: General
01. Graduation from N.U.Ass > Checked.
Been trying to integrate a new Tumblr sideline into WordPress, but so far it’s not been working well enough.
So here’s the link to media spotlights – honeysuckle stars
The Inter-Webs is always a fascinating place to be, with paradigmatic shifts in how we perceive the world occurring all the time; before full apprehension, comes another mind-boggling concept. We already have CSS, Blogging, Ive, Google Earth/Maps, RFID, Youtube, RSS, OpenID, Facebook, Twitter, (amongst many others) and next comes Wolfram|Alpha, a new model of thinking Search.
You purportedly use it to get technical results, answers to more “numerical” type questions (distance between singapore dietikon = 10306km) rather than “item” type questions (albums by elvis presley = ?). Even so, data is rather limited to those available in the public domain (e.g. Emporis), and it seems to me that the databases are few. It doesn’t recognise famous figures like Rem Koolhaas, nor does it know the height of La Padrera. Currently, I might use it as a convenient answering machine (5th september 1984 day = Wednesday), but I figure one of its core strengths is its comparative ability, like how you can compare stock prices of Apple and Microsoft, or between all of Hitchcock’s movies.
Of course, it is so new, there is so much data not up yet, so right now I would rather get lucky with my Google and my Wiki.
[architecture trip in some part of malaysia, supposedly near jb.]
Went off alone, to the back of a “shopping centre” (4-6 storeys), Asian urban, loading-bay, concrete, signboards. Entered, saw a security guard. an open-legged flight of stairs. Continue reading
Via Worldmapper, suddenly Singapore isn’t just that speck of red anymore. I can almost make out Tuas in the above map that shows contribution to CO2 levels in 2000. And Sungei Gedong in the map below that shows military spending 2 years later. Now isn’t that something to be proud off?
Visit the site and have a field day discovering a whole new geography of the world!
: The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson)
As gradually as the way the storyline and characters develop, and quietly as the director’s knack for carefully placed idiosyncratic moments, offbeat and melancholic at times- The Darjeeling Limited was a film that grew on me.
Amidst a colourful landscape and spiritual scape of India, the film traces the reunion of the Whitman brothers, their subsequent spiritual journey together that veers off-course into a series of unexpected events. Bill Murray’s (Lost in Translation) weirdly brief appearances at the beginning and end of the film seemed almost like visual tabs that concocts that quiet, offbeat yet strangely affective atmosphere that was brewing in the entire film.
This film also stood out in the director’s manipulation of space, light and matter, creating many visually memorable moments. The camera pans across a scene where the train compartments were used as receptacles to contain the lives of random characters, individually placed and framed in set ups that varies from a bedroom with a window to a flight on board a plane that is about to take off (my personal favourite). MARK magazine (April/May) also featured an article ‘The Darjeeling Narrative’ which describes the director’s staged choreography as a powerful story-telling device-
The arrangement of the three main characters in the midground with staged relatives and scenery in the foreground and background creates visual depth and parallax, as if watching an animated version of a vast Renaissance painting portraying several stories by travelling from one side of the painting to the other. Such a well defined composition creates a moment of real emotion that engraves in our memory.
The soundtrack was enjoyable, suitably offbeat for the film and forbearing (for me) as well- this particular song by The Kinks would put anyone straight in a travel mood!
“This Time Tomorrow”, The Kinks
frantically packing, somewhat.
One door closes, another opens.
Here’s to the little pockets of SDE memories, and the end of an inauguration to a way of life.
back to blog.
Human genius can be found in entertainment and artistry. These 3 shorts have managed to condense so much in terms of style, story and sting in mere minutes: they become so much more memorable than anything else! Quality and not quantity packs the punch. For me, these clips (developed with alot of time and people) actually extends and freezes time for me, every flickering frame burnt on my retinas and etched on countless neurons, detail and wit oozing out from the storyline.
1) KUNGFU PANDA DREAM SEQUENCE by James Baxter Studio
Watch it on MSN Movies
If anything, the idea brought forward by this sequence is the dynamism. Earthy tones set the common base for a maximalist production with intricate inkwork, lines and Handicam-like movement.
2) CATCH ME IF YOU CAN OPENING SEQUENCE by Kuntzel and Deygas
It conveys that mystery of the late 60s with an air of playfulness and caper-cool. The geometry and stylisation of figures seems to draw cue from the sinuous linearity of Saarinen’s TWA and the noisy saturation of 60s advertisements. Bold, strong graphic design and composition!
3) ’4 MINUTES’ MUSIC VIDEO by French duo Jonas & François
While the ‘storyline’ is rather lame, its the attempt to create a new look / atmosphere that makes this video so refreshing. The snazzy transitions, pop references and combination of elements leave behind a fresh new aesthetic.
boarding a chinook next week!