Homemade Multipoint Pinhole Camera Made from 32,000 Drinking Straws

•March 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Using 32,000 black drinking straws, collaborators Michael Farrell and Cliff Haynes created the Straw Camera, a homemade camera they began experimenting with in 2007. Despite the connection one might draw to a pinhole camera, the Straw Camera actually functions quite differently, producing a multipoint perspective from an array rather than a single point perspective.

The direct analogue process records the light collected from each straw onto a piece of paper secured to the back of the camera. The camera gives a direct 1:1 view of the subject that is placed before it, however it translates the image to one that mirrors that of pointillist painting, breaking the subject into thousands of little dots.

#IAmMajor / Ghost in the Shell’s Meme Generator Marketing Strategy Has Backfired

•March 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

As part of the promotion for the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell, Paramount launched a new website that invited eager fans to generate an image with a few lines of text and create their own “I am Major” poster. This is the TV spot:

What Paramount most definitely underestimated was the proficient wit of the online community, which is basically almost everyone smart enough to use the internet.

Whoever thought this campaign would go according to plan without a hitch is either still using Spyglass Mosaic or is not very good at their job, because no one outside of a screening (that sacred time when we all suspend our disbelief) or part of the actual film crew is going to take this opportunity to get on board the make-believe seriousness train to genuinely promote a movie for free no one has actually seen yet. Or as Brian Ashcraft from Kotaku pointed out, “It’s damn perfect troll fodder.” Here are some examples proving the point:

When Scarlett Johansson was cast in the role, many Asian-American actors and fans voiced their displeasure over her involvement in the film and the whitewashing of Japanese culture. As part of the retaliation, fans have started to use the generator and the “#IAmMajor” hashtag on Twitter as a way of calling out both the film and Paramount.

In Ghost in the Shell, Major Motoko Kusanagi, is the central figure; a cybernetic android who leads an anti-terrorism group under the banner of Section 9. As I am sure most people are aware of the source material, many of the memes being created are just fun:

And you know what, #IAmStillGoingToWatchEnjoyThisMovie 😉

Alec Baldwin & Jimmy Kimmel Recreate New Zealand Soap Opera

•March 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Because dialogue gold “penis” makes for good cliffhangers.

Shortland Street is a long-running soap drama here in New Zealand, 25 years to be exact. I don’t watch Shorty, but like every New Zealander in the country, we all know it. Someone close to you watches it. You will hear about it at some point before the week is out. It is the inescapable, the never-ending, 🎵Shortland Streeeeet 🎶

Bleeders — “Nightmares” [throwback]

•February 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Saw Kiwi actress Kate Elliott at the pride parade with her friends tonight which made me think of the first time I saw her. I really wanted to say hi but thought fuck it — the chili in my burger aided me in making that decision. She looked the opposite of a nightmare.

Also, The Bleeders are fucking awesome! Night Sky is my fav song off their debut album As Sweet as Sin (2006). The rest are classics in my book. I wish they became bigger, but maybe it adds to their charm that they weren’t.

You’re welcome 😉 and the album booklet had great artwork by Chris Knox:

LOVE IS LOVE [animation]

•February 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A collaborative animation with 120 artists, illustrators and animators from around the world contributed to the creation of “Love is Love,” a provocative animation project celebrating the beauty of unconditional love.

Directed by Heckler’s senior art director Kyra Bartley, produced by Aborah Buick, music by Johnny Mackay. / Full list of contributing artists — http://www.heckler.tv/loveislove/ [instagram.com/loveisloveanimation/ / facebook.com/loveisloveanimation]

“In a heart full of dust / Lives a creature called lust / It surprises and scares / Like me, like me.” ~ Björk

•February 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Chinese New Year at the Auckland Lantern Festival

•February 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The Auckland Domain. Strolled and ate for good luck and prosperity with a friend who is just as good at doing those two things at the same time as I am. Better actually, I was sweating balls for some reason. 4x chicken and pork buns. 4x siu mai (open-topped steamed pork or shrimp dumplings). 1x bag of fresh lychees. 2x Japanese mushroom dumplings. Watermelon flavoured cotton candy. Korean spicy rice cakes and 2x Taiwanese bubble teas to wash that weird spicy-bland stuff down.

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Also, I hate to admit this but I was having difficulty getting at my pink drink having to deal with the adhesive-vacuum-stuck plastic seal over the cup. Apparently you use the slanted end of the straw to pierce through it. Did you know about that? … …Well fuck.

We got there relatively early and there were already so many people around the food stalls, more-so by the time we left, and of course there were the pretty lanterns about, forty-fifty year old traditional singers, and awesome dragon dancers, one of which I’m certain was my friend’s older brother, Andrew. Pretty cool. Yeah, it was a chill evening. So was the drive back.

Penguin on a Trampoline Pencil Animation by Artist Bashir Sultani [stop-motion animation]

•February 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

10 Great Moments of Subjectivity on Film

•February 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Movies are often at their best when they augment or twist reality to visualize that which has no form: concepts, emotions, mental states, illnesses, dreams, nightmares. CineFix presents its picks for the best subjective scenes:

Stories are told through a certain character’s perspective and filmmakers create various pathways to bridge the gap of understanding between character and audience. We’ve compiled a list of the best examples that convey a character’s specific state of mind.

GPS Doodles by Artist Stephen Lund

•February 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Stephen Lund, a proactive cyclist who excises his physical and mental stamina on a daily basis has taken his bike riding one step peddle further and turned his cycle routes into an art project with help from a GPS app. Granted these look like shit, in my honest opinion (which I suppose is of course due to infrastructure), what is undeniably impressive is the method of their conception.

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Strava is a popular GPS program used by runners and cyclists to track their workouts. Victoria, British Columbia-based artist Stephen Lund uses the program to create these “GPS Doodles” instead. Pedaling an average of 70 kilometers in a single day for each design, Lund completed 70 doodles last year! Here is a selection of his work below:

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See more GPS doodles at https://gpsdoodles.com/ It seems like a tedious effort to me, but then again that’s exactly why only a lover of cycling or long distance stepping could pull it off. But I wonder… Yes, I can see them now, my own attempted efforts…

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•January 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Beauty and the Beach [F]

•January 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Point Chevalier. Spent a lovely afternoon with a lovely friend. Drawing by the beach, we told each other our dreams, and they were beautiful.