July 31st, 2007

Gromit (Wallace & Gromit)

Marvelous Toys

My old printer was starting to die, and so when I went to the store to pick up the wireless router, I also ended up buying an Epson inkjet printer that... lo and behold... prints on printable CDs! Furthermore, my favored CD-R brand, Memorex, makes printable CDs that go almost all the way to the center. I have just hooked it up and created hadara's requested copy of my John Williams compilation Watch the Skies: The Science Fiction Films of Steven Spielberg with the new printer. I have to let the disc dry for a few hours, but the results look pretty nice! The only problem is that I might have to redo a lot of my CD artwork for the new program, although said program looks to be fairly flexible in many ways.

Altman (filmmaker)

"Some people are bullfighters, some people are politicians. I'm a photographer."

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Antonioni's work seems doomed to only be known by the cognoscenti these days (by contrast, while many may not be too familiar with Bergman's work, they at least know it has something to do with chess with Death on the beach). For his portrayal of the Swinging London of the '60s, he stretched the limits of what was permissible on film in many countries; Blow Up was one of the first mainstream films with full frontal nudity to be shown in the United States. Here is the famed photoshoot scene from Blow Up (notoriously spoofed in Austin Powers). You can hear a bit of Herbie Hancock's score playing in the clip.


One of these days I'm going to have to catch up to The Adventure, The Night, The Eclipse and Red Desert, which I haven't seen since forever.