Making wookie! Digital film festival

Making wookie! Digital film festival (“a travelling and on line show case of films made with this powerful new technology”) goes Star Wars. Watch the Qui-Gon show. Funny! But careful… 5 mb Quicktime.

Mutton dressed as lamb. For all those sleepless nights: [ F ] [ E ]

Cult – Film – Classics. Super! Leider auf Deutsch. [ G ]

Kiasma Museum of Modern Art. In Helsinki, but on line for everyone to enjoy. In [ F ] [ E ] [ Sw ] and more!

The Dark Room. No, not that kind. Pictures… en français. [ F ]

Wallace and Gromit go Hollywood. Dreamworks sign the animated duo for £250m. Calls for a nice cup of tea in celebration. Don’t forget the crackers!

Call me shallow, but this bit of showbiz news is the best thing I’ve heard all week. George Michael’s releasing an album of classic covers on December 6th. ‘Older‘ [ buy ], his 1998 album has been a steady favourite on prolific’s stereo for many many months now. ++++

That’s what you get for leaving Eastenders. Poor Ross. What’s Eastenders? It’s prolific’s favourite soap, luv.

Second Story‘s October homepage looks as gorgeous as ever and they’ve a couple more groovy flash sites to show off. +++

A nice brew: all about the number one legal drug: 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine. ++1/2

Internet Killed the Video Star is an industrialized-parody of the 80’s pop hit, Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. The single stands as a statement about today’s “infallible” technology.” Hmm. Well, you can download this single by Seattle band Salon Betty. Nice to hear there’s more than just “grunge” coming from that city. Prolific’s not a big fan of that particular genre… ++1/2

Muso Tip: Now playing on prolific’s stereo: Moodsville Volume 1, by the Red Garland Trio and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. Jazz. Smoove! [ buy ]+++1/2

Reach out and touch? Australian

Reach out and touch? Australian body language guru Allan Pease helps the British move into the 90s.

If you have cable and want to speed up your connection even more: download accelerator. Pity about the damn ads. ++1/2

Scandinavian and cute: stay in shape, play ping pong at +++

Cost of a typical 2 or 3 bedroom house in 1899: £ 300. In 1949: £ 2,200. Today: £64,000 – £130,000. The
changing times.

prolific used to write an on-line journal called ‘Dag’. Over at they wonder why do speakers in post-industrial Britain and Australia still need a dozen or more terms for flakes of dung that hang from the rear of sheep?

Someone mentioned this page to me a long time ago, and I remember spending some time looking for it. Never found it. Until today.
It’s The End of the Internet, and I like it. ++1/2

Waste of time

Was taught HTML basics at the course. Erm. I already knew that, thanks. Helped the others a bit, in between popping throat tablets and other nice pills. Cough. Sniff.
Straight to bed with a bowl of hot soup. Woke up at 3.50. Checked mail. Found new CROON submission. Yay. There have been three submissions in between, but people misunderstood the object of the project. I’ve written and rewritten the instructions but something’s not clicking. Must have someone take a look at it.

Had ( feverish?) dreams last night about having a son (EEEEEEEEEEK!) It’s that unconditional love thing I witnessed on Sunday, I guess.

Grin and bear

Spent half of Sunday down the country at my friend L.’s surrounded by toddlers. Was relaxed in a way, but had work on my mind. Woke up today with a soar throat which got worse during the course. Shiver shiver. I *cannot* afford to be ill this week, so just grin and bear it.

Bought my first Elmore Leonard book, not really into crime fiction but had to try man – so many films are made of his books now. ‘Out of Sight’ is the novel the film with Clooney and Lopez is based on – it was hard not to read the book with their faces in mind. These books are very quick reads, I finished it going to and coming back from Hilversum on the train.

Managed to encode half of the videos last night while watching tv and cooking dinner. It’s a multi-tasking life.

We watched parts of a guy’s ‘interactive movies’ – the guy also came to talk to us about them. ‘Interactive movies’ are ok-ish… they’re not as exciting as real computer games, I think. Why would I want to watch an interactive movie? I want to see a film, want to be awed by what the director makes up for me – magically. Having an influence on the scenes makes it unnatural. Film is total immersion. It can’t be that if you can affect the outcome.

Bed early, am shivering.


… don’t you hate them? I actually need them… but would very much like to know about them some time before they’re due. Well… it doesn’t always work that way and so I am facing a few of them for next Wednesday and Thursday. Small problem: I’m on that course on Monday and Tuesday… which gives me zero time, unless I work at it this weekend. Which is not exactly what I had in mind. Last night I tried to block it out – fixed my eyes on the telly and taping Fatima Mansions stuff for someone. Found myself almost headbanging to some of the tracks… laughed at myself for being an old fogey with an interest in rawk and rawl.

This morning I enjoyed my first shopping spree since my injury. Didn’t get much and it soon became too crowded in town, but enjoyed my mobility nevertheless. Got Mansun’s new album… typical ‘difficult second album’ kind of record – not as clear cut as the first one. They’re a bit too… metal… almost Black Sabbathy sometimes, I enjoy their quieter moments.

Got myself a mobile phone card for my mobile… no monthly fee. Actually missed having my mobile when I was on crutches… they’re handy for calling cabs. (And ordering pizza when you’re on line ;-) . I just thought my colleagues should be able to reach me when I’m on the course. The 50 guilders worth of calls will last me a year or more (only they expire after a year). Must remember to wipe my ex from the list of numbers. It will make me feel good.

It’s bloody freezing! It’s 9 degrees out, and the cold is wet. It reminded me of Dublin, actually, those cold winter trips I’ve made. Talking Dublin, I sent Gav a cool ‘Adam n Eve’ card for his birthday… it’s a pop up thingy that has Adam saying:’ Nice apples’ to Eve, who replies: ‘Big leaf!’. Corny… but he’ll appreciate it.

Also got prezzies for L’s kids, toy cars for S. and a squeezy duck for E. I thought I might go into work tomorrow… but fuck it, it’ll be Sunday and I promised to drop by Louise’s for coffee. If I don’t make the deadline, fuck it. If I get fired… fuck it. Right now… I worry, but don’t care too much. Let’s enjoy the weekend…

(All I have to do is…. capture 18 songs off video… encode them to Real Audio. Design the front of a site… with lots of stuff that moves and blinks to impress the clueless. Record audio files. Make animated gifs and roll overs. Later today. Tonight. Not now.)