It’s a long-ish exposure picture of my TV, taken while I was watching Ordinary People.
Photo taken at The Stork Club, which is where I'll be again tonight.
I Might Be Wrong. | In November, Radiohead is releasing a live album called I Might Be Wrong, featuring songs from Kid A and Amnesiac (for the most part). Check out this quote from the Sonicnet article:
There are no plans to promote I Might Be Wrong with further touring, [Radiohead’s] spokesperson said.
To promote a studio album, a band goes on tour and plays live. So if a band releases a live album, shouldn’t they promote it by getting into the studio and recording?
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Storm. | There was a pretty sweet thunderstorm here in San Francisco yesterday, with lots of great lightning. It started raining on my way home, so when I got home, I set up my DV camera, facing out the window, hoping to catch some footage. Unfortunately, I forgot to switch the camera from auto- to manual-focus, so the video came out with lots of blur-twitching. Still, I was able to pull out some, uh, stills (the one towards the end is bluer because it was taken quite some time after the ones before it):
And just for fun, a QuickTime. This is more about the clouds, not the lightning. The clip was originally 19 minutes, time-compressed to 1 minute, so you can see the clouds moving and forming, and you can even see the sky getting darker. (QuickTime 5.02 or later required.)
Question. | Does anyone have recent sales figures for hotcakes? I’m wondering if they’re selling like hotcakes.
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A Sad Story, But Not The Sad You’re Thinking. | It happens a lot, actually. I’ll go out to buy something specific — today, rechargeable batters — and not only do I buy a ton of other crap, but I end up not getting what I set out to get in the first place.
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Speck. | How does the slogan go? “If you haven’t seen it before, it’s new to you”? Borrowing from that, I’ve collected 72 photos that I’m going to post one day at a time, starting today. Some are alternate shots of photos that have already gone up either here or there, some were used in FORCEQUIT covers, some placed in the random image rotation above, and some I just never got around to posting. Hopefully — unless I fucked up — you’ve never seen them before (in full). Enjoy.
Soft-Launch. | FORCEQUIT’s swan song is now live for the world to see (DNS-willing): Good Vibrations, “promoting sexual health and pleasure since 1977”. FQ did the front end design and production. If you’re looking to buy some adult toys, books, or videos, check it out.
Technicalities. | Let me ask you something, Mr. Showbiz, if you’re so smart: “Near Miss at WTC for Duchess of York”. Wouldn’t a “near miss” be a “hit”? If someone has a “near death” experience, that doesn’t mean they were killed, it means they were ALMOST killed. So wouldn’t that headline mean they ALMOST missed the Duchess? Or, hit her?
After years of collaboration on a wide range of projects, threatmedia* and FORCEQUIT have merged to become THREAT.
Award-Winning. | I’ve yet to see the issue, but at least the winners of Communication Arts’ Interactive Design Annual 7 are online. One of the winners is the Driveway demo, featuring Flash work by FORCEQUIT.
Did Anyone See The Movie TRON? | A couple weeks back I mentioned the upcoming Simpsons “Blockos”. Medicom, the company that makes the Kubrick line of toys (the inspiration for the “Blockos”), is releasing four sets of figures based on Tron:
Tragic. | What a sad day.
Why I’m Not Getting An Xbox. | DVDs already ordered, arriving in the next couple weeks to couple months, in order of release:
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Resfest Recap (2 of 2). | As much as I love film titles, Saturday’s “Openers 01: The State of the Art of Film Titles” was a tad disappointing. I think the biggest problem is I didn’t think the entries were that good. There were some standouts, like Imaginary Forces’ titles for both Along Came A Spider and Bedazzled, the titles for Final Destination by Carla Swanson, and the hilarious sequence for Torrente 2 Misión en Marbella by David Guaita. But the “titles” for Hedwig And The Angry Inch didn’t do much for me. Some pulsating circles, what seemed like a really long song (with no titles or anything over it), and then finally some more circles and the title shot. What was I supposed to be impressed by? The song? I guess I was at the wrong program. Another issue was length. Hedwig was way too long, and on the other hand, while they looked cool, Blind’s work on Dogtown And Z-Boys was like ten seconds long. It was over so fast I didn’t have time to get into it.
Resfest Recap (1 of 2). | Oops. I fucked up and deleted the “Cinema Electronica” recap. Long story short, it was very good. Since the post is gone forever, check out this cool Gorillaz sticker sheet they gave away at the show:
The Future Of Filmmaking. | Resfest kicks off in San Francisco tomorrow night. I’ll be at the always entertaining “Cinema Electronica”, Friday, 10 PM, as well as “OPENERS 01: The State of the Art of Film Titles”, Saturday, 3 PM, which I’ve never seen before (the “01” would lead me to believe this is the first year of the program, but I could be wrong). Should be fun. Actually, it better be fun for $10 per ticket per program plus surcharge.
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The last photo would make it into my top ten photos if the word "Budweiser" wasn't so visible in there.
An Empty Theater. | Photos taken August 29, 2001 at the Bridge Theater, just before the 9:40 PM show of Made.
Con$ole. | The Xbox is available for pre-order at Electronics Boutique. And guess what? I’m NOT going to order one. First, I think the bundles are bullshit. Why do I have to get three games minimum? (I mean, I know why, obviously. Still, it’s bullshit.) More importantly, though, is that I’m not too excited about any of the launch games. Dead Or Alive 3 looks awesome, but not enough to warrant me getting an Xbox. There’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2x, which should be cool, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 will come out for the Playstation 2 a couple weeks before 2x, so why bother with 2x? And then there’s the GameCube...