Friday, April 23, 2010

Hine Mizushima soft sculptural works

I love Hine Mizushima's work! I haven't looked through all of it yet. What I have seen so far is beautifully detailed, lovingly well crafted, with a gentle dash of sometimes black humour here and there.

Mizushima's site is here. You must check it out. You will not be disappointed :)

Found via The MochiMochi blog.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

In a nutshell: STFU about the fish and get on with the adventure.

The plot when there was plot was rivetting, and Verne's occasional comic relief through both Conseil and Ned Land was entertaining as well. I'm told that comprehensive detailing of the science in SF is characteristic of the period. If it were published today it would probably be half as long because as a modern reader that is tiresome and we like to be entertained by the non-fiction aspect don't we? The modern reader has access to books, journals like New Scientist, the internet if he/she desires to learn more. We don't need that level of detail. There is extensive discussion of maritime history, geography, specifics of longtitude and latitude, physics and waaay too much coverage of every single fish and lifeform encountered.

This reader understands that the narrator is a marine biologist but is this text written for the benefit of fellow scientists? The use of scientific names only in some cases was particularly annoying! The text would be at least a quarter if not a third as long if these piscine descriptions were pared back to the essentials.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ramalama Gaga Gogo

Listening to: Ramalama Gaga Gogo*, on my i-Pod

Ramalama (Bang Bang) by Roisin Murphy
Enjoy the Silence 04(Mike Shinoda Remix) by Depeche Mode
Strict Machine by Goldfrapp
Silent Shout by The Knife
Are You the One? by The Presets
This Must be It by Röyksopp
Destroy Everything You Touch by Ladytron
Anarchy by KMFDM
Fascination Street by The Cure
Coloured Bedspread by Annie Lennox
Paninaro by The Pet Shop Boys
Girls and Boys by Blur
Oh La La by Goldfrapp
Mr Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont’s Thin White Duke Remix) by The Killers
Zero by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Hey Boy. Hey Girl. by The Chemical Brothers
World in My Eyes (Cicada Remix) by Depeche Mode
Bad Ego (Michael Jackson vs. Alter Ego) DJ Earworm mashup
The Men by Covenant
Nirgaga (Nirvana vs. Lady Gaga) DJ Lobsterdust mashup
Rush by Depeche Mode
Precious by Depeche Mode
Shine by Cyndi Lauper
Always by Erasure
Telephone by Lady Gaga
Ladykiller by Alice in Videoland
All I ever Wanted by The Human League
Damned don’t Cry by Visage
Dance in the Dark by Lady Gaga
Here Comes the Rain by The Eurythmics
Pitbull Dream by What's
Wrong by Depeche Mode
Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
Love is a Fool by Primary
Night on Fire by VHS or Beta
To Cut a Long Story Short by Spandau Ballet
The Way I Are by Timbaland
Neutraface by DD40
It’s a Sin by The Pet Shop Boys

*i-Tunes playlist I composed using two of my most recent On the Go lists. Click on the titles in italic for the best clips out of those found.