Posted on August 9, 2012 by Nick Darcy-Fox
Supposedly cinemagraphs are to gifs, what Instagram is to photo’s. Which is plain dumb. Its more like what zombies are to citizens or haute couture is to fashion. It’s a new form of an established format. Good cinemagraphs give a ghostly haunted quality to photographs. Often beautiful, the good ones still have a slightly haunting quality about them.
It would be good to be able to get them hanging on the wall in a good sized digital frame. And while you hold that thought, it’s only a small jump to go, well if I can get that framed then it would be good to get other digital art on the wall, too – finally finding a use for digital frames. Digital art like the pieces SEdition are selling on their new site. It’s a brave new world they are trying to create – limited edition digital prints of photos and videos streamed through iPads, Iphones and TV’s. But here, too, no digital frames. It’s only a matter of time. And this is the space that Stillreel is exploring with a new blog dedicated to showcasing the best in new digital art and cinemagraphs and investigating ways that these new formats can be displayed on your wall. Looking forward to seeing more.
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Posted on November 13, 2011 by Nick Darcy-Fox
Some incredible footage take from the 1962 Tour De France. How they ate food (ice creams, anyone?), replacing liquids (stop in at the local, run in grab as many bottles of juice you can fit in the back of your shirt. Don’t pay. Jump on your bike again). Not a helmet in sight.
Its not about the winners and its not about the advertising or the even the race, its about all those that participated. If we think this is a tough race now, imagine what it was like then before race radio and carbon fibre and cleats, or even having your team ride you back into the race.
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Posted on January 2, 2011 by Nick Darcy-Fox
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Minty-Fresh™.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 20 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 63 posts. There were 14 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about a picture per month.
The busiest day of the year was March 4th with 34 views. The most popular post that day was Gonzo: The movie.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were theselvedgeyard.wordpress.com, obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc, en.wordpress.com, imobilereview.com, and michael-jackson-secret-exposed.xpac.info.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for gonzo, hunter s thompson, logo porsche, hunter s. thompson, and banksy.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Gonzo: The movie September 2008
Porsches “creeping takeover” of VW November 2008
Banksy authentication September 2008
New A380 Singapore Airlines Suites, but what is it missing? October 2008
Exit through the Gift Shop February 2010
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Posted on December 2, 2010 by Nick Darcy-Fox
BEE recorded at the Melbourne Writers Festival as promised, like months ago. An incredibly funny guy. Please excuse the rather drunken and unprofessional laughing going on – clearly I’m not an expert. And a little drunk. Ok, you happy? I said it.
Bret Easton Ellis
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Posted on November 30, 2010 by Nick Darcy-Fox
So starts the lyrics for Paperback Writer.
Now that the chapters and synopses and author biometrics and bull (who can really write well about themselves – aren’t CV’s the worst kind of work?) has been submitted to 6 or so publishers we play the waiting game. Well a waiting game for the remaining. Macmillan got back to me in an unheard of 10 days. And just to be clear they got back to me to say thanks but no thanks. And you’re never really happy. If it takes 5 months for them to read the 5000 words of Physics for Poets I sent, just for them to tell you they didn’t like it, it might seem cruel. You’re left thinking, why don’t they read the crap first and get back to you sooner? I don’t mind hanging on half a year if, when you finally do make contact it’s with embarrassingly gushy noises. But when they take less than 2 weeks, it’s like a slap in the face. Or maybe a half-a-night stand. Of course I know this is how it works, it just seems weird when your’e in the middle of it.
So I have all this leisure time to ruminate on how underdone the submission letters were. And read endless blogs on writing that are less than useless. Useless might be something like: “write every day, even if it’s for five minutes.” Or maybe “make your characters something resembling human and give them a problem they can believably solve.” Whatever you do, don’t create a character that looks and sounds like a sentient posturing AI set to solve a thousand year mystery in one night in 4 continents, only to find out Jesus of Nazareth married a prostitute. That wouldn’t work. No, worse than useless is something like this: “Read. Read. Read. Especially in the genre you hope to write in.” Just knowing that the person that dropped this bomb is published is less than inspiring. What’s the collective adverb for disheartening?
On a brighter note I have the first 17 chapters (don’t worry they’re blog sized, not chapter sized) on WordPress and quite happy with the results. http://physicsforpoets.wordpress.com
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