Monthly Archives: February 2009

Photobooth Love

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06/17/2007, by revivify;
part of her set three dollar love affair (thanks to Yosh)

Photobooths. Ah. All the more beloved for their absence in Singapore, we island-dwellers can only gaze in envy at these quirky little projects. What we have instead are crappy purikura machines that overload on the kitschy cuteness, and the photobooths we do have only allow us to take one photo.

Photobooth.net is attempting to document as many locations of photobooths as possible, though the list is comprehensive only for most of America.

In one of their recent articles, they wrote about Ira and Martin, based in Moscow, who rescued and restored an old M-22 machine:

“After a phase of disenchantment, we did some more desperate calls in Moscow, and it showed out that one – the last – M-22 had escaped the massacre by miracle, and was standing in the rain in the courtyard of a former soviet ball-bearing plant – some 2000 meters from our own house. We acquired it for a modest amount of money.

Inside was a mayhem: flash generator and capacitors were stolen, as well as nearly all plugs, switches and other somehow vendible equipment, most of the cable harnesses were dumbly cut through. The mechanics (transmission, spider, paper transport, even camera) though were intact. Then followed three months of work in the evenings in a rusty soviet garage.

We got a flash from an operator in europe, rebuilt all the rest ourselves, including wiring, money accepting system, outside decoration etc. etc.”

The booth now resides at the Winzavod Contemporary Art Center. And of course, no entry about photobooths can be complete without a showing of Jay Leno’s Photobooth madness: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |

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UNIQLO: Tadanobu Asano vs Chloe Sevigny

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For UNIQLO‘s Spring 2008 collection: Tadanobu Asano and Chloe Sevigny.

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The Shifting World Of Design

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Michael Bierut’s From Drawing Board to the Desktop: A Designer’s Path talks about how the world of design has changed with the rise of the personal computer:

“THE technology we have at our disposal is dazzling, and our efficiency is such that clients expect fast solutions and nearly instantaneous updates. We are proud to deliver them. Still, I wonder if we haven’t lost something in the process: the deliberation that comes with a slower pace, the attention to detail required when mistakes can’t be undone with the click of a mouse. Younger designers hearing me talk this way react as if I’m getting sentimental about the days when we all used to churn our own butter.”

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The Bloop: Cthulhu or Leviathan?

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When you live on the internet as much as I do, you’re bound to find something disturbing and morbidly fascinating: this time it’s The Bloop, an ultra-low frequency sound detected several times in 1997. What’s interesting is that it was of sufficient amplitude to be heard over 5,000km away, which means, in an entirely terrifying way, that there is no known animal on earth that could have made such a sound.

It would have to be larger than a blue whale, the largest known animal on earth.

This brings to mind Leviathan, the epic-level monstrous creature described in Job 41.

Damn Interesting has a pretty good write-up on The Bloop if you want to know more and are thinking twice of going scuba diving.

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Altered States Of Being

It’s been so long since I posted it’s not even funny.

United States Of Tara, written by Juno scribe Diablo Cody, is actually pretty enjoyable if only to see Toni Collette, playing  a wife and mother stricken by disassociative identity disorder, morph into her various personas.

Plus it has a quirky and eclectic mix of music that pretty much runs in the vein of Juno. A current favourite is Austin-based Kat Edmonson‘s ‘Lucky’. Another reason to love Texas!

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