Paul and his new Titanium Gigabook.
Crashing around in OS X
Of course it's going to take time and there's going to be issues. I'm migrating from a 233 mhz powerbook G3 with 160 mb RAM running OS 8.5 (1998 model, no firewire, no USB) to a 1 ghz powerbook G4 with a gigabyte of RAM running OS X (10.2.2).
Anyone out there want to give me a hand moving a Frontier 6.0 guest database to Radio?
Phew. This thing is lightning fast.
The first DVD watched on my new machine: Bergman's Winter Light. In his notes to the film, Philip Strick says that Bergman himself described the 'Faith' trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) as 'chamber plays'. Applying this term makes a great deal of sense. I love the 'the locked room' aspect and the minimalism of these three films.
Several uncanny synchronocities yesterday: the massive power failure which accompanied the email from Anne Nigten (where half of Rotterdam lost it's power for a couple of hours) and twice when fiction mirrored reality while watching Miike Takashi's Audition (phone rings in film and at the same moment on my desk, someone starts playing piano in the film and simultaneously next door). Even without the coincidences I found Audition an exceedingly frightening and disturbing film with its moments of obsession reminiscent of Kubrick's Lolita and its moments of vertigo and reality shift reminiscent of Lyne's Jacob's Ladder.
Three films which combine the use of black and white and color:
Cleaning up my hard disk I came across this image that Rogério created last year for a publication he and the rest of the Airplant crew prepared on hybridity. The image represents one of my favorite pieces: 'Good and Evil on the Long Voyage'.
Surprise of the month has to be Dziga Vertov's 1929 film Man with a Movie Camera. Absolutely stunning... Right up there with Patrick Bokanowski's L'Ange (especially when viewed with the Alloy Orchestra soundtrack).
See too: Vlada Petric, Constructivism in Film - A Cinematic Analysis: The Man with the Movie Camera.
Yes it's Sweet
Now playing (just in time for Christmas!): the new Sigur Ros.
Escapology update: Colditz Reality.
Centraal Station Amsterdam
While shopping this afternoon for Xmas presents in Amsterdam (note to myself: the Saturday afternoon before Xmas has to be the WORST possible day to try this) I snuck for 15 minutes into my favorite secondhand bookstore and picked up a copy of James Monaco's monograph on Alain Resnais. Flipping through it on the way home I was surprised to see that Resnais and Chris Marker collaborated on several projects before Resnais produced his first feature film (Hiroshima Mon Amour in 1959).
Christmas in Bensheim
In Advance of Time
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