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OC Tokyo

August 27, 2009

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One Year Later

May 12, 2009

Luke made this video about musician Abigail Washburn, who travels back to Sichuan a year after the earthquake to make music with the local kids:

In May 2008 an earthquake devastated Sichuan province in China, killing tens of thousands and leaving millions homeless. To commemorate the one year anniversary of this tragedy, musicians Abigail Washburn and Dave Liang of the Shanghai Restoration Project traveled to Sichuan to make music with children who survived the earthquake and their parents. Using folk songs sung by the children as well as sounds of their parents rebuilding their houses with bricks and mortar, Abby and Dave created a unique musical soundscape, and this video shows how the whole process unfolded in March, 2009.

Chinese version.
Official website for After Quake Music.

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

April 3, 2009

Still catching up on things I missed while in China for 2 years. Who Killed the Electric Car came out in 2006 but seems even more poignant today as GM teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. GM spent years developing the technology to produce a zero-emission, reliable, affordable electric vehicle. They introduced that vehicle (the EV1) to the streets of California through a pilot program in the late 90s. Demand for more EV1’s followed, but GM chose to pull the plug on it and to forcibly recall every EV1 and have them destroyed. If you haven’t seen this, it’s definitely worth watching.

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Villa Malaparte

The final act of Godard’s Contempt is stunning — in no small part due to its use of architect Adalberto Libera’s Villa Malaparte, situated high on the cliffs of Capri. The home was completed in 1942 for the Italian writer Curzio Malaparte, but was abandoned after his death in 1956. It has since been restored and can be reached only by crossing the island on foot.

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Noi the Albino

March 30, 2009

A beautiful film about a pale young man in Iceland by director Dagur Kari. Gorgeous and sad.

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We Live In Public

March 18, 2009

Josh Harris: the greatest internet pioneer you’ve never heard of? Well, not if you opened an issue of Fast Company or Silicon Alley Reporter any time around the fin de siecle. Looks like it’s time to relive the memories…

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Sugar

February 20, 2009

The fates handed us tickets to last night’s Portland International Film Festival screening of Sugar, a film by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck about the economic and emotional weight felt by aspiring Dominican baseball players. Recommended viewing. (Thanks Ricky!)

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Animals and Mirrors

December 31, 2008

Souvenir de Chine by Körner Union

[via Kitsune Noir]

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Metajournalism

December 21, 2008

A bit late on posting this, but I just got around to looking at the November issue of Wired and was drawn in by Jason Tanz’s profile of Charlie Kaufman and his recently-released film Synecdoche, New York. It wasn’t so much the finished article that hooked me but, rather, the conceptual framework Tanz proposed to his editor: to produce a “Kaufmanesque” piece in which the process of making the article is as important as the finished thing itself. The print version of the profile contains a few bits of production errata—email exchanges, mostly—to give the reader a taste of this writing-an-essay-about-writing-the-essay conceit, but it’s in the online features that the idea really gains traction. The entire production of the article—pitch, brainstorming sessions, emails, rough drafts, revisions, photo shoot, interview transcript, press check, et al.—was posted both to Wired’s website and the SPD blog as it was happening. It would take hours to go through all of the material, but it’s probably the most complete look at the process of magazine production available online.

The beginning:

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Here is Always Somewhere Else

November 18, 2008

I’ve been waiting for this for a while – Rene Daalder’s documentary concerning the disappearance at sea of Bas Jan Ader, one of the most incisive performance artists of the 1970s. His career was short and his output limited, but his influence on recent art practice has been huge.

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