Wordless Wednesday pandemic edition #202004290700

New light industry development 2005
New light industry development 2005-12-23 17:30:13

Walking

Sunset over Kyoto
Sunset over Kyoto 2009-09-20 17:35:43

Walking is a side interest of mine. There are parts of my suburb, Sunshine, that I walk often. As for the remainder of Melbourne, I usually drive or catch a train to any other destinations. Driving allows me some flexibility in terms of equipment. I can carry everything. Walking requires a choice. Usually Digital or Analogue. Mostly Digital if I was honest.

Through Andy Adams I discovered Craig Mod. Craig is an expatriate of the USA living in Japan. He walks A LOT. He is a writer, photographer, and walker. I first heard of him and his unusual publishing experiment in May last year. The premise is simple and something I have long wondered about. He  texted an image once a day over six weeks as he walks 1000 kilometres in Japan. He also recorded a sound bite at the same time each morning. The pictures were sent via SMS each morning Japan time. You could if chose respond. However, Craig would not see or know of your response until the end of the journey. Here are his 3 parameters for the whole affair.

  1. I’m curious about using the network to publish without being used by it.
  2. I’m curious about fleeting, non-permanent online gatherings.
  3. I’m curious about drawing “edges” around walks.

A few days ago, Craig published an essay on a walk he conducted the full length of the Ise-ji path starting at Ise Grand Shrine up north, ending some eight days later at Hayatama Shrine in Shingu down south. It’s a long read but Craig is an excellent writer.

Given Australia’s colonisation there are very few tracks of this nature here by Westerners.. The first people’s of this county have many I’m sure. There are some that I am aware of, Tasmania for example has several. Most National and State parks have some short walks too. An interesting side note would be that all of the new infrastructure projects here in Melbourne at least, often include a bike path.

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Social Media in the time of the pandemic?

NetNewsWire's Splash screen
NetNewsWire’s Splash screen

Earlier this year I noticed callout for a shift in approach to social media. Andy Adams, Bryan FormhalsJorg Colberg Noah Kalina and Alec Soth all are writing and distributing via means outside of Facebook or Twitter. Lewis Bush began the year by advocating for a shift away from Twitter. I am still predominantly reading online via an RSS news reader called NetNewsWire. Combined with my Alumni access to RMIT‘s online resources and the SLV’s online collection there’s no shortage of reading material. Yesterday’s quote by Teju Cole came from Bryan Formal’s newsletter for example

The reader view of NetNewsWire
The reader view of NetNewsWire showing Petapixel’s RSS new feed

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Quotes in the time of the pandemic

The sunrises over my backyard
The sunrises over my backyard 2020-04-21 07:34:00

“when I was younger, I wanted to make images that made people go wow. As I developed as a photographer, I realised I wanted to make images that make people go hmm.”
Teju Cole

True words those! Indeed!

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Learning in the time of the pandemic

 

cover of photoshelter's 22 projects guide
cover of photoshelter’s 22 projects guide

This morning in my in-box was an email from Photoshelter. It had a link to a projects at home idea document, within that document a link to John Baldessari’s tasks he set for his own students. I am really like Baldessari’s you can download it from SFMOMA’s site the Photoshelter one was good too, access it here.

Here’s a quick a taster of Baldessari’s:-

“Using photography, prove a point as in a science fair diorama, display, tableau, such as: ‘How quickly does bread mold under certain conditions?’, ‘Is plant growth hampered by use of conditioned water?’, ‘What is the effect of colored lights on plants?’” He goes on to suggest a few more ideas, but you get the picture: use your camera to conduct a “scientific” inquiry into something that makes you curious.

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Distractions during the times of the pandemic

Sunset over Melbourne June 2000
Sunset over Melbourne June 2000

Another 20 year old sunset over Melbourne

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Technology in the time of the pandemic

Screengrab from my gallery page
My gallery page on the 18th of April 2020

I have been housebound for about 4 weeks now. My energies were primarily focused on digital work and projects while on term holidays. One of those projects was resurrecting my domain [stunik.com] and website. I use 2 tools to make pages for my website Dreamweaver by Adobe, and GraphicConverter, by Lemhke Software. I added some new content, primarily in the gallery section. I also added some content in new personal sections of the site, pets and house. The other setting up and creating this blog.

Graphic Convertor Splash Screen
Graphic Convertor Splash Screen

Exploring GraphicConverter I discovered I can build html galleries quickly and easily. This means many plans I had for my website in terms of galleries can be expanded and sped up. Every time I publish a photobook now I can add a digitised version of each page easily too. I updated my photobook section as well.

The last big project I hope to undertake is to archive my Movable Type blog it was originally hosted at http://blog.stunik.com. The new uri will most likely be, http://stunik.com/MvT/.  This is going to be a big long job, there are many broken links. I used to use flickr extensively to host images there. In the interim I had a major purge of my flickr stream, this broke many links on the blog. At the time I was also using a piece of software called Skitch made by a company called Plasq, it was bought by Evernote in 2011 and this also broke many links on the blog.

Screen grab from the wayback machine archive of my old blog
Screen grab from the wayback machine archive of my old blog note the missing links in the right column.

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Wordless Wednesday [Pandemic Edition #1]

Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  2010-04-15, 18:12:42

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Vale Tim Brooke-Taylor

The Goodies TV show  was one of several shows of English comedians that had a lasting impact on me in  my youth.

The Goodies was a British television comedy series shown in the 1970s and early 1980s. The series, which combined surreal sketches and situation comedy, was broadcast by BBC 2[1] from 1970 to 1980. One seven-episode series was made for ITV company LWT and shown in 1981-82.

The show was co-written by and starred Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie (together known as “The Goodies”). Bill Oddie also wrote the music and songs for the series, while “The Goodies Theme” was co-written by Oddie and Michael Gibbs. Directors/producers of the series were John Howard Davies, Jim Franklin and Bob Spiers.

Sadly Tim Brooke-Taylor passed away recently.

A funny little vignette of their work surfaced on facebook this morning, I both chuckled and cried.

Here is the video:-

Here’s another:-

The other major English comedians and shows that impacted me were, Spike Milligan,  and by association The Goon Show, as well as Monty Python.

I have most of Spike Milligan’s books but hope to have the complete set one day. The most memorable for me were his War Memoirs.

I own the entire Monty Python TV series on DVD and several of their movies as well.

Read the Guardian’s fine obituary on Tim Brooke-Taylor

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