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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Jan 23, 2010 at 01:19:00 PM EST) Reading, Watching, Museums, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "Alice in Sunderland". Museums. Watching. Web.


What I'm Reading
Read the comic Alice in Sunderland by artist Bryan Talbot. Kind of free-association non-fiction; taking the reader through the history of the town of Sunderland and its region, the lives of its residents Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, the Sunderland Empire theatre, and anything else the author thinks of.

Very creatively drawn in a variety of styles, including black and white pastiches of various styles, impressive coloured comics (I particularly liked the crowds-eye views of the Battle of Hastings) and "partial photography" comicized photos. I particularly liked the pun-filled version of the "Once more unto the breach" speech from Henry V; and the retellings of Jabberwocky and the Lampton Worm story.

The weakness is that Talbot is obviously an artist not a writer, and some of the content about contemporary Sunderland reads a bit like a tourist guidebook desperately making the best of a lacklustre set of attractions. Even so, despite the fact he's an import from the distant town of Wigan, his fascination with the area comes through clearly.

Overall, worth looking out for. Might work best as a book to keep around and dip into, as it's full of fascinating little nuggets of information.

Review, review, review.

Exhibitions
Saw "Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh" at the Whitechapel Gallery. Very diverse show. Has everyday studio portraits, pics of famous people, historical sites, news events, and arty photos too.

Was impressed by the digital colour pics of rice farmers. Loved the pictures from rallies and riots with things like suited lawyers ducking away from water-cannon spray; protestors vaulting fires; farmers holding farm-tools aloft.

Well worth at look, though the £8.50 seems a bit steep.

What I'm Watching
Saw the BBC Shakespeare production of King Lear. (After two years on my Amazon Wishlist, someone finally got me the complete boxset! I am totally Shakespeared up!) Not bad, great double act from Gillian Barge as Goneril and Penelope Wilton as Regan. Michael Hordern was decent as Lear, but I didn't find him brilliant: I might have seen him in too many comedy roles to take him seriously.

Web
Video. Clunk Click Public Information Film remix. Dear Women: You Are Never Safe. Iron Man 2 trailer. Tasteless Star Trek movie metaphorical review. Ninjas on roller skates.

Tech. EVIL cameras offer interchangeable lenses but are smaller than SLRs (via). Use Blu-Ray laser diode to make Phaser (Via. Actually don't, it's extremely dangerous and likely to blind you).

Science. Comet-like object in asteroid belt (via). Crayola's Law. Uncanny valley a myth.

More on media and Haiti.

Economics. Resource curse evidence from Brazil? Inequality graph compares OECD nations.

News. New Orleans prostitutes classed as sex offenders (via). Amazon launches 70% royalty for Kindle-only authors. Cash for gold firms criticized. Jail for narco-balladeers? Another BNP member up on explosives charges.

Articles. H.G. Wells reviews Metropolis. "Downfall" director likes the parodies. Philip K. Dick's classic essay How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later

Random. Jacket bookmarks. Sacred meteorites.

Followups. Arrest, ban over fake bomb-detectors. Wolf pic stripped of award.

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Stuff you left out by Herring (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Jan 23, 2010 at 05:37:29 PM EST
Capitalists acknowledge banks are evil and crap and new Chris Morris film about terrorism due out sometime. Trailer.

Object to oil drilling on Leith Hill.

No, I'm not as good at this as you and quite partisan.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

The Chris Morris thing could be good by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 03:55:03 AM EST
Not totally convinced by that Stumbling & Mumbling argument though. It could be that the markets just think the new bank regulations will be a failure, handicapping them without actually making them less risky.

The general outline of the regulations looks pretty sensible to me. But looking at the healthcare bill mess, it does seem quite possible that whatever actually gets passed will be pretty dysfunctional.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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The question about EVIL... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Jan 23, 2010 at 05:54:43 PM EST
is... can you actually check focus on the viewfinder?
I haven't had the chance to try any of them out - but in the past the electronic viewfinders just didn't have the resolution, especially for candid shots... 

Well by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 03:48:40 AM EST
This guy reckons that since you can digitally zoom in on the viewfinder image you can check the focus OK. Much of that thread reminds me of the old "digital will never replace film because of these edge conditions" though.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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It always comes down to what you're shooting... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #6 Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 10:06:23 AM EST
one man's edge case is another's livelihood... 

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OhOhOhOh! by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 03:15:50 AM EST
Maybe we can adapt that model legislation for jail for narco-rappers!

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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I really like Alice in Sunderland by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Jan 25, 2010 at 07:18:17 AM EST
There should be a book like it for every city. I felt it suffered a bit from me never having visited the place though, it was like flying blind. I've got a mate who actually went on holiday in Sunderland after reading the book!

I like the way Talbot interweaves big events in English history with the history of Sunderland, you get the impression that it's such a complex web of events you could make connections anywhere. It's a good approach.

I think I might read it again actually...

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It's political correctness gone mad!

Micro Four Thirds format by duxup (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 12:28:41 PM EST
The reports I've read on those cameras sadly often complain of the same issues pocket digi cams have such as so-so low light performance and sloooow auto focus.

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