Monday, January 30, 2006


ChatFu: Cartoonify... your ... Chat

or Cartoonify your blog comments

(This thread was chosen at random, but cartoonifying might work well with more earnest dialogue, or bitter bouts of comment stoushing. Perhaps cartoonifying is a better alternative to disemvowelling or banning when things turn nasty.)

via the presurfer

Comments: cartoonify

Excellent work as always ... I really want Captain Caveman as an option
Posted by Russell Allen at January 30, 2006 08:00 PM

Bender I recognised, but who be the guy with the black robe and glasses?
Posted by Gummo Trotsky at January 30, 2006 09:28 PM

I'm waiting to be enlightened.
I be dumb at these things.

I was hoping James Russell might tell me ;)
Posted by boynton at January 31, 2006 01:59 PM

disemvowelled. oh oh! beautiful. xxx
Posted by Kitty Brown at February 3, 2006 10:01 PM

Yes - is Teresa Nelson's word/idea at "Making Light".
I have never seen it in action, but it sounds like a good way to deal with trlls.
Posted by boynton at February 6, 2006 12:39 PM

radio style


is going the way of the skylark, but should still be treasured. It has disappeared from Regents Park, Kings Road, Barclays, but should be protected in Lord's (the cricket ground). It is not needed in MPs, QCs; and is unwanted in the possessive "its". But it is essential in place of the missing letter in "it's". Thus: "It's a damn shame that its (the skylark's) future is so uncertain".

Black box
"The black box flight recorder" is permissible. "Black box" on its own is not. Many of them are in fact orange.

Sports people
it makes more sense to continue to refer to them by surname when they stray beyond the sporting arena.

BBC radio Style Guide via making light

Comments: radio style

"exhortations in the style guide had no effect on the number of mistakes; the level of mistakes was not affected by exhortations in the style guide; we hope to effect a change in this",5817,184844,00.html
Posted by Kent at January 31, 2006 06:48 AM

That's very effecting, Kent.

The things you learn in one 20 minute session:

"there is no such thing as a bicep"

"wines are lower case"


"car bomb
two words"
Posted by boynton at January 31, 2006 02:05 PM

Friday, January 27, 2006


Seu Jorge - The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions

Comments: aquatic

Cool! Well-spotted. The music played a big part in the flick's weird charm.

If I find a copy in Melbourne's CBD, I'll let you you where (It's too nice to burn pirate CD s thereof). But I suspect it's gonna be another Amazon job.
Posted by Nabakov at January 23, 2006 09:10 PM

Forget to add that if you like Seu, you could well enjoy Nouvelle Vague as well.
They do the best bossa nova version of "Too Drunk To Fuck" I've heard in quite a while.
Posted by Nabakov at January 23, 2006 09:16 PM

Forget to add that if you like Seu, you could well enjoy Nouvelle Vague as well.
They do the best bossa nova version of "Too Drunk To Fuck" I've heard in quite a while.
Posted by Nabakov at January 23, 2006 09:17 PM

Posted by Nabakov at January 23, 2006 09:19 PM

Opps. Again.
Posted by Nabakov at January 23, 2006 09:20 PM

I was listening to the Amazon TLA_with_SZ soundtrack samples before I found that link, having watched the film 3 times. Yeah I really like Seu, and Nouvelle Vague is great too.
(I'm still waiting to buy a Joao Gilberto CD after about 3 years of thinking about it!)
Posted by boynton at January 24, 2006 02:53 PM

Those musical links are a good idea, and are a big part of Andersons fillums. Mark Mothersbaugh (ex Devo) also does fantastic soundtracks for Rushmore and The Royal Tennenbaums.
Posted by Tony.T at January 24, 2006 05:06 PM

I've been listening to Mothersbaugh track 16 (16 times)
Ping Island/Lightning Strike Rescue Op
Posted by boynton at January 24, 2006 05:10 PM

"Ping Island/Lightning Strike Rescue Op"

Yes, that was so bloody cute when Bill started slyly grooving to it and then the jump cut to them paddling along to the beat underwater.

It really is a lovely little film isn't it? Like a home movie where you'd wish you could've have been in frame yourself. Even the one bit of gratitious dog cruelty is funny.
Posted by Nabakov at January 25, 2006 02:15 AM

I counted two bits..?
(on the first viewing mind)

never funny but yeah forgiven.
So many funny lines - I was laughing the whole way through.

I would be quite happy to live in the Belafonte for the decor alone.
Posted by boynton at January 25, 2006 11:07 AM

Thursday, January 26, 2006


The Book Bar
- a bar made of condemned library books rescued from the skip.
via cynical-c

Bed Books
It came to me while on a motor home vacation, when I just didn’t have the head room to sit up in bed. There was literally no comfortable position to be in – and that’s when it hit me! If the book was printed so that I could lie on my side, I could read for hours!

via the presurfer


Update: some bookshelves from This Into That

thanks to peacay via bookLust, *

Comments: books

And not to be outdone: some bookshelves
I can't decide if it's sacrilige or ultrarecycling.
[via booklust]
Posted by peacay at January 26, 2006 07:25 PM

I love the way that the Bed Books people try to keep "reading on your side" a secret, in the page of hilarious reading positions.
Posted by Kevan at January 26, 2006 09:14 PM

Great link, peacay, so I placed it in the post.

Also, "Unhappy Chest Rester" raises broader questions about the effect of one's mental state on ease of reading.
Posted by boynton at January 26, 2006 09:42 PM


When Laura created her (all) extraordinary Christmas post assembling gifts for bloggers, I dashed off an attempt to show a place which had reminded me of the Girls Crystal landscape in question - and the crystal mindscape in general. (nb: This is not the one in the Strzeleckis - but on the other side of the Valley)

Up until a few years ago it had a distinctly 50's feel, with non-descript (ancient concrete) picnic tables and toilet blocks, ideologically and environmentally unsound trees, and river gums with their mighty, litigious limbs in tact and shading the white gravel road where you could count on your hand the number of cars and tractors that circled round the weir in an afternoon. Despite the recent upgrading, it is still a beautiful, peaceful place, gippsland-green and off the beaten tree-change track.

I ended up not posting it in December, but was thinking of the region as fires rage across the hills at Moondarra. The vista of distant hills winding up along the Thompson is the type of country that's burning.

Comments: burning

"ideologically and environmentally unsound trees". Gorgeous phrase... I've always wondered what to call them.
Posted by Kent at January 26, 2006 06:37 PM

willows? ;)

Well - willows are in the second camp and their eradication is obviously nec. for river health.
But some of the old exotics planted in shady ignorance may get the chop for less sound reasoning?
Posted by boynton at January 26, 2006 06:46 PM

Deciduous is the word I was after. It's a different kind of un-Australian, but there's only so much gum I can take.
Posted by Kent at January 26, 2006 07:05 PM

I heard a firefighter refer to "Eucys" (sp?)the other day.
Re: plantantion timber, but I've never heard that contraction before.
Posted by boynton at January 27, 2006 11:46 AM

The oiliness of eucalypts is of course the reason we (and Californians ) have bushfires and England does not.
Plant English trees around your house if you live in the bush.
Posted by Brownie at February 3, 2006 10:07 PM

Sunday, January 22, 2006


Bushfires are burning around the state...
We sweltered sleepless through the 2nd hottest January night on record and today sat out the 42 degrees waiting for the cool change, checking into the weather bureau's current observations every 10 minutes and listening intently to ABC emergency service radio with sirens replacing the call of the cricket.

Meanwhile in the city, in the loungeroom, films featuring oceans or snow are the way to go.

Comments: fires

Perhaps you should get out "Downhill Racer".
Imagine if Polanski had directed it. The mind boggles and hits a mogul the wrong way. As I suspect Roman would have done.
Posted by Nabakov at January 23, 2006 09:23 PM

Take top sheet to bathroom basin. Hold sheet under cold tap till wet. Wring. Take wet, wrung sheet back to bed. On bed, lie face up suspending cool, damp, sheet over near naked bod holding aloft with upturned toes. Slowly relax erect feet and allow wet sheet to drape over (nearly) naked bod. This could inititally be excruciating but its worth it believe me - anything to feel moementarily f r e e z i n g. If heat persists night after night, try something else-like not sleeping, as I'm not sure that this is entirely good for old ducks over the long term. Not that your and old duck!
Posted by Link at January 23, 2006 09:48 PM

ahem sorry, should read, not that you're an old duck.
Posted by Link at January 23, 2006 09:50 PM

almost funny to enter house after the cool change, and find it like a convection oven.

not funny to see dark blue car covered in fine grey ash wafted into Ballarat from fires west.
Posted by Kitty Brown at January 24, 2006 12:49 PM

Hmm - might wander up the hill and look for Downhill racer now - seeing it's 2 free movies-tuesday.

as an old duck I might try that Green method, Link, thanks.

The house is still set on "warm", Brownie.

It's the deliberately lit fire in Gippsland that gets to me...
Posted by boynton at January 24, 2006 03:12 PM

Inconceivable over here. I've just put on a jumper in spite of the fact that we've had the heating on all day. Global warming has yet to make it up Offley Hill.
Posted by Dick at January 30, 2006 09:41 AM

I've just put on a jumper too this morning ;)
That's Melbourne.
(And loving it at the moment)
One night last week I was wearing a parka (as you do) while walking dogs at night - the next day it was mid 30's!
It always seems that the worst two weeks of Summer coincide with the Australian Open tennis. Though maybe I'm being optimistic - there's still Feb to go.
Posted by boynton at January 30, 2006 12:06 PM

Saturday, January 21, 2006

storm light


Flo contemplating the weird light after the weather broke last night.
The back garden went fully technocolor and possibly the possums were psychedelic too.

Comments: storm light

Todd-AO Widescreen Dog-O-Vision.
Posted by Tony.T at January 21, 2006 04:02 PM

128 degree possum-eye lens.

Posted by boynton at January 21, 2006 04:47 PM

So the dog is actually really skinny?
Posted by David Tiley at January 21, 2006 07:11 PM

Oh - is this a case of "I never realised my muscle looked like that"?...

Guess it might be an unflattering angle for Flo - who is 'stocky' but not fat.
Posted by boynton at January 21, 2006 08:21 PM

It was very weird light, but it didn't last long enough for my liking. Copped a baker's dozen of mozzie bites standing in the yard but it was well worth the pain.

Wish the heavens would bloody well open right now.
Posted by Laura at January 21, 2006 11:12 PM

Maybe a caption contest is in order?
Posted by Link at January 22, 2006 09:58 AM

I wandered out to the street to view the strangeness wishing I had a camera. Last night's light had bushfires in it - deep red sky to the west.

Good idea Link, but your line from last time would take some beating: "Oh Lordy I hate headspace to(night)" ;)
Posted by boynton at January 22, 2006 10:55 AM

My dog loathes rolling thunder and wants to climb on my head for safety.
Flo is supposed to be 'stocky' - she's a stock dog!
Posted by Kitty Brown at January 23, 2006 12:00 AM

Flo hates the thunder too - makes her roll around nervously ;)

Guess the cinerama might have made her look
S t o c k i e R...
Posted by boynton at January 23, 2006 12:05 AM

Y'know, her bum does look big in that light.
Whereas mine's perfect during a eclipse of the full moon.
Posted by Nabakov at January 23, 2006 09:24 PM

The dog next door

Apparently only when the moon is full, say the owners.

Posted by boynton at January 24, 2006 02:57 PM

Fantastic pic. Love the tree. Though forget her bum, the tail looks like she is sitting next to a molehill.
Posted by another outspoken female at January 26, 2006 12:16 PM

a sting in the tale?...

Alas, a.o.f, something good was lost in the downsizing. The tree in full does look rather good and less nocturnal - and of course that light can never be caught by the hapless shutterbug.
Posted by boynton at January 26, 2006 05:48 PM

Thursday, January 19, 2006


At a timely point in my blogging ennui of jannui, Kent sent a link which I think made as much sense as anything else I chanced upon.

Also - via toph, I sampled the Google Story Creator by submitting My January Ennui a couple of times:

24 hours a day.

The vault will have metre-thick walls of reinforced concrete and will be protected behind two airlocks and high-security blast-proof doors.


Thank you to everyone who delurked and said hello last week (and thanks also to everyone who did not have to delurk to say hello).

But absent an ark, one takes comfort, paradoxically enough, in the charms of the music of anguish.

By the time we got home though I could hear her screaming before I even opened the car door

Comments: crazy

Here's what I got when I put my name into the Story creator:

And therefore funny. All Rights Reserved.
An “absolute gas,” as we used to say in high school.
In the New Oxford Note “Ms. Pray tell what should you call firefighters if both men and women are wearing bunker suits? You could always say firemen and firewomen, but that’s awkward.
I say police officer.
Posted by Helen at January 30, 2006 01:24 PM

That's impressive.

"And therefore Funny" - would be a good blog name for bloggers or humourists lacking "confidence"*?
(see John Birmingham)
Posted by boynton at January 30, 2006 02:16 PM

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Bogart was propped up on pillows to make him taller to match Bergman's height...

More Trivia Tips about Casablanca - this time via the DVD audio commentary by Roger Ebert.

(I'm starting to like the commentary genre, after sampling the tangential appearing statements from director and cast of The Haunting)

Yet, some big name directors also can put aside ego-stroking to provide insights. The commentaries that Francis Ford Copolla provides for ‘The Godfather’ Trilogy is justly praised, but the commentary he provides for the great little film he made between #s 1 & 2- ‘The Conversation’- may be the best filmmaker on filmmaking commentary around- from anecdotes about star Gene Hackman’s reluctance to submerge his machismo, to the technical hurdles involved in the famed opening bugging scene Dan Schneider

The Commentary for Eurotrip has members of the cast and crew playing a drinking game to their own film, while giving a commentary Wikipedia

Comments: commentary

Oh, the shame of the shortarse movie star! Bogart's stat-ure is, of course, a function of qualities other than mere distance from the ground. Ditto Cagney & even little Alan Ladd. I'm kinda glad that Tom Cruise is never likely to stretch any higher, though...
Posted by Dick Jones at January 19, 2006 09:56 AM

Regarding the above comment - is the following a joke?

'Your comment submission failed for the following reasons:

Your comment could not be submitted due to questionable content: tatoo*

Please correct the error in the form below, then press Post to post your comment.'

*Spell this word with a 'u' replacing the double-o & there's the explanation for the censorship.

Posted by Dick Jones at January 19, 2006 09:59 AM

Maybe the uberbot is sensitive/zero tolerant of short stat.ure jokes?

I did know was banned...

I'm a big fan of Bogey's qualities.
Posted by boynton at January 19, 2006 03:08 PM

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

song tapper

The Song Tapper - Search for music by tapping the rhythm of the song's melody

via the presurfer

I tapped in a tune freshly heard on the radio. It wasn't there, but I was suprised to see the songs that matched...I wonder if this a way to find partner songs
Who knew Yesterday sounded like Eine Kleine Nachtmusic or that Yellow Sub and O Holy Night might tap into each other?

Comments: song tapper

I just pounded out any old jibberish and came up with the following (I think the last one was an accurate assessment of my tapping.):

Bang! - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

London Calling - The Clash

Build Me Up - Fountains Of Wayne

Zelda - Nintendo

Whistling In The Dark - They Might Be Giants

Three Blind Mice

Skid Row - Little Shop Of Horros

I'll Be Here A While - 311

Common People - Pulp

Bad - Michael Jackson
Posted by Tony.T at January 17, 2006 10:11 PM

three deaf mice?
Posted by boynton at January 18, 2006 12:45 PM

Sunday, January 15, 2006

big screen qotd

AUDIENCE QUESTION: The enduring beauty of CASABLANCA has forever changed my view of film. Have you compared the richness of the work on the big screen with that on the video recorder? It is stunning to see Bogart & Bergman full screen....
JULIUS EPSTEIN: I see very few pictures on the small screen...the full appreciation for a film has to take place on the big screen

"Howard Koch, Julius Epstein, Frank Miller Interview" May, 1995


also seen on the big screen

Comments: big screen qotd

It's a nice idea and I don't disagree with it, but it does presuppose that 1) the film is available to be seen on the big screen in the first place and 2) the available print is of adequate quality to be appreciated. Frankly I'll take my nice, clean, sharp-looking and legibly-subtitled DVD of Ugetsu monogatari over the worn out, hard to read, apparently 16mm print of the film I saw on the big screen at Cinematheque last year.
Posted by James Russell at January 15, 2006 10:13 PM

I can see your point re sharpness of DVD - funny this isn't so sharp but it's BIG.
And even within the grab bag of hired flicks, it's easy to see which *needs* the big screen, and Casablanca was one of them. Like that audience member I was quite stunned. Hadn't seen the film for years but gets better. One of my top 10.14159265 now, fwiw.
Chaplin and Keaton have been great too.
Posted by boynton at January 15, 2006 10:39 PM

Oh yeah, obviously some films absolutely require a cinema-sized screen for full effect, not to mention an audience. I love Keaton, but he goes down even better in a cinema with other people. And I think I shall always be glad I first saw "Bridge on the River Kwai" at the cinema rather than on TV.

Going purely on my own experience, I generally find I prefer films *without* large clumps of people around me. I suspect part of this comes from when I was studying film at university and was surrounded by people whose automatic response to films was to laugh at them at the least appropriate points, but part of it probably also stems from the fact that the biggest majority of the films I see (and have seen) are on the small screen by myself at home. I don't really do films as a social event (except for Mu-Meson Archives).

I must say that, having invested in a widescreen TV for Xmas, I can completely understand what they say about people not going to the cinema any more if they've got a perfectly good home theatre set-up. I don't even have that big a set (76cm), and I don't have surround sound, but I know totally what they mean. If I didn't have Celluloid Dreams to force me to keep in touch with new films at the cinema, I could probably quite comfortably live off DVD rentals.

As for "Casablanca", I should probably be embarrassed to admit I never saw it until last year. It was probably the biggest gap in my classic Hollywood knowledge. Luckily it was worth the wait.
Posted by James Russell at January 16, 2006 12:12 AM

I almost never (2 or 3 times a year) watch a film at home. I don't enjoy it. Cinema is the place for watching films.

I don't think there are many films coming out at all that can be appreciated the same on a small screen.

I suppose if you've spent thousands of $$ on a 'home theatre' then it's different.
Posted by wbb at January 16, 2006 04:16 PM

Would concur about the audience factor.
Some films definitely need it.
Have to say though - sometimes the concentration factor intensifies in this privileged mode of viewing.
Luckily we forked out zero - the projector is borrowed, the magnificent isolation is temporary.

Think I will avoid watching films on Tv now though.
Posted by boynton at January 16, 2006 04:44 PM


Ten Top Trivia Tips about Casablanca !

  1. Neil Armstrong first stepped on casablanca with his left foot.

  2. While performing her duties as queen, Cleopatra sometimes dressed up as casablanca .

  3. Half a cup of casablanca contains only seventeen calories.

  4. Casablanca cannot jump.

  5. Casablanca was first grown in America by the grandmother Maria Ann Smith, from whom her name comes!

  6. Contrary to popular belief, casablanca is not successful at sobering up a drunk person, and in many cases she may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.

  7. Edinburgh imports three thousand kilograms of casablanca every year!

  8. There are more than two hundred different kinds of casablanca !

  9. Ostriches stick their heads in casablanca not to hide but to look for water.

  10. Casablanca is the only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World that still survives.

I am interested in - do tell me about

via as above

Comments: contrivium

I see I get to be first to do the obvious:

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Boynton!

1. The risk of being struck by boynton is one occurence every 9,300 years.
2. Cats use their boynton to test whether a space is large enough for them to fit through.
3. Boynton was declared extinct in 1902.
4. If you lace boynton from the inside to the outside, the fit will be snugger around your big toe.
5. Lightning strikes boynton over seven times every hour.
6. The smelly fluid secreted by skunks is colloquially known as boynton.
7. South Australia was the first place to allow boynton to stand for parliament.
8. Boynton is the sacred animal of Thailand.
9. Boyntonicide is the killing of boynton.
10. Long ago, the people of Nicaragua believed that if they threw boynton into a volcano it would stop erupting.
Posted by Gummo Trotsky at January 16, 2006 02:31 PM

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Gummo!

1. Without gummo, we would have to pollinate apple trees by hand!
2. Scientists have discovered that gummo can smell the presence of autism in children.
3. It takes more than 500 peanuts to make gummo!
4. Gummo can clean his ears with his tongue, which is over thirty-nine inches long!
5. The Australian billygoat plum contains a hundred times more Vitamin C than gummo.
6. Gummo has three eyelids.
7. The word 'samba' means 'to rub gummo'.
8. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching gummo.
9. If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and gummo would be as small as a pea!
10. It's bad luck to put gummo on a bed.

btw: I think boynton became extinct well before 1902
Posted by boynton at January 16, 2006 05:15 PM

I'd say that's probably the fault of those ancient Nicaraguans:

1. In Chinese, the sound 'Nicaragua' means 'bite the wax tadpole'.
2. The air around Nicaragua is superheated to about five times the temperature of the sun.
3. Twenty-eight percent of Microsoft's employees are Nicaragua.
4. If you drop Nicaragua from the top of the Empire State Building, it will be falling fast enough to kill before reaching the ground!
5. On stone temples in southern India, there are more than 30 million carved images of Nicaragua!
6. The risk of being struck by Nicaragua is one occurence every 9,300 years.
7. Nicaragua is the world's smallest mammal!
8. The water in oceans is four times less salty than the water in Nicaragua.
9. The Nicaragua-fighting market in the Philippines is huge - several thousand Nicaragua-fights take place there every day!
10. 68 percent of all UFO sightings are by Nicaragua.
Posted by Gummo Trotsky at January 16, 2006 10:37 PM

3. A lump of microsoft the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
4. Grapes explode if you put them inside microsoft.
5. Ninety-six percent of all candles sold are purchased by microsoft.
6. If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn into microsoft!
9. Wearing headphones for an hour will increase the amount of microsoft in your ear 700 times.

Posted by boynton at January 17, 2006 05:11 PM

It wouldn't surprise me in the least to discover that the one about candles is actually true.
Posted by Gummo Trotsky at January 17, 2006 05:23 PM

Number six is true?
Posted by boynton at January 17, 2006 06:00 PM

I checked out my 5 year old daughter, Nell:

6. Two grams of nell s provide enough energy to power a television for over twenty-three hours!

As if I didn't know.

(Only 12 more days till kinder resumes....)
Posted by wen at January 21, 2006 09:21 AM

go well, go nell...

- and as for the blue heeler:

1. Flo will become gaseous if her temperature rises above -42°C!
Posted by boynton at January 21, 2006 03:56 PM

Friday, January 13, 2006

sounds like

I've always liked Things We Said Today (see things we said last year*) so was interested to read the discussion on similarities in a later Bacharach song This Empty Place at
Early Burt Special Part 4 at Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else

(Well, had me listening to Things... and singing along ... )

time and distance

To annihilate the twin obstructions of time and

distance, communicate your cheering message in


Telegram advertisements at The Telegram page

Saturday, January 07, 2006

bewteen clerks

24. Any unnecessary use of the wires, by frivoulous messages between Clerks, is to be reported to the Superintendant.

Rules Respecting Messages 28/29
London And North Western Railway Telegraph Rules And Regulations, 1871

FTL via things

Comments: between clerks

Only this shortest of notes to say still here, accessing the air waves as it were in the public venues such as they are.
Beats the heck out of a telegraph send key though don't it?
Posted by Juke Moran etc. at January 12, 2006 10:52 AM

/ \/ / \ \\Posted by boynton at January 13, 2006 11:39 AM

Yes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

"Internet access is to be used for authorised work purposes only, etc, etc."

Nothing a decent lesson in good manners won't cure though.
Posted by Nabakov at January 15, 2006 04:28 PM

And if wasn't for a few indiscretions at the card table and in the billard room, I'd have scored top points in the game I linked above.

And then playing it through while making all the obviously wrong choices reveals some great easter eggs.
Posted by Nabakov at January 15, 2006 04:47 PM

I made but one error of judgement concerning the dinner party - but felt vicarious victorian shame even as I committed the hostessing faux pas.

That's a good gilliam-graphics type game.

I tried to heed the advice on what to wear for a promenade as I took dogs for evening stroll, but me without a parasol and all...
Posted by boynton at January 15, 2006 09:07 PM

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


You can spend hours browsing through this bumper collection of 2005 lists at Fimoculous
via incoming signals

footnote: trying to find some 2005 content could only find a year in football gallery. S'ok.

Comments: listing

I only looked at about ten, but I'm totally listed out.
Posted by Tony.T at January 4, 2006 06:32 PM

Maybe try: The Top Ten Lists?
(see Film)

I think I'll have to browse one category a day to prevent listing.
Posted by boynton at January 4, 2006 07:31 PM

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

big screen

Have you noticed; they spend all that time trying to get the exact effect of an orchestra actually playing in their sitting room. Personally, I can't think of anything I should hate more than an orchestra actually playing in my sitting room.
Flanders and Swann A Song of Reproduction

I don't know about orchestras but we've had a cinema actually playing in the sitting room here courtesy of a borrowed data projector. It can feel a little bizarre watching big screen cary grant gleam around your everyday furniture and blue heelers, but a bizarre you can get used to pretty quickly.

I am like an early twentieth century human gazing awe-struck at the magic of film, and would have been happy to watch trains arriving at a station for hours. Streetscapes get in the way of the story, and cars and the cut of a suit morph from mundane into metaphor when the data is so projected. In comparison television is nothing, almost the bare code of the medium, a storyboard zoomed out into a lounge room pocket of long shot.
So it's all 5-for-$10 marathons and renewing vows with classics and forswearing watching big movies on the small screen ever again.

Comments: big screen

And you can make rabbits with your hands in the light.

There must be some precise size at which the moving image becomes trans-naturale. Perhaps it's at the point of lifesize.

On a very hot day when the air con isn't working )(or non existent - same thing) an all day session at the (Pinewood) Waverley Cimemas is a good buy.

With 4 theatres, (or is it 3?) and cheap deals with card from $3:75 to $4:50 per fillum. Around $7 - $8 in peak days.
Posted by Francis Xavier Holden at January 4, 2006 03:32 PM

Must consult some web guides on hand shadows...
but the bluey cast herself as Bat Ears - which sent the Jack Russell running up to the screen to investigate (you had to be there)

Interesting, I would say Lifesize. Rhett B was certaintly trans-nat the other day as he kissed Scarlett on the road to Tara... Have noticed a BIG difference even b/w the Full screen (Lifesize) and the DVD (half-size), even though the latter beats TV any day. Only the former really effects a 'dreaming' mode.

I love Pinewood. Used to go there - only 20 mins from inner city. Must renew that habit. Except - would that mean...other people... ;)

btw - saw West Side Story' the other day - having never seen it at the cinema, and having avoided watching it on TV for reasons that beacame obvious during the BIG screen event.
Posted by boynton at January 4, 2006 03:47 PM

- a good guide to Hand Shadows:
Posted by boynton at January 4, 2006 04:41 PM