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Four-thirds camera…waiting

Posted in Personal by Will on Friday, May 29th, 2009 ~ 12pm

We’re a half-month away from the revealing of the new “four-thirds” camera from Olympus — a camera that contains nearly the same-sized high-quality image sensor as a bulky DSLR camera, but in a body as svelte as a pocket camera. Expectation is that it will look a lot like this film camera from the 1960s:

It will even be old-fashioned in that the flash will be a little gizmo you stick on top. I am not sure that was a good idea, but, it will prevent red-eye (red-eye being caused by flashes that are too near to the lens).

Everyone who is following this is just waiting to discover whether this new camera will be well-thought-out, or a rushed effort. It could go either way.

As a sucker for things based on the future-that-never-was (the future that the 1960s wanted), I would be thrilled if it does indeed look like the old film camera pictured above.

I’m following the rumor mill at 43rumors.com

Coffeetable Books Again

Posted in Personal by Will on Friday, May 29th, 2009 ~ 12am

I talk too much about certain subjects. Here is another entry about coffee table books.

List of coffee table books I have not bought, but want, but won’t buy if I can help it on account of them being heavy, hard to transport, etc.:

The Art of Terminator: Salvation – I’m gonna buy this one, no doubt.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Panel to Panel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse) (Paperback) $16. Only $16! True, this is only artwork from the early comics, not the popular “Season 8” comics, but, it is nice to see artists doing riffs on familiar characters, regardless of what it was for.
The Art of The Incredibles – problematic in that it only has early pre-production art, which is so-so (they printed this too early; they’d have had more art to choose from if they’d waited a few months).
The Art of Monsters vs. Aliens – I don’t even know if I like the movie yet! But pretty!

Probably not:
The Art of Batman Begins – seen one decaying city, seen them all.
Stardust: The Visual Companion – not quite a great movie, so, not quite worth it.
24: Behind the Scenes — maybe! I still love season one.
Superman Returns: The Official Movie Guide – nah, the movie lingers on the visuals enough itself, it doesnt need a book (though the hardcover edition includes pics of the deleted prologue, which is why I had it on my list for so long. The removed that when it came out in paperback.)
The Making of King Kong. The Official Guide to the Motion Picture — only 25 cents on Amazon, plus $4 shipping. How to resist? Well, for one, who wants to look at a big furry ape. On the other hand, Naomi Watts.

So as you can see, I’ve done good avoiding these.

On my shelf currently, coffee table wise, is just a few “art of” books — for V for Vendetta, Final Fantasy TSW, Mirrormask, and the first Narnia movie. Most of those were used/abused and cheap.

Someday I’ll sit down with cotton gloves on and actually page through them.

Art

Posted in Personal by Will on Thursday, May 28th, 2009 ~ 12pm

So yesterday, I did it. I bought a painting – actually a numbered reproduction – by Chris Reccardi, one of the animators of the Power Puff Girls and other neat shows. I’d been checking his site nearly every day making sure it wasn’t yet sold out, making sure that each day I looked at it I still liked it. Trying not to buy anything while Venus was retro. But finally, I had to, because I was loving it every time!


http://reccardi.com/files/pages/paintings.html

Oh wait, Mercury retro. Actually I think both are retrograde right now. But Mercury retrograde is the one in which is it not wise to buy anything. It is nearly over, however (ends in 2 days) so its effect is waning.

I wish I knew

Posted in Personal by Will on Monday, May 25th, 2009 ~ 10pm

I wish I knew what elitism I belonged to, so I could attend some functions.

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