Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tanabata

L and I watched "The edge of heaven" (Auf der anderen Seite) yesterday - and both really liked it. It's more mature that Fatih Akin previous movie, and the permanent back and forth between the two languages was strangely appealing - Turkish being disorienting, German bringing back childhood memories.
After the movie, we stopped for dinner in Japantown, where we found multiple wish-trees. It felt very strange to browse through these anonymous requests - like reading through someone's diary. I found this one, left by a fellow rationalist, particularly endearing:
I wish for universal understanding of logic.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hieroglyphs

I have worked quite intensely in the past few days, which explains why I haven't written anything recently; I didn't have time, and there wasn't much to write about.
It wasn't all work, no play, though. L and I decided to go back at some projects that had been lingering for a while. She worked on her pistachio-and-emerald table, I on my orange frame. That frame belongs to my (vast) collection of pieces of junk from the garbage nice items handpicked from the urban treasure trove; here is its current state.


I had fun working with brushes, which is not a tool I am very used too. What next? I initially wanted to have a second layer of inscriptions, in golden color, to lighten up the whole frame and contrast with the dark red; but I kind of like the hieroglyphs as they are, and wouldn't want to mess them up or hide them too much! So far, I am leaning towards either "accenting" the hieroglyphs with thin-line gold color, or having another inscriptions all around the frame, going over the hieroglyphs, in a style graphically less heavy than hieroglyphs. Thoughts?

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Lionhead rabbits

A few days ago, for reasons which would take too long to explain, I began drawing some lions. After some warming-up, I got relatively pleased with the head, but was forced to admit that I didn't quite know how the body of a lion worked, and therefore had some issues with that part of the project:


After some Googling, I found out that lions actually don't have such a great body. Representations of lions usually look muscular and flexible, but in reality, they lack the feline grace cats or panthers have.
Anyways, I think my interest in lions got into Google's limitless memory of facts about me, and collapsed with another topic I had some interest into (and won't explain either), rabbits. As a result, while checking my mail on Gmail, I was recommended to check out Buffalo Creek Farms and their lionhead rabbits. I quote:
Lionhead rabbits are the newest breed of bunnies out there, and it has been a long time since we have seen a new breed. Lionhead rabbits first appeared in Belgium in the 1990's. They were a mix of the Swiss Fox and Belgian Dwarf. The breeding created a genetic mutaion that is the mane gene.

Practically, this has to be the most improbable animal I have seen in a while, one of those mystical beasts like the griffon or unicorn, but looking like a clueless rabbit wearing a lion costume.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Conformity is addictive

Not taking deadlines too seriously was part of the spirit of May 68, so I don't feel too bad for posting mid-July this picture which would have been fitting for the 40th anniversary of that event...

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Nihilism

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

We went to see "Bigger, stronger, faster *" with L. last week, and I highly recommend it; it's an excellent documentary, smart, funny, and moving. Rather than talk about it, here is one of my favorite moments: the Schwarzenegger cow.

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