From August 2006

Geotagging

Flickr Geotagging

Flickr have just introduced an impressive new feature which allows you to tag your photos to the location you took them on an interactive world map – pretty cool if you ask me, now if only I had the time to tag all my 500+ photos!

Good review of the new geotagging feature here.

Update (30/8): Apparently over 1.2 million photos were geotagged in the first 24 hours since its launch!

Everything Is Not Going To Be OK

A Scanner Darkly

Ever had one of those days when nothing seems quite right and reality is just a little blurred? Last night I went to see “A Scanner Darkly“, an insanely tripped out film based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, about a future America where drug use is writhe and perceptions seriously skewed. Like a graphic novel come to life, the film was shot using traditional live-action photography and then overlaid with an advanced animation process (interpolated rotoscoping) to create a haunting, highly stylised vision of the future. This is photosurrealism taken to the next level. Whilst it certainly looks the part this is not a film to sit down and enjoy per-say; it’s a pretty hard-hitting, thought-provoking and mind-blowing tale which you have to struggle to keep up with and as such may put off many people.

A Scanner Darkly

Staring The One himself, Keanu Reeves, we follow the lives of a set of misfits hooked on ‘Substance D’, a powerful drug which elicits hallucinatory paranoia. One of them, an undercover cop, whose identity is hidden with a kaleidoscope “scramble suit” (you’d need to see it to know what I mean!) is tasked with keeping them under surveillance leading some serious questions of identity and eventually his complete brake down…

A Scanner Darkly

I don’t want to spoil the plot anymore so if you like what you’ve heard go and see it (and prepare for a headache afterwards)! (7/10)

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GITS Major Tachikoma

…is how the first trailer for Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society bills the new film, due for release 1st September in Japan (random Japanese added for effect!). Going by what we’ve seen it looks very good and hopefully a fitting continuation to the ongoing saga. Of note in the trailer is the great soundtrack (by Yoko Kanno I presume) and some pretty high class animation. I guess the big question to be explored now is just what sort of state of mind Motoko is in after the climax of 2nd Gig.

No doubt this will appear as a fansub fairly quickly after release (already causing a stir) but I’m sure most fans will buy it on DVD once it’s officially avaliable anyway. Can’t wait!

Subliminal Existance

BBC World Advert

Can you see it? Amazing subliminal images within these BBC World adverts! Subtle but very well done I think. More here.

Whilst you’re about it take a look at this great article on the essence of virtual identities, ala Ghost in the Shell. I’m fascinated by the whole man-machine interface which is becoming ever more prevalent in our lives with the internet almost acting as external memory to our own. In many ways it’s an exciting time to be living in but where this is all heading is still unclear…

Updated (10*2)+2

You might have noticed a few changes around here, nothing major but I thought it was about time I had a bit of a refresh. So… the backend, plugins and template have all been upgraded and the header given a new image (NYC). You might also notice the new live-search and rolling archives which I think are pretty cool!

I visited my parents home last weekend but unfortunately the weather there was pretty grim – warm but with torrential rain and gale force winds – not very conducive to going out in but the food was pretty good so I can’t complain!

If you have a spare minute check out this video which has been doing the rounds of someone who took a photo of themselves every day for a number of years then made it into a cool short film:

Subterranea

Ever since I visited a “secret” decommissioned nuclear bunker as a child I’ve always been fascinated by derelict and hidden subterranean places which give off such a strong atmosphere of adventure and mystery. A recent article on PingMag about Japan’s surreal underground tunnels got me thinking about this again and as it turns out there’s a tonne of information to be found on the Internet about this peculiarly fascinating subject…

Tokyo Underground

Central Circular Shinjuku Route, Yoyogi Shield © Joe Nishizawa

  • Underground History – amazing wealth of detailed information about disused stations on London’s underground.
  • Subterranea Britannica – a society devoted the the study and investigation of man-made and man-used underground places in the UK & Europe.
  • Infiltration – the zine about going places you’re not supposed to go! Mainly focused on the US & Canada. Mentioned on RW before.
  • Russos – incredible photos from industrial sites in Russia. These pages are particularly good and not to be missed: (1) (2) (3) (4).