Thursday, 30 October 2014

Mommy by Xavier Dolan ****half

Mommy by Xavier Dolan ****half

Very gd actress Anne Dorval and a super supporting actress Suzanne Clement and also the young actor Antoine Pilon.
Story is very finely tuned, all the central characters have a crack somewhere and they must deal with their problems each in their own way.
Music is intense and gd, some very original shooting, using blurring images to project a kind of dream like ideal future just right before the catastrophic bloody scene.  Very tightly shot, tension, beauty and deep humanity.
Very mature understanding of human context and turmoil.
Truly great film.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

New Media : incorporating old Chinese text 三字經 in a new Media context


清中葉《三字經》,1819年。已見現代明體的架構方法,而 1860 年推出的現代明朝體元祖「美華書館體」也就是承襲自自這套架構法。

New Media : Virtual World Art, 3d building from sl to rl, and the links:: Nude Descending a Staircase avatar :: Tasrill Sieyes; Tooter Claxton av

http://swannbb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/nude-descending-staircase-duchamps.html

Tasrill Sieyes, the Resident who had made Duchamp's legendary painting come alive, I found out this abstract avatar was only the beginning-- or rather, the summation in a long career of abstract avatars as a medium of expression.

 

 http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2007/04/all_about_my_av_2.html

ALL ABOUT MY AVATAR: TASRILL SIEYES

Duchamp_avatar_descending
Maria Rimbaud told me that Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase" had taken on avatar form, and so naturally, I had to know more. 
Duchamp_descended
When I finally caught up with Tasrill Sieyes, the Resident who had made Duchamp's legendary painting come alive, I found out this abstract avatar was only the beginning-- or rather, the summation in a long career of abstract avatars as a medium of expression.  And, of course, a furry with octopus arms. 
After the break, my profile of Tasrill, avatar artist. 
Talking_with_tasrill
On what inspired the Duchamp avatar.
Well, I was showing someone my abstract avatars that I have made, and they mentioned that making a 3D form of Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” would be great... [S]he loves the painting and after seeing my other work she wanted to see what it would look like transformed into SL form.
One thing led to another and she commissioned me to make this piece, and I fell in love with making it. She let me retain the design, and even told me I could sell it if I wanted, but I haven't done that… It was [my default avatar for] a few weeks. Then I made some new ones that I wore and I wore some of my more "normal" avatars, too.
How does it feel to embody Duchamp's painting?
It is an interesting feeling. Kind of... freeing. I am not bound by the normal limits of anthropomorphic avatar.  And I can think far more artistically. I don't know [why], to be honest. I don't think too much about how my various bits of art make me feel, I just let them make me feel, and let it wash over me.
By time spent, I have been abstract more then I have been anything else. [M]y first one I made was just an experiment over a year ago. Just to see what I could do with invisibility prims. But then I started talking to people, and I loved the reactions I got. When I am abstract, I don't have to worry about the preconceived notions of gender, race, or anything else but someone’s view on abstract art. I can just be pure intellect.
Is there any one avatar that you feel most personally associated with?
[I]n general I am an avatar vagabond. Moving from one form to another as my whims take me.
There is one that is the most me. I have had it for a year now, and wear it when I am building things.
Tasrill rummages in his inventory, then transforms into his most natural state.  Which, as happens, is this:
Tasrill_as_himself
A spider furry?
Well, a fox with tentacles.
 What's the point of that?
The point of tentacles?
On a fox, yeah.
Well, I like how the look and the things I can do with them. The roleplaying limits of multiple limbs are boundless.
But why on a fox, as opposed to something that makes more biological sense?
[I]t seemed right on this fox. It is a rather frightening and kind of Goth fox, but I wanted something more. Something different. So I grew these tentacles and have loved them ever sinse. It is not like tentacles make much sense on anything but squid and octopuses, and well, getting those to work right on SL is a non-starter. I have tried.
I've wondered about this with furries, a lot of them are not just furries, but robot furries, or Star Trek furries, or something-something furry, as if being a man-sized raccoon wasn't fantastic enough. Why is that, do you think?
Tasrill_as_himself_2
The biggest is that there are only so many furry avatar vendors. Humans have more [avatar adjustment] sliders involving their face then there are furry avi creators, much less the millions of combinations that all those sliders can make.
[A]nother is that some people are so attached to their furry form that it is them in all ways. And adding their other likes to it is just natural to them, as a person adding [attachments] to their human avatar.
Abstact avatars as psychic expression.
I do have some avatars that have a deeper meaning to me. Some emotion I was trying to capture, but with those, I try not and tell what that emotion is.  It either captures the emotion to other people without words, or I didn't do a good enough job on it.
We go outside, where and Tasrill becomes black, barbed, and spikey. 
Tasrill_frustration
What emotion are you trying to express with this?
You know, I won't tell you that. I let the piece stand on its own. Though I can tell you that this one is named Twisted. Since I already give that much away at my little store/gallery.
How do you feel when you wear it?
Twisted, coiled, bound, confused, and other emotions I can't quite name.
I think I have an avatar for most every big feeling I have felt in the last year.
Talking_with_tasrill_frustration
Tasrill, the person behind the abstract avatars.
Right now, I work at a pipe fabrication shop, but I am going back to school to [study] architecture in the Fall. [O]ther then making my shop, I don't build buildings. I like making sculptures and avatars here more.
 Does your architectural skill influence your avatar creation?
Yes, I think it does. Maybe the late nights just fried my brain a bit, but it has taught me to be more creative and adventurous in what I do. I just have to get some emotion out of me, so I start building and then one of these comes out in the end. I just pour my emotions into them and see what comes out.
Your begin creating avatars with no clear form in mind?
Yes, they are best called a stream of consciousness [work]. I just start with making some prims and working it over in different shapes and combinations to see what it looks like. Then one thing becomes two, and then I start making objects and attaching them until I end up with something like this.
Tasrill transforms into another avatar, all crests of chrome surfaces.
Tasrill_abstract
So you made this when you were in a happy mood, and in love like a girl in Spring?
[Laughs] No, very much a different mood. But as to which mood I won't say. I already seem to have given away my other one.
Deep thanks to Maria Rimbaud, who first told me about Tasrill Sieyes' avatar.  See the entire "All About My Avatar" series here
Is there another fascinating avatar out there I should know all about?  E-mail me, or IM Hamlet Au, and tell me more.

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Tooter Claxton's mad scientist avatar
 

3d printing experiment :: will be using faclab printers at Cergy Pontoise




3d printing experiment :: 
will be using faclab printers at Cergy Pontoise


 New Media :: From Ideas to Reality; and from virtual world of sl to rl :: 3d printing, melting plastic in sandwich machine, waffle machine, making real waffles 


3d printing, melting plastic in sandwich machine, waffle machine, making real waffles



Logbook:
Idea 1:
shredding plastic to make into filament; use mini shredder ie FilaMaker mini shredder
and then you could shred them and re make into 3d printing filaments




Idea 2:
You could recycle plastic by melting them into a paste - using sandwich iron/ waffle iron,  and use that as a solid material - see youtube

Step 1:: 28oct2014
-Bought two second hand waffle machines ; 2euros each. at Emmaus.
-One heart shaped single Belgian waffle machine 650watt
-One multi pattern thin waffle cookie machine, 1000watt

Control references:
Ques:: Are the waffle machines working correctly?  In gd working order?
Ans :: Maybe... gd idea to test the functioning capacity of the waffle machines first!
So will make some bona fide waffle to see that the machines work correctly!







Receipe :

Egg White Powered Waffles:
Separate the egg whites and save the yellows and let them come to room temperature, if possible. Beat the egg whites until they have soft peaks, but not too dry. Mix up the other ingredients separately and slowly add them to the beaten egg whites and blend them together gently with a spatula so as not to knock all the air out of the egg whites. They do not need to be completely mixed, just nicely blended.
2 cups of flour (you can use any combination of different flours)
2 Eggs (separated)
2 cups of milk
1/2 tsp. salt
3 to 8 tablespoons of cooking oil or butter
















Idea 3:
using sl as virtual world art studio, build an object, export to real life
use filament to print them out


First such object created on 27, 28Oct 2014 ; Personalised print-on-demand mug.

A customised personalised mug - with the letter "M"

 A customised personalised mug - with the letter "E"



Object Two::
A section of a HuaHui Dome, modular unit



Tuesday, 21 October 2014

3d printing of xyz Qin - mini version HunHunDunDun 混混沌沌

Secondlife Virtual World to Real Life Project

Using Singularity viewer, I am able to export objects created in sl as .obj file, then print it out in physcial world.

Testing of the 3d printing at FacLab, University of Cergy Pontoise, France 

3d printing of xyz Qin - mini version

Will test print with a mini version first using probably translucide filament or wood filament.

The style of the mini Qin will be HunDun 混沌 - the HunDun Qin.  

HunDun is a round head and round tail design.  I prefer a square head and semi round tail.

So what to do?
I will give it another name.





 

There is a Straight edged streamlined version, and it is officially called Zheng He 正和 style, so what?

See sample here:



 

I prefer the name HunDun, but not the rounded shape, so,
Mine will be straight edged.
Straight forward no decoration, shape streamlined; I will keep the name. 

I will still call mine -  HunDun 混沌.
The Mini HunDun  until further notice. 



Mini HunDun =



Universities that uses sl as educational platform

Monday, 20 October 2014

Book Review: Push, Film Review: Precious

Book Review: Push ****;  Film Review: Precious****


Recent book read:  "Push" by Sapphire. ("Precious" is a movie based on this book) This is such an eye opener... but quite rich, and useful to see how to teach illiterate students and to get them to grow into a new person.  V gd writing.  I give it 4 stars.  Unlike "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen, the scope and story span is much shorter.