Archive for September, 2009

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September 30, 2009

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Off the map

September 28, 2009

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I recently watched Werner Herzog´s documentary Encounters at the End of the World. Being a fan of documentaries anyway I have to say this is one of the best I´ve seen so far. Not only does it have amazing footage of strange underwater scenarios and creatures, as well as the obvious but ever so cute penguins and seals, it also shows what kind of people choose to live and work in an environment that is possibly the furthest and strangest you can go as a traveler and explorer.

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And there are many. A native Indian who believes that he is a descendant of the royal inka family, which he proves by his too short fingers. A Russian refugee who always has a back bag packed with a tent, a sleeping bag, cooking equipment and a rubber boat, so he can leave anytime. A linguist who claims that he had to destroy his PhD thesis, because of black and white magic he discovered within a language. An arctic sea aquanaut who is a science fiction enthusiast. And many more. What binds them all is their striving for exotic places and challenging environments as well as the stories they have to tell.

All of them are somehow weird, yet extremely interesting, intelligent and fascinating. They make this documentary more than just a beautiful nature film – as the subtitle puts it Off the map, things get strange.

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Übermalt

September 25, 2009

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I just discovered some more amazing work by Gerhard Richter. Exhibited from 20th February – 12th April this year at the German embassy in Geneva were UEBERMALTE FOTOGRAFIEN – PHOTOGRAPHIES PEINTES. Apparently it is a side work of Richter, largely unknown, certainly to me.

By placing paint on photographs, with all their random and involuntary expressiveness, Gerhard Richter reinforces the unique aspect of each of these mediums and opens a field of tension rich in paradoxes, as old as the couple – painting / photography –which has largely defined modern art.

First time I saw them I was struck by the beauty but also power they have, as well as the fact that you need a second look to figure out where the painting ends and the photo starts, and vice versa.

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Less internet

September 22, 2009

I recently read an article about how we and especially employees need to spend less time on the internet. And how to achieve that. Apparently there are quite a few programs out there that can help you. RescueTime keeps track of everything you do on your computer and then puts it all in nice little charts and graphics.

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DarkRoom takes your computer (Windows) back to technological dark ages and looks like this- so no more playing around with menu options and icons. Good for writers!

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Then there is Leechblock is a Firefox add-on to block time-wasting sites like YouTube or Flickr. You can tell it for example to shut down YouTube after 20 and it will. No need for self control. Finally there is a funny add-in for Outlook called Postware giving you virtual stamps which you can allot to your email. Once you used your amount for the day no more emails!

As a child of the internet I can definitely see the point and know myself how much time you can waste “working” on a computer. The more easier and especially quicker it becomes to communicate with people the more stressful it gets, because people expecting prompt responses. Essentially we are not gaining time but putting more stress on ourselves. But, it is also brought great possibilities – communicating with people far away, doing projects on new ways of communication, finding out about so many amazing and interesting things that happen all over the world and finally, pretending to be busy, when you´re not!

So I think we just need to use common sense, and maybe a little bit of self control and it´ll be fine. Pick up the phone instead of lengthy email conversations, not taking your Iphone everywhere or maybe tuning the computer of at all. I´d still like to try out all of these programs, just to see what happens…I just wonder if it could turn into procrastination by managing your productivity through managing software that manages your productivity.

Now, how much time have you wasted again on reading blogs and doing facebooking?

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September 19, 2009

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Organic shapes

September 16, 2009

While working on some freelance work for London based studio Based upon I created this shape. Since their work process involves a lot of inspiration from nature, I put organic structures into graphic shapes. I like it.

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September 16, 2009

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September 14, 2009

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September 13, 2009

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Cookies

September 12, 2009

Yes, it´s a Nokia ad, but it´s nice.

Something for the weekend.