Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Biting Fingernails While Watching the News
"You see all this shit happening that's just ridiculous, whether it's the war or the economy or housing. It seems like, 'Christ, the sky is falling!' " Romero says. "And I think there is a tendency with young people to think, 'Why get involved? You can't fix this mess—this stuff can just drive you crazy.' It can really breed paranoia. I once had an idea for a script about a guy who just sits biting his fingernails watching the news," he says, laughing. "Like a Warhol thing."As everyone knows, I'm a big fan of DIY anything, especially film, but I did stop and think about what sort of risks Romero was taking by going back to independently-financed low-budget framework of producing a film. I'm sure it was just an aesthetic thing, in the same way that Lars von Trier and others embraced a return to a more stripped down way of filmmaking with their Dogme 95 rules. However, I do wonder how much Romero gambled on his bankeability as a renowned director. I suppose the gamble paid off. As reported in the Hollywood Reporter, Romero sold the North American rights for "Diary of the Dead" to the Weinstein brothers company for a cool $2 million-$2.5 million dollars ("Dead' sale reanimates Toronto market"). Okay for some.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The Best Things In Life *Are* Free
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Disenchanted in 30 Seconds
Labels: New yorker
The Horrible Shame of Buying the New Yorker
Yet another new feature on Trash Menagerie
Monday, September 10, 2007
When Your Dreams Become Suburban
I keep dreaming I'm in grocery stores. This has been recurring for several nights now. Do dreams really mean anything or is it reflecting that life has just become dull? Maybe I'm getting too much sleep (true).
On the plus side, I was also driving in a computer game & went off the road. I was also a property developer. Jesus. I'll just stick to the writing, I think.
Groceries To see fresh groceries in your dream, symbolizes abundance, ease and comfort.
Market To dream that you are in a market, represents some emotional of physical need that you are currently lacking in your life. You may be in need of nurturance and some fulfillment. Consider the specific items that you are shopping for. Alternatively, the market signifies frugality.
To see an barren market in your dream, signifies depression and gloominess. There is a void in your life.
Fruit To see fruit in your dream, signifies a period of growth, abundance and financial gain. Fruits generally represents lust and sexuality. In particular green fruit in your dream, denotes your hastiness and disappointed efforts. You need to work harder and longer in order to achieve your goals.
To see or eat rotting/bitter fruit, suggests your missed opportunities for growth and pleasure.
To dream that you buy or sell fruit, signifies much business but little profit in them.
From : http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/
Sunday, September 09, 2007
New piece on Trash Menagerie
Thursday, September 06, 2007
If your life was a movie, what would its soundtrack be?
- Put in on Shuffle.
- Press Play.
- For every question, type the title of the song that's playing.
- When you go to a new question, click the Next button.
- Don't lie, and try to pretend you're cool
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
That's based on colour psychology, the idea that colours have definable psychological and emotional associations that produce measureable physiological effects too. Colour preferences and aversions can form a sketch of the psychological priorities of an individual, but it's the adjacencies that contribute a lot of the insight. There was a book about all this stuff called the Luscher Colour test by Dr Max Luscher, first published in the 1970's - a layman's 8-colour version similar to this, based on much more extensive (200+) colour tests used in psychology. OK, I admit that as a photographer interested in colour and people, I found it fascinating;) Luscher's home page is http://www.luscher-color.com/ With Luscher it's important to do at least two runs of the test, as this often exposes ambivalences that one run conceals. The second is often the more spontaneous and honest. Even in the truncated 8-colour form Luscher is very 'rich' method, and a competent interpretation can be astonishingly revealing. It's not however especially deep, exposing what is going on for the individual at any particular time of their life. If you do it some months later, for most people results will have changed quite a lot. It also never tells you anything you didn't know already, but if you want to get to know what's going on for someone else, in a hurry, it's a demon tool. The full analytic tests are for clinical use, and take many hours. This web version lacks subtlety, compared to a proper interpretation of results, but it's interesting that it's as good as it is. There are loads of other versions on the web and lots of info - Google luscher colour psychology.Okay, okay. Back to work.
You are in a state of constant expectation and want interesting and exciting things to happen to you. But in fact, you are a 'Walter Mitty' at times - a dreamer - over-imaginative and often given to fantasy or day-dreaming. There is nothing wrong in 'dreaming' - how boring life would be if one just followed the doctrines of everyday life - but one must not continue leading a life of continuous fantasy. You need to face reality in spite of all its possible shortcomings. You are very self-sufficient and methodical. You presume to know where you are going but need to find a person who will recognise the way you are, not be too demanding and who is, as they say in Italy, 'Simpatico'. You are feeling under considerable pressure and you are being forced to make concessions. You are not particularly happy with this state of affairs but you feel that you have no alternative. If you were to force issues you would be left out or completely ignored by one and all. The tension that you are experiencing at this time is perhaps due to physical and/or mental frustration. It would appear that you are not appreciated and as a consequence, the situation is most disagreeable. You seek personal recognition and the appreciation of others to compensate for the lack of like minded people with whom to ally yourself. You would like to surrender and merge with others but your inherent self-restraint makes it difficult for you to open up. This disturbs you as you regard such instincts as weaknesses to be overcome. You want to be liked, admired and appreciated for yourself. You are greatly impressed by individuality and have interest in people who have outstanding qualities. You try to imitate those people that you admire and their characteristics, hoping that you will be able to display similar qualities in your own personality.