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Why we need downloadable movies right now

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In the last week I’ve bit torrented two films: Primer and Cypher. While both I’m assured are good films (Cypher’s camera work apprears to be good), Primer is in Spanish and Cypher is in German. There’s nothing quite like waiting a day or so for a bit torrent film to download and then discovering… it’s dubbed in another language. These are films I’d really like to see, their smart low budget digital flicks orignally made in English. But due to the MPAA crack down on torrents, you can’t find them in English. I’m about 2,000 miles at least away from the U.S. where finding these films would be hard to begin with much less finding them in a foriegn country in addition to this I have no way of getting most of them except amazon.com. If I’m willing to commit to a 2 day download for a pirated copy in bad resolution of a film, it seems like someone is missing their meal ticket here. While I know Walmart has pre-empeted downloadable films, these aren’t Walmart affairs. These are smart small budget sci-fi films that fit with in a particular audience. If you can figure out how to make a good sci-fi film on a lowbudget can’t you figure out how to make a paypal part and bit torrent tracker to work together? I would love to show these films to my students.

peace,

a

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October 31, 2005 at 6:43 am Leave a comment

blogs worth reading

Should have done one of these years ago.

Anyway, blogs worth
reading. Global Voices is a compenduim of various blogs from all over
the world. I seem to prefer the ones with humor hence Sidaki’s blog a Kenyan man with a peculair ability to put politics and drinking into something word reading is of note as is Singapore’s Mr. Brown who also does work for some papers in Singapore. Joi Ito’s
blog is incredibly like-able and generally full of good natured content
on the world and the internet at large. Regine’s infamous We Make Money Not Art generally is of interest. The Fucked Gaijin
forums is generally a good repository for japanese stuff and
commentary. It’s also the home of Rob Pongi who conducts various videos
from Tokyo. World Changing
continues to be something I read. Neil Hagery’s blog I covered before,
but I rather like. Anyway, a lot of stuff out there and no one reading
this blog becuase I moved.

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October 31, 2005 at 6:23 am Leave a comment

Leon Thomas on Altered Focus

 

Laurent from Paris has always out a mean mix worth the download.

This
time around though he gets special props for digging up Leon Thomas’
song for my father. While it’s not the strongest Leon track, the mix as
a whole is worth the effort. Or so goes my slogan these days. Listening
to the yodeling here. 

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October 31, 2005 at 6:22 am Leave a comment

More on Nancy Lang

So apparently he pseudo-futuristic robot worlds aside
Nancy Lang’s stated mission in art is to make is all more accessible.
This has included releasing a book

with pseudo-porn and also doing various performances.

 Nancy's book

Her
point being to engage art with the same sexual polemics as cruising for
chicks and watching the next Budweiser commercial. It’s art with is as
much shameless sexual promotion  as the trucks full of girls that dance
down Korea’s highways or the dancing girls for electronics
or Kim Jong-Il’s North Korea girl floats. Asians have no problem making
sex an obvious selling point for their products including maid cafes
etc. If anything their ability to commodify women into the beautiful
object you get to fuck for trying out the new playstation game is
rather amazing. Example:

and that’s rather tame by comparission of the short-less fuck me-ness of KFC’s China
promotions of Even the Coke/WoW commercial. All of which is further
packaged  in a kinda psuedo-girls’ out type of thing. But if anything,
the comments on Nancy Lang’s blog seem to reveal she rather enjoys this
image and as South Korean girls continue to characterize her as “sexy
cool�. The point being Ms. Lang’s performance is just another aspect of
a balls to the wall Asianic approach to getting people to like you. Her
incredibly agreeable persusaion, kitchsy responses to fan mail, and
blant sexualized promotion only co-opt what works in Korea, maybe art needs a pin-up girl to make it go around.

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October 31, 2005 at 6:21 am Leave a comment


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