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sights & sounds of progress

sights and sounds of progress

I was trying to film the video / led screens on the buildings then I noticed the sounds of the construction nearby so kept recording

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Shenzhen China - September 2010

I've been traveling for work for the past six years, though for the last 1.5 years I have been back home in Australia. I thought it was time to start a separate space for notes and thoughts that come to mind whilst on the work trips. This time I'm in Shenzhen in the South of China.

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rising credit card debt

The South China Morning Post newspaper headlines on Thursday September 2nd 2010 were "Warning as city's credit card debt rises". It talks about HongKongers spending too much on credit, and having multiple credit cards and only paying back the minimum amount, despite the warnings from the GFC (global financial crisis).

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diamonds and jewels in the city

diamonds and jewels in the city

04/09/2010 - Futian District - Shenzhen China

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tiny houses

some links on downsizing your life and house. I moved from a large 2 bedroom place to a 1 bedroom which is a start. it's not the same as having one suitcase + work backpack that I had whilst working overseas, but it's a step towards 'living smaller', though I do still have way too much "stuff".

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playing with python

trying out python - to make a little windows gui that builds xml files (hopefully - that's the plan anyway..)
I haven't used python before so not really sure if these are the correct steps

- downloaded python 2.6.5 - initially I downloaded 2.7 but then when I downloaded the windows extensions it said it wanted version 2.6 : python-2.6.5.msi (python-2.7.msi) -> C:\cdrive\_apps\python265
- downloaded python windows extensions : pywin32-214.win32-py2.6.exe

IDE
- downloaded Wing IDE 101 - a free windows ide

also tried these but got too lazy to set them all up when they didn't work first go as they were missing other things/versions :

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If You Could Read My Mind - 1970

If You Could Read My Mind, by Gordon Lightfoot - from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqMG3VR5PP4
I just heard this in the closing scenes of a movie on tv

Gordon Lightfoot
If You Could Read My Mind - 1970

If You Could Read My Mind, by Gordon Lightfoot

If you could read my mind, love,
What a tale my thoughts could tell.
Just like an old time movie,
'Bout a ghost from a wishing well.
In a castle dark or a fortress strong,
With chains upon my feet.
You know that ghost is me.
And I will never be set free

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hipstamatic camperdown

hipstamatic camperdown - walk home after guitar lesson today. another warmish winter's day which is great as I don't need my jacket any more. there's a new development going up nearby. they're pulling down some of the heritage listed council flats and putting up a new building for housing commission tenants.

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hipsta sydney blue sky winter's day

ahh sydney blue sky winter's day [1] [2]

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collaborative drawing in flockDraw

trying out a shared drawing with @ozmawbs using flockdraw

we must have spent an hour drawing, erasing, drawing. there were a few people drawing at once. one anonymous person. coming & going. a nice experiment in shared drawing
http://flockdraw.com/27lgz

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Beijing digital arts and sound art links

started making a list of Beijing (& some Shanghai & general China) digital media arts & sound art projects & links. I haven't seen any of these projects in person, but they all sound interesting. some may no longer be active..

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Tsinghua Art and Science Media Laboratory

http://tasml.parsons.edu

Tsinghua University is one of the most acclaimed higher learning establishments and a national key research institute in China.

24 hour zine thing 2010 - remuxed zine

July is International Zine Month, and the 24 Hour Zine Thing project is on again. I made a zine called "remuxed" and posted it off.

pdf version
google doc version

What is a 24 Hour Zine?
"The 24 Hour Zine Thing is a challenge to create a 24-page zine in 24 hours straight."

page00-cover-25pc

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is @oldspice guy the first commonly known #diamondAge #ractor?

maybe @oldspice guy is the first commonly known #ractor. wish there were more. could be great as private entertainment when you don't feel like reading/watching a movie [1]

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after the rain - city soundscapes #1

this afternoon I discovered a magic garden down the other end of the property. I'd driven past this but never seen the walking paths. the paths criss-cross through the back streets. they seem quite busy - I came across a few people whilst exploring. it's been raining for the past few days but had stopped about an hour earlier. the birds seemed overly happy - chirping and singing to the sky above. they seemed fresh and clean, like the cool fresh air after the rain. I recorded the soundwalk - this is one block back from the road, so I was surprised at how little traffic noise could be heard, except for the occasional car driving past.

this is posted on my pool page - as part of the birdland project

11/07/2010

sound walk audio file page : http://www.archive.org/details/AfterTheRain-CitySoundscapes1
(skip the first 11sec or so - I forgot to trim the silence from the start of recording)
23:40 mm:ss audio recording (mp3)
mp3 file (54.2Mb)

video file page: http://blip.tv/file/3865916

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Gökhan Okur on the Streaming Festival

This months program is a collection of five animations made by artist Gökhan Okur.
Working mainly as an illustrator, Okur experimented by adding time to his illustrations.

His animation Last train ride was featured in our first edition of the festival in 2006. We’re proud to welcome him back with the première of his latest work: "Off the phone".

http://www.streamingfestival.com/program/gokhan_okur.php

http://www.gokhanokur.com

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