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April 29, 2009
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National Botanic Garden

A lovely Easter Sunday saw us at the National Botanic Garden of Wales again:

April 25, 2009
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Did You Know?

This should give my students something to think about: So. What does it all mean? Well, for those currently studying in Higher Education it means things like these: The idea that your education will be finished when you leave University … Continue reading

April 20, 2009
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J. G. Ballard 1930-2009

The death of J.G. Ballard cannot pass without note. As a young man his books were incredibly influential on me, with their intensely symbolic Max Ernst-like landscapes, pathologically driven anti-heroes, and their willful coupling of rabid sexuality and technological fetishism. … Continue reading

April 17, 2009
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Scott McCloud at TED

I love Scott McCloud: Understanding Comics is an absolutely awesome book. I came across this recently posted video of a talk he did at TED in February 2005. A fabulous presentation: Vannevar Bush, J.C.R. Licklider, Marshall McLuhan, visions of the … Continue reading

April 15, 2009
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Narrative In Japanese Film 2: Design As Narrative

Another section of Richie’s A Hundred Years Of Japanese Film to catch my eye is this description of Daisuke Ito’s 1927 film Diary of Chuji’s Travels: Much of the film looks like a modern—specifically American—movie. Yet it often segues into … Continue reading

April 5, 2009
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Narrative In Japanese Film 1: Benshi

I’ve just finished reading Donald Richie’s excellent A Hundred Years Of Japanese Film. The book is arranged more-or-less chronologically, and begins with the very earliest of Japanese-produced movies in 1899. These, as with the imported films that at that time … Continue reading

April 3, 2009
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National Botanic Garden

A couple of weeks ago went on one of our regular family visits to the lovely (and noticeably improving) National Botanic Garden of Wales. Here are a few of the pictures I took. Making no claim to be a great … Continue reading