Sunday, 24 October 2010

Staying in

So I've been sick this weekend... I am a truly pathetic sick person and have barely left my bed and have just been catching up on TV. And as it's getting colder and it's going to take more and more convincing to get people to leave the house I thought I'd do a little run down of what I think are the best programmes to be watching at the moment.

Thorne: Usually I'd be against advertising anything on behalf of Sky on this thing but Thorne is really *that* good. Based on Mark Billingham's novels, the first of which, Sleepyhead, follows a serial killer trying to induce a living coma. It's a great British thriller with a great British cast most notable of which is probably one of my British TV Heroes David Morrisey (see State of Play & Red Riding). Check it out Sundays at 9pm on *groan* Sky1.

How To Make It in America: I have no idea whether this show is actually ever coming over to the UK but if you're lucky enough to go over to the states and find someone that has it all on Tevo then definitely give it a look. I think it's potentially style over substance but I'm cool with that, it has one of my favourite credit sequences for a TV show (see also True Blood and Californication). It is however vaguely a story I can relate to... 20-somethings living in the big city (they're in NYC, I'm in London) and trying to make something of themselves.

oh and here's the intro sequence I was talking about with an awesome track by Aloe Blacc...

The Event is the other show I had planned to talk about but I have decided I'm still unsure on it, it looks somewhere between Lost and Flashforward however, to me that currently means it's somewhere between being off-the-scale awesome and off-the-scale bad! I'll let you know!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Lomography Stop Motion Video

A couple of months ago I took part in a Lomography workshop, which saw 20 Lomoers armed with LCAs take photos one by one as they navigated through the streets around Carnaby Street, and then ended up in a circle doing some Matrix style shots. The result is below.

Interestingly Gizmodo have posted the video and it has got less than complimentary comments from their readership. Apparently they don't like lomography because it's a hipster thing to do... overall I think we were accused of being 'dickheads' (see Being a Dickhead's Cool on Youtube)... ah well we can't all play synth!

Also while I'm here I might as well mention a new competition going down at the store on Saturday, in teams we will be hunting Invader's stickers all over town and the team with the most wins analogue related prizes. Score! Facebook event here.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Photo Post: Street Art Weekend

I spent a lot of my weekend in street art exhibitions and wandering around taking photos of walls. The Hells Half Acre exhibit was one of the best I've seen in a while (although check out the last pic from Murakami @ the Brooklyn Museum which was very definitely the best exhibit I've been to)

Oh these photos really are awful down to a dodgy choice of film and me being stupid.

Photo Post: Present Shop

Okay not only am I only posting photos and not writing full posts these days, I'm also taking awful photos ah well... check them out anyway!

This is one of my favourite clothes shops in London, mostly because it combines awesome clothes with decent coffee!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Photo-Post: Lomo Party

Lomo anniversary party was awesome.

I don't know some of the guys in these photos but if you're one of them and want the photo taken down please let me know and I'll remove it. Although did you know that in the US there was a case where someone's photo was published as part of an art exhibit and a court found the artist's right of expression to win over the rights of someone to their own image. Anyway I'm not that much of a tool, so more than happy to take it down.

Monday, 20 September 2010

London Design Festival

Okay I told the co-editor of my future online magazine (more on this soon!) that I wouldn't write anything about the design festival until we'd been to everything but this post is more about my love of watches so I thought he might let me off, but plan to keep it from him just in case.

Yesterday I checked out some of the things on offer in the West London section of the Festival and must say I was a little disappointed with some of the things I saw. [WARNING: DIGRESSION IMMINENT] You know the problem with reading blogs (like this one) is that you're so reliant on other people's opinions and tastes and that's fine, you find a blog that suits your taste and it's a WIN all round. However, lately I've seen so many blogs where people are absolutely obsessed with finding the next cool thing before everyone else. Which means people aren't really checking out what they're passing on and they're often passing on inaccurate information. I'm sure you've all seen the youtube video by now but these are the people that video calls 'dickheads'.

Anyway I'm going to tell you about the one genuinely amazing thing I saw at the festival yesterday and it's a tiny pop-up stand within design store Skitsch in South Kensignton. The pop-up stand is for amazing design blog dezeen's new watch shop. Below are some of the amazing watch designs that Dezeen's watch shop will be selling when their site goes live in a couple of weeks Photos courtesy of Dezeen. From what I saw yesterday all prices range between £100-150 and are well worth it. I own a very similar watch to the 1st and wish it has been in that price range.