Woot, woot! Hustler of Culture is the TypePad Featured Blog for today, August 5, 2007! Thanks to my five readers for all your support. If I could toast you all with some really banging champagne, I would. But wait, today's about me, so send the bottles over this way. Welcome new readers and good looking out, Typepad!
With the release this month of the Brian De Palma film based on Ellroy's best-selling novel about this famous unsolved Los Angeles murder, the always- fascinating Ellroy returns to Skylight to tell all. New editions of the book include an original 3,500 word essay from Ellroy with his thoughts on the movie and on the murder itself.
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Last year, I snapped about 15,000 digital photographs with my Canon S70. A little more than half are posted on my Flickr acccount. I have always wanted to learn how to really use my camera and in good faith on every long distance trip, I pack the manual. Yet...something about the manual really turns me off. I'm more of an experiemental hands-on kind of learner. I need to poke and prod. And yet, a year and a half into clicking away, I'm still not very S70-educated.
Not too long ago, I stumbled across the awesome photo know-how site, Photojojo. I signed up for their self-proclaimed "damn fine photo newsletter" and they delivered as promised. Photojojo writes with a very simple to comprehend and can-do attitude. I am actually learning from their newsletter and feel less intimidated by my camera. I totally heart them.
We're in the current issue of dwell magazine (May 2006). Okay so maybe not me. But Silvio, one of our cats, Godzuki, and our kitchen are in four-color for your viewing pleasure. How did it happen? dwell ran a kitchen essay contest in their October/November 2005 issue. We were enjoying our newly renovated kitchen. I felt inspired to write 300 words and submitted the required three pictures. We "won" along with four others. Et voila. I increased the value of our home with these words:
I grew up in a 1500 square foot house with four siblings, two parents, and three kitchens. As immigrants, we lived in a cash-poor, food-rich environment. My mom, a caterer and well-known Vietnamese chef had one kitchen upstairs (electric), one downstairs (gas) and one outside (Vulcan commercial gas range/oven for mom’s stinkiest – but delicious creations). For nearly two decades, Mom prepared a daily home-cooked meal for our family. To this day, we are all very grateful and spoiled by it. If it weren’t for Mom and Dad’s persistence that we try and eat everything these dishes would've never made it into my belly -- beef tongue, Vietnamese shabu-shabu, South American flan, French ragout, and many other unforgettable culinary delights!
"GDC is important as a conference because it allows game creators an opportunity to kick around ideas and analyze their own industry," ..."Unlike E3, the electronic entertainment marketing machine, GDC's a conference 'by game developers for developers.'"
Right. I forgot about this quote I gave for CNET's pre-GDC piece "Let the Games Begin at GDC". Nearly a month later, it doesn't make me flinch (too much), so I guess it's okay.
My friend Oliver's company, Revver is profiled in today's Daily Candy. If you haven't already heard about Revver, please read my write up and then check out my videos, give me five star ratings and click on the ads at the end. I might make enough money to pay for lunch. Cheers y'all.
Jump! The creator of this site does not offer too many personal details. That being said, he tells that even as a child he suffered from hyperactivity, which caused him to jump all the time. His parents, who tried to wean him from his jumpy behavior, enrolled him in all kinds of sport and dance activities—with no success. Today, our hero still loves to jump and, even more so, to document his and his friends’ jumping with a camera. The results are here before you. This jumping coterie can be seen in more than 400 photographs, in many forests throughout the world (Egypt, England, California, et al.), most times in very funny poses. They saw that it was good and decided to invite visitors to send in their own pictures, jumping in different poses. Did he give birth to a new trend? Too soon to say. In the meantime, you are invited to take a look at the amusing photo galleries on the site and perhaps [you'll] even jump over this find and send a picture to the site.
won't you be a part of my project? take a photo of yourself jumping and send it to me. cheers.
i'm a subscriber to yahoo! picks, a daily compendium of "The best sites on the Web, chosen and reviewed by Yahoo!'s crack team of editors." i have always wondered, how does a site get picked? i don't have an answer, but after nearly three years of global jumping, my goofy fakefunk jump project finally made their list. yay!
welcome wired news readers! back in january, the first time that mtv's program, video mods aired, i had a few things to say about it. since you're here, i thought you might be interested in these two past entries:
loyal readers, check out my super mini quote in the wired news story, music videos tap video games. i said a mouth full but am stoked that i was edited for purposes of me not sounding like such a butthead. cheers.
chris wrote you ought to be in pixels for this week's time magazine. i was lucky to contribute an itsy bitsy quote. my parents don't really understand what any of their five children do. they understand the industries: finance, entertainment, marketing, and management. but if you ask them to describe to you what it is you do, they can create interesting (and sometimes boring jobs) out of the air. it's really sweet. our posse of five have been quoted in various print media and have appeared on television (does celebrities uncensored count)? for immigrant parents, they don't really get that their kids are doing great until they hear that you are in time magazine. if only they understood how media worked! for now, this kid's ok. one down, four to go.
i've been working on my fakefunk jump project for almost two years now. wherever i go, i take pictures of myself and my friends jumping. i find great joy in documenting such foolish acts with loved ones.
today, an internet stranger sent me a picture of his girlfriend jumping in belgium. he told me that he had found out about my site from the independent belgian newspaper, de morgen and he was kind enough to send me a scan of the article and even translated the dutch for me!