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Will The Last To Leave Turn The Lights Off February 13, 2011

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After many years and 160-something posts on WordPress, I’m consolidating my web presence a little by moving this blog into my TruthandSpectacle.com site.

Retry.tv will be directed to the new space where I’ll occasionally post about things I find interesting.

Thanks to the hundred or so visitors a day. I’ve enjoyed some of the crazier comments.

I’ll leave the blog here so the permalinks do their work.

Have fun.

Jo Schwab’s Portraits December 31, 2010

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Jo Schwab celebrates the differences in his sitters. They’re wonderful and disturbing photographs. Definitely worth a few moments thought.


Lagoi & Lace October 27, 2010

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I think this is an interesting portfolio piece. It’s by two Cologne photographers and it’s based on themed love hotels found in Japan. It’s an odd, provocative and quite large project. Pretty cool to see.


Versailles vs Anime September 24, 2010

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There is a great set of photographs at Guardian.co.uk of the Takashi Murakami exhibit at Versailles. The beautifully finished anime inspired sculptures juxtapose wonderfully with the ornate decoration of Versailles. The Golden Oval Buddha is especially interesting with the gardens as a dramatic backdrop. I’ve been reading about Matisse in 1905 and I  imagine that his paintings would have juxtaposed very similarly against the academic paintings surrounding his at the Paris salons. Quite a wonderful shock.

Makes Odd Hours September 10, 2010

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Pierre Dal Corso photographs the strangest angles. The models are puppets in his lens. It’s remarkable.

Link to his portfolio

A Few More Drawing Lines August 15, 2010

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I’ve added a few more drawings to my sketchbook selects on Boundless Optimism. Quite colourful lines in fact.

New Drawings on Boundless May 8, 2010

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There are a few new drawings at Boundless Optimism, my drawing portfolio. They’re not completely safe for work, but they’re drawings… so it’s art. Hope you like them.

The Other Side by Tiny Tim April 26, 2010

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The ice caps are melting, this Tiny Tim guy is acting like a fish and little girls are singing a chorus including the words “the tide is rising to wash away the sins”. Sheer lunacy. It’s beautiful. Your day will be better for watching this and singing along.

Janelle Monae Imaged by Wendy Morgan April 13, 2010

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Janelle Monae is an energetic and exciting singer. This song, Tightrope, makes you wanna jump up and move your feet. However, I doubt you’ll move your feet as well as the troupe in this video. The pictures are by Wendy Morgan, ass kicking director of the dance. They’re an equal and a tribute to the song.

Reggie Watts Comments on the State of Music & Work & Life etc March 16, 2010

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This video, as the title of this post implies, is a satirical look at the world and is obviously not safe for work if you’re going to play it loud. Stick with it, Reggie has a keen eye for the crap that pop culture spews out.