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   Friday, October 03, 2003  
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Spanish Peppers


I made the somewhat startling discovery yesterday that might sister (and flatmate), Petite and I both have a tin of Spanish Paprika on our desk at work. Then today, Le Docteur emailed me and said that he, too, had this same tin - not on his desk, but more sensibly placed in his kitchen. He also told me that the label - Los Novios means "the Betrothed." Le Doctuer also pointed out the uncanny similarity between the groom on the tin and Marcello Mastroianni.

   posted by *mcb* at 4:44 PM


   Thursday, October 02, 2003  

Web Portals

I love Linkdup. There seems to be an endless supply of interesting links here- once you've looked through the latest links you can happily trawl through the archives for hours.

The only problem is that I sometimes get caught in a tardis-like situation, when Linkdup sends me to look at at site like mooch ( a flash site) which then sends me off looking at other sites. I like Mooch's interface- it is well designed, easy to navigate around and an attractive, muted colour scheme.
   posted by *mcb* at 8:28 AM


   Wednesday, October 01, 2003  
MA / blogosphere paper

Web Comics

I read orneryboy by michael lalonde whenever he sends the update email (update emails are great for forgetful people like me. I particularly like this one. Vengeful, bitter ducks are the kind of thing that appeal to me.

Is it a blog? I'm not sure, but probably not. I'm guessing that Michael doesn't see it as one.

The idea of a t-shirt with a sloagan as being a "meat billboard" still makes me laugh, too.

Bolt City, however, is definitely a blog (although the blog component runs the risk of getting a little lost with all those interesting links and graphics in the above the fold section.)
   posted by *mcb* at 8:22 AM


   Tuesday, September 30, 2003  

Currently on my desk:

28 cds in cases
2 computer screens
2 spindles of work back up cds
2 staplers
A coffee cup
A plunger
A dictionary
A drink bottle
A video tape (J Nix's "Hello")
An over-sized novelty pencil from Western Australia, blunt
A model plane, made of metal*
A small globe of the world*
4 plastic dinosaurs*
A panda*
2 plastic ants (1 large, 1 small)*
A plastic grasshopper*
A jar of vegemite
A notebook
A dinosaur made from bluetak*
5 mini DV cam tapes
A stack of manilla folders
A roll of selotape
A trial version of MX studio 2004
A rubber band
Another spindle of back up CDs
3 pens
A packet of panda stickers
A fortune from a cookie that says "You are going to get some new clothes.*
A pink highlighter pen
A tin of Altoid mints
A tin of Spanish paprika
A plastic galah
2 paper clips
2 intrays

(* denotes items actually sitting on top of the computer screens)
   posted by *mcb* at 8:49 AM


interview / animation

Johnathan Nix

I interviewed Melbourne animator (soon to be Sydney animator) Johnathan Nix, whose beautiful animation Hello has been showing at various local screenings around town this year. His website gives a taste of some of his work, including the film clip he did with Thomas Pullar for Machine Translations, Amnesia. Great stuff. The shots of his sketchbooks make me long to see the originals.
   posted by *mcb* at 8:16 AM


   Monday, September 29, 2003  
The Age short story competition closes this Friday (the link is half way down the page on the right.) 3000 words. Previously unpublished. You can even email it to them.
   posted by *mcb* at 8:42 AM


MA / blogosphere paper

I had a wildlife book as a child (as most children do, I guess) and I only remember two pictures in it. I remember the elephant on the cover and I remember a close-up shot of a spider half way through it. I was so appalled by the spider in all its hairy details that I used to sometimes have to remove the book from my room - even seeing the elephant on the cover conjured up the image of the spider within.

There are a pair of parrots that live in a tree near my bedroom window. Studying yesterday I could hear them calling to each other. It's not a good sound - very screechy and ugly but it occurred to me that my perception of the sound is modified by the knowledge (and image in my mind) of how attractive their plummage is.

And then I realised that the magpie's call, for all its melodiousness, is forever tainted by springtime encounters with angry, protective parent maggies.
   posted by *mcb* at 8:32 AM


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