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The alternatives are not placid servitude on the one hand and revolt against servitude on the other. There is a third way, chosen by thousands and millions of people every day. It is the way of quietism, of willed obscurity, of inner emigration.

J.M. Coetzee


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Saturday, May 12th, 2012

One eats the sweet fruit, the other watches.

A new animation from Martha M:

cf. मुण्डकोपनिषद्, V.1-3:
Two birds beautiful of wing and close companions sit on the same tree.
One eats the sweet fruit, the other watches from above.

Our two selves sit on the tree of life, one seer, full of light and love, the other consumer, eating the sweet fruit. Shaking sin and virtue from its wings and becoming stainless, the consumer becomes a seer and sorrows cease
The line also appears in श्वेताश्वतर उपनिषद, IV.6

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Monday, January 9th, 2012

There's nothing quite like a real book

Documentarians Sean and Lisa Ohlenkamp went undercover to see what happens after closing time at Toronto's Type Books -- what they discovered may surprise you.

Thanks for the link, Lauren!

(Incidentally: some fantastic book and bookstore photos are to be had at Colossal Art and Design, where I found the Ohlenkamps' video.)

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Friday, March 18th, 2011

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New from Sumo Science at Aardman, micro-claymation:

Thanks for the link, Shannon!

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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Flabbergasted

Thanks to Jen Mandel at The Great Whatsit for linking to this marvelous video of Morgan and Destiny's Eleventeenth Date:


And there, costumated as a monochromatic rarebear,
Stood the food-penguin, lemon-faced as ever.
The duo partook in a pair of pink fluff-puffs;
Destiny masticated her sugar-stick saxifragously,
Leaving Morgan haberdashed.
Sort of like "Happy the Golden Prince" maybe? Dramatically different from the every-day at any rate.

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Fuzzy Felt

A new Moomin movie has come out! Well -- "new" needs a little qualification here; the movie is compiled clips from the Fuzzy Felt Moomins TV show of the '70's, with new voices and soundtrack (featuring Björk). It came out in Finland a few weeks ago, and the production company says it will be distributed internationally... I can only hope it will be in theaters here sometime this fall. (The same company released a Moominsummer Madness movie a couple of years ago, which I did not hear a word about. But they seem to have ramped up a good deal more publicity for this one.)

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Saturday, July 17th, 2010

For your Saturday viewing pleasure:

Two wonderful videos from cyriak. (Thanks, cleek!)

Cows & Cows & Cows (& Spiders)

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Monday, July 5th, 2010

Has to be seen to be believed

Honestly. Blu's animated grafittis just keep getting better, more powerful, more beautiful. Today via The Wooster Collective I see he has (they have?) a new piece, Big Bang Big Boom — a "short unscientific story about evolution and his consequences":

Update: Also, Blu's first book is in the stores (well, at least one store). You can get Blu 2004-2007 from Studiocromie, 24 €. (And of course the shipping -- outside of Europe you will pay 25 € to have the book sent to you. Inside Europe it is 19 €, still quite steep.) The World's Best Ever takes a look inside; and more photos at ekosystem.org.

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Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Здесь могут водиться тигры

Via Elan' Rodger Trinidad, a Russian adaptation of Bradbury's Here There be Tygers:

For more Soviet sci-fi cartoons, see chewbakka.com.

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Monday, June 7th, 2010

Mesmerizing Monday Morning

Start your week off right: some hypnotic animation loops from Diana Magallón, at The New Post-Literate:

Update: Ooh, and butterflies! (via The Wooster Collective)

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Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Good movies on TV

I am really enjoying Channel 13's presentation Reel 13 on Saturday nights, although it is consistently making me stay up past my bedtime... Last night they showed The Pink Panther -- which I have watched a couple of times before but always glad to see again -- Adaptation -- which I watched when it came out, but had forgotten completely; what a fun, gripping, moving film! -- and this beautiful animated short, Le Loup Blanc by Pierre-Luc Granjon:

I tend to just think of The Pink Panther as a Peter Sellers vehicle -- I had forgotten how much worth watching the rest of the cast are, in particular David Niven and Claudia Cardinale. And the music! Obviously the theme is a great song, but there are a lot of other gems in the soundtrack as well. I sort of want to know what the movie is parodying -- I had been thinking of it as a parody of James Bond films, but Ellen pointed out that it came out in 1963, only a year after the first Bond film... It could be a parody of the thriller genre maybe?

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