Busy day, busy evening ahead, so just a quick recommendation which I recently found on The Twitter:
Fragments of life in real messages on postcards from the past. Delivered to you every day. Wish you were here?
It does exactly what it says on the tin. The fragments of life come as single line quotes from the postcards in question and range from the rather mundane, through to the altogether intriguing, and include several of the bewildering and bizarre. Of course, many of these snippets can be attributed to the actual holiday experience, but then there are some that provoke further interrogation.
If you’re in the right mood, you can become quite involved. Who is Martin, how big is his picture framing business now (clue: it’s bigger than before), and what does that have to do with a visit to Robin Hood’s Bay?
When was the last time you sent a postcard?
With WhatsApp, email and Facebook, postcards are surely dying the death, aren’t they?
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As I said – just a quick recommendation today, but do go along and have a look.
…does it take to change a lightbulb?
Just one, although getting to the light bulb in question might take a while.
That’s Kevin Schmidt climbing up the KDLT TV analog broadcast antenna near Salem, South Dakota. It’s 1,500ft (457.2m) high.
But Kevin’s simian antics fade in comparison to Nick Wagner. Because Kevin was on the KDLT TV analog(ue) broadcast antenna. That’s now outdated technology. And outdated height. The new KDLT TV digital transmitter is 2,000ft (609.6m) in height.
You can watch a 19 minute video of Nick checking the top of the new mast here.
The new mast is the tallest structure in South Dakota. But the tallest structure in North Dakota is the 2,063ft (628.8m) KVLY mast. That’s also the tallest mast in the world and the 4th highest structure in the world. Built in 1963 the first man-made structure to exceed 2,000 feet (610 m) in height.
It held the record for the tallest structure in the world from August 1991 until being overtaken in September 2007 by the Burj Khalifa.
But you’ll remember all that from my 2010 post on the subject (includes photo).
I’m ever so slightly behind the curve on this one. I blame the Sun lighting my solar eleventh house. Uranus is rising.
Behold the return of Brendon Wainwright with his latest offering, I Am Cape Town 3.
This following hot… well… lukewarm,m anyway on the heels of I Am Cape Town and I Am Cape Town 2. And what he lacks in imaginative titling skills, he certainly makes up for in his photographic ability.
And yes, you’ll probably already have noticed that this one is in glorious 4K. And if you’re fortunate enough to have a 4K TV *waves*, it’s going to look pretty amazing in the corner of your living room.
The music – always an important part of these things is – by Ludovico Einaudi wannabe Stefan Kruger.
Here’s a short timelapse film by Cory Schmitz, filmed in and around Sutherland.
Loads to see, including some of his set up.
The best bit for me was that this is in 4K, allowing me a rare opportunity to use my big TV to its best potential. And yes, it looks just like one of those videos they play on the demo models in the big TV shop to try and make you buy a big TV.
And then the music – it’s Moby, via mobygratis.com:
This site is a resource for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.
Moby has made a selection of over 150 tracks from his huge catalog of music available to licence for free, via a simple online application system.
Very cool. I’ll be using some of that
if when my Lily arrives.
But not for people; for old Soviet stuff.
Herewith the photography of Danila Tkachenko, which is engaging firstly because of its subject matter and the context thereof:
Tkachenko sees the Soviet Union’s aspirations and failures, and a rejection of the pursuit of political and technological utopias. “My project is a metaphor for post-technology apocalypse,” he says.
I would say that a lot of my photography is simply a reaction to pseudo-Marxist predispositions noting the currency of revolutionary recognition, together with the symbiotic link between national liberation and social emancipation. Or, at other times, because I think a flower looks pretty.
Secondly, I found this line interesting:
After identifying a location, Tkachenko would wait for fog or snow before shooting with a Mamiya 7. He favoured a small aperture and long exposure to create a dreamy, otherworldly feel.
You can do lots of things with exposure time and aperture size if you’re a good enough photographer (no, not me). But even that skill wouldn’t work were it not for the prevailing weather conditions. The combined results are stunning – depicting an monochromatic oxymoron of futuristic relics, lost somewhere in the clouds.
You can see the other 31 photos in the project here.