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Antique photography fun

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 Dating from 1848, cyanotype imaging is the oldest chemical image-making system known. Following a couple of chance events (a sale at an educational supplies store near us, and some YouTube randomness from BoingBoing), I decided to build a cyanotype camera. Some years ago a friend of mine gave me a lens from a TV projector, so that was a starting point. Add to that a black cardboard camera box, a handful of bolts and some gaffa, and in about 30 minutes I had a camera obscura working. Cyanotype paper is a very slow film - in good light the exposure time is around 15-30. Minutes, that is. Not seconds. Developing, on the other hand, takes about 3-4 minutes and only requires water. So, what sort of results come from this? 20 minutes, part cloud. double-trunked pine tree, surrounded by bushes. Garden with wattle. As you can see, the results are not exactly detailed, but there is a very dream-like quality to them. Part of the reason for this is that the process is not sensitive to visible li

SFF Music Video of the Week - #67

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Delerium, the commercially successful spin-off project of Front Line Assembly, has appeared here before. This track is from their 2012 album Music Box Opera . Telling a tale of loss, pain, transformation, and growth, it is really quite inspiring.  Enjoy "Monarch" by Delerium, from 2012.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #66

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There was something of a temptation to keep this one for April, but in the end I decided there were better candidates for that occasion. I really don't have much to say about this, except that the clip is so out of keeping with the song that it becomes almost a pastiche of itself.  Anyway, here is 2004's "Oops... I Did It Again", performed by Britney Spears. 

SFF Music Video of the Week - #65

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Another of the classics - here's a band going the full Alice. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with a bonus of Dave Stewart from Eurythmics, bringing you 1985's "Don't Come Around Here No More". Fun fact - 'Alice' was also the original 'Joanie' in the series pilot for "Happy Days". 

An economic thought experiment

Let's assume for a little while that money is it self somewhat smart. Not sentient - let's be clear about that, and certainly not alive - but smart enough to know when it has been spent, and to understand a passage of time. Critically, it also has a short memory - it can remember the last few hands it has passed through - but can never share that information. Let's further assume that this magical money retains this self-knowledge despite whatever transformations are applied to it - so it does not matter if it is physical, electronic, or in a bank. So, got all that?  Now for the fun bit.  Money loses value the longer you hold onto it, starting 60 days after you receive it. (This is kind of actually what happens over the long term - it is called inflation.) Let's say it loses half its value every 30 days. But regains the lost value 30 days after it has been spent. Instantly. Let's be clear on one other important thing: the change is i n the face value. So the $10 not

SFF Music Video of the Week - #64

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It is nearly All Hallows Eve, so let's go with something a bit spooky. This video is painfully haunting in the imagery - doubly so when you realise what the song is about, namely domestic violence, and the struggle to get someone free of it. The duo, Say Lou Lou are fraternal twin sisters, and the daughters of, if not rock royalty, then certainly nobles. Descended from Australia Alt-Rock and Swedish New Wave Punk musical backgrounds, they have grown into a completely different style all of their own, but with distant echoes their heritage still audible. The anger of Pink Champagne blend with the melancholy of The Church to form a background to the dreaminess of Say Lou Lou's own style, making the whole unforgettable. Blow the playback up to full-screen, or cast it to a TV, crank the volume just a bit, and be entranced by Say Lou Lou's "Nothing but a Heartbeat" from 2015. 

SFF Music Video of the Week - #63

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I am not a fan of this style of music, or of the artist (either artistically or as a person), but a full 35 minute movie produced as the promo video is hard to beat as a candidate for my list, so here it is. "Runaway", by Keyne West from 2010. Make of it what you will.  

SFF Music Video of the Week #62

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 Well, it is coming up on my birthday, so time for one that is for me. I'm bringing back those muses of mayhem, the marchionesses of madness, the comtesses of chaos that are Ex Hex, this time with a track from their second album, "It's Real". So we've got a boring band-clip, right up until ( in something of a flashback to an earlier post )  the band have other ideas. And then, in an almost Goodies way, the whole thing takes a sharp right turn straight back into the basement studio the whole thing started in. I'll say no more, except to hope that you enjoy "Tough Enough" from 2019, by Ex Hex.

Peak Design contest for Kickstarter #10

 Usual rules apply... https://sdqk.me/8g9HhCnu-f82WkQ8O7/peak-design-kickstarter-10-it-s-coming

Offered without comment (well, maybe one comment)

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 She's still got it where it counts - her cutting humour is still impeccable! (To paraphrase the Scream Queen herself, what did you think  I meant?) Via Boing Boing.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #61

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 Running late this week, whoops! Well, it looks like there's another scoutship crash. At least this time there's more than one crew, even if they don't seem keen on helping each other out very much. And there are some other goodies going on as well, and a couple of music industry in-jokes. Look out for the drummer missing an arm, and the bassist impaled on her axe.  Then there is the band itself. The Breeders are one of the wonderfully intertwined bands that made up 4AD's stable in the 80s and 90s, trading members from Throwing Muses, The Pixies, Belly, and This Mortal Coil.  So, enjoy the bittersweet brilliance that is "Spacewoman", from 2018, by The Breeders.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #60

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 2013, September 9, 9pm.  Do you remember where you were? Probably not, but that is when this track was released. The spec-fic attributes of this video are subtle, but present, and it is as creepy as all get-out.  Here is "Reflektor", from 2013, by Arcade Fire.

SFF Music Video of the Week #59

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The duo that is behind this video  I first ran into  on the sadly missed Amie Street. These days Bandcamp fills a similar role.   This is a particularly cool animation for one of their earlier tracks, featuring a wonderful story, and an amazing transition between the walls of reality. I hope you all enjoy "Stay in My Memory", by BIM from 2007. 

A wee bit of fun, and a minor traffic dispute...

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Quintessentially British humour here...    Discovered thanks to BoingBoing.