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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Reuben Margolin's kinetic wave sculptures

Kinetic artist Reuben Margolin uses salvaged wood, metal, cardboard, and other recycled materials to create massive mechanical wave sculptures.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

World Builder

World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.

World Builder, a lovely short by visual effects specialist Bruce Branit, takes on a substantial and heady topic: it basically imagines the future of imagining itself. Branit is a highly accomplished digital artist -- you might recognise his handiwork on recent episodes of TV's Lost.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

first week back in Sydney


Well, it's been a week since I've moved back to Sydney from Malaysia, so I guess that would mean it's certainly time for a post.

What have I been up to? Well, I worked from Tuesday to Friday at our office on Sussex street in the city, having taken Monday off as a recharge day. So far the people in the office seem great, and I'm really enjoying working with them. On Friday night we adjourned to the nearby Slip Inn for a chat and a couple of beers.

I'm staying with a friend in Gladesville, so after beers I successfully managed to miss my bus stop on the way home and took about an hour to walk home. Note to self: try to take more attention next time.


This weekend I've done absolutely nothing, and it's been everything I could hope it would be :). I figure I've got to save about $6500 in order to be able to move into my own place. That's for rent, bond, fridge, bed, desk, chair & washing machine.

... So that's going to keep me busy doing nothing for a while, dutifully packing my lunch for work every night :).

But all things considered, life is fine. The weather here in Sydney has been amazing & I'm hoping my lovely girl will be able to join me soon.


I've successfully negotiated the supermarket, and the public transport into the city, I think I've got the washing machine sorted out, (it's on in the laundry as I type this and it's sounding like it's trying to launch into orbit. Hope it doesn't wake my housemate).


Anyway, that's about all from me.
More soon.

Monday, March 16, 2009

.. Just married, then back to Australia for me


Last week was a big week! :

My lovely girlfriend and I were married last Wednesday morning at Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (National Registration Centre) @ Putrajaya.

An exciting day! I can't believe it finally happened, Pei Lin is probably even more surprised than I am that she managed to actually get me there. It was amazing how much cooler the suit felt after the ceremony too. I didn't feel too stressed, but I guess I must have been a bit eh.

We spent about 8 hrs the next day doing our official photography, which was exhausting, but the results look really great. Thanks to Alex from La Casamia "De Casamia" (thanks for the correction honey).

Saturday night I left KL, where I'd been living for the last 2 and a half years, and moved to Sydney. I'll certainly miss KL and the many great people there, at the same time though, it's sure nice to be back on home turf.

My lovely wife (wow, still can't believe I'm saying .. 'wife' hehe) is staying in Malaysia for a month or so while I'm getting settled here, and her visa is getting sorted there.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Made with Food

.. Thanks to Patrick for sending these around the office today

Monday, March 02, 2009

Big Man Japan

Big Man Japan. Awesomely strange new Japanese movie coming out.

"A middle-aged slacker living in a rundown, graffiti-ridden slum, Daisato’s job involves being shocked by bolts of electricity that transform him into a stocky, stick-wielding giant several stories high who is entrusted with defending Japan from a host of bizarre monsters.

But while his predecessors were national heroes, he is a pariah among the citizens he protects, who bitterly complain about the noise and destruction of property he causes.

And Daisato has his own problems -an agent insistent on branding him with sponsor advertisements, an Alzheimer-afflicted grandfather who transforms into a giant in dirty underwear, and a family who is embarrassed by his often cowardly exploits.

A wickedly deadpan spin on the giant Japanese superhero, BIG MAN JAPAN is an outrageous portrait of a pathetic but truly unique hero."

Swinging Gymnastic Fantastic

This looks like awesome fun!

I passed the Teenager Audio test

Train Horns

Created by Train Horns

The Galaxy May Have 100 Billion Earth-like Planets

Is life on Earth special? Not according to Carnegie Institution’s astronomer Alan Boss. The author of the new book The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets predicted that there may be 100 billion Earth-like planets in the Milky Way:

[Boss] made the prediction based on the number of "super-Earths" — planets several times the mass of the Earth, but smaller than gas giants like Jupiter — discovered so far circling stars outside the solar system.

Boss said that if any of the billions of Earth-like worlds he believes exist in the Milky Way have liquid water, they are likely to be home to some type of life.

"Now that’s not saying that they’re all going to be crawling with intelligent human beings or even dinosaurs," he said.

"But I would suspect that the great majority of them at least will have some sort of primitive life, like bacteria or some of the multicellular creatures that populated our Earth for the first 3 billion years of its existence."

Giant Stingray

A stingray weighing close to 900 pounds? This 6.6-ft.-wide giant stingray was caught, measured and released in Thailand this week, part of a National Geographic scientific expedition to search for giant fish. It may well be the largest known freshwater fish in the world.

.. more Megafishes

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Role Models

Yesterday we went to see 'Role Models' at GSC in MidValley.

Two energy drink spokesmen, Wheeler and Danny (Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd) get in trouble with the law after Danny has a break-up with his girlfriend. They are given the choice of jail or community service with troubled kids, and choose the latter. Danny is given a boy Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse of Superbad) who wears a cape and is into role-playing games. Wheeler is given a foul mouthed terror of a boy (Bobb'e J. Thompson).

It's a feelgood chucklesome affair, not as laugh out loud as some, but not too shabby with the funnies either. The version I was watching had (almost) all the swearing (and anything else immorrally awesome) edited out, which would have made it less funny for me, because, and let's be honest, swearing and titties are great, great things. Malaysian authorities! Let me decide!

I'm going to give 'Role Models' a 6.5/10, possibly higher if it had the good stuff left in.

Cool Game: World of Goo

.. Have been playing a bit of World of Goo lately, and really enjoying it. It's great to see some Indie game developers out there.

You can download a free demo for linux, mac, windows here. And if you want to buy it, it's only $20 USD. It's also available as 'Wii-ware'.

.. Bargain awesomeness. Support Indie developers!

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