January 31, 2008

UCLA preparations


Robert Hodgin posts a set of images for a talk at UCLA as a part of the D|MA (Design | Media Arts) department (via Warren Ellis). Any idea what software he is using to generate this material? Stunning.

Have a look at the rest of Flight404 blog too... this is what Zbrush is for.

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Nick Cave & PJ Harvey: Henry Lee

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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What Henry Thoreau did not have was a good underground car park. BLDGBlog considers Walden via Nicholas Bone's Magnetic North.

You're fed up. You want to be alone, to spend some time getting to know your own inner tendencies, how you react to things free from the influence of others, what you think about when you're not at work or out drinking with friends or consumed with constricting deadlines; you want to sit alone in the emptiness, surrounded by nothing, implanting yourself there in the void, all deliberate solitude and meditation.

But you don't go to the woods.

You don't go out to some canyon somewhere. Forget nature.
You build a cabin in an underground car park and you eat canned spinach.
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January 30, 2008

Our worst generals


"It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces, and our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers. In fact, I discovered by reading newspapers that these editor/geniuses plainly saw all my strategic defects from the start, yet failed to inform me until it was too late.

"Accordingly , I'm readily willing to yield my command to these obviously superior intellects, and I'll, in turn, do my best for the Cause by writing editorials - after the fact."

- Robert E. Lee in 1863

(lifted in its entirety from Defense Tech)

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Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue & The Pogues: Death is not the end

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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January 29, 2008



Much as it pains me to link to anything called an Eco-Roadster, this Mercedes Advanced Design Studio machine would make an astonishing Flea-mobile; steampunk means Celtic war chariot.

The Mercedes-Roadster is named the "Recy" and looks like a wood carving. The car would be made out of wood, alloys, glass and rubber to make it 100 percent recyclable.

Tangentially related is Dark Army, a collection of somewhat fanciful armour by NovaBelgica. Clearly, I have Mythago Wood on the brain...

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Nick Cave: Stagger Lee

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance (arguably nsfw lyrics).

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January 28, 2008

I got the no pussy blues


Taking a break from Bad Seeds endeavours, Nick Cave & Co. have released new material as Grinderman. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, for example (via Warren Ellis). The Culture Show and VBS have interviews and at the Flea this week it is all Nick Cave all the time.

Related: An older interview for Swedish television with Nick Cave on habits and routines, the creative process, the Love Song Lecture at Vienna and self-image: "For me trying to find out how I feel is a bit like trying to find a dead rat up a drain-pipe." Very useful to think with for musicians and other creative types.

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The Birthday Party: Nick the stripper

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Ledovskikh, Shaborin and Mitkov

Pravda* reports Yuri Gagarin was the first man to survive a trip into space.

As 40 years have passed since Gagarin’s flight, new sensational details of this event were disclosed: Gagarin was not the first man to fly to space. Three Soviet pilots died in attempts to conquer space before Gagarin's famous space flight, Mikhail Rudenko, senior engineer-experimenter with Experimental Design Office 456 (located in Khimki, in the Moscow region) said on Thursday. According to Rudenko, spacecraft with pilots Ledovskikh, Shaborin and Mitkov at the controls were launched from the Kapustin Yar cosmodrome (in the Astrakhan region) in 1957, 1958 and 1959. "All three pilots died during the flights, and their names were never officially published," Rudenko said.

This news via Belmont Club, featuring interesting comment on Russian engineering and their view of the "plush interior" of the Sherman tank.

* Please add one grain of salt.

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January 26, 2008

Marc Almond & The Pussycat Dolls: Tainted Love

This one goes with a shout out to Antonia. Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Scientology v BBC

Arrogant, corrupt, cult-like organization engaged in mass mind control expresses outrage at having its transcendent authority questioned by outsiders. Time to flip a coin.

Related: BBC anoraks. But I repeat myself.

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January 25, 2008

Quantum of Solace


Fresh from the best Bond girl* announcement since Ursula Andress** emerged from the Caribbean, it is a slightly bumpier reception as Bond 22 now has a name: Quantum of Solace.

Although the title may sound strange, it is actually steeped in spy lore. Quantum of Solace is the title of a short story in For Your Eyes Only, a 1960 collection of short stories written by Bond creator, Ian Fleming. Luckily, it seems that the plot of the short story — James attends a boring dinner party with a group of socialites he can’t stand and after making an offensive remark is told a story about the love affair between a former civil servant and a flight attendant — has been completely nixed from the film.

Despite Daniel Craig's somewhat laboured explanation cum defense of the title - "... when there's nothing left, when the spark has gone, when the fire's gone out, there's no quantum of solace" - and the promise this alludes to something else plot related; the people, they are not happy. For example, stupidly named Guardian writer Xan Brooks points out the theme song is going to be a devil of a job to write while the South Park Republican brain trust at AOSHQ*** are suggesting alternate lame titles. Ok, I get it. Yes. Good points. But as Ben Child points out, bear in mind the only other unused titles from the For Your Eyes Only short story collection were Risico, and The Hildebrand Rarity neither of which are going to work unless the producers plan to hand the franchise over to Guy Ritchie or Matt Damon.

* Speaking of which, Olga Kurylenko may not have the most comely name ever devised either; you will not find me complaining. She is doing weapons training at the moment, apparently.
** A Google image search for Ursula Andress lead to a slightly horrifying semi-nude portrait of Sean Connery. Take that Agent Bedhead!
*** My heroes, in other words. Except for dissing Fred! over the Louisiana thing. Seriously.

Related: Defense Tech looks inside a Russian submarine.

Here's a rare look inside a Russian sub. Note the Jules Verne vibe surrounding the design -- all the tubes, wires, and pipes. This shows the classic Cold War era Soviet approach to the problem that stands in sharp contrast to the relatively anticeptic look of American submarines. And dig the sound of a million bees buzzing as the torpedoes translate forward.
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Kano: Remember Me

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Sea Tigers

Having been innovators in the field of suicide bombing, the Tamil Tigers are now at the cutting edge of bomb-laden fast boat and human suicide-torpedo technology. An Al Jazeera report suggests its audience is paying close attention to developments.

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January 24, 2008

The Flea is...

British Iron Age poster 1.jpg

My neo-folk industrial project British Iron Age makes its debut next week as Toronto Noise Promotions presents:

Thorium Rhythmic Noise @ The White Orchid (Club Z)
812 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
Wednesday, January 30
Doors open: 10pm
Cost:$5- 19+

I will add the rest of the line up here as I have it...

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Circulus: My Body is Made of Sunlight

Prepare for alternative folk music at its most strange. Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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One day a king will come and the sword will rise again

We had better hope Arthur was right.

Update: :"Wooing" the Fredheads. Too soon. But I suppose for people supporting a technocrat these things do not enter the equation.

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January 23, 2008

Ardor: White Wedding

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Thanks to everyone who sent the goth on a leash story. And thanks to Mr. Taylor for forwarding this salient Dark Culture comment. There is nothing gothic about riding the Loser Cruiser.

What I find most amusing about this story is that Tasha walks around like a pet all day long. OK, to each his own, but she doesn’t clean and doesn’t cook. Essentially, Dani takes care of her. If you read the story, you’ll find out that this couple is not only on the dole, but live in government housing, don’t have a car, and plan to get married and start a family. You’re doing it wrong. Once again, to each his own, but it’s these sort of people that give Goths a bad rap. They’re essentially blights on society, living off the government - a healthy female unwilling to work, making plans to squeeze out more blights on society.
In a situation like this, where no one got hurt, Tasha and Dani should be celebrating their diversity. Getting kicked off a bus is doing it old school style. But because they’re living off society and draining public funds, they’re probably used to whining about every little thing. Get a job and buy a car.
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Hi Mark. Keep up the good work.*

**Thanks to Mark Steyn for introducing the Corner to asterisks. The little splotches come in handy.

* So... you know there are Canadian bloggers other than Kathy Shaidle who would appreciate the occasional plug? Just saying.

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January 22, 2008



Fred exits. He should have punched more hippies (via The Tiger).

"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people."

That's it. We're f*cked.

Update: Mourning at AOSHQ.

Update: Harsh!

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Dire Straits: Romeo and Juliet

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Braille edition

Taryn Simon photographs America's best kept secrets.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the Library of Congress, maintains a free national library of braille materials. Playboy was selected on the basis of demonstrated reader interest; Congress funds free distribution of the braille edition.

Hat tip to Agent Bedhead who points out some people really do read Playboy for the articles.

Update: Mr. Moses writes:

You mentioned Playboy being printed in braille.

Funny thing is, I have a copy. I also used the "Here's an occasion where someone bought it to read the articles" when I dropped it on the publisher's desk back when I worked at Playboy. Of course, being the human equivalent of the Terminator, he one upped me by saying, "I once sat in first class in front of Stevie Wonder who was reading a copy of Playboy."
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January 21, 2008

After Doomsday


Todd Seavey does us all a public service and unravels the various - and supposed - Terminator timelines (via Radosh).

By my count (ignoring comic books and other spin-off material), there have been at least three Terminator timelines (though I’m using the term “timeline” loosely, since the general implication in the Terminator universe is that there is, strictly speaking, only one timeline and that it undergoes changes

Tangentially related and nothing to do with Summer Glau you understand: A Kama Sutra For Terminator Love.

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Berlin: Sex (I'm A)

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January 18, 2008

Especially the last scene


The Bavarian Academy of Sciences might somewhat belatedly make available a microfilm archive suppressed by the Nazis and their toadies. It seems elements within the German academy thought early variant manuscripts of the Koran might prove upsetting to their alliance with Dark Ages morons. Apparently, contemporary funding sources agree. What matters the truth when oil funded research and your career is on the line?

Spengler's latest describes the situation as Indiana Jones meets the Da Vinci Code. As Ace puts it "I know there's a hate crime here somewhere."

Related: Government warehouses.

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Tony Bennett: Slimey to the Moon

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Fred Thompson for President

Another reason to support Fred Thompson. This from a rally at the Courtyard Restaurant in Simpsonville, South Caroline.

My favorite moment came as he was working the crowd on the way out. A guy in his 20's asked Fred, "What will you do about energy independence?" Fred: "Probably not much. Two terms isn't long enough." The surprised look on the guy's face was priceless. Nothing like a little home truth.

Related: John M. Kistler on War Elephants (via John Miller).

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January 17, 2008

Planetakis: Pogo in the Shoes of Kylie Minogue

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.*

* On a related note, we can be quite specific about Kylie Minogue's shoes.

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January 16, 2008

Finntroll: Trollhammaren

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True Neutral Human Sorcerer/Rogue

I confess to a mild disappointment an internet quiz has determined my alignment as true Neutral; I had been hoping for Neutral Evil. The remainder of my details being too revealing to reproduce publicly... What kind of D&D Character would you be?

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January 15, 2008

Know thyself and thou shalt know all the mysteries of the gods and of the universe


To sum up: John Connor is emo. It's a good look. Sarah Connor has this wry smile thing she does.* It is not from the movies but it is a nice touch. And then there is Summer Glau. Reading the telephone book. Doing dishes. Kicking cyborg butt.** It's all good.

There is a 9/11 reference I am still thinking about. Update to follow.

* Which I could not find on-line at short notice so I am settling for a "check out this Terminator unit's ass" image instead.
** She only does one of these three things in Episode 2 but there is plenty of room to grow plot-wise.

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Lords of the New Church: Dance with me

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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Robots do not want to have sex with you

Warren Ellis reconsiders the Three Laws of Robotics.

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January 14, 2008

More Olga


Reader response to the latest Bond Girl* news has been overwhelming; extra wives added, internet crushes forsworn and the like. The world is coming to a new appreciation of the Ukraine. Minor details of Olga Kurylenko's life and interests - her shoe size, for example - remain a mystery. But thanks to the internets we may rest assured that in addition to speaking Ukrainian and French she is learning English. I am certain Flea-readers everywhere will agree this is an admirable aspiration though not strictly speaking necessary as I am certain we shall find everything she has to say in Ukrainian or French equally fascinating.

The Daily Mail has made itself useful by offering further Olga Kurylenko biographical information to flesh out our. Umm. I forget where I was going with that (hat tip to Capt. H).

She is being billed as the toughest and most glamorous Bond girl to date. But Olga Kurylenko's route to stardom has been anything but easy. Behind the wide brown eyes in these exclusive pictures from her childhood is a tale of hard times. Growing up in the poverty of the Soviet Union, she suffered a broken home and had to wear patched-up clothes. But all that changed with a chance encounter on Moscow's underground metro system.

So she is from the Soviet Union? That is so cool. Wow.

Flea-readers with some time on their hands might peruse an Olga Kurylenko slide show or - heart attack warning on this one - several in-store videos for Bisou-Bisou thoughtfully uploaded by director John Beck Hoffman, the lucky bastard.**

* Let's just assume all links on this topic are not exactly work safe, shall we?
** And while you are on line, "The Beginning of the End", episode one of his ultra-atmospheric Tyranny web series deserves the attention his Olga connection shall hopefully bring it. She features at the very end of episode two...

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KISS: I was made for loving you

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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More than meets the eye

The first episode of Transformers. I often feel like the only man of my generation to have no emotional connection to this show. For example, ok, Megatron is a megalomaniac. But what motivation do the Decepticons have in following him? Does this allow them to feel superior to Autobots or do they constitute some sort of subservient group intelligence? I am also baffled by the appeal of Optimus Prime; he does not strike me to be particularly charismatic. That said, I know two otherwise sensible women who were gushing to me how "sexy" he is both in the animated and film versions of the character.

I enjoyed the recycled photon torpedo and Colonial Viper laser-torpedo blast sound effects. And I do like the idea of storing energy as energon cubes even though I am maddened by not being able to place where their sound effect comes from (at minute 19:05). No wait, it's a light sabre activing... I would have thought Lucas would have come after them for it.

Wow. They really stepped up the animation in Episode 2.

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January 11, 2008



Even the wild upland torrents offered no trace of Tim Burton's unseen monsterpiece, Hansel and Gretel; aired once on the Disney Channel, Hallowe'en night in 1982 and then never again (hat tip to... please remind me! The email has gone astray...).

Filmed for $116,000 on 16mm, this live-action short film featured a cast of amateur Japanese actors, kung fu fights and Japanese toys, as Burton was obsessed with Japanese culture at the time of production. The film’s design style and color schemes paid homage to the Godzilla movies and is said to be heavy on special effects, making use of front projection, forced perspective and even some stop-motion animation. Most reputable sources claim the film runs a full 45 minutes, but other fan reviews have a listed runtime anywhere from a 15-30 minutes. The plot of the film is very traditional: Hansel and Gretel must escape a witch and her gingerbread house to find their father.

I would say how bad can it be? But then I have seen the Star Wars Christmas special. My snark hunt was not in vain, however, for YouTube provided a long ago Tim Burton piece quite wonderful enough to be getting on with. Vincent is an animated short featuring the voice of the late, great Vincent Price; hopefully enough to sustain us as we wait for Alice in Wonderland.

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Ashley MacIsaac: Sleepy Maggie

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January 10, 2008

In the city of light sabres


À propos of nothing in particular, commercial photographer Cédric Delsaux imagines Star Wars on Earth; the Brutalist architecture of suburban Paris sets the scene. French-speaking Flea-readers may consider thoughts on American cinema, landscape and photography.

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Agressiva 69: Money is Sin

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.

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January 09, 2008

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Crimson & Clover

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Food for thought

I almost titled this post "Tastes like chicken".* Flea-readers with dietary restrictions against meat or cannibalism might be curious to learn of a possible vegetarian issue regarding pizza and bagels. I had never heard of L-cysteine, an amino acid commonly synthesized from human hair and... used in baked goods.

At the present time, the cheapest source of material from which food-grade L-cysteine may be purified in high yield is by hydrolysis of human hair. Other sources include feathers and pig bristles. The companies producing cysteine by hydrolysis are located mainly in China. There is some debate as to whether or not consuming L-cysteine derived from human hair constitutes cannibalism. Although many other amino acids were accessible via fermentation for some years, L-cysteine was unavailable until 2001 when a German company ("Wacker Chemie"?) introduced a production route via fermentation (non-human, non-animal origin).

In is a nice puzzle. As the hair was donated/sold with consent at least one ethical basis for vegetarianism appears not to apply in this instance though, in fairness, I do wonder how many people selling their hair have any notion it will end up in their soy sauce. Hindus avoiding meat for reasons of ritual purity would be well advised to stear clear.

* Even better: "Hair Pie"; obvious in retrospect.

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January 08, 2008

Bond Girl 22


Best known for her role in Hitman, the pneumatic model/actress Olga Kurylenko is to be the next Bond Girl (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).*

Olga Kurylenko recently co-starred opposite Timothy Olyphant in Hitman and opposite Elijah Wood in Paris, je t'aime. She also appeared in starring roles in Eric Barbier's thriller The Serpent and Diane Bertrand's The Ring Finger, for which she received the Best Actress award at The Brooklyn International Film Festival in 2006. She recently had a role in Tyranny, directed by John Beck Hofman.

On French television, multi-lingual Kurylenko appeared in the mini-series "Suspectes" and the drama "The Good Luck Charm."

In her career as a top European model, Kurylenko has appeared in numerous advertising campaigns, including Kenzo, Helena Rubenstein and Just Cavalli. Her magazine covers include US Glamour, French Elle, Madame Figaro and Marie Claire.

She is a Scorpio, unsurprisingly. Difficult even for Daniel Craig's Bond to maintain a calculated ironic distance (seriously nsfw). Flea-readers with a stoic disposition may ponder Kurylenko's thoughts on, what do you call it?, "Japanese rope bondage" in her FHM interview (even more nsfw).

* As previous speculation has suggested, Gemma Aterton is to feature as "a fellow MI6 agent". (Update: Named "Fields".)

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Can: I Want More

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We can remember it retail

Flea-readers should take care not to remember recorded music while we have copyright holders to remember it for us (via Technoccult).

On the heels of the RIAA's recent decision to criminalize consumers who rip songs from albums they've purchased to their computers (or iPods), the association has now gone one step further and declared that "remembering songs" using your brain is criminal copyright infringement. "The brain is a recording device," explained RIAA president Cary Sherman. "The act of listening is an unauthorized act of copying music to that recording device, and the act of recalling or remembering a song is unauthorized playback."
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January 07, 2008

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton: Our Hell

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Posted by the Flea at 04:43 AM

It sux to be you

Apparently, I am not the only one on the wrong side of affirmative action hiring in academia.

R. Parameswaran has suffered that reversal of fortune. The 29-year-old starts every day with a prayer to the Hindu god Shiva, marking his forehead with red and white powder to let the world know he is a Brahmin. In his home village, his caste's mark brought him respect, but since he moved to Chennai, a sprawling high-tech city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, in the late 1990s, he has found his status a liability.

In Tamil Nadu, nearly 70% of government jobs and public-college slots are reserved for people from lower castes and other historically disadvantaged groups. Although he says he graduated near the top of his high-school class and had strong test scores, Mr. Parameswaran couldn't get into any of the state engineering colleges. His family had to borrow from friends to send him to a second-rate private college.

He now teaches English at a small vocational school. On a salary of $100 a month, Mr. Parameswaran can't afford an apartment, so he sleeps in the classroom at night. "I am suffering," says the intense young man, using the exaggerated enunciation of an English teacher. "Unfortunately, I was born as a Brahmin."

Which is all a bit depressing, particularly if you are after a home in Mumbai*, now the seventh most expensive place on earth to buy an apartment.** Shame, the skyline is impressive. And the information suggests my thought to learn Hindi in search of the good life might be ill advised.

* Which everyone feels compelled to tell me used to be called Bombay. Might have been simpler to keep calling it that than calling it that parenthetically.
** I admit Chennai had not been on my list; perhaps largely because it was until recently called Madras. Have to be careful with this rebranding lark.

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January 05, 2008

In film, life-and-death struggles make you sit up, lean forward a little bit


David Lynch (nsfw curse word) critiques film-goers going only as far as their iPhone to watch a movie. He has an excellent point. That said, I thought I would run a shot from Fetish (nsfw), his joint show with Christian Laboutin, to illustrate said point. I hope Flea-readers will forgive the license.

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Dr. Octagon: Blue Flowers

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January 04, 2008

A rather more substantial prediction


Recent rumour has Gemma Aterton as the new Bond Girl. Considering the structure of Casino Royale, Deborah Lipp of Ultimate James Bond believes Aterton to be an unlikely choice.

In CR, there are two Bond girls: The primary Bond girl is British (Eva Green: a French actress playing British), and the olive-skinned “exotic” (Italian) Bond girl who is the sacrificial lamb (Caterina Murino).

We know for a fact that Eon is searching for an “exotic” (Latina) Bond girl. It would be absolutely insane, then, for them to cast Gemma Arterton as the main Bond girl, and give us the same formula as last movie. They’re trying to break away from formula!

So I remain full of doubt. I really, really think she’s got a secondary role or even smaller.

A commenter argues Aterton is more likely to be the next Moneypenny; I agree. Which brings me to my nomination for the next Bond girl: Aruna Shields (pictured above). She is not Latina but I believe she fits the bill.*

* Though if they choose to run with a name actress it is arguably criminal Aishwarya Rai has yet to feature in a Bond, uhh, feature. She is enormously fetching in The Last Legion.

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Alizée: Ella, elle l'a

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January 03, 2008

Everybody’s favourite archaeologist


Vanity Fair considers the new Indiana Jones and its creators. Not a critical review but it comes with pictures and I am finding myself enormously enthusiastic for the project; this despite various Lucas prequel crapfests and sundry Spielberg puffed up Oscar bait. Also reassuring: Lucas and Spielberg appear to have resisted their impulse to whitewash revise their best work for the worse. No substitution of walkie-talkies for police sidearms and no Han Solo firing in "self defense". And no matter their intentions, at least Harrison Ford still kicks ass.

Rather than update the franchise to match current styles, Lucas and Spielberg decided to stay true to the prior films’ look, tone, and pace. During pre-production, Spielberg watched the first three Indiana Jones movies at an Amblin screening room with Janusz Kaminski, who has shot the director’s last 10 films. He replaces Douglas Slocombe, who shot the first three Indy movies (and is now retired at age 94), as the man mainly responsible for the film’s look. “I needed to show them to Janusz,” Spielberg says, “because I didn’t want Janusz to modernize and bring us into the 21st century. I still wanted the film to have a lighting style not dissimilar to the work Doug Slocombe had achieved, which meant that both Janusz and I had to swallow our pride. Janusz had to approximate another cinematographer’s look, and I had to approximate this younger director’s look that I thought I had moved away from after almost two decades.”

This was a wise decision though - reading between the lines - it is all too easy to imagine the Lucas/Spielberg brainstorm session where the two men briefly considered an updated Indy combining the gravitas of Shindler's List with the edgy editing of The Bourne Ultimatum. There is a not terribly distant parallel world where the end result was worse than The Phantom Menace.

The magazine has thoughtfully provided a spoiler warning and I did not read beyond it; please to keep that bit to yourselves if you choose to do so! Cate Blanchett is smokin' in this too, btw.

Update: New lego sets for the upcoming film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).

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David Bowie: Loving the Alien

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Gothic Outfit or Halloween Costume?

Coilhouse's delectable Nadya Lev considers an instance of the eternal question: Goth or not goth?

Today we are going to play a game! It’s called “Gothic Outfit or Halloween Costume?” There are eight gothic ensembles in this post; some of them are actual outfits designed by alternative clothing labels to be worn out and about in the scene, others are Halloween costumes intended for adults who want to play-pretend to be goths one day out of the year. Can you guess which is which?
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January 02, 2008

Penthouse living


A little real estate porn to kick off the new year: The Truth About ... Penthouses considers the relatively new phenomenon of the London penthouse.

Until quite recently London was not the first, or even the second choice, for your serious penthouse devotee. If you wanted a city apartment with a commanding view Manhattan had plenty to offer but London came up rather short. Now, however, high-rise enthusiasts have a lot more to attract them. A number of dramatic new towers are planned for London Bridge, Paddington, Elephant & Castle, and Canary Wharf, and some fine developments in Docklands and along the Thames offer high-rise magnificence to rival the best.

I quite like the idea of a purpose built pod atop a period mansion block though - given sufficient lottery funding - my first choice is still the Barbican (this after a recent re-viewing of The Hunger... sexy). I used to see the towers against the sunset every evening from my bathroom window in Islington; despite years of consideration I have yet to figure out how to pay for the move.

Posted by the Flea at 07:23 AM

Ghost of a flea: Two Voices

Now is the time at the Flea when we dance.*

* And while you are there, my considerably louder mix of Victoria Beckham's Generate the flow. That one has attracted quite a bit of traffic.

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January 01, 2008

Kate and Anna McGarrigle: Log Driver's Waltz

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Posted by the Flea at 09:34 AM | Comments (2)

Be it resolved

This years I will:

I - Make better music than I have ever made;
II - Locate the source of the Stripper Factory and Beer Volcano;
III - Stop trying to understand women;
IV - Once again fit into my pvc pants (half way there compared to last year, honest).

Happy New Year!

Posted by the Flea at 09:33 AM | Comments (1)