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Opening the Crates

Opening the Crates

After over a year locked away in our garage, I’ve finally brought through my 14 odd crates of vinyl. Today was spent opening them up, picking out some gems, then lifting the rest up into the loft. Once we’ve converted the garage into a studio, they’ll all come out again, but until then, I’ve got vinyl in the house again, and all is good.

The first record I picked out is one I forgot I owned – Edu Lobo’s first album in the states, ‘presented by Sergio Mendes’. Mendes did this for a lot of his brasilian compatriots, using his crossover success in the States to bring through more obscure artists. It didn’t really work, and artists like Edu Lobo only recently gained an audience in the US and UK off the back of DJs interest in their work. This album contains the awesome acoustic guitar and drums monster ‘Zanzibar’.

I’m gradually uploading more pics of my favourite, or most bizarre albums, in this Flickr set

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Turns out that I’ve been doing this on and off (more off than on) for 5 years.

Now if I can just get around to converting the whole thing to run on wordpress and embedding Tumblr, it might get a bit more lively…

HackDay Pictures

HackDay Attendee

I’ve got my HackDay London Medium Format scans back from the Lab, so they’re now on Flickr. As I was only there for the Sunday afternoon, I had to fire off a few rolls of colour and B&W really quickly. So I don’t think this is the best set of geek portraits I’ve taken, but there’s some nice pictures in there.

I’m at We Love Technology in a fortnight, and will have more time, as I’m there for a few days. I took a really nice set of pics at WLT last year so I’m looking forward to seeing Lisa and everyone again this year. If you’re going, come and say hi!, and please pose for a photo!

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My Citizen Journalism moment with Brian Haw

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Brian Haw, originally uploaded by matlock.

Brian Haw is the protester who has camped out in Parliament Square, protesting against the occupation in Iraq. On the 23rd May 2006, the Metropolitan Police, under the orders of Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Met, confiscated all of the placards and objects from Haw’s demonstration.

Earlier today, I saw Haw outside Channel 4’s offices, as he’d just had a summons commissioned to Sir Ian Blair, asking him to turn up in Horseferry Rd Court before on July 27th to answer accusations of theft. We chatted for a while, and he said “Want an exclusive?” and posed for a photo with the summons letter. Here’s a photo of the letter (click to see larger, more readable version on Flickr). I guess this makes me a citizen journalist now…

Brian Haw's Summons for Sir Ian Blair

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Paul Ford on Digital Lifestyle

Lovely nugget on digital lifestyles hidden in Paul Ford’s ‘Real Empires Ship’ over at Ftrain:

“This is all part of the digital lifestyle, coming at the middle class like a division of Panzer tanks. First they came for the vinyl, and I said nothing. Then for the cassettes, and the CDs, and the VHS tapes. Still I was silent. And now they will come for my books, sad little volumes trembling on their shelves. I look at my friends the books and I think, sorry, fuckers, for the iBrary is only a few dozen failed product launches away. Eventually (waves hands) this will all be stripes on disk.”

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The World’s Slowest PhotoBlog

This is probably the world’s slowest photoblog. On average, it takes me about two months to get films scanned and uploaded, so these one’s are almost instant in comparison. There’s a few selected photos from a couple of sets: my team’s leaving do for the outrageously talented Luciana Baptista; a few pictures of Carsten Holler’s Test Site at the Tate Modern (aka the slides!); and a few pictures of Lucerne taken whilst at the European Futurists Conference. More on Flickr

Luciana Baptista
Luciana Baptista

Andrew Strachan
Andrew Strachan

Tate Modern Large Slides
Carsten Holler’s ‘Test Site’

Tate Modern Small Slide
Carsten Holler’s ‘Test Site’ (small slide)

Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne

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The World’s Slowest PhotoBlog

This is probably the world’s slowest photoblog. On average, it takes me about two months to get films scanned and uploaded, so these one’s are almost instant in comparison. There’s a few selected photos from a couple of sets: my team’s leaving do for the outrageously talented Luciana Baptista; a few pictures of Carsten Holler’s Test Site at the Tate Modern (aka the slides!); and a few pictures of Lucerne taken whilst at the European Futurists Conference. More on Flickr

Luciana Baptista
Luciana Baptista

Andrew Strachan
Andrew Strachan

Tate Modern Large Slides
Carsten Holler’s ‘Test Site’

Tate Modern Small Slide
Carsten Holler’s ‘Test Site’ (small slide)

Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne