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Wong Kar-Wai calendar - July 2009

July 6, 2009 at 09:49 PM | Link | Comments (0)

Wong Kar-Wai calendar - July 2009

WKW calendar for July 2009 by me, based on the song California Dreamin' from Chungking Express. Hi-res versions are available on my WKW calendar page.

Michael Jackson dead

June 26, 2009 at 12:23 AM | Link | Comments (2)

I moved from Seoul to Manila around '84 and found MTV waiting for me there. The Billie Jean video was fascinating in so many ways, a lot of it obviously alien to an ESL kid fresh off the plane: the incomprehensible yet phonetically catchy lyrics, the sleek look and feel that I understood as "American", the personally unfamiliar concept of a black celebrity.

I was/am more of a Thriller fan than a Michael Jackson fan, probably like many children of the eighties. Guilty secret: I preferred Beat It to Billie Jean for a long, long time, and now I can't quite understand why.

I highly recommend tracking down and listening to Gimix by the Avalanches. Towards the end of the mix, there's a lovely bit of Billie Jean where the Avs take the line "She says I am the one" and transform it from a seedy accusation into a joyous declaration. It's a glorious moment and one of my favorites in any work of music.

Rest in peace.

Lossless Sounds Spring 2009

May 31, 2009 at 11:31 PM | Link | Comments (3)

Lossless Sounds Spring 2009

A seasonally inspired compilation of old and new favorite songs.

Lossless Sounds Spring 2009 (MediaFire)

01 Jamie Lidell - Another Day
02 Pet Shop Boys - Did You See Me Coming?
03 Röyksopp - Happy Up Here (Breakbot Remix)
04 Gruff Rhys - Candylion
05 M. Ward - Never Had Nobody Like You
06 Talking Heads - This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Live)
07 New Order - The Happy One
08 Gui Boratto - No Turning Back
09 Frida Hyvönen - London!
10 Wilco - You and I
11 Bibio - Weekend Wildfire
12 The Flaming Lips - Borderline

See the Lossless Sounds page for album artwork. The front cover image was generated with Chromagnon, a recently completed project, with a clip from Oldboy as the input video.

MIT intramural vb A-league playoffs, 5.12.2009

May 18, 2009 at 12:03 AM | Link | Comments (0)

Euroclub: MIT intramural vb A-league champions, 2009
Jan, Roman, Elena, Josh, Paola, me, Simone, Laurent. (Missing: Manfred, Daniel, Darcy, Lisa.)

Last Tuesday, my Euroclub team won the MIT IM volleyball A-league for the sixth year in a row. This year we faced probably the toughest playoffs we've ever had, going up against two teams of club players and ex-coaches that had both beaten us soundly during the regular season.

The semi-final was against the MIT Club of Boston, featuring several former MIT varsity / current GVC (Graduate Volleyball Club) players, plus ex-coaches of the varsity team (read: older and wilier). We lost the first set but bounced back to win the next two.

The final was against Sea of Ivy, a thinly disguised version of the current IVC (Intercollegiate Volleyball Club) team. Again we did it the hard way - losing one set then winning two in a row. It was good fun to play hard and beat a club team. (What are they doing in an intramural league anyway?) Personally I played decently but I do wonder how long my knees will hold up.

Photos on Flickr, mostly from the semi-final. For reasons of vanity, I rather like this one.


May 11, 2009 at 06:07 PM | Link | Comments (0)


By the way, many of my legion of followers seem to have the wrong idea, so just to be clear: I have nothing at all to do with SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

YouTube-based tools for split screen

May 11, 2009 at 05:54 PM | Link | Comments (0)


Over on Split Screen, I've started a list of YouTube-based tools for creating split-screen media. These are online tools that take as input 2 or more YouTube URLs and give you back a multi-channel mashup in some form. So far I've got YouTube Doubler, You3b, YouCube, and YooouuuTuuube. If you know of any others, leave a comment here or there.

Avalanches update

May 6, 2009 at 01:56 PM | Link | Comments (0)


Happy news: the Avs "...are clearing samples". Nothing would make my summer more than a new record, but it did take them a year or so for the last album to be cleared, so maybe it's too early to start holding my breath. Still, all ten fingers crossed, every which way.

Manfred and Michelle's wedding, São Paulo, Brazil, 4.9.2009-4.12.2009

May 3, 2009 at 11:54 PM | Link | Comments (0)

Manfred & Michelle's wedding location

Photos of my all-too-brief trip to Brazil last month.

Wong Kar-Wai calendar - May 2009

May 1, 2009 at 10:09 PM | Link | Comments (0)

Wong Kar-Wai calendar - May 2009

WKW calendar for May 2009 by su-shi, based on the song Quizás, Quizás, Quizás from In the Mood for Love.

You can find links to hi-res versions in this wongkarwai.net thread.

I haven't been posting this year's WKW calendars, but this was too good to pass up - my favorite calendar so far this year. I'll be making the July one.

2 Many DJs - Introversy

February 2, 2009 at 11:53 PM | Link | Comments (1)

2 Many DJs aka Soulwax packed 420 song intros into 60 minutes for their Introversy mix. You can hear it on this week's Rob da Bank show on BBC or download it via the Resident Advisor forum thread.

I'm 2/3 into the mix. While it's enjoyable and will induce many a smile of recognition, it doesn't match the mashup virtuosity of osymyso's epic Intro-Inspection, available on his archive page.

Via RA.

Circlesquare - Songs About Dancing and Drugs

January 29, 2009 at 11:59 PM | Link | Comments (1)

Circlesquare - Songs About Dancing and Drugs

Tonight, the elegiac new album by Circlesquare became my inaugural case of love-at-first-hearing in 2009, despite my knowing little about dancing and even less about drugs. Neon lights come to mind: depending on the scene, they can be bright or hazy, glittering or flickering, exuberant or ominous. If Cut Copy's In Ghost Colours embodied the former picture, this record paints the latter. Other namechecks might include Joy Division, Junior Boys, Matthew Dear. Oddly, some Red House Painters too, to my ear.

Listen to samples on Beatport. The Resident Advisor review does a good job of describing the sound.

The Designers Republic closes

January 23, 2009 at 05:37 PM | Link | Comments (0)

tDR - Work Buy Consume Die

tDR is dead, for now. I became a fan during the days of Warp's AI series. Their work will always be a part of my memories of IDM's heydays in the nineties. See here and here.

Via Coudal.

Wong Kar-Wai picks pal's poem

January 18, 2009 at 10:47 PM | Link | Comments (1)

Congratulations to Edwin Mak whom I met on wongkarwai.net. He has been crowned the official poet of the filmlinc blog by none other than the sunglassed director himself. Follow the link to enjoy Edwin's verse summary of Ashes of Time.

Röyksopp - Happy Up Here

January 18, 2009 at 10:25 PM | Link | Comments (0)

Röyksopp - Happy Up Here

Röyksopp reemerge with new single Happy Up Here. You can listen to a stream on their site; higher-quality versions are online at several places including Amazon UK. The song is unmistakably and unabashedly Röyksopp and it's all too short given its sweetness. Really good to have them back.

The new album, Junior, is out on March 23. See the album cover on Pitchfork.

Wong Kar-Wai calendar project update

January 10, 2009 at 04:04 PM | Link | Comments (0)

Starting in January 2009, you can view and download the most recent WKW calendar here at the beginning of each month. The archive of past calendars has also moved to a new location.

Thanks to Susanne.

A short note about iPhone dev

January 8, 2009 at 09:54 PM | Link | Comments (0)

Looking back at the last few years when I lived and worked mostly in Javaland, I would state with some certainty that I did not miss memory management much.

Daniel Pemberton

January 8, 2009 at 09:45 PM | Link | Comments (0)

Offworld reported on LittleBigMusic, a collection of music written for LittleBigPlanet. The name of the composer rang a distant bell: the last time I'd heard of Daniel Pemberton, it was 15 years ago and Bedroom by a 16-year-old Pemberton had been released on the highly reputable Fax label. I remember the IDM mailing list buzzing about Pemberton's prodigious talent. I never got into the record - too arctic for me at a time when I didn't have much patience for ambient. Still, it's fun to see an old name pop up and I'm glad that he's been active.

Old Pemberton:

Current Pemberton:

More on Pemberton.

Jobs vs House

January 8, 2009 at 09:20 PM | Link | Comments (1)

A few days ago, as Macworld began, Steve Jobs wrote a letter to the Apple community regarding his health:

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.

Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment.

A mysterious illness that required further testing and turned out to have a simple solution? That sounds like a job for a certain doctor on the telly. I can see the episode now: intense and arrogant computer mogul butts heads with the Holmesian genius - two obsessively driven individuals in search of an answer - until the root cause is revealed to be... accidental poisoning from a rare metallic element that Jonathan Ive was bugging Jobs to adopt for their next-gen laptops.

Seriously though, I'm relieved Steve is getting better.

Wong Kar-Wai calendar project status

January 1, 2009 at 03:23 PM | Link | Comments (2)

This year, I'll no longer be organizing the WKW calendar project. Fellow wongkarwai.net mods and I are currently figuring out where to host the 2009 calendars plus the archive of past calendars. I'll post an update once the January calendar is online somewhere.

Update 1.10.2009: Starting in January 2009, you can view and download the most recent WKW calendar here at the beginning of each month. The archive of past calendars has also moved to a new location.

Review of 2008

December 31, 2008 at 06:22 PM | Link | Comments (0)

2008 wasn't the best of years for me in terms of content consumption. I watched a sadly low number of films this year and have a lot to catch up DVD-wise; I also didn't buy a single videogame even as my consoles gathered dust in plain sight. Lots of good music this year, though, especially from the all-conquering Cut Copy who will be making yet another visit to my neighborhood in March. I look forward to an exciting and engaging 2009.

Wall-E (Best of 2008)
Burn After Reading
Iron Man
Standard Operating Procedure

Music - Records
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours (Best of 2008)
Autechre - Quaristice
B12 - B12 Records Archive Volume 1
B12 - Last Days of Silence
David Holmes - The Holy Pictures
Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
Koushik - Out My Window
Lindstrom - Where You Go I Go Too
M83 - Saturdays=Youth
Max Richter - 24 Postcards in Full Color
Morgan Geist - Double Night Time
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Q-Tip - The Renaissance
Quiet Village - Silent Movie
School of Seven Bells - Alpinisms
Studio - Yearbook 2
Sun Kil Moon - April
Xavier Jamaux and Fred Avril - Sparrow soundtrack

Music - Songs
Alphabeat - Fascination
Cut Copy - Far Away
Cut Copy - Lights & Music
Cut Copy - So Haunted
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
M83 - Graveyard Girl
Michael Cera and Ellen Page - Anyone Else but You
Neon Neon - I Told Her on Alderaan
Quiet Village - Keep on Rolling
School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep

Music - Remixes
Cut Copy - Lights & Music (Boys Noize Happy Birthday Remix)
PNAU - Baby (Breakbot Remix)
Shout Out Louds - Impossible (Possible Version by Studio)

Music - Mixes
Cut Copy - So Cosmic

Music - Videos
Bjork - Wanderlust
Miami Horror - Don't Be On with Her
Radiohead - House of Cards
TV on the Radio - Golden Age

Reading - Books
Nights of Passed Over (USA Edition) - Mark Kozelek
Nixonland - Rick Perlstein

Reading - Comics
Y: The Last Man (Final volume) - Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

Events and performances
Cut Copy, Paradise, 5.12
Cut Copy, Paradise, 9.23
Love, The Mirage, Las Vegas, 3.23
Mark Kozelek, MFA, 6.11
ReConstitution 2008, ICA, 9.26


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Guilty pleasures
One Manga

Head scratchers
Girl Talk
The Dark Knight
TV on the Radio

Discoveries and rediscoveries
All the President’s Men - Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
American Creation - Joseph J. Ellis
Bleach - Tite Kubo
Deans December
Founding Brothers - Joseph J. Ellis
Galaxy 2 Galaxy
Pan’s Labyrinth
Parasyte - Hitoshi Iwaaki
Raiders of the Lost Arp
Saint Etienne - Fanclub-only compilations
Secret Sunshine
Shout Out Louds
The Taste of Tea
Touch - Mitsuru Adachi
Underworld - DAT Compilation 1993

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Arthur C. Clarke
Bernie Mac
Charlton Heston
Cyd Charisse
David Foster Wallace
Eartha Kitt
George Carlin
Harvey Korman
Heath Ledger
Isaac Hayes
Kon Ichikawa
Michael Crichton
Paul Newman
Robert Rauschenberg
Roy Scheider
Stan Winston
Sydney Pollack

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