Big in Japan

The internet is a crazy thing.  Once, before, an online travel guide company found a picture I had taken of the Seattle Public Library and asked to use it in their guide for the city.  Now, somehow a production company in Tokyo found one of my papercuttings and asked to use it in a segment of the TV show Tokyo Eye about cool cafes.  So, there will be glimpses of my art broadcast online and to Japan on July 24 and September 10!  From what I’ve been told about the segment, I wish we had cafes this awesome in the US (that’s a teaser to make you curious).  Here’s the info:

Tokyo Eye  #299: Cool Cafés
 

Overseas broadcast

NHK World TV

Wednesday, 7/24 9:30~9:58(Japan)

To determine where the show will be broadcast in various regions, enter the information on this page.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/howto/index.html    

For program times in other time zones enter the date and time zone on this page.  

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/schedule/index.html

 ■ Live net streaming

Wednesday, 7/24 9:30~9:58(Japan)

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/index.html

For program times in other time zones enter the date and time zone on this page.  

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/schedule/index.html

Smitten by frontier fiction

Anyone who’s read my blogs for awhile or seen my Flickr knows that I grew up around horses and am still a bit horse-crazy. When I played dress-up as a kid, I would put on ridiculous high-heeled shoes that were 12 sizes too big for me and teeter my way across the gravel road to the horse pasture:

childhood me in a dress, in a tree, with Freckles
childhood me in a dress, in a tree, with Freckles the horse

My family spent lots of time at rodeos or on extended camping trips that were basically excuses to go riding for days in a row.  Since then I haven’t really had anything to do with horses, except for daydreaming about them and living vicariously through movies and, more recently, video games. Or, I should say, just one video game: Red Dead Redemption, of course. I’m really close to beating the game, but I suspect I might just come back to it and ride around on my horse, rescuing ladies and shooting crows. All the virtual horse-riding is relaxing. Of course not as relaxing as riding a real horse, but I’ll take what I can get.

The animation of the horses in this game is really amazing. My pardner and I both got cowboy fever thanks to spending so much time in the virtual Old West. I had never seen any “spaghetti” Westerns, so we watched A Fistful of Dollars and will probably watch other Sergio Leone films once I stop wanting to indulge in season one of The Tudors.

What prompted me to make this post was that today, as I walked past the new book shelf at my library, I saw this book and immediately grabbed it. The first paragraph on the back cover is quite eloquent, so I’ll leave you with that in hopes that it will whet your appetite.

“A corral of cattle rustlers, outlaws, and other desperadoes ride the range in this bronco-busting anthology of nineteen tales set in the Old West. Spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the diverse stories prove there’s no ‘average’ cowboy, but a wide range of rugged individuals. Yet these vividly portrayed characters all seem to posses a sense of freedom, a strong relationship with the land, and a desire to live by their own standards. The result is an action-packed collection that’s a feast for anyone smitten by frontier fiction.”

 

See also:

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

The Cowboy Encyclopedia

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s book list of Westerns, “When You Call Me That, Smile!”

Hear me, watch me, read me

I got this great disco compilation for Christmas. This song is my current favorite:
Change-Angel In My Pocket
[Youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLL3xW5X5Jc”%5D
This is a break-up/independence song to rival “I Will Survive” and its bass line is excellent. Plus…is that cowbell I hear? Oh yeah.

PBS Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey
[Youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M3moEeErr8″%5D
I like that this is set in the early 20th century. It’s good for me to change up my period piece periods once in awhile. Plus the dresses are great and not so heaving-bosom centric.

Paleo-Future
I’m excited to sift through the archives of this blog/site. I love past predictions for the future – which I guess falls under the handy name of “paleofuturism”. And the fact that there are so many vintage visuals on the site just makes it better – you get the crazy sci-fi thinking AND the retro design inspiration.

Two things

Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, my life has been taken over by the South Korean TV show Coffee Prince (커피프린스 1호점). You know how sometimes when a movie is being advertised they have excerpts from supposed rave reviews, and often (especially for kids movies) it’ll say something like “This movie will make you want to stand up and cheer!” Honestly, has a movie ever made you want to do that? I can only think of one, and it was Stomp the Yard. Well this show makes me want to stand up and cheer. It is cute and dramatic and heartwarming. You can watch it all on Hulu! But here’s part of the first episode, just because I’m in favor of multimedia blog posts.

[Youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8eSdFeHlbQ”%5D

Another TV show I wanted to mention is this British show The Supersizers. Premise: A food critic and a comedian eat their way through British history while dressing the part and sharing bizarre trivia about each era. I think my favorite was the French Revolution episode. It can be kind of hard to find full episodes, but you can do it. The show originally aired on BBC4.

The only other thing I got is a quote that seems like a no-brainer, but it makes me ponder things a little:

A key feature of information is that it remains invisible until someone provides an interface to it.

David Benyon. (2007). “Information Architecture and Navigation Design for Web Sites” in Human computer interaction research in Web design and evaluation .

Hearing on H.R. 3101

There’s an important hearing going on today regarding the “Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009” (HR 3101), which would update communications laws to “help ensure that individuals with vision, hearing, and other disabilities are able to utilize fully broadband services and equipment and better access video programming devices.”

From the testimony of Jesse R. Acosta, United States Army (Retired), American Council of the Blind:

“H.R. 3101…would require that mobile and other internet-based telecommunications devices have accessible user interfaces and offer people who are blind or visually impaired access to a full range of text messaging and other heavily utilized services that are currently largely inaccessible to us. […]
We are asking you also to reinstate the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) regulations for video description that were struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2002. And we are asking you to expand those rules in two ways. First, to ensure that video description services are transmitted and provided over digital TV technologies, since the previous set of regulations was for analog television only. Those of us who are blind or visually impaired want to be sure we can hear the video description when we watch our favorite TV shows. In fact, we are also asking you to give some authority to the FCC to require video description for more than the simple four hours per week of programming that the old analog rules required. People who are blind or visually impaired watch more than four hours of television a week!
Second, and even more importantly, we are asking you to require that non-visual access to on-screen emergency warnings and similar televised information is also video described so that we too can know where to go in emergencies, what phone numbers to call and what websites to visit. […]
It is imperative that Congress ensure that people who are blind or visually impaired – including the rapidly growing population of senior citizens who are losing their vision – are not left behind as television technologies move more to digital and Internet-based technologies.”

Read the other testimonies and (supposedly? maybe) watch a live stream of the hearing on the website of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet. (the live stream didn’t work for me but the downloadable WMV file did. Stuff gets intense at 1:16:00).

Also, a related bill has been introduced in the Senate: S.3304 – “Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act”. (Sponsor Sen Pryor, Mark L. [AR])

Update: I found this site – opencongress.org – where you can sign up for alerts that make it easier to track bills (I didn’t know of any way other than repeatedly looking them up in Thomas?). There’s RSS feeds and email options, along with links to related bills and “issues”, newspaper articles on the bills, and users of the site vote to show if they support the bill or not. Interesting. Here’s the page for H.R.3101.

Visualizing the LCSH monster update: Jan-Feb 2010

150 Animal jumping [May Subd Geog] [sp 85005205]
* 450 UF Animal leaping
* 450 UF Jumping behavior in animals
* 450 UF Leaping behavior in animals

Humans jumping animals: “Gaito Loka becomes a man during his initiation ritual, sometimes called cattle jumping. Male friends and relatives hold the animals in place as the jumper runs along their backs. Afterward, the young Hamar man must adhere to a strict diet including blood, milk, and honey until he marries.” – National Geographic

151 Woodward Avenue (Mich.) [sp2010001688]
451 UF M‑1 (Mich.)
451 UF Michigan Highway 1 (Mich.)
550 BT Roads—Michigan

Detroit image from www.oldcitypics.com

150 Boring sponges [May Subd Geog] [sp2010001908]
450 UF Bioeroding sponges
450 UF Excavating sponges
550 BT Marine borers
550 BT Sponges

150 Guitar and synthesizer music [May Subd Geog] [sp2010000529]
450 UF Synthesizer and guitar music
[Youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1mV_5-bRPo”%5D

150 Spiders in the Koran [sp2010001811]

150 Ninja in popular culture [May Subd Geog] [sp2010001722]
550 BT Popular culture
150 Chinatowns in motion pictures [Not Subd Geog] [sp2010001122]
550 BT Motion pictures
[Youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGLinT-Pdyo”%5D

150 Remorse in art [Not Subd Geog] [sp2010001322]

photo by Emre Ucar in “Paint it with blur” Flickr pool

150 Stop‑motion animation films [Not Subd Geog] [sp2010000786]
450 UF Object animation films
450 UF Stop‑action animation films
450 UF Stop‑motion animated films
450 UF Stop‑motion films
550 BT Animated films
vegetables and Star Wars to encourage us to buy organic!
[Youtube=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocLbfdaONrs”%5D


150 History painting [May Subd Geog] [sp2008007183]

680 Here are entered works on narrative painting that depicts several figures enacting a scene usually drawn from classical history or mythology, or from the Bible.
550 BT Painting

150  Bats—Mortality   [May Subd Geog]   [sp2009010998]
* 550    RT White‑nose syndrome

150 Buildings—War damage [May Subd Geog] [sp 85145172]
* 550 RT Architecture and war

photograph by Donald Weber from “The Lost War” story, via the Black Snapper photography magazine archives

150  Drinking of alcoholic beverages—Marketing  [sp2010000413]

150  Enemies in art   [Not Subd Geog]   [sp2009010830]

150  Gravity in art   [Not Subd Geog]   [sp2009010556]

from Kaat Van Tiggel’s Flickr photostream

150  Traffic accidents in motion pictures [Not Subd Geog]   [sp2009009535]
550    BT Motion pictures

Weird, overdue, or especially unique headings:

150 Art objects in art [Not Subd Geog] [sp2010001816]

150 Bananas in popular culture [May Subd Geog] CHANGE GEOG [sp2006007645]
* 680 Here are entered works on the representation of bananas in popular culture.

150 Gifted Hawaiian children [May Subd Geog] [sp2010001320]
450 UF Gifted children, Hawaiian
450 UF Hawaiian gifted children
550 BT Gifted children—United States
550 BT Hawaiian children

150 Office buildings—Wales [May Subd Geog] [sp2010001151]

150 Gelatin—Flavor and odor [May Subd Geog] [sp2010000403]
450 UF Gelatin—Odor
550 BT Flavor
550 BT Odors

150 Ruins in motion pictures [Not Subd Geog] [sp2009007969]
* 550 BT Motion pictures

150 Communication in hairdressing [May Subd Geog] [sp2010000047]
550 BT Hairdressing

150 Embassy buildings—Decoration [May Subd Geog] [sp2009011095]
053 NK2195.E43
550 BT Decoration and ornament

150 Sex—Anthropological aspects [May Subd Geog] [sp2010000055]
550 BT Anthropology