Opeth-The Devil's Orchard

The new video from the new record Heritage. The music is prog-rocky and the video is 70's horror-James-Bondy. If you're interested in animation and "rich media", check it out. Directed, shot, animated and edited by Phil Mucci.

Opeth - "The Devil's Orchard" HD from Phil Mucci on Vimeo.

Australian mugshots 1910-1930

These pictures are amazing. They're mugshots of Australian criminals, taken just after they had been arrested. It looks like there must have been some sort of practical reason for composing the photos this way, I have no idea, but the compositions and the candid feel of the pictures create some very compelling images.

The description below is from this article, which gives more details on the photographs.

"The Sydney Justice and Police Museum holds a collection of about 2500 “special photographs” that were taken by the New South Wales Police Department between the years of 1910 and 1930.

The forensic crime negatives were rescued from a flooded warehouse in the 1980s by the Historic Houses Trust, and later relocated to the Sydney Justice and Police Museum.

Author Peter Doyle took the collection in his hands and spent three years researching the undocumented files trying to uncover the grim and chaotic storyline of the folks in the photographs."

Originally saw this on the fox is black and had to repost it here. Apparently the creative directors at Ralph Lauren's RRL brand saw the pictures too and have been using the same sort of imagery to promote the vintage-y brand.

Josh Kirby

Back in the day I used to read Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of fantasy novels. They are totally awesome, but what first drew me in as a kid were the mind-blowing covers Josh Kirby created for the books. Check out his website here

"Ronald William "Josh" Kirby (27 November 1928 – 23 October 2001) was an English commercial artist born in Waterloo, on the outskirts of Liverpool, Merseyside.

Kirby painted film-posters, magazine and book covers. Creating a total of over 400 cover paintings, his personal preference was for science fiction jackets and his work on the covers of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of novels is well known. He also created the poster art for Monty Python's Life of Brian and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He worked almost exclusively in oils. Charles de Lint said Kirby stood apart from most genre commercial artists for 'his own flair and unique vision'" (Wikipedia article)

Plague of Passwords

I liked this little rant on passwords that I read in the paper today. Click to read the whole thing.

"Type your password incorrectly three times and you'll get your account suspended and have to talk to password control. They'll ask you security questions about your first pet, your second husband and your last mistress."

"One hoop we must jump through is deciphering weird distorted words on screen that we must retype correctly.

For instance, if you want to e-mail someone a curry recipe from gourmetrecipes.com, you may first have to identify blurry letters that seem to spell "ypoletka brezhnev."

It's a bit like an eye doctor chart, but harder to read, so I usually fail and must try another set that looks like "grfzuhs cereal" - and I fail again and decide I don't want to e-mail that recipe anyway.

I'm told these eye exams are to prove we are humans, not computers that are programmed to constantly scan the net trying to steal everyone's identity. Apparently machines can't read these distorted letters, so by deciphering them, we prove we are people. So why do I feel like I've turned into a machine instead?"

St. Vincent-Cruel

The first video from the new St. Vincent record, which just came out today. Annie gets kidnapped and forced to be a mom. Check it.

yowayowa camera woman

This has probably been all over the internet already, but I just found out about her yesterday. Basically, she takes self portraits of herself jumping. Pretty self-explanatory but the results are awesome.

"Lives in Tokyo with two cats. Photographs mainly levitating self-portraits (and cats not levitating). yowayowa is a Japanese term meaning "weak" or "feeble." Since I'm yowayowa, it's really heavy to carry SLR cameras around."

Her about page has more info on her process.

mo mountains

Some randoms from Prairie and Moose Mountain.