“what’s past is prologue”—Bill Shakespeare, The Tempest
/ feb 2010
02.28.2010 | 4:23 PM EDT
Who are You? I Am Kloot And who the hell is Kloot? It’s not you, and it’s not me, and it’s certainly not John & Bree. Shit. That wasn’t supposed to rhyme. Once upon a time, Morrissey and The Verve hitched a ride with Robyn Hitchcock, rounded up the Go-Betweens and made their merry way to a Paris cabaret where David J was taking…
02.27.2010 | 9:23 PM EDT
Spot On: Some Songs Considered The idea behind NPR’s All Songs Considered has spawned a musicologist as obsessive, if not considerably more disciplined and eloquent, as yours truly. Brian Wall’s Some Songs Considered blog serves up daily observations focusing on a single track–as catchy an idea as Rob Grover’s charming blog The Song That Got Stuck In My Head...
02.27.2010 | 2:23 PM EDT
Obama, One Year In Ok, maunet will not be a place to voice my political opinions. This forum is devoted to much less consequential topics (though I would argue and hope you agree that music, humor, film, art and literature are certainly worth a minute or two of your day). Nevertheless, friend Miles Cliatt articulates beautifully on the subject,…
02.27.2010 | 1:23 PM EDT
Rat Race: Cats 2, Dogs 1. Cats Win. I know there’s a whole roost of folks that are “not cat people,” or say that they’re “more of a dog person” or, at their most vulgar extreme “hate cats,” (you in particular, can suck it). Great. Fine. I get it. Dogs are cool. They’re funny and loyal and goofy and fun outdoors. If I…
02.26.2010 | 10:23 AM EDT
Weather Report: G11′s Long Exposure to Snow G11 | ISO 80 | focal 6.1mm | 15 sec. exposure@ f 3.2 Another few inches of snow last night. Perfect opportunity to finally test long exposure results on the Canon G11. Very pleasantly surprised: virtually no noise shooting in total darkness. The Marble Tea’s new EP (A Blizzard, A True Storm) the perfect soundtrack, on repeat…
02.25.2010 | 12:23 PM EDT
Weather Report: Bklyn Skies Heavy With Snow Canon G11 | ISO 200 | 30mm focal | 640th sec at f 4.5 | post-processing in Lightroom 2 | © maunet Fat, thick, wet flakes. Not the best light for photog, great light for Nick Drake on repeat. Seems it’s gonna last through the weekend. Calling for 3 inches today, no big whup. Why…
02.25.2010 | 2:23 AM EDT
Drum Solo: Rare Non-Wanky Variety Even as a huge fan of all things percussion, I think we can agree to draw the line at the drum solo. As if it was possible, they are even more wanky/showboat-y than their 6 or 4-string counterparts. And though there’s a certain melodic narrative to the drum circle, it’s still god-awful hippie shite. But…
02.24.2010 | 4:23 PM EDT
The Kitchen Sink:
Your Creativity Down the Drain Those in creative fields still beholden to client demands (record labels, global brands, movie studios, corporate retailers, the list goes on…) are well familiar with the mercenary principle: you gotta make a living, the client is “always right,” (but not really, ever). So whaddya do? Suck it up and deliver often-emabarassing, sub...
02.23.2010 | 4:23 PM EDT
Artful CGI. Avatar Can Suck It. This is not narrative filmmaking, simply some stunning architectural sequences created entirely with CGI. Sweet use of rack-focus and the texture work is amazing. Avatar can suck it. Great stuff at the 7:15 mark. It’s a little long/repetitive, the guy could use an editor, but impressive that he wrote, “shot,” lit, directed, rende...
02.15.2010 | 12:23 PM EDT
Another Grey Day in Ithaca, For a Change iPhone + CameraBag | © maunet.com In this case, Every Day is Like Monday, every Ithaca winter is silent and grey. Morrissey in heavy rotation. Hard time putting nose to grindstone. Photog: iPhone + Camera Bag. Too lazy to break out a proper camera. Ah, the Blahs…