Thursday, July 28, 2005

Art for the masses

Catching the train for many hours each day over long distances when I was going to school; I saw a lot of graffiti. To pass the time I would often look for new works that caught the eye. I have never liked tags; not only are they unsightly but the reasoning that would be behind them is just so vain and stupid (I mean your committing a crime - why leave your name/mark at the scene). I liked seeing murals in their place (ie. on boring walls that are not used for anything else). I despise graffiti on residential property or structure that it would be really hard to remove - like sandstone blocks.

This morning will reading my news feeds; Dan Cederholm had a link to Bansky which was right up my alley (pun intended). This guys work is very real and thought provoking. I just wish there was smart stuff similar to this on the Blue Mountains to Sydney line rather than the usual unreadable tangled colour mess that only lasted a few days before been covered in brown paint.

This is very similar, but much more anonymous, to the great chalk street drawing done by Julian Beever. Which makes me think a lot about the planning that goes into these temporary art pieces.

A Taste of the Future

After getting home from work last night, we found that there was absolutely no water pressure in our house. No water at all in the cold pipes and only a dribble of hot water (probably what's left in the hot water system). So I went outside to see if some silly bugger had turned off our mains (which would be a sinch to do as most people have their mains tap open for all at the front of their block). As I was doubl- checking that it was opened right up (which it was), my neighbour came out to do the same to their's. I was not alone - it would see to be the hole grid. She guess that there must be a burst somewhere and was going to call Sydney Water. I joked that the dam had finally emptied.

By the time I got back inside, the water was back and building to full pressure. It must be raining in the dam...

There was no stories about this at the Sydney Water media centre I wonder if this will become a common occurrence?

Monday, July 04, 2005

I can see you

It's true; not only did Keyhole update their Australian images, they also re-worked their viewer to be branded as Google Earth and are (were - Google has stopped the download of the application - but not it's functionality) letting you use it for free forever (i.e. no trial period like Keyhole's viewer had).

The speed and ease-of-use of this application allowed me to find my house even quicker than Google Maps.

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