While I remember
How can people remember things, if they don’t make movies or take photographs?

New things

An update crafted by the editor

Sometimes older material and unfinished pages shuffle up to the homepage that I’d prefer were deeper in the list. Here’s what’s new that I think you’ll like. Eat up.

Fatal Light Awareness

We are rich and guilty magicians

“Up there in the night air among the high-rises, music dies as you fire up your fake sunrises: your light is the birds’ last darkness.” Margaret Atwood

A Bungendore country camera

Low resolution and a high resolve

Before I started my web Another Country Diary I made these few pages to show to friends when they asked what my life was like in a country town, while I worked in Canberra and Sydney.

Uncle Tungsten

A chemical childhood

I finished reading Oliver Sack’s story of his ‘chemical’ boyhood some time before I wrote this. My response to the book (as it was for my English mate Norman) was ‘Yes! I felt just like that as a boy’.

Digital Mechanics Newsletter

News from the workshop July-August 1997

I was still pining from losing Australian MultiMedia and couldn’t stop scratching the ‘publishing’ itch. ‘Written so you can understand it’.

Epicurious - the demo

'Is this the future of magazines?' we asked.

November 1995. This was a ‘walk-through’ demo, part of how we saw Murdoch Magazines’ many women’s lifestyle publications working on the web -via Conde Nast’s experiment Epicurious.

Shortis & Simpson

Musicians John and Moya were Bungendore neighbours

I’ve filmed and photographed the work of John Shortis and Moya Simpson for over twenty years. This is where it will be assembled.

The Truffle Festival

New World Truffle Appreciation Society

In a classic Old World – New World twist, as wild harvested truffles disappear in Europe, countries like Australia and Spain are farming increasing quantities of high quality truffles. The Canberra region growers needed to educate people about theirs.

Vietnam Moratoriums - Melbourne

The movies 1970, 1971

Two films, one Super 8 from 1971, and one Standard 8 consisting of two earlier anti-Vietnam war marches. Both of these will be transferred in higher quality and have music added but they need to be here before I get time and money to do that.

Terra Madre 2006

The Australians 'do' Torino

I was ‘sponsored’ by the Rare Breeds Trust of Australia to attend Slow Food 2006 Terra Madre, I just had to pay to get there. That’s where I learnt that eating is an agricultural act, producing it a gastronomical act (it has to taste good) and purchasing it (our choices) a political act.

The zen of the long drive.

From Another Country Diary 3 Feb. 2002

It’s like the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Postscript’ where he writes about driving through County Clare  – “when the wind and the light are working off each other … Useless to think you’ll park and capture it, More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there.”

(Film) Notes on Technology

“alternative”, “avant-garde”,“experimental” and “independent” - whatever.

How our tools change the way we work interests me most, and not just theatrical mainstream. For this Cinema Papers piece I selected from the first 54 issues of the Cantrill’s Filmnotes magazine talking about ‘alternate’ film and video technology.

9 May 2002 - a 'poem'

A country diary day of some pain

As I rounded the corner I saw the road covered with white flying feathers and a splattered chook being picked up by a tall young man with a look of pain on his face. He crossed the road just in front of me, the early yellow sunlight on him against the dark road.

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