The Protagonist of the Living Room

And the guy on the couch is on heroin

A drawing of a man sitting on a couch smoking a pipe. A console stereo is in the background. It looks like the 1950s.

I generation (is 1955 born.) Encounter with what appears to the first audio of, generally, was placed in the center of the drawing room, it seems it was a device called a “stereo” to be angry to the touch. (The next to it is lined with furniture that liquor is referred to as the sideboard lined up.)
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“The Devil jumped into her mouth.

Don’t show the devil jumping into her mouth.”

Notes on Cinematography by Robert BressonParaphrased from an older English translation of Robert Bresson’s Notes On Cinematography.

I always tried to make sure I had copy of this book on hand. They came and went. I lent them or gave them then replaced them.

In the 90s a new little pocket sized version appeared on Green Integer with what I assume was a better translation – Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson. God I loved that little book.

And now that essential little beauty of a book is out of print.

Notes on the cinematography by Robert BressonNow when it’s needed more than ever since there is a Bresson Retrospective at The PFA.

At least I still have a PDF of Notes on Cinematography. And you can too. Just right click, control click, click click or whatever you do on this bit of link text here and Bob’s your uncle.


Update November 8, 2017

Someone was nice enough to give me a fresh copy of Notes on the Cinematographer. The nice pocket size Green Integer version.

There is also a new edition with yet another title change: Notes on the Cinematograph

So all is not lost.

What do you want for 3 bucks?

Cows on the cover of Atom Heart Mother: See Long description for more.

I remember reading the bit about the Ave Maria encore in Rolling Stone when I was a youngster and I thought I’d look it up to see if I made up the memory. I found the above text in one of those google books.

It’s funny because in recent years, members of Pink Floyd are pretty dismissive of this record. It’s one of my favorite pre-Dark Side albums. Not much of a fan of post Dark Side Floyd. They lost me at Animals.

I did get to see them perform Atom Heart Mother live in 1971 at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, PA sans choir horns and strings and I was not disappointed.

The record is currently in heavy rotation.

The record on the turntable with cover of Atom Heart Mother in background

Universal Design, Accessibility and the Streets of Lima, Peru

Two small busses on the street at night.
© Dave Nold

Strolling through San Isidro, a municipality of Lima, Peru, you get the impression that they had accessibility in mind. Curb cuts on every corner, ramps leading into stores, restaurants and some private homes. And plenty of clearly marked blue spots for parking. I wonder how strictly the parking was enforced since when crossing the street I learned that Stop signs are more of a suggestion.
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