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The Helvetica Notebook

by Trevor May | 5th April 2007 | Design Miscellany Typography | 1 comment

Helvetica notebook

The typographic geek inside me finds this two-sided notebook from Veer incredibly amusing. Featuring quotes from Helvetica, the documentary film by Gary Hustwit, in 3pt type it’s available direct for $22 if you’re in the US. If you’re outside the US I’m afraid you’re out of luck. (via swissmiss)

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Brighton to Install Free City-wide Wifi

by Trevor May | 5th April 2007 | Asides Brighton Gadgets | Comment on this

Brighton and Hove city council is considering installing a free-to-use wifi network covering the whole of central Brighton next year. Interestingly they didn’t approach Loose Connection or piertopier.net who already have a free wifi network covering much of the seafront. Further away from home, Mexico City is also scheduled to become one big wireless hotspot by the end of next year so soon you’ll be able to play Tetris DS anywhere you like.

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Walt Disney Treasures to Continue

by Trevor May | 3rd April 2007 | Animation Asides Disney Movies | Comment on this

Walt Disney Treasures to Continue: Talking of Disney… It looks like they’re not going to stop the Disney Treasures DVD series after all. The next wave, released in December, will include “Disneyland: Stories, Secrets, and Magic”, “Chronological Donald: Volume 3″, and “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit”. Interestingly, Oswald and Disneyland were originally scheduled to be released as part of the new Disney Legacy Collection, but have since been removed from the official site. There’s no sign of the elusive Disney/Dali “Destino” DVD now either — it too has been removed from the Legacy site.

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Disney’s Tower of Terror: Half-Life 2

by Trevor May | 3rd April 2007 | Architecture Disney Video games | Comment on this

Take a look at this fantastic version of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror from Walt Disney World’s MGM Studios in Florida. It’s created wholly with Garry’s Mod and Half-Life 2! I think this is the file here. (via The Disney Blog)

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Kermode on Meet the Robinsons

by Trevor May | 3rd April 2007 | Animation Disney Movies | Comment on this

Meet the Robinsons

I’m a great fan of the film critic Mark Kermode and, for the most part, respect his judgement, however I did have to cringe while hearing him review the Disney (not Pixar) flick Meet the Robinsons in his latest podcast straight after reading the comments on this blog entry at Blackwing Diaries — yes, he mentions the “seven writers”. As Jenny says, it’s not unusual for many storyboard artists to be involved in “writing” a film, what is unusual is that they get all their deserved credit at the beginning of the film.

To his credit the rest of the review sounded quite fair. He also brought to my attention the “3-D glasses” version of the movie — after seeing what Disney can do with Mickey’s Philharmagic I’d really love to see that!

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Carrying a Sketchbook

by Trevor May | 3rd April 2007 | Animation Art Asides Illustration | Comment on this

Storyboard artist Mark Kennedy offers advice about becoming a better artist: Carry a sketchbook! Part one, part two. (via Blackwing Diaries)

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Comic Strips: Newspapers 0, Web 1

by Trevor May | 3rd April 2007 | Asides Comic books | Comment on this

New Zip for the Old Strip: “If Schulz started out today he wouldn’t have bothered with a [newspaper] syndicate. He would have taken his strip straight to the Web, and we would be watching Li’l Folks specials every year at Christmas.”

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Intellivision Burger Time Commercial

by Trevor May | 21st March 2007 | Retro Video games | Comment on this

They sure don’t make TV commercials like they use to. This fantastic ad was for one of my favourite games as a kid, Burger Time, on the Mattel Intellivision. “We’re closed now!”

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Mark Ryden: The Tree Show

by Trevor May | 19th March 2007 | Art | Comment on this

The Apology by Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden’s The Tree Show at the Michael Kohn Gallery in LA.

“Trees, like the giant sequoias, can inspire religious awe in people. Other folks see lumber. These amazing, beautiful living things took thousand of years to grow, and some people want to cut them down, the faster the better.”

“The show is about our relationship to nature,” Ryden says. “When Christianity plowed over paganism, man was seen as dominant over nature, and we lost our spiritual connection to the natural world around us.”

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Disney release another butchered/remastered DVD

by Trevor May | 19th March 2007 | Animation Asides Disney Movies | Comment on this

The current trend in digital remastering of animated classics has seen another DVNR casualty. Cartoon Brew asks is “the new Peter Pan DVD ruined?

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