As a new project I decided to make a longboard skateboard from scratch. As usual, the internet is a treasure trove of somewhat usefull and not so usefull information whaich basically revolves around the following 4 steps
- Glue 2 plywood boards together
- Cut out a shape that resembles a longboard
- Paint and attach trucks
- Ride it like a pro
I started off in Bunnings finding the last piece of plywood and then waiting around to get it cut in 2 pieces so I could transport it home on my scooter by squatting on it. Not the most comfortable o elegant ride but it worked.
Next I set about gluing the two sides together.
Hello and welcome! We have finally finished editing the portraits we took at Burning Man 2013 and we can't wait to show them to you. A huge thanks and a large hug to all the people that let us take a quick portrait of them for this series. Without you, this would be a landscape series :P Burning man is all about who you meet on the playa and we hope that these images will remind you of that special place that we all long to return to each year.
People of the Playa, we LOVE you!
Anton & Ceri
Perched on top of a wooden UFO, the man stands as an ever present reminder of the ephemeral nature of the event and us. He also looks a bit lost most of the time.
With rhythmic motion perfectly in synch, honed from decades of training as desert Samurai; the two honour guards (Andrew and Hank... I think) power the zoescope art installation of a golden apple being pulled out of reach of a drowning man. Which was a bit silly as you can only see it at night and it was the middle of the day.
We are in Reno for the last night before we head to burning man tomorrow morning for gates opening. Neither of us can wait to get back home to the playa and experience the strange world that awaits us in the dust.See you all in 8 days :)
A tap in the Black Rock desert at Burning Man
I had a little itch that needed scratching. This particular itch was that my media server was far away from my bedroom and after a bit of TV or movie watching I did not want to get out of my nice warm bed to turn it off.I usually remote in and shut it down from my ipad however this takes a long time and the last thing you want to do when feeling sleepy is to remember passwords and server addresses.
Python to the rescue.
I wrote (copied and pated from the internet) a small web server that runs python CGI scripts. In this case just 1 script called shutdown.py that does just that, shuts down my media server.
Now all I have to do is open up my web browser on my iPad and click a link.The webserver runs the shutdown script and turns the PC off.
Nice and simple. I have all the files on my home directory and a shortcut in the startup folder to server.pyw to kick it off When you run a .PYW file it runs it silently without a command prompt.
If anyone wants the code it is all below and in the .ZIP file here (Shutdown python script)
This could probably do with some work to get it to output the command if it is successfully or not but it works as it on Windows and can be easily modified for Mac or Unix.
Note: I have updated the below code in shutdown.py to actually work now. It is different to the .ZIP file. Also this will only work with Python 2.7.
If you have Python 3, you will need to replace the "BaseHTTPServer" and "CGIHTTPServer" with "http.server" Nice and simple
import BaseHTTPServer import CGIHTTPServer import cgitb; cgitb.enable() ## This line enables CGI error reporting
server = BaseHTTPServer.HTTPServer handler = CGIHTTPServer.CGIHTTPRequestHandler server_address = ("", 9000) handler.cgi_directories = ["/"]
httpd = server(server_address, handler) httpd.serve_forever()
print("Content-Type: text/htmlnn") # html markup follows print(""" <html> <Title>Good bye Dave</Title> <body> <p>Shutting Down PC</p> """)
p = subprocess.Popen('shutdown /s /t 0', shell=False, stdout=None, stderr=None)
print ("""</body> </html> """)
The 365 Photo Project Everyone who has started one of these and continued to the end has had the same thing to say about it. "It made me think differently. It made me work at what I love. It made me a better artist."
I have been putting it off for far too long but I am sitting here at my computer thinking about all the photos I have taken and never edited and how instead of actually working on something of my own I will pop open a book or video and learn instead of doing. That has been going on for far too long.
Well today is the day I am kicking myself in the bum and making a public declaration that I am going to do my own 365 project. I love photography and editing. The flow of creating something from start to finish is an intoxicating drug and a delicate seed. It can give you an extreme high but it is something that needs to be cultivated all the time. It is not like heroin or riding a bicycle. Something you should probably not try at the same time... but that's a bit off topic.
I am going to do mine a little differently. Instead of making a photo every day, I will either take one or edit one from our library of the past 2 years. Being permanently busy tends to cut into personal work. (also this is seriously going to impact on watching cat videos on Reddit)
Anyway, here goes!
It seemed as though the elements were plotting against us. Each time we organised to meet up with Ellie & Martin, a lovely English couple introduced to us by a friend, the weather would start out beautiful and then the wind would start blowing up a storm. Afternoons sunsets just weren't working for us, so we all decided to flip the weather a bird and get up super early for sunrise. Coffees in hand, we met at Marks Park for a beautiful & calming sunrise. This was one of the most peaceful shoots we have done in a long time. We had the park & the beach to ourselves for quite sometime. Lovely & refreshing.
We first had the opportunity of photographing Tom & Connor last year, when their Mom, Carmen brought them down to Bondi. We had so much fun with them, that when Carmen asked us to have another session this year on Balmoral Beach with the boys, we decided to have a bit of fun with them by having a Pirate Treasure Hunt. Of course, Anton wasn't averse to joining in on the action and playing the part of the " Evil Pirate" ;)
There are times in your life when you get to go through an experience that will influence your life & the things you do for many years. Such was attending Burning Man 2012 in Black Rock City in the Nevada Desert for us.What an absolutely mindblowing experience arriving to the sheer vastness & magnitude that is Burning Man. Over the next month or so, we will share some of those experiences with you, but most of all we would like to share with you, the lovely people that we met during our time there. This is our first installation of People of the Playa.
Evan & Amber were the first people we connected with at Black Rock City. This young care-free couple set up camp right next to our RV. It was easy to fall in love with the laughing, happy pair as they invited every passerby to join them for sangria & conversation. Each day they shared with us a new story about themselves.
The two met at a battle of the bands about a year ago. Evan being the entertainer he is & having had his eye caught by the super hot Amber, decided to invite Amber on stage to sing with him. We are hoping to convince these two to head downunder to Australia for a visit. So if there are any music agents out there who can help us convince them by getting their bands some gigs here, we would love you long time ;)
Here are Evan's band details:
We will leave you to enjoy the images of these two lovebirds, who we hope to have in our lives for many years to come!
Dina Goldstein created a series of photos entitled “In The Dollhouse.” with an amazing amount of effort. The pictures look fantastic but its the story they tell that makes the beloved characters a little twisted.Check out Dina's website and Barbie and Ken images or watch the making of video below.
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Another Lost party going off with a band and ending with a massive thunderstorm.