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My feeds are crazy. Sorry!

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 23:29:31 -0300

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If you are reading this by a feed aggregator / reader you probably noticed that my last feeds were a bit strange. First they had no body entry, just the title. Now you probably had the impression that something was missing. Well, actually something was missing: all the rest of the entry.

In the first case, the lack of body entry, was the result of a stupid change I made in the feeds. While I was trying to remove the ads from feeds, I accidentally removed the code line with the body entry. The problem was fixed last night.

Now I need to discover why, when I publish a post that is divided in two parts it doesn't publish the whole post in the feed, because it works for Cinematógrafo. I'm dividing some entries with videos, or many images in two parts to make my main page smaller and faster. I must say I have no patience for huge main pages in blogs. I think it's much easier make it smaller and faster, so the visitor / reader can choose to keep reading it afterwards.

I didn't change my mind about publishing the whole entry in feeds. I just need to figure out what is going on. Now, more than ever, I'm hating this installation of Movable Type, hating the small template of this blog, hating the fact that there are no tags activated, that is always hard add things to the template, that there are no category tags in all the pages and that I'm not a webmaster or webdesigner. Ok, I'm unhappy about all this.

I'm really sorry if you are reading this blog by feed and the things suck. And I wanted to ask to you please go to Bibi's box, or the strange entries, and check them in their own pages. They will make much more sense with the rest of the post, the videos and the images you missed.

Let's see if I can get some help tomorrow. Until this problem be solved I won't make posts in two parts. And before someone suggest me to move to WordPress: I have it running for two other blogs, but I'm planning move it now, it's too much work and I will need a new template.

PS.: neat Feedbot illustration created by Matthew Forsythe.




KJFG No. 5

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 18:10:57 -0300

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During the month of July I had some great days enjoying the Anima Mundi, the 16th International Animation Festival of Brazil. I watched several short animations and three animated feature films. If you ask me about them, I'm going to talk about the feature films and some shorts, but checking the festival catalogue I can remember of almost all. Of course there are always some remarkable animations that you can't forget so easy. That's the case of KJFG No. 5:

Three professional musicians – the bear, the rabbit and the wolf – are practicing their art in the forest when a hunter turns up...

The Hungarian animation directed by Alexei Alekseev won some prizes in short film and animation film festival around the world, including the Sacem Award at Annecy 2008 (you can watch the video awards ceremony here). Alekseev made everything in the film: scripts, scenery, animation, music and sound. It's a short, simple video and brilliant animation - I watch it several times. I hope you enjoy it.




Bed Jump Blog

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 17:22:28 -0300

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There are so many things that you need to share: the Bed Jump, aka - Hotel Bed Jumping blog is one. It's easy to image the subject by the photo above: hotels guests jumping on beds. The blog was a clever idea promotion of the Hotels By City site, which also has more hotel blogs.

The blog has a huge gallery of photos, but it isn't updated since July - yeah, I'm not the only only that do that. But you can help submitting your photos. Too bad I don't have any image to send. I should travel more. BTW, for even more images check the Hotel Bed Jumping set at Flickr. (Live4Soccer FriendFeed)




Wrigley's Extra Commercials

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 04:08:42 -0300

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Joining humour and attractive images has been very used in the last product campaigns. If you make the public smile you won some points, that's probably the idea. The agency DDB Sydney used this strategy to the last year's campaign of Wrigley chewing gum "Wrigley's Extra".

Those commercials were starred by a group of super cute food creatures designed by TWiN™. The cute CG characters full of personality interact with live action scenes on the Wrigley's Extra commercials, directed by Jonathan Baker.

The ads had some success since there was a first Wrigley's Extra commercial, then the Wrigley's Extra 'White' commercial, and a new campaign this year starred by the same group of characters for the new "Wrigley's Extra" chewing gums.




Best Wild Animal Photos of 2008

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 15:11:42 -0300

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Last month the National Geographic announced the 7 Best Wild Animal Photos of 2008 which is organized by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Wildlife Magazine. The black-crested macaque photo you see was the winner in the category "Animal Portraits", photographed by Stefano Unterthiner, which followed a group of the monkeys on Indonesia's Sulawesi island for six weeks, always wearing the same clothes, so they would recognize him.

The overall winner was the beautiful shot of a Snowstorm Leopard, but the sad news is there are "few as 3,500 snow leopards remain in the wild."

Stalking India's Hemis National Park, a snow leopard lives up to its name in U.S. photographer Steve Winter's award-winning National Geographic magazine image.

"This is the hardest story I have ever done because of the altitude and the steepness of the mountains," the U.S. photographer told National Geographic. "At night it was 30 below zero [Fahrenheit]."

Over ten months Winter's 14 "camera traps" shot more than 30,000 frames in pursuit of the endangered cat.

There are more pictures of snow leopards by Winter in this photo gallery, a six minute video about his search to photograph them, and an article. And the winner image:

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Juan Carlos Federico

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 14:38:56 -0300

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The illustrator Juan Carlos Federico has a brilliant portfolio, filled with very cute children's books illustrations, editorial, monsters, and his very creative series Restatos and Sumanes. The series, which look like collages, always make me smile. And if that wasn't enough the Argentine artist has also a blog with a funny name masporquerias (something like "more rubbishy") with new works and a design portfolio. Check his interview published by Trendsetter Magazine.




Vintage Vespa Images

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 13:53:03 -0300

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There was a very nice with vintage ads and images of Vespa, so much loved by the Italian, but the site disappeared. Then I found a gallery at flickr, that is blocked now. That's why I'm glad for Found in Mom's Basement had found a delightful new Vintage Vespa Images set on Flickr. There are vintage ads, photos, illustrations, posters, pin-ups images -of course, and other ephemera images collected by Huro Kitty.




Yes you did!

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 04:07:17 -0300

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THANK YOU! Thanks to all the Americans that went to vote today. A very special thanks to all of you that supported and voted for Barack Obama. I really wanted to see him elected, but I wasn't sure that he was going to win. I was afraid that it was just a dream, and I couldn't go sleep before I was sure that Obama was going to be the next president of US. THANK YOU!

And now, sorry. Sorry for all the links about politics I have been posting at Delicious, FriendFeed, Mento, Facebook and even the politics related images at FFFFOUND!. I promise I'm going to stop them, after today. Now I have some hope for the next 4 years. And I'm greateful for not posting something like this again. Great work America!




Where the heck is Bibi?

Sat, 25 Oct 2008 03:24:12 -0300

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Hi guys, before one more reader / visitor / friend send me a message here it is my fast answer: I'm here and I'm fine now. Thanks for all the kind words, the messages and links. You are awesome! And I'm serious about that.

The problem is not you, it's me. Yeah, I know you heard that story before, but it's true. I didn't have any problems with readers, visitors and all kind people that give me links. However, I had - have - some problems. Nothing serious and I'm trying to fix them.

I keep reading blogs, saving links for me to post here and putting up a lot of stuff on social sites like FriendFeed, FFFFOUND!, Delicious, Mento, Twitter and many others. You can probably find me everywhere. Here is one more site with tons of links to places where you can find me: MeAdiciona.

I'm also covering the 32th São Paulo International Film Festival (32ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema) aka Mostra, at Cinematógrafo. It isn't the kind of coverage I wanted, but I don't have a notebook to write stuff on the road and I also need to sleep sometimes. To keep it fresh, I'm posting my last impressions of films and the news I get on the festival at Cinematógrafo's Twitter. The blog postings and tweets are in Portuguese, but I can always give you my impressions of films in English, if you ask me. And the translator helps in most cases - just don't depend on the film title translations.

I'm saying this because I've not been posting as much in those social sites, since I've been busy watching tons of films. I'm not dead and I didn't give up of blogging; if I came back to blogging at Cinematografo after being away for so long, there is hope for Bibi's box. I'm not going to promise anything. Just keep in touch, keep your RSS subscription (you can always read the cool stuff I save in my delicious bookmarks), and take care. See you!




Chinese Political Cartoons

Mon, 26 May 2008 23:55:33 -0300

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Ethan Persoff has a new neat gallery with 35 Anti-U.S. Chinese Political Cartoons, circa 1958-1960.

Culled and restored from reviewing hundreds of Eastern newspaper pages and illustrations, this set of 35 images represents what we consider the best late 50s editorial cartoons (Manhua) from China and Indochina. Set during a time of escalating western imperialism, these images react against U.S. military actions in Laos and Vietnam, and represent a unique moment of political commentary. It seems to be a hidden history, too.

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Nick Brandt

Mon, 26 May 2008 22:00:34 -0300

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The photographer Nick Brandt studied Film and Painting at St. Martins School of Art and in December 2000 he started photographing in East Africa. His portfolio has stunning pictures of animals in Africa, taken between 2000 and 2007. In 2005 the Chronicle Books published the book On This Earth with gorgeous pictures from East Africa by Nick Brandt, Alice Sebold, Jane Goodall. It was added to my wishlist. (via augentier's found)

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Bibi's found

Sun, 18 May 2008 23:26:36 -0300

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Thanks to the kindness of Carolina and Angela now I'm the happy owner of a FFFFOUND! account: bibi's found. Since we can only invite one person, Carolina invite Angela and asked to her invite me (and I already used my invite to pay back the favour). Thank you!

I'm using my ffffound to share cool images found in several sites and find even more. If you don't know the site yet, Ffffound is a social bookmark site just for images, with an impressive collection thanks to the hundreds (thousands?) of users. To enjoy it, you can subscribe to the feed of the most popular images of the site or choose an user, like me.

If you already a user, don't forget to look at my archives and see if you find something nice and new to add to your found.




Miniature Mechanical Marvels

Sun, 18 May 2008 20:00:04 -0300

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Wired's slideshow Vintage Japanese Robots Storm Sci-Fi Museum shows 13 pictures of neat toys, like Mechagodzilla bellow. The toys are from the personal collection of the designer Tom Geismar, from Chermayeff & Geismar, which has been collecting for decades. Those and many other robots will be presented in exhibition Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, in Seattle, through October 26th. More images here.


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Playing With Food

Sat, 17 May 2008 20:20:48 -0300

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The adorable taro root mice bellow were created by Jimmy Zhang, a chef and produce artist in San Francisco. The image is part of The New York Times' slideshow Playing With Food, which also includes more images of food turned into art by James Parker, Hugh McMahon and Saxton Freymann. It's part of the article Knife Skills: Creating Feasts for the Eyes by Kate Murphy. She presents the carved watermelon sculptures by Mr. Parker and explains the growth of those kind of creations using fruits and vegetables:

“We’re seeing more fruit and vegetable entries every year that are incredibly creative,” said Thomas Smyth, chairman of the Salon of Culinary Art, an annual competition sponsored by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique in New York. Recent eye-catchers, he said, have included melons carved to look like Fabergé eggs and lifelike cocktails made of butternut squash, carrots and papaya.

Probably part of the "guilty" of the current appetite for whimsical produce art belongs to Saxton Freymann, which published in 1997 book Play With Your Food, with pictures of brussels sprouts pigs, broccoli poodles and lemony bears. The article also presents a video with Hugh McMahon carving the portrait of James Beard in a watermelon.


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Mars Attacks Cards

Fri, 25 Jan 2008 17:46:00 -0300

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The card above looks like Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, but it's from the popular science fiction trading card series Mars Attacks. The bubble-gum cards were released by Topps in 1962, created by Brown and Woody Gelman and were the base of inspiration to Burton's film. The cards were painted by the famous pulp-comic artist, Norm Saunders. Check the other 65 cards on the Mars Attacks Archives Gallery. (via Pez)

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