January 19th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Leif Garrett, a 1970s singing teen idol, was charged Wednesday with possessing heroin after he was a

1970s Teen Idol Leif Garrett Charged

1970s Teen Idol Leif Garrett Charged With Heroin Possession in L.A.

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Leif Garrett, a 1970s singing teen idol, was charged Wednesday with possessing heroin after he was arrested for allegedly trying to ride the subway without a ticket.

Garrett, 44, also was charged with fare evasion.

 

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Chris Keeley

Turning scanners into homebrew digital cameras

Turning scanners into homebrew digital cameras


Michael Golembewski is a hardware hacking photographer who turns modified flatbed scanners into build homebrew, large-format digital cameras. His gallery of shots is lovely and eerie, and the build-notes for his cameras are fascinating.
The scanner camera that I'm using right now uses the frame of an old Horseman 450L monorail 4x5 camera, which I purchased secondhand with the support of the Audi Design Foundation. The scanning back is an extensively modified Canon LIDE 20, from which I have reomved the lamp, pinhole lens assembly, and CIS sensor housing. I've made the scanner light-tight using duct tape and putty, covered with a hefty dose of black spraypaint. It might look crude, but it works very nicely. I've attached a modified lens board directly onto the scanner, so it can easily be connected to the Horseman. The lens board attachment holds the scanner optics at the same level as a ground glass plate. This allows me to compose and focus shots on the ground glass, instead of with preview scans - it's much faster. I have two lenses that I use with this model - a Kompur lens from 1915, and a found 8x10 enlarger lens.

Link (via /.)

http://www.scannerphotography.com/

Chris Keeley

cinema chains in America are refusing to show Steven Soderbergh's new movie Bubble

Big theater chains refuse to show Soderbergh's "Bubble"

Some cinema chains in America are refusing to show Steven Soderbergh's new movie Bubble because it's being released in a new way -- in theaters, on DVD, and via pay-per-view all at once. The film is the first in a series that Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's distribution company 2929 Entertainment will release from Soderbergh in that manner. Snip from CBC news story:
Bubble, a low-budget movie made with untried actors, is being sold on DVD and shown on cable TV the same day it debuts at the theatre. Theatre chains in more than 15 states have refused to show the film, saying Soderbergh's plan will take a big chunk out of their bottom line.

"It's the biggest threat to the viability of the cinema industry today," John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, said of the so-called "day and date" release strategy.

If a high-profile Hollywood name like Soderbergh, director of Sex, Lies and Videotape, Erin Brockovich and Traffic, is trying simultaneous release, there is too great a danger of the strategy becoming acceptable to the mainstream, the group says.

That would be the whole point, guys. As Soderbergh said a few months ago in Wired:
Name any big-title movie that's come out in the last four years. It has been available in all formats on the day of release. It's called piracy. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, Ocean's Eleven, and Ocean's Twelve - I saw them on Canal Street on opening day. Simultaneous release is already here. We're just trying to gain control over it.
Link to CBC news item. (Thanks, Jeremy Gruman)
Image: The director with doll parts at Bubble's premiere last week in Parkersburg, West Virginia -- the town in which it was filmed. (AP Photo/Parkersburg News & Sentinel, Jeff Baughan)

Previously on Boing Boing:
Trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Bubble
Xeni interviews Steven Soderbergh in WIRED
Soderbergh and Cuban, Wagner's 2929: Let's break all the windows.

posted by Xeni Jardin at 10:20:31 PM

Chris Keeley

work of an excellent cartoonist named Derek Kirk Kim

New online comic by Derek Kirk Kim: "Healing Hands"

 Comics Healinghands 01-17I'm way behind the curve, having just found out about the work of an excellent cartoonist named Derek Kirk Kim. The first installment of his story called "Healing Hands" went up today. I love his drawing style. I see a bit of Adrian Tomine and Jaime Hernandez in his work, and his use of shading is terrific.
Link

http://www.lowbright.com/