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    #whatisthatword

    This is a longshot, but any chance the word was "discombobulated"?
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
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    #findingadocumentary

    So I'm looking for this documentary: The Living Museum by Jessica Yu for HBO Documentaries

    I've looked on the HBO website, YouTube, Vimeo, Jessica Yu's site, Amazon, Netflix, Google, and I've found the documentary NOWHERE. Literally nowhere.

    Halp???
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    #FindingADocumentary -- It looks like it hasn't been released to the public other than being on HBO many, many years ago. I found someone else looking for it about 12 years ago now and the following is the response they got:
    Hasn't been released on video to my knowledge...
    Gary Handman
    Director
    Media Resources Center
    Moffitt Library
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
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    @jason - same type of thing, only a bit stronger.

    I found out today that it's Italian slang. Possibly Neapolitan, or from the rural areas nearby. It means anything from "a mess" to "completely fucked up", depending on context. Don't know how to spell it; it might never have been written down. I was told that I would definitely not find it in a dictionary.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014 edited
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    #artprojector

    Someone posted a video on FaceBook of Drew Struzan demonstrating his projector rig and explaining what a huge timesaver projectors are for the professional artist. Been experimenting with the Art O Graph for a couple of days, brilliant results. Buying a much larger digital projector next week. Call me a convert.
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    #ScratchingPosts

    So, my cat has pretty much completely stripped her scratching post down to nothing. The carpet's still there but it's so tattered now that there's almost nothing for her to grab on to.
    Does anyone know if you can re-surface them or should I just toss it and get a new one?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2014
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    #Scratching Posts

    I'd assume you could just get some coarse rope from a DIY place and re-wrap it. Probably worth checking to see if there's anything toxic to cats about that. I'd give your vet a call and ask...
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    #ArtProjector
    Found out yesterday that Caneletto used a camera obscura to create all of his paintings
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2014
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    There's a good camera obscura set up at the Greenwich Meridian Visitor Centre. It's fun to see people who've never seen one before reacting to it.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2014 edited
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    #ScratchingPosts

    I make custom scratching posts and climbers for my cats. It's extremely easy. Build up the frame from cheap lumber, tack on whatever carpet offcuts you can get your hands on. In the case of your post that needs resurfacing, use a linoleum knife to strip off the old cover, then re-cover the post with carpet. You can buy a huge box of tacks for about five bucks at Home Depot, ask around for the carpet offcuts.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2014
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    #Photoblog

    I'm thinking about putting together a little narrative thing involving some of my pictures, sort of like a photoblog type thingy. I had planned to put it up on my 'Articles' page over at the quiet little internet backwater that is ipernity, however one of the pictures i intend to use has since gone ballistic over at Flickr and i'm wondering if including a link to a rival photo site might be a little - ahem - undiplomatic. Then again, diplomacy has never been one of my strong points. Also ipernity is a quiet little internet backwater...

    So, should i stick with ipernity or is there a better place for my pictures, words and random punctuation? Bearing in mind i am not all that clever with the internet and need something as simple to use as i am minded, does anyone have any suggestions?
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2014
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    Haha, this from the guy whose flickr screen name is "roadscum prefers ipernity" - Flickr doesn't deserve your diplomacy anyways, that place is awful. I'm thinking about cleaning out my account there. Absolutely you should link between accounts, it's the only way to travail. And encourage people to follow you in any way that's most convenient for them.
    Maybe you should look into hacking an alternative. 500px has a 'stories' function but it takes ten photos max. What about storify or something like that?
    Another thing you can do is set up an IFTTT. they're basically automated posting systems, so like if you upload an image to ipernity it'll automatically post the same thing to flickr. Less labor for more visibility.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2014
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    Yes, i think you're right there Allana. I allowed myself to be swayed by flattery (a pic got explored), i think doing the thing as an ipernity article will probably be easiest for me, 500px feels a little too serious for me and storify left me confused. I may have a go at that IFTTT thing though, provided i can work out how to get the descriptions, tags and suchlike to copy over. I might e-mail you about how to get it sorted out if that's ok with you.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2014
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    #artprojector

    @scrymgeour - David Hockney has a book (I think it's called "Secret Knowledge") about how the old masters (including specifically Canaletto) used image-forming mirrors and lenses in their process. Also digs into the way that projected/photographic images have shaped our way of looking at the world - I'd really recommend it to anyone who's interested in looking below the surface of art or photography.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2014
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    Cheers!
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2014
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    #photoblog

    @razrangel I haven't played with it, but a friend uses Cowbird.

    They talk more about how they actually freaking work here.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2014
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    As for IFTTT, I don't use it for photography -- I had it set up for a while to update my LinkedIn whenever my "professional" blog updated, which ended up being kind of annoying. But I would actually be interested in setting it up for photo stuff, if I ever get back on that horse anytime soon. I bet I could figure it out; email me!


    Cowbird looks interesting but a little cheesy. I imagine it will get used most for wedding stories and people who wrote long-form journalism that no one wanted to publish. It'd be useful if it was a platform you could mask with your own domain, or something .....
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    #Artplanning

    So I'm sketching out the elements for a large canvas, which is something I don't normally do. Is it going to dirty up the acrylics too much if I paint over the top of the pencil lines (2B), or should I erase the pencils and paint the guides in with watered acrylics?
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2014
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    #Artplanning

    It likely will dirty the acrylics a little bit, but you could always try putting a layer of a clear acrylic medium over it if you want. If you use enough paint it shouldn't dirty up the acrylics tooooo much.

    If I were you I'd blot over the pencil lines with a kneaded eraser to lift excess graphite and then go from there.
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    #Artplanning

    Thanks! Hadn't thought of eraser-blotting the loose graphite. I'll give it a whirl.