“My desire is to preserve the sense of people’s lives, to endow them with the strength and beauty I see in them”
– Nan Goldin, Photographer
MySpace is back! (again)
Justin Timberlake has taken charge of the ‘new MySpace’, which re-launched earlier this month. I owe a lot to myspace as it first introduced me to very basic web code when I customised my profile during my high school days. For that reason I signed up to get a beta account for the new site to see if it can tempt me back. The answer at the moment is- no it can’t.
I see a lot of similarities with other social networks, especially Google+ where you share the things you like. The focus is heavily on music which I already use last.fm for, and that pretty much updates itself by gathering music I play on other sites and through Spotify. Myspace allows artists to have profiles and give updates to fans/ followers. But I think Twitter already covers this and iTunes attempted to do it with Ping.
On your new profile you can have a large cover image, favourite song, top 8 connections (people you follow) and create mixes/playlists of songs, photos and videos to share.
A really annoying thing it the sideways scroll on every page, which acts as a timeline with the newest content always being on the left. Although it looks nice with a parallax effect it can be annoying and hard to navigate. A nice feature is the search page which pops up if you just start typing anywhere on the page. I also like the music bar at the bottom which stays playing as you navigate the site.
Although the new MySpace looks good, I questioned wether I actually need it and the hassle of updating it. Time will tell. I already have a few spam followers, which isn’t a good start.
If you like music and want yet another social network site, I have some account invites if you contact me
I went to see Life of Pi on Christmas Eve with the family. I went without seeing the trailer or reading the book. I always find that trailers give to much away so all my expectations were based on the image that was on the Vue website. I was expecting something with unrealistic looking animation and a predictable storyline, but what I got was the complete opposite. I saw the 2D version but regretted it afterwards as this would have been worth the extra money to see 3D. The effects were amazing and so realistic. The film was directed by Ang Lee and the story centers around Pi being shipwrecked on a small boat with a Bengal tiger from his family Zoo in India. They manage to mix CGI animals with real ones which made it even more believable. The only downside was the ending as I thought it would be bigger. However it did manage to hold my attention all the way through (which isn’t easy). I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of seeing it, don’t wait for the DVD, the bigger screen the better.
Christmas is the only time I really get to watch films, usually on TV while I stuff my face with chocolate orange and after eights. It’s one of my new years resolutions to watch more films at the cinema.
David Ryan Robinson’s Fantasy Map of London
David Ryan Robinson doesn’t want to be known just as the map guy. Which is kind of difficult when you spend six months of your life drawing a huge A2 (that’s 23-and-a-half by 16-and-a-half inches) map of London.
It was fall 2011, and Robinson had just arrived in London. Like many young professionals, Robinson realised that the UK capital was the place to establish a firm career path. Robinson had always been into drawing, and he never got out of it. He graduated from university in June, taking a degree in art, and he knew that to advance in the creative industries he ought to move to London. “I’d only been a couple of times before,” he points out, on day trips and vacations.
Salford Grad !