Friday, July 27, 2007

William Whyte on the Joys of People Watching

"Whatever they may mean, people's movements are one of the great spectacles of the plaza. You do not see this in architectural photographs, which typically are empty of life and are taken from a perspective few people share. It is a quite misleading one. At eye level the scene comes alive with movement and color-people walking quickly, walking slowly, skipping up steps, weaving in and out on crossing patterns, accelerating and retarding to match the moves of others. There is a beauty that is beguiling to watch, and one senses that the players are quite aware of it themselves. You see this, too, in the way they arrange themselves on steps and ledges. They often do so with a grace that they, too, must sense."

-William Whyte in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

The last part of that reminded me of perichoresis, a term that the patristics used to describe the Trinity's life of mutual love and indwelling.

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Tolkien to Auden on Allegory

"...each person is in an allegory, embodying in a particular tale and clothed in the garments of time and place, universal truths and everlasting life."

-J.R.R. Tolkien in a letter to W.H. Auden

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Podcasts, etc Part 2

FxGuide Podcast
Interviews with artists in the visual effects industry. Lots of them, in mp3, I particularly enjoyed this interview "on design issues, the role of titles and the nature of film trailers"

Sword of Gryffindor
Great Harry Potter podcast by Travis Prinzi, who has degrees in theology and literature. Rowling has said in interviews that she believes in God, not magic that her faith is the key to what is coming in the books.

Economics and Culture Lectures Podcasts and ScoreNotes Interviews
I have always been fascinated by, and enjoy listening to film scores. These are some great interviews with composers.

Gamesutra podcast
Game design

ImageMethod Cinematography podcast
This is an excellent video podcast, but I like to record the audio to mp3 (with audacity) and listen to it in the car or while I work.

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