The blog of author Dennis Cooper

Holography Day *

* (restored/expanded)


by William J. Beaty

I’ve stumbled across a technique for drawing holograms directly upon a plastic plate by hand. It sounds impossible, but I’ve been sitting on the livingroom sofa making holographic images of floating polyhedra, words, 3D starfields, opaque objects, etc. No laser, no isolation table, no darkroom, no expensive film plates. This takes nothing more than a compass and some scraps of plexiglas. There’s an interesting story behind this technique, but first, the instructions. (continued)

Watch: the Kate Moss hologram from Alexander McQueen’s show (2:43)



Self-driving hearse will project holograms of the dead

‘Aeternal, the futuristic, high-tech hearse from Imaginactive, a Montreal-based nonprofit purveyor of creative ideas, would be auto-piloted or driven by remote control and could maneuver in tight spots at funeral homes and cemeteries, thanks to wheels that move independently from one another.

‘A projector would display moving images, such as holograms of the dead, while music played on a surround sound system accompanies the visuals.

‘”The Aeternal is made to offer all the simple pleasures someone used to enjoy,” reads a description of the product. “Not only will the body be displayed so that family and friends can see their loved one for the last time, but a part of the soul of that person as well, since the Aeternal can play their favorite music or project holograms of the deceased when they looked at their best.”‘ — Leslie Katz



This Floating 3D Hologram Looks Like it Was Stolen From Tony Stark’s Laboratory

‘During a recent business trip to China, the folks at Big Screen Video, an Australian company that makes giant digital signage, found a brilliant little gadget that appears to replicate the 3D floating holograms Tony Stark uses in his laboratory.

‘What you’re actually seeing is a 3D animation being played back on a handheld fan that uses LED-covered blades to function as a display when the entire thing is spinning. That’s why you’re also seeing those rotating black lines slicing through the animation; the motion of the spinning blades doesn’t quite line up with the shutter of the camera recording this video.’ — Andrew Liszewski



‘Magic’ Modi uses hologram to address dozens of rallies at once

Narendra Modi’s relentless campaign to be India’s next prime minister has been so frenetic he has often appeared, magically, to have addressed several rallies throughout the country at the same time. Today his party officials paid tribute to his pioneering use of hologram technology which has allowed him to do just that – speak live to the world’s largest electorate at rallies in dozens of remote towns all over the country as though he were there in the flesh.

Now Mr Modi plans to use the technology increasingly at his rally appearances to reach five million more voters in the last two weeks of the Indian election campaign. He will appear live, in 3-D, at more than 90 rallies in small towns from Andhra Pradesh in the south, through Bihar in the east, north through Allahabad, his Congress rival Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi constituency and up into the Himalayan foothills at Nainital in Uttarakhand and Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh.

He has already addressed more than 800 rallies in hologram form where his lifelike performance has been greeted with a mix of awe and disbelief. Many poorly educated voters had stayed behind after rallies to check behind the dais to see if he was really there, officials said. (continued)



Why holograms look so cool in the movies—and so lame in real life.
By Paul Boutin

Ever since I saw a 1-foot-high holographic Carrie Fisher plead, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi,” I’ve been waiting for a 3-D video player to call my own. I’m not talking about fake, View-Master-style 3-D that lets you look at an image from only one angle—you can already get that on a $3,000 laptop. That “360-degree hologram phone” you read about last week? It’s not even a real hologram, just a stereoscope that’s 3-D from left to right, not up and down. Impressive? Sure. A video hologram that lets you check out your subject from front to back and top to bottom? Not even close. (continued)

Watch: Hologram from the NTT DoCoMo R&D; Center, Yokosuka, Japan (0:32)



Artist Joanie Lemercier creates controllable holograms with mist, projectors, and motion capture

‘Artist Joanie Lemercier has spent years working on projections and holograms, and his latest project is the culmination of that life’s work. Lemercier used fine water mist and projectors to create 3D projections that he calls nolograms. He insists they’re not true holograms, but they’re much closer than pretty much anything else.

‘As if a smokey nologram is not cool enough, Lemercier connects his projector to a depth sensors and to turn his projections into a motion-controlled interface. The end result are images he can grow or shrink with his hands and a holographic version of himself made of spooky vapor.’ — Avery Thompson



from Three Dimensional Imagery’s Hologram Production Lab: Building a Holography System

Holography is one of the most significant discoveries humankind has ever made. Its discovery has had such a profound effect on our lives, that the person who discovered the process in 1947, Dr. Dennis Gabor, received the Nobel Prize in 1972. There are many types of holograms and holographic techniques, but this site deals exclusively with display holograms. I highly recommend that you read through the whole website before you start building your holography system and creating holograms. (continued)

Watch: a sample of ‘Sin Episodes,’ a holographic video game (1:37)


Tupac Hologram Wasn’t a Hologram

‘For those who thought the immaculately-chiseled rendition of Tupac was based on some sort of old footage, more disappointment: Rolling Stone reports the rapper was CGI. But at least it was good good, expensive CGI, “created by the Hollywood special effects studio Digital Domain, who have previously worked on films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, TRON: Legacy and X-Men: First Class.” Total price? Somewhere between $100,000 and $400,000. And it paid off: other than the weird super-abs, occasional unintentional moonwalking, and the performance’s finale, wherein Tupac vanished in a burst of light, the whole thing was plenty realistic. With all the weed and ecstasy throbbing through Coachella, there were probably a good number of fans who thought they were actually witnessing a reincarnation.

‘But that’s just the image source—how did AV Concepts, the firm behind the display, actually project Pac on stage? It calls him a hologram, but hologram he is not: it’s a fancy reflection technique called “Pepper’s Ghost,” named after a mid-19th century optics researcher John Pepper. Yep! 19th century. The trick is based on the fact that glass is both transparent and reflective, meaning it’s possible, with the right angles, to bounce a picture off of it that appears to be floating in air. But it’s not—it’s just stuck on an expensive screen. Pac’s totally 2D.’ — gizmodo



Bamiyan Laser Project: June 2010
Hiro Yamagata

World famous artist Hiro Yamagata, known for his large-scale holographic works, plans to recreate two towering 1,600-year-old statues in Afghanistan. The statues, Bamiyan Buddhas, were destroyed in 2001 by the former Taliban regime. This caused great local and international outcry, drawing the attention of Yamagata. He plans to recreate the Buddhas by projecting 140 neon pink, green, orange, white and blue laser “statue” images onto the cliffsides where the figures once stood. Each image will be up to 175 feet tall, just like the original statues, and the display width will be four miles. (read more)

Watch: a tour through the home and collection of Korean holographic artist Juyong Lee (9:31)



Japanese Public Broadcasting Envisions 3D Future
Courtney Ostaff and Jason D’Aprile

Japan’s national public broadcasting authority, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), is pursuing a Super Hi-Vision 3D television. NHK’s research has centered on the integral imaging (II) technique for creating 3D television. This avenue of research was chosen because the 3D image can be viewed without the use of special glasses. In addition, because an actual three-dimensional image is replicated, eyestrain caused by viewing “ghost” images is avoided. (continued)

Watch: the Lexus hologram, new dimensional advertising (1:26)



Metal singer digitally rose from the dead ahead of a full theater and festival tour

‘A hologram of Ronnie James Dio debuted last summer at Germany’s Wacken Open Air Music Festival. This likely won’t be the last time audiences get to witness the technological recreation of one of the greatest singers of all time, as a theater and festival tour is currently being prepped for later this year. According to Eyellusion CEO Jeff Pezzuti, this particular performance of “We Rock” “is now being retired and production is underway on a full show. We are pulling out all the stops to create a live experience that is unlike anything Ronnie’s fans have seen before.”

‘Pezzuti recently told the Talking Metal podcast (via Blabbermouth) that the “over-the-top, mind-blowing experience” will feature representations of Dio from different periods in time. The current model comes from the Dream Evil era, but “for this next tour, we’re going to be somewhere later than that for certain songs and maybe earlier than that for other songs.” He added that fans can expect to hear “We Rock”, “Holy Diver”, and “Rainbow in the Dark” amongst three to four other songs. There will also be duets with Owens and Logan, and there are plans to “bring album covers to life.”’ — Ben Kaye



Japanese scientists have created a new type of hologram that you can actually feel

‘Researchers have built a machine that renders holograms touchable, adding to a growing body of “telehaptic” prototypes released in 2015.

‘The holographic machine is called Haptoclone and was developed by researchers at the University of Tokyo. It consists of two boxes, one containing an object and the other displaying a hologram of that object. If a user puts her hand into the second box to interact with the hologram, she’ll feel it—thanks to ultrasonic radiation pressure emitted onto her hand.

‘The technology is limited for now. It can only emit a “safe” level of ultrasound radiation, meaning that the degree of tactile feedback it can simulate is confined to things like lightly stroking an object. It can’t yet emulate a handshake or a bear-hug, as Motherboard noted.’ — Joon Ian Wong



Did You Know Salvador Dali Once Made a Hologram of Alice Cooper’s Brain?

In early April of 1973, a mind-melding of sorts took place in New York City. Over the course of about two weeks, shock-rocker Alice Cooper and surrealist king Salvador Dali, ate together, drank together, and basked in the glow of each other`s exceptional uniqueness. The latter made a suggestion that went something along the lines of, “I would like to turn you into a work of art. It’s name will be ‘First Cylindric Chromo-Hologram Portrait of Alice Cooper`s Brain.’”

The surrealist then handed Cooper a sculpture of his brain, sculpted out of plaster, with a chocolate eclair running down it`s middle and ants crawling all over it. The painter said, “This is Dali`s version of Alice Cooper`s brain,” to which Cooper replied, “Wow, I never thought I`d ever get this.” And so the first 3-D hologram art work was inspired. The artwork features Cooper, and his ant-covered eclair brain, biting the head off of the Venus De Milo while wearing $2 million worth of diamond tiaras and necklaces.’ — SuperRadNow



Weird hologram “city” appearing in China

‘A floating city seen in the skies of China by thousands of people has sparked claims of another dimension appearing above Earth, with aliens “highly interested” in humans. The apparition was allegedly seen by thousands of people in Yueyang, a city with one population of one million.

‘It is the latest in a series of so-called floating cities seen across the globe, often in China. The emergence of the phenomenon has prompted several theories, including that it was visible because a portal to another dimension was briefly opened.

‘Other theories included that it was a secret government hologram experiment, known by conspiracy theorists as Project Bluebeam – an alleged plot to create a fake second coming to exhort more control over the masses, or even connected to aliens.’ — Jon Austin




Begun in 1978, my collection has evolved over the years to incorporate a wide variety of material and may be used as a source of reference by individuals wishing to learn more about holography and the many different ways in which it can be utilised. This diversity of material has characterised the collection as it has developed for, although I have concentrated more in recent years on work by artists, I have also continued to accumulate commercial artifacts and thus have succeeded in creating an archive which illustrates most of the ways in which holography has developed over the two and a half decades in which I have been associated with it. (see and read more)

Watch: Musion Eyeliner System, a new and unique high definition video 3D projection system allowing spectacular freeform 3-dimensional holographic moving images to appear within a live stage setting. (1:30)



Weird Hologram Planet appears on NASA’s Stereo Ahead HI1 Satellite

‘A strange phenomenon appeared on NASA’s Stereo Ahead HI1 satellite, again. Streetcap1 who recorded an object what looks like a holographic display of a planet wonders why does it appear intermittently then not at all and is still waiting to hear a valid explanation for the weird phenomenon.

‘It is interesting to know that a team of theoretical physicists and astrophysicists have provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram. They have published their findings in the journal Physical Review Letters.

‘So, is it possible that we are living in a holographic universe and this planet-like object is a hologram accidentally exposed by a solar flare?’ — Out of Mind



What is a 7d Hologram?

‘The universe exists in 3D space with time often considered a fourth dimension. The reason that a 7D hologram has so many dimensions is that the hologram is captured from a large number of positions that surround the scene or subject of the hologram.

‘Each position is described in 3D space. Each position captures a variety of viewing directions in 2D space. Two additional parameters are captured for each direction: image intensity and time. If you add these up you get 7 parameters, known as dimensions.

‘A 7D hologram is like having a bunch of photographers surrounding a subject. The position of each photographer is described in 3D. The angle each photographer is pointing the camera is described in 2D. Each camera records light properties and time. The resulting parameters are: 3D position + 2D angle + time + light properties = 7D.’ — John Spacey



Whatever Became of Holography?

A generation ago, hologram exhibitions attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors in major cities around the world, and entrepreneurs confidently forecast applications in art, photography and television.

As holography became more ubiquitous, however, it lost some of its luster for public audiences as well as for professional scientists and engineers. But the technology still makes an impact today, although not with the same punch it had a quarter-century ago. Popular culture celebrates it through science fiction and a steady trickle of news reports about imminent consumer advances—although there are a number of modern instances where semi-transparent images of television announcers and pop stars are mislabeled as holograms, further confusing consumers who don’t understand what holograms are realistically capable of showing. (see and read more)



* Create a Halloween Virtual Hologram Using a TV

* See and buy ‘fine Russian holograms’

* Big Scream TV: Spooktacular creators of 3D special effects

* See and buy animated holograms from XYZ Imaging

* Watch: UFO at Nellis AFB: Test flight of a hologram (0:29)

* The Amateur Holography Society

* Frank DeFreitas’s Holography World

* Wikipedia: Holography



CV01 Hatsune Miku – World is Mine Live in Tokyo, Japan

Bluebeam, Jesus crucifix in the sky.

France: Presidential hopeful Melenchon appears as hologram at rally

Burberry’s holographic runway show in Beijing

Holograms for freedom

Hologram Airplane!!!! Madrid Spain

Mariah Carey holographic concert Poland Cracow making of Christmas TV ad

Japanese Aqua-Hologram




p.s. Hey. ** Lucas, Hi, Lucas. Ah, so you are coming over. Like I said, let me know if you want to meet up. T’would be nice. Uh, oh, about the class, but did the workshop vastly improve the thing? Err, okay, that school does sound a bit, how to put it, unhelpful? ‘Out 1’, lifesaver, cool. My day? Saw friends, coincidentally the Assistant Director of our film who was here on his way home from Cannes, and the set photographer, plus Zac. Pizza and catching up and all of that. The rest of day was pleasantly unremarkable. I am working on the script for the new film. It’s slowish and involves mostly experimenting with ideas so far, but it goes well, I think. So, yeah, was the workshop (and the rest of your day) a lot more than sufferable, I hope? ** Charalampos, It’s a goody. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi. Welcome back to your mom! PTv2’s newbie is still cued up but yet inexperienced, but any sec. I agree with you and your friend, even though I’m over here and unqualified. Oh, no, about the class. That so totally sucks! Is there another option? Oh, man, that’s so disappointing. Any chance that you and maybe other people who were in the class might just set up an online workshop on your own? ** Jack Skelley, Party to be Jack. I guess I imagine Bob’s disembodied voice saying ‘Ouch’. I’ll go find your review. You sang ‘The Gnome’ a capella? I know Syd didn’t write it but I’d kill to hear you sing ‘Corporal Clegg’ a cappella. Make it happen. You chose ‘The Mix’?! Wow, that I would not have guessed. Huh. I guess it’ll be interesting to find out if they have further updated the tunes since I would imagine the updates on that LP must sound pretty dated at this point? Quiet evening at home to be Dennis. xo. ** Huckleberry Shelf, Hi, Huckleberry! I Zoomed with Amy Gerstler on Saturday, and I dropped your name, and she said your poem was so far and away the best and most exciting poem in the contest that you winning was a no brainer, and she’s excited to ready more of your poetry, as am I, needless to say. How are you? How’s writing and everything? ** Dominik, Hi!!!! Awesome. My guess is I will probably never quite get to ‘Tarot’. Just a guess. Does your love of yesterday take requests? Love explaining why people who aren’t artists seem so obsessed with having the power to control artists, G. ** Misanthrope, There you are. I was wondering. Sounds like your away time qualifies as a bit of a holiday albeit with irksome interruptions. Right, Memorial Day weekend, I’ve forgotten about that thing. France has what seems like eight or nine of them. I’m ok, hanging in there, doing my Dennis thing(s), ok. xo. ** Bill, Yeah, right, about the Bob book. After8 has been around for a while, but it used to be the book section of an art gallery in Belleville, then it moved into a tiny space in an arcade off Rue Sebastapol, and it’s been in its still modest but roomier current location for about, oh, five years now maybe? You must visit it when you’re here next. Good old SF Cinematheque. It should get some kind of Nobel prize or something. Or at least a MacArthur Grant. ** Steve, I don’t know that film. I don’t think I know his films at all. Obviously, I’ll go knowledge up. Thanks. Oh, I should do a new music day in June. I haven’t done one in a while. Thank you for the nudge. I’ll do that, yes. ** Harper, Hi. Yeah, his books have been so out of print that his poetry was pretty much forgotten in general for ages apart from those of us who knew him and were poet chums of his. I like dazed too, I mean being dazed, and there is a special quality to that daze created by systematic collapse due to an overdose of stress. Have you pried some writing out of yourself with its help yet? I like ‘Deep End’ a lot too. It’s my favorite film of his, I think. I was kind of obsessed with John Moulder-Brown for a while after I first saw it as well. ‘Multiple things at once’: for sure. I always want things I make to be doing multiple things at once, don’t you? ** Bernard Welt, Maestro. I’m happy that I added the necessary ingredient to Paris, gosh. Today I have to figure out what to read at the Bob event since you tagged two of the best candidates. Editing video is fun, no? A Surrealist take on Bob’s poems is a newbie, nice. He’d be … well, he gobbled any form of attention, so he’d be chuffed. Can I have Raging Scallion’s URL, please? ** Sarah, Hi! He got fat and then he made himself get skinny, so I suspect that’s a big part of his deflated look? Enjoy the four free days. I can’t remember when France has their Memorial day(s). I think it was a couple of months ago. I mostly only realise it because the cigarette stores close. I haven’t seen ‘Challengers’, but it’s becoming more and more obvious that I need to. Thanks. Oh, great! About the short story! I’ll go read it when I’m finished up here. Congrats to you and mostly to the wise site! Everyone, Sarah, who is known to the wider world as Sarah Cummins, has a short story newly published online, and this is your chance to discover her fine, fine work. The story’s called ‘Bound in Skin’ and it’s right here. Exciting! I will investigate the site at large, yes. I don’t know Morgan Vogel, but I will figure her out. I’m a person who eats basically the same thing all the time. Mostly because I’m lazy about food preparation. I generally just eat really basic, quick to build vegan stuff. Sandwiches or pasta-based or rice-based. I like eating differently, but I save that for restaurants. I had amazing vegan sushi the other day. And great Ethiopian food too. What about you? Are you a foodie in the traditional sense? ** Cletus, Hi! And his work even inspired you to write! The highest compliment a writer can get. I read the poem quickly because the p.s. necessitates speed, but I’ll revisit it post-p.s., and it seems terrific. Thanks! ** Darby🐶, It’s you. I was about to do the whole, ‘welcome, thank you’ thing that I write to new people. Okay, that other name is 6 feet deep. I could never look at myself while I was talking about myself or about anything, so I feel you. I hope your head is over it now. Sometimes it’s worth a 0. No mess. It was only intriguing. ** Cap’m, I’m going to channel Bob for a second and say, ‘I think I did want a date, now that you mention it.’ What is International Mr. Leather weekend like in the flesh. I’ve read about it. I’ve seen pix. The worst dancers … haha, why is that so hilarious? Because it is. I’m flashing back to those club scenes in ‘Cruising’. ** Oscar 🌀, *smoke signal* Hi, Oscar! Actually, there’s morse code in Zac’s and my new film, but I don’t think anyone who sees the film is going to realise it. There’s a scene where the two main young male characters are in tents set up side by side in the yard of a house at night. One of the characters turns on a flashlight and points the light through the wall of his tent towards/through the wall of the other character’s tent, and he starts using his hand to cover and unleash the light in an organised, flashing pattern. What he’s doing is sending a message in morse code to the other character — ‘Come in here’ — but I can’t imagine anyone watching the film will realise that and decode the message. Well, unless they saw this comment, I guess, haha. Glad you liked Bob’s poem. I really like Charlie Fox’s writing. I love their book ‘This Young Monster’. I met them once, and I thought they were really cool. Thank you for the link! I don’t know that piece. Great! No, the printer is still printing the book, and I haven’t heard about the UK date yet. I think it depends on how quickly the book is finished. I will let you now as soon as I know. Wow, your hope of yesterday is never to be outdone. I’m flabbergasted. Awesome. I’m going to go really minimal and hope you ate strawberry upside down cake for breakfast. The whole cake. ** Okay, let’s see … Right, holography. Today you are humbly requested to put holography somewhere near the center of your thinking process. See you tomorrow.


  1. Dominik


    This post is fascinating. But the thought of “recreating” dead artists using technology is so sad and twisted.

    Yup, yes, my love of yesterday definitely takes requests. Whatever the hearts (and other parts) of his clients desire.

    I really don’t know. Maybe it seems like a good idea to capitalize on others’ work… Was your love inspired by some film-related issue?

    Love hoping to leave behind a beautiful corpse if Aeternal is to become a routinely used thing at funerals, Od.

  2. Bernard Welt

    Holographic me says, Aw, you can bump me on a poem of Bob’s or even two for Thursday. Fer sure. You put some great ones up yesterday, thanks, thanks. Back to the video editing/Surrealist film/Walt Whitman mines.

  3. jay

    really interesting post! i do wonder why this technology collapsed to the degree it did. i think maybe for my generation, this tech might be AR stuff – like pokemon go, or qr codes that allow a dinosaur to spawn on a sheet of paper, visible through your phone’s camera.
    i remember those being incredibly popular when i was 7 or 8, almost every kids science magazine had one or two that would generate a shaky unstable 3d model. i have no idea if that was just a phenomenon in the country i live in, but i remember finding it fascinating as a toy, trying to see one reality through one eye, and one through the other.
    anyway, this post just reminded me of that. have a great day!

  4. _Black_Acrylic

    The ABBA reunion as holograms reportedly went down really well. This medium is the future, albeit reviving the past. Maybe worth seeing Prince rock out in holographic form?

  5. Lucas

    hi dennis,

    I think it would be really nice to meet up with you. although I got some angry texts from my mom while I was in school saying she refuses to take me to paris, among other stuff, it was all rambly and kind of incoherent enough for me to deduce she might not actually mean it because she’s just mad at me lately, so I think it’ll be alright somehow. still I’m sorry if it might not work out! I feel like every time I tell someone my plans they immediately change or get cancelled, because it’s happened so much by now. I swear I’m actually a reliable person

    the workshop was fun! we just learned some basic filmmaking stuff at the start of the day and were left on our own right after. I got paired up with some people I really dislike, so I despaired a little, but when it got time to start filming (I was the one filming everything on one guy’s phone), I had a really good time. I had to film some interviews and a tiny short about one of the boring topics from yesterday, so there wasn’t that much I could do creatively, but I did my best and I’m really satisfied with how it came out. we’ll be editing and presenting everything tomorrow. and I think calling my school unhelpful might be a bit too nice.

    my day outside of that is, so far, not the greatest, but I’m still so happy about the workshop that it overrides everything else.

    I’m glad to hear about your day, it sounds really nice. ‘pleasantly unremarkable’ is a beautiful string of words and a good baseline to strive for. I’m hoping today was similar for you—at least the pleasant part of it.

    btw, I was looking through my photos from my trip to paris and I remembered I went to the brancusi exhibition in pompidou, which I really liked, although I’m not well-acquainted with a lot of sculptors; in fact, it might’ve been the first sculpture-focused (?) exhibition I’ve ever been to? anyways, I was also reminded that you said you’re influenced by sculpture in your work in one of your latest posts, and I thought to ask you what you think of brancusi and if you went to that exhibition. and who your favorite sculptors are, because I’m interested but I don’t know where to start. I’m sorry for the many questions and the gigantic comment! wishing you a great day again

  6. Huckleberry Shelf


    Wow, that’s amazing from Amy. Thank you and her. I’m hoping that poem comes out online soon, I don’t know exactly when it’s supposed to. Writing has been slow for the last few days, chipping away at the story and letting thoughts about it swim around. Life otherwise is excellent, which is probably part of why writing is slow, I’ve made a few new friends recently and have been busy. So all is well here. How’s writing for you? You’re working on a new script, right? Anything else brewing?


  7. Misanthrope

    Dennis, Yah, I’m good. Like I said, the weekend was fun, and the boyfriend is good. 😛

    I pre-ordered Flunker last night. I’m looking forward to that.

    I’m in that stage of every couple months where I have to sort my time management for things. It’ll work out.

    It is weird how my life is sometimes just looking forward to the next holiday to have an extra day off. Then again, I’ve got all this unused paid time off that I never use…bleh.

    Glad you’re well. xo

  8. Harper

    Hey Dennis. Yes, I have been fairly productive with my writing through these kind of dazed past few days. I’ve been able to grasp the flow of the words more easily, and find it easier to avoid logic or something. I’ve heard writers talking about how they feel like they have to forget a lot of their influences when they go to write. Samuel Beckett said something about how he was disheartened when he was helping James Joyce type parts of ‘Finnegans Wake’ when he was young because he was faced with someone who knew about everything. But he had an epiphany and said that ‘I realized that Joyce had gone as far as one could in the direction of knowing more, in control of one’s material. He was always adding to it; you only have to look at his proofs to see that. I realised that my own way was impoverishment, in lack of knowledge and in taking away’. I think Blanchot was interested in something similar but I haven’t read him yet. I picked up ‘Death Sentence’ and ‘The Space of Literature’ the other day. Anyway, what’s your take?

    Also, yes I’m always thinking about doing multiple things at once. I’m always interested in how the style of certain books can mutate or take on different voices, even if the narrator is the same person. I think what my favourite books, movies, music etc. might have in common is a combination of different tones, so nothing is just ‘happy’ or ‘sad’ simply put. An example I think of at random is The Velvet Underground where certain songs seem like normal 60s rock songs but beneath it all is John Cale’s terrifying trembly bass lines and you find that the lyrics are darker than you originally thought.

  9. Justin D

    Hey, Dennis! I really like the ‘no-logram’ work of Joanie Lemercier. It made me daydream a bit of an immersive installation involving small, dark rooms where his ‘no-logram’ figures pass though/haunt the space/walls/people experiencing the piece. Thanks for the tidbit about the Morse code in your new film. I’ll enjoy watching it with your ‘director’s commentary’ in mind. Speaking of, have you and Zac given any thought to a director’s commentary track on the streaming/physical release(s) of ‘Room Temperature’? I recently re-watched ‘Cruising’ with Friedkin’s commentary and I really enjoyed hearing his perspective/insight. I’m slowly working my way through ‘Ripley’, which is worth the watch solely for the cinematography. It’s failing to grab my boyfriend—who usually reaches for his phone or iPad during each episode. Hope you’re well. 🫂

  10. Sarah

    Hi. Good post today! I’m disturbed that the Tupac hologram wasn’t a hologram, but it makes sense because it looks like PS2 graphics. The Buddha is pretty cool. It’s interesting that one of the immediate goals of people making holograms is basically making ghosts. Makes sense, but very weird.

    I eat the same every day too, I’m not really someone who cooks different stuff or tries different things. The other day I had churros. Pretty good. I have a pretty specific diet because of some health issues, which means I can’t really eat out much, but I’m pretty lazy also so I just make things that only take a little bit of time to make. Fried rice and so forth. I’ve been eating many, many sandwiches lately.

    Have you ever had a “dagwood” sandwich? I don’t know if it matters what’s in it but I don’t think I’ve ever had a sandwich that’s too big to bite into and I’d like to try. I’ve been thinking about that for a while. I love Ethiopian food, also. It’s kind of rare here, sadly.
    It’s cool that you’re vegan, I didn’t know! How long have you been vegan? I used to be vegetarian but it wasn’t really possible for me nutritionally.

  11. dwt

    Last year I met a guy who makes hologram art for a living. Got to visit his studio, see the contraptions and works in progress lying around and the main. It was breathtaking how precise he was making it all out to be. Through winding stuff-stuffed corridors was a bigger room with a very expensive very heavy whatever-ton chunk of rock or something like that, which he needed to place the glass on so that it would keep very still. In the same room were some lasers, and a handful of mirrors placed particularly, from hip-height to 10 feet high or something.

    I went with a group of people, we were all artists. As we were getting ready to go, the thing i couldnt stop thinking about throughout the whole “tour” was what a laser felt like. He began to try and describe, but I finally just asked, can I just put my hand in the way of that one you have on in the back? A teacher, and friend, came back with me and he seemed happy to show us. For 5 slow seconds you feel, at the most, a general feeling of warmth, pleasant, whateebr. And very quickly it hits you like an icepick. It was very fun.

  12. Oscar 🌀

    (wingdings) Hey, Dennis! (/wingdings)

    That’s cool about the morse code in the film! I dunno, I don’t know any morse code (outside of ol’ reliable ‘S.O.S’) but I can still recognise it when it’s happening, and I’m going to go ahead and guess most people are similar, so I think that’s pretty cool for the film — y’know, knowing he’s communicating something but not knowing what it is. But, hey, excited for the film to come out so I can turn to the person I’m with and say “that means ‘come in here’ by the way.”

    Hope you enjoyed the Krampus piece if you had time to read it! Charlie Fox is great, I’m glad you like them too. Also was a surprise to see Hatsune Miku on the blog today! I was sort of obsessed with that whole thing when I was like 13 or something, so it’s a blast from the past.

    Thank you for your strawberry thoughts! I hope that today there is something very small and very simple that brings you a disproportionate amount of joy — like the tiny plastic spring that my cat has been chasing around the living room for the last hour.

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