dimitris kalamaras

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Magnified reality

Here’s a series of 31 images taken with a Dino-Lite digital microscope. I won’t go in details about the original source of the images, since most of them are pretty obvious (i guess).
Some of them are of poor quality, due to trembling hand or low resolution of Kamoso (KDE’s picture retriever). Anyway, have fun…

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The Ghost of Tom Joad

A great song, an astonishing live performance (on par with, say, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”), something you ought to experience live. Just watch these guys playing, hear Morello’s guitar solo. Read through the lyrics, too. Or better read John Steinbeck novel, “The Grapes Of Wrath”.

Great movies: Children of Men

“Children of Men” is a 2006 sci-fi drama  by Alfonso Cuarón, with  Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Caine. It depicts a dystopian and racist England in 2027, where the whole mankind is about to extinct because women have suddenly and without any reason become infertile. Chaos rules outside UK. The borders are closed and illegal immigrants are being persecuted and exterminated.  “Ordinary and legal ” people live inside a police state in a don’t ask, don’t tell basis.  We watch one of these “ordinary” people, a cynical, former activist who agrees to help some “terrorists” to transport a miraculously pregnant black woman to a ship called “Tomorrow”… I enjoyed this movie for three reasons:
1) the astonishing scenario and superb cinematography. For instance, the art archive scene is brilliant. Cuarón has even added a flying pig balloon as a clear homage to Pink Floyd’s Animals.
2) the acting of Michael Caine as a retired hippie and
3) the “world gone astray” and depressing in many places scenes the movies depicts. Dystopian yes, but aren’t we gradually getting there ?

Watch the trailer and grab the DVD. IMHO, one of the best movies ever.

Parkour σε ταράτσες – Βίντεο σε πρώτο πρόσωπο

Το βίντεο αυτό δεν ενδείκνυεται για όσους έχουν υψοφοβία 🙂
Από ότι φαίνεται είναι αληθινό και έχει γυριστεί από τον James Kingston στο Southampton:

Rain Room: Ενα δωμάτιο όπου βρέχει αλλά δεν βρέχεσαι

Βίντεο από την εγκατάσταση Rain Room, στο Museum of Modern Art. Ο επισκέπτης μπαίνει μέσα στο δωμάτιο όπου πέφτει βροχή παντού, χωρίς να βρέχεται ποτέ. Ουρές και αναμονή 3 ωρών έξω απο το μουσείο, λέει…

Rain Room at the Barbican, 2012 from rAndom International on Vimeo.

Perfect day

A gift, or just something for me to remember:
Today was a perfect day…


Even though we are…

I have nothing much to offer …
As long as we are together
The rest can go to hell
I absolutely love you
we are absolute beginners…

Happy New Year 2013!

New year’s eve. Family, kids, fireworks, lots to eat and drink. Happy times.

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