ian mackinnon

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Nov 2007

Wed 21st
13:48

Disoyster

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My antique Oyster card wallet is splitting apart due to a sudden accumulation of library, video store, and other miscellaneous membership cards cards. I cheekily asked for a replacement today at the tube station and was mortified to be handed a black one. I thought I might have been mistaken for a pensioner, a student, a goth, or some other demographic entitled to their own wallet sub-species, but no. Apparently they've just changed colour.

I was surprised at how diappointed I was and took a moment to examine why. The Oyster wallet is not only the perfect minimal wallet solution (beating the Muji business card holder in both number of pockets and flexible back-pocket comfort if not reflectivity or futuristicness), it is also culturally significant. That unique blue (the Pantone reference temporarily escapes me) discreetly but definitely identifies the bearer as a Londoner. Flipping it out in foreign lands to extract some exotic bills is somehow thrilling; I enjoy the sudden throwing together of the adventurous and the homely, but perhaps more the idea that I might be recognised from this small action by a fellow Londoner far from home. Now any cheap-black-plastic-wallet-bearing nobody from anywhere in the world might want to be my wallet buddy. What kind of a fruitcake uses a plastic wallet?

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Sep 2007

Sat 29th
12:59

Valid RSS

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I feel I have entered an elite brotherhood by adding an RSS feed to my website and having it declared valid from on high.

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Thu 27th
12:20

Minimalism

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A while back I ordered an album by the American minimalist composer Steve Reich. It never arrived, which sort of raises the bar for the whole minimalist genre.

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Sat 1st
14:36

Editing quote

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"Between the end of shooting and before the first cut is finished, the very best thing that can happen to the director (and the film) is that he say goodbye to everyone and disappear for two weeks-- up to the mountains of down to the sea or out to Mars or somewhere..." Walter Murch, In the Blink of an Eye

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May 2007

Mon 28th
16:08

And if you can read this...

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... Then I've successfully sent a blog entry from my phone. I will concede that it's not a particularly informative one.

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Mon 28th
15:23

If you can read this...

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... then I've successfully added a blog entry by email (no need for a round of applause, a curt man-to-man nod of the head will do).

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Sun 27th
23:08

Website online

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And it even renders properly on tiny screens.

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