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England

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

I’m spending a couple of days near London figuring out the details for an upcoming job, and I booked my stay in this idyllic place in Surrey called The Great Fosters. What an amazing surprise! The gardens in the back are literally taken out of a poetry book, and the food is out of this world. Many weddings seem to happen here. I definitely recommend that you follow this place on Instagram and that you make it a plan to come visit and stay here forever. This is the view to the street from my window.

So long, Instagram

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

International bunny day is a September holiday but Maya decided to celebrate it on July 21st by creating this commemorative drawing.

To me, the picture I took of this drawing with my iPhone commemorates a completely different kind of event. It’s the last image I ever shared on Instagram and it marks the end of Instagram for me. After 7,253 photos on a journey that began in 2010 before Maya was born, I have decided to close https://www.instagram.com/blackaller/ and never use Instagram again.

My motivations for this decision are merely practical. I love Instagram. In fact, I actually love it TOO MUCH. It has come to my attention recently that some of my more compulsive habits ——buying comics every Wednesday, posting pictures and browsing on Instagram, binge-watching TV shows, keeping up with newsfeeds and other iPhone distractions—— are fueled in a great part by FOMO and are actually making it difficult for me to pay attention to my own life.

As part one of my active information detox program I removed all social media, news and entertainment from my iPhone, effectively turning it into a music player camera phone with email, texting, and directions. When you use your iPhone only as a tool it becomes a very powerful resource.

Part two reduce TV watching at night to 1 hour max, and never after 10pm.

Part three quit on weekly comics. Just not yet please 😀

June 9, 2018 update. I’ve now completed all three phases of my personal information detox program and it’s sinking-in great. After a few months I have regained time, clarity and peace of mind. I experienced no withdrawal and I only use twitter now, but only on a desktop computer and I count my twitter time as TV time.

Cintiq

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

I think I’m finally getting a hold of it.

Studio 360

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

I just made a casual appearance in The New Yorker magazine, courtesy of Andrew Marantz’s article about Wevr.

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Photo Credit D. Vegezzi.

Anamorphic iPhone lens

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

@djabatt just gave me a 1.33x anamorphic lens adapter from Moondog Labs for my iPhone. It’s great. Now I finally believe you can make movies with an iPhone, or at least use it to reliably preview real movie stuff. I love it.

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Bug POV

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Everything is possible in Virtual Reality. For example I can make you tiny. Wouldn’t that be fun? Then I’ll build you a colorful house with lego blocks. Then I’ll put you in a box, hahaha.

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Rest in Haste – No One Regifts Liquor

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

My friends from Rest in Haste just released a two-track 7 inch vinyl record featuring an illustration I made for them in the cover. My friend Filip from Capital Grey describes them as “Sounds like Queens of the Stone Age”. I am not sure I agree with Filip’s assessment in full, but I do wish they sang in Czech more often. In any case, you should buy their record. It’s pretty cool, and there are only five hundred of those covers out there.

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As a finishing note, let me give you access to a giant resolution version of the cover art, in case you feel like printing it the size of your bedroom. You are welcome.