Monday, October 31, 2005

Film Screening: Music and War

FILM SCREENING: Music and War, Wednesday 9 November, 6.30pm, Dendy Opera Quays

"Don't miss this special opportunity to hear film-maker George Gittoes in person. For one night only, George Gittoes offers a personal insight into his film-making, screening excerpts from his films Soundtrack to War and the forthcoming Rampage. Gittoes’ work explores zones of conflict, from Baghdad to the streets of Miami, viewed through the everyday lives of people and their love of music.

Admission: $25/$20 MCA Members and Ambassadors/Dendy Club Members.
Bookings: 02 9247 3800 ($2.20 booking fee applies on telephone sales)."

Friday, October 21, 2005

Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days tv show

Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days show screens on Channel 10 at 10-11pm. It's worth watching! The first show screened last week. It featured Morgan and his fiancee Alex trying to survive on a minimum wage jobs. It highlighted how many Americans in one of the richest nations in the world, are still living on the poverty line and how hard it is for them to make ends meet day to day, and highlights the pressure, stress and strain it can have all their family life.

Tonight's show was on Anti-aging and followed one guy's journey to try and reverse the aging process at age 34. He was given hormone growth treatment, testosterone, and lots of supplements to take, as well as a fitness and weights trainer. Some of the medication started to have side-effects on the guy's body. He decided to stop the treatments after 21 days. It seemed like the exercise and diet did him a lot of good anyway. Not sure about the other things though.

30 Days website:

Morgan Spurlock's blog:

Yohji Yamamoto film: Notebook on cities and clothes

Notebook on cities and clothes (1989) (79 mins)
"Explore the world of fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto through the lens of director Wim Wenders. In this documentary Wenders shows the designer at work in Tokyo and Paris on a quest to reveal his design language."

Free with Museum entry, 2.00pm every Saturday and Sunday.


The films of Charles and Ray Eames at the Powerhouse Museum

Powers of ten (1977)
The ultimate Eamsian expression of systems and connections and arguably the most celebrated film produced by two of the 20th century’s greatest designers.

901: After 45 years of working (1968)
This film examines the richness of the Eames’ life and documents their famed work space in California.

2.00pm every weekday, 46 mins in total, Kings Cinema.


Thursday, October 20, 2005

Jeweller Jacqueline Lillie speaks 22 Oct, Powerhouse Museum

"Vienna-based jeweller Jacqueline Lillie is renowned for her exquisite beaded creations, which have found their way into museum collections around the world, including the Powerhouse. A typical piece might contain thousands of minute antique Bohemian glass, metal or pearl beads. Her influences are diverse – from the aesthetics of the Bauhaus and Russian Constructivists to the beadwork of the Masai and Yoruba. This is a rare opportunity to hear and see the work of a jeweller of such international repute."

Saturday 22 October, 3.30pm, Coles Theatre. Free with Museum entry. Tel 9217 0222 for further information.


China wins noodle war

An archaeology team "discovered 4000-year-old long boiled strands of noodles protected by an upside-down bowl, embedded in a fine clay on a terrace of the Yellow River at Lajia, northwestern China.

The find proves the Chinese were shaping flour into noodles and boiling them for the plate at least 2000 years before the practice first emerged in Italy."

Their finding was published in the British journal Nature.


Monday, October 17, 2005

4th Domain speakers' webcasts

You can now listen to the webcasts of people who have spoken at the 4th Estate Domain Media and Technology talks.

Previous speakers include:

- Siimon Reynolds, Creative Director of Love Communications
- Alan Bowman, General Manager, Microsoft Home and Entertainment for Asia Pacific and Greater China Region
- Nic JonesNic Jones, MD, NEWS Interactive
- Martin Hoffman, CEO, ninemsn


Better Architectural Practice - Legal Things Every Architect Should Know

"Sydney East Architects invites you to hear

CHRISTOPHER LARCOS: Better Architectural Practice - Legal Things Every Architect Should Know

2 hours formal CE points

Tuesday 1 December
Randwick Rugby Club 102-104 Brook Street Coogee
5.30pm: register, relax and talk
6pm (prompt start): seminar

Christopher Larcos has degrees in both architecture and law. He worked in an architectural capacity for about 20 years before taking up law, and is now both a registered architect and a practicing solicitor. He is a Fellow of the RAIA, is a member of the Practice Committee of the NSW Chapter, contributes to the Practice Notes, presents at the PALS course, and is with the RAIA Senior Counsellor service. He presently works as a solicitor in the Construction Law Group of Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Chris will discuss a range of topics that will probably include:

Document management - when is it OK to shred your files?
The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act - traps and tricks.
The Home Building Act - why you can't ignore it.
Contract Annexures - the devil is in the detail.
Subcontractor's Statements - what is it, and why your client needs it.
Occupational Health and Safety - who is the principal contractor, and why it matters to your client.
BCA compliance certificates - please put your head in this noose.
Tendering - disasters I have seen.
Extensions of time - when you should unilaterally extend time.
ABIC Final certificates - what were they thinking of?
$20 per person, includes finger foods and tea & coffee; drinks will be available at the bar.

email Agi Sterling"

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Web Essentials 05 Podcasts

The Web Essentials conference took place Sep 29 and 30. You can now listen and view the speakers' presentations free by downloading the podcasts and the slides of the conference.

International speakers included Jeffrey Veen and Eric Meyer. The conference covered the "latest developments in web design, development, user experience and accessibility, workflow and strategy, with in depth sessions on CSS, XHTML, emergent semantics, Javascript, AJAX, and much more."

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

NSW KM Forum: Marcus Gibson, Bovis Lend Lease

"Getting People To Talk To Each Other and Knowledge Management
Made Easy?

Important note: If you plan to attend, please RSVP by e-mail to

This month's forum meeting features three speakers:

Marcus Gibson, Bovis Lend Lease - Getting People To Talk To Each Other

WHAT: Marcus Gibson will be presenting a case-study based on Lend
Lease's experience over the past 4 years implementing a global team of
full-time knowledge brokers to activate sharing of knowledge by
employees and drive buy-in to the service at all levels of the
business. He will cover: Features and benefits of a facilitated,
demand-driven KM model;Implementing dedicated knowledge brokers;
Engaging management, demonstration of value and changing culture;
Risks and difficulties of facilitated KM. Lend Lease is a leading real
estate services business, having developed,constructed and managed
real estate assets around the world for over 45 years.

WHO: Before joining Lend Lease in 2001, Marcus Gibson held various
roles in communications, ICT and knowledge. He has been a software
developer, venture capital facilitator, corporate valuation liaison
officer, and knowledge officer for a global clinical research
organization. In communications, he has worked in film, TV and radio,
as a corporate spokesperson (Nestle) and an author. Since joining Lend
Lease in 2001, Marcus has been responsible for development of internal
solutions for global financial reporting, fund modeling, business
development, project control, collaboration, and knowledge.

Lauren Allen, HLA Envirosciences & Steven Layer, Weblogics -
Knowledge Management Made Easy?

WHAT: Lauren Allen from HLA Envirosciences
will be presenting their KM implementation Experience. She will put
some focus on how they are using KM as a vehicle for their communities
of practice and discuss direct business benefits. Lauren will be joined by
Steven Layer from Weblogics.

WHO: Lauren Allen in the Information Manager at HLA Envirosciences .
HLA Envirosciences is the leading Environmental Sciences Services
organisation in Australia. Steven Layer is the MD of Weblogics.

Meeting Details:

WHEN: 5.30pm for 6pm-7.30pm, Thursday 6th October 2005.
WHERE: Standards Australia, 286 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
HOW MUCH: Free! If you plan to attend, please RSVP by e-mail to"


Gleebooks: Tony & Maureen Wheeler 14 Oct

Tony & Maureen Wheeler speak about their new book:

"Tony and Maureen Wheeler established Lonely Planet Publications in 1973 to self-publish their Asia overland guidebook. From this kitchen table start, the business has grown to be the world's largest travel publisher. A unique mix of autobiography, business book and travel book, Once While Travelling: The Lonely Planet Story traces the authors' personal story, as well as the story of how they built their business, and includes a fascinating insight into some of the unusual places they have travelled.

Tony and Maureen Wheeler set out on a year-long trip around the world, with the intention of getting the travel bug out of their systems. After following the 'hippie trail' from England across Asia to Australia, they recognised the need for a new sort of travel guide to suit the new breed of laid-back, independent travellers. More than 30 years later, they are the owners of one of the world's largest, most successful and best-loved independent travel publishers."

WHEN: Friday 14th October, 6.30 for 7pm
WHERE: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
COST: $9/$6 conc, gleeclub welcome
TO BOOK: please phone gleebooks - 9660 2333 or Request a place


AGDA: Tin and Ed and Grenville Turner speak at Aust Museum 10 Oct

"Lamingtons and pavs, eskis and hills hoists, tin and ed, wildlight and grenville · all Aussie icons of a sort. The first couple of pairings need no introduction (and will get none, not a word). About the last couple you'll hear more from the horse's mouth on the night. The first are young would-be icons; the last a little longer in the tooth.

Tin and Ed sound more like a book by Hergé but are actually the blokes behind tin&ed, the young Melbourne graphic design studio responsible for the off the wall identity for cult bag manufacturers' Crumpler. They describe their work as residing in the Îemotive space between the mundane and the obscure, the sinister and the childlike, the sarcastic and the earnest'.

Wildlight Photo Agency captures the best of real Australia in images. Grenville Turner, one of Wildlight's network of photographers, has exhibited widely here and abroad, worked with the leading advertising agencies and contributed to the big names of world magazine publishing. His recording of heat, light and distance and how these impact the people and wildlife that live in our remote places offers an insight into what makes up the Australian experience.

Date: Monday 10 October, 2005

Venue: Australian Museum, Cnr William and College Streets, East Sydney (entry off William Street, 5.45 for 6pm start

Cost: AGDA Members $25, Non-members $40, AGDA Student Members $10,
Student Non-members $20, All prices include GST

RSVP: Robyn, Tanya or Amanda, T 9955 3955, F 9955 0566, E


Popcorn Taxi: Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Adaptation 24 Oct

With special guest filmmaker direct from the USA, Chris Strompolos.

Monday, October 24th, 2005 - 7:30pm
Hoyts Entertainment Quarter, Bent St, Moore Park

"In 1981 on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, three kids decided to remake the biggest summer hit of the season shot by shot, scene for scene... Steven Spielberg's RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK... They were just eleven years old. Seven years later they finished, and nearly twenty years on their Adaptation is re-discovered...

After sell-out festival screenings from Texas to Germany that left audiences raving, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - THE ADAPTATION arrives in Australia for an exclusive Popcorn Taxi event - a never to be repeated screening of the entire film, followed by an on-stage interview and audience Q&A.

After the screening, co-director and star CHRIS STROMPOLOS joins us to tell the remarkable story behind the making of this 'ultimate backyard movie', including the details on the filmmakers private meeting with Spielberg, and how art imitating art is now imitating life, with Hollywood developing the kids 'making of' story into a feature film for Paramount Pictures.

Due to strict contractual obligations placed on the film from Raiders copyright owners Lucas Film, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - THE ADAPTATION has been granted a limited number of festival screenings, where the filmmaker must be in attendance. This will most likely be your only chance to ever see this film.

Popcorn Taxi would like to thank SHOWFILM and HOYTS for their generous support in making this program possible. Limited tickets are on sale now. We strongly recommend you grab one before they're all gone!

For more information about this film, check out

popcorn taxi
Rating: Unclassified R18+
Time: 7.30pm
Date: Monday, October 24th, 2005
Where: Hoyts Entertainment Quarter [Formerly Fox Studios]
Address: Bent St, Moore Park
Entry: $18 / $15 conc.

To buy a ticket via phone - Call (02) 9332 1633
To buy a ticket online - CLICK HERE

Please Note: Online and phone ticket sales will end at 5:30pm on the night of the event (if not already sold out). Any remaining tickets will be available directly from the cinema box office from 6:30pm on the night."

Also screening in Melbourne.


Metropolis 2006 Next Generation design competition

"Metropolis seeks to identify the next generation of Big Ideas by the next generation of designers. We offer $10,000 to an individual or team of designers seeking to develop a Big Idea that will make our designed environment better, safer, and more sustainable. The Next Generation Design Competition was established in 2003 to recognize and encourage activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship among designers."

There are links to the past winners and finalists' projects at the Metropolis magazine's website as well as a link to a pdf of the application form.


Monday, October 3, 2005

Containers & Fields: East Darling Harbour Urban Design Competition entries

A Slidenight Super Series > Every Tuesday in October \4\11\18\25
CONTAINERS & FIELDS | East Darling Harbour Urban Design Competition entries.

"Over 130 teams entered the East Darling Harbour competition with five teams selected to Stage 2. That leaves a lot of great material in the third drawer down. Slidenight is sifting through the brilliant, the extreme and possibly half baked, putting together a quick response 4x4 program to give these ideas, schemes and dreams for this special site a bit more air.

Each week 4 teams will present their proposals and exhibit their site models. Week 1 (October 4) starts with entries by teams: Rod Simpson/Craig Allchin, MacInteractive, Lacoste & Stevenson and Marcus Trimble (aka Gravestmor).

Other teams coming up include Tony Caro, Turner Associates, Johnson Pilton Walker, Tom Rivard, McGregor Partners and many more. The full program will be available on the website very soon so keep an eye on that.

The location is the rooftop of the Palisade Hotel overlooking the site. Short, sharp, insightful presentations are the order of the night. Talking begins at dark followed by beer and sangria-fuelled discussion. Note: We will be outdoors on a rooftop. It might get chilly. Dress warmly! If it rains we will have to relocate downstairs where it will be squishy but very intimate.
*Includes a ‘one-evening-only exhibition’ of each teams site models.

Starting Tuesday 4 October 2005 | On the roof of the Palisade Hotel, 35 Bettington, Millers Point
From 6pm | All tickets $10 at the door. Absolutely limited to 100 (No bookings - first come, best dressed, overly keen, first served.)
Cash bar available |


SMH Good Food Month - October 2005

This event is in it's 8th year.

"There are plenty of the old favourites like our first event The Good Living Growers’ Market, Hat’s Off and Let’s do Lunch. The Night Noodle Markets have a new venue in Hyde Park and start in the first week and there are several new events this year.

Remember to book early for events as numbers are limited and some events may well be booked out already. With cooking classes, special tours, cocktails, dinners, markets, lunches and late night desserts there is something for everyone."


Woven Forms: Contemporary basket making in Australia

Basket by Dorothy Dullman, Badjkid (Basket), 2005, Dyed pandanus

OBJECT GALLERY 17 September – 13 November
"Woven Forms unfurls the diversity and richness of contemporary basket making. Here, find resplendently colourful spinifex and pandanus fibre alongside plastics and metals from inventive indigenous and non-indigenous artists. From the world’s most desirable shopping baskets to fish traps to indescribable organic creations, Woven Forms is the definitive experience of what’s happening right now in basket-making."

"Dr Louise Hamby of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the ANU, will provide an intimate glimpse into basket making, both historical and contemporary, to coincide with Woven Forms at Object Gallery and 6 Strands at the Australian Museum."

Monday 17 October 2005, 6-7:30pm
Australian Museum Theatrette, 6 College Street, Sydney (opposite Hyde Park)
Free admission, bookings essential.
To book please contact Carolyn Johnstone on telephone: 02 9361 4555; or email:

Chalk the Walk: Pavement Art Festival 28-30 Oct

"On the 28th, 29th & 30th of October artists from around Australia will gather on Sydney’s Pyrmont Bridge to take part in the inaugural Chalk the Walk Festival, bringing the side walk alive with colour.

The walk bridge will be transformed into a pavement canvas adorned with 30 individual chalk artworks in our search for the Champion Pavement Artist.

Chalk the Walk will select 30 Australian & International Artists to compete. Each will be designated a space measuring approximately 2m x 3m to showcase their talents to Sydney. The rich display of colour and diversity in styles will invariably stop pedestrians in their tracks.
Be inspired! Become involved! Make your way to Pyrmont Bridge, Darling Harbour 28 - 30 October 2005!"


Short Soup - International Short Film and Food Festival 2005

"Date: 28 - 30 October 2005
Tantalise your senses at Short Soup International Short Film and Food Festival. Over three nights, feast your eyes on short films from while you transport your taste buds with the finest multicultural cuisine.

Friday night ‘Entrée’ showcasing the work of young and first-time filmmakers (15+).
Saturday night ‘Main Course’ outstanding short films from around the globe (G).
Sunday night ‘Dessert’ featuring experimental and counter-culture shorts aimed at an adult audience (18+)."

Venue: The Overflow, Sydney Olympic Park
Time: Food from 6pm, Films from 8pm
Age: Friday and Saturday nights, all ages, Sunday night 18+
Cost: Films FREE
More information: Call 02 9714 7888.
Parking: Pre-Booked parking is available through Ticketek - visit or call 132 849. Casual parking is available for $3 per hour or $15 per day maximum.
Public Transport: Contact Transport Infoline or call 131 500 for further information.


Animania Festival Sydney - Oct 8 & 9

"Animania Festival is a two day gathering of people who are interested in Animation and the Japanese Culture. There are panels which are excellent for learning about many aspects of Anime and Japanese Culture; events such as Karaoke and Cosplay (Masquerade); where you can find Anime-related merchandise; the RPG (Role Playing Games), Console games; Anime theatres which show Anime for the duration of the Festival."

Where: Sydney Town Hall. Tickets cost $30 standard, $18 for children 5-12 years.