This is as close as we will get to the sun in Vancouver this week!
As a further sign that going to the movies is no longer the world’s favourite entertainment activity, the latest video game craze “Call of Duty 2” was released just five days ago. In the brief time since then, sales have totaled $550 million. The highest ever 5-day total for a movie was for last year’s “Dark Knight“, which took $204 million in that period.
Estimates are that “Call of Duty 2” will make $780 million by the end of this year alone at $60 a copy.
Game building costs continue to climb, but they are nothing like the costs associated with major motion pictures (James Cameron’s new “Avatar” is said to have cost $500 million to produce). So, higher returns and lower costs: which business would you rather be in?
Sometime today, the 100,000th visitor will come to this blog. The first 50,000 took 15 months to achieve; this second 50,000 has taken just 6 months, and daily visist numbers continue to grow.
Many thanks to everyone who has read my pieces, looked at my images, commented or not. This has never been designed as one of those sites that get 100,000 hits a day, and I am pleased to see each and every person who comes here. Welcome!
Losing a lover is like
losing a limb
or a necessary organ;
take whatever drugs you want
to ease the pain,
it still hurts like hell
in the morning
Taking a new lover is like
the dose of anti-rejection drugs you need
just grows and grows.
And as the skin thickens
it takes a harder push
for the needle’s point to pierce your cover;
and each drop of blood seems redder
and more precious
than the last
until you decide
that the payoff is not worth the pain
and you consign that part
to an oblivion
that is not complete
to a decision that is not whole-hearted
to a diagnosis that hurts
like a lover leaving.
Oh to be in New York, now that there is a new exhibition of Man Ray‘s drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, “rayographs,” poetry, and short films! The show, and review in Fast Company, reminds us of one of the most original — and certainly free-est — artists of the last century.
The Rope Dancer Accompanies Herself with Her Shadows, 1915–16, oil on canvas
“Wall With Window”