provocare în fotografie

Lansează provocarea: Prof. Univ. Dr. Feleki Karoly, Prof. Univ. Dr. Şefan Dorel Găină Gerendi şi Ing. Mircea Albu AFIAP ~ membri ai juriului.

Organizat de:British Council Cluj în parteneriat cu Universitatea de Artă şi Design Cluj-Napoca şi Asociația ArtImage Cluj-Napoca

Cu sprijinul: Adrian Radic şi Mihai Biriş.

Astfel de concursuri se mai organizează prin lume sub diferite nume sau variațiuni de regulamente, însă (din câte am observat personal) nu şi în Cluj-Napoca. Am propus împreună cu Monica organizarea acestui concurs Consiliului Britanic din Cluj, după care am făcut legătura cu Mihai Biriş (mihaibiris.ro), care apoi a făcut legătura cu Universitatea de Artă şi Design şi cu Asociația ArtImage Cluj-Napoca şi totul a început să prindă formă.

Personal, sper ca acesta să fie văzut şi valorificat ca o oportunitate de manifestare, experimentare şi interacțiune pentru fotografi de orice experiență, toti având în comun o pasiune / hobbi sau curiozitate pentru fotografie.

Mai multe detalii găsiți la
http://britishcouncil.ro/cluj
sau
http://art-image.ro

word

“I love to disturb people, because only by disturbing them can I make them think. They have stopped thinking for centuries. Nobody has been there to disturb them. People have been consoling them. I am not going to console anybody, because the more you console them, the more retarded they remain.

Disturb them, shock them, hit them hard, give them a challenge. That challenge will bring their capacities to the climax.”

Osho

a new day to celebrate..

I’m a freelancer by the way, in case anybody out there didn’t notice. I’d like to think I can do graphic designs and web development (at some level). My portfolio is having a little face-lift, I’m almost done with it. See the active online version here:

http://adrianradic.com

Or see the new to be version at http://adrianradic.com/v2/ .

By the way, any impressions are welcome. Also, my resume is here.

in the 4th dimension

I’m sorry I didn’t pass by here lately. I didn’t really disappear, i was just.. in the forth dimension :-)

Here’s a drawing I managed to make in Illustrator to explain the 4th dimension. I just followed the guides from this clip
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccws454YiVM&feature=related ), mind you that in that clip there was a little error and they made a second one for it ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pRZCoWY6TU&feature=related ).

4d drawing the hypercube (4th dimension)

the long arm of creativity

I’m thinking of keeping “ARM” as the label of my gallery and projects.

It started as a personal fool-around as these are our initials but I started to like it and now am thinking of transforming it into “ARM – the long arm of creativity” (diverging from “the long arm of justice, and later to play with it like “lending a helping arm” and maybe even visual play like with Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’ ( http://images.google.com/images?q=creation%20michelangelo ).

I’d license this in the states too (if it isn’t already) but have no ways or funds or knowledge of the necessary for getting anywhere near to it.
Anyone in interested in such a professional adventure?

Here’s the dream behind it: building an international multimedia / advertising studio where creatives collaborate and are offered opportunities, as I could use one now, this studio would offer intern-ship opportunities and several scholarships to people that are talented but with financial / social difficulties, maybe even courses and/or motivational creative contests.

It seams now like a long way to the end of the tunnel I seam to be in, but here it is.

Hmm, i did not think of creative commons for this idea. I wonder if this post could count as evidence of initiative. Could it?
Here’s a ( c )  :-)

But actually, the more studios or agencies would do this the better, probably some already do and that’s great, congratulations! So the creative common would be for “the long arm of creativity”, now that’s a keeper.

improvements time – updated

I’ve finally got to spend some time to make some improvements on the blog. A bit under the hood but also little Usability bits.

I have been asking for feedback on the gallery for some time and it’s sailing for a while now. See it on the root of this server (finally updated the personal page). The gallery contains five sections: photography, video & animation, id, web design, drawings & others.

http://adrianradic.com

It’s time for improvements on my professional world. Time to make new connections and improve the valuable current or old ones. I’m opened and looking forward to collaborations, project proposals and so on. In this perspective I have to tell you about my resume.

About my resume. I must admit I started from a pretty low point. At one time, about 5 or almost 6 years ago my way of presenting my self was kind of embarrassing. And in this perspective I realize I can never thank Mircea Dragoi enough for giving me a reality check feedback back then. But let’s see if I have evolved since then. Below you can find my resume in both English and Romanian.

ro ~ Curriculul Vitae

en ~ Resume

So there’s my portfolio and resume. With these in mind, if there’s an awesome job or project laying around, I’d like a new opportunity for a reality check which would only lead me to progress.

Yours Trully,
Adrian Radic

PS. The Romanian resume is a bit unusual, but so far it got a lot of attention and landed me in many interviews, specially that I did not even apply to. At that time I was too comfortable with my current job. Just a heads up.

got love

I know you all probably know of this song and clip, actually I think I’ve seen the clip on Discovery myself but forgot about it (no Tv but occasionally for years now), but as I rediscovered it at dalinku.ro i just had to share it and make it personal, here it is. (At daliku.ro is another version of it.)

Watch out!

Mr. Genndy Tartakovsky, I know you’re probably busy with Iron Man II, and/or other things too, but we’re looking forward too see Jack again.

Love your creation! But please complete it.

All the best,
huge fans.

necessity

Ellen LuptonD. I. Y. Design It Yourself lecture (2006, University of Arizona)

“[..] one of the things we learn about typographic rules, that you learn the rules and you understand the why behind them, and once in a while you find that it’s OK to brake them, but you brake them from a position of knowledge, not ignorance.”

I think we can all agree that this is true not just for typography, but all other aspects of design and usability, not just letters (with font faces, heights, wights, so on) but also the actual text / paragraphs (with alignment, line – letter or paragraph spacing and so on) or other spacing, dividing, aligning, sizing of composition elements that make symmetry and/or actual sense by contrasting with height or weight on a greed or with color.

Such rules imply indeed symmetry and/or consistence and avoidance of clutter of elements (not just physical elements like paragraphs of graphic elements but also clutter of font types or colors. Why are these bad? The purpose for avoiding these is one of the main and most important objectives in a good design, that is clarity and ease of accessibility of the actual information that the content brings.

Here is Ellen Lupton’s “Thinking With Type” dedicated site, and below is the lecture from which I extracted the quote.

rejoice

He has a flowering spade
Growing out of his chest
Full of magic and healing
She is a flowering spade
As she moves and she sways
You can see that she feels it

She’s off to dance with the goat boys
He’s of to sail through your wide open ocean
She learned to sing from a siren
He learned to swim from a drop in the water

There are words there are signs
Close your eyes there is magic inside you
Hear this box in your mind
building frames for to trace your desires

She learned to cook from a sailor
He learned to cry in an elephant circus
She found a recipe for flying
He’s growing flowers to understand dying

Rejoice
Hmmm…
Oh ma na na…

campanie umanitară – humanitarian campaign

Ro – Hai să dăm mănă cu mână pentru-o lume-un pic mai bună..
En – Let’s get together and turn things right..

Ro – Am văzut că se poate şi am văzut că este bine. Internet Explorer 5 a ieşit din statistici din iulie 2008!
En – It’s been done before and we’ve seen that it was good. Internet Explorer 5 is out of the W3 browsers statistics since July 2008!

Ro – E adevărat, va fi mai greu. Până ce iese Windows 7 mai este puțin, sunt unii care nu îşi permit sau nu văd folositor să-şi actualizeze sistemul de operare sau calculatorul, sau noob-ii cu atât mai puțin ne putem aştepta să-şi dea seama. Dar tocmai de aceea putem transmite împreună un mesaj simplu şi clar, fără să ofensăm pe nimeni, mai ales nici pe Microsoft:

En – It won’t be easy, it’s true. There’s still little time until Windows 7, some might not afford it or find it necessary for a while, and of-course noobs will hardly figure it out by them selves. But that’s the actual reason we should spread  the word for a better world, clearly and with no offence, specially not even for Microsoft:

Ro – Dacă foloseşti Internet Explorer 6 :
Actualizează-ți browserul! Fi la zi pentru o lume literalmente mai bună! Opțiunile te aşteaptă şi sunt uşor de aplicat şi mult mai uşor şi ergonomic de folosit:
Internet Explorer 7 |  Internet Explorer 8 |  Firefox |  Chrome |  Safari.

En – If you are an Internet Explorer 6 user :
Please update your internet browser! Be up to date for a literally  better world! The options are waiting fore you and are easy to apply and even simpler and way more comfortable to use:
Internet Explorer 7 |  Internet Explorer 8 |  Firefox |  Chrome |  Safari.

Mulțumesc pentru timp şi schimbare!  ~  Thank you for your time and change!

tough choice

Although I still don’t have the $10,000, this would be a tough choice. But if I had them, I’d expect a new MacBook Pro announced at the MacWorld. The ups and downs that come in comparison are marked: ups with green, downs with red.

More details about the three at: MacBookPro17″ , newMacBookPro , Sony WAYO WA .

  MackBookPro 17"
(not updated)
MackBookPro 15.4" (updated edition) Sony WAYO
AW 18.4"
CPU
Intel Core2Duo 2.5GHz
Intel Core2Duo 2.53GHz
Intel Core2Duo 2.53GHz
OS
OSX – Leopard
OSX – Leopard
Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
Display
17"
(1920 x 1200)
15.4"
(1440 x 900)
18.4"
(1920×1080)
Video
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M 512MB GDDR
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M 512MB GDDR3 shared
NVIDIA 512MB dedicated VRAM
RAM
4Gb (667MHz) DDR2
4Gb (1066MHz) DDR3
4Gb (800MHz) DDR2
HDD
320 GB SATA (7200 rpm)
320 GB SATA (7200 rpm)
320 GB SATA (7200 rpm)
Optical
SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Blu-ray Disc Read Only Drive
Comm
802.11n
Bluetooth 2.1
Gigabit Ethernet
FireWire 400

FireWire 800
Three USB 2.0
802.11n
Bluetooth 2.1
Gigabit Ethernet

FireWire 800
Two USB 2.0
802.11n
Bluetooth 2.1
Gigabit Ethernet
Three USB 2.0
Bonus
Reomote
iSight (webcam)
MagSafe plug
Remote
iSight (webcam)

MagSafe plug
Card Readers
TV Tuner

Webcam
Battery
5hrs
wireless
5hrs
wireless
1.5 up to 3.5 hours
Soft
iLife
iWork
Final Cut Express
iLife
iWork
Final Cut Express
Office basic ’07
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Price
$3,147.00
$2,895.00
$2,893.99

înapoi

Înapoi în Ardeal, stăm în Cluj – Napoca (în Mănăştur), sunteți bine veniți oricând în vizită (anunțată :-).

Ca să mai recuperăm lipsa noutăților am trântit o claie de poze pe flickr. Apropo, contacte flickr, logați-vă pentru acces la toate pozele.

Sperăm să revenim mai frecvent de acum că ne-am stabilit / aranjat puțin aici.

noi vorbim româneşte!

Şiu că, din mulțime, tocmai eu fac tot felul de “paste” din limba română sau limbajul meu zilnic, cu vorbe din engleză, semi-engleză, sau pur şi simplu îmbârligate din lipsă de ocupație, de genul “cârnaț” în loc de “târnaț”, ori “inestin” în loc de “destin”, sau “density – dens city – pence city – stance city” în loc de numele înghețatei “Destiny”, sau “be white black” în loc de “be right back”, sau “all white” în loc de “alright” .. mă rog, înțelegeți ideea.

Dar înapoi la limba română, nu am fost prea fericit să vad acest reportaj cum că tineretul de azi ar avea limbajul lor.. diferit, limbaj care cică ar cere introducerea unor cuvinte de genul naşpa, marfă, mozol, şi altele în DEX. (erau nişte liceeni bucureşteni intervievați).

Am văzut la Rady, care a văzut pe un blog Ice World acest mesaj (de aici) care vreau să îl împart şi eu mai departe în norişori:

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just do it!

Remember my 10.000 $ experiment with toy messenger status? Well, here’s something worth the experiment. Have a look at “The Story of Stuff“.

What you can do, and my proposal to you as more then just an experiment is to spread the word. Sure the statistics and heavy stuff is the US, but we all could use a reminder ourselves and yet actually some more then we realize.

The status ca go like:

Do you konw the story of stuff? http://www.storyofstuff.com/

Remember http://www.storyofstuff.com/

BRB! But remember http://www.storyofstuff.com/

Is your Y! status set? http://www.storyofstuff.com/

Have a look http://www.storyofstuff.com/

And so on.. So is your status set?

world.jpg

E timpul sa conduc!

M-am săturat de autobuze îmburzite, după ce şi aştepți sosirea lor întârziată şi frânele cu toată lumea pe spate şi scaunele murdare şi cineva din spate să-mi tuşească pe ceafă ca sa ma întreb de unde am luat gripa de iarna asta. Parcă sunt la o vârstă la care prefer plimbările să le fac din plăcere, iar bicicletele zac cu roțile sparte de prea mult timp – semn ca m-am cam săturat şi de bicicletă.

Mai rapid, mai eficient la urgențe, mai distractiv, mai independet. It’s bloody time! Sure va fi un compromis cumpărarea unei maşini, ne-am gânit la VW, dar ne-am dat seama că merită.

confession – poetry?

I used to write like.. poetry stuff when I was in high-school.. in English.. Yeah, I know it sounds wicked but I did.. burned them though after finishing high-school – i know, dramatic, I roll that way it seems. Kept only one that I had send to a site poetry.com

I don’t remember exactly, but I think it was like a contest to get your poetry published in a compilation named “The sound of poetry”. So, the way I got to keep it was that they had send a letter back to me with the poem asking me to approve to publish it by sending it back with any corrections. But I didn’t send it.. for some reason.. Here it is.

No name, just a moment..
(by me – some time before or in 2001)

I got this peculiar feeling
A flea that eats a man
And sucks his blood
Until he’s all out of his gut
And eats and sucks until the flea is damned
And killed, just like a crush into the ceiling.

Black comes tending to take over
Above all white it starts to make a shadow
That scares my little angel at this hour
Feeling so alone and whit out power
To stab the evil in his heart he’s sent an arrow
With his last breath to save me from upon my shoulder.

Otherwise.. I guess lately I didn’t think of writing anything or expressing my self much, in such ways I mean. I guess the main reason for that is because at one point I started to listen music instead of just hearing it. I get so high when I find a song.. I’ll give you an example, the current most played in the list, the song is Yael Naim’s New soul. The one before this one is Semisonic’s Closing time, which is still among most played too – love the lyrics, they make such a difference, they influence a lot how I like or if I like a song.

thoughts on internet and life (edited)

The internet: so called “cloud” as i would like to call it “of all possibilities“. Sure there are some bad sides of it too. But from keeping in touch to getting information, making money and entertainment it never ceases to surprise me. You could call it Santa’s sack of information or a well oiled money making machine or (my favorite) “a bridge of communication“.

Although I find nifty the possible resources of entertainment on the internet, I personally mainly use it for keeping in touch – communicating, work and information. Unfortunately, most of the time, I can only keep in touch with my dearest and closest ones from the distance, this giving me the options: phone and Internet. Since the phone way is way more expensive and limited I’ve excluded it almost completely. But the internet does way more for me because, in these conditions of distance, another thing that would be affected without it would be my.. (I’ll call it for now) identity.. and this not only for the ones I can’t keep in touch directly and even more not only in a personal matter but also professionally, but also very much keeping track and understanding – expressing and evolving my identity for my self.

Why do i think this? Because I find a thought very valuable, even more a thought written extends it’s value and remains to complete further thoughts precisely thus actually evolving, and even more, a thought shared is even a greater value.Now I know that many thoughts can have different values sliding from positive to negative but sharing them can only be good because, beyond the actual update about it’s author, it also can make the receivers be aware of a new information or even better a new value or by the wonderful possibility of interaction upon ones thought (comments) the author can learn if the values in his thought are true or false or can learn more value in it. The possibilities are endless.Otherwise I often look upon technology news from sites like NY Times, All things Digital (Wall Street Journal), Linux.org and others, and so I came upon this interesting article “Apple vs. Microsoft vs. Linux: Good vs. Evil and Do You Really Care?” and from which I found a link to another article”Recognising Good And Evil” which is on a site in which I’m personally going to go trough the links inside it and actually is what I just had to share and got all the lines above in the process.A piece of an article from this site, “The Retreat From Reason“:

“Prejudice, a desire to accept a belief for personal reasons, is a very powerful threat to comprehension. It will not only prevent an idea being considered but also corrupt the ability of our senses to detect evidence to the contrary.”

Edit: in this article I found, at the paragraph Absurd Results Of Silly Laws the statement “Prejudice is part of the human condition; to attempt to correct it by legislation is to enter into fantasy” supported by the following case:

On November 27/11/95, Samuels Real Estate Pty Ltd of Dubbo, central NSW, was ordered to pay $6,000 damages to an aboriginal woman who was told the firm had no flats available. This was moments before her white friend was offered a flat. In its decision the NSW Equal Opportunity Tribunal found that the firm unlawfully discriminated against 31 years old Jennifer Lamb on August 16th, 1993. This penalty is the result of the anti-discrimination legislation, the existence of which is undeniable evidence that the community is stupid.

To this paragraph I find an exaggeration, or at least an important overlook, upon great importance of such ways (as the law) that can “make” the people coexist with and consider each-other in-spite of their prejudice. Of-course I agree that maybe it should not be as penalties such as in the case which is indeed sort of abomination. Still, racial differences and discriminations, actually any kinds of discriminations should be corrected and solutions included in the law (but indeed reason should be minded) and programs and such to make a more valuable line between where one is discriminating and making personal choice of own concern, like it makes sense to refuse a different skin colored person a service for the same reason you would refuse a same skin color person (and you better mention that reason or you could get misunderstood), but it’s not ok to refuse services to a person which only differs the color of the skin from another person whom you would accept. Personally i think it’s bad image and business, lack of reason and ethic values, and much more. This is serious and unfortunately those that feel and act this way need a little push to get them to a stage where they have to at least “try” to consider their prejudice or at least “try” to get use to the idea that it’s consider bad and will affet it’s image in society and possibly suffer penalties.

canon 40d

Looks like I’ve made a mistake in my $ 10,000 list. It might pass the titled sum, I’m not sure, I could make a compromise to restrain to the sum (if I had it ant nothing more).

The mistake was when I confused (somehow) the xD and xxD Canon cameras as which is semi-pro and which is entry-level. Looking at the 40D now it’s all much much clearer.