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Make your own Stormtrooper helmet

Make your own Stormtrooper helmet:

One white bin, electrical tape, black paper, double sided sticky tape, sheer determination.

I made this helmet for a school event.  I had a student that said that he could lend me his costume but at the last minute realised that he no longer had it.  In a mad panic I had to create my own.  I stumbled upon a little white rubbish bin near my office and it looked kinda head size.  The rest was pure inspiration.  I think I like this more than if someone had given me one.  It now sits in pride of place in my lounge room.

Hope you like it.

For the Record

“…I’ve committed to nothing…and that’s just suicide…by tiny, tiny increments.” – Nick Hornby, (High Fidelity)

High Fidelity, the movie based on the book by Nick Hornby, was a bit of a disappointment when I watched it in my early twenties.  The main character, Robert, the owner of a record shop, didn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities.  Despite his witty observations of life, he gave little to deserve any compassion or love shown to him.  Watching movies about people dealing with the stumbles of their thirties while being in your optimistic twenties can be a remote experience.  When I encountered my thirties I found myself revisiting this movie again, really out of a cosmic recognition that it was time to give it another go.  Robert was still a selfish arsehole but I now understood he didn’t know how not to be one.  The small incremental shifts he made; which really frustrated me when I first watched the movie, now were the same changes I hoped for.  I empathised with the pathetic ways in which he held onto his convictions and came to terms with the knowledge that I, and perhaps we, are often selfish arseholes.

Growing older may not make everything clearer but at least it can broaden the movies we connect with, however, I  now struggle to listen to listen to “wisdom” from musicians younger than me.  With the absence of sages and gurus in our lives, it is fortunate that we have writers, movie makers and entertainers marking out our life stages.

“I’m very good at the past. It’s the present I can’t understand.” – Nick Hornby, (High Fidelity)

Note: This post could easily be written in relation with the movie Clerks II but I wouldn’t know which scenes I’d dare compare myself with.

Alive in Joburg

From the director of District 9, Neill Blomkamp, here is the original 2005 short film that inspired it all – Alive in Joburg.  This short film is combines the fictional the story of an alien settlement with actual interviews of residents of Johannesburg airing their grievances about about black Nigerians and Zimbabweans in their city.  When presented together this allegory of fear and inter-cultural conflict cuts very close to our reality.

Despite the absence of special effects from Weta workshop, the visceral feel of the feature movie is still present in Alive in Joburg, and I am grateful that the new movie has likewise kept the absence of Hollywood stars.  Some have criticised this movie for ripping off other Hollywood movies like Alien Nation, but I feel that the singular vision of the director has allowed this movie to trancend spectacle and made it a very human story – with cool explosions.