35 Light Years

As many of you know, I have a special place in my heart for space simulators. Recently, much of that love has gone to “Elite: Dangerous”, a space flight sim of amazing proportions. As such, I thought it would be neat to celebrate my 35th birthday by traveling to a star, in-game, that would just now be receiving the light from our sun that had been cast on the day that I was born. Thus, here is the (probably realistic) view of Sol, as seen from Zeta Herculis, a star some 34.9ly from Earth. I will almost certainly never get to experience this view in reality, but in so many ways it is still just as humbling that I am able to view it in a virtual space.


That teeny, tiny blue dot at the center? Not the white one, but that super tiny blue one. That’s not just us, that’s Earth, plus the Sun and 7 other planets. All of that, in a dot you can blot out with a needle head from a system that’s practically next door, and we think we’re so cool. Pffft.


Haus of Elle – 5 Days of Full Fashion Panic

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Day 5 of 5: Haus of Elle collection.

Haus of Elle is a clothing and accessories line inspired by a dark aesthetic with a modern edge.

The new collection from Haus of Elle celebrates a strong independent style conscious individual’s sultry moods realized using superior craftsmanship and materials with bespoke artisan hand finishing techniques. All pieces are individually designed and carefully handcrafted by Lauren Roberts in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


See Haus of Elle’s entire collection on my Flickr page!

Tyler Vucinovich – 5 Days of Full Fashion Panic

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Day 4 of 5: Tyler Vucinovich

Tyler Vucinovich is a senior in the apparel design and development program at the university of Wisconsin stout. The collection, “old profession, new style” was inspired by the red light district in Amsterdam and the loose morals of the jazz age.

You can view Tyler’s entire collection from Full Fashion Panic on my Flickr page!

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Salem’s Scissor’s – 5 Days of Full Fashion Panic

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Day 3 of 5: Salem’s Scissors’ collection “Circo”

“Circo” is all about the fun and discovery that one feels while attending a circus event as a child. It’s about all that magic, color and movement that one should never forget about as an adult. It tries to bring back that childish way of dressing fun yet staying stylish while expressing through our similar silhouette, with new patterns and elements.


You can check out Salem’s Scissors’ full collection here.

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Kayley Johnson – 5 Days of Full Fashion Panic

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Day 2 of 5: Kayley Johnson’s line, “Singularity”

Kayley Johnson attended MCTC where she acquired a certificate in Apparel Technology. She transferred to Stout and studied in London through their apparel program. “Singularity” is a take on futuristic fashion, inspired by mecha armor and the neon city lights.

You can see images from “Singularity” at Full Fashion Panic here, and you can also see images from the shoot I did with Kayley taken in April here.

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Xee Vang – 5 Days of Full Fashion Panic

This last Sunday was the annual Full Fashion Panic show, one of my absolute favourite fashion events of the year! Every year it highlights the incredible work of designers who are up-and-coming as well as the established artists, all under the supervision of designer Samantha Rei and Dr. Frenchy Lunning.

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Photo by Drayke Larson –

The 2015 show featured 5 talented designers so I will be posting images from the collections of 1 each day this week. At the end of the week, I’ll be posting many of the images to my Facebook page but to see them all, you’ll need to go to PhotoSynthetique on Flickr.

First up is Xee Vang, whose work is inspired by Asian street fashion. The bright and beautiful colours create a cohesive collection that is fun and stylish.

You can check out the entire set of images here on my Flickr account.


I realized recently that I had not read any of Tom Tomorrow’s “This Modern World” comics in quite some time, so I spent several hours reading the archives on DailyKos.

The conclusion that I’ve come to after having read so many TMW comics in a row: If I had access to the big red button that would wipe out all of humanity today, I think it would be really hard not to press it. Politics are simply the worst thing ever invented by humankind and should never be allowed to spread beyond our planet. Ugh.

Check out the rest of TMW’s archives yourself, if you have a strong mind for such things.


Exploring the Zone

This past fall, I took a cinema topics class that focused on the life and work of the brilliant Russian filmmaker, Andrei Tarkovsky. I had taken the class because I knew that I was already a fan of Stalker and was interested to see his other work.

I found his long takes, his attention to the smallest details in every aspect of the film, and his aesthetic sense to be inspirational. I would love to make a film emulating his style someday (when I have enough money to blow on making a movie like that, because quite frankly it’s hard to see how such a film could be commercially successful in the modern world).

So it was with his work looming large in my mind that I went to the work of creating the videos that I needed to for my very first true cinema production class. Both the Tarkovsky and production classes are taught by the fantastic Santanu Chatterjee.

I wish I could say that you could see his hand in some part of this following video, certainly I was thinking of them when I made it (hence the title), but honestly, he would have hated this film and he probably would have hated me for thinking that he inspired it in any way. Were he alive to deliver such a comment today, I would consider myself very well complimented because I would be in very good company with a great deal of filmmakers whose work he hated.

This video is called “Exploring the Zone” and is meant as an entertaining atmospheric piece. The music is “Synthetic Forms” by Front Line Assembly, from their “Implode” album.

(Please don’t sue me, Metropolis! This is a non-commercial student film!)