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Resene Film Festival 2015

Stills from the movie, Maker

Last night I attended a screening of a movie that will be playing in the Resene Film Festival at the end of next month. It is called Maker, a feature length documentary about the current 'Maker Movement' in America - showing the new wave of DIY and do-it-together culture. It showed an insight to the trend of open source, crowd funding, local manufacturing and digital fabrication, as well as what it takes to design and manufacture in the Internet era we live in. The movie gave food for thought - it will be interesting to see how this Maker Movement fares further down the line, if it really is, as they say, the 'Third Industrial Revolution' and will the large corporate companies who rely on mass production be affected? Like I said, food for thought.
You can depend on the Resene Film Festival to screen films that are thought provoking and celebratory. There are 22 films to see and there is something for everyone. I'm booked in for the double feature of 'Brooklyn Farmer/Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining the Lincoln Centre and the High Line' to get my  NYC kicks as well as seeing how two important urban projects came about. The festival is also hosting an In Memoriam event for Ian Athfield who passed earlier this year. These films are playing in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin so I suggest you check out the sessions here and book yourself in.














Photographs via Maker



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Contact may be desirable if feasible, but there is no imperative need for it. Under many conditions rifle-fire is more effective at 5, 50, even 100 yards’ distance than in a mêlée. A victory may be crushingly conclusive without recourse to anything in the nature of a hand-to-hand encounter; but if nothing save a hand-to-hand encounter will secure a victory, the rifle provides scores of opportunities of obtaining that encounter where the arme blanche provides but one, if only the mounted riflemen are versed in that elementary part of their trade, which consists in knowing what and how to use, and when and how to discard, the horse. As compared with the steel horsemen, they are almost independent of ground. Instead of perpetually pining for level swards and open “Cavalry ground,” they welcome inequalities and obstacles, for these are the true conditions of surprise. Indeed, they make use of these obstacles, instead of allowing them to baulk their efforts. Steep ascents often aid them, entrenchments and other defences, natural or artificial, at the point of contact,—hopeless barriers, however flimsy in their character, to shock—can be surmounted by them. But supposing the ground is open, level, and smooth, and a mêlée with the enemy obtainable by quadrupeds, suppose, in fact, the only topographical conditions which can render an arme blanche charge possible, is there no r?le open to them analogous to that of the steel horsemen? Can they not charge home? I shall prove by a quantity of facts drawn from experience that they can, and under conditions which would be fatal to an arme blanche charge. Not aiming at physical shock, not therefore presenting the vulnerable target produced by close formation, they do not need the same degree of speed, nor, consequently, that perpetual 32freshness in their mounts which is the chimera of theorists and the despair of practical men. Nor is the size of their horses—an important element in genuine shock—of any account to mounted riflemen. Within rational limits, the smaller they are the better. Finally, in the process of covering on horseback this last intervening space of open, level ground, when the arme blanche, remember, even at the eleventh hour is still idle, need the rifle, too, be idle? Again, I shall bring ample modern testimony, which is fortified by much evidence from the American Civil War, to show that fire from the saddle, even if unaimed, may be used with signal effect, and in the case of the modern rifle, not merely moral effect, but physical effect. It may take the shape of aimed fire, as against horsemen at close quarters in pursuit, or against a Cavalry “mass,” or groups of led horses; while a few casualties, even from unaimed fire, in the defence, however constituted, produce great effect in daunting aim and nerves alike. Here, mark, is the crowning element of superiority in the rifle. Unlike the steel, which is used only from horseback, it can be used both from horseback and on foot. The first-class mounted rifleman—the ideal type we can construct from direct war experience—will be at home in both. He will use saddle-fire mainly in its unaimed