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fear of flying [22 Apr 2007|05:37pm]
[ mood | artistic ]

I'm getting to like my graphics tablet thingummy. after getting some practice colouring other peoples lineart (example), I've been doing general doodling and reworking sketches. my most recent is from a sketch I did of my mum on walberswick beach (clicken sie). it worked a lot better than the pecil sketch, at least.


Celestial Brush [09 Feb 2007|10:37pm]
it's been snowing!

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snickersnee [07 Jan 2007|04:22pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I have been learning. made my first stuffed toy thing. the design is quite blatantly stolen, and I've a lot to learn. most noticably, the stuffing's a bit lumpy and it's a bit fat because I didn't allow for stretchiness on the design. but I'm still proud of him.

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[13 Dec 2006|11:29pm]
I have, as an alternative to spending a truly obscene amount of money on a new camera (although I know I will eventually), been playing with my current one. after a bit of inspiration from a photography thread on the badscience forums, I got myself a particularly shoddy pocket tripod from jessops and a demo of the rather wonderful autostitch program. I still need to have a play with the options, but basically it is like a panorama maker thing but completely automated. the picture below was made from 19 individual shots - perhaps more than necessary, but all you have to do is select the images you want to use and let it go to work. the only thing I did to it was a quick crop in photoshop. and considering it was done on my rapidly-ageing camera, at night, without flash, I'm impressed. and feeling rather creative.
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Hey Presto, Pots and Pans! [10 Dec 2006|10:34pm]
the live freakzone this evening on 6 music was rather interesting. there wasn't a huge amount of music that particularly interested me, but about an hour in they had a short set by the ZX Spectrum Orchestra. and Bleepulator is a damn fine track, let me tell you.

plans for the chocolate brownies of doom continue apace.

pastor of muppets [14 Nov 2006|09:44pm]
it's cold suddenly. I have found my scarf, unscathed by the rampaging moth hordes my mother fondly imagines, and it is good. long and warm and all the colours of the rainbow. admittedly, if I try to cover too much of my face with the thing I start looking all Gay Pride Ninja, but I bet he's warm as well.

was that really worth its own update? ah well.

King Snorky [13 Oct 2006|08:48pm]
I spat orange juice over things
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[08 Oct 2006|09:40pm]
[ mood | funkay ]

I have been doing stuff, including a haircut (my ears are cold) but I have something important to share. after getting the new DJ Yoda album and visiting his website (clicken sie), I have found a little collection of audio gubbins under 'exclusive'. you owe it to yourself to listen to 'bats and gorillaz'. I just wish there was a way to download the bugger.

breaking news: I have got a demo of a flash decompiler that I am using to find the URLs of the mp3 files I want. I currently have the aforementioned track, and I am working on the others...


Immoderate plums [06 Sep 2006|12:09am]
firstly, I'm not convinced the avatar I just made was in entirely good taste, but then nor are the flying flags and patriotic guffery at the start of some of the less salubrious films I've been watching recently. and I enjoyed making it.

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hattifatteners FTW.

I've finally scanned the only good hattifattener picture there is, and I'm editing and cleaning it up as I type, sort of. I dunno if I want to replace the hat with something more relevant. or less so.

sometimes I think I should spend more time worrying about important stuff.
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[20 Aug 2006|12:46pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I got a B for my maths A-level. which would be what I deserved if I worked at it. as it is, I feel rather relieved.

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I can eat glass, it does not hurt me [16 Aug 2006|10:47pm]
[ mood | calm ]

well bugger me sideways, I've made an investment...

I should update more often, but I'd rather save up stuff. so:

I got pocky in london. oh yes. and not just any old fruit flavour (although I got me some of that too), oh no. men's pocky, yo. I could boil instant ramen with my fanboy smugness.

I'm leaning to drive. it's going not too bad. gears and hillstarts and that work, although steering needs getting used to. it's useful, I'm told.

the bikes in the shed kinda work, despite them being in there so long that the ivy has grown over the doors and a toad has taken up residence. after a bit of activity with the pruning equipment and a pump, they both seemed to work. up to a point. you wouldn't want to put the brakes on too hard though. they make unsettling sounds. one is constantly half-listening for the ping of the brake calipers detatching from the frame and the last pretense of control evaporating as you hurtle downhill, covered in concussed flying insects.

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the lesser of two weevils [24 Jul 2006|10:53pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

I've been spending some of my sort-of hard-earned money. I got the latest (and, let's face it, probably the last) album by the late Ali Farka Toure. it's called Savane, it was 10 quid in HMV and it is just sublime. oh yes.

book wise, I have been buying and reading Pattern Recognition by Mr Wm. Gibson (not bad, he can evidently do contemporary too with enough research), High Rise By J G Ballard (hey, it may not be the most subtle metaphor, but it's the only kind I'm good at, and it's fantastic regardless), Memento Mori by Muriel Spark (I heard a radio adaptation and fell in love with the central device thingummy. prolly too long to write about here though), and the rather good almanack of fictional places in the back of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [vol.2]. it can be a bit slow at times, but I laughed surprisingly loudly at the Gilbert and Sullivanesque chorus of tentacled H P Lovecraft monstrosities.

I've also been playing games, as ever. main one of note is probably Fable for the PC. you can tell it was a console game - fairly linear areas, very short - but the amount you can change your character is particularly impressive - scars, tattoos on different body parts, buying titles that people will call you, aging, going all demonic or angelic as your alignment changes. oh, and the PC version supports custom-made tattoos.

and speaking of them, I have the money and inclination to get either the jellybaby or some hattifatteners put on me. that's if I have any money after visiting london, probably on wednesday.

incidentally, names0fthedead sent me some truly wond'rous religious stickers and a little brass swastika keyring. I have a sneaking feeling that the round sticker with the footprint things (for shame my theological awareness) will go perfectly on the round logo on the back of the PSP.

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this is me breathing [17 Jul 2006|10:20pm]
[ mood | complacent ]

I'm all 21. doesn't feel particularly noteworthy, I must admit. although I did get a basket full of snacks, as well as a parent-funded expedition to the London in lieu of a proper birthday thingummy in the vague future.

on the other hand, I am currently eating the most delicious shortbread/scone hybrids, covered with cream and raspberries. they taste like they're made of calories and air and god.

otherwise, I'm not too bad. might completely rebuild my computer because I have some money and too much time on my hands.

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Mr Fizzywiddle [18 May 2006|09:08pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

last tuesday's perfomance on 3 radio programme was absolutely bloody fantastic. big orchestral pieces by Rabih Abou-Khalil, an oud player/composer dude, also featuring some truly fantastic throat-singing. I urge you to use the listen again thingummy.


well, it made me laugh [11 May 2006|12:27am]
[ mood | happy ]

Bless his repressed little cotton socks


dogs and sledges [06 May 2006|03:51pm]
[ mood | blah ]

hello again. I meant to put this up ages ago, but time doesn't waste itself, y'know. anyhoo, it's another museum thingy - this time the pitt-rivers museum in oxford. and it is amazing. I have rarely felt so much like a little child.

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the main hall thing of the natural history section of the museum. beautiful, I tell yez. you can't see the details in this picture, but all the metalwork is painted and decorative and fantastic. and there are some wonderfully old-fashioned touches like the pillars around the upper gallery being made of polished different types of stone with a little plinth at the bottom giving the type and where it came from. class.

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they had lots of animals in this section, including tanks of cockroaches. rather fine, I thought. the jungle millipede was even better, but not as photogenic.

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and what establishment isn't improved by a stunning wall display of beetles? and if you are upset about the death of the beetles, you ain't seen nuffink.

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this is the good shit. the first view across the proper museum bit. old fashioned as can be (some of the labels have only been changed to remove the old colonial names of countries - crossing out the 'french' in 'french west africa' for example), no natural light and some of the strangest displays I've ever seen - which brings us to:
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snuff taking equipment, eastern religious gubbins and wonderful silver charms against the evil eye with little twisty eyes and hands.

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painted bear skull. beautiful thing, it was.

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the best coin in the slot thing ever. all these little wooden statues' eyes light up as they lurch forwards and shake and clank. I could have easily spent a hell of a lot of cash in that.

and now the good shit, the stuff you don't see nowadays:

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and if having cabinets full of painted and decorated skulls wasn't enough, many of the cleaner ones have neat hand-written notes of who the former occupant was, who did the removing and so forth. bizarre, but unutterably impressive.

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and they have a cabinet full of shrunken heads, along with details of how they are made, why the mouths and eyes are sewn shut and so forth. how can you not believe this is the best museum ever?

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and some red worms. hehe.

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The Git that keeps on Giving [26 Feb 2006|05:42pm]
[ mood | curious ]

see that userpic? I have plans for it, yo. there are many ideas - including some fantastic stencil designs - but for now I'm looking for a good technique for drawing high-contrast, outsized teeth in that hole. pointed or not, either is good in its own unique way.

otherwise, I have been to the London and the British Museum therein. and now I bring you the pictures I could be bothered to resize and compress and upload. hold on to your hats...

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some fantastic glyphery from one of the assorted middle-american civilisations. I love this stuff. I'm looking for translatable stuff at the moment for my own nefarious purposes.

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more, and with illustrations and everything. a beautifully lit section for these, but people kept setting of the alarm by leaning too close to them and it got on my nerves, so I left sooner than I might have.

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a scarab. a bloody huge scarab. about 1 and a half metres long, all black and shiny. I want one as a coffee table, with little ones as footstools, or low seats.

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one of the truly wonderful galleries of Mesopatamian reliefs (most of the pictures I took in them were a bit iffy, so you might see them if I spend time tweaking, but not before). there were three of them, all in a line. person in green top is american with camera. not pictured: her mardy daughter. dear god, I wanted to hurt the little cow. I can sympathise with bored teenagers, but not when you're in a long gallery with walls covered in ancient pictures of hawk-headed gods, battles, sea creatures, incredible beards and some of the most impressive calf muscles you'll ever see. and most of them at least half-covered in cuneiform. wonderful, I tell you.

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and I love these. who doesn't? the one with the roaring lion's head was incredible, but also very blurry.

I felt a bit let down there wasn't any fudge in the shape of a winged bull. they had the most massive gift shop (well, shops), but hardly a novelty sweet to be found. that is no way to run a museum.

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Hasdrubal the Handsome [30 Jan 2006|10:40pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

I'm learning php and mysql again, this time for proper and everything. I've got a book.

doesn't cover objects, but fuck it, I'm actually getting shit working before learning how to do stuff I'll never get round to using. pfeh.

and I also have some nice CDs. some good finds for northampton - notably Dr Octagon and AFX's Hangable Auto Bulb - and a surprisingly good coldcut album.

I'm also hoping I can come up with a good reason to subscribe to a mmorpg while I still lack a kind of proper job thing. but it is cheap and french, and the characters go 'Aie!' when you slap them.

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Contrary Soap Heaven [29 Dec 2005|01:05am]
[ mood | mellow ]

I have actually had a rather nice christmas. I fell a bit guilty for thinking this, but perhaps the lack of elderly relatives was a good thing? meh. happy people and new stuff are good. although those bath bomb things are very big (and a little over-dramatic) for their eventual effect.

I got lots of DVDs and electronic goods before christmas - including a PSP, which is an unjustifiable expense, but shiny as fuck. really. beautiful. I'm a bit ambivalent about the range and quality of the games out there - too many console knock offs by far, lack of RPG goodness, purchased games a little patchy - but I love watching films on it. I only have ghost in the shell so far and it's not widescreen format, more's the pity, but the screen definition and brightness is fantastic. and with a bigger memory card and some shiny freeware software, I can watch anything I can get on my computer on it. it reminds me of reading books with a torch at night when it's sitting on its stand merrily glowing away next to my bed. feels nice.


werms [10 Dec 2005|01:48am]
[ mood | blank ]

I have been watching 3 films at the same time.

somehow the oh-so-80s live action film of Fist of the Noth Star is significantly worse than the truly daft animated series. and not just because the lead protagonists look like burly 80s versions of Jeff Goldblum and Timthy Dalton. unfortunately, that is the only redeemingly bad feature. inflatable bald wigs do not count as special effects - FACT

the thin red line contains one hell of a lot of soliloquising, which is handy if you want to, say, watch a few other films during the slow bits. still a good film though. visceral. and with a huge number of actors that you will vaguely recognise before they die in a hail of channel switching, never to be seen again.

there was also a french murder thing. 'you'll never get away with this' sounds even sillier as a subtitle. I didn't quite follow the plot, but people died, the murderers were twins - or something similar - out for revenge in a suitably impressive dismembering, blood dripping from eyesockets idiom.


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