Friday, November 24, 2006

VGA phone images

I'm fascinated by how the low res VGA camera on my phone reproduces images. The low quality of the picture creates something I think is very atmospheric.

This is a view of the yard at my work, a handfull of buses and the sun setting in the background. I just like it and I'm trying to figure out why.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Robert Altman's dead

My grandmother always said these things come in threes. Who's next?

Rest in peace Mr Altman. Thanks for MASH and The Long Goodbye. I've forgiven you for Popeye as that probably wasn't your fault.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


I've just done half a dozen on line depression tests, all of which tell me I'm suffering from mild to moderate depression. Guess that makes me normal then.
Your Depression Level: 60%

You seem to have mild depression.
A lot of people fall into your range, and it's quite possible you don't need treatment.
If you've been feeling this way for a while, you may want to seek help.

Should I start worrying?

Sunday, November 19, 2006


For all it's faults, and they were many, it rounded things out nicely as a trilogy of movies. I liked the Phoenix being the unbridled and unrestrained side of Jean Grey's split personality and Xavier playing God and deciding to mess with her brain to restrain the Phoenix. I liked Scott and Xavier's death. I liked Magneto's horror at becoming human. It would have been interesting to see what Singer would have done with it though.


Still got a killer stress headache that's been here since thursday but the mood has improved. Spent much of yesterday morning making a fairy princess castle with Molly

A very girly affair as you can see and I have to take responsibility for the Barbie covered walls.

Then last night watched the latest Robin Hood. Karen and I seem to be the only people we know enjoying it as most people seem put off by the modern day touches such as last night's Arthur Daly style Pawn Merchant. Karen and I are more intrigued by Robin's character arc as he goes from smug and cocky lord of the manor on a journey towards, hopefully, serious outlaw and freedom fighter. Last night with the death of three more of his "men" and Marion agreeing to marry Guisborne saw his cocky grin take a bit of a battering and I'm hoping this is the direction he's going. The highlight is the pro law and order speech from Keith Allen each week. Allen is obviously enjoying himself as this deeply twisted and nasty character, He's very much in the mould of Alan Rickman's Sheriff but with a greater humanity, afforded by a weekly show and hence less a pantomime character. Allen's sherriff is a coward at heart but willing to fight for his money if he has to and when it comes to manipulating people? When he set Guisborne after Marion, talking of the knife twisting in Guisborne's back after she betrayed him, Allen embued the speech with a mixture of glee and shared hurt that made you wonder about what had made him the man he is. Impressive.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Bad day at Black Rock

Today's a pissy day, I woke up in a grumpy mood and have been struggling to get out of it ever since. Brief highlights like puddle jumping with Molly and going out driving for a couple of hours weren't enough to lift me fully out of the doldrums so I'm left mulling over other things.

TCM recently showed Bad Day at Black Rock, which I taped and watched a couple of days ago. Spencer Tracy as the one armed Judo expert, Robert Ryan all creepy and evil, totally excellent film, beautifully filmed and scripted with such economy it's a wonder to behold. Moments like this almost make Ted Turners existence acceptable.

Equally interesting if not as well shot was Vincent Price in "The last man on Earth". I'd never seen this before, only the Charlton Heston remake (Omega Man),and was only used to seeing Price hamming it up in his later roles for Roger Corman etc. Finding the film showing on a crappy little satelite channel was a complete accident but one I'm very pleased about. Price is impressive as the scientist who somehow is immune to the zombie/vampire plague that attacks the rest of humanity and the acting throughout was largely excellent, his vampire obsessed colleague was the only real exception. The print was poor but even so it was a very good movie.

For tonights viewing I have X3, mainly because Karen wants to see it. Hopefully I'll have cheered up by then but if not at least the film will make it harder to upset Karen with my grumpiness.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

can't talk

can't talk, going to be preparing application for new job. Also going to school meeting about current teaching methods. Takinbg a sketch pad in case it's really boring.

Something work related

I'm growing creatively within my job. I'm producing advertising and marketing material for local use by the bus company. Much of the work is heavily constricted by company regulations but occasionally I have something that really works and I'm happy to put my name to. This is part of the work that accompanied a new ticket aimed at University students.

The black and white with one spot colour was not particularly original but I was very happy with the end result.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

beta new look

Just moved over to beta and half way through a post saying how much I like it when the bugger crashes on me. Oh well.

Also been looking at Illustration Friday as a tool for making me draw more. Managed to do this pick for the last subject, but not soon enough to post it. The pig was drawn in biro and coloured in photoshop CS. With a five year old daughter playing games on the internet and a wife running a home business on the PC I get little chanceto get on there and practice with photoshop, but I'm slowly figuring it out.

I've also updated my links to include stuff I've found over the past few months and hadn't added before because I couldn't get the HTML right. Particularly I'm pleased to add a link to PaulHD. Paul was best man at my wedding 7 years ago, is a very fine artist and still one of the best people I know. He's just joined the parenthood club along with his wife, Becs, and has one of the cutest babies I've seen. Most babies really do look like Winston Churchill in his declining years but every so often you see one who actually can be called cute without humouring the parents. Olivia is one cute baby.

That's it for now. I have a Christmas story to be getting on with.