Friday, 31 August 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY - Lines Behind the Dining


Welcome to the ninth Friday night opening of our gallery of Toddler Art.
Basically, our kids destroying the house, one installation at a time, while we're not looking.

It all started with “Sprinkles



Then came Green Crayon Squiggles at Sofa's End, "Fence Behind Your Head", "Artist with Permanent Red on Whiteboard", "Freedom Corner", "Pencil Food", "Pencil Food Oh", and last week "Two Lines from my Doctor's Desk".



This week it's...

#9 - Lines Behind the Dining



5B graphite pencil (we think) on B&Q Value Matt Emulsion

It's very rare for us to see a work from The Artists on the same eye-line as an adult.

(Which makes dating the works a near impossible task).

When one like this appears, you have to marvel at the ingenuity that has gone into even getting the work there.

Again, as ever, no drawing materials are provided to The Artists, and yet they can still finagle a way to get the work up and be away before anyone has the chance to notice or challenge them.

This work is a more complex development from, say, "Two Lines from my Doctor's Desk" - we're passionate about food and eating. But it also marks out only one of the dining positions. Exalting this chair above all the others around the table.

This place is special, now.

Next week: “Telephone Line”.

All of the works in the Toddler Art Gallery are here.


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Monday, 27 August 2012

How to build your own steadicam...





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DIY Steadicam - Flying Camera Support

Garret Brown's original Steadicam® is an icon that revolutionized filmmaking. Being the first and the best, it naturally and justifiably commands a premium price. It is for this reason that homemade DIY Flying Camera Supports have been around since at least 1977, just one short year after Mr. Brown's invention.

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

COMPOST CORNER




COMPOST CORNER - ITV Studios for CITV and itv.com

Writer - Children's animated comedy series about snails Major, Moss and Michelle who perform heists with their misfit mates Claude the spider, Wanda the Worm and Smudge the slug.

Summer Games 2012 interstitials x10 episodes written by Tim Dann and Neil Mossey.

Taek-Wanda


Triple Pump




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Friday, 24 August 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY - Two Lines from my Doctor's Desk



Welcome back to the eighth Friday night opening of our gallery of Toddler Art.
Basically, our kids destroying the house, one installation at a time, while we're not looking.

It all started with “Sprinkles



Then came Green Crayon Squiggles at Sofa's End, "Fence Behind Your Head", "Artist with Permanent Red on Whiteboard", "Freedom Corner", "Pencil Food", and last week "Pencil Food Oh".




This week it's...

#8 - Two Lines from my Doctor's Desk



Standard Bic Biro (black) on B&Q Value Matt Emulsion

At first glance this is a simple design, but if we look closer we'll see The Artists have arranged a playful vignette of a Doctor's Desk scenario to call the work out into a third dimension.

"Maybe the doctor was waming up a pen. Maybe the doctor got bored and wanted to see what this does. It's a biro and it works."

The clinical lines give a level of restraint and even order to this work which should be commended.

Next week: “Lines Behind the Dining”.


All of the works in the Toddler Art Gallery are here.


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Friday, 17 August 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART - Pencil Food OH


Welcome back to the seventh Friday night opening of our gallery of Toddler Art.
Basically, our kids destroying the house, one installation at a time, while we're not looking.

It all started with “Sprinkles



Then came Green Crayon Squiggles at Sofa's End, "Fence Behind Your Head", "Artist with Permanent Red on Whiteboard", "Freedom Corner", and last week "Pencil Food".




This week it's...

#7 - Pencil Food Oh



Graphite 5B Pencil (we think) and Nutella (we think) on B&Q Value Matt Emulsion

We think this is a companion piece to "Pencil Food".

It appeared on the opposite side of the same wall.

There looks like an "O" and even possibly an "E" in a nod to the identity of The Artist.

Or maybe it's a sigh. 

We think it's a sigh.

Next week: “Two Lines For My Doctor’s Desk”.

All of the works in the Toddler Art Gallery are here.


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Monday, 13 August 2012

Funny niche blogs and other blogs I like



Angry people in local newspapers
Celebrating excellence in the field of local newspaper photography
"I feel sorry for local news photographers. They are hugely skilled and poorly paid, and sent out to photograph miserable people pointing at dog turds. Here, we celebrate their work"



Ork Vs. Dwarf
Me: There are no words to describe this stream of content.
Only pictures.



Goths In Hot Weather
"Goths, I love 'em! I even used to be one for a bit (well, I was a Didi-Goth for at least 6 months). But there's one thing that troubles me about our cheery friends: what to do they do in summer?"




Rich Kids Of Instagram




Other blogs I like:

You Thought We Wouldn't Notice
YTWWN is a blog where users have taken notice to a blatant rip off of a creative work, and shared it with us. Sharing and discussing the observations and casualties of improper use of creative property is what we're all about here.



There's also



Seth Godin

but have linked to all his stuff online here...


London Reconnections



For hardened London train anoraks. Their powers of investigation are, frankly, terrifying but awesome.
If you see a construction site near a rail line, bet there'll be a series of posts about what is going on there exactly on this blog.

Also got some great stuff on London history - like this post on how the 1952 Harrow train crash changed how major disasters are coped with in this country - (link here)



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Friday, 10 August 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY - Pencil Food


Welcome to the sixth Friday night opening of our gallery of Toddler Art.
Basically, our kids destroying the house, one installation at a time, while we're not looking.

It all started with “Sprinkles



Then came Green Crayon Squiggles at Sofa's End, "Fence Behind Your Head", "Artist with Permanent Red on Whiteboard",and last week "Freedom Corner".



This week it's...

#6 - Pencil Food



Graphite 5B Pencil (we think) and Nutella (we think) on B&Q Value Matt Emulsion

A temporary pre-dirty protest.


Next week: “Pencil Food OH”.

All of the works in the Toddler Art Gallery are here.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

More useful free things on the web - Mersey speak


Found out where our family name for girls bits (Mary) came from... and boys bits (orchestras).

Thanks to via @janpants, this is Merseyspeak
Welcome to MerseySpeak, this is my attempt to bring together some of the varied slang or lingo used by natives of Liverpool, ( often referred to as scouser or scousers or sometimes just plain Liverpudlians ). I've categorised these slang terms in to 24 subsections as well as alphabetically. With a bit of luck. We'll turn you in to honorary scousers, or at least help you with the colourful Liverpool lingo.

Site here



Added this to my list of great free things on the web


This... in case you are interested is my list of words families use for the daughter's 'girl bits'...


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Friday, 3 August 2012

FRIDAY NIGHT TODDLER ART GALLERY - Freedom Corner


Welcome back to the fifth Friday night opening of our gallery of Toddler Art.
Basically, our kids destroying the house, one installation at a time, while we're not looking.

It all started with “Sprinkles



Then came Green Crayon Squiggles at Sofa's End, "Fence Behind Your Head" and last week, "Artist with Permanent Red on Whiteboard".



This week it's...

#5 - Freedom Corner



Graphite 5B Pencil (we think) on B&Q Value Matt Emulsion

Interesting that the artist has chosen pencil for this work.

(No pencils are made available to The Artist.
We have no idea where it came from or where it went).



A mocking echo of the decorative willow sticks behind which the work appears.

We think this says (with temporary impudence) that the sticks may be contained, but my freeflowing lines are not.

Next week: “Pencil Food”.

All of the works in the Toddler Art Gallery are here.

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

How to write 4000 words a day



http://www.jeremyrobinsononline.com/2012/04/05/the-secret-to-writing-4000-words-a-day


Great blogpost here by Jeremy Robinson

The Secret to Writing 4000 Words a Day
Close your eyes, relax, ignore your crazy life and start thinking about your story. Start small. Some detail about a scene you plan to write the following day. Maybe a piece of dialogue. Visualize the scene. Run through it. Then, repeat. Run through the scene again. Each pass brings out more details. Here’s where the magic happens. Without you fully realizing anything has changed, the scene will be playing out without your conscious mind driving it. Characters will say things you hadn’t planned on. Plots will develop in unexpected ways. The world you’ve created will come to life. This is daydreaming. Everything before is just thinking. If you do it enough, you’ll remember the scene like you were there and the writing will flow faster than you could ever imagine.

full post here


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