Wednesday, November 30, 2005

melancholy morning

free metro.
tabloid rag: scaremongering and pop news, celebrity gossip. i want to shout back "george best is dead and i don't give a fuck". i'm no expert, but it doesn't seem there was much to like when he was alive.

the tram is hopeless under the blood-sky. grim faces and mobile phones, all hiding behind metros. i've squashed my pear and lost my gloves, all i have left are the pair on elastic. i wear them but they make me sad; thoughts of you.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

busy busybusybusybusy

lots of things to do, never enough time. but lots of time to enjoy the frost, the frost is good. crunching underfoot, a sunrise blushing the horizon, a scarf and gloves and a warm hat and some boots on; puffing out vapour like steam from a train.

i gave my first presentation for about 3 years today and it went ok. but today there was no frost and the sky was cloudy, where's the fun in that?

Saturday, November 12, 2005

lost in the ether

lost in the ether
Originally uploaded by monkeyinfez.

communication technology

and here we are, a finished project... it has only taken 3 months of sitting on before i finished it - a relatively short gestation as these things go.

communication technology

it's all about the art

some exciting news yesterday: i've had a picture accepted for the nottingham open! woohoo. now all i have to do is remember what size i told them it'd be and get it printed and mounted by the 5th december...

in other exciting art news i've just finished some cd design work and some interweb flash stuff, more on these later when i get around to uploading them somewhere.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

jonathan miller's brief history of disbelief

this is by far the best documentary series i've seen for some time. i was lucky enough to catch it on bbc4 a while back, but it's now getting an airing on bbc2 and, second time around, it's still captivating.

yes, it's a documentary where a smart and thoroughly likable chap talks to us like adults, and then chats with some other smart people too. that's right, they actually have intelligent adult discussion and develop thoughts and ideas - unlike most documentaries of late which seek instead to bamboozle you with pretty graphics so you don't notice the dearth of content. he even starts the first show with a little monologue about how there's definitely not going to be lots of pretty graphics. thank you jonathan!

my favourite titbits so far are a comment from bush snr being questioned on atheism:
"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."

And Epicurus' rebuttal of god:
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

There's a bit more info on the beeb.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

broken news

steps for making a tv spoof:
1) Remember to put jokes in, preferably of the caustic, satiric kind.
2) Remember to put jokes in, see above.
3) Give up when you realise that Chris Morris did it far better with The Day Today and Brass Eye and, frankly, there's no point in you even bothering when his work is so eerily prescient that it's probably now used as a how-to by the very idiots he lampoons.

Yes, you're idiots. Your show is, in fact, virtually undistinguishable from the real thing (see points 1 & 2). The only humour is of the depressing, head shaking kind, when you realise that news has, for the most part, actually sunk this low.