Saturday, 28 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility, and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do.
It's Hemingway. Worrying? Oh yes.
A day later: it's still puzzling me; though I think if you stress the words make and describe it almost makes sense; almost.
How to Design Your Own Beach House Landscape
When deciding how to draw or design a beach house landscape for a cartoon, picture or any other sort of animation or drawing, it is best to keep the main elements of a beach house--weather, water and open area--in mind.
So true , but then of course, it is best when cooking a chicken casserole to keep in mind that you will need some chicken: but I probably didn't need to tell you that, did I?
And anyway who is this aimed at?
how to draw or design a beach house landscape for a cartoon, picture or any other sort of animation or drawing?
So how did this revelation come about?
I'd received a call from a journalist on a National daily newspaper. They wanted to do a piece about a web-based venture which I had launched a month or two before. We discussed the project in some detail. Satisfied that there was more than enough to do a piece, the discussion turned to taking a photograph. Are you married? asked the journalist. I replied simply no (not wishing to get into the divorced versus single discussion) after a pause she responded with Have you got any children? I replied no. There was a longer, more poignant, pause before she said with a slight air of desperation in her voice any pets? Fortunately I was able to say yes, though I believe that my cat, Archie would probably consider himself a co-habitee rather than in the deferential role of pet'. So with a sigh of relief she suggested a time for the photographer to call at my house. So my existence and my interest factor had been confirmed. But why do I need partner, offspring or pet to be valid'?
I was thinking that the era of people, in particular women being identified by the nature of their husband's work was long gone. Then I remembered a story a good friend told me some years ago, about a visit to the hairdressers. After the usual preliminaries about what you doing this weekend? where do you live? etc The hairdresser asked my friend the $64,000 question.
"So what does your husband do?"
"He's a nuclear physicist." she replied truthfully.
After a pause the hairdresser asked (innocently)
"So does he work for himself?"
I still maintain that when the proportion of people living alone has trebled over the last 40 years, it is anachronistic to define people according to their associations, but then I don't have to worry anymore, as I'm married now and my wife said she loves me, whether I'm interesting or not.... and I think that's alright......
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
This was posted on Twitter by someone called Stephanie.
"I read the headline "Pope visits Africa" as "Elderly cross-dressing virgin lectures AIDS-stricken continent about dangers of condoms."
Even this gem doesn't quite justify the 2.7 million clicks I've probably done this week but anyway.
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Music from Big Pink
‘It has that beautiful amateurish sound the Americans capture so easily.’
‘…of course, this is a chart and artistic success. And let us not forget the cover with all those lovely ladies there upon.’
I’m not quite sure which I prefer most; the ‘damning with faint praise of’ the first or the quaint use of ‘there upon’ in the second.
Saturday, 14 March 2009
I read today that Twitter membership has gone up by 33% in one week: from 6 million to 8 million people!
The thought is this: there are millions of us out here: but how many direct contacts do we actually get? If everybody is writing articles or 'content' --God I hate that word, makes it sound like the newly rich who used to buy books by the yard to fill their 'libraries'...
Anyway if everybody is writing articles with SEO in mind, then the sole purpose of that type of 'writing' is to attract the 'bots, so you may as well write a list of keywords, if all you want is to appear high on the Search Engines.
So I ask myself, what does it have to do with writing....