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3,411: Last night’s game

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October 21st, 2017 at 9:01 am

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3,410: Allestodo 37-42

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Do It by Rae Morris

On this day
Teaching the Mexican youth about pixels and shit, 21 October 2010

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Olmec colossal heads

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October 21st, 2017 at 7:00 am

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3,409: Allestodo 31-36

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Replica by The XX

On this day
Hamburguesas, 20 October 2011

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Mesoamerican chronology

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October 20th, 2017 at 2:36 am

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3,408: Allestodo 25-30

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Touch by Little Mix

On this day
Oostende, 19 October 2008

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Nim Li Punit

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October 19th, 2017 at 1:33 am

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3,407: Allestodo 19-24

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Home by Joe Goddard

On this day
I Wouldn’t Walk 500 Miles, 18 October 2010

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Toledo District

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October 18th, 2017 at 1:40 am

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3,406: Allestodo 13-18

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Feels by Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean

On this day
Carsten Charles, 13 September 2009

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Mennonites in Belize

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September 13th, 2017 at 2:15 am

3,405: Eleven years of sleep

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Eleven years now that I’ve doing this. Not sure I could stop if I wanted to now. Bigger if you right click.

Previously:
A decade of sleep
Nine years of sleep
Eight years of sleep
Seven years of sleep
Six years of sleep
Five years of sleep
Four years of sleep
Three years of sleep
Two years of sleep
A year of sleep

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Mine by Phoebe Ryan

On this day
Wilco, 11 September 2005

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Mennonite

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September 11th, 2017 at 4:34 am

3,404: Allestodo 7-12

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Uh Huh by Julia Michaels

On this day
Vegas, Paris, a jackass, and poo, 14 August 2007

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German Mexicans

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August 14th, 2017 at 3:35 am

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3,403: Allestodo 1-6

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These were made with Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp, Pixaki, and Procreate. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while, something that reflects the interest I have in drawing jungle, but rather than doing a straight jungle drawing, doing a drawing of the jungle if the jungle was the inside of my brain and the different processes my brain uses to draw things and trying to make a coherent images from those different processes. These are just the start of this project.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
The Pop Kids by Pet Shop Boys

On this day
Three insects, 11 August 2009

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Beer in Mexico

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August 11th, 2017 at 1:54 am

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3,402: Who’s That Girl

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Who’s That Girl by Madonna was number one in the UK thirty years ago. A long time ago, eh.

Not one of my favourite Madonna songs, and not a song I listen to very often, frankly. I never saw the movie of the same name. Or heard the soundtrack album. Kinda strange that it’s credited as a Madonna album on the sleeve even though only four of the nine songs are by Madonna. More pertinent to not listening to it very often, though, is that it’s not on The Immaculate Collection, her first greatest hits. More often than not, unless I wanna listen to specific non-singles, I will just open up either of her first two best ofs.

I like best ofs. But my brain likes them best when they follow a couple of rules: every single, and in chronological order. The Immaculate Collection does the later, but not the former. Even if we ignore her first two singles (Everybody and Burning Up) which weren’t hits in the Billboard or UK charts, It’s missing a whopping eleven singles from between 1983 and 1990: Angel, Dress You Up, Gambler, True Blue, Who’s That Girl, Causing a Commotion, The Look of Love, Oh Father (UK only single), Dear Jessie, Keep It Together, Hanky Panky.

One could definitely argue that if you were gonna drop eleven singles from a singles compilation they chose the right eleven to drop, but still.

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/1/2017: Jack Your Body
1/2/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/2/2017: Stand By Me
8/3/2017: Everything I Own
22/3/2017: Respectable
29/3/2017: Let It Be
19/4/2017: La Isla Bonita
3/5/2017: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
31/5/2017: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
14/6/2017: Star Trekkin’
28/6/2017: It’s a Sin

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cut to the Feeling by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
Steven Robinson, 19 July 2012

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Mezcal

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July 19th, 2017 at 12:05 am

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3,401: Billy and Cyndi

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I’ve been playing with Adobe Illustrator for about a month now. Things feel a lot better than they did when I did those early drawings. Learning new little things now is nice. Those new things slide into the workflow easier because I’ve got the basics down. And I’m at a point where learning more stuff feels like something I want to do, rather than the initial process of learning feeling like something I should do.

And over the last few days a shift happened in a process I’ve been thinking about, playing with, for a few months: making pixelly work with a few extra elements, a few more curves, not as strict a view of how things should look. I did some stuff like that mostly in Photoshop, but also with Procreate. But over the last few days, my instinct was to open Illustrator to do those things. This is something I’ve been looking forward to: Illustrator being a tool that is the first one I reach for in a project.

I could have done these drawings in Photoshop. I might’ve been a bit quicker at them in Photoshop, but the whole process was easier in Illustrator. Especially when changing things in and out. Not having to deal with layers is such a joy in the trying-things-out process.

Here’s a dog and a cat.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lucky Girl by Fazerdaze

On this day
Going to California, 18 July 2008

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Oaxacan cuisine

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July 18th, 2017 at 12:05 am

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3,400: Hickatee Cottages

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As I’ve probably mentioned many times over the past decade, Hickatee Cottages in Punta Gorda, Belize is one of my favourite places. I’ve been thinking about Belize a lot recent. Not really sure why. Maybe it’s the time of year that brings it to mind again, as I was there in the summer last year.

Belize is a strange place. I’m not really sure why I like it so much. But I do, and I kinda miss it after not being there for a while.

But, yesterday I was looking through my folder of unfinished drawings and found a drawing from 2012 of the main building at Hickatee that I’d done with the C64 Paint app (a pixel art app that had just 16 colours). I’d added some background trees in Photoshop now and then over the past five years, but my brain was in the right place to sit down and finish the drawing.

This was the drawing that I did while I was there in 2012:

Here are some other drawings I did while I was there in 2012. And this is the drawing I finished yesterday. I’m very happy with it. I like drawing trees and plants specifically because it’s such a daunting task. It’s easy to do stylised flora, but a real challenge to try and create an element of realism with pixels. It’s fun to do, and my mind stops babbling with other noise and I tend to be able to knuckle down, clicky click, one pixel at a time.

My friends Kate and Ian no longer run Hickatee. It’s had new owners for nearly a year now. I hope they are doing well, but I’m in two minds as to whether I should ever return. In one way, Hickatee’s joy is tied closely to the friendship that grew out of meeting them there for the first time in 2008, and what’s the point of going back there and it not being the same? If it’s worse, it would feel like a wasted trip, and on the other hand, well, I don’t really want it to be better. I guess the reality is I can’t imagine never visiting Punta Gorda again, and if I do, there’s really only one place I’d want to stay. So I suppose it’s inevitable. In this last paragraph I’ve managed to convince myself to do it one day. One thing I do know: if I ever won the lottery, I’d buy Hickatee and close it and keep it for myself, spend my whole day painting there, like Monet in his garden.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Paradise by Coldplay

On this day
Robot giraffe (stuck in the cobblestones), 17 July 2007

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Oaxaca City

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July 17th, 2017 at 3:53 am

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3,399: Clear out

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I’ve noticed I’m falling back on old bad habits here: putting up a drawing, calling it a blog post. That seems fine now and then, but the whole week’s been like that, and that’s the recipe for downfall that has happened before. So let’s get rid of the backlog of drawings from this last week, start fresh tomorrow.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever by Zayn and Taylor Swift

On this day
Oregon Country Fair photos, 16 July 2008

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List of World Heritage Sites in Mexico

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July 16th, 2017 at 12:17 am

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3,398: Fun fact

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Bad Liar by Selena Gomez

On this day
Hopkins seascapes, 15 July 2012

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World Heritage Site

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July 14th, 2017 at 11:28 pm

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3,397: Buffering boy

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Other business
I just read that Colette is closing down soon. Seventeen years ago, Sarah at Colette contacted me and asked if I wanted to make a mini site for them called I Love Colette. I had a day trip from London to Paris to meet Sarah, see the store, take some photos. It was a nice day. And the site I made for them is something I still really like. It’s very of its time, in terms of Web design and my drawing, but it’s still pretty cool, I think. Clicking on “style,” “design,” “art,” or “food” is how to navigate, which I’ve just noticed, isn’t overly clear.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Misread by Fazerdaze

On this day
One of those hot dog sculpture thingies, 14 July 2015

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Shark Bay

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July 14th, 2017 at 2:05 am

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3,396: Heads

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Malibu by Miley Cyrus. A touch more than halfway through the year, and this has quietly become one of my favourite songs of the year. Off the top of my head and without thinking about it too much, at [prentds to look at non-existent watch on my wrist] 8.52am Thursday 13 July, there’s this, Sign of the Times, and Bad Liar.

On this day
Name calling, 13 July 2005

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Stromatolite

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July 13th, 2017 at 1:58 am

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3,395: Game boy

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Municipality by Real Estate

On this day
Batman’s recurring dream, 12 July 2007

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Unicellular organism

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July 12th, 2017 at 12:37 am

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3,394: Regenbogen

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Other business
D & D Glass Co. is still there:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Municipality by Real Estate

On this day
In the neighbourhood, 11 July 2005

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Phylogenetic tree

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July 11th, 2017 at 2:10 am

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3,393: Kraftwerk again

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
International Space Station by British Sea Power

On this day
One pixel Beatles album sleeves, 10 July 2014

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Phylogenetics

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July 10th, 2017 at 12:15 am

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3,392: Embedding the week

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A wee bit of artwork
Pixelly drawing (well, kinda a Ministeck-y drawing, really) of Templo de Kukulkán at Chichén Itzá.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Take it Slow by Fazerdaze

On this day
From there to here, 9 July 2009

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Canada lynx

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July 9th, 2017 at 12:01 am

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