Archive for December, 2009
As I mentioned recently, I’ve not done a huge amount of stuff for Flip Flop Flyin’. In my head, I still call it “the main site” even though it’s not been my main focus for quite some time now. Anyway, after the redesign, I made a little promise to myself to do more stuff. After only one completely new thing on FFF all year (discounting updates to ongoing parts of the site), there’s three new things today.
Starting with something that has been idling half-finished for about a year-and-a-half now. Part of the reason it has languished in my “to do” folder is that I’ve wanted to make sure it is in no way sleazy, cos that wasn’t the intention. It’s called Weaknesses, and the basic idea is that there are things which we kinda like that aren’t the usual things we’d mention when thinking about someone we fancy. I’ll confess that one of them is something I find attractive. I’m not gonna tell you which one, though.
This second new thing is called Night workers and isn’t about what you might think it may be about. Quite a simple one, ticks the usual boxes of an FFF thing, really.
And the third one is a very old idea that I never got around to doing, but got my shit together this evening to finally do. It’s called Sleeping laptops. Clicking that link will make it clear why it’s called that.
Anyway, hope you enjoy them. Don’t wanna tempt fate, but I do have something vaguely Christmas-related up my sleeve, so if I find the time to do it, that may well be online at some point in the next couple of weeks.
Not much of a tribute, I know; more of a juvenile two-minute scribble. Dunno how I’ve managed to not put this up here, seeing as though I drew it about a month ago, after seeing the wonderful Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting show at the Hayward Gallery in London. It’s on until January 10th, and really is worth checking out if you’re around. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.
It’s not meant to be anyone in particular; just that I’d been looking at turn-of-the-century uniforms before I went to the launderette, and I started scribbling while my smalls were getting clean. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.
A year ago today, I got on an Air India flight from Heathrow to Newark. At the time, all that was on my mind was seeing friends in New York and spending Christmas with other friends in Bellingham; a last hurrah of travelling before returning to life in Berlin. Things turned out slightly differently as has been well documented on these pages, and I ended up staying for 218 days. I’ve been re-reading blog entries from that time in the States lately, and while I am more than wont to be a grass-is-greener kind of person, the conclusion I’ve come to is really simple: I miss being there. Berlin is lovely and all, a perfect place to live in many, many ways, and I can definitely see myself being happy here; but I wish I was still in the States. On a day-to-day level, I miss regular things. I miss being asked if I want my cappuccino wet or dry. I miss good Mexican food. I miss service-with-a-smile. I obviously miss my friends. I miss one of their sports. I miss New York, Seattle, and Portland. I’ve even started to have fonder memories of Bellingham. I find myself looking through photographs often. I open Google Maps and walk around downtown Portland; I follow my bus journey in Bellingham; I marvel at how great Las Vegas looks from above. Hopefully, as time goes by, I’ll get over this, stop swimming in melancholy, and the feeling that somewhere more appropriate to what I want from life will disappear as Berlin fully becomes that place. That’s the end of today’s self-pity. More iPod drawing shite tomorrow.
Mark Fidrych, the former Detroit Tigers pitcher who sadly died earlier this year. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.
If you’ve ever scrolled down this page, you may well have noticed a wee box down near the bottom of the column on the right with a bunch of drawings of my head with different baseball caps on. I’ve put them all together as a monthly archive now, so if you really really want to look at hundreds of drawings of my head, you can see them here.