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Archive for January, 2013

Orlando, again

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Back at Tortas Jorge. Orlando, the guitar man, kept moving his head, and, y’know… drawing whilst drinking… I lost the will to do a proper representation of the what was on his shoulders.

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January 31st, 2013 at 12:14 am

Palm tree

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I find palm trees difficult to draw on the iPod and iPad. Gotta keep trying…

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January 30th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

View from my balcony

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I’m moving out of this apartment at the end of this week, so figured I’d finish a drawing I sketched out last summer. The tall building in the distance is Mexico City’s World Trade Center.

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January 29th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Orlando

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January 29th, 2013 at 11:52 am

Cardinals spring training

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January 28th, 2013 at 11:57 am

Circuito Interior (Calzada Melchor Ocampo)

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Circuito Interior is a big ring road in Mexico City. The road also has different names along different parts of its route. This part is named after Melchor Ocampo, a 19th century politician.

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January 28th, 2013 at 9:02 am

El Ángel de la Independencia

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January 28th, 2013 at 8:55 am

The Pink Floyd

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First, I can’t stop myself calling them The Pink Floyd. Second, I can’t stop saying “The Pink Floyd” in a bad John Peel impression. Third, I love Pink Floyd. Fourth, I like making charts. Fifth, here’s a chart looking at who did the songwriting on Pink Floyd albums. I’d always known that Roger Waters kinda dominated as the band went on, but I don’t think I’d ever really realised to what degree. Anyway: larger version here.

Update: I was alerted by someone on Twitter that the Pink Floyd chart was a bit difficult for colour blind people to see properly, so I did a wee bit of research and changed things so that now it is hopefully easier to see. This is clearly quite important with infographics, seeing as though the whole point is to try and make information easy to understand. So in future, I’m gonna do my best to make sure all the charts are colour blind friendly. I can’t say I’m gonna go back and change old things, but I will make an effort to do my best in the future. If any colour blind people ever spot anything in the future that’s difficult to “read,” please let me know. Here’s the new version.

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January 26th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Posted in Infographics,Music

Perrier bottle, bamboo twig, candle

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January 26th, 2013 at 9:50 am

“My Story”

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There are a lot of sports autobiographies called “My Story.” I did a search on Amazon.co.uk…

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January 25th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Posted in Silly,Sports

Finches be gettin’ audacious

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As previously noted, I like to feed the house finches in my neighbourhood. I throw a couple of handfuls of sunflower seeds out on the balcony every morning. And it’s nice to watch them and listen to them chirping.

But in the last couple of days, one or two of them have been getting bold. They noticed that the source of the seeds is a bag that I leave next to the balcony door.

And, regarding the above linked previous post: I’ve not seen Bullet for quite a while. I believe one of two things has occurred:

1. She died.
2. She got bored of my sunflower seeds, and relocated to another tree in another neighbourhood, and became queen of someone else’s balcony.

I prefer to think the latter is the truth.

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January 25th, 2013 at 10:51 am

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Hector’s drawing

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This is not an original idea whatsoever; there are those drawings that someone did where they fancy up kids’ drawings, and this is the same concept, essentially.

People, some people, not all people, tend to be interested in how one draws on one’s iPod. When that happens, I whip out my thing, open the Brushes app, and do a little scribble on a blank document so they can see the process. If that person then asks to have a go, I hand over the iPod and let them draw.

In the past, I’ve done some drawings that are based on the doodles of other people within my iPod, but I’ve not flagged them up, mostly because I never saved the original doodle that the other person drew. But this time, I did.

On New Year’s Eve, my friend Hector did this drawing:

I saved it, and emailed it to him. And the original sat there in my Brushes app for a few weeks. But last night, whilst watching a documentary about Will Self on YouTube, I doodled over the top of Hector’s drawing. And turned it into a drunk, angry, vicar:

Doing this sort of thing is incredible fun. You are freed from trying to get things “right.”

So, anyway, here’s a wee animation showing Hector’s original and my drawing fading between each other:

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January 25th, 2013 at 9:57 am

Big cactus

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A drawing done with the Brushes app on top of a crappy resolution photo taken with an iPod touch somewhere over the state of Campeche in Mexico.

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January 25th, 2013 at 9:33 am

Xibalbá

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January 24th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Rocket monkey (or stupid drawing)

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January 24th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Man at a cafe

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January 24th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Summer of ’69

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If Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69″ were recorded today, the equivalent time period would make it “Summer of ’98.”

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January 22nd, 2013 at 4:23 pm

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Space Needle

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January 22nd, 2013 at 9:41 am

Two drawings

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A friend of mine is a journalist, and had to go to a bullfight here in Mexico City yesterday. He asked me if I wanted to go, and because I wanted to do some drawing practice, particularly of crowds – something I have to do more of in the near future – I went along. It’s not the first time I’ve been to a bullfight. I went before in 2008. It was horrific then, and it was horrific again. Here’s a couple of the drawings. Drawings, by the way, are not endorsements.

And before you decide to leave a comment about your views on bullfighting, let me just say: I know what you want to say; I entirely agree with your opinions on bullfighting; and yes, it’s weird mental gymnastics to justify paying to see such things. Normally, I don’t care what people write in the comments, but this is a topic that people like to rant about, and frankly, I can’t be arsed to have that going on, so if you feel like ranting, do it somewhere else, because your rants here will be deleted.

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January 21st, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Entire text of a spam email received this morning

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Subject: Gem uses Tracy Shoup

Buddy, thats crazy!

Yeah, crazy chick, dressed like Santa, wanted to get ecstasy inside the Mike Scheier flat!

Thanks to City Mayor, that cops took her under custody (without underwear!!!) :

[Spam URL here]

That lady is sexy even under custody!

Michael Ellefson

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January 17th, 2013 at 7:42 am

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