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Archive for May, 2014

London football teams

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Not an infographic, rather an animation that uses data.

Basically, since the 1958-59 season, English football has had four top tiers. Prior to that, there were the first two divisions and two third divisions: a north division, and a south division. Since that season, of the 92 teams in those four divisions, between 11 and 14 of them have always been London-based teams.

This animation uses the places of those teams within the four tiers and the colours of those teams to create an animation. The longer a team is in a specific division, the closer to the edge of the circle that team is.

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May 31st, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Department store car park

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It’s the car park of Suburbia on Avenida 20 de Noviembre, just south of Zócalo.

More finger painting here.

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May 29th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Delegación Coyoacán

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More Mexico City stuff here. When I say “more,” I mean one-other-thing-that-I-did-last-year-but-I-intend-to-actually-do-a-lot-more-of-this-stuff.

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May 29th, 2014 at 10:31 am

Salchichi

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Stupid Spanish language word play…

More finger painting here.

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May 28th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Snow globe

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Drawing of a snow globe with baseball players inside it at NotGraphs.
http://www.fangraphs.com/not/snow-globe/

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May 28th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Buddha’s vegetarian

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In 2010, when I lived in lovely Toronto for one lovely summer, I would often walk past a restaurant called Buddha’s Vegetarian. I liked that it was a statement as well as a name. Buddha is vegetarian.

I guess technically the name is Buddha’s Vegetarian Restaurant, as their Web site makes a wee bit clearer. But maybe he was like Colonel Sanders. I dunno.

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May 28th, 2014 at 11:51 am

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Purple patch

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Just like a no-hitter in baseball, you don’t want to mention it while it’s going on. I don’t even really want to acknowledge it to myself. If it is going on, I try and keep it together: like a casual glance at the Galaxian high score that you are close to beating, but not constantly checking. I can write about it now, because it’s not happening anymore.

When I hit a purple patch, and I’m doing loads of drawing, (specifically drawing I’m happy with), and having new ideas, there’s nothing quite like that feeling. Everything comes together nicely and the brain is skipping along the street in technicolor, while everyone else is drab bowler-hatted men walking across a black and white London Bridge.

Sometimes these spurts happen just for a few days, sometimes they can be for a sustained period. I don’t really know if there’s any way to prolong them. It would obviously be great to control them, but I somehow feel that’s not gonna be part of the deal I’ve made with my brain.

I just came out of a brief one, though. A nice two-week patch of drawing, decent ideas, writing, and—somewhat importantly—feeling good about my work. It began here, actually. When I looked at stuff that I’d drawn while I was in London, wrote up some notes, filled the blog up a little bit. The London trip was average. It was nice, as always, to see friends and family. And, on the surface, it was nice to have an exhibition, but that exhibition itself wasn’t really a success. It didn’t get much publicity, I hardly sold anything (but, a massive heartfelt thank you to those who did buy something), and tapping numbers into a calculator of the cost of it all, there’s a minus sign in front of the numbers at the bottom of the in and out columns for the trip. And when that happens, I don’t feel like an artist. I feel like someone wasting money trying to be an artist. Especially when, in London, I went to see other shows by real artists who seem to have that side of their lives figured out.

That feeling, plus the inevitable post-London blues that I always seem to get when I return to Mexico, and it’s amazing that this purple period happened at all. I had two weeks of good stuff. The drawings I’ve done have made me relatively happy. I’m not gonna say they are great, but they’ve at least shown me a possible way forward. I was surfing and I was upright. But I hit a rock at the weekend. And it all stopped. Which is why I can write about this now. Couldn’t write about it while it was happening. When I’m in a good patch, I like to go to my Ideas and Sketches folder, a dumping ground for things to do later, and have a new look at something. The air dancer story came out of that. It was an old idea, from early in 2013. The Bill and Ted infographic, too. That’s been hanging around for three or four years, just some notes and dates in an Excel document.

Hitting the rock, though, isn’t often as obvious as it should seem. It happened at the weekend, but I didn’t realise it until yesterday. I started working on this thing that’s gonna be a short 30-second animation. I got about halfway through the drawing stage, and then yesterday morning, things just didn’t happen. I looked at what I’d done and realised I don’t have it in me to do it right now. I tried to continue, but it wouldn’t budge. So back in the Ideas and Sketches folder it goes, waiting for a future purple patch.

But “waiting” can’t happen. There will be some days of feeling a bit glum, but I will keep on drawing. Gotta work my way out of this opposite-of-a-purple-patch, which, I guess, looking at complementary colours, makes it a yellow patch.

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May 27th, 2014 at 7:56 am

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Pat!

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There’s the billboard poster just around the corner for some theatre thing. Two big faces and some words. But every time I walk by that poster, I can’t help but wonder why Pat Butcher is performing in Mexico.

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May 25th, 2014 at 7:23 am

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Two Peter Beardsleys

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More of this sort of thing here.

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May 24th, 2014 at 8:53 am

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Seven years ago

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Seven years ago, on 23 May 2007, my mate Keith and I went to Athens to see a Champions League Final. I travelled from Berlin to London to Athens and back to London and Berlin. I was awake for 67 hours. Here’s the blog post I wrote afterwords: http://flipflopflyin.com/g/2007/05/67-hours/

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May 23rd, 2014 at 11:25 am

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I wanna dance with somebody

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Here’s a picture story about an airdancer in Mexico City.

English version: http://flipflopflyin.com/iwannadance/index.html
Versión español: http://flipflopflyin.com/iwannadance/index.html#espanol

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May 23rd, 2014 at 11:06 am

Bird

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More finger painting here.

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May 23rd, 2014 at 7:42 am

Animated GIFs for IBMblr

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May 22nd, 2014 at 8:58 am

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Bill and Ted

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A couple of infographics today. First, one looking at the time travelling done by Bill and Ted in their Excellent Adventure. And the other one is only really of interest to me and my ego. It looks at the results of searching my name in Google Images. There are more famous Craig Robinsons than me.

http://flipflopflyin.com/billandted/index.html
http://flipflopflyin.com/craigrobinsons/index.html

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May 21st, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Middle initials

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Vivica A. Fox
Susan B. Anthony
George C. Scott
John D. Rockerfeller
Mark E. Smith
John F. Kennedy
Warren G. Harding
William H. Macy

Mary J. Blige
Philip K. Dick
Samuel L. Jackson
Charles M. Schulz

David O. Russell
Huey P. Newton
Robert Q Lewis
Edward R. Murrow
Hunter S. Thompson
Booker T. Washington

George W. Bush
David X. Cohen

So, we’re missing I., N., U., V., Y., and Z.
Can you help?

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May 21st, 2014 at 1:47 pm

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Paving Slab Field

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May 21st, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Big news!

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Special for the World Cup: Mexican-flag-coloured Tic Tacs! The green ones are apple flavour, the red ones are cherry flavour, and the white ones are orange flavour which doesn’t make sense, but I can appreciate that mint would be kinda grim when mixed with apple and cherry.

I am, though, wondering if Tic Tac is doing this in every country? Are there black, red, and yellow Tic Tacs in Germany?

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May 21st, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Duuuuuuuuuude

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May 21st, 2014 at 8:56 am

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She sells sea shells

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She sells sea shells on the seashore
But she didn’t sell many coz you can just pick ‘em up for free.

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May 20th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

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Diana

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Oh Diana
You had blonde hair
But the pigeons that walk around your memorial don’t care
That you died in a car in Paris

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May 20th, 2014 at 8:15 am

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