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3,193: Mays ranked

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Derrick – 10/10
Invented music with his mates Kevin and Juan.

The month of – 10/10
Good solid month. Not too hot, but deffo t-shirt weather for a few days at least.

Brian – 9/10
Made a fireplace out of a guitar.

Simon – 7/10
Invented the doof doof drums on the EastEnders signature tune.

Maggie – 7/10
Wake up, luv, Rod’s got something to say to you.

David – 2/10
Played for Man U, thus automatically docked eight points.

James – 1/10
The best of a bad bunch on the awful telly show he does, in the same way that eating a firm stool might be preferable to eating diarrhoea.

Theresa – 0/10
Worzel Gummidge after a makeover. Tory scum.

A wee bit more artwork
Plant on the kitchen windowsill.

Other business
I’ve been listening to a bunch of Andrew Weatherall mixes recently. There’s a ton of them online. Specifically, I listened to three newer mixes and one from 1994. I love how his DJing is the same but different and still as exciting as it ever was: Cream (Annexe), Liverpool, 1994, Boiler Room, 2012, Resident Advisor, 2015, Gottwood Festival, Anglesey, 2016

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Elizabeth Taylor by Claire Maguire

On this day
A long weekend, 6 January 2011. I had a weekend away from Mexico City in a place called San Gil in Querétaro. My memory of that weekend was mainly of how absolutely relaxing it was to get away from Mexico City for a few days. I’d only been there for four months at that point, but already the desire to escape was strong, and that has continued.

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Pet Shop Boys

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January 6th, 2017 at 2:59 am

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3,192: Two drawings, two paintings

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A drawing in my notebook of a man with a UFO for a hat, a drawing of a woman eating breakfast done quickly last night in the Paper app, and two more paintings of the park (Mauerpark Nr. 6, and Falkplatz Nr. 4*).

* A note on the different names on what would seem like the same park. Falkplatz is a small park. I live right across the street from this park. Mauerpark connects onto Falkplatz. It has a different name because of it didn’t used to be a park.

Other business
It came to my attention the other day that Tipp-Ex correction paper has been discontinued. Back in the 90s, I would use it in drawings and sketchbooks a lot. I’ve had this packet of it for about six years, so clearly I don’t use it as much as I once did, but it’s always close at hand. (A good example of this is the fact that I brought it with me on this trip.) I’m a little sad that this packet now has extra gravity. I will use it more sparingly, I will think twice about using it. Which, in reality, probably means I will virtually never use it again. I might as well frame it. Perhaps I should just do that.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Upper East Siders by Actrese. Really good song this.

On this day
My hopes for 2007, 5 January 2007. Still not happened…

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Culture of the United Kingdom

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January 5th, 2017 at 1:45 am

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3,191: Qualität Straße

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A couple of days after Xmas, I saw some Quality Street on sale in a supermarket. Bought a tin. For me it’s quite difficult to assess something like that on its merits, because Quality Street is so wrapped up in childhood memories of what Xmas is. (We were a Quality Street rather than a Roses family. The newer interloper Celebrations can get fucked.) Obviously, the design of the tin has changed for the worse, but really, it wasn’t that great when I was a kid: just a nice cosy vision of an old-fashioned Christmas that probably never existed anyway. Taste them without those thoughts of Xmasses in years gone by, and, y’know, they’re really not that special. The green triangle is kinda nice, but the rest of them are pretty average.

It’s also a little grating to buy a Nestlé product. It’s something I virtually never do. I think in the last year I had maybe one Kit Kat. Still one Nestlé product too many, though. Two too many now.

The only real joy with Quality Street that remains is holding the coloured cellophane wrappers in front of your eyes.

Here is a photograph of my desk:

Here is a photograph of my desk with the purple hazelnut in caramel wrapper in front of the lens:

The pink fudge wrapper:

The blue coconut éclair wrapper:

The green milk choc block wrapper:

The yellow toffee finger wrapper:

The yellow toffee penny wrapper:

The orange orange crème wrapper:

The brown toffee deluxe wrapper:

And the best wrapper (worst Quality Street, though), the red strawberry dream one:

A wee bit of artwork
Downtonfuckingabbey. I’d had this nearly-finished drawing on my computer since 2012. All that needed doing was the tower. I was sick to death of seeing it in my “to do” folder so I gave it some gunge, because I couldn’t be arsed to do the tower properly. I look at it now and wish I’d taken a little more care drawing the gunge, but still, I don’t want this hanging around any more. I’d rather have it as a finished failure than spend any more time acknowledging it when I open that folder.

Other business
John Berger died two days ago at the age of 90. I suspect every art student since the Seventies has read and been influenced in one way or another by Ways of Seeing. I’ve long since lost my copy of the book, but the accompanying BBC four-part series is on YouTube. Worth watching if you’ve never seen it: 1 2 3 4. And while we’re at it, here’s a good interview, and here’s Berger drawing Tilda Swinton.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I’m in Love with a German Film Star by the Passions

On this day
If I had a hammer, 4 January 2009. A simple bit of audio.

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Bovril

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January 4th, 2017 at 1:55 am

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3,189: The day after

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Good day for a walk, New Year’s Day. Especially if you can get yourself out of the house early. I under-slept, but still felt the urge to get up and see the mess from the night before. Not in a judgemental tsk-pesky-kids way, just that I’d watched the fireworks going off in and around the park, and was curious about what was left over. I was half expecting the park to be more trash than grass. There’s also a nice quietness on the morning of January the first. Being right next to a park certainly helps with the motivation to put on socks and shoes and layers of clothes and a scarf and gloves and a coat.

The pavement and road outside the building was covered in spent fireworks and dust and discarded packaging. Broken and unbroken beer and sekt bottles. The trees across the street which are in my morning view photos are, I believe, ordinarily the place where birds sleep. Where do birds go where there are fireworks going off all around the city? They must be shitting themselves. A number of them probably die, right?

And yep, there was a ton more Silvester* debris in the park. A couple of people walking their dogs, some joggers too. There was a dude working on something on the graffiti wall, and a handful of people who looked like they were on their way home: tired, happy, laddered tights, drinking beers, smoking weed. And lots of trash.

* Germans refer to New Year’s Eve as Silvester. The reason for that is that it’s Pope Sylvester I’s saint day. He died on 31 December 335, apparently.

Here’s some photographs in and around the park.

A wee bit of artwork
The Berliner Fernsehturm.

Other business
And while we’re on the topic of fireworks, here’s a quick dirty chart based on no real data other than making a mental note of things

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Elizabeth Taylor by Clare Maguire.

On this day
NYE, 2 January 2008. I had (what I thought was) a migraine (but subsequently found out is a cluster headache) so no boozing. But a magnificent night at the Royal Festival Hall in London, watching Super Furry Animals play three sets.

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Suzerainty

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January 2nd, 2017 at 2:41 am

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3,188: Embedding the week

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Xmas is no excuse for such shoddy parking.

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Artwork for my ambient album, "Sunshine and a Bag of Quavers"

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Lids at the bottle bank

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Qualität Straße

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Hiya

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First time I've found Marie Sharp's outside of Belize. The best salsa habanero imo.

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Good night, sweet warrior. Your people would be proud of you. Rest in peace.

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Pretty happy that four of these are recent paintings and that my dad is in the middle. Thank you, damen und herren. Guten Rutsch!

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New Year's Eve vibes.

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It was nice to have a quiet Silvester. Bottle of wine, listening to music, painting, and then watching the fireworks in and above the park from the window. I tend to work on two or three paintings at the same time. Switching while allowing bits to dry, then switching back, and continuing the process. Not a revelation, of course. Here’s the one I finished last night at around 1am. First of the year.

Gleimtunnel. Gouache and coloured pencil on paper, 24 x 17 cm.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I Can Change by LCD Soundsystem. Same as yesterday.

On this day
NYE, 1 January 2009. Regarding a New Year’s Eve in Bellingham, Washington. I still do that thing with the sport chart, btw. It’s pretty boring though. Just like that last sentence.

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Afonso I of Portugal

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January 1st, 2017 at 2:30 am

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3,187: The song in my head when I woke up this morning

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Every day of the year, I’ve taken a note of which song is in my head when I wake up.

In 2015, the winner was Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. That was in my head first thing in the morning 14 times. She was also the top artist of the year (48 times).

In 2016, the song of hers that appeared the most was State of Grace (4 times). And she was third on the list of artists (21 times). So, here are the top ten artists of the year in my head when I woke up in 2016.

10. Charli XCX
7 times: Vroom Vroom (3), After the Afterparty (2), Gold Coins (1), Famous (1)

7=. Galantis
8 times: Peanut Butter Jelly (8)

7=. Justin Bieber
8 times: Sorry (5), What Do You Mean? (2), Love Yourself (1)

7=. Super Furry Animals
8 times: Inaugural Trams (4), Bing Bong (1), Mt (1), Night Vision (1), Walk You Home (1)

6. LCD Soundsystem
9 times: Dance Yrself Clean (2), New York I Love You… (2), Tribulations (2), Drunk Girls (1), I Can Change (1), Yeah (1)

5. Petite Meller
13 times: Lil’ Love (5), Milk Bath (3), NYC Time (3), Barbaric (2)

4. Beyoncé
17 times: 6 Inch (5), Formation (4), Sorry (4), All Night (2), Forward (1), Pray You Catch Me (1)

3. Taylor Swift
21 times: State of Grace (4), 22 (2), I Know Places (2), We are Never Ever Getting Back Together (2), All too Well (1), Blank Space (1), How You Get the Girl (1), I Knew You were Trouble (1), Love Story (1), New Romantics (1), Red (1), Shake it Off (1), Stay Stay Stay (1), Treacherous (1), You Belong to Me (1)

2. One Direction
39 times: One Thing (6), No Control (5), Best Song Ever (4), Drag Me Down (4), Live While We’re Young (4), You & I (4), More Than This (3), Story of My Life (3), Little Things (2), Night Changes (2), History (1), Kiss You (1)

1. Coldplay
44 times: Hymn for the Weekend (6), Adventure of a Lifetimes (5), Fun (5), Up & Up (5), A Head Full of Dreams (4), Amazing Day (4), Birds (4), A Sky Full of Stars (2), Hurts like Heaven (2), Ink (2), X Marks the Spot (2), Magic (1), Paradise (1), True Love (1)

So yes, Coldplay. They get a lot of shit, and I can absolutely understand why, but I like them. I think they’ve got better. I think they’re a better pop group than they were an indie band. I find it quite interesting that a band like that would go in a poppier direction rather than a rockier direction the more successful they get. I mean, they are an audio distillation of a gap year student having an amaaaazing time in Asia, but they always seem so happy and so appreciative of their position. They’re great. And what they did at Glastonbury this year was really lovely.

And, the song that was in my head the most in 2016 was Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis. Eight times. I saw them live at the Corona Capital festival recently, and yep, they were a massive load of fun.

Anyway, after the horseshit year we’ve just gone through, and the massive potential for shite next year, it almost feels sarcastic to say it, but: feliz año nuevo, guten Rutsch, and happy new year.

A wee bit of artwork
Not sure what’s going on here.

Other business
I had one of those “huh? of course!” revelations the other day. Looking for black tea in the supermarket, the only thing I could find had the words fair trade on the front. Leaving aside criticisms, it suddenly hit me: if it doesn’t say that on the front, then it deffo isn’t fair trade, right? I mean, if Big Macs were fair trade it’d say it on the box, right? And I mentally scanned everything else I buy from the supermarket and felt bad. Unfair trade is a feature not a bug.

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Siege of Lisbon

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December 31st, 2016 at 1:39 am

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3,185: Arting myself into 2017

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Thought I might show you some work-in-progress and ideas I plan on working on during 2017. This is partly an effort to kick myself in the arse and get going on them. It’s a to-do list made public. I like them as WIP and ideas, so I should really try doing them. Of course, when I check this blog post again at this time next year, I will find that I’ve only finished a small portion of them, and in a way, that’s fine cos hopefully new ideas will have been more pressing. If I can get ten of these done, though, I’ll be a happy fellow.

There’s plenty of stuff that needs finishing off. The most obvious of those is the U-Bahn lines. I’m here now, and it feels right that I should do it while I’m here. I’ve done three of the ten lines so far, but two of those are the shortest lines, which is to say, I’ve still got 159 of 196 platforms to draw.

I wanna keep playing around with the late 80s/early 90s Adidas stuff. (A few early things here.) In my head, it would be nice to experiment a bit and create some sort of massive thing that uses a lot of their designs and makes one coherent piece.

A Berlin version of the Mexico City (2013) and London (2014) pixel drawings. I would’ve done this in 2016 had it not been for the feeling that I hadn’t done enough photo research while I was hear last winter.

This Bodybuilders drawing is unfinished. I want the beach to be full of bodybuilders, male and female.

I don’t remember why this came into my head, but I started drawing quick pictures on Sketches, the first drawing app I ever used on my first iPod touch. Don’t remember why I used that app. But it was fun to get it out again, considering I’ve use iPod and iPad apps so much in the last eight year. Fun to go back to the app that started it all for me. Anyway, I started drawing singers that were on the Now That’s What I Call Music XIII compilation from 1988. I did four of them. There are 32 in total. I wanted to do them really quick. Just two or three minutes each, rough as fuck. They’re stupid drawings, they’re not really important, they won’t be “popular” but for some reason I like then, and it should be easy to finish this series in one evening if I get my shit together. Here’s ones I’ve done: Yazz, Womack & Womack, Jane Wiedlin, and T’Pau.

Princes is something I began on the day he died. Everything you see below was done that day. The idea is do a Minipop of him for every year of his famous life. I really want to find time to finish this before the first anniversary.

I have a picture story related to the Pixies song Tony’s Theme on the go, and something called Twin Eltons which has been sat on my computer since the summer of 2001. Pre-9/11. Which feels mental that a) I have something that old still on my computer, and b) I still like the idea. I’ve got something called Mountain Beyond the Sky which is about a bunch of kids who go on a journey. And this which I just refer to as giraffe story at the moment, about this fella:

I’ve been working on and off on some data visualisation about Ravel’s Bolero for three years. Would be good to wrap that up, too.

Re-approaching the infographic project regarding Maurice Ravel's Boléro.

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Gotta do some more of these Octagonz fellas. They’re a lot of fun to do using the Pixaki pixel art app on the iPad, on the sofa, in front of the telly. These 32×32 line landscapes, too: beach, countryside, glacier, skegness, and this one of an Adidas Superstar trainer:

The last few now. This has no title other than the working title of big fucking pyramid. It’s a big fucking pyramid. Basically the idea is to mix up old school raving with a Mesoamerican pyramid. In my dreams this would be a print with UV and fluoro inks. I keep adding bits here and there. It could do with a two-day burst of action to kick it along a few steps, mind.

The next three things to mention all involve a decent amount of writing. Two of them involve drawing, too. Jesus Christmas is gonna be a short comic story about a guy who runs a barber shop in a mall. I’m a little bit fascinated by the crappy bits of shopping centres. The bits in corridors off to the side, or down near the car parks. So that’s gonna be about one of them. Table 31 Guy is about a guy who goes to Belize for a bit. Fictionalised travel writing, essentially. That’s about 25% done. And something currently called Sherbert which will end up with a different name. This is the biggest of all the projects. A story about a jobless chap in his thirties who lives alone.

But mostly, more paintings. More paintings of Berlin (some of which I’ve put on the blog in the past few weeks, and more jungle paintings (some of which were in yesterday’s Best Of round-up) when I get back on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Painting painting painting.

I really hope to look at this post at the end of 2017 and see that I have knocked some big holes in this list because, yeh, as you might be able to tell, I have trouble staying focussed.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Love Action by the Human League.

On this day
Out and about, 30 December 2010. That was a nice day, walking around, seeing art, eating food, enjoying being Mexico City.

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Potential energy

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December 30th, 2016 at 3:04 am

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3,184: Belize sketchbook

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Something from the summer: I spent two weeks in Belize in June. On previous trips, I’ve spent a lot of time writing, taking photos, and drawing on my iPad. On this trip, I decided to stick to a sketchbook. It was a brilliant thing to do, really enjoyed it. Didn’t put any of this stuff on the blog in the summer, so let’s rectify that, eh?

On the immigration form at the border, under profession I wrote "artist." Usually I write "illustrator." Feels like an important distinction that my brain made unconsciously.

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2km midday bike ride. Sweating my balls off. Stopped for a beer at Olmec Bar. Drum kit outside and locals having a midday chat. Woman drunk and yelling inside the bar eventually comes out and sees a gringo, smiles at me, and turns off the yelly drunk behaviour and says "Hello boy, where YOU from?" (Think Joey off Friends). I tell her. "England, huh? You wanna buy me a beer?" I say no. Dudes sat outside all chuckle. Woman walks off. One dude comes over and fist bumps me for saying no.

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At Gomier's, my favourite restaurant in Punta Gorda. A vegetarian place. Great food. I had the tofu curry. Gomier saw me drawing, asked if I was an artist. I said yes and he said "yeah man. Enjoy the breeze and do your thing."

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I think the Hockney fan boy in me is emerging on this trip

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Dude watching the Warriors – Cavaliers game.

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Brit who lives here who I've ended up drinking with a few times. Good guy. Chelsea fan, unfortunately.

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Trees

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Best thing about this trip has been falling in love with pencils again. I really dig that my leaving – hotel – room checklist included making sure I had a sharpener with me. #analogue

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Aeropuerto

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Good feeling to actually fill a sketchbook on a trip

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Gumball machine

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December 29th, 2016 at 3:28 am

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3,183: Best of 2016

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Hiya, this is the third annual review of the year that now feels like a thing in my own head (Best of 2014, Best of 2015). It has felt like another unsuccessful year, but in a way, maybe that should be the case. Feeling that I’ve done things well and right might have a negative effect. Mainly, though, it’s felt like a transitional year. Personally and artistically. On an artistic level, I’ve really enjoyed using pixels again for the first time in yonks. And I’ve been painting more, which I feel will get bigger and bigger next year. Anyway, here’s some of the better things I did in 2016.

Mein Berliner Würfel
Pretty much the best thing I did this year, I think. Maybe more people would’ve liked it had I have done something with some more recognisable places and less personal places that aren’t necessarily nice to look at, but that project would never really have existed in my brain. More info about this project here and here. And related to this, is an ongoing/unfinished thing, drawing every platform of the Berlin U-Bahn.

Raymond and Lola
A story idea that had been floating around in my head for a few years. Turned out alright. The first four frames of the story below, the rest of it here

Folded rainbow
A simple one, but I was well happy with this when I did it. Available as prints and on a t-shirt.

Fried egg sandwich
One of the things I enjoy about drawing is when I have an idea and there’s no way I can even think about doing anything other than cracking on with it. This was one of those.

Big computer
A drawing imagining an olden days computer that could do a lot of the things we do with our smart phones, like ordering taxis, playing music, watching videos, drawing, banking, reading the news, buying tickets, pleasuring ourselves, playing games, checking the weather, translating stuff, etc.

Tree rings
I had quite a long break from doing baseball-themed infographic stuff this year, and this thing isn’t really an infographic, it’s more data art, I guess. The idea is like inverse tree rings. Each ring represents a year of a team’s history. The colours of each one is different, but in the below example: grey is a year without being in the playoffs, the darker the blue, the further the Cubs got in the playoffs, and red is winning the World Series. A print is available for every team here.

Jungle things
Jungle is pretty much my favourite environment. Not every day, but it’s the best place to visit. And after a trip to Belize in the summer, I came back full of a desire to draw and paint jungle stuff.

Um, that’s it. Doesn’t feel like much, to be honest. Must try harder. There’ll be another post along these lines, possibly tomorrow, looking forward to the next year In. My. Art. because I am very much full of myself.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Rolling in the Deep by Adele. Not a bad song, just please please please let me never hear it again.

On this day
North Pole, 29 December 2009. A “poem” from 1994 put together with a drawing from 2008.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
List of CB slang

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December 29th, 2016 at 2:23 am

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3,181: George

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When I was about 12-years-old, I made a couple of little record sleeves. They were about an inch and a half square, made with graph paper. I cut them out, folded them, and glued them so they looked real. Or as real as my 12-year-old self could make them. I used a pair of compasses to make a circle, cut that out, too, so that it could slide inside the sleeve. Then I drew the front cover and back cover and coloured in the “record” with felt tips. The second one I made was Thriller. The first one I made was Fantastic, the debut Wham! album.

This popped into my mind the other day when George Michael died. I wanted to check the released date of Fantastic, so I had a quick look at the discography on Wikipedia and while doing that, noticed that I bought nine Wham! singles in a row (if we ignore the Club Fantastic Megamix one). I’ve been trying to think of any other artist who I might’ve done that with. I don’t think there are any. And if I think of income, it’s definitely unheard of. Back in the early days of Wham!’s career, I would have been getting one pound a week pocket money. A 7″ single was 90p. I tried to spend that money wisely (always on a single, though).

I did a more-or-less life size watercolour of David Bowie’s Life on Mars? for a friend for Christmas. It felt like a good way to spend my Boxing Day doing another seven-inch watercolour:

Thanks for everything, George.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Second day in a row that it was Elizabeth Taylor by Clare Maguire. Great song.

On this day
Disgraceful graffiti, 27 December 2007.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Women in the EZLN

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December 27th, 2016 at 3:30 am

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3,180: Some paintings

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I did some paintings for the people I spent Xmas Eve with.
Feels a bit weird to be putting them online, but at the same time: why not, eh?

Watercolour of an imaginary Mexican landscape:

Watercolour of a cafe for the owner of said cafe:

Watercolour and gouache painting of the “Life on Mars?” seven-inch single for my pal who is a big David Bowie fan. It’s more or less life-size:

I was planning to do another seven-inch single watercolour, and asked the recipient of the Bowie one what music the other person liked. A few artists were mentioned, and then a auto-suggestion typo thingy happened, when she typed the word “guns” on her German phone, it changed it to “hund,” so instead of a watercolour 7″, this person got a painting of Dogs ‘N Roses:

And for two pre-teen kids, acrylic and coloured pencil pictures of thingies from a children’s film franchise:

Other business
A quick we chart re. the holidays.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Elizabeth Taylor by Clare Maguire.

On this day
The Beautiful South vs. los Tigres del Norte, 26 December 2012. I heard a song in Mexico that seemed familiar, and it was one of those things where it was nagging away in my brain for a while before finally, yes! it sounds like the Beautiful South.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Zapatista Army of National Liberation

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December 26th, 2016 at 2:35 am

3,177: My 20 favourite songs of the year

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2016 was another year where pop music completely ruled my ears. Barely a guitar in sight. Didn’t really bother with much else, tbh, and I’ve not really felt the need either. The order, like all of our lists, is fluid. What is number five today could be tomorrow’s number two or number eight. You know what I mean, yeh? And, of course, there’s deffo the chance that I’ll hear something in February that was released this year that I’ll retroactively add to the list in my head.

20. Make Me Love You by Gwen Stefani
19. Uninvited by Mallrat
18. Crybaby by Abra
17. Heartbreak Hi by Avec Sans
16. Old Habits Die Hard by Allie X

15. Shout Out to My Ex by Little Mix
14. Elizabeth Taylor by Clare Maguire
13. Home by Icarus
12. Big Girls by Sophie and the Bom Boms
11. Wasn’t My Fault by Christie

10. Cranes in the Sky by Solange
9. After the Afterparty by Charli XCX
8. Formation by Beyoncé
7. The Flute by Petite Meller
6. Nikes by Frank Ocean

5. Work from Home by Fifth Harmony
4. Hold Up by Beyoncé
3. Youth by Troye Sivan
2. Time to Share by Gemini
1. Ghost by Matilda

A wee bit of artwork
After a couple of glasses of wine, I drew Gordon Ramsay last night in charteuse, silver, and neon yellow.

Other business
In the immediate aftermath of the attack on Breitscheidplatz, I got information from Twitter. Ignored rumours, of course, just checking official sources or reputable news sources. One minor thing, though, that feels insignificant, but maybe not, was the promoted tweets. Obviously, I am in Germany, and the promoted tweets were for German things or companies doing business in Germany. At times like that, surely it would be a good idea for Twitter to get on the case and pause them. You’re looking for information, yet in amongst everything else, you’ve got companies trying to flog computers or salami. It’s not good for the user, and it would seem to me, not good for the companies either.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I went to sleep to the sounds of wind and rain. It wasn’t windy or rainy, just a two-hour-long YouTube white noise thing to help me sleep. Woke up to the sound of binmen crashing around right outside the building, but I had the wonderful, number-two-on-the-above-list, Time to Share by Gemini in my head, so it was all okay, really. (When I say early, I mean about 7.15am, which I realise is an insult to everyone who has to get up at that time or earlier. Soz.)

On this day
Christmas number ones, 23 December 2014. An infographic about the Xmas number one singles in the UK. Last year’s was another charity one. Didn’t hear it. This year’s will be announced later today. I genuinely wish I still cared, but the music industry has given us no reason to, what with them hijacking it for so long.

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Gaucho

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December 23rd, 2016 at 2:07 am

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3,176: Eberswalder Straße 10

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Quick one today, just a wee painting of a building on a street near the park. It’s fine. Nothing special. A bit dull, but I was forcing myself to do something other than the park. The park will stay the focus, though. I still like the idea of being focused on something that’s not overly pretty or overly interesting, something that is simply there in front of me.

It’s 18 x 24 cm. Gouache and coloured pencil on paper.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
After the Afterparty by Charli XCX.

On this day
Döner flamingo, 22 December 2009. This was a simple one. I’d bought a kebab, took it home, and at it off a plate. The mess it left on the plate looked like a flamingo.

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Mate (beverage)

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December 22nd, 2016 at 5:42 am

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3,173: Xmas

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This feels like a cheap post to do, but I’ve done plenty of Xmas-themed stuff over the years, and it’s not that easy to find* on the FFF site, so let’s have a wee look, eh? In chronological order:

* There is a redesign in progress, just not sure how long it’ll take to do. Hopefully it’ll be online by spring, though.

Fun fun fun: Christmas style (2000) was a follow-up to something that had been mildly popular. So taking the same idea of 10 ways to have fun, I applied it to the festive season. Pretty basic stuff, but I really enjoyed doing all of the Fun Fun Fun stuff.

This little doggy (2001). An illustrated story about a dog all alone in the woods at Xmas.

We wish you a Merry Christmas (2002) is just a piece of audio, chopping up words from other songs to send a greeting. Originally just sent to friends attached to an email.

The ex-mas tree (2002) is a pretty obvious piece of anthropomorphism.

Christmas country life (2002) is another thing that was just an Xmassy version of something else that existed elsewhere on the site. It’s fun to remember that the word (animated) GIF back then often referred to something someone had created, not just snipped out of context for yuks (I love that type of GIF too, but you know what I mean). It’s another bit of anthropomorphism, this time with a house.

FFF advent calendar (2003). I really was in my own little self-created world back then. I remember that being a nice place to be. It’s an advent calendar where the windows “open” when you pass your mouse over the numbers to reveal various things I’d drawn made Xmassier.

The Yuletide Owls (2004). This was my version of an Icelandic tale, told via two owls that I used to draw a lot called Pete and Bob.

Around Berlin (2005). A pretty cheap and easy one: just a bunch of photos around Berlin.

The man who loved Christmas porn (2012) was something that came about after listening to Dan Savage say something about how ridiculous it is, which got me thinking, there must be somebody who really likes it.

Wreath (2014). Lots of the apartments in the building I was living in at the time had actual wreaths on the doors. I did this to fit in a little bit. You will notice that there are no overt religious elements in there.

My favourite one, though, was from 2013: 25 December, 13 A.D., a story about one of Jesus’s teenage birthdays.

A wee bit of artwork
Ordinarily, I will read or watch several review-of-the-year type things. Not sure I really want to this year. We mostly feel the same about this right? I guess if you voted for trump or to leave the EU, 2016 must’ve felt like a pretty good year, but just typing those words makes me angry. I don’t want to have an article or TV programme going through it all again. So here’s my review of the year. Short and simple.

Other business
Have I Got News for You is still entertaining enough (never was a top favourite of mine, I still watch it though), but in the modern age, it feels a bit like old jokes cos we’ve all looked at blogs and Twitter all week where a lot of similar jokes about most of the topics have already been made. It has the feel of a show that young people wouldn’t watch. I don’t know this for sure, cos I’m not a young person, and I don’t really know any young British people, but I’m just imagining: would I have watched it if Twitter were around in the early 90s? Nope.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Little Things by One Direction. They’re really embedded at the moment. Five of the last seven.

On this day
Our new film, 19th of December 2005. I was living alone with Billy at the time. (One is never alone when one has a dog, though, right?). I made a couple of little films with him. This one was a silly “horror” film. Again, one is reminded of the differences in broadband speeds, by how small and low quality this .mov is. I have a clear memory of making this film, and how much tape was used to make a really short film. Aw, Billy…

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Montevideo (The etymology part is particularly interesting)

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December 19th, 2016 at 2:30 am

3,172: Embedding the week

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Sweden

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C'mon Germany you can't do that and expect me not to giggle

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Sunny

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Seems like a strange way to court a lady

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Photo of a page from a (now lost) sketchbook from 1993

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Fußball

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Paper bag ordering me to eat fruit

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A wee bit of artwork
Last night I was catching up on some of Momus’s recent videos on YouTube, and I was finding it tough to concentrate on drawing and listening to him talking about sweaters at the same. I’d done quite a bit of painting during the day, so decided that Nick could have the greater part of my attention for a while. I enjoy his music, and I enjoy listening to him talking. We got to know each other when we were living in Berlin at the same time in the 2000s, and I did an illustration for the cover of one of his albums, Forbidden Time Machine. Thoroughly nice chap. I kept Photoshop open though, and just played around, not thinking, and ended up doing this.

It’s nothing special, but I still like it. It’s good and useful to do things like this. Sometimes good things come out of them, sometimes not. Sometimes they spark further ideas, further investigation. Mostly they don’t, but the whole process is worthwhile for the times that they do end up being useful.

I really like the Christmas holiday. But I’ve found myself using “Xmas” a lot more in the past few years. It’s an affectation, of course. As soon as I found out that some of the moronic Christians who object to “Happy Holidays” and their inane right-wing thoughts about there being a War on Christmas, it felt like taking the Christ out of Christmas was the least I could do. And while the roots of “Xmas” are still Christian as far as I remember, the less this wonderful holiday references that guy, the better in my opinion.

I like the winter celebration elements, I like that we collectively get festive, I like that we buy or make things for each other, and I like that we focus on being with people we care about. Jesus mean nothing to me the rest of the year, and he means nothing to me on his, cough, birthday.

And XMAS is a way cooler word, aesthetically. Short words with Xs are usually cool-looking, especially in all caps. MEXICO, X-RAY, SOX, LATEX, BOXER, AXE, FLUX, TEXAS, WAX, SEX, EPOXY, TOXIC, XMAS.

Other business
I quite like Depeche Mode. One of those bands where I don’t own all the albums, but whenever I listen to the ones I do have, my ears are happy. A Question of Lust is a good song, innit? But, have you ever watched the video? There’s a bit, right, for about 16 seconds, from about 52 seconds into the clip, where it does that thing where there are two images on top of each other. One of Martin Gore’s head (kinda looking like a semi-shaved sheep-poodle hybrid creature), and one of a Dave Gahan, from the waist up, looking like he’s in a desert or somefink, grooving away playing the tambourine, and he looks kinda ridiculous. That’s it. That’s my point. Pop group singer looks a bit funny for 16 seconds. I mean, he always looks a bit like he’s pretending to be a rock star in my mind. Not so much over the last couple of decades, but deffo early on.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Again, it was You & I by One Direction. I (obviously) keep note of all of these, and just had a quick look at the 2016 tallies, and 1D are currently in second place when it comes to most times as song in my head. They would need six more to tie, and there are, duh, 13 mornings left.

On this day
The 18th of December, 2009. Two posts, but both of them just photographs. One of someone feeding the birds, another of some Balloons on Falkenstraße. In the course of embedding the images below, I remembered how the 410 pixel wide images that used to be my default size on the blog felt okay as a size. Increased resolution of screens make them feel pretty small now.

(I realised while I was putting this post up that the dates may occasionally be off. The dates and times of each post pre-2008 were mostly in Germany. After then it’s been a bit all over the place, but mostly in Mexico. So chances are an early morning pre-2008 post might come up as the day before when the blog as a whole switched to a Mexican time zone. And vice-versa. I’ve not switched from Mexico to Berlin time, so blog posts come up timed at seven hours earlier than they are for me posting them. This is a minor thing, it really doesn’t matter, it’s something you dear reader do not care about, but seeing as though I thought about it, I figured I might as well mention it.)

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Río de la Plata

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December 18th, 2016 at 3:46 am

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3,171: Morning views

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As mentioned a few days ago, I’ve been taking a photo of the view from the wee balcony every morning since I’ve been at this apartment. Rather than letting it get out of hand and having a monster post at some point, I’m gonna put the week’s worth in a post every Saturday (not a full week this time cos I did that post on Tuesday).

I’ve been feeling weird about not blogging at the weekend, even though it was a choice I made, to blog four or five times, but only weekdays. There’s always a temptation to save things, to have a few things in reserve just in case, for blog posts, (especially in the A wee bit of artwork and Other business parts of each post) but I’ve found that just doing them and leaving that next post to fend for itself is a better approach. So there’ll be posts at the weekend now, I think.

Saturdays will be the morning views, Sundays will be “embedding the week.” I did that last Sunday, cos y’know, tweets and Instagram posts feel a bit like space trash sometimes, just thrown out there, but they’re sometimes still somewhat worthy of a look, and gathering some of the better ones together might be cool if you don’t use either of those social media thingies. (It does feel a tad hey look at me, I do good tweets, but, fuck: this is a blog full of me blathering on, so it’s not really different is it? And I do sometimes wish that people whose tweets I enjoy would do something like this.) Anyway, that’ll be here tomorrow. For now, though: the morning views from Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and today:

Guten morgen

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Guten morgen mein lieblings

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Guten morgen

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Guten morgen

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A wee bit of artwork
In an email, my friend Amanda mentioned seeing someone who looked like a drawing that her partner Ben had done. She said the person had “the hair of a cloud and voice of Brian Blessed.” Such a wonderful description. I’ve not seen Ben’s drawing, but I did my own quick drawing of Amanda’s description.

Other business

The 15.10 Lufthansa flight from Berlin Tegel to the moon.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
The Things That Dreams Are Made Of by the Human League. For most of my adult life, if you’d’ve asked what my favourite album is, I’d probably have said something by the Beach Boys. Surf’s Up, Sunflower, or Pet Sounds. Over the past couple of years, though, I’ve begun to realise that Dare by the Human League is an album I now think of as my favourite. Not that it matters, eh? We put so much effort into building up this presentable ideal of who we are. Favourite song, album, film, TV series, book. Those are the adult versions of colour, number, football team. My favourite albums means NOTHING to you. And why should it? It could only possibly be of interest if you, a) it’s your favourite album too, or b) you fucking hate the Human League. For the 99% of other people: it’s not an issue. It is a great album though.

On this day
I had a wee look through some old blog posts last night, and noticed that on this day in 2008, it was snowing a lot. (It was hardly a big post, just a sentence and this embedded 23-second video clip.)

I was in Bellingham, Washington at the time. That was a good time. Things didn’t turn out perfectly in Bellingham, but to be somewhere snowy for Xmas was really good.

I always enjoy on this day-type things. I enjoying finding out that such-and-such record was released 20 years ago. I even did a thing for a Dutch newspaper about this very idea in 2005. So maybe I’ll keep this up, looking back at old posts from this day in the past. Maybe it’ll work, maybe not. We will see, eh?

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Revolución Libertadora

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December 17th, 2016 at 2:55 am

3,170: Spotters

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I woke up yesterday, tried to open Spotify, and got this message:

Clearly I was a bit grumpy, cos I tweeted about it angrily without thinking. Modern life is rubbish. I am rubbish.

I made a new account, chuntering to myself about not being able to access my playlists. It wasn’t until I’d done that, that I thought about googling it. And, yes, of course, it was easy. If you have a premium account, this is not an issue. If you have a free account (me*), just log in to your account on the Spotters Web site and change the country settings.

Piece.
Of.
Piss.

* I have got to a point in my life where I’m not overly into the idea of money just going out of my account on a monthly basis, thus the lack of subscription. If I want owt from iTunes, I buy one of those prepaid cards from the corner shop. I’m the same with buying things online these days. I would much rather go into a real shop and look at it, talk to a shop assistant. And ordering tickets online is something I avoid as much as possible. Really, the only things I buy online these days are plane tickets, Rubik’s Cube-type puzzles, and vape liquid.

A byproduct of making the new Spotters account, though, was being able to go and look at my real account’s public face. I’ve been a bit surprised in the past that my 1D playlist was public, and quickly went and changed lots of settings to private. But looking at my original account’s public face, I found this:

Sixteen recently played artists. And there’s a part of me that would be quite happy to listen to most of those sixteen for the rest of my life. I mean, switching out a few for some Beach Boys, Beatles, and Kraftwerk in there would be good, but on the whole: not. too. shabby.

(Spotify is a rubbish name, though innit? I like to call it, and have done so a couple of times above, Spotters.)

My use of Spotters has grown over the last twelve months more-or-less entirely because of the shitness of my computer (a 2008 MacBook Pro). I have a ton of music in there, more than enough to never need to use something like Spotters, but the speakers are busted and make a fuzzy noise, and as the year progressed, the computer has got slower and I keep getting the beach ball when I scroll in iTunes, so even when I use headphones it’s annoying.

You know, I never ever thought people would be nostalgic for cassettes, but it seems like they are. I assume we’re not too far away from people being nostalgic for CD singles, too. It feels ridiculous to say this, but will people be nostalgic for mp3s? I mean, it’s possible, right?

A wee bit of artwork
Mauerpark 5. Acrylic, gouache, and coloured pencil on paper. 24 x 32 cm.

Other business
The auto-suggestions on my phone can go fuck themselves:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
One Direction again. This time Best Song Ever. In my opinion, though, the best song ever is Borderline by Madonna.

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ARA General Belgrano (C-4)

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December 16th, 2016 at 2:07 am

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3,169: German things

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I met a friend yesterday. We walked past an S-Bahn station, and near the steps down to the platform there was a dude with a ghetto blaster*. That boombox was playing 99 Luftballons, and I mentioned to my friend that, aside from Hitler and the national football team, Nena was probably the first German thing I had knowledge of. Not sure if that’s true, but it probably is. 99 Red Balloons was 1984 in the UK, I think, so can’t really imagine there being much else of German origin in my brain at that point in my life.

*Just realised for the first time in my life that that word is probably a bit racist, innit? I’ll replace it in my head from now on with boombox, or maybe just with Björk’s pronunciation, jettoblasta.

After my friend and I parted a couple of hours later, I got thinking some more about it. I would’ve known Da Da Da by my second favourite German band, Trio. I knew The Model by my favourite German band. Liverpool had beaten German teams in the European Cup, and Kevin Keegan played for Hamburger SV. So my original assertion was kinda true, but not entirely. I would also have known a very skewed British view of Germany from watching Auf Wiedersehen, Pet on ITV.

In general, though, I’m not sure how much I knew about Germany before I visited Berlin for the first time in early 2000. My school friend Paul had a German friend (I think she was called Uli, I remember her being pretty), there’s a load of football-related stuff I remember, and I remember the Wall coming down. Aside from things confirming stereotypes, though, I don’t remember any view of Germany as a real place existing in my brain.

Same is true of lots of places you’ve never visited, I guess. In the latter part of 2005, when I was living in Berlin, I had a Mexican girlfriend, and we visited Chiapas (her home state) for Xmas. I didn’t say anything to her about it at the time, but I was a little surprised that there were trees and jungle there. I hadn’t even thought to consider that the desert-and-cacti mental image I had of Mexico might not be the whole country.

These were failings on my part. But also in the way foreign places are always presented in their most basic terms. Eiffel Tower and accordion music, lederhosen and oom-pah music, moustachioed man sleeping under a cactus. TV and movies need to do better. It’s their fault. (It’s not a huge leap, also, to see how this level of thinking, of generalising, has impacted our lives in deeper way. Awful shit like Brexit, Trump, etc.)

While we’re talking about Nena, though, it would be wrong not to link to my fave song of hers, the 2002 re-recorded version of Leuchtturm. Nobody I know (who I’ve spoken to) likes this song. I am entirely alone. German friends prefer the 1983 original. It’s understandable, but for me, this song reminds me of still being relatively fresh in Berlin, and parts of the video were filmed near my flat, and that was v exciting for me.

A wee bit of artwork
The Holly and the IV, from 2013

Other business

Remember this every time an artsy site tells you how great these artists are

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
You & I by One Direction. Watching that video just now, which I’ve not done for ages (quite a good video, simple and clean), I got to thinking about what it would be like if a band like the Beatles had never existed and just came back in the modern era. Like, let’s imagine all of our brains are erased of any knowledge of the Beatles and their songs, and they came back with modern-sounding versions of their whole catalogue. Would we love them as much? Probably. Would they have a long-lasting influence? Probably not. Unless we also erased all music that was influenced by the Beatles, too, which is a pleasant thing to try and imagine. Not because I want it erased, I just enjoy thinking about such things. You’d have to get rid of so much music. How much? Like, more than 60 or 70%, right? Even if a song is not directly influenced by them, it might be influenced by another song that was. They are the filter than everything has gone through.

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December 15th, 2016 at 3:02 am

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3,168: My Berlin Cube

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I figured it might be worth another look at something I put online earlier in the year, when this blog wasn’t as wordy. It’s relevant, cos I’m back in Berlin, and as you can probably tell, it’s a drawing of Berlin (and y’know, the title of this post might’ve helped too.)

After visiting last winter, and falling back in love with this, the home town of my brain, I did a drawing of a Rubik’s Cube shape with bits of my fave or personally significant parts of the city. Maybe you didn’t see it. Worth a reblog. So if you didn’t see this drawing before and fancy reading some more about its creation, here the contemporaneous* blog post: Mein Berliner Würfel.

*I love this word. Contiguous, too.

(Related to the cube, by the way, is this, an ongoing work of drawing each station of the Berlin U-Bahn. I’ve only done three lines of the network so far, but I suspect there’ll be more soon. I’ve not done much pixelly stuff recently and the desire to do that comes and goes in waves, so once it does, I’m pretty sure this is what I’ll be doing.)

Looking at the cube drawing again, ten months later, it’s easy to see how I was a bit in love with the idea of Berlin at the time. I can tell these things when I look back at my work. There’s a level of detail that only really comes when I’m totally into the idea. It’s easier for me to notice this with the pixel work for obvious reasons. And looking at the folder on my computer, the first version was ten days before the final version, and there’s three or four days off in the middle of the process, which meant something else was more pressing. (I was gonna type real work there, but “work for money” is a more appropriate phrase. Nothing against that side of things, but my ACTUAL real work is things like this. Lying on my death bed/death gutter/death rollercoaster/death wherever-it-happens, I won’t really be thinking of work I did for money as much as work I did for the love of creating things that were expressions of who I am.)

Those moments can be frustrating, eh? I can still clearly remember the feeling of first starting the Web site back in 1999, sat in my bedroom in Upper Norwood. Working in an office all day, then coming home and trying to do as much as possible in the evening. I don’t think I ever put as much effort into something as I did back then. I’m kinda proud of that effort, the lack of sleep, the nights in the pub I skipped to just get home and build the site, drawing more and more, staying awake til 2am every night even though I knew I had to get up in five hours. It was exhausting, but exciting too. And my brain didn’t give me a choice. And that was the feeling I had doing this cube drawing.

Staying with pixelly stuff, the same feeling happened with the Flower drawing*, and in the middle of that process I had a holiday. I started just a couple of days before the holiday, and was so into it, that the holiday felt like an annoyance (it wasn’t, it was lovely. Viva Belize!). I’d done two of the seven sections, all of which were fairly planned out in my head right from the start. (Those sections, if you view the drawing as similarly-sized chunks: space, sky, soil, water table, fossil fuel, outer core, inner core.)

* One thing I’ve noticed is how I am utterly shit at titling things. Flower is such an inappropriate title for that drawing, but I couldn’t think of anything better, and the working title in my head just stuck. Also, titles are kinda ridiculous, aren’t they? I would far prefer to have everything as untitled. But as Prince found out when he changed his name to a symbol, we need to call him something. Same with art.

Maybe this is a common feeling amongst people who do creative things, but with this year’s bigger effort to paint and draw more without using a computer, I find I’m a lot happier to do something and once that is finished, consider the day done, artistically.

Like, yesterday, I finished the painting below around 4pm. Still had a feeling of wanting to do more, but after a wee break, I felt I’d shot my load for the day. I tinkered with a couple of things, but it was obvious that I’d used my mental energy and drive for the day.

I’ve totally lost my thread here. (I went to the kitchen to make coffee, y’see.) Not sure where this post was leading. I had a point but it’s totally gone. What an arse I am.

Oh well, this’ll have to do for now. Maybe I’ll remember and we can pick up from here another day. Soz about that. (Of course, the minute I press “publish” I’ll remember…)

I like thinking about my work. I quite like typing about it. I hate talking about it. I don’t think I’m good at the latter two of those three things, so forgive me. There’s an enthusiasm for the idea of typing about it that probably is missing from this blog post. Again, soz about that.

(Last point. I tell you what I am really enjoying nowadays: going to bed wondering what I might blog about tomorrow, then waking up and just doing it. Thanks for reading.)

A wee bit of artwork
Graffitied tree and crow. Acrylic, gouache, and coloured pencil on paper. 17 x 24 cm.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Love Yourself by Justin Bieber. A nice enough song off the last album, not as good as Sorry, What Do You Mean?, or Where Are Ü Now, of course, but not too bad. The video is pretty cool, too. He’s not in it, FYI.

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Rosette (decoration)

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December 14th, 2016 at 3:14 am

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3,165: Plans subject to change

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You make plans, you meet up
hi-ya, hallo, *hug*
blah-de-blah, U-bahn
Züruckbleiben bitte!
Bit of a change of plan, not going to that burger place
Okay, cool. Well, let’s go somewhere else instead
Turkish place? Yep. Cool
Kottiwood?
Falafel
Which sauce?
Scharfe
Mmm.
Danke! Tschüß!
What time’s that thing start? Half nine. *looks at watch*
Let’s have a beer at Möbel Olfe now, then?
Chat chat chat. This and that
Noch ein Berliner bitte
Noch ein Berliner bitte
Noch ein Berliner bitte
Pay the bill, where’s this place, then?
Not far, on Skalitzer Straße. Should be around here somewhere
Not here, maybe it’s back there, or here
Wrong door, up the stairs. Different place
Fuck it, let’s just stay here: Siegessäule night at Monarch
Cheers! Joan Jett, Prince, excellent music all night
Drunkenly inventing a convoluted handshake, playing table football, chatting with strangers
Time to go home, though. A bit drunk
Let’s get the U-bahn
*goes to U-bahn*
No trains, too late
Taxi? No, too expensive, let’s get a bus
Bus to Warschauer Straße, then the tram
A nice wee chat with strangers on the bus
17 minutes to wait for the traim, not the traim: the tram, typo
the night tram the party tram
A beer to share from the späti
Four photos/two euros from the Automat
Click click click click
Photo reminder of great night with great friend
Tram, chatting away drunkenly, woman across the way is smiling and laughing at our stupid conversation
She’s Sarah. Half German/half British
We chat all the way home with Sarah
Off the tram, little walk.
Okay, get home safe. Tschüß. *hug*

A wee bit of artwork

Noch ein Berliner bitte

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Better Best Forgotten by Steps. Third Steps song in the last ten days. Who’da thunk it. Well, there’s a simple explanation, ackchewelly: I watched some Steps reunion from British telly on YouTube. So, in this song, when they’re singing about relationship business, it occurred to me that Faye, Claire, and Lisa all sing a bit, and all seem to be singing about the same sort of thing. Are all three of them going through the same thing at the same time? That’d be quite the coincidence. Maybe it’s just fiction, though. You’ll be telling me that all songs are fiction next. That’s the post-truth world we live in.

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Total Recall (1990 film)

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Written by Craig

December 9th, 2016 at 2:53 am

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