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3,259: YMCA and a burger

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This is digital week for me. I’ve been painting pretty solidly for quite a while, so spare time drawing this week is gonna be iPad-y stuff.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde. This is one of those weird things, like when you have an opinion that means nothing really but you feel out of step by expressing: I find her voice really quite grating. She has ace songs but the way she sings them rubs me up the wrong way. It sounds like an affectation.

On this day
A poem, 14 March 2009

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Chernobyl disaster

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March 14th, 2017 at 12:59 am

3,258: d i g i t a l d r a w i n g s

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A drawing made in SketchUp, a quick little story about a senior citizen, a drawing of a pop group, but first: a snowman is for life, not just for Christmas:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
It was technically Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic, but really there was a bit of a soup that also included Fun by Coldplay, Crucified by Army of Lovers, and two Neneh Cherry songs, Buffalo Stance and Manchild.

On this day
Harmony, 13 March 2010

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Helicopter

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March 13th, 2017 at 2:17 am

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3,257: Embedding the week

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall by Coldplay

On this day
Old digital photographs, 12 March 2016

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Hummingbird

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March 12th, 2017 at 2:52 am

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3,256: Morning views

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
On the Bible by Deuce

On this day
Life cycle of gum, 11 March 2016

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Santo Daime

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March 11th, 2017 at 1:11 am

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3,255: Cataratas del/do Iguazú/Iguaçu

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I noticed last night that Iguazu Falls is on Street View. It’s the best place I’ve ever been to. I feel very lucky to have been there.

Embedded below is the view from the Argentinian side, here is one of the views from the Brazilian side.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde. Second time this week. I have a feeling this one has the potential to be in my brain a lot over the next few weeks.

On this day
Self portrait, São Paulo, 10 March 2008. Maybe it’s because there’s photographic evidence of the moment, but I can still clearly remember taking that photograph in a hotel with a good expansive view of part of the city. Blue Demon t-shirt, Marlboro Light cigarette. The next day I went to Curitiba which, after two months of travelling, kinda felt like the beginning. I was mentally ready to do it properly at that point, I think.

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Ayahuasca

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March 10th, 2017 at 2:52 am

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3,254: Couple of things

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Just a couple of drawings done with Procreate on the iPad.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lil’ Love by Petite Meller

On this day
() \/\/ I_, 9 March 2016

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Psychedelic drug

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March 9th, 2017 at 1:18 am

3,253: Everything I Own

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Everything I Own by Boy George was number one in the UK thirty years ago. I’ve never been keen on the original Bread version, or the Ken Boothe one (the best of the three, and the one George is covering) and this one is worse.

I think it’s partly because the chorus is illogical and I can’t get past that. You would give up all of your possessions, the place where you live, and your life itself? Just to have someone back again? So, this “someone” would actually be back with you, a dead homeless person?

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/01/2017: Jack Your Body
01/02/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/02/2017: Stand By Me

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Power by Petite Meller

On this day
CLWNMNTNJNNJNJN, 8 March 2016

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Mezcal

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March 8th, 2017 at 2:13 am

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3,252: Same photo three times

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Because I do the morning view photos every day, and they are always very slightly different (I just try and stand in the same spot on the threshold of the balcony door and hold the camera at a natural height), I wanted to see if I could be more precise in taking photographs.

So on three different days over the course of two weeks, I went to a nearby bridge and tried to take as close to the same photograph as possible. Before I left the flat to go and take the second photograph, I studied the first one on my computer. I did the same after the second photograph. These are the results.

First the three photos

Here they are next to each other

All three on top of each other

On this one, I aligned the column thingy of the bridge in the middle distance

Same, just with the C, M, and Y channels assigned to each of the photos

Pointless exercise? Possibly…

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Milk Bath by Petite Meller

On this day
Doodles and movies, 7 March 2008

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Pulqueria

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March 7th, 2017 at 3:12 am

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3,251: Reading Festival 1989

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Look at this line-up. Especially the Friday. That day was more or less perfect. I remember it rained for quite a while, but still, it was a very good day.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde

On this day
After a thunderstorm, 6 March 2011

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Condesa

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March 6th, 2017 at 2:47 am

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3,250: Embedding the week

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Notebook pretending to be an East German passport

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A wee bit of artwork

Beer and candle

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Sportpark

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Two heads would be useful for working and watching YouTube at the same time

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton

On this day
Scribbling, 5 March 2010

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Garden city movement

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March 5th, 2017 at 1:27 am

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3,249: Morning views

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Backpack by Petite Meller

On this day
Kissy, 4 March 2016

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Park Güell

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March 4th, 2017 at 2:06 am

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3,248: Buildings the same age as me

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Obviously, one of the joys of Wikipedia is finding yourself trucking on through a load of info you didn’t know you were interested in and- oh look, it’s 2.30 a.m. I was looking at communication towers in Germany, ended up on the page for the Florianturm in Dortmund, which was part of a category of towers completed in 1959, which lead me to towers completed in 1970, which got me to Buildings and structures completed in 1970. That was the year of my birth, and I fancied having a look at me-aged buildings. Here are some nice ones. (All photos from the applicable Wikipedia page.)

No.1 Croydon, Croydon, UK

World Trade Center, Tokyo, Japan

Welbeck Street car park, London, UK

Tigran Petrosian Chess House, Yerevan, Armenia

Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, Madrid, Spain

Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi, Pakistan

Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, USA

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, Dallas, USA

Hotel Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Edificio Colón, Barcelona, Spain

Dai Heiwa Kinen Tō, Tondabayashi, Japan

A wee bit of artwork
Welsh football person Gareth Bale done in pixels.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cups by Underworld

On this day
Brasilia skies inverted and upside down, 3 March 2008

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Hyperboloid structure

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March 3rd, 2017 at 3:21 am

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3,247: Mauerpark 18, 19, 20, 21 and Am Falkplatz

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Five more local paintings. All acrylic on paper.

And here’s an updated map of all the paintings of Mauerpark and Falkplatz.

Previous local paintings here, here, and here.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hey Now by the Regrettes

On this day
Dunny, 2 March 2007

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Oscar Niemeyer

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March 2nd, 2017 at 1:20 am

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3,246: Hopkins and Skegness

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Three paintings, all acrylic on paper. Two of a road near Hopkins in Belize that leads towards the sea, one of a wind farm in the sea near Skegness.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hey Now by the Regrettes. I’d not heard of them until a couple of days ago, but I’ve been really enjoying their album on Spotify. Also, that’s a great name for a band.

On this day
Stuff and nonsense, 1 March 2010

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Brasília

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March 1st, 2017 at 1:22 am

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3,245: Tree and woman

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Two drawings. First one is a rough representation of a woman on the U-Bahn who had a really nice colour combo of clothes. Second one is a tree I drew with my weak hand whilst lying in bed last night.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley (not the awful remix)

On this day
A spot of rain, 28 February 2008

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UNESCO

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February 28th, 2017 at 2:37 am

3,244: Scribbling

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Backpack by Petite Meller

On this day
Adios, amigo, 27 February 2015. A short tale about (an unsuccessful attempt at) giving up smoking.

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Music of Mexico

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February 27th, 2017 at 1:42 am

3,243: Embedding the week

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Jorge

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Jorge took a good photo of me too. The good being the photo, not my dumb face.

Moritzplatz

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Mauerpark und Falkplatz, 12/2016-2/2017

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Three-Dee Melodie by Stereolab

On this day
Doooosseldorf, 26 February 2010

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Van Dyke Parks

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February 26th, 2017 at 3:17 am

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3,242: Morning views

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Buenos días

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne again. I heard that song once, four days ago. And it keeps on popping into my head. Thanks, Canada.

On this day
Life is beautiful, 25 February 2011

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Yellow Magic Orchestra

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February 25th, 2017 at 3:11 am

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3,241: Watercolour and gouache sketches and Mauerpark Nr. 18

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A bit of a break from the Mauerpark project (here, here, and here). I’m still working on that stuff, and I feel like I’m getting closer to where I want my painting to be, but over the last week I needed to focus my painting on something else. (It’s not really a break, more of a wee sidestep to think things through before returning to the main job.) I did a couple of gouache sketches based on photos I took in Chiapas in 2005, a watercolour of something imaginary that just started with a purple circle and expanded from there, and a watercolour of Frankfurter Tor based on a quick sketch I did on Monday when I was down there, a few minutes early waiting for a friend. I wanted to try and get something of the feel of the pencil sketch into watercolour. Not entirely a success, but that in itself is some kind of success.

Here’s the pencil sketch the above watercolour is based on.

These have been useful. I feel that the Mauerpark project has been heading in the right direction. There have been some I’ve been happy with at the time, some not. But I’ve never worried too much about the ones I’ve not been happy with because they are part of the process, and it’s be wrong and freakish if everything made me happy. But the progress is clear, to me, from the first Mauerpark painting, through what I think of the end-of-part-one, the seventh Mauerpark painting. Part two has had more missteps, I think, but they were necessary missteps. If I’m continuing this TV episode analogy, I feel that the most recent one (number 18, below) is close to the end-of-part-two. Part three will be interesting, I think.

Other business
I listened to an episode of the Reply All podcast yesterday, and at about 19m 45s into the episode, there’s an interesting segment about the origins of words like yas and shade.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Crest by Stereolab

On this day
Strangely perceptive computer thesaurus, 24 February 2013

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Detroit techno

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February 24th, 2017 at 2:14 am

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3,240: edges2cats

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Well, gosh, edges2cats is a heck of a lot of fun.













The song in my head when I woke up this morning
How He Wrote Elastica Man by Elastica feat. Mark E. Smith

On this day
Joy/not joy, 23 February 2009

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Juan Atkins

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February 23rd, 2017 at 2:01 am

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