Saturday, April 29, 2006

Shake it like a polaroid picture part ninety-three

The posts are a bit mediocre around here at the moment, no?

I promise I'll shake things up a bit. Get with the programme. Generally get my milkshake together.

Oh Lana....

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Ban-a-shed

Today, for work, we had to go to Coventry for a new client pitch.

Yes.

That's right.

My workmates sent me to Coventry.

Boo.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Go forth and germinate!

Well. I nearly used 'Rise up and prick out!', so count yourself lucky.

Have you ever considered gardening as a cool form of pro-social retro-urban-vandalism that can recklessly improve the world we live in, without the permission of our governing authoritarian forces?!

No? If not then you should try it. By finding out more about Guerrilla Gardening.

Being in a more natural environment even for a short time positively changes out mental state. I'm a massive believer in the power of nature, and gardening as a beneficial activity for everyone. Through work I heard about this study, where patients recovering from surgery were monitored for the speed of their recovery - and all those with a natural view from their hospital window recovered significantly faster. Similarly, every house in a 'troubled' urban estate in England was kitted out with a window box. Crime fell. Lots. Largely because people just started talking to each other a bit more, and had an excuse to be outside their own flat. Amazing, but simple, really.

Not that I can be arsed to look the actual research up on the internet to prove it to you, so I'll forgive you if you think I'm chatting rubbish.

Don't get me wrong, I also think the human race - for the time being - relies on industry, polluting activity and all the rest of it. I'm not about to starting sprouting unrealistic ideas like we should just switch everything off overnight. But stories like this make a lot of sense to me, and give me quite a lot of hope.

Find out more about such stuff and how we can make everything all generally a bit better from these charities; Thrive, Street Tree and the more ubiquitous CarbonNeutral Company.

Well. Actually that covers quite a variety of different areas, but all worth a visit. Trust me. I'm not a doctor.

In the meantime. Go on, switch off a light if you're not using it. For me and my happy-horticulture-clappy mood today. :-)

Monday, April 17, 2006

So that's another world crisis averted then - anyone for tea?

Easter Mini(egg) Adventures

Bank Holiday Monday. The weather is good. I’ve just been pooterling around town and now I’m just farting around indoors. It’s nice, although I hurt my back somehow at The Parentals for big Easter family gathering.

Not that we ‘do’ Easter apparently:

Boz: “Happy Easter!”
Parents: “We don’t do all that. We’re just happy to see you all.”
Boz: “Can I still have a chocolate Easter Egg?”
Parents: “Yes.”
Boz: “Yey!”

As you can see I’m easily bought.

It was really great to be back with The Family for a while though, including sister and nefarious nephews. Wellllll okay. They’re not actually nefarious per se. But one is ginger. He’s two next week. Awww. And the older one is already way cooler than I ever was at his age. Rock on kids!

So although I should be doing a hundred little Things and Bits that need doing. I really can’t be arsed. I haven’t had any cultural adventures for ages either. With the Ecuador Adventure, the Moving Adventure then the Catching-up-with-everyone-I-hadn’t-seen-in-ages Adventure I feel like I’ve not had much time for just… bumming around.

But. To make this blog a little more interesting than it has been for a while, and in lieu of doing anything worth reporting, I am gonna talk about Edward Burtynsky.

Well. It could be a short entry. I know next to bugger all about the man himself, but a few years ago I randomly came across this image in Time Out or somewhere:



It’s from his Three Gorges collection, and for some reason it really struck me. So I got up reasonably early one weekend and went to see the exhibition at contemporay art space Flowers East in London's comporary trendy East End. Lots of trendy hair.

Much brouhaha with the door entry. Suffice to say Boz looked a proper fool in a trendy setting. This happened today when a nice man in Sainsbury’s pointed out I had been leaking milk from my basket for the last five minutes. Oh crap.

Anyway. The photographs really blew me away, and it was brilliant to see them up close and on a large scale. The scenes of demolition and epic industrial machines were breathtaking, but it always seemed like he was coming from a very human point of view*. Whatever your thoughts on the damn project itself.

So if you ever get the chance, go see. Is all. Also Transamerica. Because it’s really good.



Could they get Desperate Housewives on there any more prominently, do you think? I can't imagine how the conversation with her husband-and-executive-producer went though.

"Darling, we've got this great script. I think you'd be great for the part. You'd be this pre-op transexual right... no, no, she's still got a willy. Yes, that's right she's becoming a he. Well you can do that husky voice you do... darling...?"

Today’s iPod finds Avalon (Jacques Lu Cont versus remix) by Juliet on heavy rotation, along with my current favourite Kylie cover version (surely a sub-genre itself) of the moment, Hand On Your Heart as played beautifully by José González. Previously this position was held by Tori Amos’s awesomely ace version of Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. Finally, I’m also listening to Cherry Tree by Grand National.

Right. Best be off. Complicated recipe involving lentils on the go…



* I really can talk some bollocks sometimes. But earnestly. So there.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Back when computers were computers, man

At a time when technological aborrations are abound, the Choatster has sent me this piece of retro brilliance.

I had forgotten about the eyes you could have on the toolbar that followed the mouse cursor.

Hell will freeze over before I pollute my iBook with Windows though. Really.

Dial up internet still a bit painful - some things do get better over time.

Friday, April 07, 2006

And then there were two...

...I was gonna put a picture of both our toothbrushes here, in the bathroom holder. But somehow that seemed a bit... wrong...?

But move all finished - went quite well really - and we're all settling into our new places. Nesting shamelessly.

On the other hand though, our temprary dial-up internet connection is killing me. KILLING ME. How times have changed. Didn't realise hoe much I took speedy global access to pictures of people with no clothes on for granted*. I'm sure there's an Aldous Huxley/Matrix-esque vision of the future to be had there somewhere.

Right. Why didn't we think to take a corkscrew with us...

* Okay, but not just pictures of people with no clothes on, alright?