Friday, 28 November 2008

Oh Frabjous Day, Caloo Calay!

While searching for myself on the web (Shut up. I know you all do it too.) I discovered that if you Google Shed of Delights. (Small fanfare please.) Out of the 1,100,000 results. My blog is the number one hit. “Top of the page Ma”. The same is true for AltaVista, Yahoo, and (But not on MSN, the b*st*rds.) Could I please have a WOO followed by a HOO. Or if you prefer it, a YAY and a HAY.

Is this what fame feels like? I expected it to be more, tingly.

But what this means is that mine is the most delightful shed on the net. (Shut up. Yes it is.) And that means I have a reason to have cake, and possibly beer. And none of this is the slightest bit sad or desperate. (Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.)

See You Soon.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Strange Beauty.

While I was…erm…doing some research…yes let’s call it research. I found the website of Argentinian artist Leonardo Solaas. What I was most taken by was a piece of java code that goes by the name of Dreamlines. What the artist himself says about this work is:

“Dreamlines is a non-linear, interactive visual experience. The user enters one or more words that define the subject of a dream he would like to dream. The system looks in the Web for images related to those words, and takes them as input to generate an ambiguous painting, in perpetual change, where elements fuse into one another, in a process analogous to memory and free association.”

All you have to do is type in a few words, the software surfs the net for a few pictures and then does something magical with them. Try it yourself, it is oddly compelling watching. I spent about an hour sat in-front of my laptop watching this thing and as my title says, it is strangely beautiful. I may start drawing this way.

Sometimes the images appear quite clear and sometimes they look a little like my migraine. Here are a few of my dreams (yes I was dreaming about the Tango). Try some of your own. Enjoy yourselves.

See you soon.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Six Word Memoir.

Inspired by Laura's Memoir on a Postcard I decided to have a go myself. Six words is my kind of word count. Here is the Guardian link so that you can have a go. And here is my effort.

See you soon.

Napoleon Complex

The Napoleon Complex was a theory put forward by Austrian psychologist Alfred Adler. He suggested that short men overcompensate for their lack of height by being more aggressive, and trying to take over the world and stuff. Hitler was about 5ft 7ins, Stalin was 5ft 4ins this would seem to support Adler’s theory.

The problem with this theory (apart from being a load of old cack) is that Napoleon wasn’t short. He was about average height for 18th century France.

The confusion about his height comes from it being recorded that he was 5ft 2ins tall. However this was a French measurement and not the same as British feet and inches. It translates to about 5ft 6ins, which at the time was average. But the 5ft 2ins thing stuck and forevermore Napoleon will be known as a diminutive French general\emperor.

What this means is that you don’t have to be short to want to take over the world, and I can carry on with building my legion of giant mechanical scorpions.

See you soon.