Thursday, January 31, 2008
so I will be taking a sleeping bag (rather than surfing stuff) in case I get stuck. strange you might think; but cornwall seems to stop for snow as it is so rare. strong winds, rain, floods are all normal but a few flakes of snow and the place seems to stop.
perhaps because there is only a few gritting lorries and the last major snow fall saw two of the local lorries collide blocking a major local road for most of the day. oh well hope for a good day.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
strange perhaps to link the 1995 cornish based surf film blue juice, (staring amongst others sean pertwee & ewan mcgregor) and a character from that film josh tambini played by steven mackintosh to the singer duffy. (the tambini character was a dj that re-mixed old northern soul records).
the thing is I have heard the new duffy release 'mercy' all over the place and the link to the northern soul scene is plain to see. carol has just come in from work and mentioned that she had heard the record and liked it. so its good enough for me to have this train of thought. as well as show the video.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I found it extra-ordinarily interesting. I am still trying to get my head round it but I am enjoying the thought process. it also gave me an added reason to put up this great eels song.
Monday, January 28, 2008
it has been a while since I really had to think hard about a new design related exam for students. I have been looking at course to run with the education situation of my 'real life' within a product design situation. so was very pleased to find that the way certainly OCR 'A level' & OCR 'GCSE' are thinking is more in line with the way the design & technology of the 2000's is moving. (or perhaps it is just my opinion)
as so many people keep saying much of the work current pupils & students will be doing does not exist yet. so how can we plan for them never mind teach them.
the more design based curriculum of some is actually starting to address the fact that design and designers in whatever discipline play a continually important part of what ever the future has to bring. creativity is something that is part of the human rather than computer input and it seems that exam boards have realised that now. it just needs the education system to make sure we can deliver what the current generation need, in my view a fresh look at being able to consider as well as dream using the progress in technology to be creative.
Friday, January 25, 2008
it has only been difficult as far as motivation but as always next week will be better.
see you back here next week. I should have regained some drive to fuel more ideas again.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
on the rainbow theme I happened to find this video while having a look at drob the blog.
thought it was well worth posting here.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
perhaps I didn't have enough coffee?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
I wanted to know more so I had a look about to see the how the date is decided to search about for the equation used to work it out. it seems to have been developed by dr. cliff arnall (who specializes in seasonal disorders) at the university of cardiff, wales. his calculations show that the misery peaks on a monday.
I actually like equations and enjoy working stuff like this out, so perhaps I am lucky as it has given me something of interest to ponder today.
that said the wind and rain that is battering my little house in south cornwall tonight, doesn't sound that nice.
- 1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA.
- W: weather
- D: debt
- d: money due in january pay
- T: time since christmas
- Q: time since failed quit attempt
- M: general motivational levels
- NA: the need to take action
Friday, January 18, 2008
I am steering clear of the shape shifting scenario, though the celtic ideas are interesting.
to be able to dwell on a momentary thought is something that I have always strived to be able to do.
'hergest ridge' & mike oldfield. in the middle years of teenage hood I really believed that I would be a famous musician. so much so I used to practice guitar long in to the night most days, I was lucky enough to meet the engineer tom newman who worked with mike oldfield on both albums. even recording guitar layers for a piece of music called travelling with mr newman, thought it was never released (to long a story).
mike oldfield had already released and had world wide success with tubular bells when this second album 'hergest ridge' was released.
I recently added hergest ridge to my mp3 player and have found my self listening to it over the last few days quite a lot. musical wallpaper perhaps? but good quality wallpaper none the less. probably rushed I like it better than tubular bells for me. the records were released in 1973 & 1974 respectively and to be still thinking about them perhaps time isn't moving that fast after all.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
oh well another day I suppose I have to prioritise, these days. but I found a nice picture that made me feel much better. when I turned my machine on to searched the hard drive for a piece of software that I had mislaid. this picture (taken by moby in the summer) was on there all alone, (I had forgotten) so I thought I would add it. taken on the north coast. makes me think of warmer days, it won't be long until it gets like it again down here.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
well nothing really the last couple of days have been rather busy with normal work as well as the ellie's haven marketing push so if I am really tired and really busy I have to say that I do like a good game of scrabble not very 'rock & roll' I realise but still. have to say as well I hate to loose, but find it relaxing in an alternatively stressful way. I was lucky enough to be given a travel scrabble set for christmas, so as well as using it when travelling I can also play it in bed, even less 'rock & roll'.
so now it is back to more emailing of people and more planning for some staff training tomorrow, just hope I manage a few triple word scores before I get to sleep tonight.
I won't be loosing any sleep over the fact that the application written for facebook 'scrabulous' has been asked to be removed from the facebook social network site. there is a time and a place for a computer, perhaps. however even I agree with the ruling.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
the ellies haven website as well as many other things have been active for a while now.
the awareness campaign is to be added to by way of email (a few hundred have been sent already) all the emails will be sent through person to person.
although it has been time consuming, we are actively trying to reach as many people as possible without spamming.
ellies haven as a project will last hopefully for many years. if you want to help simply pass on the a link to the ellies haven website, or to the youtube link even to this blog. so that as many people as possible get to see the work that is hopefully being done down here in a small cornish town.
Monday, January 14, 2008
A film made by students at Looe Community School, Cornwall (January 2008).
If you have found this video through chance or been directed here please take time to watch.
To find out more & to help please visit ellies-haven.org.uk
email: info[at]ellies-haven.org.uk or dgeorge[at]looe.cornwall.sch.uk
Friday, January 11, 2008
I have watched the first two programmes (of echo beach that is) and I think that though it is really not very good at all, I will probably watch many more. much like neighbours (the australian soap) is not very good but I seem to have watched it for 20+ years, (that's embarrassing).
it was the talk of work today as half of it is filmed very close to where we are based, and the rest about 40 miles away. so it is very funny to see familiar places seeming to be very close to each other. of course it is all in cornwall and it looks very english/cornish except that it seems sunnier and far less crowded than we are used to down here.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
manufactured by tata. looks a bit a like a smart car gone a bit cheaper.
mass sales followed by more pollution? that's just a theory.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
many years have passed and I probably like the relaunched fiat 500 for the same reasons. strange perhaps coming from some one who drives a land rover (and likes it as well) but still. I like the fiat 500 very much indeed, small and sensible for short city based journeys as well as being cute.
seems others do as well as it has had many good reviews since it was let loose on europe early last year. the closest I will probably get to having one of my own I expect is to make the paper model below. incidentally you can find plan drawings for many other cars at grumlt.citrina.it it's well worth a look if you have some time.more fiat 500 links
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
I will be updating as well as adding some of the many pictures he came back with on the surf site but I thought it would be good to just give a little taster here first.
Monday, January 07, 2008
I didn't get in the water as I had planned but still I did get as far as the beach and it looked good. the picture below taken by my good friend moby, on the north coast yesterday morning.
I was down west after watching ben play rugby, sorting out the correct size for a new set of fins (for kneeboarding) thanks to the guys at the surf shop at portreath. excellent service and friendly as well.