Monday, March 31, 2008
I found the whole 90 minutes compelling viewing, some parts very difficult to watch, more the conversations with patients than the operations. mr marsh is a very interesting man, to see some-one so driven and immersed in the lives of others working to improve things was very uplifting in our media driven world, that so often is concentrated on finding things to discredit or dislike.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
generating speed, keeping a low centre of gravity and being able to change direction quickly make kneeboard surfing (to my mind) a much purer way of surfing. kneeboard surfers are constantly searching for better ways of doing this.
I wait to hear more from chris as he is still testing the six fin flex-tail kneeboard.
I have mentioned before in this blog as a kneeboard surfer my board of choice is a swallow tailed quad. perhaps the six fin is the future, with many thanks to chris for the photos.
kneeboardsurfing.co.uk chris's web site
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
the thing with me is that to start with it all seems so straight forward and my ideas and aims are seemingly so easy to record and explain. its when I start to think a lot, (which I will have to do) and then a lot more that the work begins to get difficult. so I'll be spending along time thinking and planning over my easter holiday I really have got some work to do. its all based around the stuff on the new'ish qca web site.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
sea fever is ken o’sullivan’s first production and was produced without funding.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
with new things happening naturally. it makes me think that I should be doing even more new stuff my self, perhaps that's more likely to be the reason for my un-rest than some roman saying adopted by shakespeare. oh well I had better get on with it then.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
the way the presentation evening is held has moved on for the better, though I still had to get up on stage to call names out and shake some hands. the students seem more confident than in the past, which is a good thing.
but the same feeling of achievement and a little sadness (on my part). the world is a changing and evolving place and they are now set to be part of it. hopefully some of the stuff I have passed on to them will be of use.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I almost forgot that today was mr darlings first budget speech I haven't read it yet, only the more comments already published online. evan davis is a person who's views, all be it through the bbc, I tend to agree his thoughts more often than not. but back to the sea. we have had some extreme weather in cornwall in the last few days.
as usual I have been looking at the significant wave height for the end if the week. I was pleased to see a nice paisley shape in the forecast for friday this week. not just a nice shape on the graphic but the waves in that area will be rather large.
graphic courtesy of magic seaweed
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
that in it's self is nothing unusual schools all over the UK & europe will have the same kind of thing happening through the year. but this one was different I saw the performance from a different view that of a teacher (as usual) and also as a parent (still not unusual) the combination is perhaps the difference. I saw the nerves of all the performers, the upset when some-one got things wrong and the happiness when things went ok. I also experienced the dismissal by some adults/parents of the way that the children 'weren't that good' in contrast to the vast majority who thought it was marvelous.
for the most part I think that parents, adults, and even some teachers had missed the point. for most the children and young adults that took part the future will be very unlikely to be full of acting/dancing /performing in front of a partisan full house. (for the few it might just happen) but there lives will be more than ever modeled by the way they attempt things. being part in what ever way of a collaboration is difficult but the difficulty is more often rewarded by a huge sense of achievement and relief, even when things don't go well.
we are all performers in some way, learning to cope with the pressures and enjoy the experience is difficult. so a dance in front of a hall full of people is surely a way to in crease the confidence of the majority, and has to be worth being part of. me I was just back stage making sure the break dancers didn't get too excited, but I actually enjoyed it. more perhaps because I saw the happiness in my son's face as he along with his fellow class-mates left the stage having pretended to be 'humanoids'.
Monday, March 10, 2008
today down here in cornwall we are in the mist of some pretty extreme weather, huge waves & very strong winds. the air pressure locally was down to about 950 today (monday). I can't remember it being as low in recent years.
Friday, March 07, 2008
an early start tomorrow, saturday.
I am going to bath with ben (my 9 year old son) & and his rugby club liskeard-looe, to watch bath play newcastle. we are going by coach so a chance for me to enjoy the view (I am usually driving when we go anywhere). I am looking forward to it as I really like bath the city, though I haven't been for a while. I have spend plenty of time there over the years. I like travelling & I like rugby so hopefully it will be a good day.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
I took advantage of an special offer by getting two pairs for the price of one and now I have collected my new glasses I find it difficult to decide which to wear (how sad is that).
so today, it is diesel versus gant I can't decide.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
watching the bbc tv programme imagine last night and again today on bbc iplayer I couldn't help thinking that even the usually carefully worded questions from alan yentob were just a bit lazy, perhaps bowing to 'celebrity' that is success.
I have to say that some of the work marc newson has produced is to me astonisingly, as a person of a smiliar age (well ok 4 years older) I remember the effect that space travel and the space race had on me and my peers while at school. I would draw and create stuff very heavily influenced by the ever increasing technology that was happening around me.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
however, I am also of the belief that good design or a good idea will be able to stand without much help from mr gates or mr jobs & all. no matter how much software or how cool the pc or imac looks it will not make a bad design better. I have mentioned this before on this blog and I am sure will again. but it seems still that many fellow professionals still think that having the best software and the fastest processor will make students learn more and even make their ideas better.
so much of the work I am involved in is teaching applications and so much of that process seems to teach out the creativity that everyone I believe is born with. don't misunderstand me I am in no way wishing for time to go back or that I am anti-digital applications. just simply that their use should be monitored and encouraged when appropriate. it is all too easy for the software to take over the think and the design process. I think that planning is key the design/creative process is best when the initial thinking is not constrained by what a piece of computer software can do. more that once the thinking and design ideas are established it is time to make use of the machines whatever they maybe.
Monday, March 03, 2008
tempted in to the city (carol successfully got the new laptop she wanted). we parked up at the hoe, close enough to walk into the shopping areas, but also a nice place to enjoy the size of the sky.
I love sunshine and the light especially when the sun is low in the sky, perhaps too much as my eyes are suffering from being in the sun a bit too much over the years as (well as age).
while we were walking back to the car we noticed I new addition as far as I am aware to the greenness of the hoe a putting green. I am a great golf fan but I like playing at it , (well pitch and putt). so we decided to have a go 18 greens later the sun was going down and the freshly made coffee was calling from the cafe, a really enjoyable time hour or so.