Skellywag

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries


Intense Beauty


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Urban Dictionary

example: I felched my girlfriend's brother last night and he loved it. [nws]


Saturday, June 25, 2005

Ugly Duckling

Spent a few amused hours last night at possibly the worst venue I have been to for a long time: The Swan in Stockwell. The whole place revolves around tribute bands, free barbie tucker, and terrible musical cheese. Slightly endearing. But mostly frightening.


l33t

Was in the Dogstar last night shakin some booteh with Matej, and met (in addition to two gorgeous girls) a couple of guys from IBM. They insisted on offering me some C# contract work. What can you do as a l33t h4x0r but accpect such tedious requests?


Friday, June 24, 2005

Genius of Blake

Oh glad day to celebrate
'Neath the cloudless sky

Recruit the dreams that sing to thee

Found at http://www.pattismith.net/


Wednesday, June 22, 2005

WOTD: geas


Geographically accurate Tube map

Finally, something which has been eluding me for some time: a geographically accurate Tube map. Much of it comes as no real surprise, for when stuck deeo in the belly of the Northern line, or chancing upon a station entrance which seems legions distant from its neighbour on the normal map, the topology becomes clearer. Still interesting, though. All those station names must be fitted (fat?) on somehow.


Monday, June 20, 2005

recent correspondance from the field

Washford was good. All the modern transmitters fit into about 10% of the station's area now, so the liberated space is now a tropiquarium. Hence it was pretty surreal in a steamy radio-less room full of nerds, listening to the problems of synchronising medium wave 1930s transmitters (using tuning forks actually) while the alligators and turtles thrashed.


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Sunday, June 19, 2005

wha guan?

Selam alaykum wha guan dem bomba-rass fiare seen?

and

if u cud speak the lingo , then u wud know that no manz chat like dat on the streets of streatham...or as we posh folk like to call it St. Reatham


Friday, June 17, 2005

New camera

  • Nikon F80
  • Sigma 28-200mm zoom Aspherical
  • Sigma 17-35mm zoom Aspherical

The lenses will fit a digital SLR, when I can afford one. The 17mm lens is pretty astounding. Half the world fits in the frame!

I bought it from London Camera Exhange on The Strand - they were very helpful and friendly, unlike Jessops, whose staff have no clue whatsoever, it seems.

My first project will involve printing on ag├ęd paper which my grandad left when he carked it. Some of the paper is 30, 40 years old, so the results will be pretty unpredictable, but that's what analog is all about.

Portraiture, I think, is what I'm interested in right now. Hats, graveyards, industrial, cigarettes, bodies; and lots of contrast. Sin City may have had a small influence there...


Sunday, June 12, 2005

...imaginary hordes of pinko commies...

Bend over and think of England!

I particularly love the chaps... [nws]


Word of the week: fissle

Subject: Of mice and bins...

F K wrote:

I have a nice story for you - actually it is 
not really nice but was quite funny. Today 
in the evening something was fisseling in 
office 302. 
At first I didn't care about it but after a 
while I started to investigate what it could 
be. Windows were closed, all seemed to be 
fine, nothing suspicious. So far...

[snip]

"fissling" is so splendidly onomatopoeic.