About Canada…

June 27, 2007

With due deference to my two Canadian neighbours and in response to Simon’s announcement that he is going to visit Canada, here is some essential information for anyone making travel plans to that country….

  1. Canada is big  “our mountains are very pointy, our prairies are not”
  2. Ontario Sucks (not my opinion, I’ve never visited)
  3. Cows can be very dangerous
  4. The have Rocks and Trees

All information provided by the The Arrogant Worms


Powerpoint Song

June 26, 2007

I was at a service on Saturday which reminded me again of some of the common problems when people use powerpoint to display song words. Font too small, font colour too similar to background image, background images that inturde too much into the words, too many background images, no easy way to correct problems on the fly without interupting the event….

It was because of these sort of problems that some years ago we pushed for using software designed specifically for use in church worship. After looking at a few we settled on EasyWorship and if I started to list all the benefits I could be here all day. Anyway, I came across this today (to the tune “All I once held dear” short mp3 here)

All the hymnbooks that we used to use
Hvae been thrown in the recycling bin
With the photocopied service sheets
And the last remaining BCPs

Powerpoint pleases nobody
But it’s the latest thing
On a screen on the wall
Colours clash and writing small
And I hate it Lord

posted today on The Cartoon blog


Web 2.0?

June 25, 2007

Doesn’t sound that interesting a question, but this video explains it in some way and raises some interesting questions about online social networking and how certain concepts (copyright, collaboration, authorship, privacy, etc.) may need to be readdressed.  Are we creating the machine or is the machine evolving?


Midsumer BBQ

June 22, 2007

JJ bought a BBQ.

It was the longest day.

These two facts came together…

FLICKR set


Meanwhile…

June 20, 2007

So, back in real-life it’s been a bit hectic.  Our department (at work – I don’t normally talk about work here) had our annual away-day thing on Monday.  Leading up to this I decided it would be a good to have several things ready in time for the away day, so I set a bunch of deadlines.  In reality it wouldn’t have really mattered if things weren’t ready for the day, but it’s good to have a deadline sometimes.   Anyway, we managed to get everything done and it got a good reception, so was worth the effort.  On the other hand, seeing a few of these things gave people ideas, which in turn has generated more work… oh well.

Non-work ‘work’ has also been a little overloaded because I’m trying to get ahead of some video work in order to have some time off from it later in the summer.  But, as in the previous post I’ve ran out of inspiration on a couple of projects so that isn’t going to quickly.  I did manage to get the three things I had to have for last Sunday ready, but hoped to have more.  Oh and Sunday was Deeper, and there isn’t one next month because we are all (OK well most of ‘us’ whoever ‘us’ are) away at CLANkidz.

Otherwise, life is fun. Not only will I manage to go climbing again this week, but I could have gone yesterday as well (sorry I couldn’t make it BTW, and if you’re reading this I didn’t have your mobile or I would have let you know)  On that, I also bumped into someone at Biblocafe (the best coffee shop in the world!) who spotted me at the climbing centre and said I could join them sometime, so that’s all good.


lack of inspiration

June 14, 2007

I’ve been poking around with a video project for three hours with no inspiration at all.  Keep adding things then taking them away again, can’t get anything I’m happy with.  Nothing flowing at all!  Arrghhh – frustrated!

I’m now going to give up and play some violent playstation game for a while!


Climging exercises

June 14, 2007

So I managed to get to the climbing centre again the other day.  Still trying to find regular climbing partners to get into the swing of this, but that aside.

Climbing buddy who I’ll just call her The Scary One – ‘encouraged’ me to try this exercise to improve technique and trust in the climbing shoes (or just to laugh at my lack of the above technique and trust).  We were at what I think is called a ‘slab’ – i.e. wall which slopes slightly away from you as you climb and the idea was to climb  as far as possible without using hands at all.  So only leaning in towards the wall with your hands flat on the wall and using the shoes only to get as far as possible.

I found it really hard not to hold on to anything and I do tend not to be too comfortable when I only have half a toe on a tiny bump in the wall to hold me, so this was certainly good for my confidence.   So, thanks to ‘The Scary One’ for bullying me :-)

OK, I don’t know if this is a really obvious or well known exercise to do but I thought I would ask if anyone knows any other tips for beginners like this one?


Video of lions, buffalo and…

June 13, 2007

This is an amazing video where the outcome isn’t what you expect.  It starts a bit slow, but you can use this to learn how NOT to use a video camera as this guy insists on constantly moving the frame, zooming in and out and generally just being annoying… still wroth watching.

Youtube link


Painting Bruce

June 11, 2007

youtube link


Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

June 10, 2007

Went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End on Friday and I’ve been mulling over for two days what to write about it.

I decided it wasn’t worth bothering, so no review, just a ‘place keeper’ …

8June2007:  went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The end.