Improv Everywhere – Frozen Grand Central

February 28, 2008

I’ve posted aobut these guys before,  if you have a chance look at the background reports about doing this and some of their other Improvs…

Frozen Grand Central

Mobile Desktop 

MP3 Experiment Four

Flame proof fabric

February 28, 2008

Potentially the most boring blog post ever, however each time I go looking for ‘flame proof’ fabric I have forgotten how to find it so here is a memo for myself and perhaps something that will help anyone who arrives here looking for flame proof, fire proof, flame retardant, fire retardant or flame resistant material.

The key thing is (and it is important) you can’t flame proof anything so stop thinking about it as flame proof – eventually with the right conditions the best treated material will catch fire. So what you are looking for is flame or fire retardant fabric. Next, the proper terminology is ..

  • Not FR (Not Flame-Retardant)
  • FR (Flame-Retardant)
  • NDFR (Non Durably Flame-Retardant)
  • DFR (Durably Flame-Retardant)
  • IFR (Inherently Flame-Retardant)

More information here

So if you are looking for this sort of thing – search for “DFR fabric” and I’d also add “Theatrical” or “Exhibition” – apparently, and I’ve not checked this out myself, exhibition suppliers have fabric which is for one off uses, so slightly cheaper but not as durable compared to theater use and also not as large scale.

Anyway, at the moment and in no particular order the links I’ve found for UK Flame Retardant fabrics seem to be…

Just to make a point, and add some interest to a bland blog post, here is what happened when some flame-retardant fabric was in contact with (laying loosely against) a halogen flood light like this…

floodlight which gets hot when in use the result was…


The small square above the main scorched area is where the screw is on the light and the white lines at the bottom of the scorch is where the fabric has burnt right through.

While this didn’t actually catch fire there was a strong smell of burning and a little ‘smoke’ but with normal fabric I think it could have been much worse. So get the right fabric and be careful of placement of heat sources!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

February 15, 2008

This trailer has just been released – made me sort of tingle

Direct link to youtube

Free Hugs !!

February 15, 2008

Found these people outside Borders in Glasgow today,  just look at the pics…

free hugs

free hugs

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

Free Hugs

These two huggers seemed to really lift the mood around here, lots of people smiling and laughing and taking up the offer of hugs.  After a little google I’m guessing that this has something to do with but they may be independent huggers who knows.

Movie: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

February 10, 2008

Fantastic movie and I’m going to review it not only without giving away any of the plot but without even mentioning the plot in any way whatsoever.

movie poster Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead -has big name stars such as Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Albert Finney, and directed by Sidney Lumet yet this film retains all the trademark sings of good independent cinema – the non-sequential time line, long scenes where little happens, interesting and in depth character development and without spelling everything out for the audience.The story revolves around a single event which is shown from the various perspectives of different characters, gradually revealing how it came about and the consequences of the event. What makes this work so well is that as the audience starts to care about the characters you just can’t see any way of them resolving it.

The characters themselves are very well developed by slowly revealing different sides to them but in such a way that you don’t feel cheated in that ‘if I had known that earlier it would have made more sense’ that you sometimes get in movies. The ‘thriller’ or ‘who done it’ element is taken up with the ‘when are they going to get caught’ or ‘there is no way of resolving this’ but that is all in the background as the relationships between the characters slowly break apart.

The only thing I thought let down this movie was the underdeveloped female characters. The only strong female was well played but drastically underwritten IMHO. The end was also a slight cliche but pulled off by fantastic acting. What said it all in the end was that the audience left the cinema in almost total subdued silence, not I think, because of shock or disappointment but because there was just so much to think about.  Also, partly because it was the GFT and not Cineworld where you can’t get out of the cinema because everyone immediately goes into shuffle-very-slowly-while-checking-phone mode.

A fantastic film – with great central performances from Albert Finney, Hoffman and Ethan Hawke. Well worth catching!

Also, if you do want some of the plot a brief outline is on Wikipedia.

Deep Impact

February 6, 2008

As mentioned in passing, a team from DeepRiver recently led the worship at Deep Impact (Scotland’s National Youthwork Training event). However we did Interpret ‘leading worship’ to be a lot more than just having a band play some music to sing along to – hopefully there is always more to ‘leading worship’ than this.

Deep Impact stage set up

So, as well as music we used visuals (obviously), liturgy, readings, meditations, posture, response, etc. in the main sessions and the late night worship slot that we led. We also set up some small ‘worship stations’ for personal reflection and for people to interact with around the conference center and we took one seminar.

Most of the seminars were recorded and are now online. I tend to avoid ‘up front’ so being one of the three of us who spoke at this seminar wasn’t the best thing about the weekend for me. Having listened to it again today – what we said was good, but I really do mumble a lot :-)

Here is a direct link to our session for posterity (or at least till the site is rebuilt for next year).

Brokenness ? hmm

February 5, 2008

I’ve been putting together a DVD of videos on the theme of Brokenness – sort of .

At least it kind of started off as “Brokenness” and has been in my mind as “Brokenness” because that was the subject line of the email from a friend who is: “…leading a seminar on worship with vulnerable children. … I wondered if you had any suitable images to hand – I’m looking for either brokenness or restoration. Like the one… “

So, apart from the one mentioned in the email a few things came to mind, specifically some old stuff we got ages ago that I had to trawl through old VHS tapes to find. So I found all that, messed around with some stills we have, and spent about a week off and on tweaking some things and just mulling the concept over.

The nice thing is that during this process I had been focusing on ‘Brokenness’ and the idea of ‘vulnerable children’ or ‘troubled teens’ yet a lot of the videos have turned out with a positive edge and have included a lot of the ‘restoration’ and ‘being made free’ which I had forgotten about from the original email. Just shows who’s in charge when I think I’m doing all the work?

Anyway, while working on this someone sent me a link to the following video, which also in a strange way fitted with this theme. “The story of a Kiwi who spends his whole life working towards achieving his dream.” IMDB

( direct link if you can’t view the above )

If you want more of this.. the original version (original sound track) and an alternative ending are worth a look.