Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Textile Art

Arthur Animated by Jo Hamilton Art  is a stop motion video made to document the artist's process of crocheting one of her larger than life portraits in yarn from start to finish. In her work she uses a traditional basic crochet technique taught to her at an early age by her Gran. She works one knot at a time, from the inside out, row by row. In making the crochet portraits she always begin in the middle with the eyes and work out from there until the piece is completed. Ms. Hamilton works directly from photographs, using no sketches, graphs or computer imaging. Each piece is handmade, labour-intensive, instinctively composed. Nothing is planned ahead; she makes it up as she goes along spending a lot of time simply looking, unraveling, and reworking until she gets it right. To make this video she photographed the work after each new yarn colour or two was added, and edited the photos into a sequence. This 30 second sequence contains over 300 photos of the work in progress.

#ArtIsaMansName #art #creative #myart #TNCNNA

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Selfish Complains

Note to any Grammar Nazis out there:  the "we're" in the 
first sentence was deliberate.  A very subtle play on words.  
(Or perhaps a typo the author was too lazy to fix?)

In a place where Spring is eternal, it's still nice to see
fall-like leaves.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Princess has Déjà Vu

 Via:  United Nations.org
Please click here to see the above infographic
complete with counter showing the
daily military expenditure worldwide. 

This animated short features 2 neighbouring gophers with very un-neighbourly appetites for anger and revenge. By sundown, they have destroyed everything... even their homes. Will they be able to put the pieces back together?

When the Dust Settles is part of the Canadian National Film Board's "ShowPeace", a series of lively, animated films designed to explore conflict and dispute resolution.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Listen to the Silence

Sixteen percent fewer girls than boys reported ever talking to their parents about science and technology issues. #factoid

Bite the bullet ~ To endure a painful or unpleasant situation that is unavoidable  #ENGidioms

In a deck of cards the king of hearts is the only king without a moustache #factoid

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving ain't for you #bumperstickers

Koalas sleep around 18 hours a day #factoid

I can resist everything except temptation #bumperstickers

If you go blind in one eye you only lose about one fifth of your vision but all your sense of depth. #factoid

Listen to the silence #bumperstickers

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets. #factoid

I intend to live forever - so far, so good #bumperstickers

Money Isn't Everything, But It Sure Keeps The Kids In Touch #bumperstickers

Take the biscuit (UK) ~ To be particularly bad, objectionable, or egregious  #ENGidioms

What, are you stuck on stupid #bumperstickers

It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery had in it to begin with. #factoid

Wouldn't it be nice if there were an Escape key for all of our problems #bumperstickers

Growing old is inevitable. Growing up is optional #bumperstickers

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else #bumperstickers

I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met #bumperstickers

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup #bumperstickers

I'm leaving my body to science fiction #bumperstickers

Gravity is a myth. The Earth sucks #bumperstickers

Stop global whining #bumperstickers

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness. #tips 
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer. #factoid

Owly - in a bad mood. "She's some owly today."  #CanadianSlang

Bats can find food (insects) up to 18 ft. away and get information about the type of insect using echolocation. #factoid

The average bed contains over 6 billion dust mites #factoids

Don't steal, the government hates competition #bumperstickers

Though it is forbidden by the Government, many (East) Indians still adhere to the caste system which says that it is a defilement for even the shadow of a person from a lowly caste to fall on a Brahman (a member of the highest priestly caste). #factoid

I like you but I wouldn't want to see you working with sub-atomic particles #bumperstickers

The Beatles song "Dear Prudence" was written about Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence, when she wouldn't come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India. #factoid

WARNING: mental backup in progress #bumperstickers

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Time is What Keeps Everything from Happening at Once

Don't let schooling get in the way of your education #bumperstickers

Your thumb is the same length as your nose #factoid

Life's a bitch, and then you die #bumperstickers

There are only two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead #bumperstickers

The snake can see through its transparent eye lids when they are closed #factoid

The past tense for the English word 'dare' is 'durst' #ENGlanguage
You're just jealous because the voices only talk to ME #bumperstickers

A strand from the web of a golden spider is as strong as a steel wire of the same size. #factoid

The famous aphrodisiac 'Spanish Fly' is made from dried beetle remains! #factoid
Mary Shelly, author of "Frankenstein," got the idea for the story from a dream. #factoid

Even though it is widely attributed to him Shakespeare never actually used the word 'gadzooks'. #factoid

Mosquitoes are more attracted to the color blue than any other color. #factoid

Skookum - B.C. or "Chinook" slang (said skoo-kum) for "strong", can also mean "great", "big", and "mighty".  #CanadianSlang

Time is what keeps everything from happening at once #bumperstickers

Largest collection of traffic cones by David Morgan; 137 different types - 2/3 of the designs ever made. #factoid

Winterpeg - A derogatory term for Winnipeg, Manitoba. #CanadianSlang

A person afflicted with hexadectylism has six fingers or six toes on one or both hands and feet. #factoid

The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F. #factoid

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in Jello. #factoid

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people. #factoid

The Puritans forbade the singing of Christmas Carols, judging them to be out of keeping with the true spirit of Christmas. #factoid

Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles (274 km) per hour. #factoid

All generalizations are false #bumperstickers

All stressed out and nobody to choke #bumperstickers

The oldest word in the English language is 'town' #ENGlanguage

Turn Signals: Not just for smart people anymore #bumperstickers

You have to be really secure to be seen in this car #bumperstickers

Life is a lesson you'll learn it when you're through #bumperstickers

Natural pearls melt in vinegar #factoid
I Get Enough Exercise Just Pushin’ My Luck #bumperstickers

Onions get their distinctive smell by soaking up sulfur from the soil. #factoid

Everything is possible just not too probable #bumperstickers

The first English dictionary was written in 1755 #ENGlanguage

Break a leg ~ A saying from the theatre which means good luck  #ENGidioms

It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia. #factoid

Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded. #factoid

Friday, 12 September 2014


If you watch the above video normally, the moving circles in the first animation rotate while the shifting dots in the second clip follow a horizontal path. But if you look away and watch the movie out of the corner of your eye, the direction of motion will appear to change. In both cases, the moving objects seem to follow the direction of the background stripes. The illusion proves that we perceive motion very differently when it's in the periphery compared with when it's picked up by the fovea, a tiny area at the back of the eye responsible for central vision. Looking at a scene directly results in the sharpest vision, whereas our peripheral vision is good at picking up motion but poor at making out the details of shapes.

Monday, 8 September 2014

You'll Develop Skills You Didn't Know You Had

 Via:  City Pass

 Via:  Avis.co.UK

If you travel overseas, the chances are that you already do enough research to know whether you need a visa at your destination — but Visamapper.com makes that research visual. The map-based interface lets you check up on visa requirements of any country from the point of view of a traveler of any nationality. It’s always best to double check through official websites and organizations, but the map is certainly a great resource — especially this nifty overview.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

I Left the Womb for This?

Taxation with representation isn't so hot, either #bumperstickers

Frogs use their eyes to help them eat their food: frogs can pull their eyes inward toward the mouth to help push the food down their throat #factoid

Bluenose - Resident of Nova Scotia, or referring to the famous schooner. #CanadianSlang

The bulls-eye on a dartboard must be 5 feet 8 inches off the ground. #factoid

If it's too loud, you're too old #bumperstickers

Life is too complicated in the morning #bumperstickers

The richest 10 per cent of the French people are approximately fifty times better off than the poorest 10 per cent. #factoid

Its all fun and games until someone loses an eye #bumpersticker

The average human head weighs about 8 pounds. #factoid

Save The Whales. Collect The Whole Set #bumperstickers

My favourite colour is chocolate #bumperstickers

White Out was invented by the mother of Mike Nesmith (formerly of the Monkees). #factoid

In Germany, 'shhh' means 'hurry up'. #factoid

The diameter of Jupiter is 152,800km (88 700 miles) #factoids

Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives #bumperstickers

They're not hot flashes they're Power Surges #bumperstickers

The giant squid eye is 40 cm in diameter. #factoid

A perfect number is a number whose divisors add up to itself such as 28: 1+2+4+7+14=28 #factoid

Elephants are the only mammal that can't jump #factoid

Don't make me go medieval on you #bumperstickers

The Himalayan gogi berry contains, weight for weight, more iron than steak, more beta carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges. #factoid

Not all who wander are lost #bumperstickers

I’m Out Of Bed And Dressed – What More Do You Want #bumperstickers

I left the womb for this? #bumperstickers

Marie Currie, who twice won the Nobel Prize, and discovered radium, was not allowed to become a member of the prestigious French Academy because she was a woman. #factoid

Please don't hit me I'm a pedestrian trapped in a car #bumperstickers

Don't rub the lamp unless you're ready for the genie #bumperstickers

I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol #bumperstickers

Give blood and you too can get a free bumper sticker #bumperstickers

How Can I Miss You if You Won't Go Away #bumperstickers

Many musicians, including Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Beethoven, have found inspiration for their music from their dreams.Some hear musical arrangements in their dreams, while others hear lyrics. #factoid

Basket case ~ One made powerless or ineffective, as by nerves, panic or stress  #ENGidioms

The tooth is the only part of the human body that can't repair itself. #factoid

Blow your nose, your horn works fine #bumperstickers

If you mouth the word "colourful" or "elephant shoes" to someone, it looks like you are saying "I love you". #factoid

A jellyfish is 95 percent water. #factoid

Alec Guinness = Genuine Class #anagram