It's kind of hot here!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 09:52 AM - General, Relationships, Food, Art/Design, Photography, French
Ahh, a bit of Brett Whiteley to get your blood flowing...
Here I am in Sydney, about to embarque on the next part of my journey, kind of, I will spend the next few days here. It is gorgeously warm here, not too humid, I can see the sea (now, after spending some time with my Dad in Camden), and all is good. I have eaten a fair amount of Thai, and sushi, and I have hardly said a word in French, which I find strange. Usually I burst into French any moment I let my defenses down (this excludes the moment I was awoken on the plane and I immediately started talking in French to the poor Malaysian air hostess).
Trying hard to get the Moleskine I was asked to sent to a trade Fair done, so I can send it off to them. I am pretty motivated, and I have some time in the next few days to really get it down without too many questions.
the post has finally arrived!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 06:36 PM - Music/Books/Film, Food, Art/Design, Illustration
It took the French three months to deliver these two parcels I got today.
I had actually given up hope. But no, I shouldn't have.
Top are obviously a stash of Jonathan Keeley's The Hanged Man , that I did the illustration and layout for. And the other is two bags of very palatable ume candies from Japan... the outer part tastes a little like cinnamon, and it balances the salty plum on the inside. Who would have thought!
...back to the Gocco.
bit of subversion
Friday, June 22, 2007, 07:23 PM - Animals, Work (The Man), Food, Vegan/Vegetarian, Damn Carnies, Language
So, today I am waiting for the colour printer to print my enormous file, and there is a Japanese Design magazine sitting there, from 2005. I see these strange looking Japanese men in their meat propaganda T-shirts and a girl with a cap on that say "killer"... I fucking hope they are joking.
As I can't read Japanese, I can't tell... but something tells me they are... I hope. So I whipped over to the other side of the room, scanned the relevant pages, just so I could share.
Yep, I am going to REALLY swear in this post instead of pretending as I normally do (because, if the truth be known, I swear like a sailor if you let me)... so I have made my own subversive versions of the above comics:
I couldn't help it I'm sorry.
Someone want to tell me if they are joking?
vegemite... not very popular in Canada?
Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 06:36 PM - General, Food
So... some amusement for the day. I found this blog from the Gimme Your Stuff site.
Check out how much vegemite she has on that piece of bread! I haven't met too many Australians who can deal with that much Vegemite in one go. You hardcore Canadians! Eat up!
I saw a film being filmed at EuroLille this afternoon. I know the French actor by sight, but not by name. They weren't redirecting traffic, so you had to walk in front of the camera to get into the building. They were getting free extras. Cheap bastards.
this story pushed me over the edge
Sunday, May 14, 2006, 11:48 AM - General, FoodLast year I was listening to Earth Watch Radio , and this story is what pushed me over the edge to eating more organic veges. I finally moved my butt to find it, so I could share. The link at the bottom of the page, it is also interesting for more information.
A Helpful But Hazardous Harvest
Scientists clean up chemicals like PCBs with help from vegetables like pumpkins and zucchini.
By Richard Hoops
Some toxic chemicals that were taken out of production during the 1970s are extremely persistent and still linger in the environment. In North America, some places are still tainted by the pesticide DDT and industrial chemicals known as PCBs. Scientists are testing plants to see if they can clean up these places, and they say pumpkins and zucchini do the job pretty well.
Ken Reimer is an environmental scientist at the Royal Military College of Canada. Reimer is testing different kinds of plants as tools for cleaning up contaminated soil. He says pumpkins and zucchini are exceptionally good at dislodging chemicals that are bonded to soil particles. The plants pull the chemicals out of the soil and absorb them into their tissue. Over a period of time, they might be able to clean up some contaminated sites and make them safe to be used again.
Reimer says this use of vegetables is still experimental. But he says it's drawing attention from people who envision new uses for land that is now off limits.
"We've had a lot of interest from developers who are looking at buying brownfield sites -- former industrial sites that aren't being used right now -- and they're looking at long-term development, perhaps 10 or 15 years into the future. And so if they had a means of relatively passive remediation that may take that period of time but is not very labor intensive, not very cost intensive, this is ideal."
Reimer says this kind of garden variety clean-up would still require precautions to protect people and wildlife. The plants would need to be fenced off to keep anybody or anything from wandering away with zucchini and pumpkins that might be ripening into industrial-strength hazardous waste.
Script for Monday, October 03, 2005