Saturday, 28 August 2010

A strange conversation revisited....ANIMATION STYLE!

This is very daft, but I just discovered and just had to give it a go.

Basically, you write a little script, choose the kind of scene and animation that you want and the site then generates a little movie that you can then share with your friends.

My first attempt is a silly little thing inspired by an actual conversation between my bestie, Beth, some random stranger we met and I.

It was very late (or very early morn...I cant really remember), I'm pretty sure Beth and I were about 16 or 17, were either very drunk, or at least tipsy, and were waiting for the night bus to take us home from the city to the suburbs of sydney. At times like those, we'd generally strike up conversations with strangers, just for something to do.

So yeah, the vid is a step away from what the real scene was like - for instance in the vid, it's daytime, there is only one girl in it, and the guessing of the 'occupation' actually went on for a little longer in real life - but I only had the basic tools at xtranormal to work with. I think it turned out fun though.

I'm still waiting to see what Beth thinks.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

A Moleskine Update

Just a quick update:

A Lifelong Self-Suffiency Dream.

The husband and I have both been wanting to do this since either of us can remember. When we met it was just another of the things that told us that we had found the right person.

Our plan is, and always has been, to move out of this cosy little apartment and into a house in the countryside around Vejle here in Denmark. My husband works for a museum down that way, so while he works, I will be at home tending the gardens and animals.

We’re looking for a place that has at least 10000 square meters of land, and one that preferably has a piece of forest on it. That way, we can have the all the space for the animals that we want (chickens, geese, possibly also goats and pigs) and be able to forrage in the forest (fingers crossed) for nuts, wild fruits, wild herbs etc.

Currently the only thing standing in our way is money. And then, only really because we want to save a lot of the deposit ourselves, so we can be a little less dependent on a loan from banks to get the whole process started. So we’re doing our best now to save, and in the process are learning to live a more simple life already by not constantly clogging it up with ‘stuff’ that we dont really need.
The outlook for the near future, is to hopefully start the process for real by this comming winter. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that some of the houses that we have our eye on now are still available by then :)

In the meantime, I am doing my best to learn as much about organic gardening, homesteading and self suffiency as I can. Using the internet, the library and any other resource I can get my hands on, I have so far collected a 2Gb+ file on my computer of files and articles found on the web about all the topics I could think we might need to know about, and now that I’m not going to danish classes any more, I have time to get reading. I’ve even tried to start growing some edibles here in the apartment…an experiment more than a neccessity, but a fun one none the less.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

An Ongoing Education

Ok, so after 2 years at danish school, and finally walking away with a certificate that says I have passed, I still feel like I have a lot to learn about this language. It’s tricky, and hard to pronounce at times, but I am getting the hang of everyday conversations, and can hold my own in most cases.

Luckily, I have the rest of my life living here to get better. But I know now that I will never be fluent. I will always be a little bit aussie when I speak, and people will always ask where I’m from. Just something that one gets used to being an immigrant.

So here’s to learning more danish every single day….

Monday, 29 March 2010

Grumpy Travelling - Paris edition

My husband and I went to Paris last weekend for our extremely belated honeymoon. It was 2 years coming and entirely worth it. In many way paris lives up to it's name as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world.

The only thing that ruined it were all of the other millions of people that were there.

I'm such a grumpy bum when it comes to having to deal with other people. I guess it comes from growing up in the countryside of Australia, where there usually weren't that many people trying to sell you nasty fake knock offs of every major building in your local neighbourhood, or almost pushing you off sidewalks because they are busy, busy, self-indulged and priviledged to be the most important person on the planet. (Ok, so there are people like that in every city and town in the world...not just Paris).

The people that were the most annoying were not the locals, as some sterotypes would have you believe. No, the french folk, albeit lacking the drive to grasp the english language , were utterly lovely for the most part. (Note: I'm not saying they should definately all learn to speak english fluently, just saying it might help with business sometimes considering the vast numbers of english speaking people who are willing to throw money at them)

The most annoying were all of the other tourists. Yes, we all have a limited amout of time in the city. Yes, we would all like to see as much of it as we can. But your pushing in lines, allowing you loud obnoxous children to do the same, constant flouting of clearly posted guidlines and volume of your incredibly objectionable voice is the epitome of all that is wrong with the human race. Please hand in your passport when you return to you home country and never bother the rest of the world again.

Anyway, we did actually have a wonderful time despite all that. And here are the pictues to prove it:

That is the damn Louvre

That is some damn painting of some damn bint

This is more damn art

This is the damn Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

 This is Notre damn Dame

 That over there is Joan of damn Arc

This is a damn fountain

 This is a damn obelisk in the middle of the damn Place de la Concorde

This is the damn Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is damn big

 This is the damn Eiffel Tower

 That down there is damn Paris

 This is the damn Pont Alexadre III

 This is the damn crocodile on the damn Australian Bar

And so that was damn Paris.

; P

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Another Fun Creativity Generator!

Following on from the earlier "dice + rules = art" games I have posted about ('The Monster Drawing Game' and 'The Artists Scene Generator'), I figured I should post this one as well.

After messing about with making 'The Artist Scene Generator', I also toyed with the concept of getting 100 randomly chosen idioms or phrases and using them as the inspiration or main influencing factor when creating an artwork.

Again, all one needs to do is use a D100 dice, or an online equivalent like the one here:

(simply click 'roll' on the line with the two purple dice)

After you have your number between 1 and 100, find the corressponding idiom below and use that as the inspiration for an artwork. The piece in no way has to be a literal translation of the phrase, and your final work might appear to have no relation to the idiom you 'rolled' at all. The point is to use it as a stepping stone into your creativity.

The Idioms:

1. The plot thickens
2. Catch some Z's
3. Baker's dozen
4. Highway robbery
5. Bright as a button
6. Etched in stone
7. Out of nowhere
8. Jump the shark
9. A vicious circle
10. Pandora's Box
11. A little bird told me
12. There's no telling
13. Cheesed off
14. A house divided
15. As sick as a dog
16. The last straw
17. Sneak out
18. Use your loaf
19. Push comes to shove
20. Fit to be tied
21. Freak out
22. In the same boat
23. Keep ones nose clean
24. All ears
25. Stem the tide
26. Things are looking up
27. A world of difference
28. An axe to grind
29. A stalking horse
30. Take it slow
31. Outstay your welcome
32. No love lost
33. Under the weather
34. Wild and woolly
35. Punch-drunk
Bend over backwards
37. Cry wolf
38. Pass the hat around
39. Wall flower
40. Time flies
41. Foot in both camps
42. Open old wounds
43. Wrong foot
44. Go bananas
45. When pigs fly
46. Steal someone's thunder
47. Take it as a sign
48. See stars
49. Feather your own nest
50. Sixth Sense
51. Saved by the bell
52. A marked man
53. Split hairs
54. Smell a rat
55. Take a raincheck
56. Dressed to kill
57. In a nutshell
58. Pull the plug
59. Out on a limb
60. Listen up
61. Up the creek
62. The nuts and bolts
63. Brass monkey
64. Size up
65. Spin a yarn
66. Under a cloud
67. Take my word for it
68. The other side of the tracks
No bones about it
70. Quiet as a mouse
71. Every cloud has a silver lining
72. Long in the tooth
73. Keep your chin up
74. Have your head screwed on right
75. High on the hog
76. Twiddle ones thumbs
77. Push the envelope
78. A gut feeling
79. Go down like a lead balloon
80. In the doghouse
81. Rise and shine
82. Against all odds
83. Something fishy
84. A thirst for knowledge
85. Riding Shotgun
86. Easier said than done
87. Zero Tolerance
88. You can't take it with you
89. The whole nine yards
90. Rule of thumb
91. Pulling ones leg
92. Pass the buck
93. Out of the blue
94. Burning ones bridges
95. An elephant in the room
Method to ones madness
97. Loose cannon
98. Knock on wood
99. From rags to riches
100. No spring chicken 

For example, my first roll was a 19 - 'When push comes to shove' -  and the image I created from that was 'Push back':

Push Back, print print

Give it a try! If you do, I would love to see what you come up with. Leave a comment below with a link!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Reuse! Recycle! Repurpose!

My 'stumbleupon' button gets quite a workout. Lately I have been coming across a lot of sites that have some wonderful ideas for reusing everyday items that would normally get thrown on the scrapheap or out with the kitchen trash. We all know about sorting our trash and that we should recycle as much as we can to help the environment. But many wonderfully creative people like to take it a step further by repurposing old items into  new, practical and inventive creations in their own homes.

Want to give it a go and do your bit to 'save the world'? Here is a list of sites with some great ideas to get you started. 

I only just stumbled this one this morning and am absolutely loving it! This site gives some fantastic recycling ideas and has some really creative artworks to browse through. And it's all made from everyday, recycled materials

For instance, check these out:

This is a huge database of user submitted DIY tutorials from across all walks of life. From the uber geeky, to the everyday pratical, this site has ideas out the wahzoo! Here are just a few great instructables projects:

I love the craftser community for sewing, home decorating, cooking and just general ideas for making life more filled with creativity. When it comes to repurposing, the people at craftser are in the masters league. Just take a look at the forums on reconstructed clothing, or at the creativity of the reconstructed crafty housewares section. Here are just a few of my favourite ideas from over on craftser:

Lifehacker has an amazing array of post about how to make life a little more streamlined, stress free and more productive. This of course includes ways that you can cut down on waste by reusing the objects around you. a quick search of the #diy tag will bring up a multitude of great ideas using recycled and repurposed materials to create some awesome time/space/sanity saving devices. Just a few of my favourites include: Blog

As the name might suggest, craftzine is a haven for all things crafty and because the modern craft movement has thrown open it's arms to the idea of refashioning, reusing and recycling, it is also a great source of inspiration when it comes to what to do with everyday household items you may normally just throw away.

A couple of great examples:

There are of course many many more great websites dedicated to the eco-friendly pursuits of reusing and recycling household items, but the above are just a few of my favourites. Feel free to add a link in the comments to your favourite DIY/recycling websites or posts across the web!