Thursday, 23 March 2017

Innis & Gunn Kith & Kin

I finally had a chance to go by the only LCBO in town to carry Innis & Gunn’s Kith & Kin. Yes I & G produced a limited edition stout in collaboration with Teeling’s Irish Whiskey, whose barrels they aged the stout in.

Do I need to say it? It’s unbelievably delicious.

But the funny part of it is that I got 4, and decided that since Andrew is my kith and kin, I’d drop one off for him. Stopped by the house, but since no one was home, I left it behind. Sent a quick message.
“Hi. Left you a present behind the salt bucket.”
Got a message back a minute later.
“Okay... That’s really creepy...”
“Huh? It’s creepy?”
“A turtle carcass in a plastic bag? Yeah. That’s creepy.”
“What?! No! I didn’t mean the salt bucket at the shop, I meant the salt bucket on your porch.”

Checked it out later. Sure enough, a partially decomposed, desiccated, and thoroughly revolting looking turtle carcass.

We found out later it was a “gift” from one of Os’ clients. Ugh. I’m all for skulls and horns and shells. But I think I’d rather just buy one where someone else has gone to the trouble to clean it.

S.o.t.D. - Skylight – Andy Leech

Skylight – Andy Leech

Skylight and chill.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

S.o.t.D. - Reach My Soul – EX✝XƎ

Reach My Soul – EX✝XƎ

I’m going to guess this act is pronounced ecstasy.

The Art of Making a Book


I worked on many books over the years, but it was a much faster process than this. You can watch each step of the process as it would have been done before the turn of the 20th century — from the setting of the type, to the application of ink, to the impression onto paper, to the folding, cutting, hammering, sewing, binding, clamping, and trimming. And the way it’s done here is still faster than it would have been when scribes who would have written out each page by hand. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

S.o.t.D. - Assimilate (Red Union Remix) – Skinny Puppy

Assimilate (Red Union Remix) – Skinny Puppy

The original was plenty punchy. This one makes it even punchier.

Patchery

I mentioned in my writeup about the fantastic makerspace at the library, the Janome embroidery machine. It took a little while, but I’ve jumped into making patches with gusto.
First thing I tried. Didn’t entirely work out. Bobbin ran out halfway through, and made a slight mistake in the rethreading, and it started showing up top. Fixed it, but the damage was done.

Still, for this being my first time using this machine, not bad. I expected worse. 
Second project. I’ve written to that calcified and hidebound institution, the Canadian Legion 3 times asking them to offer an embroidered poppy for sale. Nothing doing. That pin drives me nuts. Catches on things, rips stuff, falls off, contributes to the plastic clogging our oceans. So I took matters into my own hands.
Then came a 3 colour variation. 

Lessons I learned up to that point: Make sure you replace the bobbin cover, trim the end of the thread coming out of the needle to be about an inch long, otherwise it might wrap itself around the presser foot and when that happens you can toss out your project as it’ll get out of alignment and there’s no getting it back. Same goes for not tightening the hoop screw enough. If it pops out, it’s over.
The thing that was at the top of my list of things I wanted to get into making patches for. The Cottage 13 logo. My first attempt is on the right, the second on the left.) Used a different white, grey and gold thread. Made some changes to the Illustrator file. (Widened areas, thickened lines, etc.) Applied a different embroidery effect to a few areas. Still trying to deduce how to change the stitch direction for consistent effects.

As I’m learning by this point, there is a very steep learning curve to this. Once the vector file is converted into an embroidery file, all sorts of weird things happen. And figuring out how to make it conform to what I want is proving to be a challenge.

Another attempt at my logo shield, and a “maker” patch, using my typeface design Nephilim. In the shield you can see a divot in the top right, and on the maker, the ... serifs ... if you will, are for whatever inexplicable reason, treated as separate objects. 


Here you can see how things get pulled out of alignment. I thought it was because the material wasn’t tightened enough in the hoop, or having it 4 up, but the same thing happened when I set it one up, and about double the size. I managed to get one decent one out of it by cheating and blacking areas in with a marker. Pretty much second on my list of patches I really wanted.
Missed the ASF T-shirt I had as a teenager. So I made myself a patch.
Being a proud Amsterdammer, one of the patches I’ve wanted for a while is a crest of the city. I like it partly for how bold yet simple it is. It’s like heraldry and post modern graphic design had a night of drunken sex and this is its offspring.
Made this one for a friend, but will likely make one for myself too, just to annoy the hippies. :-) One of the things that is proving tough, is small letters.
Being a big F242 fan, another one on my list to make myself.
Patch I made for my pal Andrew Kent as a Christmas gift.
Gavin asked me to make this Pentatonix logo patch for his daughter for Christmas.
Way too imperfect for my tastes, but I made myself an RCAF roundel patch. I’ll call it the Patch, Embroidered, Roundel, RCAF, Mk. 1. The yellow band needs to be thicker and more prominent.
I’m rethinking my initial impression that embroidery is a straight forward thing. It's anything but. Some initial luck has been followed by a lot of WTH?!’s. That setup fee the company charges to have your golf tournament logo digitized to put on a shirt? Just shut up and pay it. I think they’re probably losing money on it.

Jun Matsui logo and a name patch.
Another of the explicable things that has happened a few times is in circles like this, a line of stitches that run horizontally show up despite the vertical stitches over it.

All in all, a vector file for printing and a vector file for embroidery are two totally different things.

And professional patches have a nicely finished border on them, done with a Merrowing machine (or an overlock or serging machine if you will). I don’t have access to such a thing, so I do a fake finish. Do a seam and then carefully cut and singe the ends with a lighter.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Bibliophilia: Unfollow: 140 Characters by Rob Williams

Unfollow: 140 Characters by Rob Williams

A billionaire who created a Twitter like social media phenomenon, is dying. He’s decided to leave his fortune to 140 people. An oddly disparate group of people, who seem to  have been randomly selected. Or have they?

This first collection largely revolves around establishing the different characters. A young man from a crummy neighbourhood who hopes the money will be a way out for him and his sister. The rich girl intent on giving away her wealth, who then inherits another fortune. An ex-SF soldier turned religious mountain man. A famous Japanese novelist who cut his own legs off. They’re all flown to the billionaire’s private island where the caveat is revealed. While each of them is to receive $130 million, if one of the 140 dies, their share is taken back and distributed to the others. So, will they all start killing each other to become even richer?

Really liked this and look forward to reading more.

S.o.t.D. - Gubkin – Spaceouters

Gubkin – Spaceouters

Signage: Kay Penny Florists

Putting a florist right across the road from a hospital seems like a genius move.

Sadly, it looks like entropy is taking its toll on this sign. I suspect the lights don’t actually work any more.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

S.o.t.D. - Wish – Nine Inch Nails

Wish – Nine Inch Nails

It’s weird, but I like listening to pretty aggressive music when I cook. Don’t know why. This is one such track.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

S.o.t.D. - Escape from Midwich Valley – Carpenter Brut

Escape from Midwich Valley – Carpenter Brut

French artist, but that’s about all I know. Uses a sample from Prince of Darkness.

Signage: Men’s Haircuts $10

I was too busy smiling at the naive vernacular typography to realize “Ten dollars for a haircut? Good deal. Will have to give them a try and see if they can get a high and tight right.”

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

S.o.t.D. - Don’t Stand In Line – Pailhead

Don’t Stand In Line – Pailhead

Yesterday’s track made me realize I’ve only ever posted one Pailhead song. I know there are only 6 to choose from, and I already posted the best one, but this second best one is still really good.

Get Your Own Tools

I’m always somewhat taken aback - although really I shouldn’t be - by people who work in professions that require them to use tools, and don’t have them. Ones I find cause to use all day, every day. Instead of carrying them around on their person, or even possessing them at all, they seem to regard me as a generous, portable tool caddy.

And the answer is no.

Yes, I know. Dennis Leary wrote a song about me. But I just find that lack of common sense, competence, and concern about your performance, irritating. 

​If the first time you require a tool, it’s what a detective would call a clue. If the need arises again, several times during the day, you’re essentially being battered about the head with a clue by four. Get your act together and have that tool within​ easy reach. Don’t assume your co-workers will be thrilled to be lending you that tool numerous times during the day. No. Get your own goddamn tools.

It’s one thing for a new hire to be uncertain of what tools to have. But someone who’s worked at the job for two decades? This is a joke right?

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Monday, 6 March 2017

S.o.t.D. - The Angel – Ministry

The Angel – Ministry

While I lost all interest after about their third or fourth album, I still love Twitch.

New Guy

New guy started today in the warehouse. I can only catch glimpses into the warehouse from where I work, and only go in there periodically, but I hadn't seen him for a while. I went to talk to talk to one of the guys. “I haven’t seen new guy in a bit. Did he quit already?” I asked jokingly.

“Yup. Didn’t even last an hour. We asked him to unload a pallet and put rolls in the racks. Said he didn’t want to do that, just drive forklifts. Said it was “beneath him.” So he walked out.”

I laughed.

The warehouse here requires a multitude of tasks. Order picking, data entry, re-shelving, delivering requested goods to departments, shipping and receiving, probably a bunch of other things, and sure, driving a fork lift. The three guys do it all. And they do it all without a shitty attitude. I’ve learned how to enter the info for anything I may need and have grabbed, into the system. Just to be a team player and help them when they’re tied up with the multitude of tasks they have to perform. It’s not “my job” but I do it. I suspect they appreciate the assistance.

I’ve seen this many times before. Jobs where people are too precious to last even a half day. People who have all sorts of unrealistic expectations of a job.

Show up and shut up. Demonstrate a work ethic. Have a good attitude. Do more than what’s expected. Show an interest in learning new skills.


I’ve worked all sorts of mundane jobs, and did them without complaint, because even those jobs taught me something, made me some new connections, taught me some new skills, gave me some insights into different industries, etc. Oh yeah ... I got a pay cheque too. Till I found something better, I was willing to work at some pretty crummy jobs. I’ve had times where I’ve beaten my head against the wall trying to find a job. Take the damn job that’s offered.

I was offered a temp job, showed up every day, demonstrated an interest, did my best, and before long I was offered a full time job, with a raise in pay and benefits. Amazing how that works.

The “That’s not my job” mentality I’ve seen so often is really pitiful. Or the entitled attitude that they don’t need to do any scut work or start at a less exalted position.

And the other part of it is that even if you don’t love the job, stick with it for a while. Let the temp agency know, and ask if they can put you somewhere else. But quitting after an hour shows you’re immature and unreliable, and pretty much guarantees they’ll never call you again. Lots of other people out there who want to work. I may not have any love for temp agencies, but when I was betwixt and between I worked for them. Didn’t love any of the jobs, but I got a reputation as being reliable. Showed where and when, did the work well, etc. A reputation is hard to gain and easy to lose.

Maybe dude and his shitty attitude and neck tattoos will find his dream forklift driver job somewhere else real soon. Somehow I doubt it.

Burlington Bay Panorama

Sunday, 5 March 2017

S.o.t.D. - The Last Two – Eminora

The Last Two – Eminora

A track heard on a DJ set. No time breakdown on the set list. No luck on Shazam. Started just feeding the track titles into YT, and narrowed it down that way. Worth the several minutes of my time to find.

Self Portrait with Exotic Fish

Cemetery Sunset

(I took this in the fall, but inexplicably hadn’t posted them. For shame.)

M-103 Protests

So I want to state my 2¢ regarding Motion (not Bill) M-103, and some of the protests that happened yesterday here in Canada.

First off I’ve had a bellyful of hypocrites who take great delight in skewering Christianity and Judaism, but think Islam is sacrosanct. I’ve also had it up to here with hypocrites who denounce fascism and the far right, while espousing communism and the far left. And I’m sick of those who, when they’re incapable of forming a cogent argument, resort to the easy out of crying “racism” or “bigotry”. To label anyone who disagrees with your viewpoint as “alt-right” or “neo-nazi” smacks of intellectual laziness.

Free speech is one of the most fundamental building blocks of our society. Free speech isn’t merely the viewpoints you agree with. It’s also the ugly views that make you uncomfortable.

I’m hardly a racist. I abhor violence against people based on their minority status, skin colour, sexuality, etc. I like the fact that I live in a country made up of people from all over the world, some of whom have become friends. It’s broadened my horizons immeasurably. I like that Canada is a largely tolerant and peaceful nation. I never want it to be anything else.

But I also feel that while people deserve to be protected, their ideas deserve to be held up to any and all scrutiny. Criticism for viewpoints that fly in the face of a tolerant and peaceful society deserve to be aired. That includes Islam. It deserves to be criticized, and frankly, ridiculed, like every other religion. I don’t particularly care if that offends someone. Islam is not something that can’t be changed like someone’s ethnicity. Islam is a religion, that like every other religion, has no evidence to back it up. Its fundamentalist adherents, like the fundamentalist adherents of every other philosophy, need to be held in check. No matter how much they may not like it.

Sure, let refugees into this country. Welcome them like every other refugee and immigrant has been welcomed into this country. But they need to grasp that people here don’t and won’t share their philosophy, and they need to accept that. And that there will also be people who fervently push back against theocracy and totalitarianism of any stripe.

This is what free speech is all about.

The pathetic and lazy attempt to stifle free speech with absurd titles like “Islamophobia” and the laughable attempt to curtail the necessary and healthy discussion about the problems associated with that particular religion as “racism” are more wilfully ignorant than racism could ever be.

The far left is as odious as the far right.

Signage: Carl’s Variety

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Paint & Draw Night

Draw & Paint night at Cottage 13 with the Time Will Tell, Dadahell and SugarShack crews.

S.o.t.D. - One Step Beyond – Paradox

One Step Beyond – Paradox

I never realized he did a project with Herbie Hancock.

The Making of a Danish Axe

This is a show that appears to make recreations of weapons from movies and video games.

This one is based on one that appears in the Ubisoft game For Honor.

I always love seeing axes being made. While the size of this isn’t practical, the techniques are the same as the making of an axe mere mortals could actually wield.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Possums

I’m cleaning the shop at around 05:00 when I hear someone knocking on the door on the other side.
“This can only be some sketchbag trying to bum a smoke.” I think to myself.
Knocks again.
Knocks again.
Oh FFS.
Walk to the other side. Woman. Doesn’t look too sketchy.
“Hi. Sorry to bother you, but could you call animal control? I’m trying to find their number on my phone but having no luck. There’s a possum in the doorway next door. I just thought with the rabies situation...”
I opened the door. 
“Possums don’t get rabies.”
“Really?”
“Yup.”
Sure enough, there was a possum huddled in the doorway next door. I figured since it got there, it would likely get back to where its home was before the sun came up.
The sidewalk sweeper going by must have been absolutely terrifying for it though.
But I dutifully found the number for animal control and called. 
When Andrew got to the shop around 08:30, they finally came, and it was still huddled there. The guy picked it up and off he went.

Possums aren’t cute, but they aren’t dangerous and actually pretty beneficial. Spread the word.

I Dream Of Wires


I went to Slimeridge mall on Sunday to redeem the HMV gift certificate I got for Christmas before it’s too late. 

And it was really hard to find much I wanted. Most of the music I’m interested in they don’t have. Useless tchotchkes like a Daryl Dixon wacky wobler, Stan Lee doll, Wonder Woman spatula, Doctor Who dish brush, Deadpool slippers, or Harley Quinn suspenders don’t hold any appeal.

Found I Dream Of Wires, a documentary DVD about modular synthesizers. That appealed to my nerdy, electronic music fan self. I’ve known about it for a while, but haven’t had the chance to view it. Four hours of interviews with Cevin Key, John Foxx, Vince Clark, Daniel Miller, Gary Numan, Chris Carter, Carl Craig and Trent Reznor and many others.

Geekfest. 




I Dream Of Wires 2014 documentary Trailer - Official from I Dream Of Wires on Vimeo.

S.o.t.D. - The Wind Will Carry You – Flite

The Wind Will Carry You – Flite

Evocative tune and image.

Monday, 27 February 2017

S.o.t.D. - Quantic – Plato

Quantic – Plato

At first I thought it was Plato by Quantic, but no.

Totally choice tune.

New Mike Austin Shirt

New Mike Austin Custom Tattoo shirt. Thanks Mike!

Opa Spiegelberg

This is my maternal grandfather. Opa Spiegelberg. Died when I was 2, so I have only the vaguest memories of him. He lugged a small accordion with him to his forced stint in Germany, and then walked all the way back to Amsterdam from deep inside Germany with it when the war ended.

These 43 Brands Will Fix or Replace Anything You Buy From Them — Forever

Good to know. Yes, some of these products are a bit more expensive, but warranties like this are worth it. Two other companies not listed here, that I have gotten superb service from are Brunton and Kifaru.

These 43 Brands Will Fix or Replace Anything You Buy From Them — Forever

Sunday, 26 February 2017

S.o.t.D. - Away – Anfield

Away – Anfield

Manages to mix melancholy and poppy quite well.

Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent is a film examining the life of Vincent van Gogh, has finally been released after nearly six years of creative development. Each of the 62,450 frames for the feature-length animated film were hand-painted by 115 professional oil painters, and will integrate 94 of Van Gogh’s paintings into the animation.

Absolutely incredible.




The Canoe

Gorgeous film about one of my favourite objects and activities and places.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

S.o.t.D. - Give The Drummer Some – Paradox

Give The Drummer Some – Paradox

Paradoxically, I doubt that beyond sampling and programming, there isn’t a live drummer on this.

Ha! See what I did there?

Sunday, 19 February 2017

S.o.t.D. - Howling – The Dahmers

Howling – The Dahmers

Howling good time.

Jungle Style

Some lessons learned from time spent in jungles. Some learned first hand, some from guys that have spent a lot more time in them, and paying attention to what they did and had to say.

In no particular order.....

The ineffable:


The jungle is not evil, hostile, or out to get you. You are utterly irrelevant to it.

In the jungle you are not a predator, you are prey. Remember your place in the food chain.

There is no such thing as a shortcut in the jungle and if you can’t see your camp you are lost until proven otherwise.

If something looks dangerous or nasty, it is.

If something looks pretty and harmless, it’s dangerous and nasty.

Gringo “common sense” and logic do not apply and do not work in the jungle.

The locals are smarter than you are, it’s their world, and you ignore their instructions and advice at your peril.

Any gear that you “saved money on” will fail at the most critical time.

Things that work at home may not work in the jungle, but things that work in the jungle will work at home.

Always have a plan. Always have a plan “B” because your first plan will not work. Always be ready to improvise, because plan “B” usually won’t work either.

Don’t trust your “instincts” as you do not have any for the jungle. Do what you are told, and don’t do what you are told not to do.

DO NOT let your guard down or take unnecessary risks. Then you have committed the mortal sin of stupidity, and may receive the ultimate punishment for it.

The greatest survival tool in the jungle is your own brain, attitude, & sense of humor.

You can’t keep up with the natives, but try and copy their gait on the trails.

Don’t piss off the monkeys.

Clothing:
DO NOT wear cotton.

DO NOT wear shorts. You’ll be begging to have your legs amputated before too long.

DO NOT wear sandals. Look up Tunga Penetrans.

Boots. I like military jungle boots. Wellco and Altberg are two reputable brands. Make sure they are well broken in before you show up in the jungle. 

Wool and/or polypro socks.

Polypro undies only. Or don’t wear any at all. Synthetic t-shirts and undies quick dry, no chaffing. No cotton.

1 set travel clothes, 1 set sleep clothes.

Wash all your gear in plain water before you go. The bugs seem to stop bothering you after you spend a few days in the bush. It helps if you don’t reek of sweet-smelling laundry detergent when you set foot into the woodline.

More socks.


A sweat rag or two. Mountain biking gloves that have terry cloth on the back of them to wipe away sweat about to run into your eyes.

Admin - Camp:
Hammock. Period. Lots of choices out there. You need to sleep off the ground at night. Anything left on the ground will be eaten, carried off, or become home to something unpleasant. This includes you.

Tarp. Many hammocks come with a tarp, but if not, get one to go with it. Some of the tarps included with the hammock, like the hex one that comes with a Hennesy I personally find a bit small, so considers a larger one.

Two suggestions about any small items you carry - make them bright and tether them to yourself. If you drop anything, finding it back will be either impossible or involve a search so difficult it defies belief. Unless there is some good reason for you to be hidden away, any small items you carry (and maybe even big items) should be bright - day glo orange, fire engine red, screaming blue, fluorescent fuschia - doesn’t really matter. But anything earth tone will be gone forever if you drop it. Lighter, pocket knife, compass, bug juice, etc. - bright and colourful, or make it bright and colourful. Spray paint it, wrap tape around it, tie a big bright fob to it, etc. 
You lose your machete or parang and you’re in serious trouble.

Travel light. The more gear you haul, the more you will sweat.

Waterproof everything. It will still get wet, but not to so great a degree to destroy it. Plastic bags are your friend. And have some extra bags for backup.

You can eat anything with enough hot sauce.

Other Gear:
Bug Juice. Sawyer Controlled Release is the cats ass for bug juice. Keep some Ultrathon 100% DEET around too.There is a product called Bite Blocker which is good. If you forget to apply bug juice you will find out where you missed while squatting to shit. You want to pay attention to the areas on your body where your clothing sits flat against your skin; your thighs and the backs of your shoulders for example. Other areas that are preferred; your neck, the areas around your nose and mouth, and the area behind your ears. (Some speculate that mosquitoes can sense areas of the body that have great blood flow). They also “key” on carbon dioxide that you exhale and the lactic acid produced by your active muscles.

Small stove to heat water. A small alcohol stove will do.

Extra containers for water.

Machete or parang or kukhri. Whatever you carry, have a means to keep it sharp. It’s both safer and easier to cut with a sharp tool. Make a habit of sharpening it.

Good, small pocket knife. Never go ANYWHERE without your pocket knife.

Plenty of 550 cord, some zip ties and maybe some bungees.

Gloves. Synthetic, quick dry mechanics type. Several pairs. Wear them at any time you are moving. There are trees that make poison ivy look like moisturizing lotion.

Sewing kit. The jungle eats clothes.

Headlight. Ideally one with different colored lenses or LEDs.

Cheesecloth to strain water and a filter to clean the strained water

Purification tablets or a reputable water purifier to kill the viruses in the filtered water. Or even better, both. I always thought it was a good idea to have both the filter and the tabs. Two is one, one is none. Just because the natives drink from the river does not mean you can. The natives shit Hepatitis virus into the water. Don’t discount this.

Fire starter that works when wet.

Survival kit heavy on water purification and fire starting.

1st Aid Kit. The jungle makes you bleed and it’s real easy to get infected there. Steroid cream is the UNIVERSAL jungle medicine!

Foot powder and a thick plastic bag. You can dump a good amount of foot powder into a (foot sized) plastic bag, place your foot inside, and “shake and bake.” It’s very neat and light weight; just stick your foot in and shake. Be sure the bag is thick enough to stand up to abuse, yet thin enough to where you can get the powder between you toes and around your toe nail.

Duct tape. Prevents and treats blisters, seals Bot fly holes, and repairs most stuff.

Reflective nylon sheet with aluminum side/OD side. A casualty blanket it’s also known as. Amazing how cold you can get still at night. Poncho liner stays wet 100% of the time. Good for warmth, shelter, wind break, etc.

Gookinaid or similar electrolyte replacement.

A clear pair safety glasses. All sorts of stuff to whack you in the face.

Do all your traveling during the day and never at night because that is when all the big mean, nasty, critters come out.

Never grab or part vegetation with your hands, always use a stick or you just might get thorned, stung or bitten.

Should you find any vines or rope placed across a trail, it usually means “Danger - Don’t Go There!”

Should you get entangled in some vines, try moving backwards in reverse to undo yourself.

Cross water slowly and only at shallow & narrow places, rush across only if you see danger.

Never camp near stagnant water, ant hills or where animals have been eating and staying. 

Rain water trapped in plants is the safest water to drink without filtering and purifying it.

Plants that produce a milky sap or taste sour and bitter are considered UNSAFE to drink.

Before putting your butt or hand on the ground, check for snakes, insects and reptiles.

Never urinate in water, and always check yourself for leeches after a water crossing.

Avoid stepping on slippery wet logs and rocks. Step over or around them instead. That has to be one of the easiest ways to get injured.

Never run out of salt. Whether it’s for preservation of meat or flavouring a piranha broth, salt is vital to keep the body working correctly.

Dig for water. When it’s low water season and all the small creeks are dry, the next water source is never far from your mind. If you don’t have accurate maps then you have to be able to think outside the box if the next river never comes. Sometimes you’ll hear the rumble of thunder and be saved by a deluge that you can use to collect water from your rain fly: a 10 minute downpour can yield 30 litres - enough to wash, cook, drink and fill your bottles for the next day. Sometimes you’ll be in places with nice thick water vines that will give you a vital rehydration. If you don’t have such luck and need fluid urgently you can dig a hole in a muddy area and allow it to fill with muddy water. This can be carefully scooped out when the mud has settled and purified to drink within 20 minutes.

Keep your lighter waterproof. Leave rubbing sticks or using a flint striker to the romantics. The savvy jungle local will never be without his lighter, often kept waterproof in an old plastic tobacco pouch.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

S.o.t.D. - Blue Calx – Aphex Twin

Blue Calx – Aphex Twin

More of that gorgeous ambient AT is so good at crafting.

S.o.t.D. - Funky Drummer – James Brown

Funky Drummer – James Brown

What every musical act needs. A funky drummer.

Bibliophilia: Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation by Kevin Donovan

Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation by Kevin Donovan

Ripped through this last night. Witnessed the whole story as it unfolded, but still worthwhile to read about the whole story in one place.

I’ve read at least one of the books about the Lance Armstrong story. For all the things that claim to reveal human nature, is there anything as damning as the willingness of the many people whose fortunes are hitched to the horse, to shut up and put up. Letting a decent looking person with an ability in a certain field and a bit of charisma, get away with utterly appalling behaviour. Abuse of all sorts will be condoned so long as it doesn’t upset the cart.

What a turd. There really is no worse example of a man who when brutality is rebuffed, resorts to “I am driving really fast on the highway and I am under a lot stress right now and if I crash it will be your fault.” Violence and threatening didn’t work, so now you’ll try to guilt trip. You really are one pathetic loser. A lack of consent from intimate partners, isn’t a forgivable sin in my world. Acting like a snivelling weasel is a close second.

And this book couldn’t help but remind me a bit of Robyn Doolittle’s Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story. Not just a headline grabbing story, but also some insights into what a journalistic investigation is all about.

Friday, 17 February 2017

S.o.t.D. - A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey – Leyla McCalla

A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey – Leyla McCalla

A young lady of Haitian origin, who grew up in New York and spent part of her teens living in Ghana, studied chamber music and cello performance and then spent time later living in New Orleans, immersed in the folk music of that. As you might surmise, this means she crafts music that’s as rich as her background.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

S.o.t.D. - Esther’s – Amon Tobin

Esther’s – Amon Tobin

Better than any of the Transformer’s movies. Although...isn’t anything better than those Michael Bay monstrosities?


The visual work is by Belgian director Charles De Meyer.

Sketch to Stencil to Skin

Sweet little article on Jen and the shop.

“With its elegant façade, Cottage 13, looks more like a private club than the rustic tattoo parlours of the past. With the art-filled walls, music and humorous banter it’s a pleasant place to have your body punctured.”

http://www.thespec.com/living-story/7072824-renwald-sketch-to-stencil-to-skin/