May 24th, 2009

computer, internet, blogging

It's funny what people spend their time blogging about

I quite like xkcd (xkcd_rss). OK, not every one is funny, but there are some real gems.

It appears these people (xkcdsucks) doesn't share that opinion though amd are willing to write a post criticising each cartoon when they are released.

I think the tagline says it all really:
"[a] vitriolic and bitter collection of unwarranted nastiness about a silly and harmless comic."
mellotron, music

Norwegian Medieval Folk with a Contemporary Twist

There's nothing quite like Norwegian Medieval Folk music to wake up to on a lazy Sunday morning:

Agnes Buen Garnås & Jan Garbarek - Margjit Og Targjei Risvollo (via cyberinsekt)

Generally, when a contemporary twist is put on Scandinavian folk music the result seems to go down the lines of heavy metal and it works. I'm sure they could have done something very similar with this, but by going down gentler lines they've just come up with something totally hypnotic. It would have to be to keep the attention for 16 minutes though and it does it without you even consciously noticing.

However, I don't seem to be able to get away from the idea that it somehow sounds like it should be used on the soundtrack for an epic fantasy film like the Lord of the Rings and it just brings to me sweeping images of New Zealand countryside as a result.

(LJs spell checker doesn't seem to like New Zealand - well more the Zealand part, it's happy with New - are there no New Zealanders on here in that case or are they just happy to be told they're always spelling their home country wrong?)
art, modern art, traffic light tree

Exuberant and Over Excited Behaviour

Meant to post about this earlier, but for those of you who enjoyed the slides and don't already know, the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall is filled with balance beams, seesaw type things and assorted climby things.

In the other words, they are displaying a recreation of Robert Morris's Bodyspacemotionthings exhibition originally shown briefly at the Tate in 1971 (until director Norman Reid closed it due to "exuberant and over excited behaviour" by some visitors)

I popped along during my lunchbreak on Friday in order to beat the queues and it is great fun and left me feeling all exuberant and over excited leaving me with no choice but to go back to work to calm myself down again...

Unfortunately, it's only there for the bank holiday weekend, so if you haven't been yet, you'll have to go tomorrow.

EDIT: The exhibition has been extended until 14 June for those of you who missed it.

A Museum of Just About Everything

A while back, I posted about the latest exhibition at the Horniman Museum. I finally got around to going to see it yesterday.

The Robot Zoo is a fun way of showing how animals bodies function mechanically and includes things like how grasshoppers jump, how the blood flow in the neck of a giraffe is controlled and how bats use echo location. It's great fun to go and have a play.

It the first time I'd been to the Horniman Museum, so it was interesting to wonder around the rest of the exhibits. As museums go it's like a smaller version of a hybrid of the Natural History Museum, the V&A, the British Museum and the Aquarium. There doesn't seem to be any overlying theme for the museum, just the individual galleries.

The Natural History gallery was particularly impressive. OK, they don't have as big a collection of dead stuffed animals, models and bones as the Natural History Museum, but it would be unfair to expect that. What's impressive is the way they display them. For example they had cases showing the evolution of both the horse and the elephant through bones and models, how the skull bone structure has developed differently for different breads of dogs and how the body of a bat fits over it's skeleton.

The Robot Zoo exhibition is on until 8 November 2009, but even if you can't make that go anyway as it's really amazing.
food, battenburg

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice-Cream!

The other thing Forest Hill had yesterday was a charity shop...


The general upshot of which is that I now have a ice-cream maker :-)

Just in time for the summer!

No instructions though, but presumably it'll just be a case of making it cold in the freezer, popping the ingredients in and stirring.

Will have to experiment next weekend