Attack of the Giant Robots

Today I realised that the robot (a giant robot from Studio Ghibli’s Laputa – Castles In The Sky) head I started yesterday had some scale issues. Given that I am making it to go in a fish tank, and given the size of the robot torso vs head, I was looking at some kibd of outsized craziness. So I made a smaller one, and started on the detail for the bigger one’s eyes. Maybe the big one will be a garden ornament.. reference pic: They’re made from a clay with a high iron and mica content, so they’ll go orangey with a oxidative firing, and have shiny speckles. Given the variable success of my rather random firings, anything could happen.

A bad egg?

An issue where consumer action can have a real impact on the way things work.. Unsustainable palm oil is hidden in many products, and is directly responsible for the destruction of millions of acres of rainforest. Think happy orangutan* thoughts and avoid Easter eggs from bad people! See here for a table listing the results of a survey on palm oil use in chocolate. *and countless other less photogenic species, indigenous humans, general ecological damage, greenhouse gas emissions and PUPPIES** **not puppies. Except indirectly.

New Theme!

Obviously.. I wanted something that would be better for showing pictures as well as text – seeing as that’s what I post mostly, these days.  Opinions welcomed. Just noticed that the new facebook commenting functionality has killed all the old comments. How bad is this? I am not sure.

Google Streetview mapping the North Pole now.. Illustration Friday – Snow!

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Gamers Litany (Strike the earth!)

I must not game. Gaming is the mind-killer. Gaming is the little-death that brings total obliteration*. I will face the game. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the game has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. Surrounded by empty crisp packets. — Bene Gesserit Litany against Gaming It has been a while since I first discovered a compile of Dwarf Fortress that works natively-ish on a mac and I have remained strong since I don’t know – about 10 solid hours after that time. There is no such thing as an ex-DF gamer.  Every day,…