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The Unperturbed Kilogram

So who is this KILOGRAM anyway?
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The un-rewards of animating are intriguing. One can spend countless hours on a project to receive very little in return until the date of its completion, which in my case is hard to determine.  Progress is slow. Granted that I am dribbling through this repetitious and exacting task,  the obsessive behaviorisms involved in  this production, are in no way dampened. Quite the contrary.

I will warn you now, that it does NOT only take a minute girl! It takes about 7 months for a mere minute and surprisingly this disproportionate time expense remains one which can provide great satisfaction. To be continued....

Another frame
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Vincent Fournier's spectacular photography in SPACE PROJECT: http://www.vincentfournier.co.uk/main.html

GAH! THIS PLACE. Next time I am in Norway, I am going here: http://kho.unis.no/. The Kjell Henriksen Observatory. The only reasonable way of accessing Svalbard is by airplane.

  • 78o 8' 52.8'' N, 16o 2' 34.8'' E 
  • GEO: 78.148 N, 16.043 E
  • ALTITUDE: 520 m

All these images are from the KHO website: http://kho.unis.no/

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Tyngs seldom thought: Briefly, Kelvin on Kant (1897)

Kant pointed out in the middle of last century, what had not previously been discovered by mathematicians or physical astronomers, that the frictional resistance against tidal currents on the earth's surface must cause a diminution of the earth's rotational speed. This immense discovery in Natural Philosophy seems to have attracted little attention,--indeed to have passed quite unnoticed, --among mathematicians, and astronomers, and naturalists, until about 1840, when the doctrine of energy began to be taken to heart.

—Lord Kelvin, physicist, 1897

FUUUUCCCKKK! Is this not wonderful? How intuitive of Kant....Is this fact obvious? Worth communicating?.....Next time I am in the sea this will pre-occupy me.
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Lakeviews and Animation

So, Im reading thys RAD booke callyed LAKE VIEWS by Steven Weinberg. Mmmmm.

Here is another still from the animation I am working on. It is taking aeons....

Acetate/acrylic/ink via rotring/
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St Aloysius Social Club
20 Phoenix Road
London NW1

Sunday 21 November 2010
12am - 6pm
Free entry

Come find our table.....http://www.handmadeandbound.com/

Fellow exhibitors: http://www.handmadeandbound.com/?page_id=2216

A segment of old and new prints for sale at HAND MADE AND BOUND
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Which are made up of cells: Around each cell, cell membranes hold in the organelles, they do it well.

SLIDES Source: http://biology.clc.uc.edu/Fankhauser/Labs/Anatomy_&_Physiology/A&P202/Endocrine_System/Endocrine_Histology.htm

IV. Adrenal Gland, 100x:  Slide 16, Adrenal gland, cortex (& medulla?) 
labeled 40x view of the adrenal gland.

labeled 40x view of the hypophysis (pituitary gland)Hypophysis, 40x: Slide 14, Hypophysis, pars distalis, intermedia & nervosa, cat, H&E, 
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THE SPACE SUIT AND THE TOILET (mild appreciation of)

I will be brave (or ignorant) enough to assume the following: People think about space suits.

I am not keen on assumptions, but being idealistic and a human that often thinks about space, I LIKE (enjoy or take pleasure in) assuming that most people develop or at least consider developing an intrigue in the unknown. I hope that this statement is not too ambitious or too idealistic. Amongst the many things being unknown to our kind, SPACE is one of them. I am quite sure that many people think about space - as in the space what is intergalactic etc.

I would like to assume, for now, that perhaps people also contemplate space suits. Ill even be so bold as saying that people consider the practical feasibility of 'dressing-up' as in 'fancy dressing-up', as an astronaut.

Following a discussion about space suits with a friend of mine, I decided it was worth more consideration. It is not just a costume, although a mighty costume it be. With barely over half a century of scientific prelude and development, on July 20 in the year 1969 AD, NASA's Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on to the surface of our Moon.

About being naked in Space: 
  • One does not explode, 
  • One's blood does not boil- the containing effect of your skin and circulatory system keep your tissues together, 
  • Nor does one instantly freeze, even though Space is typically very cold, less than 3 degrees above absolout zero (+/-3K on the Kelvin scale or −270.15°C ). 
  • One will however quickly become unconscious after the body's dangerously depleted oxygen supply in the blood reaches the brain and unprotected skin is likely to suffer burns once exposed to the intense ultraviolet radiation of direct sunlight. Humans are not inhabitants of the vacuum, outer space is most inhospitable. You would die quickly, and funnily enough holding your breath before entering a vacuum will do you great damage (think pressure difference).

Barely over half a century of relevant technology and research lead to its production. How fawn-like it will look to the future! Compare this to how long it took for people to accept that the world was round. It took far too long! This does not inspire me with confidence, although  in reality, largely to blame in this retardation of understanding are those who obliged people to follow and not question moral/educational authority.

If it were flat, then all the shadows on the whole surface of the entire world would always be the same length at the same times throughout the year. And such is NOT the case (Carl Sagan illustrates this beautifully in one of the episodes of the COSMOS tv series first broadcasted in 1980). Humans have been writing and traveling for thousands of years, many thousands  enough to have shared and compared calendars and have initiative to inscribe observations of the natural world and compare these also. Seeing as it IS observable in many ways, I'm sure more people KNEW the earth was round, but were not allowed to talk about that. That is a terrible thought.

What else is amazing? SEWAGE! Here is another  assumption: Which assumes (stupidly and ignorantly perhaps, I do know any facts) that the vast majority of people living in large cities across the world have seen, or at least heard of a toilet. Baring in mind that there are,  both in existence and in use a vast variety of effective toilet and irrigation designs.
Where ever it was, who ever, which ever organisation or collective and when ever they lived who were among the first toilet/sewage designers and builders, well done! Very handy development. More sewage systems please! Unfortunately I  can not digress into environmental issues, another time maybe, when I know more and feel like vomiting again, this here merely be 'bigging up' the concept of water sanitation, it is wonderful. May sewage systems become more efficient and safe for all!

Sewage Systems and Space Suits! And Space Suits with Integrated Sewage Systems!

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It only takes a minute girl: The Erosion of the Holderness coast in East Yorkshire (animation retur opus)

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Into the unknown

CLICKY HERE: http://arxiv.org/abs/1008.2461 

Search for New Particles in Two-Jet Final States in 7 TeV Proton-Proton Collisions with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC.

Into the unknown
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Rob blonchfiold and Caleb Wassermon lores sections: Liver snacks for Rib and Calobe

So here are some sections of work I have done for Caleb Waterman and Robert Blanchfield. For friendly intestinal flora here is a SUBURBANBATHERSON digressive music video for Conceptuol's : Bulk Fiber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I85Qhcu_6b0


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Feynman, you are a fine man!

Broadcast about Richard Feynman!

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V&A LATES: WIN WIN WIN PRIZES, Two's a Pair on 24th September 2010

WIN ONE OF THESE! For free, at the V&A from 18:30, Friday24/09/2010

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V&A LATES: PRIZES! Two's a Pair on 24th September 2010

On Friday the 10th of September, the lovely Natalie Kay-Thatcher and myself went to the V&A to get to work on some 'identical' illustrations to be used in the event. Natalie Kay-Thatcher will be making some delicious ATLAS inspired cards that YOU can win!

Victoria and Albert Museum on the 24th of September 2010: Part of the London Design Festival, a night that celebrates famous design duos and collaborative working in contemporary design through installations, talks and workshops, and culminates in a great design giveaway. In collaboration with Designersblock.

PRIZES! Almost identical cards made and contributed for this: Two's a Pair, Memory Game
With over 100 original illustrations and prints by leading international artists, this is your chance to pair up and match a set of cards. Winners get to take one home. Places are limited. Participation is on a first come, first served basis. Details of the artists who created illustrations for this game will be available on the V&A website Friday Late pages.

Inside the Victoria and Albert Museum

This is what I have done thus far...
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The Taylor Glacier, Blood Falls and Europa

Antarctica's "Blood Falls", was initially thought to be red algae.  But its spewing red because of ferrous ions in water coming into contact with oxygen. Ions of iron, were originally dissolved in what became an isolated pouch of ancient seawater (the former Antarctic Ocean) which was trapped below the Taylor Glacier during the Miocene period about about 23.03 to 5.332 million years ago- a time not-as-long-as-it-seems-ago in terms of geology; flowering plants were around accompanying the long-beaked dolphin Pomatodelphis and our modern shark. 

This isolated water pouch, which is the source of blood falls, contains a very high concentration of salts (brines) and is described as a hyper-saline solution. It is; oxygen free- due to physical and chemical mechanisms at work progressing from this isolation, rich in chlorides, rich in sulfates- association with marine conditions and rich in ferrous ions- signaling microbial activity in the water and sub-glacial bedrock and its extremely dark and cold. This sub-glacial ecosystem is a very unlikely place to find life considering these harsh conditions, Extremophiles are organisms adapted to such extreme conditions. This makes it an interesting place to study when pondering over evolution and genetics and even speculating where else in the universe life could be found. Like Europa for example; Europa is one of Jupiter's moons, primarily made of silicate rock with a likely iron core. Europa has a feeble atmosphere containing a significant percentage of oxygen, and a thick crust of ice- suggestive of extreme types of 'sub-glacial' water pouches, oceans even. But it has yet to be proved/disproved if there in exists any bacterial life- or life of any description at all. Its very unlikely.

Possibly something worth engineering? Perhaps not? Who knows?

Actually, why not?

ANYWAY, when these soluble ferrous ions come into contact with atmospheric oxygen they  are oxidized (surprisingly) and iron oxide has this rusty pigment you will probably recognize.

An outflow of an iron oxide-tainted plume of saltwater, occurring at the tongue of the Taylor Glacier onto the ice-covered surface of West Lake Bonney in the Taylor Valley of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Victoria Land, East Antarctica. (via wikipedia)
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Holly Walker

Final adjustments for artwork for wonderful Holly Walker http://hollywalkermusic.com/
I have previously done a limited edition of 17 risograph prints with this image, it's been fun doing something different with it.

Musician Holly Walker has requested I make these images colourful to accompany her music. So this is the final work made with oil pastels, wax crayons, water and PLENTY of photoshop. Listen to her music. http://hollywalkermusic.com/

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Esa And Mervin Granger - I Stole Some Thunder

Some of my work was used, with permission of course for the artwork of Esa And Mervin Granger's - "I Stole Some Thunder". The sleeve /cover of the music is all screen printed, so thanks Esa for going out of your way to convert it.

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Ah, ahnd...

Ink and acrylic on paper. SOLD! To the delicious Suzy P!

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More of deck: THE DECKED PROJECT 2010 at Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London WT1

Turns out I will miss the opening night as I will be in Germany, the work everyone has done for this is amazing, the gallery is interesting. Opening night is on the 18th of August 2010. Parp.
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Opus: Reseach for a 'MAKE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE' book

Here beginuth my research for on going project. Im starting work on a 'Make your own Adventure' type book. Something like an untold story and game combined.

ENIGMA, an encryption device built by the Nazis during WW2 to send secret messages to each other  functioned by means of a series or rotors which shuffle up the alphabet 'at random'. A=L, B=W for example to encrypt a message in what is reffered to as a polyalphabetic substitution cipher. What made Enigma powerful was that its electromechanical innards contained a gearing system that would re-shuffle the order after every letter typed - one or more rotors would step before the electrical connections were made, so that each letter of every word of a message was encrypted- the letters were re-scrambling if you like. This would be de-coded on the receiving by means of calculations by another machine on the same setting- obeying the same mathematical rule.
Of course, seeing as it is a machine, it is NOT a producer of infinitely random disarrangments. There were a finite number of scramblings it could perform, thus it is determinable, decipherable and was defeated by the Codebreaking team of the Allied forces in  Bletchley Park UK.

The successor of The Wehrmacht Enigma variant, was the LORENZ cipher, which had 12 rotors rather than Enigma's 3. It was of course, also finite in its ability to shuffle and its psyedorandom powers were, of course, crackable. The Lorenz was vanquished by the Allies as a result of the creation of the very first programmable, digital, electronic, computing device - COLLOSUS! Colossus was designed by engineer Tommy Flowers of the Post Office Research Station at Dollis Hill and a collective of rather wonderful people from Bletchly Park. Clever Tommy Flowers and clever Alan Turing, also of Bletchly Park who made the TURING MACHINE  ( I will look at this later).

Its a very interesting slither of history which I recommend EVERYONE to read about. But moving on...

TATJANA VAN VARK: Her work is worth looking at!

Im interested by The Jefferson Cypher tools she made as well: http://www.tatjavanvark.nl/tvvg/jeff.html

Other things to look into: Jefferson disks and the Antikythera Mechanism.

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DECKED EXHYIBIT 2010 exhibition 16th-29th August at the Coningsby Gallery, London.

Like a crazy person on a soap box:  http://www.coningsbygallery.com/ 

Current Status: Incomplete

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 Sneaky look at a large scale charcoal drawing for Biteproof issue 3. I cant quite remember the title but it is something like this: 'American lies, American somethings and an Indiginous dose of native American highs'. Apologies for forgetting. Not that I need to make excuses for myself but my forward working memory IS distinctly below average. Anyway, it was fun. I drew stuff from the British Museum.

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Oh yes, back in May 2010 my work featured in VOLUME MAGAZINE'S Green Issue, which is of course only available greenly and on-line. No trees were pupled or pressed etc. http://volumemag.blogspot.com/2010/05/green-issue-out-now.html

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sketchbook: ANAL TEAR

A page from sketch book I was asked to upload. While waiting at Glastonbury's 'blue gate' for 7 hours, I played a game with Glastlan work partner Isabel White. The objective of the game, which I first played in Norway is to turn your opponents dirty picture clean by means of your so-called 'penmanship'. The player who turns the most dirty pictures the most clean, is the weinner.
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OLDE WORK: From 2009

This was an illustrative response to Dracula, a fiction novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. I found all the main characters very irritating and was looking forward to an outrageous unprecedented end but such was not the case. None the less as a whole, the story was rather good to read and I'm sure that I was (regardless of my annoyance with the characters) quite interested at the time. I never had a camera good enough to photograph this but now I do. Perhaps the origin of these re-occurring stabby arms and an odd attempt to use fake cultural references. Can't say I'm crazy about the thing but I did enjoy using loads of paint.

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DIGRESSION: The Colouring

Here is an old animation created by Dan Britt and Joseph Pelling from the THIS IS IT collective. I thought it was brilliant.

The Colouring from Dan Britt on Vimeo.
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Pictures from a job for RedBull on Thursday. Lots of fun painting on fridges, lots of wonderful people and lots of beverages. Special thanks to OVER IT AND CO.

This photo is from the REDBULL website
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Werkbox, Direktorenhaus

Peter Nencini: Makes good things.

"I'm showing thirty boxes, along with other artists supplementing an exhibit by Olaf Hajek. Working towards a bigger show of my work there in September. The premise of Direktorenhaus is interesting, that of a Gesamtkunstwerk. More on this later. The boxed variant pieces have grown, with markmaking of granular character. Both to magnify surface and to dispense with textual information in favour of something mute."