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Winter is slapping me around . . . Again.

So go and watch this fun short animated film that made me laugh. A lot.

mr hublot poster

You can read more about it here on James Gurney’s blog (with associated links also). I watched it several times; it’s that good. Hey it’s not for nothing that it won the Oscar.

I’d seen the work of the artist that inspired Mr. Hublot’s look before, maybe as much as several years ago. I just love the way the city looks in the film.

This is probably the worst written post I’ve done (to date). Further evidence that my brain is seriously fried by fatigue. TTFN

Sorry about that folks, I know that I defo disappeared for too long.

This winter has been brutal. That’s all; just bloody awful brutal.

I’ve finally pulled myself out of a weather induced fugue state and am currently doing a bit of cleaning/reorganizing, specifically in the workroom. The next biggest priority is to get a handle on the book situation before one of the many random stacks falls over and crushes someone. Ha! You think I’m kidding but I’m really, really not. We are looking at a very real possibility of a online garage sale this spring/summer to thin the herd.

Vintage 60s Library Poster Shelf order

Here’s a little vintage poster gem for you. Seriously wish my books were this organized. We started out with sections by subject or author but have devolved into wherever we can find a spot. Or worse: “I think the book I want is in that stack over there.”

Bringin in the Plum Pudding - illus by Charles Robinson 1906

and remember — don’t eat anything bigger than your head.

Did anyone else get this card? Because J did. Not me, just J.

WHpopup

Here’s what I really like about this card:

First, it’s a popup and I like popups. Second, whoever designed this made some particularly smart decisions that elevated it from being just an elegant iconic piece of architecture to being something a bit more, well, friendly. These are the elements that made that happen: the dogs and the windows. The windows are stamped in gold foil which makes them catch and reflect light; warm golden light which feels nice. The dogs are . . . dogs, and dogs are inherently a friendly sort of symbol.

Overall this card said to me: “Hey, we got another dog (oh yeah and we live in the White House), Merry Christmas!

Yeah, yeah, I know this is completely and totally late. If you view time and space as a linear progression that is.

Anyway, I found this little photo gem in a quite old book in my collection and wanted to share it.

Dalek dressing-up suit

Yes indeedy my timey wimey friends, a photo of an authentic Dalek dressing-up suit. Which moment in the above mentioned Adventures in Time and Space made me laugh out loud. That little girl was just soooo thrilled to be dressed up as a Dalek it was impossible not to laugh.

On a technical note it was interesting to see how the dressing-up suit was constructed. The body is fabric suspended from a hoop that hangs just below the shoulders from suspender straps. This same hoop forms the support for the helmet which fastens on with snaps. This was a smart design decision: the helmet is supported by the shoulders and leaves the child’s head unencumbered. The two appendages are made of plastic and the rods enter thru the side slits and are held in the child’s hands. You really weren’t meant to stick your arms out the slits . . . but it was handy that you could so as to pull in an emergency sandwich or beverage. After all being a Dalek is thirsty work.

I wanted to get this posted before Thanksgiving as a reminder that sometimes you just have to get wacky in the face of disfunctional situations. It is my most sincere hope that even without said reminder if you found yourself in a unduly difficult place that you found the strength of character to slap a colander on your head, pick up a whisk and say (in a loud, flat, metallic voice) to all assembled: Exterminate! Exterminate!

If nought else, it would certainly shift the mood.

Happy Halloween!

Spider Revenge

Enjoy the silliness that abounds today!

Continuing with the theme of raather strange little animals here’s a new e-book that becomes available tomorrow:

Walter Potters curious world of taxidermy book cover

I can’t remember when I first saw an image of Walter Potter’s work; it was certainly yonks ago. I can remember really, really liking his tableaus from that very first moment.

Being self-taught in taxidermy all his creatures are somewhat wonky, which just makes them fit in better to the sort of demented, twisted little settings in which he displayed them. Love it!

Buy it here.

Watch a video about it here (James Gurney’s blog — Thanks James!).

And do not neglect to do a google search — especially images — of Walter Potter. It is totally worth it. Warning: you may end up spending waaaaay more time doing this than you initially intended to.

Technical note: No, I have not got a Kindle yet. Or a nook, or an iPad or even a bloody smartphone. However I did finally succumb to downloading the free kindle reader app from Amazon for my desktop computer. Yes, it was decision entirely driven by my need to have this particular book.

Therefore: Love of wonky demented little animals = a need that justifies upgrading technology.

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