Friday, 30 April 2010

Day 120 (30.04.10)

Dag hundrede og tyve. OK guys, a quick post today. Its getting late, I'm tired, and I'll no doubt be shouted at for being on my computer late into the night. Oh, by the way, I've got yet another "inspired by John" pic on Flickr, this one from T>LON. Every now and then, someone new discovers the old JOHN Collection pics and faves them all, and then makes a small tribute. It's really great to see that I've inspired people.


Now you may be thinking "Oh John, how could you have gone back to chairs?", but you'd be wrong. This isn't a chair, it's a valet. They're these old pieces of furniture for holding jackets and coats; basically a coat hanger by another name. This valet is called Petalo, and it's by Eugenia Minerva. You may notice some resemblance to the no. 14 chair, because that's where Minerva's ideas of wood bending come from. It certainly does have a no. 14 vibe to it. It's simple, has clean shapes and lines (there's some Scandinavian design in there too), but I still object to the point of a valet. Why make it only hold two coats, where a coat hanger can hold ~6?

My hand hurts. No really, it does. Stings like hell. Dang carpet burn from pretending to die. No, it's called drama. Jeez, do I have to explain everything? Yes, I know I could have put something much more interesting for today's change, but I need to have a variety of emotional/mental/physical changes. So here's your token physical change. Voila.


~John

ps. Song of the day is Don't Rain on My Parade, by Glee of course!

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Day 119 (29.04.10)

Dag hundrede og nitten. Now I got that date right. Okies, so what's new on this blog? Go on, look closely. Think about it. It's red and bright and at the top of the page. It's a massive star saying that this 365 is hap'nin! I've been meaning to add it on for a while, just to give new viewers some idea of what's going on, but I've been dubious of whether I'd have to re-do the background to line up to the banner image. Unfortunately, I did, but this time 400px high on the banner matches up to 400px high on the background, whereas it didn't before. So phewee for that.


Oh look, more Bladerunner. I can't help myself, I've started listening to the audio commentary on the DVD now (thanks LoveFilm!) - and it's very interesting. I love how, since it was the 70s, everything was done using models, lenses and filters. There were no CGI effects at all - it's all done using cross-processing or transparency film or any number of other old film tricks. I especially like how the VFX supervisors who are in the commentary mention people 'painting in' backgrounds and effects - this is just about as literal as it sounds! Ha ha! But anyways, onto our picture. It's one of Syd Mead's awesome designs for a car that Rick Deckard drives in the film. Sure, it looks like it's made of plastic in the film (flimsy props design, tsk tsk), and it's covered in pointless sci-fi patterns, but it actually works and it looks uber-awesome. See, I even had to invent a new phrase to describe it. Syd Mead - I bow to you.

Oh no. Oh noey noes. It finally happened. This evening, when I logged on to Twitter as I usually do, I ran out of tweet ideas. I've been going at it at about 5 tweets per day for the past week, but today I finally ran out. "Bummer" would be a sedate way of putting it. The last thing I tweeted about was, ironically, not having any tweet ideas. It's not as if I make a list during the day of stuff to tweet, I usually have ideas at the time. And today I didn't. So let's hope this Twitter lapse is short.


~John

ps. Frickin' awesome song by Kate Nash. Wahey!

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Day 118 (28.04.10)

Dag hundrede og atten. Argh, maths test today. But on the upside I've had a big surprise just now - which we'll get to later - so it all comes down to doing well in a maths test, or being popular on teh interwebz. Hmm, academia or a e-social-life? Dun dun dunnnnn... you'll have to find out after the break. And since this is Channel Five, our ad breaks are FIVE YEARS LONG! Mwahahahaha!


First, an introduction. Hi. As well as Twitter, Virb, Flickr, Facebook, Blogger, Brickshelf, MOCpages and Tumblr (among others), I am on DeviantArt. It's where I dump all my graphics and art-type things that you see on this blog. I mostly use it as an upload service, but of course I'm over the moon if anyone comments on my stuff. And, in the first 4 minutes of this 'wofl' graphic being on DeviantArt, it picked up four comments! Now shut up if you're saying "4 comments? Pfft", because I rarely get comments at all on DA. So wahey for being vaguely popular on other sites.

Just as the famous meme says "son, I am disappoint", I feel today I have to say "Cafepress, I am disappoint". At the start of the day, if you asked me about the free T-Shirt customisation service Cafepress.com, I'd be impartial to it. I've used it before; it's useful enough. But, as I returned in the [vain] hope of making a wafl T-shirt, I realised that it had gone downhill. Before, I hadn't had much experience of other websites' user interfaces, but Cafepress' is really annoying to use. Sure, they've added bright green Helvetica buttons to help guide you, but it's very confusing to use. Tsk tsk.


~John

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Day 117 (27.04.10)

Dag hundrede og syvten. Spelt seventeen wrong, but I really can't be bothered. Anyways, the pigs flew home and the father went to the market and made a tidy fortune on wolfskin. What? It's not the end yet? Dangit, it looks like I'll have to find something else to talk about here.


Here's a third shot from the first installment of my Neo-Futuron series. Because I've run out of new pictures, I'm tired, and I know I can talk about this. This shot shows the backdrop that you see behind the window of the spaceport/airport. It's my first experiment in forced perspective: there are three scales in the original picture. There's minifig scale for the airport interior, midi-scale (like the Milennium Falcon midi-scale set) for the shuttle and airport (white thing at the bottom), and a much smaller scale for the cityscape silhouette in the background. My blue backdrop doesn't count as a scale, heh heh. This is actually one of the biggest MOCs I've made. I had to make it very wide to make sure it covers the whole view of the airport's windows. So, seen from above, it is in a kind of fan shape. Very parts-intensive.

Hey, here's something I didn't know at the start of the day. Rock formed by impacts on the Moon (ie. craters) are actually called breccias. But how do you pronounce that? 'brechiaz'? 'bressiaz'? 'brekkiaz'? I'll have to ask my friend Tim, the writer of the article that told me of breccias. Tim runs an awesome blog-type site called TPSNews. He's just starting out in the blogosphere, so I'd appreciate it if you gave his site a few hits if you're into football/cricket/one post of Apollo-related stuff. I'll have to get onto him about installing a hit counter, or enable comments, so he can tell that you've been on his site. Fangue all.


~John

Monday, 26 April 2010

Day 116 (26.04.10)

Dag hundrede og seksten. Pronouned 'sies[t]en', not 'secks-ten'. Silly Danes. Ooh, new episode of Glee on today. Apparently there's 8 songs in it; some sort of Madonna special. Should be interesting. I'm not a fan of Madonna; I doubt the songs will be better than Gives You Hell last week. YouTube link if you're not ashamed to watch Glee. I think I've got over it by now.


If you don't immediately recognise where this is from, you should be shot. I think I've said before that Moon is my favourite film, but it seems that Ridley Scott's dystopian sci-fi epic Bladerunner may overtake it. I first watched it back at Christmas last year when it was on BBC1, and I re-watched it yesterday. It certainly didn't lose any of its style, and only seemed a bit 70s (damn big hair). This shot you can see here pops up a lot in the film. It shows a police Spinner, and the massive video advertising that come from Syd Mead's concept art. A lot of the stylings in the film were conceived by Syd Mead: the cars are obviously his design, the streets are also of his creation.

Here's something I didn't know at the start of the day: just as there's a curse on saying Macbeth when people are performing it, there's a curse in Bladerunner. Apparently, nearly all of the companies who logos were featured in the film have gone bankrupt. There are a couple of exceptions (Coca Cola for instance), but for the most part they've all gone bankrupt. TDK... Atari... Pan Am... all went bankrupt. See here if you don't believe me. Gawsh.


~John

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Day 115 (25.04.10)

Dag hundrede og femten. Big news of the day: the UK film channel Film4 are showing two sci-fi films a night next week! Hoorah! Unfortunately, it's an 'Incredibles' season, so there's crappy fantasy stuff in there as well. I watched a bit of the AWFUL film Aeon Flux last week, as part of the season. Damn, that film way shitty. If you saw a frame, you'd think it looked good, but when you see the film 'in action' as it were, it has this really cheap, crummy feel to it. Yuck yuck yuck.


OK, here's another picture from the first part of my Neo-Futuron project. Here you can see the family that the Futura City council created as the average Earth people. These are the Johnsons. Mr Johnson (carrying all the bags, as usual), Mrs Johnson (wearing retro-1920s clothes, the fashion in 2200) and little Jake (who is hurrying his family to get a move on and get to the gate in time). You may notice that the windows are different: I originally had the two-paned window on both sides, but you couldn't see the shuttle through it because of the seam in the middle, so I had to change the left one so the poster could show the shuttle clearly. You can even see a bit of the shuttle in the background; I think I made the perspective quite well. I'll see if I can find a shot of the whole set, I'll show you that tomorrow.

This evening my head is more full of chemistry that is was this morning. I have a Mock GCSE tomorrow, as you may know, and no matter how many times they say "no cramming, especially not on the day before", that's what I do anyway. Does it help? I hope so. Is it fun? Heck no. But hey, I've got an eBay item for 40 Futuron minifigs ending next week. Should be very helpful for my project...



~John

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Day 114 (24.04.10)

Dag hundrede og fjorten. I got the number right this time, hooray. So what interesting stuff happened today? Not much... damn revision for this Mock GCSE on monday took up most of the day with its overbearing dullness. I did manage to photograph a MOC, though. We'll get to that in the next paragraph.


Hey, we're at it now. That was super-quick. So let's get on with it. This is the start of a large Neo-Futuron project. In it, we will be following the Johnsons (people in pic) as they start a new life on the off-world colony Futura City (Futura, ie. Futuron, geddit?). In this advertisement for Futura City (which would no doubt be distributed around Earth), the Johnsons are in a spaceport, looking onto their shuttle - the microspace ship I made a few weeks ago. The story will continue with several more adverts, then develop into a story later on. So stay tuned for that. There'll also be a video, if I have enough time...

Today, I learnt of the power of fibre-optic cables. I ordered some from BL, and they arrived yesterday. Just now I had them on my desk, underneath my desk lamp, and THE ENDS STARTED GLOWING! Yah yah sure, it's not anything to get too excited about, but I didn't know they worked that way. I only bought then as transparent stands in vignettes. This is way cooler. Definitely worth 85p a piece.


~John

Friday, 23 April 2010

Day 113 (23.04.10)

Dag hundrede og tretten. I put 'trellve' there instead of tretten originally. It seems like I'm losing my grip of Danish numbers. But I guess it just means I haven't done the small numbers in a while; 100 days in fact. I'll go through them two more times, so hopefully I'll learn them. By the end of the year.

Anyways, let's get on with this post. The intros are always the hardest to do; at least today I've found something to blag about. (JOHNDICTIONARY: 'blag' v. To write random, useless rubbish in one's blog)


Hmm, a screenshot. I don't think we've seen an actual full-screen screenshot (or 'screendump' as my IT teacher calls them) at all so far in this project. So give me a clap; first time screenshot. Anyways, this is part of a pixel-font project I'm working on. I'd design a proper font, but that takes a lot of work, and I just want to get something produced ASAP. I made one of these before, based on a 3x5 grid. This one requires a lot more creativity, and it's more free, because it's on a 7x9 grid. I much prefer doing this. It's got some nice features on it; I'll show you it when it's done. The horizontal line through the letters is a universal line: parts of many letters line up on it, giving the font consistency. You can see the £ and € using the line, and the & too, kinda. So look out for that...

Hey, guess what? It was Earth Day yesterday. And guess what? I didn't care. I doubted my not caring today, but by this evening I decided what my change was: I really didn't care. Sure, I care about the planet. I just get sick of this awful eco-design. Why must we prevent our designs? Simply by making a design eco-friendly, it becomes a good product. That's nonsense. Why can't we be allowed to create whatever we want, without fear that we haven't used plastic bottles or old tyres? We need some freedom in design. Being eco-friendly may offer a nice challenge, but it sure does put a dampener on some of the more crazy products.


~John

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Day 112 (22.04.10)

Dag hundrede og tolv. This time we'll carry on with naming posts correctly. Bloody holidays, messing with my mind. And bloody tests, too. I've got a mock (practice) GCSE on Monday, plus a French test, then a maths test on wednesday. And it doesn't seem like it's going to stop anytime soon. It's exam season. And I'm already tired of it.


I set this blog up a while ago, but today I wanted to avoid architecture, art and design so here's some info. Remember that film I was writing the script for? Well, here's the production blog for it. Me, Luke (producer) and Theo (co-writer/whatever else) started it up last week when we wrote the first draft for the script. Luke made the banner (above). If you noticed it wasn't my style of graphics, then you're right and you deserve a good pat on the back. Luke's reverse the Es for some reason. Perhaps they're looking back on the word, from a different perspective. Perhaps it just looked good. Anyways, the blog will be updated frequently, we just need to get this script finalised first...

Today my change is that I have admitted something. I admit that I totally abuse the Shuffle feature on iTunes. You're meant to let it choose a song randomly (well, nothing is completely random; perhaps we'll have a Dimensionality post about that someday - that and parity), and sit back and listen. I don't work like that. Unfortunately I just keep pressing 'next track' until I get the song I want. Usually, the whole reason I  put iTunes on Shuffle is to avoid listening to the same songs over and over. Shuffle just becomes a more annoying way of finding those songs. Hee hee.



~John

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Day 111 (21.04.10)

Dag hundrede og elleve. It seems for some reason I was three days behind, in terms of the titles of these posts. I've checked back, and it seems that I have indeed posted three times under the title of the 17.4.10. Dangit. That happened once before in February, if I recall correctly. At least it shows you how the holidays can get to you... I lose track of the date AND time. It's all a haze.


Today's wonderfully appropriate picture was taken from - wait for it - a new blog! I decided against posting Design Milk's latest furniture offerings, for two reasons. Firstly, the pictures time out after a few days (which is very annoying, because looking back on previous posts means that people can't see the pictures I talk about); and secondly because I know you're all sick of furniture. So yah, I now follow the blog Today and Tomorrow, which is a mixture of cool stuff; from installations to films to furniture to... uh... funny fliers. Check this page out for more silly fliers from whatever funny guy made them.

Change today? Paint. On my toes. That's what taking GCSE Design & Technology will do to you. Cover your toes in paint. Gasp. I always seem to pick really complicated projects to do, which means doing overtime at home. As bad as this sounds, it's much easeier to do it in my own time, but it's technically not allowed in the GCSE so I have to find a way to cover it up. Hmmm...



~John

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Day 110 (18.04.10)

Dag hundrede og ti. Back to school today. It's funny how I feel like I've been back at school for ages, when actually it's only been a day. It's surprising how quickly I've got back into the routine. I'm not sure whether it's good or bad, really. Anyways, the day wasn't too bad. There were a couple of people not there because they're stuck in Spain, or Florida, or wherever. In fact, even the headteacher was stuck somewhere. And I still had to come to school? Unfair is only an understatement.


Today's graphic is, sorry guys, typography-based. We'll get back to architecture sometime, promise. It was either this or more chairs, so at least I was thinking of you when I chose this. After I saw that film Helvetica, I can't stop seeing Helvetica used absolutely everywhere. It's really bloody annoying. The easiest to spot is the unique leg on the capital R. You can also tell Helvetica by the horizontal terminals (stroke endings) on the lowercase e, c and a. Plus there's the 'beautiful' counter (empty space) in the lowercase a. And, don't forget the boring uppercase Q and double-joint on the uppercase K. So now it won't just be me who's got this damn font stuck in their head (I accidentally wrote font instead of head there. Fuck, Helvetica is taking over my life).

What's changed today? Well, I've learned something. I knew it ages ago when I saw the film, but now I am sure that it's true. I was always a bit divided about Helvetica: I thought it was just over-used and so forcefully made to be the 'perfect' font. Now, though, I'm not so sure. Everything typeset in it just seems so right. So here's my realisation: as caps lock is cruise control for cool, Helvetica is cruise control for AWESOME.

~John

Monday, 19 April 2010

Day 109 (17.04.10)

Dag hundrede og ni. Hey guess what, I ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING TODAY! Wahoo! Huzzah! Hooray! Gratz, John! How do you feel? GGGGGRRREEAT! I'mma over the moon!     ...     Uh, right. That should be proof enough that I don't get out enough. In fact, it has started to be a drag recently, not really going out anywhere/doing anything. I hate to say this, but 'luckily there's school tomorrow'. So I can get on the bus like I always do, chat to my friends like I always do, and ... aw dangit GCSEs. Ah well. Just concentrate on the first two points in that sentence.



Our picture du jour remains in the current trend of architecture, so sit back and take a peeksie at some more of Bjarke Ingel's rockin' Danish design. This marvel is called 'The Mountain', and it's in Copenhagen. Unlike many of BIG's projects, this one actually exists. Let me give you a run-through of how it developed. I'm just paraphrasing what Bjarke said in that talk I blogged yesterday. Basically, the idea was to have an apartment block overlooking a car park. BIG said 'screw this, the views are going to be awful' and decided to lay the apartments over the car park, so they're all penthouses (kinda). But you can't see out much if you're in a penthouse apartment in the middle, can you? So BIG created a stepped form to allow all apartments to see out. Add a little dip in the left side (top pic), which Mr. Ingels says is 'to give his apartment a better view' (oh ha ha you're so funny Bjarke ha ha ha), and some terraces and you have The Mountain. The car park's still there: it's hidden under the apartments. You would never know it, but The Mountain is 2/3 car park. Good job Mr. Ingels.

Today's change is my final feeling at the end of the Easter holidays. And it is contented. Have I got done what I wanted to get done? Yes, up to a point. Today I photographed one department of the JOHN Collection III, the office department. It's another one of those atmospheric scenes like the bathroom and dining room in JCii. I can't show you the pics until I have all the departments done (and my associate does too), but expect a little pic utilizing that set to pop up on my 'stream sometime soon.


~John

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Day 108 (17.04.10)

Dag hundrede og otte. Once again, a nothing-y day. Do a bit of building, a bit of homework, a bit of developing that chair design I mentioned a few days ago. It's getting very complicated now, but hopefully I can get a final design down sometime in the next few weeks. I know the shape I want, it's just hard to get the exact dimensions, considering two of the chairs combine to make a table. The backrest needs to be as high as the distance from the ground to the seat. Too tall and the seat's too high; too small and the backrest won't support the user's back as it's meant to. But I have worked out some nice ergonomic details, to help users put the chairs together into a table.



I've just been watching this interesting talk by Bjarke Ingels, head of BIG. He talks about the evolution of architectural ideas: how a bad concept for one project becomes a perfect concept for another. In it, he describes his Expo 2010 design - where over a million litres of water from Copenhagen's harbour is being moved to Shanghai along with the Little Mermaid. Looking at the pictures he shows in the talk, I'm starting to like the idea more and more. Apparently they're giving out free bikes which visitors can pick up from the BIG-designed Danish pavilion, then cycle around the rest of the Expo on. Fun!

Now to the hard part. Changes. Today. Which ones. Well, my camera now has about 30 less pictures available on the CF card. I was taking some more pictures for those ever more time consuming art projects. The first reel I took was a few days ago, when I set up the tribute to nnenn (my sister throwing nnenns in the air). This reel isn't as good, but it sure has got me back into photography.


~John

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Day 107 (17.04.10)

Dag hundrede og syve. Hey, guess what? I actually did something today. Went out. Saw some cousins, grandparents, all that stuff. Was fun. Ate a nice lunch. Nom nom nom. OK, enough about what I did today. That's enough personal information. Now onto boring stuff that isn't specifically related to today, because I know that's what you like!


Continuing vaguely on from yesterday's picture, we have another talk on architecture, once again courtesy of the latest issue of Wallpaper* magazine. Don't like architecture? Well, be happy that I haven't started talking about furniture yet, you know the Milan Furniture Fair is coming up next week. This building, called Walden 7, was an experimental community apartment block project back in the 70s. It's somewhere in Spain. The idea is that everyone lives with each other, and around each other. Whilst I can't say much about the ethics of it - the community idea has only barely survived through to the 'Facebook generation' - the architecture is classic Spanish work. Reminds me of some of Gaudi's crazy work. Whilst this outside may look a little blocky (it looked much better in the Wallpaper* article), the interior is a turquoise maze of bridges and pathways.

So, was hast changed today? Let me tell you, this third paragraph challenge is really tough. I guess I'm quite glum - because there's only two days left before I have to go back to school. Sure, only half the class will be there - with Iceland spewing ash over the UK, flights have been delayed several days - but it's school nonetheless. Have I achieved what I set out to do in these holidays? I had some ideas about making a chair at the start, but 2 weeks without preparation is not long enough, it seems. However, in the past few days I have worked out some 'final' designs for a flexible chair/table thingy. Perhaps in the summer holiday, I can start work on them. But, before then, I've several GCSEs to do. Oh dear.


~John

Friday, 16 April 2010

Day 106 (16.04.10)

Dag hundrede og seks. I'm really running out of ideas for opening paragraphs, I'll have to think up something for the next 20-day challenge. I've got something sorted out for the second and third paragraphs, but the first paragraph is always a mystery, considering I don't do all that much these days (being lazy in my holidays). Maybe when the new school term starts, I'll have something more to talk about. We'll see.


Oh, the horror! Oh, the terrible blasphemy of it! They've moved one of Copenhagen's landmarks, the Little Mermaid statue (based off Hans Christian Andersen's story of the same name), to Shanghai. This is part of Denmark's part of Expo 2010, where every country in the world has a lot in a hige area in Shanghai, where they can show off their culture and sell their country to China, and each other. For Denmark's lot, they've built a massive spiral thingy (above), and they're going to place the Little Mermaid at the bottom of it. I'd hate their decision to move the statue from Copenhagen to Shanghai, but the project is being masterminded by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). BIG is a Danish architecture agency, and I love anything they do. Therefore, all is forgiven if they're moving the statue. So no biggie.

How have I changed today? Hmm, since nothing much happened today, that's quite a hard question. I guess I'm annoyed. Annoyed because BIG's website won't work. Maybe it's my browser, or my internet, but I can't click on any of the logos. They used to open. It used to be an amazing site. Sob sob.


~John

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Day 105 (15.04.10)

Dag hundrede og fems. So, today I went about my everyday business. I wasn't as sad as I was yesterday, because I managed to make my tribute to nnenn. We'll get to that later. Anyways, the rest of the day basically comprised of building, eating, photo-taking and... er... building, again. I've started a MOC (part of a series), which is going to be an atmospheric/forced perspective Neo-Futuron scene. If you didn't understand that, you will when you see the MOC. It'll be done in a few days' time.


So here's my tribute to Nnenn. The original idea was to have lots of the rubber band holders clenched in my hand, like I'm not letting go. Then I thought that the clenched hand would look too much like a fist, and you can't have a fist in a memorial picture, so I scrapped that idea. Then I thought of having nnenns falling from my hand, and doing an in-action shot like the one above. I'd shoot from low down, and capture the nnenns falling, in mid-air. But then that raised questions about nnenn going down - and how that related to hell and becoming worse after being good - so I scrapped that too. Finally, I realised that I should do the opposite, and so I had the nnenns 'floating' in the sky. Perhaps they're going to heaven? Perhaps we're all nnenns trying to get higher and higher - better and better builders? Perhaps we're floating in our dreams, like nnenn used to achieve his dreams in Lego (dreams=sky)? It's up to the viewer to decide.

So what's changed today? Well, I now have a rubber band holder attached to my keychain. I considered Peter's tribute of a nnecklace, but I didn't think it would work well with what I wear, so I decided on a much more permanent reminder: hooking a nnenn into a keyring. That way I won't lose it, and I'll see it every day when I use my keys. It's a small and subtle reminder, but a reminder nonetheless.

Oh, I think it's clear what yesterday's change was. Think of me being normal at the start of the day, then feeling like I said in the post at the end of the day.


~John

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Day 104 (14.04.10)

Dag hundrede og fire. Today is a sad, sad day. No, really. If you hadn't already heard, yesterday evening (my time), TBB reported on the tragic death of Nate 'nnenn' Nielsen in a car accident. Apparently it happened about a month ago, but it's only now that Nate's family has let us know. I reported it on Brickspace, and if I were going to Brickworld, I would contribute to the Vic Viper formation they are making in memory of nnenn.


This is, I think, the greatest tribute to nnenn that I've seen today. It's a nnenn necklace ('nnecklace')from Peter (Shadow Viking). I love how nnenn is living on in that one piece. It doesn't have much of a use, so it's ideal for being a 'sig fig' of sorts, for good ol' nnenn. I'd make a necklace for myself, but it wouldn't really be my way of remembering him. Maybe I'll just dig out a rubber band holder and keep it in my pocket for a few weeks. Anyways, well done Peter.

You may think I'm over-reacting. Maybe I am. But, unfortunately for the people around me today, I just couldn't not react. This isn't something I can glaze over; it's ruined my day and it's not something I can forget. I think Matn described how I was feeling better than anyone. I'd really like to meet Matn one day, he seems like such a nice guy. We'd just have to find some way to bridge the Dutch/English lanuage barrier.

Matn: "I feel so weird today. I got up and on TBB I read what happened... And I've been feeling sad all day. He will be missed for sure, nnenn was a great builder. And as I've been reading everything about him since then, I now know he was also a great and beloved husband and father."

~John

ps. I saw 18 uses of Helvetica up in town today! 18! Bloody Haas Type Foundry, getting its font used everywhere. Pfft.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Day 103 (13.04.10)

Dag hundrede og tre. Yeuch, what a day. Off to my friend's house for frantic scriptwriting - about 6 hours' worth of trying to make sense of the complicated plot we've invented, sorting out characters' personalities and traits, and being very tired at the end of that all. Then, I returned home to clean some Lego I won on eBay - we'll get to that later.



Firstly, onto our picture of the day. I thought, since I had no new pictures to show you, I'd go back and explain a bit more about my Arrival at Gate 3 MOC. This picture shows Gate 3 itself, or its 'alighting point' as I called it on Flickr. It was really something that I just 'threw together' after I'd made the bus itself. It's got spikes (one with blood on), fences, nets and automated gun turrets. What more could you want? (No, not zombies). You can also see the four prisoners there in their bright orange jumpsuits (for visibility) and some awesome prison wardens too.

So, onto the change today. How have I changed from the start of the day? Well, my hands now smell like washing-up liquid and Ecover. That's because I've been cleaning my bricks. I bought several Futuron sets a few days ago, and today they arrived. And they're disgustingly dirty. On the description it said that one of the minifigs had 'a stud glued on back'. I assumed that this would be a plate of some sort, and that I could just prise it off with a screwdriver. I was wrong - it was a massive non-Lego plastic ring, and the whole minifigure was stuck together. GRR! How annoying!! That means I can't take the legs off, or the head, or the helmet, or the visor... the only thing I can get from the minifig are some blue minifig hands! DAMN YOU EBAY!!


~John

Monday, 12 April 2010

Day 102 (12.04.10)

Dag hundrede og to. This project now seems very daunting. Just the thought of having a whole 98 posts ahead of me is scary. It was OK at the start, because I thought it was going to be easy. Unfortunately it wasn't as easy as I had hoped, and so now I realise just how much work I've got ahead of me to get to Day 200, where I may stop. Ah well.


We have yet another picture from my Flickr photostream today. This one is a microscale freighter-type-thing. I'm in a microscale mood recently, and this is more of a tablescrap, but still part of my building. I got those chrome plates in the Agents mech set, which I bought at the start of the year. It's a great set; it's just a shame I had to take it apart for pieces in another MOC. Those ribbed tubes you see were the parts in my latest BL order I had to have replaced - but naturally, I kept the original parts and I thought I should put them to good use. And so I did.

So what's changed today? Hmm. Well, I've decided that I am going to make a film. That's right, my first independent film in over a year. Remember that film idea from a couple of months ago? Well, that's on hold. I've come up with another idea, together with some friends, and we're writing the script this week. It's started quite well, but I've now decided that I am going to make this film, no matter what. And I'll show you it when we finally get it done. Promise.


~John

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Day 101 (11.04.10)

Dag hundrede og én. Danish numbering changes slightly as we pass the big 100 mark. Or maybe it doesn't, Google Translate can't be trusted. Hmm, anyways, it's Dalmatian day (Day 101). So, to celebrate, I bought a Dalmatian, named it Sput (Spot was too conformist) and sacrificed it to the God C'thulhu. Well, that's how I celebrate Dalmatian Day.

We'll start with the picture of the day. This is one part of my latest big MOC, Arrival at Gate 3. It's a futuristic prisoner transport bus. You can see it's set in yellow and black, to match the warning stripe stickers I bought on BL ages ago. I filled in the wheel wells mainly because the wheels looked too small, and a bigger wheel would hit the top of the wheel well. However, the filled in wheel wells make it look more futuristic, and they could also be there to protect the wheels from prisoners trying to stop the bus. There's also rails to make sure the main structure isn't damaged when the bus crashes. This way, prisoners won't break out.

So what's my change for today? Well, today I found out that listening to other people's relationship problems is a lot of fun. This morning I advised a friend with what advice I had, and it's quite interesting. Sure, I now sound like a twat for being all 'high and mighty' even though I haven't had a very good track record for the whole relationship thing, but it's interesting nonetheless.


Adios!
~John

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Day 100 (10.04.10)

Dag Hundrede. That's it. Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I've done it! Finally! ONE HUNDRED DAYS. ONE HUNDRED BLOG POSTS. NO SKIPPING. NONE. I think I well and truly deserve my celebratory Coke! I'm here sipping it, and doing what I know now as my blogging routine - checking Flickr, writing this and listening to good ol' ANR. So here's my thanks:

To ANR, for being supremely annoying and always playing the same songs. Special shout-out goes to Skovmand and Bue, for having their radio show on early in the morning so I never get to hear it. One day, guys, one day...

To Zack, for his comments and general readership of this blog. His 50-day project was very interesting, and I'm very grateful for all the mentions he gave to me throughout that. Don't stop blogging, or building, Zack. Please.

To Karrde, for his readership and comments every now 'n' then.

To Herb Lubelin, for designing that wondrous font that I used for the header. You've still got to fix that lowercase Y, mate - it's not perfect, you know!

To whoever invented teal (please don't say God). It's a great colour; good job on it. I'd like to see some of your other work - do you have a portfolio or something? Tee hee hee.

For my darling wife...       ...wait, wut?!

And finally to Blogger, for not crashing on me. A pretty good track record.



OK, soppy stuff over. Remember, I still have another 265 days to go! Well, maybe - I'm thinking of stopping at 200. Brickspace has taken a nose-dive recently, and I need to stop blogging here sometime to concentrate my efforts on restarting it. Maybe, if I've done that and still kept this blog going by Day 200, I'll carry on. Maybe.

Until then, raise your Coke glasses, and shout the Danish 'Cheers!' - 'Skål!'
~John

ps. Yay, the Blogger photo uploader is better. Fangue, Blogger.

pps. Woot!

ppps. That Helvetica documentary is actually very interesting. I suggest you watch it if you're into typography.

pppps. The Crap Filter is updated, with posts up to Day 099!

ppppps. The challenge for the next 20 days is to, at the end of the post, describe some way in which I have changed since the start of the day. Not necessarily something I've learnt that day, just some way in which I am different.

pppppps. WOOT!!

Friday, 9 April 2010

Day 099 (09.04.10)

Dag nioghalvfems. Gasp, tomorrow is the 100th day of the year! So, until then, I must shut up about it. I've been making too much fuss about that damn day. It's time I left it alone. I know what I can talk about: YouTube. You may have noticed that they have changed their video page layout, and they strangely did it on April 1st. At first everyone thought it was an April Fool's joke, and everyone was saying "ha ha, I'll be glad when we get the old YouTube back!"...

But THEY DIDN'T GET IT BACK. It's still like that. And it's shit. Where is the sidebar? Some sort of dumb description below the video? Now all teh videos where people say "the link's in the sidebar" are completely pointless. Newbies will start saying "the links are below, fools!", and that instantly recognizable YouTube format will be lost forever. Screw you, YouTube. And whatever happened to star ratings!?


OK, enough ranting. Let's move onto our picture, which is yet another Flickr upload from yours truly. This creation is something I've been working on for a while now (well, five days). It took two days solid to build, then some more time to photograph it properly. It was very hard to get the exposure right, and find some way to show all detail and not over-expose the yellow on the Prisoner Transport Bus (PTB). There was simply too much contrast between the black and yellow, it was near-impossible to photograph.

I'll get you some more info tomorrow... well, maybe the day after. Tomorrow I'll be celebrating. It'll make a lot more sense once I explain the inspiration behind it, and the story too.

~John

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Day 098 (08.04.10)

Dag otteoghalvfems. Oh gawsh, only 2 fun-filled days until that really important one! On an unrelated note, I've been watching that hilarious Nordjyske Web-TV again. They have a lot of content on that site, from sports reports to film reviews (Biff & Co.). Sure, I can barely understand most of it, but it's fun to see footage of rural Denmark (remember Nordjyske is for the north of Jutland, where all the agriculture (yes, bacon) is). To be honest, most of their news is really boring. I mean no offense, but it is seriously dull there. Even their X Factor auditions (I saw a video of that a few months ago) is really awful. No one can sing, and they're all ugly. But hey, they're Danish, so it's not all that bad.


Today's picture is another one I uploaded to Flickr yesterday. It's the second picture of the Neo-Futuron craft I made. This one is a Nnenn-styled schematic. Painstakingly Photoshopped over several hours, this picture has five separate pictures of the microspace ship (yeah, both the side angles are the same picture, but flipped. I got bored.) It's my first try at a schematic, and I'm quite proud of it. I think the grey background suits it, but maybe a dark low-saturation colour may add some variety. Ah well.

Now, that's got me thinking about Futuron. It's a strange theme, and it is annoyingly similar to Space Police III. Even still, I think I prefer Futuron. It gives you more freedom, because you're not constrained to a police force. Of course, there are some problems with the exact point of Futuron (you need to examine lots of sets and research a bit to find that), but you're rid of the clichés of red-and-blue lights, and cages to hold prisoners. I've bid on several Futuron sets on eBay (don't worry, I won't keep you updated on how they're going, that got boring last time), so I'll be getting some minifigs soon. Then I'll build more Neo-Futuron! Up yours, SPIII!


~John

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Day 097 (07.04.10)

Dag syveoghalvfems. Three days to go until the big one-zero-zero! Eek, it's exciting. In a silly, 365-blog kinda way. So, not very exciting by anyone else's standards. But the highlight of the Easter holidays for me. OK, let's leave the rest of the squeeing to the day itself. I've got new Flickr uploads to show you. Gasp.


Here it is: a nice bit of microspace Neo-Futuron. For you less well-informed ones, Futuron was an old space theme (not as old as Classic Space), and it's just recently become a bit more popular with the creation of a Neo-Futuron Flickr group. I thought I might get a piece of the action, since Futuron seemed like a theme with a nice easy colour palette (white, which I have lots of, and black, similarly, and trans-blue).

I think this microspace spaceship came out quite well - and I think the faux- box art came out well too. I traced most of it from an original picture on Brickset. However, the 'sparkles' in the background were harder to do. I noticed them on the original box art and thought I ought to add them to keep away from boring-background-syndrome. I recognised that the sparkles were similar to the glittering bokeh you see on photographs of the sea. And so, being the resourceful fellow that I am (well kinda), I sourced a bokeh sea picture on Google images, edited it a little, and added it in to the background. Voila. You can also see some faint blue sparkles in the top-right, like on the original box art.

Oh, and I'm not even going to mention the re-written LEGOLAND logo (and double-meaning set number). They're just there for the effect.


~John

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Day 096 (06.04.10)

Dag seksoghalvfems. Woah, we are getting seriously close to the big 100 now! Ha ha! I've lasted this far! Uh oh - now I've jinxed it, I'm going to give up tomorrow as a result. Nah, I'm jus' foolin' with ya. I don't believe in jinxing things. Or bad luck. Or good luck, for that matter. Because where does that fit into physics? I will only believe that someone is 'lucky' if I see scientific proof. So there, you lot.

OK, what have I been up to today? Apart from building - not much. I've been building this MOC from yesterday flat out, and it's finally finished. Not only has it now got a sub-vignette, I've used stickers! Gasp! That's right, it's the first time I've used stickers on a MOC. I've collected a few sheets from BL orders, and from doubles coming in sets. Luckily some Exo-Force stickers I bought had the ideal yellow-and-black warning stripes I needed, so they went straight on. The only problem is that I get all jittery when i try to put them on; all trembly. It's really annoying.



Right, onto more topics. Yes, yes, more furniture. I can't help it - I'm a bit stuck for topics today (haven't been on my computer until just now), so it's easy enough just to turn back to furniture. This table, by Frenchman Paul Bellila, is designed for the designer-networking-slash-getting-products-made site L'edito. The table is called Massif Table de Chevet, and it surprisingly costs €10 - though the website is in French, so that may be some sort of investment price to get it made. Anyways, it's a really neat piece of design.

Phew, there's your furniture paragraph, guys.



~John

Monday, 5 April 2010

Day 095 (05.04.10)

Dag femoghalvfems. Happy Easter everybody! Whilst I don't celebrate Easter necessarily, or Improbable Resurrection Day either, I still do like to get into the Easter spirit (ie. eating chocolate). And I did so today! I am now several chocolate eggs and £20 better off than I was at the start of the day. So, all in all, a very good day.

And it's got a lot better just now, when I've been hard at work building something from my big list of MOCs (remember that?). It's half based off a large-scale MOC from someone else, and half based off a vehicle I remember seeing in a film. It's coming on quite well, actually - though it's far from finished, and who knows what problems I could encounter near the end? One thing I have realised from building it is that my yellow brick collection is both small and very old! Most plates I have are discoloured or have defects of some kind, the result of several decades of play (second-hand bricks, y'see). However, there is always the marvel of Photoshop. And here's another thing I've just noticed: I'm out of black 1x1 tiles. Damn. This MOC is going to be harder than I imagined. No 1x1 black tiles, no 1x1 black bricks, very few yellow tiles... eek, it's annoying that yellow and black are the two main colours of this MOC!


And so to keep in the Easter mood... oh no wait, this comic has absolutely nothing to do with Easter. Ah well. It's the latest XKCD comic - and it's pretty funny. But hey, the real topic of this paragraph is the iPad! Yes! It was released in America on friday, where some people had been queuing up outside their Apple stores for several days. These upcoming days are very important for the iPad's future... this is when critics get their hands on some, and the reviews start rolling out. I just hope they're good reviews - Apple have had so much build-up to this that they can't afford for it to be badly reviewed. Dun dun dunnnnnnn...



~John

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Day 094 (04.04.10)

Dag fireoghalvfems. Wow, we're getting close to the big 100. Exciting, but also daunting because we then have two whole more 100s after that... and then some! But enough thinking about the future. Let's stick with the now. I'm tired, yawn - but you know that already, right?

I don't know if you've ever watched a TV programme called Total Wipeout. It's a kid's programme here in the UK, but I remember watching the original Spanish version when I was on holiday last year in Majorca. For those of you who have the luck of not having watched it, it's just a whole lot of people getting knocked over by large foam things. Think those parks you used to go to as a kid (with those little plastic balls everywhere, and padded woggly things), but with adults running around a course and fire and water jets. Yeah, as you may have guessed, it's the biggest load of rubbish you will ever watch. But it's hilarious. Sure, the UK version isn't as funny as the Spanish version, but it still keeps the simple slapstick humour of watching people fall over. Call me immature, but there's a part of all of us that likes to see people fall over. So if you ever get a chance, watch Total Wipeout (or, even better, Spain's Total Guaypout). Laugh. Then don't tell anyone.




Speaking of media intended for kids, I watched the Studio Ghibli masterpiece Howl's Moving Castle today. I absolutely loved the style of it, and the world it depicted. Now don't get me wrong; I'm not new to the works of Miyazaki. I've watched Spirited Away and Nausicaä and the Valley of the Wind. Whilst Howl's Moving Castle didn't stand up to Spirited Away - which is probably the best animated film I've ever seen - it had its high points. I just love the Dutch-style steampunk world that it was set in. Whilst some of the finer plot details escaped me, and some of the voice acting was so poor I would have preferred watching it in Japanese with subtitles, it was a great film overall.

Sorry about some of the nonsensical sentences in this post, guys. I'm in a strange mood. I'll be better tomorrow.

~John

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Day 093 (03.04.10)

Dag treoghalvfems. A spectacularly early post today, because I have a party to go to in an hour's time, and it ends at 11:30 so I need to get this done here and now. As a result, this post may be quite short. I guess we'll only know the truth when it's finished being written. So just ignore me whenever I say that in the future. I have no idea how much I'm going to write. I don't even know why I write it, for that matter.

OK, moving on. As I usually do with 'good' films, I'm listening to the Kick-Ass soundtrack. I had no idea it included a Mika song, so that's a nice surprise. I strangely never heard it in the film - and Mika songs aren't usually hard to spot. Maybe it was in the credits, like that Leona Lewis song was in the credits of Avatar. Anyways, the soundtrack doesn't sound as good when you listen to all the songs all the way through, as opposed to select parts of the songs at appropriate times in the movie. Ah well. At least I found out about the Mika song.


Now onto our beloved picture of the day. This time we're showcasing a screenshot of one of the funniest groups in the whole of MOCpages, the CFOL (Christian Fan Of Lego) group. In this lulz-filled discussion, 13-year-old American Clonefags try to have a debate about 'homosexualism'. That's homosexuality to you and me. Basically, the debate collapses into exclusivist Christian tripe, so I'll spare you the details. The second comment there is probably the funniest for me. If they ever let me into the group, I'm going to have a field day. Squee!


~John

Friday, 2 April 2010

Day 092 (02.04.10)

Dag tooghalvfems. After the productivity of yesterday, today was much quieter. Very little building (two pieces for the next JOHN Collection), a bit of sorting/dismantling old MOCs, and one graphic (we'll get to that later). However, I did go out with some friends to see Kick-Ass.

Hmmm, Kick-Ass. I'm not sure about it, it's not a simple 'yeah I liked it' or 'no, I didn't like it' thing. It's more complicated. Sure, it was made really well, and with a great soundtrack to boot. And sure, there were some great sequences, some great shots too. And yes, it did have those classic quotes that I'm sure will be passed around in no time (for example, the bit where Hit Girl (some 12 year-old superhero with guns and knives) is asked what she would like for her birthday. "Can I get a puppy?" she asks, then after a pause: "Nah, I'm just fucking with you, daddy. Look, I'll have a French Vig model 42 Butterfly knife" (or words to that effect)).

But, through all the comedy, great sequences and well-picked soundtrack, I still can't get over the excessive use of bad language. I'm usually fine with swearing for effect, but everyone says it in Kick-Ass, and whenever they can. It's one of those films where you can tell the scriptwriters thought it would be 'cool' to have it in almost every line. And, violence too, for that matter. Yes yes yes, there's no need to give me that spiel about it being a violent movie. I understand that. I just wish it was there out of necessity rather than entertainment. What I'm saying is, though some violence in the film is fun to watch and necessary, there are some more gruesome aspects of it that, to be honest, could have been done in a less grimace-making way. But hey, some exciting handheld shots and beaty music do their best to make up for this.


OK, onto our graphic. I saw a film today on iTunes (haven't rented it yet) called Helvetica. Call me boring, but it seemed quite interesting in a sad, typographical kind of way. It was all about the typeface Helvetica (the 'everything' typeface - used everywhere) and how typefaces can affect us, and something about public places. So, that got me inspired. I thought I'd apply some of my newly-learnt typographical terminology and analyse Helvetica. Unfortunately, I forgot that Helvetica (and Univers, its counterpart) notoriously have a 'blank' personality, so they can be used for almost any purpose. So my analysis turned out to be harder than I thought...





~John

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Day 091 (01.04.10)

Dag énoghalvfems. Well, whaddya know, it's the first of April. April showers are the logical next step, but it's been raining here in the south-east for the past few days, [seemingly] in preparation. So as everyone wakes up today, they can look out their window and see it raining. "Well," they can say, "it really must be April. I am now happy that I have not had to live through the 31st March another time." Then again, a Groundhog Day effect on any day would be useful. There's always something I would do differently. But, of course, I can't. That's the nature of time.

As you may know, at the start of each month I write a letter to myself in the future. I also answer some questions that I have asked myself in past letters. You can see the March 1st letter here.

Dear Me,
Another month has gone by. I'd like to say it feels like only yesterday that I was writing the March letter, but instead I feel every single one of the 31 days that have occurred between then and now. Anyways, let's get these awkward questions from March over and done with. Well, my BL order with the rocks did arrive, but I haven't built anything with them yet, let alone the Pirate diorama I promised myself. I guess that deserves a slap later on tonight. I'll note it down on my 'reasons to slap myself tonight' list - hmmm, that's 14 today.
So, 'hah! April fool! I was never going to do the Pirate dio anyways! Har de har!' ... what? I said I couldn't say that? Ah, screw you, past self. You can't hurt me from back there. You're been and gone.
OK, now's the point when I set myself goals for the future. Uh... in keeping with the previous letters, I guess I should try not to lose limbs. Yeah, I see you kicking that leg around like you don't care... I care! And hey, your head is not exempt from the term 'limb', so don't go swinging that around either.
The first of May... what can I say? Well, good luck with all those GCSEs, mate. Luckily I have a whole month until I have to be in your sorry position. I'll try to 'live it up' until then. Don't worry, you won't go into the exam season with your eyes tired from revising all Easter.
Oh, and by the way, I still haven't found our bloody keys. I hope you have better luck than I've had in that respect. And, while you're there, tell me what Adobe CS5 is like, will you? Try not to blow all our money on it, we have these things called priorities you know.

Good luck, soldier.
~Me



Hmm, not as funny as previous letters, but a letter nonetheless. Oh, here's our picture of the day. It turned up late, but I'm sure we can fit it in. It's a faux-IKEA instruction booklet for one of my early JOHN Collection pieces, made using LDraw. My first attempt at rendering Lego.



~John