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Friday, 14 October 2005
Various things


Another photo of the same sunset.

I have quite a bit of filing and paperwork to catch up on, but I don’t think I’ll be converting to the Noguchi system. Generally I arrange my paperwork within subject specific boxes in descending date order (i.e. most recent is on top).  Another interesting link I came across concerns The long tail of Google News. My own approach to news tracking is to use Bloglines, subscribing to feeds by selected news sources, people and interests. 

Why are we still feeding #### (specifically blood, restaurant plate waste, poultry droppings, brains and spinal matter from animals) to cows and to pets?  New proposals in the USA propose to outlaw some of the worst remaining practices.

Another interesting link I found is the Hurricane Katrina diaspora map which shows the dispersal of survivors in the USA, based upon internet safe lists posted by the survivors.  Meanwhile Christian Science Monitor unpacks the Cultural myths behind the Katrina whispers, and the New York Times looks at the culture clash between many of the survivors and the communites that have taken them in.

And regarding the recent earthquake in Pakistan, refer to the South Asia Earthquake Relief site.  They list major sources of information on the quake, as well as links to organisations that require donations of money, blood, goods and services.

Posted by bigblue on 14/10/2005 at 06:56 PM
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The Sunsign


The roadsign bends towards the setting sun as the sunflower nods its head in the evening towards the daystar.

Last night I thoroughly enjoyed the play The Hypochondriac by Molière.  The programme notes described the play as

a fast-paced farce that pokes a large syringe in the direction of the doctor-patient relationship. Argan arranges the marriage of his daughter, Angélique, to a doctor in order to save money on consultations - she, predictably, is in love with someone else. A money grabbing step-mother, a head strong housekeeper, and quacks galore coincide to create some delicious comedy. The story, set within a mixture of time periods, is inter-cut with comic interludes influenced by the Italian mask tradition - Commedia dell’ Arte.

I find it interesting when people hyphenate words or when they join them to make a single word, or leave them as two separate words.

Posted by bigblue on 14/10/2005 at 12:37 AM
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Wednesday, 12 October 2005
Autumn colours


Here’s another photograph that captures the autumn colours that are currently on display.

Tonight I am travelling to Sevenoaks to see a play by Molière, The Hypochondriac (Le Malade imaginaire).  This play was first performed in 1673, shortly before Molière died.  He was born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622 and was a master of comic satire.

Some of Molière’s works are available at the Gutenburg Project.

Posted by bigblue on 12/10/2005 at 08:38 PM
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Tuesday, 11 October 2005
Pietersen effect

Autumn tree

Here’s another example of what can be called the Pietersen effect.

Posted by bigblue on 11/10/2005 at 11:04 PM
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Monday, 10 October 2005
Autumn trees

autumn tree

At this time when the season starts to shift it is also possible to notice irregularities within a single plant. Certain branches seem to respond quicker to the colder weather: perhaps the leaves that are North-facing are affected first, or perhaps areas of the tree are shaded for longer periods of the day. In the case of the trees in this photograph neither explanation holds.

I am a bit late with this, but from 43 Folders come: Five fast email productivity tips and How to write sensible email message. In the same vein there are tips on managing your e-mail.  Nod to Guardian Technology blog.

Posted by bigblue on 10/10/2005 at 10:40 PM
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Sunday, 09 October 2005
Before Winter

autumn tree

In early autumn I enjoy the colours of the leaves on the trees, as they start to change and to be shed. I always find it interesting how, despite the mass display of the change of season, there are also local variations. Sometimes two adjacent trees of the same species are unsynchronised for a time.

Posted by bigblue on 09/10/2005 at 11:00 PM
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Friday, 07 October 2005


This is a composite image of three photographs that I took last night in the Birmingham underpass, which forms part of the concrete jungle for which it is famous.

In summer last year this underpass was the scene of a mistaken flyposting when an artist had his work removed by a council clean-up squad after it was mistaken for illegal flyposting. 

You can see some more glamorous photos of this formerly seedy area here, here and here.  I recommend these photos because the colour of the images I took with my camera phone are bleached.

Posted by bigblue on 07/10/2005 at 10:09 PM
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leaves are red

red leaves

I love the colours of autumn, especially the reds and oranges that appear in shop windows and supermarket shelves, as we approach Halloween. Pyramids of orange pumpkins will shortly appear overnight on pavements around the land as we enter the pagan season of Halloween.

This evening I went to Jongleurs comedy club in Birmingham with a large group of people from work. It was Joanne’s 30th birthday and they gave her balloons, a cake, and a bottle of champagne. I drove there and back so had restricted alcohol intake and left early (at about 11 pm).

Posted by bigblue on 07/10/2005 at 12:48 AM
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