Friday, August 22, 2008

Getting the Bigger Picture

From Olympic ceremonies that look like Magic Eye pictures, to the realities of war (especially the "hospitals" people have to resort to), The Big Picture is still one of my two most-favourite things in my RSS feed at the moment.

(The other is Dinosaur Comics. Of course.)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Photowalk, Saturday Afternoon: Tactic Talk

Seeing as what how I managed to miss the last Brighton Flickr Meet by being Swiss, I thought I might head along to the Photowalk this Saturday (see also this thread). It's part of Scott Kelby's worldwide photo walk day and there are 33 people signed up for the Brighton walk, so it should be interestingly hectic.

As with all things, decision must be made. Should I take a film camera, for something a little different, but risk not getting photos back in time for the Tuesday upload deadline? Or go with digital like everyone else and risk getting outclassed? ;) After some thought, I thought a thought that it might be worth getting creative with the digital again. So I'm going to try splitting my time between seeing the world through black-and-white eyes, and seeing it through highly saturated fat. That should at least get something a little different in the flickr group. Unless, that is, someone reads this and decides to copy me. In which case I'll just cry. Like a child in the snow.

That's not to say that I won't be taking other cameras with me for fun, of course. So, back to the same decision, I guess...

Oh. We're meeting at Brighton train station, 2.30 for a 3pm start. Yell if you're thinking of coming along...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Safety First

If you haven't seen the 'STOP sign by committee design' video yet, then it's a good way to waste a couple of minutes of your life. Alternatively, go out and look at the trees, sing for a bit, or read one page of a book. All are good, although only one of these pokes fun at the complexity of modern day design of every-damned-thing.

In obviously totally unrelated observations, it's great to see an extra crossing going in at the bottom of North Street in Brighton, so that you only have 1 red man to taunt rather than 3 (or 4, or 6, I get fuzzy after 2). This follows in the footsteps of the long-fought-for crossings up outside BHASVIC, so credit where credit is no doubt due. The giant safety posters still continue to bemuse me though, succumbing as they do to my in-built, real-world 'pop-up' blockers. (Wait, that could sound rude. Oh, IT JUST DID.)

Checklist for Campaign to Stop People Getting Run Over by Buses: 1. 50 x person-sized banners saying LOOK to hang from lamp-posts like festivalia. 2. Olympic-swimming-pool-sized poster for people to look at instead of what's coming up North Road like ooh could it be a bus.

There is no number 3: Signs actually on pedestrian crossings warning "A BUS WILL RUN YOU OVER NOW IF YOU DO NOT STOP RUNNING AROUND" because that is too obvious.

Unless it is so obvious that I missed it. (This happens with alarming regularity.)