David Blaine & his latest stunt

Meeting David Blaine, originally uploaded by Moriartys.

David Blaine has begun his latest stunt involving him hanging upside-down 60 feet from the ground for almost three days.

In addition to finding myself now irreconcilably irritated by the man, I can’t help feeling a little peeved he didn’t approach me when he drew up plans for his latest effort.

If he had bothered to consult me I would have introduced a little bit more jeopardy into proceedings. I’m confident things would have been far more exciting if he had allowed me to judge exactly how long he remained upside down instead of the rather paltry 3 days he’s attempting at the moment.

And, if he really can withstand the regime I have in mind for him, then I would have nominated myself to cut the chord and insisted nothing broke his fall underneath.

Photography: Neutral Density

Neutral Density Sky, originally uploaded by Thoroughly Good.

I’ve spent ages reading over photography magazines wondering how it is that other Flickr users I know manage to pull off a dramatic sky.

Apparently, the secret is fitting a neutral density filter to the lens and then firing the shutter release. I’ve assumed that perfect results are guaranteed with every shot.

Personally, I’m not absolutely convinced. First off, I know I could probably achieve the same results using Photoshop (although frankly, I can’t be arsed). But secondly, I want that horizon I see every single day when I trundle my way down the hill to my front door to be more far dramatic than it is in this shot. I figured that just adding a filter would do the job. Now it seems I have to fiddle with the exposure a bit more or – shudder – actually do a spot of post-production.

Who really thinks digital photography is easy?

Books: Kane & Abel (Jeffrey Archer)

Books: Filling the gaping hole, originally uploaded by Thoroughly Good.

Kane and Abel is the first book I’ve finished reading this year. This is something I’m quite proud of. Normally I’d have been distracted by something or other before I’d finished what ever it is I’m attempting to read. Not so on this ocassion. I actually finished the book ten days after I received it as a birthday present. That’s quite an achievement, let me tell you.

More of an achievement than the book itself, I might add. It might have been a bestseller for Archer – soon after it’s release it became the Number One on the New York Times bestseller list – but reading it now I find it difficult to understand exactly how.

At times the plot was breathtakingly unlikely, with coiincidences falling onto the page with increasing regularity. The first time Kane meets Abel is one of the most striking I recall. By half way through I was beginning to get really annoyed with them.

Maybe the surprises in the tale had been lessened because I remember the key points in the plot from the TV mini-series, but still there were moments which left me squirming as I read it to and from work. Jeffrey Archer may be successful at his novel-writing but the man can’t write sex scenes to save his life. Frankly, he’d have been better off bullet-pointing everything.

That said, it is a page-turner and one guaranteed to deliver a modicum of self-satisfaction if, like me, you’re looking for a sense of achievement. And, if I’m being fair there was a point when I was getting angry with Abel for being such an idiot to harbour such bitterness and resentment for so long. Was it really the author’s reliance on the unlikely to propel the novel or are there really those people around who are that blinkered? I hope for the former as much as I fear it could be the latter.

Reading the damn thing did do what I hoped it would. It’s helped get me into the reading thing ahead of a holiday when I’m hoping I’ll read even more. The fact that when I read Kane and Abel I often found myself sheepishly retrieving the book from my bag like I was sitting on public transport preparing to finger my way through some hard-core pornography, is open to interpretation. I’m happy to admit I’m a snob.

Seven Days To A Holiday

Cliff Richard galvanises his merry band of pals as they prepare for a summer holiday in a red double-decker bus. There’s lots to be done. Everyone needs to be industrious. Everything have to be just-right when they embark on their little expedition. (Shame the video clip cuts out before the end of the song.)

I’ve been watching it loads the past few days. I’ve had a bit of a skip in my step too.

I also feel the need to confess I’ve been humming it all afternoon in nearby Bluewater. Love it.

Cute little Light-Bot

I usually get bombarded with messages from people at work (I work in a online media frenzy sometimes), messages I normally overlook with disdain because I end up thinking “Why on earth would I be interested in that website-geekery-thing?”

So it is with much excitement I end up blogging about one such website-geekery thing. It’s such a rare occurance. 

Light-Bot is a pseduo-programming online gaming experience featuring the cutest little robot called, unsurprisingly, Light-Bot. Programme in a few moves on a grid and watch him shuffle around the board. I especially like it when he jumps up a level. The movement is a joy. 

Thanks to adorable Delaware pal Clyde for pushing the link to play the game  http://www.kongregate.com/games/Coolio_Niato/light-bot