Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Your Album Cover

What would your own album look like if you were in a band? Follow the directions below and find out...

Here are the rules:

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
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The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
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Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

This is mine, click to enlarge.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

4 Chords, 36 Songs

Axis of Awesome illustrate rather nicely that there are only so many notes a songwriter can use and that repetition is inevitable. Warning: There is a little bad language at the end, in case you are sensitive to that sort of thing.

UFO Googled

I'm sure you're all familiar with Google Streetview by now, which is available on Google Maps and Google Earth. As the car with the special 360° camera roams the city streets in various countries, it can occasionally pick up some anomalies. A wide selection can be found StreetViewFun.

Over the skies of San Francisco, a very strange sight has been captured. A UFO perhaps?

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Monday, 23 February 2009

Reversed Movies

Perhaps a new game to play down the pub? A recent comment, pictured below, on Reddit seems to be causing a bit of a stir around the net. (Click to enlarge).

Now everyone is coming back with their versions of movies that have been reversed to produce a new storyline. Some of my favourites so far...
  • If you watch Rambo backwards, it's Sylvester Stallone healing people with his magical bullet vacuum.
  • If you watch Star Wars backwards its about a benevolent dictatorship that can builds planets out of nothing, and brings people back to life with a telepathic Heimlich manoeuvre.
  • If you watch The Matrix backwards, Neo gets tired of using his super powers to fight agents, so he jacks into the ship's computer and sucks all of the Kung-Fu knowledge out of his brain, and then plugs into the matrix and begins his new life as Mr. Anderson.
  • If you watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button backwards, it's about a man who is born and then gets old and dies. (Mmmm).
  • If you watch Pretty Woman backwards, it's about a rich woman whose boyfriend makes her become a prostitute.
Feel free to come up with your own in the comments.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Nike Hindsight

Sorry for the pun but these really caught my eye. Just a conceptual design at the moment and with no official endorsement from Nike, Billy May from New York has come up with Hindsight glasses. By way of Fresnel lenses these rather cool looking glasses will allow the wearer an enhanced peripheral vision.

Aimed primarily at cyclists, I really hope these get made at some point, as I can see them being a potential lifesaver.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Dad's Photos

Long time readers of my blog and those that know me in real life will know that I lost my father last September.

Dad was a very keen photographer right up to his death but his early work in the 30's and 40's has always been my favourite. This was a time long before digital and instant picture taking. Every shot had to be setup, lit and planned. Sometimes I wonder if it wasn't a better time. Dad was a member of the Herefordshire Photographic Society and won many awards and was exhibited several time. All his work was developed and printed by himself also.

Rather than have these pictures lost to time, I thought it might be nice to scan some of them and put them up in my online gallery. There are many, many prints so please bear with me. All I am doing is scanning them in. I am not altering or enhancing them in any way. Any notes or information I have I will post also. Please take a look at the first set and please feel free to comment and or rate them.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009


I was never going to buy myself an iPod. It's not that I don't like them. I do, I think they are a true masterpiece of design. It's really a matter of my odd principles. I hate anything that forces you to follow a particular path. Even the most ardent Apple fans will tell you that they are renowned for "The Apple Way or the Highway". That is not a bad thing if you are happy with that, but I like to do things my way. So with the iPod family you are forced down the iTunes route which is a horrible piece of software. So when some very good friends of mine (waves) so generously bought me a new iPod Nano, I was both delighted and slightly glum. The Nano is gorgeous in every aspect. Anybody that tries to tell you that it's just another MP3/MP4 player is an idiot. Don't listen to them. But I'd have to install iTunes. Argh!

However a little research tells me that there are quite a few alternatives out there for different platforms. I chose SharePod.This software is just so simple and yet does everything you want it to, perfectly. I wish I had written it. It doesn't even need installing. A stand alone executable can fully manage any of the iPod family (including iPhone and iTouch). Playlists, copying to and from, backing up. It will even run from the iPod itself.

If you own an iPod, throw off the shackles of iTunes and go an check it out. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, 16 February 2009

Facebook Blog Feed

I came a across a tip yesterday that allows you to automatically update your Facebook profile with your blog posts. Another way to expand your blog's audience.

Take a look at TypePad's video How to Add Your Blog Feed to Your Facebook Profile to see how easy it is. It works for many blog platforms and not just Blogger by the way.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Down In Front

I came across this rather nice photograph just. It clearly shows Venus passing between us and the sun. It was so nice I thought I'd share it with you.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Orbsol Gallery

Well it's up. My new photographic gallery is online and can be found here. I only have a handful of photographs loaded so far but bear with me and I'll get more up over the next while. Please feel free to leave comments on pictures and of course to rate them.

For those of you that use an RSS reader you can be notified of changes etc by pointing it to the site's own RSS feed here.

A big thanks must go to Deyna who commented, even before I'd finished setting it all up. :-)

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Slow Down

As I told you in a previous post, I my germination attempts were successful but a little limited. Well it turns out I was wrong. As it happens they were a bit more successful than I thought. As you can see from the pictures below, I have four solid little trees of undetermined species. I'm very happy. I am going to wait another week or so and then transplant them into pots of their own.

I'm still in two minds as to whether these will become outdoor or indoor bonsai, but I guess I have a bit longer to decide that.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Gallery Software

Now that I have started using my dSLR in earnest, I'd like to showcase some of my work on my website. I thought choosing the gallery software would be the easy bit. But it seems that there are an awful lot choices out there. Many have features that I don't want or simply wouldn't use so they can be ruled out very easily. I can also rule out any that require a licence fee. I don't mind making a contribution if I find good to use, but as it's only going to be for personal use and I don't intend making a profit out of it I don't want to get into licensing.

In the end I have chosen ZenPhoto. I like it's simple, clean look plus it has all the features I want without a lot of unnecessary stuff. Once I have it configured and have uploaded some pictures, I'll post the link here. I will also build in an RSS feed so you won't have to miss anything.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Cyanide & Happiness

I like a lot of web comics and I have posted about some of them on here. Feel free to have a rummage through my archives. One I seem to see appearing in lots of places at the moment is Cyanide & Happiness. Dave and Kris have that nice off beat, slightly edgy humour I like. The example I have posted below is fairly tame but I urge you to view more if you don't mind the risk of being mildly offended because some just plain hysterical.

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Stop & Go

A very clever advert for Snickers. I really like clever/humorous ads like this, I'm sure they must work better than the boring ones.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Simon's Cat

If you own, or have ever owned a cat you will appreciate just how funny and how perfectly Simon Tofield has captured the experience in his cartoons. Simon has produced several cartoons collectively entitled "Simon's Cat" and they are well worth a look.

His work can found on his YouTube channel but I have reproduced three of them here.

The first is called "Let Me In".

This one is "TV Dinner".

Finally my favourite, "Cat Man Do".

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and let the cat in.

Thursday, 5 February 2009


If you're going to deface something (and I don't say you should) you might as well do it with humour.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Blogger's Choice Awards 2009

The Blogger's Choice Awards are now open for nominations and voting for 2009. Like last year, e-clecticism has been nominated in four categories. Best Blog About Stuff (which I probably have the most chance in), Best Geek Blog, Best Hobby Blog and quite modestly, Best Blog Of All Time.

Can I please ask that if you like e-clecticism that you click on the image below (it's also on the right) and vote for me in at least one category or better still all four? It won't take long. Thank you.

My site was nominated for Best Blog About Stuff!

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Game Over

GAME OVER is one of the art projects developed by the French-Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond (NOTsoNOISY creative agency). It consists of a series of collaborative animation movies which revive some of the very first video games. The pixels are replaced by a group of real human beings that are moving from seat to seat in a theatre during about 4 to 6 hours. Each "pixel" has its own rules and decides what s/he wants to do for each picture. Once all these pictures are turned into a short animation movie, a giant human-scale video game unfolds "live". The sound effects are just genius.

First we have Pong.

Next, we have Space Invaders.

Pole Position.

Finally, my favourite, Tetris.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Layout Change

Despite my best efforts the layout I have been using was cropping some pictures and videos, so I have changed it. This will only affect visitors to the site and not those of you are reading this via email or a feed reader.

Enslaved Light

The more my interest in photography grows, the more I find myself looking at the work of others for ideas or inspiration. The work of Jeffrey Klassen is truly stunning. His website, Enslaved Light, pretty much represents the type of work I would like to produce, but I'm a long way off his very high standard. Please go and take a look for yourself but I have reproduced a taster below. As always, click to enlarge.

From an album called "Smoke". A simple idea, but I have always maintained that the best ones are.

This is one of Jeffrey's many pictures taken using an infra-red filter. He explains the effect here.

Finally, "I Am Canadian" taken from an album of water droplets. Some very helpful images of how they were achieved can also be found here.
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