Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Tools, Off the Cuff

Leatherman make the tools of choice for many DIY and outdoor enthusiasts and they produce a great wearable tool they call Tread. Unfortunately, Laura Kampf couldn't use Tread and so she decided to make her own version. Using an old bike chain and some scraps of metal she creates a precision masterpiece that I would pay money for.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Pumping Out the Blues

BottleneckJohn treats us to some classic guitar blues by a lake in Sweden. Singing Preaching The Blues by Son House whilst being perfectly accompanied by an old water pump. Music geeks might like to know that his guitar is a 1933 National Duolian.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Reach for the Stars

Frank Kovac built a working planetarium in his backyard. With ingenuity, perseverance and $180,000 in savings, he built the huge spherical structure himself. From designing the entire rotating dome mechanism to painting all 5000 stars (with glow in the dark paint) Frank did it all over a period of 10 years. You can find more info on his website: http://www.kovacplanetarium.com

Saturday, 21 January 2017

ISS Tour

If you are a space geek and you're feeling stressed, I have the perfect solution. Why not take a relaxing fly-through tour of the International Space Station. Produced by Harmonic exclusively for NASA TV UHD, the footage was shot in Ultra High Definition (4K) using a fish-eye lens for extreme focus and depth of field.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Photo Catchup

I usually post the photographs that I add to my Flickr but because I have been off the air for a while, we are a little behind. So here are the last three to catch up.

Walk Toward The Light

St Martin's Gate II

Follow The Path

Thursday, 19 January 2017

SFX Kitchen

An advertisement for French TV channel Canal+ showcases their show's use of special effects in an imaginative way. The kitchen of a busy restaurant uses all manner of characters, both live-action and animated, to great metaphoric effect.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Hello loyal reader. As I'm sure you haven't failed to notice, e-clecticism has been quite for a while now. Nearly three months to be precise. This started simply because I had been busy with work, my Masters degree, my volunteering and all the other stuff that makes up my life. But after a while, I did start to doubt whether or not I wished to continue with the blog. It's not hard coming up with the content, my interests are still so eclectic that I am never short of ideas, but it can be hard work to keep trying to boost readership and acting all positive when you're not entirely convinced anyone is paying attention. Especially when many of the tools I use to assist me, have started to be discontinued. So the end result was my lack of motivation which lead to a lack of posts.

But here I am. I started in 2008 and it is hard to give something up that you have worked hard on for nearly ten years. I'm still not entirely convinced that after all this time I don't want to just let the blog die, but for now, I will continue. So perhaps, if you read this, you could offer some encouragement, or at least let me know you're out there.

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