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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Zombietastic

Checking my referrals earlier and spotted they were pinching my bandwidth, but that's cool 'cos it's solved a mystery for me and its nice to be called a minor cult, it's a lot better than a major cu*t. [DEAD LINK] All Things Zombie :: View topic - Bach's Arco Pitcairn

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Friday, March 26, 2004

Daytrip To The Island

Despite a still dickey tum, we managed to get out today and I managed to get some photographs shot. Just as well, it was starting to get a bit miserable about these parts and in need of something nice and new to look at.

We took Elis to Barry Island, treating him to some nice greasy spoon chips, a go on the rides and a bucket and spade. Best place to start really, here are a few of the little man at play.





"You rotten buggers, dig me out now!"



And as there wasn't much light to shout about, there are a few detail shots of one of the Promenade galleries.









And this lovely old building looks very much in need of a brush of paint and some TLC, before it just gives up the ghost and fades away completely…

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Thursday, March 25, 2004

36 And Counting.

I suppose considering America's willingness to try and assassinate its enemies, this should come as no surprise. BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | US sinks UN resolution on Yassin

Veteran politican Tony Benn is currently on Question Time talking a lot of sense. He just mentioned that America has vetoed 35 UN Resolutions against Isreal - this one popped up whilst he was on air. Now repeat the mantra... Violence begets violence begets violence begets violence...

Man do I need to get out and take some photos - this month's posting must rank as the most miserable around these parts for some time.

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Hang On, Let Me Get This Straight...

Hmmm, let me see. Dictator, abuser of human rights, advocate of terrorism and now fluffy friend of Mr Blair. I could but crack an amazed smile at the news we will train their soldiers.

Plenty of people have complained about Mr Blair's short-sightedness and downright stupidity. I'll put it down to one thing. Oil.

Cough. double standards. Hummph.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

It Never Rains

n the plus side, this is the first day since last Friday that Elis hasn't covered us in crap or vomit. He seems to be on the mend, touch wood. However, we had to cancel our 3 day break to Torquay and now it seems I have caught his evil stomach bug and are doomed to spend the rest of my holiday in the toilet.

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Saturday, March 20, 2004

Another Year Older And Deeper In

Poor Elis, nothing has stayed down the past 36 hours, its in one end and out the next. We've been up to our arms in runny squit and vomit. All of us have had to change our clothes at least twice (more like 6 or 7 times for Elis) and we are all shattered.

My birthdays are doomed... Last year it was ruined by shock and awe, this year sick and spore. And is if that's not enough, the news has all been about what happened exactly a year ago in Iraq. But all's well that ends well. (Right...)

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Friday, March 19, 2004

It's A Sick World, Sick, Sick, Sick...

So far 2004 is the year of being ill. Between me, Mrs Dio and Elis I don't think we have had a single day since the start of the year, where one of us wasn't ill. Just as I finish up work for a week off, I come down with a cold. I finished work early because I felt so rotten, came home and slept all afternoon in a fevered haze.

I woke up then to the strains of Elis projectile vomiting over himself, Mrs Dio and his bedroom floor. Three sleep suits and several nappies later, the poor lad is just settling down, hopefully for the night (who do you think you are kidding Mr Dio?)

And as well as physical sickness, I see with utter despair that the old misanthropic sickness of ethnical cleansing is struggling to raise its head yet again. Mass rape and murder in East Sudan and troops back into Kosovo, amongst many of the stories developing as we speak.

Could someone please just wake me up when 2004 is over? I would say wake me up when people learn to treat each other with a modicum of decency and respect, but hell, I don't think I'd ever wake up. And as if that wasn't all cheery enough, tomorrow is my birthday. Ask me if I care?

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Farewell Old Friend

Yesterday saw the sad passing of a dear old friend. Having spent the last couple of years languishing in disused abandonment, I decide it was time to pass poor old Laney on to someone who would use him and make him feel loved, a service I had been unable to provide for a long, long time.

Good old Laney. I picked him up quite by accident, from an advert in a newsagent's window. There amongst the French polishers and nannies he was sitting, and cheap as well. I had to have him. I raced home with the number written down, hoping he was still available. He was and he was to be mine.

I think I got him in back in early 1998 - he lived at my parents house until me and Mrs Dio moved back to Cardiff after our 3 years in the wilderness of Bangor. There was no stopping us. At every opportunity I would get him out and fiddle with him, usually when Mrs Dio had gone to bed or was away for the day. He was noisy as well. God did he give his all.

He helped to define the Meltwater sound with his lovely old fashioned spring reverb and understated grunge. He was never faithful, always happy to have any instruments plugged in to him - he made them all sound good on tape with his nice line out. He could take a good beating as well, didn't mind getting bumped about.

Ragged and a bit worse for wear, I recently decided that the likely hood of me picking up the guitar again was slim and I needed the vast amount of space he was taking up. With heavy heart I sold him on.



On the plus side, he will at least be getting out and seeing the world, doing gigs and stuff. Richard of Jonah bought him and should have been gigging with him tonight at the Barfly. I only hope he gave as good for Richard as he used to for me, and didn't blow up in disgust. If you ever see Jonah, say hello to Laney from me and send my love.

As an added bonus, you can see Laney in action here - this short video is the only footage of Meltwater in existence. The track we are playing we never finished, but it sounds pretty good to me. I'm doing most of the filming for the first half before Dave Hollins get's all arty with some views of Cardiff Bay. Click the picture below to enjoy the quicktime movie. Heady days. :)

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

My Song

Yes its Weird Al Wankovic, but I couldn't help smile and nod knowingly at this song, despite it being set to a Back Street Boys tune... Weird Al's "eBay song"

This is me to the core:

I am the type who is liable to snipe you
With two seconds left to go, whoa
Got Paypal or Visa, what ever'll please
As long as I've got the dough

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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Service Returns

If things have been slow around here this weekend, with loads of broken images and the like, it's because my web hosting company forgot to renew my Diobach.com domain. Ah well, they are very cheap and normally reliable, they at least instantly rectified the problem when I asked what was going on.

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Monday, March 15, 2004

For Real?

"It took him a while to die," Dr. Klamut said. "She must have stabbed him 40 to 80 times with that iPod. His death was not instantaneous, that’s for sure" HeadlinedNews.com - Ipod Used In Domestic Homicide - Mar. 05, 2004

There is hope for Andrew Wong and his iPod fetish yet.

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Saturday, March 13, 2004

Elis Saves The BBC

From the dreaded Red X on the BBC Wales homepage. Spotted a missing graphic and shot one of the little man in it's stead - an early 15 minutes of fame. He's a good boy alrighty.

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Friday, March 12, 2004

Awesome

This site is utterly compelling. The photos are beautiful, the atmosphere is eerie as fuck. Basically it's photographs from the ghost city of Chernobyl. Hauntingly dramatic, you should crank up the Dead Flag Blues by Godspeed You Black Emperor! When you look at this site for a soul sucking look at what nature will do when humanity has totally fucked it up for ourselves.

Taken from b3ta

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The Answer To The Growing Obesity Crisis?

Get yourself a pair of robotic legs to carry your overinflated stomach. BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Bionic legs give soldiers a boost

Which means we can only be one step away from the Belly Wheels of Judge Dredd fame.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

This Should Be Cheery

It's not really a matter of if, but when... BBC NEWS | Programmes | If | If...the lights go out

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Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Fancy A Quickie?

Shots, today, tired, bed, usual stuff, enjoy...





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The Eyes Boggle

Interesting insight into to optical illusions and how are minds help us make visual sense of the world BBC - North West Wales Fun and Freebies - Brainteaser

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Monday, March 08, 2004

And The Oscar Goes Too...

Well certainly not me, but here's another fledgling short to interest you for less than 90 seconds. Shot and edited in roughly an hour, a quick glimpse into the area around the weir by work. A montage of images with the added glue of a soundtrack put together by me - using nothing but noises recorded in situ.

In truth it the soundtrack is only three tracks, two of which are the same out of synch. My camera does sound recording, but the quality is incredibly low. Its a good job no one was around as I'm sure I would have looked demented banging and kicking the fences to get my noises.

In the spirit of Nursey and I's early musical efforts and GSYBE's found noise montages, the backing track is very simple and minimal, but I like it. Take a look - its Quicktime 3.9mbs and a bit macro blockie in places. No masterpiece but hell of a lot of fun to make and do again, it's getting addictive. Click the picture below to watch.



And as if that wasn't enough goodness for you all, then there here are some nice snaps from the way home also - not long till I miss the sunset and magic hour as I walk home and then I have to wait until October again for these lovely home time shots. It must be all this spring air pushing all this creativity in me. That and the fact Elis is over his nan's tonight giving me a spare hour...



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Sunday, March 07, 2004

'Dad! Put That Flamin' Camera Away...'

Said a pissed off Elis to his Dad today, 'its cold, windy and your using me as a model for more of your moody sky photos. Everyvtime we leave the house you have it...' (Some photoshopping included.)



Took the boy out for some fresh air earlier, around the Dell. There was some nice light and really strong shadows, overpowering skies. Unfortunately it didn't last long before clouding over so I didn't get too many shots. Just as well, Elis was getting increasingly peed off with his old man and his constant camera usage. He'll get used too it.





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New Galleries Ahoy!

Phototastic! It's amazing how much mind-numbing HTML and PhotoShop you can get through when you've had a few whiskeys / pints of Brains. I do my best web work when I'm pissed. 90% of the boring to make image galleries over at my monumental Meltwater site where made under the influence of alcohol. The same can be said of my [DEAD SITE] Digital Gallery site. Without a good intake of alcohol, about 70% of my web output would not exist. Whether that's a good thing or bad I will leave up to you.

Before I get to the main thrust of this post, a couple of nice shots taken from the house tonight of the sunset. Weirdly it was a really grand eastern sunset - however, nothing happened in the west where you would expect it.





Anyway, drunken talk of alcohol is because I have managed to get my February web galleries together and up online [DEAD LINK]. And just to entice you over here are some images I haven't posted which are included in the galleries.













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Saturday, March 06, 2004

Listen In

To the [DEAD LINK] Gorky's Zygotic Mynci / Yo La Tengo concert I was at last week in the St David's Hall, I put the page up yesterday - Being the Welsh session it's mainly concentrating on the Gorky's set, which will be there indefinitely. There are a few of the Yo La Tengo songs up, and they will only be live until this Thursday due to rights restrictions.

I think this is the first time I have ever been to a concert that was professionally recorded, so I know some where in there is my clapping - we were in the third row after all.

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Coincidence? You Be The Judge...

A week after a comments board discussion with Holly on obscure British band Alien Sex Fiend, I check me stats to find a funny and fairly random search for "Mrs Arse Of 2003". A quick click on the link and it returns this search

LOL - the web works in wondrous ways.

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Friday, March 05, 2004

And Now For Something Completely Different

It was too rainy and horrid to be out taking photos today, so whilst stuck under the entrance to the Bishop's Garden in Llandaff, I had a play with camera's limited video capabilities. It shoots video at 320x240 - 15fps which is no good for anything other than than here on the web.

It struck me it would be a nice change to have some moving pictures rather than all me stills. I quickly threw it into Premiere and made a real quick sound and image montage, all glued together by the music of Low.

It is very dull, lasts but 49 seconds and is grey and jerky. But I enjoyed it and it's given me a load of ideas for doing more. I need to get into editing, I'm still a real beginner in video.

Click the picture below for the Quicktime movie. Its 2mb.

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Thursday, March 04, 2004

What Are The Odds?

Bingo night is over, and guess what - the exact same two of us that won at the first Bingo night won again tonight! Claire had a whopping £220 win and I had a £30 win. The tables have turned though, last time I had the bigger win and she the smaller...

I fear we will put the rest of our colleagues off for good.

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I Know It's Sick

But I don't care, its just so damn playable... Modified Penguin Game

Neither am I accrediting it to anyone - its been posted absolutley everywhere...

Top Score so far 1122.2

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Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Racing Days

A quick couple of shots from yesterday lunchtime. It was nice and sunny so I went to a few different quarters on the one side of the Cathedral for some shadows and a few different angles for a change.











And then I took some shots in the back bit of the graveyard when I spotted some flecks of white in the corner of my eye. Before I knew it a stream of hundreds (and that's no exaggeration) of kids on a school run started streaming by me just outside the graveyard boundary.

Without wanting to sound all Jacko, I enjoy photographing kids. If any one has seen my paintings then they would know I love using children at (dangerous) play as a theme. As I based a lot of them on photos its good to have a large supply of photos. However, I feel really apprehensive about turning up anywhere with a camera and pointing it at kids. You can here the lynch-mobs clambering given the current atmosphere.

It was a shame, I could see loads of good photo opportunities streaming by and would have loved to get in the middle of it for some top action photos and great angles. However, unless you are officially sanctioned and given permission to be there - it’s a very unattractive proposition.

The result - lots of white specs in the background, although they are an important element of the composition for me. I leave you to make up your own underlying themes - at the time I had in mind the rush of youth and the race to grave, but that's just sooooooo clumsy I won't go there…







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Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Cl-ass-y Searches

Things are looking up - I've added some new searches to the Searches page and it's good to see the class of search has improved recently. People have arrived here looking for:

dante's homosexual paintings
scandinavian adverts (paint products)
animated gifs of spacemen
easyway allen carr new zealand

I'm sure they are equally disappointed as those who surfed in here looking for:

black and wild free porn
dirty pictures without down load
dirty raw sex xxxx
stretch arse
nice arse
arse like a peach
lots of porn and sex free
dirty nasty sex images

Bless...

I am aware that I may be missing a large percentage of google searches by insisting on the English spelling of arse. In which case, I will merely say ass, ass, ass and more ass and sit back and wait for Google to spider me again.

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Holy Squit

I wish they would say which banks, for I used banks in said locations on said days - so far nothing touch wood - surely the banks will know which cards were used so that's why they aren't saying. Ie I could go in, take out a grand and then say my card was cloned...BBC NEWS | Wales | South East Wales | Cashpoint cloning scam uncovered

You have to be so careful which ever way you turn these days, phishing online, fake invoices, card scams - the joys of modern life...

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Monday, March 01, 2004

Eyes Down

Watched this film House! at the weekend. I'd seen trailers previously, but it was one of those films which came and disappeared of the radarscope without any fanfare. A real shame - it was really enjoyable. Not least because it was filmed locally and because it was set in a world I had a great deal of experience in.

I wound up as a bingo caller for a good few years back in my teens. It was good fun and I still enjoy the odd game of bingo now - in fact a load of us are going from work Thursday night (again).

Despite lots of factual inaccuracies, lots of the film's characters and humour rang true. The old decaying hall was very reminiscent of the one I worked in, The Gaiety, - to the state of me thinking it was for a long while into the film. I then figured it was too small and it was actually in Newbridge - according to the directors commentary.

A lot of the club exteriors were shot outside Penarth Pier with the old ball room doubling up as La Scala.



Some of it was filmed in Barry Island also - noticeably the opening sequence which saw the old woman tramping to the hall (in reality the two locations were about 10 miles apart, hell of a tramp!) and the poster ripping scene. Amazingly I spotted it from a small section of the side of the building, in the dark. It was confirmed when the camera pulled out to show a small section of the best burger stall in south Wales, a part of the building.

It certainly stirred up some fond memories, and despite a highly improbable story, was really enjoyable. The director's style was quite visually exciting - he said he had aimed to make what could have been a drab social-realism style comedy about South Wales Bingo really exciting. It had a strange fusion of John Woo stylistics and pacing with a sack full of whimsy and a dreamlike feel. It worked well, much credit. Some good laugh-out loud moments. I can see this being a good film to bore the little one with - 'when I was a lad...' style.

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