LOL Teh N00b. My gander's up this morning looking at this [DEAD SITE] goldenpixilawards.co.uk - Welsh New Media awards web site. It needs an award itself for A. Lack of clue about what works on the web. B. Teeth grindingly poor flash movie intro (that's soooo last century) and C. Most vague use of the words New Media - which in this context is a meaningless and pointless term.
Let's see - Best still image made using New Media. Define that please? Does that mean digital photography and photo enhancement / digital design using software are out? They're all very old technologies now - hardly cutting edge New Media.
Or how about - Best piece of New Media design for the web? What does that entail exactly? Most web developers and builders I know are all using old technologies for web design - html, php, css etc.
Best of all - Best piece of Welsh Language New Media. Hmmm, talk about superficial. I'd stump up money if the winning piece in that category actually featured anything more than the Welsh language to merit it. The actual concept will have no doubt been seen elsewhere and the technologies used to create it anything but Welsh language. So what's the point of the distinction?
Normally I wouldn't dream of moaning at another web site, but after looking a bit deeper, what a surprise, its tax payer's money funding it. It's great to see public money being frittered away proving that Wales is a back water and never ran when it comes to the internet age and modern technology - the lack of vision and clarity in the award site and editorial should be proof enough of that.
Wahay, a bit of the old white stuff this morning, not a lot but a couple of centimetres. Enough to make walking to work a chore, but a happy one at that. I can't remember the last time we had a snow like this before Christmas.
It was quite strange seeing the trees with autumn leaves and snow - a riot of colour and possibilities, none of which I took the time to capture. I did however grab the next picture just to show some strange comparisons. Welsh weather, so variable that you can choose what you get just by crossing the road. One the one side we have spring greens, the other a winter scene.
For some of my American friends who I know will appreciate this - Wiliam Burroughs 1986 Thanksgiving Prayer. Pinched from just - about - everywhere today.
In other news. I think we've been sold a dummy some where. It now seems to me that the whole Giantology site is increasingly looking fake and part of a very clever and engaging viral marketing campaign.
The latest post is so obviously from that PS2 game that I feel silly for having got excited. Other sites have mentioned that it was probably a hoax, but I got caught up in the owners protestations that he wasn't and didn't look around else where first...
Ho hum - was a great idea for a site anyway - it should be kept going just for the links to *non-viral* stuff which is still fascinating. In my defense - I never bought into the ones obviously from the game. But there was still some good stuff published on there. Just goes to show you can't believe everything you see on the web. ;)
Been clearing the decks a bit - got a few old photos to taken over the last couple of weeks that I haven't gotten around to posting so I'm having a big blow out here. Starting closest in time, I took Elis for a frosty stroll around St Fagans yesterday morning - took a few snaps as seen below. Hover for descriptions.
You might have missed the recent kerfuffle with Sony and their PC malware that they've been putting on audio CDs. It installs without warning to stop you trying to do evil things with your music - Its called Rootkit and its a prime example of corporations playing hard and fast with the law.
Badly thought out, badly implemented and messing up a PC near you (500,000+ networks in the US has an rootkit infected PC behind it) - if you've got a Sony CD, be careful what you do with it. And if you've been infected, trying to uninstall it can be equally dangerous.
Will Sony be made to pay for it? Will consumers everywhere boycott Sony? Unlikely I think, but Sory Electroincs hopes we all do. It really is shocking what big corporations can get away with.
Yup, new template time once more. Flushed from the improvement in a number of things on the Chav Mum site, I pinched the code and CSS to give this the going over I've wanted to do for a while now. It's still in progress, so if things break and disappear then they will be sorted. Any thoughts and comments would also be appreciated.
You'll also notice I've gone border crazy - I like that look and now I can do tidy borders with CSS and not the horrid table type borders. Also, ever since I added the Goggle ads I've been frustrated by the fact they reflected blogging rather than the site's content of Digital Photography and Art sort of things. I've taken steps to change that with the layout - it'll take a few weeks to notice it on the homepage here, but its already working on some of the archive pages.
Oh yes, and there's a new favicon and Contact section. I've dropped the Guestbook, also, its goodbye to the searches sub-domain as well as dropping the old reviews and articles sub-domain. The articles are being moved here in favour of a new slimmed down approach which I'll be adding the old content back too over time. I'm quite pleased with the way it looks - let us know what you think. :)
Those of you who know me will know there's been a minor fascination with giants and mythology in my work, so will not be surprised to hear how much I'm enjoying this site all about giants and the study of.
There's been a spate of recent posts about new discoveries, supposedly uncovered in recent disasters. The Iranian giant, the Siberian ice giant, the Phillipines underwater giant and the Tusnami colossus have all recently come to light. The consensus is that a the Tusnami and the Ice Giant are hoaxes, possibly as some slick marketing campaign for the release of the PS2 game Shadow Of The Colossus".
This is not to say that Giantology is a hoax, anything but. The truth is yet to emerge about this, but its and interesting ruse as well as an interesting marketing ploy - targetting real sites to spread the message.
There seems to be a reticence on the part of the site owner to admit this - but if they're not connected, I can't help but feel that the Iranian giant and the underwater giant are also hoaxes.
The photographs of the creatures don't look right, they both look like montages to my eyes, albeit very well done fakes. Its hard to put an academic reason on why, but it comes down to a gut feeling in part inspired by what I see at the cinema all the time these days - somethings are made to look too real.
That's a strange thing to say, but I think if you look closely, the lighting isn't right, its not consistant across the frame. The spinal column bits in the one photo look espescially wrong. The same for the amazing head under the sea - it looks to well done, too over egged. I can't point to a specific thing, its more a gut feeling. I'd love these to be real, but I can't pledge myself to the fact they are. I'm still far from convinced.
Its a great little site though - the
podcasts MP3 Downloads are worth a quick listen as well. Your thoughts on the authenticity of the Iranian and Phillipines giants would be appreciated. Its fair to say I've not looked really deeply into them beyond what I've seen on the Giantology site and their respective home sites. If you've seen more academic evidence let us know.
The tiny Nova Scotia island, home of the world famous money pit is up for sale. The story of the Oak Island money pit is one I've come across a few times over the years, and its both magical and intriguing to say the least.
All sorts of theories exist about whats down it, from pirate treasure to the Holy Grail, but the truth is no one knows, and it could just be one of the most ingenious and long running pranks ever.
Now for $7 Million you can buy the island yourself. Its already swallowed a number of live savings and claimed lives, but I hope whoever gets it finally finds something, because I'd love to know.
That's what that is see. I posted the picture of a sun halo over Cardiff Bay to flickr where someone kindly left a message saying what it was and a link to a site about frequent sun halos.
Live and learn. It's always nice to learn something like that - and that's an interesting little site. Nice to put names to those strange little glows we see from time to time in the sky.
Amazingly beautiful and eerily surreal sea forts on stilts, rusting away off the Kent coast. Used as a Pirate Radio station in the 60s, you can see more pictures of them fairly intact here.
They almost look like some kind of Victorian walking alien thing out of War Of The Worlds or some similar steam engine powered war machine. I'd love to go see them myself, but it sounds like they won't be around much longer. A real shame, maybe they should be listed or something.
Via Boing Boing
On leave this week, so been we went to Cardiff Bay for a stroll. I had a dreadful night last night, some horrid flu like thing. I spent the night tossing and turning with a fever and have been achy and lethargic all day. Starting to feel a bit better now, but I've also had a bit of a dickey stomach as well with it all. Typical holiday really, get of, get ill.
But enough moaning, on with the show. Not much to say, really, was quite deserted today so I just took some greyish shots, heart wasn't in it much. There was some strange cloud flair from the sun, it almost looked like a rainbow. The shot below shows it as it was, that big arc around the sun was visible in the clouds and isn't some weird lens flare. Hover for descriptions.