Daily rambles, stumbles and travels

Friday, 20 March 2009

Early Hours Ramble

Not sure how long I'll be on this one, since I'm starting to feel tired already.

I did previously type a complete emo-fest of "Am I mature? Should I have a job and a default life like everyone else", but I scrapped it because it was so frakkin' schtupid. I began typing, creating this complete grey cloud above my head and theres no god damned reason for that, because I have it good right now, why? I'll tell you why, because I baked mother fucking bread today (One for my dearest Ma for Mother's Day, I am not a fatty). Not only that, when I look back on my life ten years ago, my life was a complete crud-fest and I couldn't be happier today.

Yes, I do not have a job.

Yes, I still live with my Pa and sister.

Yes, I am not married.

Yes, I do not have any children.

Yes, I do not drink alcohol and love to spend my freetime simply doodling and drinking tea.

I am happy about this.

I am fine with living life as it comes, I have goals I wish to achieve, but they are my secrets to keep. I am glad to not be a boring douche whos biggest thrill in life is visiting some squaller of a drinking hole every weekend, when they get mandy-face (TM) to take care of the kids.

So yesh, I made melon pan today ^_____________^ I will upload photos at a more reasonable hour. Oh, I also went to an arts evening and may have my animations featured within their next animation evening, so awesometimes - More info on that later.


Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Job Hunty Hunt

If only I was completely legal to drive and had a car. I just found the most awesome job:

"Rainforest Adventurer:
Enthusiastic, animated and vibrant individuals wanted. Will be required to perform and present animal handling workshops, in costume, to primary age children. Knowledge/experience of exotic animals is preferable, will be dealing with tarantula, snake, millipede, stick insect, giant land snail and frogs. Own transport essential together with a clean driving licence. Will be required to travel within a sixty mile radius of your home postcode. All expenses are paid by the employer. this is a temporary position which may lead to a permanent job."

SWEET. I think the other factor that down-puts this job is that it resides in Swansea, West Glamorgan. I do NOT live there.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Another one for the pin...

I've just heard that Andrew 'Test' Martin passed away on Friday, he was found dead in his apartment.

One of the many wrestlers I viewed during the Attitude Era of the WWF and enjoying his many personalities during that period and watching his wrestling career go onto other various companies.

I can't believe yet another personality has gone from the roster, he will be missed from the ring, like many others we have lost in just a few short years.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Moonwalks and bread talks

Let me begin with much fan-girl hysteria to get all of my hormones out of my system.


At first there was indecision. Then there was panic. Then there was jooooy. My sibling and I spent sometime watching a loading screen to get the tickets, ranging from twenty minutes to five, then back upto fifteen for quite sometime. Leaning at her laptop screen in anticipation whether we'd get through the never ending load up screens, then finally; REWARD. All of our patience was answered and in return, we paid the huge-ass some of money that MJ will hopefully be rolling around on someday. Now we shall wait in anticipation until the day! August 26th will most likely loom closer than what we think.

To keep myself occupied I have been job hunting, finding some interesting opportunities that maybe unpaid, but ya-know, experience bla-bla-bla. One place that is advertising a character design job is all the way in Dundee, which I'm considering sending an application, but not entirely sure whether I'd accept the offer if I were to be invite for an interview. Atleast it's worth finding out if I have the option....
Another company that is in the North of England has some openings to for the same area, which seems more appealing. So, lets get my pencil hands wedged on and get some major scribbles thrown out this weekend.
I am also viewing/applying for "normal" jobs, which sucks, but you of course don't need to hear about that. Instead, lets move onto more fun events!

Meeting of friends from the past did occur just the other day, which turned out to be majorly fun. It was as though we were picking up from where we left off, creating ideas for a Broadway musical and eating cookies, whilst rambling about nothing in particular took me back to somewhere I once forgot. Reminded of times past, it was good to be hangin' with old homies. Lets forget that I missed my bus back and was kindly offered a lift home, my second travelling disaster of the week.

Which brings me to my first disaster; TRAIN.

We rewind a week backwards, where I spent the a long weekend at a lovely gentlemens house, which we decided to entertain our last hours with watching episodes of animé breadness 'Yakitate!! Japan'. this is where some alien styled X-Files movement somehow made twenty minutes disappear from time, causing me to miss my train by three minutes. I got home, with a price of thirty six pounds for a new ticket, featuring an hour stop over in B'Ham. Keep in mind my original pre-ordered ticket cost ten. BUT, I did get home, with the same lovely gentlemen reimbursing my ticket fair ^_^ (Schmankyou <3)
The long weekend previous to the train flim-flam was full of schweet arty-ness. We managed to visit the Nature in Art gallery, which featured the BBC Photographer of the Year winners and following up entries exhibition. It made us "oooo" and "awwww" many times over, also not helping my desire to travel to distant places, teasing me with tasty-tasty images from across the globe.
Alongside this exhibition are the permanent sculptures surrounding the building....

I love the idea of using metallic bits and bobs to create something larger than the average creature, wish I had such a talent!
Another point of interest is the artist in residence. Basically you have an artist who paints in the outside studio and you can watch them do so, you can even ramble to them about nothing in particular! The artist changes every month, so this time round was Robert Parkin, an awesome wildlife artist who was really fun to talk to. Here he is in the middle of a huge canvas piece revolving around birds-of-prey.

We discussed this and that, rambling about how hard it can be for an artist to excel without having to suffer during somepoint in their career, it was excellent to hear someone say this who has experience within the art world. After informing him that I am a wildlife illustrator myself, he even suggested I should rent out the studios, since they can be for anyone who creates art revolving nature. Being viewed by many as though I were STILL a student, it surprises me when I finally get treated as an adult and that I am worthy of an art space. I was told who and where to contact folks that were in charge of the studios and walked away with a bit of a ego fluffing, followed by a big ol' grin on my face.

Within this long weekend I of course viewed *deep breath* 'WATCHMEN', which was everything I hoped for and more.
Rorschach had me quiver off my seat with every punch he threw and every rain soaked trench coat sequence. His ink blotchy face gave me sweeeet dreams.
Dr Manhattan was just the emotionless lump of blue I had envisioned him to be perceived as in the comic.
The Comedian was a complete heartless prick, which is just what I was lusting for, that was one excellent show. The deterioration from his cocky, male chauvinistic self, to this broken down man who realised his inevitable doom was bad.ass.
So, yesh it was bloody marvellous.

In and out of this enjoyment, was some painting satisfaction! Mr lovely gentleman revealed to me he had begun developing his Warhammer 40K Eldar armies, which I raises my eyebrow and pondered whether I could paint a minority of the machinery. Here are my painting accomplishments :D

Ork biker.

Ork Knobz, with 3D Specs.

Ork medic.

My Tau tank.
I am especially proud of how the purple Eldar ship came out, it was so fun to blend too! So yesh, I have now stolen that whole army to paint. HAHAHAHA.
Actually, true story is Mr Gentlemanly Man was as pleased as I was with the paint job that he asked me to continue with the rest of the army XD In return, he will pay for my travel to his digs, which I replied with a - SCHWEET!
Pretty paint water:
And last, but not least, crazy weather photos....

During this point a wave of sleet/hail/snow washed over the house. Creepy, but made awesome photos! Schmanks Mother Nature :D

And now we are back to today. I woke-up early to hang out with my Ma and have a girly rummage for new clothes at TK Maxx, we were successful! I walked away with new trooooosers and two new tops, niiiiice. When we returned to the homestead, I decided to make a baking classic at request from my Pa, a plain white bread. Which was also a success! A tasty, tasty success (Especially with nutella spread upon it). I was a complete sucker for the camera and filmed a step-by-step guide on my process, so expect some editted footage over the weekend.

I am now addicted to making bread.

My next projects include MELON PAN, my all time favourite bread whilst in Tokyo. Thank 'Yakitate!! Japan' for that one. Whilst searching maniacally for this infamous bread, I came across a website for Japanese recipes, which amongst them I found the recipe for my favourite meal whilst in Tokyo, Oyakodon, as seen here on the left:

(It's funny because they gave me a fork XD)
I will make this minus the onion. Because onions suck. Another future recipe!

What the hell, it's almost 3am? With Fred Durst yelling at me "what the fuck ya' gunna do?!" I think this is the end of this entry.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Tasty Times!

Guess who has been in the kitchen? My sister and I totally cooking chocolate bread and strawberry muffins. Due to the lack of bicarbonate of soda, we ended up making "scoffins" a delightful cross over between scones and muffins!

Monday, 2 March 2009

Camera whore-age

Something more interesting than typing BORING WORDS of what I've been doing with my time, I give to you the wonders of moving pictures. Yes, they are even in colour these days; LE GASP!

Heck, I've even baked some god damned chocolate bread. Oh yeah. I also made some crazy hybrid of muffins and scones, which are now named "Scoffins" TM. So, expect footage from that also.

On the movie watching front, I viewed 'The Prestige' today, which was all I was expecting and more. I unfortunately didn't catch this badd boy at the cinema (I have no idea what happened, it was at the cinema for like, a day), but I knew from the viewing advertisments that magicians placed within the delicious ear of the 1800s caused me to salivate. The period of HATS. This film was just, oh dear gawd, it was just awesome. The bitter rivalary, the constant plot twists and the inventions, as this was the time before the science of Edison, you can contemplate the imagary of pre-science boundries. The cast line-up obviously helped this film win me over, hoooray to Nolan's casting capabilities!

Here have some pikchars:

Luuuuurved it and will be bought immediately.... when I gets moneys.

(Pssst, job hunting suuucks)