Illustration Friday Tea
I can't think of tea and not think of the English too. Here, it seems that tea is the answer to any ailment, be it physical or psychological.
And I think they'd be happy to have their island floating in a big ocean of tea.
Personally, I don't like the stuff, so I suspect that I'll never be 'proper' English. But that's not such a bad thing. ;-)
Drawings done with Illustrator, Photoshop for assembly, text and 'effects'.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:49 PM
The pancakes are traditionally eaten with sugar and lemon juice. So shops have stocked up on lemon juice and batter mix!
I wonder if most people actually know why they are eating pancakes on this particular day??
I do, of course. Because I have to get used to living in this funny country, so I investigate their strange customs. ;-)
So why do people have pancakes on this day? Well, it has its origins in Christianity. Traditionally, Lent is a period of abstinence, so people would use up all fats, eggs and cream before the beginning of this period as these foods were not allowed during it.
And what better way to do that than make pancakes?? This is also the reason for the name Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) or similar names in other places.
I'm not sure exactly why the English eat the pancakes with lemon juice and sugar, but my guess it might be to balance the sweetness/fat of the pancakes...
The ingredients of the pancakes themselves also has a significance: Eggs ~ Creation, Flour ~ The staff of life, Salt ~ Wholesomeness, Milk ~ Purity.
The pancakes eaten in England are similar to what the French call crêpes; thin and roughly the size as a plate. We eat this same kind of pancakes in Denmark, but they are not associated with Shrove Tuesday.
In Denmark we do, however, have something else, called Fastelavnsboller, which is particular to this time of year too. And undoubtedly have the same origin. They are like rolls with a filling, which can be all kinds of things, marcipan, chocolate, custard, jam, or they can be cut in half and then have whipped cream between the two halves.
When I'm looking at this drawing I'm actually quite amazed that I did that. It looks so pretty. I'm especially happy with the typography. It's almost spot on the original. That's my little pat on the back for myself today.
posted by Wardi @ 10:12 AM
Today's random news
Da Vinci Code 'copied book ideas'.
Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh say Mr Brown stole "the whole architecture" of research that went into their 1982 book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.
-- a bit silly, isn't it?? Considering that those chaps are probably earning more money because of the Da Vinci Code. Their book was a bit obscure before...
Drugs arrest for George Michael.
Singer George Michael has been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs in London's West End. Police arrested the 42-year-old in the early hours of Saturday morning after a call from a member of the public who reported seeing the singer in his car.
-- a call from a member of the public?? Bet that person can sell the story for a nice bit of cash..
Monday, February 27, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 4:55 PM
Available to buy in the UK from today
We are the Blog, resistance is futile!
Everybody with any taste should go buy this. As i have said before this is perhaps the best SciFi film of last year and it deserves more attention than it got.
Find it, i guarantee you will not be disapointed.
Serenity; for the more Discerning SciFi fan.
Wardi said this.
I said this.
SFX said this.
IMDb say this.
Do not buy this by mistake.
As the Boss is so fond of saying "That is all!"
posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 1:29 PM
Bad hair day!
Somebody call my stylist, right now!!
posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 1:26 PM
I find that the more creative things I do, the more I'm inspired to do more. And do different kinds of things as well.
It's a bit scary really, the possibilities are virtually endless; where to start??
Sunday, February 26, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 6:07 PM
Colour of imagination
Especially the colour called "Indian Yellow" somehow spoke to my imagination, I don't know why. Perhaps because it seemed a bit mysterious why it had this name. And it sounded very exotic.
To this day I feel drawn towards this colour whenever I see it.
Click on the photo to see which one is the Indian yellow.
Saturday, February 25, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:22 PM
Missing the boss...
Me and the boss talk quite a lot here on MSN on the old interwebbynethighway, three or four days a week on average, and i don't talk to many other people online, so now it's pretty quiet online without her, i have to say i miss her when she's not here. Call me sad but it's true, even sitting in her big chair drinking her chocolate milk isn't working.
Maybe by being all sad and i miss Wardi like i'll get a raise when she gets back ;)
Friday, February 24, 2006 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 6:46 PM
What sort of spaceship should you be crewing on??
If you were part of a spaceships crew, which ship would you be on???? Find out here.
I scored as a member of Moya's crew (Farscape). It said: You are surrounded by muppets. But that is okay because they are your friends and have shown many times that they can be trusted. Now if only you could stop being bothered about wormholes.
Funny how i scored 100% for both my two fav SciFi TV shows... :D
It asked me a tie breaker question so i guess but for that one Q i would have been cruising the Verse with Mal and his crew...
It's right about the surrounded by muppets part though!!
posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 5:39 PM
Ok, i've been sat in the bosses big comfy swivel chair for three days now and i'm bored, tomorrow i may actually try to post some interesting observations,or at least a funny link, i know, i know, the boss is away and you think, it'll be great, sit on my arse in her big chair, drink her chocolate milk, put my feet up on her big desk. But you know what, sooner or later, you get bored and you get on with your job. Too much of a good thing eh.
See you tomorrow :)
Did i say drink her chocolate milk?? Hehehe, oh, now, what i meant to say was guard it with my life 24 hours a day! Not drink it at all, oh, no.
Thursday, February 23, 2006 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 7:09 PM
*Sits in Flower's big comfy chair, puts feet up on her desk*
Ahh, no Boss for a week, where to start :)
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 7:48 PM
T's dad should be here in a few minutes and then we're off to Denmark.
posted by Wardi @ 3:47 PM
NM is bringing me down with her!
Monday, February 20, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:19 PM
I haven't abandoned the lovely Wardi, (That's BOSS to me!) i've been writing some short stories for a competition i'm entering, my head is full of terrible dialog!!The Boss gave me special permission to not have to make any of my mindless ramblings here for the last week. She's such an understanding (not slave driving) superior.
But seeing as she's of to Denmarkia tomorrow i'd better report for Duty.
By the way isn't the new colour scheme fab. Green, green, green, yay!!
posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 9:58 PM
It's starting to feel like spring here. I'm celebrating it with this new design. Well... new colours anyway.
There'll be a brand new page with nothing but links soon, so they are gone from this page.
Also there's a map which you can add yourself to. I thought it'd be cool to see where the 'regulars' are in this world... ;-)
posted by Wardi @ 8:21 PM
The text reads: "all your hugs are belong to me".
Available in the usual place.
posted by Wardi @ 8:00 PM
I like Björk. I used to listen to her a lot about ten years ago...
I wish : I want to stay here
I wish : this be enough
I wish : I only love you
I wish : simplicity
Look at the speed out there
it magnetizes me to it
and I have no fear
I'm only into this to
I wish I'd only look
and didn't have to touch
I wish I'd only smell this
and didn't have to taste
How can I ignore?
this is sex without touching
I'm going to explore
I'm only into this to
posted by Wardi @ 7:08 PM
Kit Kat with dark chocolate.
posted by Wardi @ 6:39 PM
Look what I made!!
She is made of felt and completely handsewn. The eyes and mouth are handstitched too.
Her name is Beelabel. I don't know what that means or where the name came from. But it suits her, I think!
I have decided to make many more of these, because it was just so much fun!
Sunday, February 19, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 8:00 PM
My mum and my sister should prepare to chuckle
I find myself searching for this on ebay. Despite being virtually incapable of using it.
Saturday, February 18, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 12:46 AM
And we're certainly hoping that we'll get weather like in this picture.
It's really weird to live in England where there doesn't really seem to be much in the way of seasons. It's fairly mild all the time (compared to Denmark anyway) and just different shades of blue or grey...
I can barely wait to go; so I can take some winter-y pictures of my own!
Friday, February 17, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 3:41 PM
I really, really hate enhanced cd's.
Or rather, I hate the ones that start the enhanced crap automatically when you pop the cd in the computer!
I use my computer for playing music, so this is starting to annoy me A LOT!
It's all very good that they want to give people an extra, enhanced experience, but please, can't they make it optional to watch it??
Cause it sure isn't enhancing my experience of the cd!
Thursday, February 16, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 4:54 PM
My dear Underling
About your story about marmelade, it has been posted on some messageboard.
Apparently according to http://toastmarketingboard.wardi.dk/ Take this with a pinch of salt - it does seem a little far fetched but it's better than anything I could come up with.
It all began long ago in the mid 1600s in a small village in a valley in the southwest of England called Jamme...etc.
A LITTLE far fetched?? :-o It's completely made up! LOL!
Anyway, well done. You've been quoted on some obscure messageboard. You can't hope for greater things in life. ;-)
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 11:49 PM
The number 4
All the 'kids' seem to be doing this now, so why the heck shouldn't I??
Four jobs I’ve had:
1. Delivering newspapers. Rain or shine, the damn things had to be delivered.
2. Cash sorter. Money is dirty.
3. Latin tutor. Aut discere aut disce.
4. Catering assistant.
Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. The Shawshank Redemption.
2. Star Wars.
4. The Life of Brian.
Four places I have lived:
1. West of Århus, Denmak.
2. North of Århus, Denmark.
3. Kirkcaldy, Scotland.
4. Grays, England.
Four television shows I love to watch:
1. West Wing. Bartlett for president!!
3. Muppet Show.
4. Matador, a Danish show.
Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Sousse, Tunisia.
2. Glasgow, Scotland.
3. Rome, Italy.
4. Prague, Czech Republic.
Four of my favorite dishes:
1. Æbleskiver. A Danish dessert type thing. Mmmm.
2. Pizza with mozzarella & tomatoes. Simple, yet fabulous.
3. Chili con carne.
4. Rice and vegetables tossed together in a wok. Yummy.
Four websites I visit regularly:
2. The Drawing Club.
3. Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory.
4. D*I*Y Planner.
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. By the bay where I used to live in Denmark.
3. Sleeping in my bed.
4. Palatine Hill, Rome.
Ok, now I've done it, you do it. I tag Kalos, Odi, NM and QT. Leave me a message if you do it. ;-)
posted by Wardi @ 11:06 PM
If you're searching for "problems with e7even"...
You've not come to the right place.
But if you go to the messageboards at ADSLguide, there is a whole section about problems with e7even. And there you might find 'some' solution to your problem. Maybe.
One reason your connection isn't working could be that you've not changed your username format. Although if you were/are in the same situation as us, you probably haven't been told that you had to do that. Or, indeed, what realm you are now on.
From the horse's mouth:
Update: 12:27:37 15-02-2006.
As we are now starting to see the first customers migrating off of the –e7even@bbuk network and on to either a non-congested network or another provider altogether, remaining users should start feeling an overall speed improvement, this improvement will become more noticeable as each day goes past until normal speed is resumed over the next short period.
We note that there are still a very large number of users using the wrong username and or password. Please ensure that you are using the correct username format, which will be one of the following:
firstname.lastname@example.org (LLU connections only)
It is also essential that you use the correct password and remember all passwords are case sensitive.
More at e7even, click on the ADSL broadband network link.
I hope that helps. A bit anyway.
posted by Wardi @ 10:41 PM
Valentine Flower Rescue
But you still want to do something for that special someone??
Well, Wardi can help you with that. You will make a drawing of some flowers! Think you can't draw?? Not a problem!
Here is what to do:
Follow this link to a drawing of a buket of flowers (in PDF format).
Print the drawing.
Take a new piece of paper, preferably one of the ruled variety, to add a feel of homemade-y-ness to the drawing.
Trace the buket and maybe adorn the drawing with some hearts or some cheesy lovey-dovey verse.
If you're feeling really bold, you can use different colour pens; especially high-lighter pens are good as they come in many colours.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 3:54 PM
I would rather kiss a Wookiee than lose you
Star Wars inspired Valentine cards. For that special geek in your life, eh? Link.
Thank you, Kalos.
posted by Wardi @ 3:44 PM
retrievr. You can use this to search for images on Flickr, by drawing and it'll find images similar to your drawing.
Going out with a bang. Implosion of old Las Vegas casinos.
Darth Vader movie sounds.
Swiss, Swedish, Danish or Dutch? I got 16/16. ;-)
Some printable paper rulers.
Fashionbeast. Clothing by Malcolm McLaren, inspired by old skool computer games.
Official Screenshots. Why you should only buy the official version of Star Wars.
100 things we didn't know this time last year. Atleast according to the BBC.
Undergrub. A foody version of the iconic London Tube map.
FantaSuite Hotels. Hotel suites to suit every taste (as long as your taste doesn't include the ordinary): cave-like, Space Odessey, Roman, castle, jungle...
List of films ordered by uses of the word "fuck".
posted by Wardi @ 1:21 PM
At the moment though, I can't buy a lot of magazines, so I have to make do with just leafing through it in all its mouth-watering gloriousness.
This image is a screenshot of their website. And it's also the picture that's on the cover of the current issue.
I so want.
Link to the website and a picture of that cover.
Sunday, February 12, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 7:34 PM
I thought they were too interesting to just sit in my sketchbook, so I had to do something with them.
So here they are, the first gang of Doodle Creatures. Maybe they should have names?? Any ideas?
I wish I could have the blue and the pink one as cuddly toys! ;-)
Friday, February 10, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 3:26 PM
Why is it that I sometimes feel selfish when I'm painting or drawing??
I'll be doing something creative and then suddenly I feel this pang of guilt. Like I'm not allowed to do it. Like I should be doing a lot of other things in stead. More sensible things, like doing the dishes or laundry or stuff like that.
Why can't I just let myself do the things I love to do??
posted by Wardi @ 11:57 AM
Well, I've decided to do something about that. I got some books from the library with some tips and tutorials to help me get started.
So. Here's a small study of clouds that I did tonight. It's funny how you come to think about something being a certain way, but when you look closer, it's not like that at all.
Like these clouds. Normally you'd think "clouds are white". But really they are not. Atleast not completely white.
It's interesting how you perceive colour. I think when looking at these clouds, I see them as "white but with other colours reflected on them".
Not completely happy with it, but as they say, practice makes perfect...
Thursday, February 09, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 8:16 PM
Why do countries call other countries other names than the countries call themselves??
I have a question:Why do countries around the world call other countries by different names??
Norway : Norge
Germany : Tyskland or Deutschland
Sweden : Sverig
España : Spain
Österreich : Austria
Greece : Hellas
Ireland : Éire
There are many many more...
Surely what ever a country decides to call its self should be the name everyone else calls it! That would be polite :)
(Thanks to the boss for helping to compile this list.. here's her country of origin, just so she doesn't feel left out...Denmark : Danmark)
posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 7:23 PM
More about those cartoons...
I found a couple of blog posts about them, and they are quite interesting.
As a journalist, it goes without saying that as far as free speech goes, I'm a big fan. But I also feel that when I write something that I have the responsibility to weight the repercussions of my article against the benefits of its printing. But not all journalists subscribed to this standard. Many view free speech as a blank check, and the majority of scholarship on the topic agrees that what I am doing is self-censoring.
These people are also being played big time by their leaders--they're allowed to protest in this way when the "government" lets them and it serves to increase their fervor toward their own way of life and against the "others".
And here's a Wikipedia entry about it. It outlines the controversy pretty thoroughly from what I can tell.
Apparently, it's ok when Arabic media prints the cartoons... During Ramadan no less. WTF??
Why can't we just live in peace with each other??
posted by Wardi @ 12:58 PM
I felt like posting the poem below; it reminds me of some very good times. Although the poem isn't happy at all.
It's by the Roman poet Catullus.
Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris?
Nescio, sed fiere sentio et excrucior.
posted by Wardi @ 11:03 AM
If it's pointless I'm totally there, dude!
Wednesday, February 08, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:15 PM
Wardi recommends a pretty book
An Edwardian Lady's Flower Album.
I stumbled upon this book at the library yesterday.
I'm not normally into gardening type books, but something drew me to this one. Perhaps it was the type on the cover, cause it's so pretty!
But the prettiness doesn't stop at the cover! The book is full of the lady's drawings/watercolours of the flowers in her garden.
All through the year. Showing that just because it's January or November, that doesn't mean there isn't anything pretty to look at outside.
Beautifully and simply done and something one can only aspire to do.
posted by Wardi @ 1:12 PM
What a surprise...
Our internet connection has vanished once again. That's 20+ days out of the past month.
If anyone is even considering using e7even as their ISP, I can only advice you not to.
Their customer service is non-existant and I'm starting to seriously doubt that they knwo what they are doing.
Anyway, the lack of internet connection means I'm gonna postpone the 'challenge-me challenge' to whenever we do have a connection.
In the meantime, I'll once again be a regular at the library. Woohoo.
Monday, February 06, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 6:18 PM
Here's a challenge
Tell me what I should draw. All of next week you can give me suggestions on what to draw and then I'll do as many of them as I can and put them on Flickr.
So please make some suggestions or I'll sulk and feel all sad and unloved. Boo-hoo.
Sunday, February 05, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:44 PM
Fanaticism is scary
I feel like saying something about certain cartoons.
I cannot in any way understand the reaction to the caricature drawings of Muhammad. I can understand that Muslims take it very seriously, since it is a tenet of their belief that you can't make pictures of their prophet(s) lest it leads to idolatry.
But the things that are happening around the world at the moment... Ransacking the Danish embassy in Beirut?? Burning the Danish flag??
It's too much! It's over-reaction. And that's even an understatement!
Denmark has usually had a reasonably amicable relationship with Middle-Eastern countries, so what's going on at the moment is, well, fucking scary.
I must say that I think it was wrong of the paper in question to print the pictures. They should have known that it would have atleast some kind of repercussions. Apparently they even consulted the Centre of Middle-Eastern studies at one of the Danish universities prior to printing them, and they adviced against publishing them. Yet they went ahead with it anyway.
Yes, in the West we put great importance on freedom of speech and the freedom of the press. But does that exclude being sensible to other people?? To other people's beliefs?? What happened to using common sense and being respectful to others??
And the European newspapers who published the images recently, are they really fighting a battle for freedom of the press, or are they just provoking people?? Trying to get some attention?? If they had already seen the reaction, why make it worse??
Hopefully it is just fanatics and troublemakers taking advantage of this to put weight behind their claim that the West is out to get all Muslims. Which is bollocks. Noone could care less as long as they treat others with respect.
Funny how their behaviour perfectly mirrors exactly the image of Muslims that they are protesting against. Violence solves nothing. It doesn't make people respect you.
How can anyone who claims to be a religious person in any way justify what is happening at the moment??
I don't understand any of this and I'm afraid where it'll lead.
posted by Wardi @ 7:07 PM
Can you invent this shit??
posted by Wardi @ 4:34 PM
Oh so sad!
Illustration Friday "Cat" entry. I finally got round to scanning it, and some other drawings, to Flickr.
Poor dog, I made it look so very sad. And the nose looks like it's had a close encounter with something very hard!
I really miss having a dog. My family had a cairn terrier when I was growing up. We got him mainly because my wee sister kept begging my parents to get a dog; she'd take care of him "promise!". Of course it ended up being the rest of us too!
I taught him to know the difference between his right and his left paw. And we also taught him to roll over on his back. Oh he was such a clever dog!
And very much a terrier! When he was in the garden and people walked by, he'd let them know, beyond any shadow of doubt, that they were at the fringe of his domain.
Unfortunately he got some kind of kidney disease so we had to say goodbye to him 5 years ago. After having him as part of the family for 11 years, that was one of the saddest things I've ever experienced.
Saturday, February 04, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 4:31 PM
This isn't done while on the phone, though. I did it while watching telly. When I look at it I'll always remember what I was watching.
Funny how drawings/doodles can do that. Whatever was happening around you at the time sort of becomes part of it.
Atleast that's how it is for me...
posted by Wardi @ 4:26 PM
Conversation with T
Me: An Egyptian ferry has sunken.
Me: An Egyptian ferry has sunken!
T: Oh. I thought you said an Egyptian Pharao had sunken.
Friday, February 03, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 2:11 PM
Another note from the Universe
Gosh, Carina, sometimes to hear you talk, or to listen to you think, one could get the impression that you have absolutely no idea of how extraordinarily well you use your gifts, nor of the difference you've been making.
I wasn't eavesdropping... just paying attention.
Maybe I should learn to pay attention too??
posted by Wardi @ 9:49 AM
What a silly way to spend 20 minutes
This is an idea that came from clumsy mouse-use.
What websites will turn up if I just put in each of the letters of the alphabet and click go??
These are the results:
a - b - c - d - e
f - g - h - i - j
k - l - m - n - o
p - q - r - s - t - u
v - w - x - y - z
A couple of surprises...
Thursday, February 02, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 12:28 PM
Illustration Friday Glamour
T told me that glamour has another meaning than what we probably usually associate it with these days.
Although the present meaning of the word is not so far from that old meaning!
Which is to cast a spell over someone or appear to someone to be something you are not.
Like today's demi-gods, the movie stars and other 'stars'. They seem to be somehow a different kind of people. But they're not.
Their heels fall of their shoes too, but maybe it's a bigger scandal...
Drawing done with Illustrator, the rest added in Photoshop.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 3:04 PM
Howdy, the boss put up the link to the bunny Star Wars re-enactment in the last link fest she did , but that is just the tip of the big floppy ear...
Go check out the rest of the bunny re-enactments. I especially like the cute little bunny ears tied onto the head of the chest burster in the Alien re-enactment. Same thing with the little bunny ears on the Martians in the War of the Worlds re-enactment. And the voices in the Higlander one... A bunny voice singing that Queen song, funny as hell!!
posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 1:16 PM
What's your juice?
My favourite beverages are:
Orange juice (preferably fresh!)
- just thought I'd share that. ;-)
posted by Wardi @ 11:04 AM