Sunday, 19 July 2009

*Shamelessly steals blog idea*

I decided to visit the website and created my own "wordle". I decided to use a quote from one of my favourite graphic novels. Here is the quote:

"Rorschach's Journal. October 12th, 1985. : Dog Carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'Save us!' And I'll look down, and whisper 'no.' They had a choice, all of them. They could have followed in the footsteps of good men like my father, or President Truman. Decent men, who believed in a day's work for a day's pay. Instead they followed the droppings of lechers and communists and didn't realize that the trail led over a precipice until it was too late. Don't tell me they didn't have a choice. Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into bloody hell, all those liberals and intellectuals and smooth-talkers, and all of a sudden nobody can think of anything to say."

Here is the "wordle":

Fact of the day:

A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect his eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with a feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn't eat a thing. Most father penguins lose about 25 pounds while they wait for their babies to hatch. Afterward, they feed the chicks a special liquid from their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

I'm not questioning your powers of observation I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.

I have some ideas for an art project I have to do for September (Yes, yes - September. I have lots of time, I wish to get on with it.) Basically work to do for the subject we're doing for A-level to make sure we're ready.

Anyway, for art - I have to do a project either based around the subject of Still Life or The Environment. I haven't decided which yet - but I've seen this graphic novel cover I like... Which inspires me somewhat:

But like I said, I'm not sure. This also "inspires" me somewhat:

Even if it's nothing to do with either subject.

For film studies I've managed to get hold of Nosferatu (Silent, German film from 1922). Which means I have all four films I have to watch and write about. Which is a relief, somewhat.

Fact of the Day:

The first recorded case of a man giving up smoking was on April 5, 1679. Johan Katsu, Sheriff of Turku - Finland, wrote in his diary "I quit smoking tobacco."
He died a month later.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

On March 31st:

1889 – The Eiffel Tower was built.

1909 – The building of the Titanic started.

1912 – The building of the Titanic was finished.

1998 – Netscape releases the code base of its browser under an open-source license agreement; the project is given the code name Mozilla and would eventually be spun off into the non-profit Mozilla Foundation.

And in 1993 - I was born. What interesting things happened on the date you where born I wonder?

Anyway, did you know on this day in 1888 - The volcano Mount Bandai erupted, killing at least 470 people in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan.

Fact Of the (few) days:

King Henry VIII technically had either three or four wives, depending on who you wish to believe.

His marriage to Anne of Cleves was annulled.
The Pope declared his marriage with Anne Boleyn to be void as he was still married to Catherine of Aragon.
The marriage to Catherine of Aragon was declared void by Henry himself (as the new head of the Church of England) as it was illegal to marry the widow of one's brother (Catherine had previously been married to Henry's older brother Arthur).

On a cheerier note: After his death, while being moved to Westminster Abbey, the king's body swelled in the heat and exploded.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

On this day in 1921 The Irish War Of Independence Ended

Other things to happen include:

1789 – French Revolution: Jacques Necker was dismissed as Director-General of Finances of France, sparking public demonstrations in Paris that led to the Storming of the Bastille three days later.

1804 – U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.

1943 – In a massive ethnic cleansing operation, units of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army attacked various Polish villages in the Volhynia region of present-day Ukraine, killing the Polish civilians and burning those settlements to the ground.

1960 – American author Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, featuring themes of racial injustice and the destruction of innocence in the American Deep South, was first published.

(Although as the information comes from Wikipedia - maybe it's not entirely accurate, but never mind it's interesting regardless.)

Fact of The Day:

Gustav III, King of Sweden, believed that coffee was poisonous. So he set out to prove this theory, by testing this on two murderers. One to drink coffee everyday, and the other to drink tea. Two doctors where appointed to see who would die first.

The doctors died first.
The king was then assasinated in 1792.
The tea drinker died at 83.
The coffee drinker survived them all.