January 2009


I’ve been on deviantART again, looking for some interesting pieces to show you.

The next artist I’d like to feature is Angelique Brunas, who goes by the alias ‘Liek’ on deviantART and who lives in the Netherlands. You can find her gallery here.

Enjoy 🙂

I do love her macro work 🙂

More deviantART artists to come.

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Okay so today was fine…slept through a lecture because I could not physically get out of bed; went to a seminar in the afternoon after having completely finished the text we’d be talking about (yay me); had the twice-weekly Buffy showing in my room with some new people this week; did a small bit of Salsa practise; and then turned up at the closest bar to me on campus, Origins, for their ‘highlight’ night, Ruby Tuesdays.

So I’ve decided that, after feeling entirely miserable at Origins, I would have a lovely rant before retiring to bed to read.

Ruby Tuesday is basically an ‘Indie’ night and there’s a dancefloor, but it’s not the type of music you can have a nice dance to…it’s more of a ‘nod your head and tap your foot’ sort of music. So anyway, a fair number of people I know were there, hanging around the pool tables with drink in hand. After two drinks and no-one really talking to me, I decided that I felt sick (because I hadn’t eaten) and bored, and proceeded to look probably really sour for the rest of the two hours I stayed. People kept telling me to drink more and cheer up and smile, and it just made me more annoyed. I just couldn’t understand what there was to do, as I don’t like shouting at people over loud music in an attempt to make conversation. So yeah, I just left.

I don’t think I feel any better after writing that, but it just left me feeling really annoyed that I’d stood around for two hours and wasted a fiver.

Uni, eh? Or maybe that’s just life.

Yes that’s right, I went out and got some air and gave my muscles some exercise. I think my body found it a shock. The last two weeks of my holiday have been mostly a sitting down affair, so I thought I’d turn into a potato if I didn’t do something about it.

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So I went out for an hour’s walk along the beach. It was lovely, and surprisingly there were quite a few people (and dogs) out.

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This walking along the beach thing may be something I’d like to do regularly…well before I go back to uni that is. How lovely 🙂

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What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

– W. H. Davies (Leisure)

I do enjoy browsing deviantART now and again.

I used to be an active member of the community, taking photos of flowers and landscapes, and was especially inspired by the beach and the ocean. However, it seems to be a sort of dwindling pastime of mine, where the photos come few and far between. I am planning on taking walks to the beach before I go back to university, though, so the camera will come too.

In my browsings, I found an artist by the name of nilgunkara, whose gallery can be viewed here.

These are a few of the striking photographs I came across…

I’m planning to do some more of this browsing lark, and come back with some delectable pieces of art for you to enjoy with me.

Last night I watched Iron Man, and I have to say I was very impressed. Marvel just keep coming out with huge hits of movies don’t they?

I loved the idea of the advanced technology throughout the film, including his voice-activated system (being interactive, some sort of AI) and touch-sensitive glass to see computer data. I really liked the way Tony Stark made himself a new ‘heart’, too. That was pretty cool.

I’m not usually that enchanted with films about shooting and secret plots against the government and so on, but this was a movie which I found extremely accessible.

I think I’ll investigate the Iron Man game for Xbox 360 when it comes out in February or something.

Oh, and it was nice to see Gywneth Paltrow in a big film!