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Sunday, June 12th, 2016
11:08 am
Birthday Art Challenge 2016 - Things With Faces
Sorry LJ-only people, I have been harsh on you. This is super late, because my birthday is next week. FB people got an early heads-up. Perhaps I need to have some better system. Anyhoo!

The Short Story: Draw inanimate objects with faces, etc.!

The Long Story: I'm sort of a grown-up. Sort of. I have most of the things that I want, and because of this and the fact that I’m no fan of cards, for my last 6 birthdays I've asked people to draw me things as a birthday present.

So: If (see end note) you’re the sort of person who:
might send me a card and you think this is a nice idea, or
wouldn’t send me a card but this sounds like fun, or
who doesn’t know me but likes to draw things…

… then draw a picture! It’s fun for you and enjoyable for me (and everyone else), and super cheap. I've set a theme each year, and this year the theme is:

Things with Faces (and limbs, and so forth)!:

Postboxes with eyes, toasters chatting, houses that have mouths instead of front doors, paperclips that are tiny snakes, bottle with legs! Basically, anything that isn't alive, but an alive version of it. Think of the furniture in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

(As always, drawings on previous themes - or indeed any cool theme - are also appreciated, so dancing robot houses, postboxes crossed with dinosaurs, depressed bowls of petunias in , geriatric space krakens, lindy-hopping caterpillers, et cetera et cetera et cetera).

For inspiration here are links to the last 5 galleries:

2010: Dinosaurs and Cephalopods in Formal Wear:
https://goo.gl/photos/TtGUNAQ3dUg26xPc6

2011: DANCE-BOT 5000:
https://goo.gl/photos/cSmJGDQrmAPaJwVt8

2012: Monsters in their Dotage:
https://goo.gl/photos/zGDFJR7fDDizkBT9A

2013: Party Bugs!:
https://goo.gl/photos/gPEJPF7hr3BoeMLA9

2014: A Hitchhiking Birthday:
https://goo.gl/photos/jmqHa2esAz6xFCVh9

2015: Super-Dinos!:
https://goo.gl/photos/LREuYxFmdg2dvHCf6

END NOTE: The "if" up there is emphasised exactly because I'm usually pretty happy on my birthday anyway, so if you can read this you should not feel obliged in any way - just if you feel like it and think you'd enjoy drawing something dinosaur-related, I'd be delighted to see the results! Don't feel that artistic skill is necessary - I'm terrible at drawing myself, and also don't feel you need to know me: I've had some excellent pictures from people I've never met. (and if you do know me, feel free to share this with people who don't but who might enjoy it).
Monday, June 15th, 2015
9:22 am
Birthday Art Challenge 2015 - Super Dinos!
Entries will be posted in this album:

https://goo.gl/photos/LREuYxFmdg2dvHCf6

Some fun pictures so far! :)
Monday, May 18th, 2015
1:17 pm
Birthday Art Challenge 2015 - Super-Dinos

The Short Story: Draw dinosaurs as superheroes!


The Long Story: There’s no getting away from the fact that I’m a “grown-up” - except by putting scare quotes around it and making light of the fact, of course. For this reason I have most of the things that I want, and because of this and the fact that I’m no fan of cards, for my last 5 birthdays I've asked people to draw me things as a birthday present.


So: If (see end note) you’re the sort of person who:



  1. might send me a card and you think this is a nice idea, or


  2. wouldn’t send me a card but this sounds like fun, or


  3. who doesn’t know me but likes to draw things…



… then draw a picture! It’s fun for you and enjoyable for me (and everyone else), and super cheap. I've set a theme each year, and this year the theme is:


Super-Dinos!


Dinosaurs with super-powers and action-hero dinosaurs! Super-villainous Ceratopsians! Stegosaurs with laser-vision! The uncanny T-ReX-men! Ankylosaurs that can jump small buildings in a single bound! An ornithomimus in a string vest who's too old for this shit! Thorlociraptor!


(As before, drawings on previous themes - or indeed any cool theme - are also appreciated, so dancing robots, dinosaurs, squid drinking pan-galactic gargleblastsers, old-aged space whale, ants doing the conga, and bonus points for a Kryptonian Robot Squid with a Genuine People Personality or a similar trick-shot).


For inspiration here are links to the last 5 galleries:


2010: Dinosaurs and Cephalopods in Formal Wear


2011: DANCE-BOT 5000


2012: Monsters in their Dotage


2013: Party Bugs!


2014: A Hitchhiking Birthday



END NOTE: The "if" up there is emphasised exactly because I'm usually pretty happy on my birthday anyway, so if you can read this you should not feel obliged in any way - just if you feel like it and think you'd enjoy drawing something dinosaur-related, I'd be delighted to see the results! Don't feel that artistic skill is necessary - I'm terrible at drawing myself, and also don't feel you need to know me: I've had some excellent pictures from people I've never met.
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
7:07 pm
Birthday Art Challenge 2014 - A Hitchhiking Birthday
For my last 4 birthdays I've asked people to draw me things as a birthday present, on the basis that I have most of the things I want anyway and I'm no great fan of cards, so the idea is that if (see end note) people felt like they wanted to give me a present or send me a card they could draw a picture instead, which would be fun for them and enjoyable for me (and everyone else), and super cheap. I've set a theme each year (although the themes are by no means binding)

It's worked out well - here are links to the last 4 galleries:

2010: Dinosaurs and Cephalopods in Formal Wear

2011: DANCE-BOT 5000

2012: Monsters in their Dotage

2013: Party Bugs!

So - 2014! My birthday is in mid-June, but today happens to match nicely with my theme, which is "A Hitchhiking Birthday". I'll be 42 this year, and today is Towel Day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day) celebrating Douglas Adams. So if you'd like to draw something from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, that would be sweet. If you don't know why 42 is significant, or if you're not familiar with the radio plays, books, tv shows or films, why not listen to, read, or watch one or more of them?

(and if you want to draw something but don't want to/can't familiarise yourself, here are some suggestions: A whale falling through space with a party hat, a depressed robot blowing out a cake, a birthday message scratched into a glacier, a man with two heads wearing *two* party hats... Also, as before, drawings on previous themes are also appreciated, so dancing robots, dinosaurs, squid drinking pan-galactic gargleblastsers, old-aged space whale etc., and bonus points for an ancient radioactive Vogon doing the tango in a top hat or a similar trick-shot).

END NOTE: The "if" up there is emphasised exactly because I'm usually pretty happy on my birthday anyway, so if you can read this you should not feel obliged in any way - just if you feel like it and think you'd enjoy drawing something hitchhiker-related, I'd be delighted to see the results! Don't feel that artistic skill is necessary - I'm terrible at drawing myself, and also don't feel you need to know me: I've had some excellent pictures from people I've never met.
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
9:07 am
Birthday Art Challenge 2013 Roundup
Art from my Birthday Art Challenge 2013 - Party Bugs!

...is here:

https://plus.google.com/photos/104982434619721643234/albums/5889592031509813233?banner=pwa

By a comfortable margin the most pictures of any art challenge yet, thank you to everyone! I hope you enjoyed drawing them as much as I enjoyed getting them!
Monday, June 3rd, 2013
7:57 am
Birthday Art Challenge 2013 - Party Bugs
For the last two years I've asked people to draw me things as a birthday present. I have most of the things I want anyway and I'm no great fan of cards, so the idea is that if people felt like they wanted to give me a present or send me a card they could draw a picture instead, which would be fun for them and enjoyable for me (and everyone else), and super cheap.

It worked out nicely. Here are the previous galleries:

2010: Dinosaurs and Cephalopods in Formal Wear

2011: DANCE-BOT 5000

2012: Monsters in their Dotage

This year's theme is:

Party Bugs!

..by which I mean any creepy-crawly, I'm not going to get pedantic on my birthday: spiders in fancy-dress, ants in ballgowns, lobsters opening champagne bottles, and so forth. (Although as before, drawings on previous themes are also appreciated, so dancing robots, dinosaurs, squid in bow ties, old-aged minotaur etc., and bonus points for an ancient radioactive robot lobster doing the tango disguised as a dapper gentleman or a similar trick-shot).

NB: The "if" up there is emphasised exactly because I'm usually pretty happy on my birthday anyway, so if you can read this you should not feel obliged in any way - just if you feel like it and think you'd enjoy drawing a party bug, I'd be delighted to see the results! Don't feel that artistic skill is necessary - I'm terrible at drawing myself, and also don't feel you need to know me: I've had some excellent pictures from people I've never met.
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
10:41 am
Birthday Art Challenge 2012
So - for the last two years I've asked people to draw me things as a birthday present. I have most of the things I want anyway and I'm no great fan of cards, so the idea is that if people felt like they wanted to give me a present or send me a card they could draw a picture instead, which would be fun for them and enjoyable for me (and everyone else), and super cheap.

It worked out nicely. Here are the previous galleries:

2010 (my 38th) Dinosaurs and Cephalopods in Formal Wear

2011 (my 39th) DANCE-BOT 5000

...the observant will notice that my age is inexorably increasing. I've looked into whether it's possible to reverse the trend, but it appears not. Anyway, I'm assuming that my hit points and attack bonuses have also been going up, so I'm not worried.

I'll be 40 in mid-June, and the challenge has worked so well the past two years that I'd like to do it again. So if you would like to, and if you feel inspired, this year's theme is:

Monsters in their Dotage

..senile godzillas, hydras with walking sticks, toothless dragons getting their bus passes, and so forth. (Although as before, drawings on previous themes are also appreciated, so dancing robots, dinosaurs, squid in bow ties etc., and bonus points for a monstrous rusty dancing squid-bot or other trick-shot).

NB: The "if"s up there are emphasised exactly because I'm usually pretty happy on my birthday anyway, so if you can read this you should not feel obliged in any way - just if you feel like it and think you'd enjoy drawing a senile monster, I'd be delighted to see the results! Don't feel that artistic skill is necessary - I'm terrible at drawing myself, and also don't feel you need to know me: I've had some excellent pictures from people I've never met.

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
5:14 pm
NaNoWriMo
Hit 50,000 this morning - now I think I will slow down a touch, but aim for doing at least the minimum suggested (1667) every day until the end. Didn't get into MoD2 (boo), but was surprisingly pleased to see the Italian cover of MoD1 (my story in Italian?: "Disperazione").
Friday, October 14th, 2011
11:44 am
Faux-dax
Last wednesday, damerell and I went for a little jaunt around London, following the route of the 100 km London Sightseer Audax. We'd missed the official one, but both being men of leisure, I persuaded him that we weren't bound by such things as weekends or official dates, and since he had a set of directions from a previous trip, we decided that we could just pick a day and go for it.

Here are some photos of bikes.

I enjoyed the route - it's tortuously complicated in places, but it took me to a lot of places I'd never been before, especially in Docklands. I'd never really considered quite how much of a port town London was before last week - the amount of canals, moorings, docks, harbours etc., there are scattered around to the east of the city is amazing. Most of them are now fancy marinas or decorative walks. The route-planner ( Bill Carnaby of the Hounslow and District Wheelers, I believe) has done a good job of fitting in a lot of famous sights into the ride, even if there are one or two weird crossings-and-recrossings involved in places.

The distance was just right for a day, I think - we started at about 10:00 and finished around 18:00 - roughly in the middle of what the allowed time band would have been if we were actually doing it as an Audax (5-10 hours). I started to flag pretty seriously at around 80 km, particularly as there was a gusty wind from the south-west that sped us into London but slowed us down on the way out. But I made it! By far the longest distance I've travelled in a day by bike (previous best: 60 km).
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
7:53 pm
Feats of strength and endurance
I have now cycled 9 megametres. I have also lifted two (full-grown) people at once. The lift may have been helped by the bouyant effect of my gigantic ego.

The human tendency to ascribe personal failure to chance and personal success to virtue or intrinsic greatness is a fantastically enjoyable thing. When I am at swing-dancing class and the night sees me asking lots of women to dance, I consider it normal. When lots of women ask me to dance I consider it a great testament to my amazing dance skills, and rarely ever pay attention to the fact there are only two men there on that particular evening.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
2:30 pm
Dino-Doodles
Sometimes in our weekly games night it is useful to pass notes, so paper (or post-it notes) come in handy. Sometimes they're useful game-related notes. Last night this series of dinosaur-related puns was the result.

You Maiasaur As Well Click Here...
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
10:30 am
More Birthday Art Entries
...including one combo 2010/2011 entry from Jane:

Here
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
12:30 am
DANCE-BOT 5000 Gallery
For my birthday this year I asked people to draw pictures on the theme of DANCE-BOT 5000.

You can see the gallery of awesome artwork here.

Once again, friends and family and even people who I've never met were kind enough to draw things according to my whims, and for that I thank you all. You are all stars!

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
11:17 am
Birthday Art Challenge 2011
Last year, for my birthday, I asked people to draw pictures of Dinosaurs or Cephalopods in formal clothing. The idea was that I have most of the things I want anyway, and I'm no great fan of cards, so if people felt like they wanted to give me a present or send me a card they could draw a picture instead, which would be fun for them and enjoyable for me, and super cheap.

People seemed to like the idea, and you can see the amazing results here.

...so anyway: I'll be 39 next month, and given that it worked so well last year, I would like to do it again. So if you would like to, and if you feel inspired, this year's theme is:

DANCE-BOT 5000

(although drawings on the them of dinosaurs or cephalopods in formal wear will also be appreciated, and if you can draw a dancing robot dinosaur or squid, well...)

NB: The "if"s up there are emphasised exactly because I'm usually pretty happy on my birthday anyway, so if you can read this you should not feel obliged in any way - just if you feel like it and think you'd enjoy drawing a dance robot, I'd be delighted to see the results!
Saturday, February 26th, 2011
8:52 am
Uncaged
Uncaged in Kittysneezes.
Sunday, February 20th, 2011
8:29 am
Monday, January 24th, 2011
9:52 am
7:50 am
Machine of Death podcast!
Despair by K M Lawrence, read by Clair Lockeyear.
Sunday, January 16th, 2011
9:02 am
Day Trippers published today
My story "Day Trippers" is out today in OG's Speculative Fiction: http://theopinionguy.com/2011/01/ogs-speculative-fiction-issue-28/
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
12:04 am
The Geekchildren
..today demanded that they be allowed to play the copy of "Gamma World" we bought for their dad.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
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