Materials: Conté black ‘B’ crayon and blanc 630 pencil. Paper is Strathmore Toned Gray — yes, i know, i’m off to buy a new light bulb when the shop opens today.
Thoughts: first time playing with Conté crayon, ever, and i really like it. Going to buy lots of them and see what may happen.
Learned: Conté crayon is super fun. I remember as a child really enjoying playing with crayons, so imagine my surprise and joy when i recently discovered that Conté make crayons for grown ups. Awesome!
Materials: Started with a Derwent Graphic for initial sketch then played around with Conté; Pierre Noire 2B, blanc 630, sanguine, and pastel blue. Paper is Strathmore Toned Gray.
Thoughts: i need to sort my light bulb out as the paper is the Toned Gray and looks like Toned Tan in the photo. Also not sure how i feel about the rough edges from the paper with the Pierre Noire, but i do love the depth of the black in this pencil — Johnny Nice Painter would love ’em.
Learned: Pierre Noire didn’t sit on the graphite under-drawing, so in future i’ll try a harder Pierre Noir to do the initial sketch and see how that goes.
If you use standard mains water it’s not gonna taste as good. Seriously people, stop drinking mains water and using it in cooking, it isn’t healthy and tastes shite.
…stir well again and enjoy.
It’s a rather strange taste at first because one isn’t really used to having ones coffee taste of vanilla custard, but once you get through that first mug it becomes a very enjoyable way to enjoy coffee.
I’d like to say that this “Remake The Princess Bride? Inconceivable!” article came as a bit of a shock; i’d like to say that some twat actually having the audacity to even imagine remaking The Princess Bride is beyond belief; but i can’t say either. Because it’s not a shock and it’s not beyond belief. Because, as we all know, nothing is more sacred these days than corporations making profit.
If the film industry thinks it can make a little bit of profit then they will shit all over everything that anyone loves, respects, admires and/or enjoys. The film industry, for the most part, does not care about quality, it’s nothing but a monster that continuously needs to consume anything and everything in its path to stay alive. But, at the end of the day, it only does this if you, the viewing public, keep feeding it. Ergo…
“DON’T FEED THE MONSTERS”
The Princess Bride is one of the most classic films ever made. There is nothing in this film that leaves space for improvement. It doesn’t need to be remade. It stands the test of time as it is. It will always be a fantastic film for all the family to enjoy, no matter what age or anything. It is, quite simply, film making at its very best.
Seriously, if you haven’t watched The Princess Bride then do so. Invite friends and family around to watch it with you.
And then, when you’ve watched the film and maybe want more of the similar, read the book!
Yes, the book complements the film perfectly. But whereas normally i would suggest reading the book before watching the film, with The Princess Bride i would wholeheartedly recommend watching the film before reading the book.
But whatever you do, please don’t watch any remake of this film. You’ll just encourage the film industry to continue shitting all over everything of quality that ever existed.
The last of the year’s 3 grand tours, La Vuelta usually throws up a fun 3 week adventure around the roads of Spain and, although in some ways it was a little disappointing this year, it was still a good race in many other ways.
Having lost a few good riders and teams in the first week due to crashes, illness, etc., the GC race basically came down to Movistar v Jumbo Visma with Movistar seeming more than happy to settle for second place. Although to be fair to Valverde and Quintana, they were raced in the Tour and then expected to come here and perfom against Roglič who had spent the summer doing nothing but get into perfect shape for this race. If Movistar had held Valverde back from the Tour and focused him totally on La Vuelta and made him absolute leader from the start without Quintana in the team then, oh, how things may have been so very different.
In the end the main battle was the white jersey between Miguel Ángel López and Tadej Pogačar. While everyone else seemed more than happy to just surrender to Roglič in the GC race, these two young whipper-snappers were most definitely not surrendering anything and were punching back and forth between stages all the way to the end with Tadej riding an awesome end to stage 20 that Miguel simply had nothing left in the tank to answer with. With hindsight it did look like Tadej may have deliberately held back on stage 19 while Miguel went charging off, thus leaving himself a lot fresher for stage 20 than Miguel.
And while the big GC battle teams weren’t going full gas mental, the breakaways were usually left to have it large on most days throwing up some wonderful moments for a few of the pro-continental riders — which we always love to see.
All in all, yes, it could have been better had it not been for those early misfortunes, but it was still plenty good enough.
This series is based on the true story of the ‘Behavioral Science Unit’ of the FBI in the 1970’s. This is the team that invented the term ‘serial killer’ and began the now fully accepted practice of criminal profiling.
It’s very interesting and very factual. It’s like a documentary but acted out instead of narrated.
This show just gets better. Everyone’s settled into their characters really well, the main galactic story line is ramping up, while the short episode stories are usually quite humorous while managing to keep a serious side to them — like holodeck porn addiction.
This parody is just as good as TNG, DS9 and Voyager as it brings something to the genre that those 3 couldn’t because they always took themselves so seriously. Being a parody, The Orville can boldly go places that a serious program cannot go with the issues it deals with, and that’s good. It’s what i was hoping for in the post Voyager universe — a bit more grown up story lines, like yeah, people are going to be just as fucked up in 400 years as they are today, they’ll just have different toys to get fucked up with. Instead all we got from the Star Trek label was immature garbage in Enterprise and Discovery which, quite frankly, have been a step backwards and a dumbing down of the franchise. Fingers crossed ‘Picard’ will, once again, come to the rescue.