Monday, March 30, 2009

Another Giant fish?

Having blogged about the giant pink plush shark I spotted in a local stream, I was interested to read about the South American armored Suckermouth found in a river in Leicestershire...

...Damn that one ugly fish.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fix it for me!

Its quite the week for geek furniture, Trekkies can now spend £1856 on a replica Captain's Chair but I noticed on eBay a better way to spend that money..

..its the 1977 "Jim'll Fix it Chair", now you can lord it over small children like a benevolent super villain. It even comes with an original badge and ash from Sir Jimmy Savile's cigar.
Ah how times have changed a children tv presenter who's trademark was to always be smoking.

As a child I could never decide on what I wanted Jimmy to Fix for me, I had a vague plan about a life sized fiberglass hipopotamus that was also a submarine/motor home but I could never explain it in words.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My Tiki Mug Collection

Most of my Tiki mug collection lives in cardboard boxes, until such time as I settle down or open my own Tiki bar the only way to keep track of them is through my Ooga Mooga page. So today I opened some boxes and took pictures of about half my collection, I'll attempt to get them all posted up soon.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Even More Messin' Around With Mud

When I was working on my last mug I really liked some parts of it and decided to take them further. So I took the photos of it and fiddled with them in Photoshop to mock/sketch my next project.
This new mug is made with Paper Clay, which is an amazing clay with paper pulp mixed with the clay, this gives it amazing properties, you can work dry clay with wet, you just have to wet the clay to get the bits to stick together. Fantastic stuff, I don't think I'll go back to using normal clay.

The mug to the right has been biscuit fired and you can see its first layer of glaze, I'll finally get my three other mugs back glazed on this coming Thursday.

The streaky lines didn't work as well as I thought on the third mug, so for this one I went for a much stronger golf ball texture.

The finished mug it should be fired for Thursday and ready for glazing, I've only got three weeks left of my course, so I'll have to plan my remaining time wisely.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Going to Lan-dahn!!

I was lucky enough to have my Captain Hold Fast mug included in the new book by Jay Strongman 'TIKI MUGS - Artifacts of Polynesian Pop' so I'm of to the big city to show my support and quaff a few much needed Mai Tais.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

I Just Can't Get Enough?

I'm not sure how I feel about the "Saturdays", a processed pop girl band created to destroy "Girls Aloud". I think if you want to create something to Destroy a girl-group then build an atomic monster or raise a zombie hoard, but I do know I approve of this Pin-up themed pop video.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Signs of Spring?

After the brief flurries of snow that crippled Britain snow last month its good to see some signs of spring coming.
The snowdrops pushing trough, sap rising and the return of migrating animals.

I was walking to work when I spotted the distinctive colouring of this fishy visitor and was lucky enough to snap some pictures of it.

Ah you know its spring when the giant pink plush sharks* swim upstream to spawn.

*(what's slightly worrying about this is that in the last six months two bodies have been found in this river, perhaps this ain't a toy but a fancy dress costume)