Les Fils de Shamgar

Swinging the Ox Goad in Birmingham, Southgate, Chessington, Sevenoaks, Boston and Brighton.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

King: more cat funtimes.


Hethe: less is more.

This one is for Frog more than anyone else, but please enjoy it anyway. This site is about as simple as it gets: a list of images with no interactivity. The work speaks for itself.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


This was an error in parking judgement. Usually we move the vehicle before the time, but hey! It's half term and we forgot! Also - a kind bloke left his phone number after doing this to our bumper. "I am a moral man" was his message in the phone. And... finally. I always thought that there was a similarity with Thriller and the occasional cat I meet. Here is the proof.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Does this seem okay to you?

Any thoughts? I think it works.

Saturday, May 27, 2006


It had to be done boys.....ok so Bryan Singer didn't direct it and some bloke did who isn't known for depth but just making bucks for the studio....but who cares? I watched it for what it is, just a bit of escapist fun with impressive special effects and some witty one-liners. Yes there was cheese but there was candy as well boys. Lots of plot twists I didn't expect and some entertaining butt kicking. I found it strangely the most emotionally enagaging of the three as well. At the exit I bumped into a work colleague who is well into all the original comics and he thought it was a pile of turgid cows dung. He had the look of a wounded comic geek who's favourite characters and storylines have just been bull-dozed by the Hollywood machine and stupid ex-footballers who can't act. I don't care boys. Vinnie Jones is never going to win an Oscar but I just couldn't help laughing as he head-butted his way through a series of walls! If you're going to see it make sure you stay to the very end of the credits....I'll say no more.

Creative profiles

Okay, so it's partly about shifting computer equipment, but the apple pro website that has just been launched is pretty interesting (to me).

Friday, May 26, 2006

If Bane had a TV...


Hudson Taylor - Manga style

Manga Hudson It's coming soon, the Graphic Novel of Hudson Taylor's life. There are a few pages to download as a taster. (yes Tata, that is Comic Sans - I tried, but to no avail)

Some inspiring sketchbook work

I found these on the AOI discussion website.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Speed Cameras...

After several years of being fascinated by these, and also recently hearing of several people who have been caught out and lost points/cash, I thought I'd dive in and do something for EN based on this universal experience for road users... There are four stages where someone simply slows down and then speeds up, thus avoiding a sleeping speed camera. Tiptoeing around the law. Any thoughts on this rough? Any alternative ideas/reflections etc?

Some stuff

I liked this. Also, just saw MI3 with the Mrs Tata who was worryingly excited by Tom. It's okay, I'm real. Anyways - I thought it served the purpose well - a good action movie and thats all. The plot twists were funny though. Also, I think fake face technology is as lame a plot device as 'It was all a dream". Lazy and disorientating. This is weird and interesting.

Friday, May 19, 2006

we feel fine

Any of you preachers up for a bit of live and interactive illustration?

You can 'show' how people are feeling.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Mighty Mouse

Yesterday morning I was greeted in the conservatory by a tiny field mouse that had clearly been brought in by the cats but managed to survive their gladiatorial games - it had achieved this great feat by hiding in a little cubby-hole by the skirting board. I had to get to work so explained the situation to Mrs King and planned to pick up a humane trap on my way home so we could catch it and set it free. However, later that morning Mrs King caught the cheeky little mouse in the cats food bowl!! We had shut Muji out of the conservatory so all she could do was wait outside, teased by the thought of her latest catch mocking her. When I got home I managed to coax Mr mouse out of his hide-out with a little trail of cheese then caught him in a tennis ball tube. I set it free at the far end of our back garden behind the shed. The tale of the cheeky mouse - who escaped certain death and ate the cats food - will probably become folk-lore in the field mice community of Birmingham.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Some useful mac software

I forgot to suggest this page for a decent overview of various mac bits and pieces. I used it to find anagram for school stuff. Here are some familiar names:

  • laminated chill
  • inn cozy plot
  • a channel throat job
  • nil hand jolt
  • learned cow
  • ammonia ass jar
  • thrown agony
The links are mixed but there are a few decent things worth flicking through...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Jim and I

J.I. Packer came to the Ministry Training course that I go to this morning. He spoke on maintaining evangelical convictions today. He started off by defining 12 key evangelical convictions, and then ran out of time. Good stuff though. Unfortunately the camera missed the moment when I actually shook his hand, but managed to capture this moment of the two of us together. Please note the halo.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Artrage is brilliant...

After purchasing this for a mad £15 or something silly like that, and using the most basic graphire wacom pad available, I have to say that this software is absolutely superb. It imports/exports good formats, has lots of great features and primarily make brilliant marks. Of course it still needs the sweat/skill of doing it, but if you are into any idea of clean digital artwork with messy lovely mark making this is the baby. Sooooo cheap!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

This is very very good indeed!

Have a look.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Stuff it. Lets just post some random skank.

I just had a very good yet stressful time of unrest. Now I am going to have some posting fun! These two images are from our local brilliant burger place. Someone there has a great sense of humour. I was just glad to catch it before the window got repaired... 1. Check this out. Some rubbish, but man do I cherish it in other ways. 2. Check this out. I haven't read it so don't quiz me too thoroughly on line 5, page 6 (what is this? A level english exam?). I just liked the idea of this article. 3. Check this out. Same reason as above, although more applicable if I don't get a day off soon. Point 10 onwards brings me much joy when considering how one reconciles this with full time christian ministry... 4. THIS is GOOD. 5. Did the person who wrote this have mental issues? 6. Yes! 7. Do you use gmail on a mac? Use this! It is very very good! 8. I signed up for a free 'second life' account today after reading this. You need broadband and you can fly about. You can also be fat. It looks like a waste of time and a subtle sales con, but man was I in the mood for not being a real person. 9. I just sent off for a freely delivered book about aliens in a strange bit of language. Cheap and exciting (to me). 10. This is exceptional radio. You can stream it for 7 days after and then use something like this to record it and play in your car with an ipod/cd/analogue tape deck (doctor). 11. Is that enough for now? I know King is back from holiday, and I know that Unpainted has been doing hebrew intensively, but as for the rest? Hows it going?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Delicious Library and Bookpedia

Bookpedia and Delicious Library are two media management applications for Mac which - if you have a massive library of anything ISBN linked is potentially useful. I downloaded a trial of DL and used my camera attached via USB/firewire to do a barcode scan of several books I had and beep! a few moments later it grabbed the info and a neat image of the books in question a bit like the way that itunes takes song info for all your tracks if you have a live internet connection. I think that they work more or less the same and could be a really useful way keeping track of the stuff you have.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Lewis Trondheim

He is one of the best cartoonists. Here is a violent online game for his latest book (scroll down to ALIEEN). It is french. Oh, and I know it's a little unpleasant. Please don't be too worried about my amoral perspective.

Soul Exchange...

I did look. Is that bad?

Google take over the world...

Just when you thought Google had done everything!

Found this a related Ad on my Google Mail account

I dared not click, even though gripped with intrigue. Would they use PayPal? I just don't know.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Sparkles of creativity

The Frog is happy to be rediscovering the joys of watercolour again after a considerable break (of over a decade).

Still a bit rusty on double-point-perspective, but I'm happier with this than my previous efforts. So don't look to carefully at the left hand side.

Thanks to Mrs Frog for the artistic supplies and encouragement.


Fantastic Four is a really great light-weight superhero film. I really really enjoyed it. It cuts to the chase, gets the powers, has a few laughs and has a big fight with the bad guy. Very good indeed. Shall We Dance is a Gere, Sarandon, Lopez flick that was very good viewing with my misses. It has some reassuring moments, so don't panic halfway through. (Although, you may be doing that already after seeing the image above..) "Where are those little suckers?" What has happened to Unpainted? The Doctor is likely to be sparse for a while as he got a job as a Dermatologist in Cambridge and moves shortly.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Good stuff from Tom

Mission: Impossible III Mrs Toon and I went to see the new mission today and we thought it the best of the three. It kept us captivated right to the end. Worth a look if you're good at suspending disbelief.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

All Cybermen fans

And again I say look.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

king: look

look i say

This, and chillis too

Monday, May 01, 2006

More snaps from the LMC

Following the precedent set by Tataboule here are some further snaps from Saturday. If I had the time and Apple know how I'd merge Tataboule's face with the image of David Blaine in his bubble on the BBC website today. However, leaving lookalike competitions aside, the question remains, what did we make of the day? Were there any "gripping" applications worth sharing on the blog? Do I hear an Amen?


Firstly - there is now competition between Bane and King on a particularly lucrative cash cow issue: It looks like the Phil Collins gravy train has two drivers. And speaking of gravy, since when did Erudite's long lost brother sneak in?