Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20060717

Hi,

Feeling a tad wrung out today, Jools and I have been out catching some friends bands who were playing on Friday and Saturday. Amazing isn’t it , there are no gigs for weeks on end and then every one gets one on the same weekend. Shouldn’t complain I suppose, at least there are still the odd gigs left to be had and it was great to catch up with everyone who made it along. So I am currently listening to today’s “Chill” selection over at duggup
http://notdeadyet.com.au/duggup/2006/07/16/chill-etherfysh-sanctuary/

Anyway on with the silliness.

Today I think we will play with time (seeing as how the point of this missive is to waste at least a portion of the week)

Nature footage has previews of their high def time lapse movies of plants growing, blooming and decomposing. I can relate to the decomposing at the moment.
http://www.naturefootage.com/stock_footage/plant_time_lapse_footage.htm

and

Over at “Evil Mad Scientist Labs” (what great name)
“How fast are your garden snails? Are they faster when you threaten them with garlic butter? How do they leave dotted lines in their wake? And what are you going to do with the built-in iSight camera on your new Mac? Answer all of these questions and watch a 30-second quicktime clip of my garden Snail Race. The video quality suffers a little from variable lighting [stupid moving clouds!] and the tiny lens. Go snails go!”
http://www.evilmadscientist.com/media/snails2.mov

and (This is my favourite)
Time Lapse Video of Guy Driving Across the Country
As one of the comments says ” Jack Kerouac would be proud”
http://tinyurl.com/kkmkf

This was from Jools
“What happens when you take everything in your house and make one giant chain of dominos?
http://tinyurl.com/qfmw6 “
These guys are so in need of a life… Hmm {thatch checks fine print and discovers so is he}

And also from Jools
“This short film is part of the Lauenstein brothers’ student work. It has won many international prizes, including an “Academy Award” for Best Animated Short.
http://tinyurl.com/k2537 “

Oooh. It must be Flash game time. And today’s offering, Dicewars is a one that will drive you crazy (or not)
The following instructions are from Download squad.
(http://www.downloadsquad.com/2006/07/14/dicewars-todays-time-waster/)
Dicewars is a simple turn-based strategy game. You and your computer-controlled enemies are represented by colored dice occupying a territory.
If you have more than one die occupying a territory, you may attack an adjacent territory.
The winner of a roll of all the dice in your territory against the dice on your opponent’s territory determines who wins the territory.
If you attack and lose, all but one of your attacking dice are eliminated. If you win, all but one of the attacking dice will move to the newly-conquered territory. And on you push across the map. The trick, of course, is to expand your forces without leaving territories vulnerable to attack.
You may make as many attacks in a turn as you wish, and at the end of the turn a number of dice equal to opponents’ dice you eliminated are added to your territories, so sometimes sitting back and fortifying is preferable to exhausting all available attacks.
Dicewars is a much deeper game than it appears at first glance, and the element of chance makes it occasionally frustrating, but also extremely satisfying when you win.
http://www.gamedesign.jp/flash/dice/dice.html

And lastly some of the highlights from http://notdeadyet.com.au/duggup
I have already mentioned the Chill track so here are a couple of others…
Remember Midge Ure? Great voice, laser precise sideburns fronted Ultravox?
http://notdeadyet.com.au/duggup/2006/07/13/midge-ure-dancing-with-tears-in-my-eyes/
Laura Cortese , little girl voice, barbed wire fiddle and Hammonds with overdrive lesliesàalmost perfect.
http://notdeadyet.com.au/duggup/2006/07/08/laura-cortese-blow-the-candle-out/
Now see if you can guess who Maurice Frawley’s muse is…
http://notdeadyet.com.au/duggup/2006/07/05/maurice-frawley-the-yardhands/
and don’t forget to leave a comment or two and let us know what you think.

Now don’t forget the to pop into the blog ( https://thatchspace.com/ ) for the odd update during the week.

As usual have a good one

thatch
{ Currently listening to Dan Ar Bras and Dianne Krall (don’t ask) }
{ Quick Status Check: Currently feel like Hell (but it will pass) }
{Crop Circle Status Check: Currently 13 for July. Hmm the world cup must be over} http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2006/2006earlyjuly.html

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