17 March 2012

The end of all things

As the world's first demotivational speaker, it falls upon me to tell you that the weekend has started and will end in less than 48 hours. Start counting...

And for your weekend reading? The Heat Death of the Universe. WOO!

From Wikipedia:

" The heat death of the universe is a suggested ultimate fate of the universe, in which the universe has diminished to a state of no thermodynamic free energy and therefore can no longer sustain motion or life. Heat death does not imply any particular absolute temperature; it only requires that temperature differences or other process may no longer be exploited to perform work. In the language of physics, this is when the universe reaches the maximum entropy. The hypothesis of heat death stems from the 1850s ideas of William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, who extrapolated the views of the theory of heat as mechanical energy loss in nature as embodied in the first two laws of thermodynamics to processes in the universe."

Exploration with gouache

I will continue my exploration of the painting of forests with gouache. This has allowed incredible nuances to be expressed which were difficult utilising watercolours.

I would be expecting a series of 16 gouache paintings this year hopefully.

This will be followed by possibly A2 or A1-sized pieces.

16 March 2012

The world's first demotivational speaker

Evil Kun Rong just inspired me. I shall be the world first Demotivational Speaker! I shall say things like, 'You have no hope, please give up!'

Pictures at an exhibition

This evening, I will head down to LaSalle to find Jerry. Ray and Kun Rong should be at that exhibition which has a few of Jerry's pieces.
I met Siu Hean, Jerry and Kun Rong at Kinokuniya last night. Sadly, there wasn't much time left for browsing as we had arrived very late.

We also bumped into Psy Fig! Haha. He was going to queue for an iPad.

Of the exodus and formation

The exodus, an apt term, and subsequent formation was initiated by a quarrel. The negative circumstances would then be the seed of some anew. The recruitment of something akin to that of a cult to some followed. This was, of course, the secret history, known only to some. Even if this sacred knowledge were known, most would prefer to steer clear which would be the wisest course of action. Negativity was, of course, part of the formulation.

15 March 2012

I can't wait to get home and paint and draw.

Club of the Angry

It seems quite apt that Hellboy, Angry Hobbit and Obese Aunty should be natural allies. Obese Aunty had prided herself on her EQ and had pursued at least three persons including Hellboy.

Funny how Angry Hobbit would hide in her ivory tower and then launch a petulant thunderbolt now and then.

Sadly, Hellboy, whom Obese Aunty had a lot in common with, had spurned her. They quarrelled in a way and she had tears for him.

Still, Hellboy, Obese Aunty and Angry Hobbit should form a Club of the Angry.

The Loser Painter should join them since all four are very anti-government.
A deary day. Rain and more rain.

The emergence of blimps or the imperialist middle class in Singapore?

"The stagnation of the Empire in the between-war years affected everyone in England, but it had an especially direct effect upon two important sub-sections of the middle class. One was the military and imperialist middle class, generally nicknamed the Blimps, and the other the left-wing intelligentsia. These two seemingly hostile types, symbolic opposites – the half-pay colonel with his bull neck and diminutive brain, like a dinosaur, the highbrow with his domed forehead and stalk-like neck – are mentally linked together and constantly interact upon one another; in any case they are born to a considerable extent into the same families.

Thirty years ago the Blimp class was already losing its vitality. The middle-class families celebrated by Kipling, the prolific lowbrow families whose sons officered the army and navy and swarmed over all the waste places of the earth from the Yukon to the Irrawaddy, were dwindling before 1914. The thing that had killed them was the telegraph. In a narrowing world, more and more governed from Whitehall, there was every year less room for individual initiative."


George Orwell


This is a quote from George Orwell. I wonder if we will see the emergence of blimps in Singapore, perhaps a military class, mainly ex-military men voicing their opinions in the political arena. Blimps writing in to the papers to say how the ex-military can run major corporations, blimps clamouring for new F-35s or an aircraft carrier for Singapore? No, these will not be in the junta sense as the military types here are more bureaucrats and managers. I think it is not entirely impossible that the blimps are already here. Do you know any blimps?

14 March 2012

Hellboy's cartoons

WOO! Hellboy's secret anti-government page on Facebook found. It is full of his anti-government cartoons. No wonder. That is what is keeping him so busy. He does them fast, a few a week at least. It seems that he started it in April 2011, coming to a year.

Sulking

Sulking will not change things. It only shows immaturity. Heheh.

Moebius

Moebius (Jean Giraud) has died. I did remember talking to him once in the late 80s in my university. I didn't bother with an autograph, everyone else just wanted autographs and drawings. I asked him about his inspiration, his ideas and more. He was very friendly and we walked around the gallery which was exhibiting his stuff and talked.

He did say that he was influenced by dreams.

Stamina

It has been five years since the hike to the ruins of the Shinto shrine. I can't believe how time has flown by. Five years older too.

I wonder about my stamina now.

Of the great waste

Hellboy, despite being so pessimistic, does have something of the melodramatic which he so obviously cultivates. His claim of having sold his soul and having no style was simply stage acting. He is wasting his young life if he doesn't paint and render his military visions into something more.

Sadly, his mind appears to be gone.

13 March 2012

A long day, especially when there is a meeting and business lunch. I guess I am not one for these things. A headache now.

If I recover, I may go watch John Carter of Mars with Siu Hean.

Preparations for the walk

Items to bring:
  • 2-3 litres of water, preferably 3.
  • Spare socks (just one pair extra).
  • Compass (if you have).
  • Torchlight (need not be big, not needed, only for emergencies).
  • Raincoat or brolly (I will bring both.).
  • Boots or proper walking shoes (you should wear that, if you are wearing track shoes, prepare for it to be ruined in mud).
  • Food (well, energy bear, chocolate bar, sandwich, burger, your choice, just a bit for a light lunch).
  • Toilet roll (well, usually not necessary at all, you sweat it all out).
Optional Items
  • Sketchbook + pencil/pen/paint. (I do think you will be too tired. No harm bringing.)
  • Camera.
  • Hat/cap.
Others
  • Your socks should have no holes. Don't use unwashed new socks either.
  • You should have enough sleep the night before. 8 hours or so.
  • You should not have drunk alcohol the night before.
  • You should drink some water the night before.
  • You may want to waterproof your stuff with ziploc bags. (ie maps, etc)
  • Your footwear should be okay. Not brand new or torn.
Not bringing
  • Parang.
  • Garden shears.
  • Cyalume sticks.

Hiking plan - Ruins of the Shinto Temple


Planned route as seen from capture from Google Maps.

Planned route.


Plan

1. 9:30 am. Start Point. Rifle Range Road. Next to sign at Singapore Technologies
facility.

2. Walk to Petaling Hut. Entry Point to jungle.

3. Search for the ruins. Expected arrival at ruins is 12:00 pm, noon.

4. Lunch. 12:00 pm at ruins.

5. Exit at Petaling Hut. 1:30 pm.

6. Exit point Venus Loop. Parking lot. 3:30 pm or so.

Toeing the party line

Some people I know are left-wing loonies, while others are right-wing loonies. And others are UFO, head in the clouds loonies (Let's hope they don't pull a Heaven's Gate, well, maybe, it would be good if they do.), religious loonies and more.

Well, here's a quote from someone:

"It made be possible that there is someone, somewhere in the world doing careful work in the field of climate science. But it's a little hard to believe that such a person would manage to get tenure, at least in an American university. Things could be different here, I wouldn't know. Climate science just seems like one of those fields of academia, like gender studies or education, where the culture is so insular and political that it is hard for reasonable people to rise in their profession without adopting the party line."

This is from an American conservative in a private group on Facebook. The statement reeks of conspiracies and more. Climate-change denial?

What do you think?

12 March 2012

Of forests and more

I have been returning to drawing forests. This time, the rendition are for that of painting. I will also draw larger pieces, A3 and above.

Techniques and viewpoints would have to be refined.

11 March 2012

Of the hobbit and the fat thespian

I do wonder if this society will grow into one that is most gracious. The rotund hobbit's anger was disturbing to read. Her xenophobia. Her blame on everything but herself.

You could say that she is a product of this system, bred to reek unthinking resentment, educated but aimless. Perhaps, she would find religion while the fat thespian finds hedonism.