Wednesday, June 30, 2004

101 things which are always, mainly or usually orange:

Ovaltine packaging / Ayer’s Rock or Uluru / the coat of the Number 5 greyhound / the sticky monkeyflower / goldfish / molten lava / the desert death adder / the sea-shell voluta musica / private buses in Istanbul / Muppet drummer Animal / Jacob’s Cream Crackers wrappers / orang utans / fig roll packets / bajai (Indonesian three-wheeled taxis) / spines of Penguin books / dormice / teddy boys’ socks / Bart Simpson’s shirt / the Tango Man / jack o’lanterns / the East London line on the Tube map / Irish setters / traffic cones / RCA record labels / sunsets over lake Erie / the wandering sea anemone / fire / Reese’s chocolate wrappers / the top half of the adopted flag of the Scilly Isles / flowering maple / Tuc wrappers / price labels in bargain stores

tiger lilies / circle on the ‘mechanical failure’ flag in motor racing / scallop ‘coral’ / marmalade cats / female forktails / a cheetah’s eyes / card-phone boxes in Scandinavia / the chest of the bar-tailed godwit in breeding season / tartrazine / double Gloucester cheese / one seventh of a rainbow / tangerines / Fanta / Guantanamo Bay prison uniforms / the California poppy / linings of bomber jackets / pumpkins / the tail of the yellow-footed rock wallaby / buses in Milan and Rome / basketballs / Vine Street in London Monopoly / milkweed bugs / sweet potatoes / Irn Bru / badge huntsman spiders / dodder stems / fire opal / the vinyl of ‘The Day the World Turned Dayglo’ by X-Ray Spex / the rare mineral crocoite / tobiko (flying fish roe) / Blackpool FC’s shirts / spacehoppers / Buddhist monks’ gowns / Kenny’s coat in South Park / early Trojan record labels / Protestant sashes / bicycle safety flags

the eyes and chins of female spotted turtles / Dale Winton, Judith Chalmers and other hyper-tanned TV hosts / ricordea mushroom coral / chemical hazard symbols / female panther chameleons / papaya flesh / one of the balls in pool / mineolas / Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths / bromine vapour / the halloween lady beetle / Wotsits / Cyndi Lauper’s hair / flags to mark the start of a sailing race / Roast Chicken flavour crisp bags / autoclave bags / marmalade / Cherokee flag / the viceroy butterfly / butternuts / the belly of the pumpkinseed fish / ginger nut packets / airbag lights / sporting colours of the Netherlands / needleball bloom / the hepatic tanager / life jackets / euonymus scale eggs / carrots / starfish / the Sport & Leisure category in Trivial Pursuit / half a tiger

vitamin Q

Yugoslavia smoking stamp


Tuesday, June 29, 2004

If we pretend that they have not sworn to destroy us then liberty will cease to exist.

If the liberals have their way

Monday, June 28, 2004

Baby smiling
While newborns do not smile until 4-6 weeks after birth, babies in the uterus do. Maybe because the uterus is warm, comfortable, and shielded from loud noise and bright light.

Makes you wonder at the morality of abortion.
When does Life begin?
At 22 weeks gestation babies are capable of fine hand and finger movements. In a short space of time this baby scratches, rubs and pats his cheek before doing the same to his nose.

2500 slices of bread on foamboard. 500 x 450 cm.


Sunday, June 27, 2004

Anti sming stamps

Anti-Smoking Stamps from around the world


San Marino
San Marino



Friday, June 25, 2004

Jefferson quote

I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. — Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, June 24, 2004



These stunning images were taken by Ghim Wei Ho, a PhD student studying nanotechnology at Cambridge University. She has named some of her best photographs nanobouquet, nanotrees, and nanoflower because of their curious similarity to familiar organic structures such as flower-heads and tiny growing trees.

Ghim Wei's work involves making new types of materials based on nanotechnology and these flowers are an example of such a new material. Here, nanometre scale wires (about one thousandth the diameter of a human hair) of a silicon-carbon material (silicon carbide) are grown from tiny droplets of a liquid metal (Gallium) on a silicon surface, like the chips inside our home computers.

The wires grow as a gas containing methane flows over the surface. The gas reacts at the surface of the droplets and condenses to form the wires. By changing the temperature and pressure of the growth process the wires can be controllably fused together in a natural process to form a range of new structures including these flower-like materials.

Professor Mark Welland, head of Cambridge’s Nanoscale Science Laboratory and Ghim Wei’s supervisor, said:

“The unique structures shown in these images will have a range of exciting applications. Two that are currently being explored are their use as water repellant coatings and as a base for a new type of solar cell. We have already shown that as a coating water droplets roll off these surfaces when they are tilted at angles as small as 5 degrees. This behavior is a direct consequence of the ability of such nanostructured surfaces to strongly repel water”.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004


Friday, June 18, 2004

Electron nanowire

As components of electronic devices get ever smaller, wires connecting those components must also shrink in proportion. At the micron to nanometer scale, where devices are now being built, the wave nature of matter is becoming critical. This may be an advantage or it could be a problem. Making and understanding nanowires is certainly a challenge. Real nanowires have imperfections. The image Nanowire grew out of a study of electron flow in a wire riddled with random imperfections. It shows electrons injected at one point contact, the “sun”, flowing out from there to all regions of the wire. The disturbance of the electron tracks by the imperfections is shown in their somewhat unruly paths. The quantum aspect of the electrons is shown in color: we can follow the wave nature of the electrons by assigning yellow to the crest of the wave, blue to a trough, continuously around the color circle. The creative process leading to Naonwire is typical of my artwork: a synthesis of research and artistic creation, each one enhancing the other. Experiments conducted by M. Topinka, B. LeRoy and B. Westervelt measuring electron transport in semiconductor microstructures led to scientific illustrations of electrons riding over bumpy landscape potentials. Experimentation with various methods of recording individual electron tracks (overwrite, transparency, color combination) led to a variety of effects and expanded thee horizon of the medium. The resulting Transport series is the first of large format high resolution electron flow images using branched flow physics. These images revealed the caustics formed when electrons flow from a particular point over a hilly landscape..

Sunday, June 06, 2004

The Gipper

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

single shoe project

The Single Shoe Spotters Research Project



The purpose of this site is to unravel the mystery of the single shoes that one finds occasionally lying around at seemingly random spots.



Iraqi cookbook