Trust, trust, trust…

With the massive advent of social media and all the information available to be had almost ‘as it happens’, everyone and their dog has a direct tap into what is happening almost as instantly as it happens. The only drawback to this is that often it hasn’t actually happened or hasn’t actually been said, at least not necessarily in the context in which it is presented. As I was growing up there used to be a saying, “Don’t believe everything you read in the papers” and this should be as applicable to social media forums as it was to the heyday of the newspapers it was referring to. Undiscerning recipients of these torrents of information are all to often found to take these media gems as ‘gospel truth’ and, on the back of this, feel the instant need to express their opinions from the comfort of their bedrooms or sofas without so much as even stopping to question the source or the individual they got it from.

This brings me on to the application of this scenario to our beloved Liverpool FC…

The point is, in essence, that people need to stop venting ‘armchair management’ points of view to all and sundry and at every opportunity. Can we just please just get on with the main task at hand, which is to start believing in (and supporting) our Club, our Manager and our Players without feeling a constant need to question hypotheses (Dictionary Definition – ‘a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation’.) such as ,

“What are we going to do if Alisson gets injured against Brighton and Mignolet is so upset that he can’t face standing in for him?” or,

“What happens if Naby trips over on his way into Melwood and develops a pathological aversion to the Main Entrance in two and a half week’s time?”

During the closed-season Liverpool have done some incredible business in bringing in players totally designed to address deficiencies in last season’s setup. There is also the long-anticipated arrival of Naby Keita, which was actually sorted out 347 years ago (it feels like!!). We now take to the field of play with a side that has a spine to rival that of Godzilla and with more than adequate replacements for each of these players in those sitting on the bench. I see NO reason to carry any doubt or worry with us into the coming season, given all the summer activity and the obvious behind-the-scenes tweaking at the Training Ground and not forgetting two jobs very well done already in the shape of West Ham and Palace (6 for us – 0 against).

With everyone fit and the Team doing it’s job, just sit back and enjoy the ride for what it is. Try to avoid looking for things that MIGHT go wrong but HAVEN’T. We will lose matches (not too many, hopefully!) and we will be ‘under – par’ on occasion but hey, THIS IS FOOTBALL and as long as the season pans out with a degree of success (and it will) then we should all be happy. All present evidence is pointing toward Liverpool having a more successful season than we did last year. This, to me, points toward an even more exciting roller-coaster ride and that can only be a good thing. Strap yerselves in, open yer eyes and enjoy that ride!!

Rap signing out… XX

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Hello REALWORLD!!…

Finished Uni, got a 2:2 (BA Hons!!) and now back in the real world. Got a great job working at a care home just outside Shrewsbury with learning difficulties guys and gals. Its ace. A burst of creativity came over me t’other day and I decided to build a piece of garden furniture. It involves a 1974 78cc chainbrake-less chainsaw and a 3’x10″x10″ slab of oak, some carving chisels and a naughty idea… watch this space…

isn’t THAT a beauty?…

its just aching to have something done with it…

Here, now it has finally had something done with it and has also got a friend in the shape of another piece. Itys a fine alternative to the old Garden Gnome and far less likely to get stolen as the perpetrator would probably give themselves a hernia trying to lift them!!

It’s A Fucking Chainsaw Thing…

and

Hear This You Fuckers And Despair

I Am What Happens When You Don’t Care

There’s just something about them, no?…

The Run-In gathers apace!…

Plenty of stuff afoot for the finals. Thinking some sort of interactive projection mapping booth, sound and/or movement activated… More soon…

Across Britain there are many sites /buildings that are of importance to us from a heritage point of view. These places obviously require maintenance and support, often of a very specialist nature. Building renovation and maintenance, for example. It is surprising just how many people in the country visit places such as these. More so, it appears, than visit sporting events…THIS survey from 2008 produces some interesting facts… My plan is to produce a piece of projection mapping or similar to encourage public donation to, say, English Heritage or The National Trust. English Heritage are a Government-led body with the advantages of charity status who’s sole job is to protect the best of our national heritage (with a huge amount involving architecture). I feel, for the purposes of this subject though, that The National Trust would be my first choice as they are an independent of Government body who’s role is very much akin to English Heritage but who rely TOTALLY on membership and donation AND are subject to their members with regards to matters of policy and the like. That doesn’t mean that the principle of this brief couldn’t be applied to ANY organization at any later date though…

Initially, the idea is to produce a piece to encourage members of the public to join OR donate to the organization (at the same time, making people who are ignorant of them aware of their existence and the role they perform). The classic environment would be at gatherings in public spaces, such as Town fairs or festivals. Ludlow Festival, for example (and its Food Festival) both attract huge amounts of people on a yearly basis to a relatively small part of the world. Ludlow Castle isn’t a National Trust site but that doesn’t necessarily mean it couldn’t be used. There are many more besides…

The idea is to bring a public building (whichever it may be, civic, railway station etc) to life with sudden movement of lighting to draw passers by to it and deliver the message: This building is in danger, it is maintained by donations and subscriptions alone, please donate to…. This building has stood for 700 tears, don’t let it fall down, please donate to… etc. Alternatively (and thinking on a more practical level!), if it were at a public gala (Town Christmas fair, Food Fair) or a oft frequented place (Station forecourt?) it could be incorporated into a National Trust promotional information booth and involve a sort of giant lit-up fruit machine affair onto the fascia of the building. The ‘fruit machine’ would be operated by members of the public donating ,say, a pound to have a go on the GIANT fruit machine with the chance of winning membership to the Trust or a free entry into one of the Trust’s sites for two…

It would of course involve modelling the ‘canvas’ digitally and then projecting onto it the decided graphic to perform the ‘Fruit Machine’ actions…

Just a bit of messing with projection after obtaining a data projector for a snippet at £100 from good old eBay


Having tossed the details around in a colander, it has become a little impractical to pursue the fireplace testing any further due to the lighting restrictions if nothing else! The fact that its in our front room doesn’t help matters either. Tack has definitely been changed and a decision to create a model of a building and projecting onto it in a smaller scale seems the fave to me! It is also a practical way of pitching it as a viable method of delivering the message. An attempt was made to model the front of our house in the context of its terrace (god knows its falling down for lack of donations!) was embarked upon but its lack of any really striking features eventually ruled it out of the running…

The task remained to find a suitable subject and then, by chance, a mate of mine sent me a picture of a local Oswestry stately house called Brogyntyn Hall… Bingo! Its privately owned but is in a fairly generic style of architecture typical of Station fascias particularly and so will adequately serve as a model for the 3d version. It will be known as ‘Stott Hall’…

All I have to do now is build it, photograph it and get her modelled!! The plan is to project it onto a model from the data projector and then have the ‘mapping’ movie activated either by noise, movement or pressure pad. Right, now to make it. White card, Uhu glue and a wing and a prayer is the order…

I give you Cardboard Stott Hall…

now to model it up in Blender for which I employed the help of a friend who has guided me in the right direction with what is a free but vastly complicated piece of 3d modelling software!…. we end up with this…

This is the model built with measurements from the cardboard model and put together in Sketchup (another free modelling program). It is a three dimensional model and can be rotated through 360 degrees in any direction. This is then exported to Blender and some lighting and movement sequences rendered onto it for the final movie projection tester…


It appears that lower ambient light is needed to enhance the shadows etc… An enclosed booth made from black mounting card seems to work which suggests (predictably) that an evening environment would be the ideal time for the project to operate. The same sort of time in the winter months when commuters are generally arriving home on the train from work…

Now to get on with ‘the message’!!