26 June 2013

Deviant Art new wave of Commissions for 2013

I can't seem to help myself and here are some more portraits done for 2013. Starting from the top

This one is by http://novicebum.deviantart.com/

This sketch was done by http://anako-kitsune.deviantart.com/

This one is a paperchild and done by http://tavington.deviantart.com/

This one I really like, it's done by http://unityworldti-an.deviantart.com/
even though she seems to have used the picture below as a model.

As done by http://vicky-pandora.deviantart.com/
Oddly enough they never show the entire robot :-) I have a picture that I keep for an  artists reference

The outfit I am wearing is from Graves

“The reason some portraits don't look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.”
― Salvador DalĂ­

24 June 2013

Convoy of Cleavage and why we can't have nice things.

        Grace Collier claimed the Australian Prime minister has been showing to much boob in Federal Parliament.
Serial protagonist, writer, scholar, Jennifer Wilson had an idea over on her blog No place for Sheep :-

Solidarity via cleavage and lots of it, so #convoyofcleavage was born at the instigation of Ms Bailey Woof.
Why should we do this, and what will it achieve we asked Jennifer?

She advised:-

Yes, this exercise is entirely frivolous and will achieve nothing. Yes, I expect we will be gored by Helen Razer (after Baudrillard) for our mindless capitulation to empty symbolism. Though as that lady recently posted an image of her own cleavage, struggling to escape an appallingly tasteless pink brassiere as she held aloft the dripping carcass of a Peking duck, maybe not.

The hashtag has made the news in the UK Daily Mail, India, China (Aust users load up burst milk photos)*  , and was a very non-serious response to a rather stupid comment.

A montage (below) was created by Distroythejoint

As you can see it's all quite tame (and yes mine are in there)

Now some people didn't really think this was appropriate behavior, and the usual fighting and arguments started of what feminism really means

Veronica Foale and Kim Foale Thought being told how to be a feminist was all a bit silly, and the feminist police had got their Do Martins in a twist. My words, not theirs :-)

So they started the  #Iamnotaproperfeminist hashtag with some quite funny results. Australian humour, you have to love it. 

Finally, if there is one picture that sums it up, I have to give credit to the brave Jess Ovenden

* This seems to have disappeared, a classically fine bit of mistranslation I had thought :-(

Final Thoughts?..back to Jennifer... Bite me Baby

We didn’t do it in a manner that met with your feminist approval? Tough titty. :- Jennifer Wilson

20 June 2013

Prism Break


By now I guess almost everyone on the Internet has heard of PRISM the alleged system where the  NSA taps into the servers of big internet giants like Facebook or Google.

The EFF have produced a website Prism Break with links to secure/alternative aplications to some of the more popular offerings provided by the big companies.

Some idea are obvious, such as using Linux or FreeBSD rather than Windows, Firefox with HTTPS Everywhere installed rather than IE.

PiWik is a new one to me, I have looked at the demo it's much nicer than Google Analytics

The Android Apps section certainly has some good programs as suggestions, I would be using these if I was in Turkey right now.

The real danger is the gradual erosion of individual liberties through automation, integration, and interconnection of many small, separate record-keeping systems, each of which alone may seem innocuous, even benevolent, and wholly justifiable. -Anon., U. S. Privacy Study Commission, 1977