How to turn lockdown into your own goal-setting, result-attaining powerhouse.

We’re all a tad anxious about how the world will look when the pandemic is over. With many of us confined to our homes, our daily structure has been messed with. Maybe we’re floundering a bit? Maybe we’re just fine, but and hemmed in? Maybe we need something to aim for? One way to take control of the situation is to set a goal for yourself. Something that you want to get to when this is all over. Or something that you might be able…Continue Reading “How to turn lockdown into your own goal-setting, result-attaining powerhouse.”

This is one of the more important TED Talks I’ve watched. Photographer James Balog has spent the last few years dedicating himself to creating a record of just how bad Global Warming actually is. He’s positioned dozens of time lapse cameras in glacial and alpine regions, and makes films showing how the glaciers are retreating, releasing millions of litres of water into the world’s oceans. He’s showing how the rate of glacial retreat is accelerating. Please watch this video. It’s a twenty-minute journey into the…Continue Reading “Time Lapse Photography Shows the Urgency of Why We Have To Deal With Global Warming”

Thank you very much for viewing this footage. I’m terribly sorry at how unclear it all is. I started shooting this sequence approximately 30 seconds after the shooting stopped. Here are links to the bits that made it onto the web: http://qik.com/video/59002 http://qik.com/video/59003 http://qik.com/video/59007 http://qik.com/video/59015 My biggest worry at the time was that my girlfriend had JUST left for work. Turns out that she drove past the three guys walking out of the gate at exactly the moment I looked out my window. Here’s the…Continue Reading “Shootout at 8am, Friday 18 April 2008, in Houghton Estate, Johannesburg South Africa”

Roy Blumenthal does a visual facilitation for top international speakers at the NSASA Convention 2008

Welcome to Roy Blumenthal’s visual facilitation pictures made during the NSASA Convention 2008, at the Sibaya Convention Centre near Durban. Roy Blumenthal is a Professional Member of the Johannesburg chapter of the National Speakers Association of Southern Africa. View his NSASA profile page at http://snipurl.com/nsasaprofile, and consider hiring him to create a memorable record of your next event. After observing and being on the receiving end of Roy in action during the conference, Joe Sherren, President of the International Federation for Professional Speakers, sent this…Continue Reading “Roy Blumenthal does a visual facilitation for top international speakers at the NSASA Convention 2008”

The Al Qaeda Junior forces — yet another masterstroke

This post is my response to John’s piece on Commentary South Africa, ‘Al Qaeda Junior‘. In his piece, he expresses strong outrage at video footage showing children being trained for guerrilla warfare. Nah. John’s got the wrong end of the stick on this one. The reason the ‘war on terror’ is unwinnable by the ‘west’ is thanks to reactive analyses like his. What’s happening is a paradigm shift of the most extreme kind. The September 11 Twin Towers demolition represents a change in the world…Continue Reading “The Al Qaeda Junior forces — yet another masterstroke”

2008-01-28 SARS Client Being Helped

2008-01-28 SARS Client Being Helped, originally uploaded by royblumenthal. I sketched the lineart for this pic in my li’l black Moleskine while sitting with Jennifer in a long queue. We were at the South African Revenue Service — SARS — trying to sort out the fact that my tax profile had been hijacked by my ex-tax accountant, Debbie Duckworth. The dude pictured was sitting at one of the booths, and the tax consultant was busy finding some documents for him. When Jennifer and I got…Continue Reading “2008-01-28 SARS Client Being Helped”

2008-01-07 Jennifer at Col Cacchio — Colour Version 2008-01-20

2008-01-07 Jennifer at Col Cacchio — Colour Version 2008-01-20, originally uploaded by royblumenthal. This is the colour version of a doodle I did on the table cover when Jen and I ate at Col’Cacchio in Benmore. I’m truly amazed that the line work stands up to scrutiny. The linework itself is fine. I’m very happy with the original drawing. What amazes me is that this is actually a very poor photograph of the drawing, taken with my Nokia N91. It’s a 2 megapixel camera. And…Continue Reading “2008-01-07 Jennifer at Col Cacchio — Colour Version 2008-01-20”

My new Flickr profile — I’m available to do visual facilitation work for you

I’m a Visual Facilitator, also known as a Graphic Facilitator. Imagine a workshop or seminar. Sitting in the corner is an artist with an easel. That artist is visually interpreting the ideas that are flying around the room. That artist is me. I work on my Toshiba Tecra M4 tablet pc, painting primarily in ArtRage 2.5, with a video projector hooked up to my machine so that people can see what I’m painting. At the end of the session, everyone gets to take home the…Continue Reading “My new Flickr profile — I’m available to do visual facilitation work for you”

Jake White — a timing genius through and through — ‘Win or lose, it’s how he played the game!’

RugbyWorldCup_018, originally uploaded by Dplanet::. In response to Paul’s response to Henre Rossouw’s musings on Jake White’s marketing genius in the timing of his book release panning the South African rugby administration. I too think Jake White was a genius in his approach to the timing. I’d go further, and suggest that his timing was planned WAY in advance. It takes a good year to merely WRITE a book, let alone see it to print. This book has necessarily been in the works for —…Continue Reading “Jake White — a timing genius through and through — ‘Win or lose, it’s how he played the game!’”