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”

Here’s my latest little bit of messing around in CrazyTalk 5.1. This is a pic I made of Jacob ‘Laduma’ Zuma back when controversy hit him really hard. (Please don’t confuse him with Zu-Ma Se Poes. Different politician.) I’m experimenting with some ideas that Conrad Koch and I have been discussing. This is one of those experiments. Roy Blumenthal is a writer, director, artist, and visual facilitator. Hire him to make pictures of your meetings or workshops.

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”

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”

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!’”

A conspiracy-theory night out with the South African leftwing poets and the American consulate staff

So now what exactly IS a conspiracy theory? When a whole bunch of seemingly random events all tie together with an underlying ‘obvious’ pattern, is that conspiracy? I’m in the middle of one. Here’s how it looks… 1. Roy makes a few inflammatory ‘anti George Bush-USA’ lapel badge designs. 2. States in his Flickr gallery that he hopes some of his buttons put him on the CIA hit list. 3. He starts a satirical group on Flickr titled, ‘BIN LADEN… IS THIS HIM?‘ He asks…Continue Reading “A conspiracy-theory night out with the South African leftwing poets and the American consulate staff”

Hmmmm. Here’s one of those viral tag things that actually caught my attention and seems worth doing. I read Victoire’s soundtrack, and thought I’d give it a shot. Here’s what you do… Take your mp3 player, and put it on shuffle. For each ‘act’ in the movie of your life, write down the song playing on your mp3 player. Add a short ‘interpretation’ of what that song means to you in the context of the act (this is my addition to the game). So. Here’s…Continue Reading “‘Roy Blumenthal — The Movie’ — The Soundtrack of My Life”

Outrageous, lewd, rude, liberated badges designed by Roy Blumenthal — on sale now!

Ah! I’m an excited fellow! That’s because my shopfront on the Prickie.com website is now alive and kicking. When I saw the site, I knew that I was basically a goner. Ideas immediately started flooding into my brain. And thanks to the fact that I have a tablet pc and ArtRage, I’m able to paint up my thoughts. And in fact, every single one of these badges is painted up by hand. I’m a lettering fiend, so all of the typography is painted too. Just…Continue Reading “Outrageous, lewd, rude, liberated badges designed by Roy Blumenthal — on sale now!”