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This man could save your life.

I know some of my friends have Type II diabetes already, and some of us, possibly myself included, are heading towards insulin resistance, so ALL of us should a) read this article and b) watch the video from start to finish. -hugs- Meeks

Storiform.com

Einstein began as an outsider. If today’s gatekeepers had run the journals in 1905, Einstein’s “miracle year” papers would have been rejected because he wasn’t employed and controlled by a university.

After he pulled the ripcord on space and time, Einstein faced rejection by his peers. That’s said to be the single most depressing thing that can happen to a person.

Physicists called him a mathematician. Mathematicians called him a physicist.

When the Nobel Committee finally realized his new-fangled universe wasn’t going away, they awarded Einstein the Nobel Prize for a fairly concrete paper he wrote on the photoelectric effect. With narrow minds, they passed over his impossibly radical discoveries — the flexibility of time and space, the equivalence of mass and energy, and the gravity of General Relativity.

To be fair, all of us have sacred-cow beliefs that we “know” are accurate beyond question. The Nobel Committee of the early 20th…

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Is this a bot or a scammer or what??

These ‘comments’ appeared in my WordPress notifications from yesterday. I have no idea what they mean. Is this a bot, many bots, one person with many bogus accounts, or a weird scammer [for what though]?

Has anyone else been visited by this weirdness? More importantly how do I stop this ‘thing’ from visiting again? Any ideas?

Baffled,

Meeks


Max Zorn Creates Incredible Pictures Using Only Packing Tape

Another artist making beautiful images with the most unlikely of materials…packing tape. I am in awe of his talent.

Flow Art Station

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Max Zorn Creates Incredible Pictures Using Only Packing Tape

Amsterdam street artist Max Zorn has a unique talent for making incredible art using mainly brown packaging tape.

The very idea of using tape instead of paint came from Max Zorn’s friend who was working in a car design. “These guys often use slim tapes to outline their ideas on large boards. I was surprise to see how fast they could create stunning sketches with it”, says Max Zorn. And ever since then, he started showing his talents making this packaging tape art by decorating old street lamps which you can find almost everywhere in Amsterdam. “It’s the perfect medium to experiment, because of its golden glow“, he adds.

Max Zorn’s rise began after publishing the two-minute self-made video on YouTube “Street Art by Max Zorn Making of Tape Art” back in 2011, showing how he hangs his translucent tape art on street lamps…

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Brian Dettmer Uses Surgical Tools To Carve Books Into Intricate Sculptures

Another amazing artist from Flow Art Station. This one scupts glorious shapes that tell their own story…from books. Gobsmackingly good!

Flow Art Station

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Brian Dettmer Uses Surgical Tools To Carve Books Into Intricate Sculptures

New York-based Artist Brian Dettmer creates impressively intricate multi-layered sculptures from books. The artist calls himself the Book Surgeon because he uses knives, tweezers, and surgical tools to carve the art works out of old medical journals, illustration books, dictionaries, map books and encyclopedias. The bigger the book, the better – The Surgeon doesn’t add anything additional to the sculptures, he only folds, bends, rolls, stacks, and, of course, removes.

Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories,” explains Dettmer in the artist’s statement. “My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.

More info: briandettmer.com

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WordPress vs Medium

This post is not a full on comparison of WordPress and Medium. Rather, it’s a comparison of my expectations of the two blogging platforms. When I first started writing on Medium, I thought I would gradually shift my focus from WordPress to Medium. But things haven’t worked out that way. Instead, I’ve come to realise that the two blogging platforms bring out different types of writing from me. And I enjoy both.

Based on the reading I’ve done on Medium, I’d have to say that the writing is generally more ‘formal’, like articles you might find in an old-fashioned newspaper or magazine. By contrast, WordPress is more chatty, like a conversation amongst friends. Of course, these could simply be my perceptions of both platforms, but I do enjoy the freedom of being able to alternate between the two styles of writing.

lol – And then, of course, there are the weeks when the two overlap, like this week. I wrote an article about getting an ABN on Medium and posted almost the exact same article here on WordPress. I also created a ‘Books’ page for both Medium and WordPress. Nevertheless, these overlapping weeks will probably be the exception rather than the rule because I’m simply more comfortable writing certain kinds of things here.

What kinds of things? Well, recipes for example. Or music posts. Or progress reports like this:

The pic above is the new cover I’m working on for Vokhtah. It’s as rough as guts because I’m still experimenting with ideas, but I’m happier with this particular idea than I have been with earlier ones. In case you’re curious, these are some of the ones I’m less happy with:

or this:

or this:

There are a couple more, but they’re far less finished than even these. Once I have some finished covers that I’m happy with, I’ll ask for feedback from you guys, especially the artists amongst you. 🙂

Okay, well that’s it for this Friday in Australia. I hope you don’t mind if I start the weekend without you. :p

Enjoy!

Meeks


New posts on Medium for the week ending April 20, 2018

The first post compares the security, and privacy, associated with credit cards, PayPal and prepaid cards:

https://medium.com/tikh-tokh/internet-security-credit-cards-vs-paypal-vs-visa-load-go-2be018cf1b07

The second post just went up. It looks at Draft2Digital, an online distributer, and a feature called ‘Universal Book Link’:

https://medium.com/tikh-tokh/d2d-universal-book-links-and-why-i-wont-use-them-f185ed585c12

And that’s it, Friday in Australia and the weekend has almost begun. Enjoy. 🙂

Meeks


Art from small rocks…amazing!

I’ve been following Flow Art Station for a while, but Japanese artist, Akie Nakata, really is something very special. Have a look. My favourite is the fox.

If you don’t end up going “Awww…!” I’ll buy a hat and eat it. 😀

Akie Nakata turns rocks into amazing realistic miniatures

cheers

Meeks


Meeka’s posts for the week ending April 6, 2018

Only two posts this week. The first is an Australiana one about the artist’s colony of Montsalvat. It’s interesting but not earth shattering:

https://medium.com/tikh-tokh/montsalvat-in-eltham-c86d646f1584

It’s the second one that I really, really hope you read. It’s the first in god knows how many posts that will deal with privacy on the internet.

Even if you’re sick to death of everything to do with Facebook, please read this post:

https://medium.com/tikh-tokh/facebook-google-and-digital-stalking-9749ac26fd0d

cheers

Meeks


Happy Easter Everyone!

Good Friday in Warrandyte has been perfect. Gentle sun, mosty blue sky, and a blush of green on the ground as the hardy grasses/weeds come back to life after the days of soaking rain. It’s autumn, and for a change it feels like autumn too. I love it.

The Offspring and I are heading off for a meal soon and there’ll be cake when we get home. Easter is looking good this year. 🙂

May the holidays treat you well,

-hugs-

Meeks

 


Small crisis over! Phew…

I’ve had a couple of unpleasant days due to the fact that Tikh Tokh was ‘suspended’ by Medium. I could see it when I logged in as myself, but not when I tried to search for it or go direct via the address bar.

I sent an email off to Medium support straight away, but this was on North American Sunday so I didn’t get a response until this morning, Australian time. In the interim I spent a depressed day searching for web hosts so this would never happen again. As you can imagine, the results didn’t make me happy.

And then, lo! This morning I check my mail and there’s one from Medium. Apparently, Tikh Tokh was ‘….accidentally caught in our spam filter…’. It’s been restored and all’s well, but I can’t help wondering how a whole publications with over 500 posts can get caught up in spam. Whose spam?

Anyway, I’m relieved and my mood has lifted. Probably just as well as it’s the Offspring’s birthday on Friday, I have a full week of teaching and somewhen before now and then, I have to make a chocolate mousse cake. Busy, busy.:)

cheers

Meeks


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