Sunday, 20 August 2017

Saturday,

has raced around again,


 so our weekly maintenance schedule starts, out with 40% of the aquarium water,

 and in with fresh water,

 before Diana started on the kittens pool we popped out to pick up the cards I had printed,

 the print shop is just opposite the Kodak shop,

 and is next to Friendship, these were the cards I had printed,

on the back of the cards I always have a few nonsense lines printed, 

business lesson number 3, if you are going to give away a card, try to make it one the receiver will remember and keep!

 into the nearly empty car park,

 another floor added to the building next door,

 we called in for an ice tea and coffee on the way home,

 Diana then set about cleaning the cats pool,

 whilst I took a couple of pictures of the cats,

 Mariana,

 and Cable,

 watching me, 

 Cable getting into attack mode, it is normally Mariana that takes a swipe at the camera,

 in the evening, 

 it was time for our Saturday bar-b-q,

 then one of the kittens that have adopted us walked into the yard,

 followed by one of his brothers who both decided to watch Diana, 

 as she brought out our starter of a Caesar salad, 

 'Cheers!', 

 then lite the barby,

 which was roaring away in no time,

 we had decided on pork fillets for this evening, 

 but we also bought a small rib eye steak to share as well,

 along with potatoes, onions and bacon bits,

 we were ready to start, and it was delicious,

to round the evening off, a new small size Magnum, we listened to music until nearly midnight and then for us we were off to bed.


From A Wasteland,

by the side of the A1 Highway near Madrid,


to a flourishing cactus farm, all thanks to the efforts of Mercedes Garcia, an agronomist who firmly believes that low-maintenance, low-water gardens are the way of the future: the philosophy is named ‘zerolandscaping’, over 16,000 sq m of wasteland has been claimed to create Desert City, a third of which is occupied by an enclosure designed by the Madrid-based Jacobo García-Germán architecture studio, along with guided tours, research and breeding of cacti, Desert City offers a retail space, workshops, event facilities and even a restaurant,

the plot was originally a dumping ground for waste created by the construction of the highway, the project, García-Germán says, ‘has been regenerative by returning the land, at least in part, to nature, and creating a new landscape that is paradoxically natural and artificial, exotic and regressive’

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and here is a quick video of the development in progress from about 1 year ago, and they even have their own blogsite, what a great use of a waste of space.


Although Meant To Be Watched,

on a big screen,


 The Mylar Topology,

 Panoramic Audiovisual Performance, 2017, comes over quiet well on my computer when played in full screen, 

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The Mylar Topology is an wide-screen audio-visual performance work intended for panoramic projection and spatial sound,
from the web site, 

the piece synchronises binaural drones and generative video simulations of liquid forms condensed in space, the works’ liquid prismoid and polychromatic psychedelia are minimal subjective interpretations of the liquefied reflective properties of Mylar sheets‘By combining the oscillation frequencies of the audio visual field it is possible to entrain the brain, brainwaves, or neural oscillations, share the fundamental constituents with acoustic and optical wave forms, including frequency, amplitude, and periodicity’ 

or from Greg Smith at creativeapplications.net 'Zooming into an amorphous zone of bubbling liquid deformation and scored by binaural drones, The Mylar Topology contemplatively gazes into ever-evolving viscous texturescape. Oscillating between shimmering striation and gelatinous flow, its ambiguous forms allude to arrayed vertebral columns and congealing oil slicks’ 

I just grabbed a mug of coffee and let my mind wander.


Although This Story,

was first published in 1995,

I have only just found it and thought it interesting, it appears that in France it is common when you wish to purchase an apartment to pay the owner who is living there a rent until He or She dies, the apartment then becomes the property of the buyer who paid the rent, the term used is "en viager," or "for life," the elderly owner gets to enjoy a monthly income from the buyer, who gambles on getting a real estate bargain, provided the owner dies in due time, upon the owner's death, the buyer inherits the apartment, regardless of how much was paid, there is a catch however, Andre-Francois Raffray thought he had a great deal 30 years ago: He would pay a 90-year-old woman 2,500 francs (about $500) a month until she died, then move into her grand apartment in a town Vincent van Gogh once roamed, but this Christmas, Mr. Raffray died at age 77, having laid out the equivalent of more than $184,000 for an apartment he never got to live in, and the bad news for the family of the now deceased Mr. Raffray is that his descendants have to continue to pay the rent until the now 120 year old tenant dies, a case of buyer beware!


Saturday, 19 August 2017

We Had A Quiet Day,

the kittens that have adopted us,


 are getting a little bolder, as we left for the market all but the white one showed great interest in Diana opening the front gate,

 we made our way to the Thepprasit Road weekend night market, where some of the mobile food stalls had parked up next to one of the shrines,

 looking towards Jomtien,

 lots of cloud, 

 and the same looking inland, I had set up a program in the camera to take 16 pictures, each one of 15 second exposure, I wanted to see if I could take a picture of the stars, the idea was that the pictures are then loaded into a stacking program that stacks the faint image on each picture and the hope is that a picture of the stars will be produced, well that was 10 days or so ago, and since then every night here has been cloudy like this, any way hopefully better luck next week,

 this is one of the most colourful stalls here,

 I am always amazed at how many stalls like this one, Cutie Big Eye, sell coloured contact lenses,

 and once you have your coloured eyes, lots of choice for eye lashes,

 and here is a pair of really big eyes,

 pretty in pink is the theme of this stall,

 opposite the bar this evening two 100 baht stalls,

 looking downhill all 10 uprights have now been roofed over,

 the fruit stall now loaded for this evenings trade,

 and in the pet aisle I bumped into Jim,

 who made his way to the bar, whilst I went to the pet food stall,

 and this is it,

 this week 4 boxes of wet food and a bag each of the two dry foods we give the cats,

 a hello to the aquatic shop owner,

 sunset over the market,

 there is obviously a reason for this row to stop short,

 but I can not think why,

 one of the ice cream sellers makes his way downhill,

 and there is Jim as I arrived at the bar,

 looking inland it was a fact that I would not be star gazing this evening,

 Diana returned from shopping in Tesco where I had dropped her off,

 I always like this mobile food seller, it is the fact that he always has a number of chairs strapped to the back of his motorcycle for his customers,

 by now it was getting late and a decision was made, we dropped the motorcycle and cat food off at home,

 that ordered a Grab taxi to take us to meet Jim at The Sportsman in Soi 13 on Beach Road, 

 as it was Friday it was the all you can eat pizza and spaghetti night, this was Diana's starter,

 and Jim's, 


for myself I went with a prawn cocktail,

 a quick look at the bar between courses,

 Diana and Jim went for another helping, then my main course arrived,

 beef stew and dumplings, which was delicious,

 for dessert Diana and Jim,


went for the apple pie and ice cream, I decided on a bakewell tart and custard, which tasted exactly like the ones I enjoy back in the UK, the food we all agreed was excellent, we said our farewells to Jim and ordered a Grab taxi home, where it was feet up for a few Bargain Hunts and then we were off to bed.