13/04/2009 (Day 3.103) – The Inexorable Advance Of The Weird Reich

13/04/2009 (Day 3.103) – The Inexorable Advance Of The Weird Reich
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Image by Kaptain Kobold
Well today was supposed to be the day of my first Aussie ‘Hordes of the Things’ competition, part of a larger wargames competition which is always held in Wollongong over Easter. I painted figures for it specially, despite not being too inspired a couple of weeks ago.

Last week the competition was cancelled. It seems that whilst there were enough ‘Hordes of the Things’ entrires to make that part of it viable, the other games weren’t so well subscribed and it wasn’t worth the cost of hiring the venue.

However the organiser was happy to host a day of ‘Hordes of the Things’ at his house, so that’s what I’ve done all day; played soldiers. I used my Weird Reich fantasy WWII German army, expanded to 48 points* as that was the format for the competition. We got in three games during the course of the day and, because I’m playing in a new country, they were all against people I’d not played before. I won all three of them 🙂

This picture slows the closing stages of my first game, against Victor who came down from Sydney to take part. He was using some undead hordes, but can be seen here removing some of them from the table whilst I ponder my next move.

Thanks to Dave for hosting the day; I had a great time. We’re hoping to make in-house wargaming meets a regular thing in this area now, which would be great. I miss my wargaming.

For TOTW: A familar game at a new (to me) venue.

A year ago today I was facing down the future.

*Pictures to follow. Pictures of the original parts of the army (along with their Soviet opponents) can be seen here.

283 of 365 – weird science

283 of 365 – weird science
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Image by paul+photos=moody
the ball behind me is from the sensor group – not sure what it does, but touching it makes you smile – weird science indeed.

Selfportrait with Dogs, Cap, Weird Shadows, and Unexpected Signs of Age

Selfportrait with Dogs, Cap, Weird Shadows, and Unexpected Signs of Age
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Image by KennethMoyle
For the "Faces of Utata" weekend project.

The dog is there to give me a reason to smile. The cap is there to supress unruly hair after shooting a footrace on a windy bridge. The weird shadows are the result of my putting a lamp on the floor to eliminate the shadow from the cap. The lines are there to make mock of what was once my boyish grin.

Today in Vancouver: Just weird angles | Victory Square in Gastown

Today in Vancouver: Just weird angles | Victory Square in Gastown
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Image by [Rikki] Julius Reque
I don’t know if you’ve tried taking a photo of Victory Square on West Hastings and Cambie, but I found it really tough. Everything was in such weird angles, even the slope of the grassy hill in the middle of the park. I kept moving around trying to find the right angle to fit key elements in, but it seems if I move too much to the left or right, I will lose one element or the other. Anyway, squint a little and just look at the composition.

Winch, Workwear, Weird Object

Winch, Workwear, Weird Object
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Image by National Library of Ireland on The Commons
We’ve met Mr Meardon before at various dates in June 1906. He was owner/manager of Bunmahon/Bonmahon Copper Mines in Co. Waterford, and looks particularly impressive here with his rolled up plans and thoughtful expression – dreaming of establishing diamond mines in far-off places perhaps…

A Mr Jackson also appears in this photograph, presumably the chap in the full sou’wester gear? Anyway, I liked this one for the winch, the early 20th century workwear, and the weird object in the hand of the chap in the thigh-high rubber galoshes. Anyone any ideas as to what it is?

Date: Wednesday, 6 June 1906

NLI Ref.: P_WP_1560

Museum of The Weird Yard Sale Street Sign

Museum of The Weird Yard Sale Street Sign
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Image by Mr. Kimberly
The former Museum of the Weird was sold by its owner, and the yard sale and the house were equally strange and enjoyable.

Bargains were to be found, my friend bought a working drill press for .

Handcuffed Wife (Weird News No. 1)

Handcuffed Wife (Weird News No. 1)
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Image by “Caveman Chuck” Coker
I thought this lock was fascinating. For some odd reason, it caught my attention. I wonder what it used to protect. Why isn’t it protecting anything now? Who might have walked through here? Who might have tried to walk through here?

Gallup, New Mexico

Weird News

Dearborn Police Free Handcuffed Wife

By Tammy Stables Battaglia, Free Press Staff Writer

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dearborn, Michigan — A Dearborn man learned this morning that when you handcuff your wife to the bed, you make sure you know where the key is first.

Dearborn Police officers responded to a call at 7:15 a.m. today by the man requesting help, Sgt. Ray Patrick said. They had to use a universal key to free the woman.

“I think it was more of an intimate relationship than an unlawful imprisonment,” Patrick said.

Source: Battaglia, Tammy Stables. "Dearborn Police Free Handcuffed Wife." Detroit Free Press. 11 Dec. 2008. <http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200881211023>

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“We are all weird and life is weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we call it love.” -Dr. Suess

“We are all weird and life is weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we call it love.” -Dr. Suess
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"We are all weird and life is weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we call it love." -Dr. Suess

The weird and wonderful skeletons in my closet

The weird and wonderful skeletons in my closet
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Image by id-iom
It’s said that most people have a skeleton or two in their closet – but I just wasn’t sure what mine were or even where the closet was for that matter.

With that in mind I went searching for them and, lo and behold, what did i find after about 4 hours looking for them? I find this merry lot that’s what. Now usually the connotations of having skeletons in the closet is a bad thing but not for me it would seem. They were all very charming, chatty and willing to talk for as many hours as you’d engage them on just about any subject from the current state of the music industry (which somehow they seemed very clued up on) to the implications of harnessing solar energy for future missions to the edge of the galaxy (their knowledge on this subject left a little to be desired).

Anyway I had a lovely time with my skeletons and plan to show them off to anyone who wishes to see them and that’s why I painted this quick picture of them to show people what you will get if you ever have the chance of seeing them in person. For some reason which I still can’t figure out though there was also a bear-like creature in there as well, I’m not entirely sure why he was in there but hopefully more chat with them will reveal all…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: The weird and wonderful skeletons in my closet
Materials: Acrylic, paint pen, spray paint, charcoal and googly eyes
Size: A2
Please email if interested

The Buffalo has a weird little beard to bite

The Buffalo has a weird little beard to bite
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The Buffalo has a weird little beard to bite

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