I rode a giant mechanical ant at Machines de l’île:
Ant

I took a ride in the singing lift at the Royal Festival Hall, which is painted the colour of JCBs.

I discussed Ivan Sutherland's Sketchpad at Design History Reading Club.

I went bat watching in Battersea Park with [personal profile] miss_newham and Kevan and we saw lots of bats fly past us, and heard them on the bat listening device!

I watched a theatrical adaptation of Kiki's Delivery Service at the Southwark Playhouse.

I ate a Devon blue ice-cream, poached pear and honeycomb sundae at the Cheese Bar.

I had a wonderful time at Nine Worlds! I went on holiday to Hammersmith, stayed in a hotel there and listened to talks on classical monsters in popular culture (classical monster Barbies exist, such as Medusa Barbie, Athena Barbie, and Hitchcock's The Birds Barbie!), Mars: the journey of a lifetime (a Mars One candidate talked about their experiences), learning about sex in teen magazines (nostalgia for Just 17, learning about what people thought could prevent pregnancy, such as crisp packets, and the Yellow Pages!) , Security for beginners, Questing Time (an RPG that was played on stage), Dr Magnethands (another storytelling game, which featured a Smurf making excellent dolphin sounds!), Technology for Writers (included a discussion on buying brains in bulk from Ocado in different colours, like post-it notes; bible translated into Lolspeak, the Emoji Moby Dick, writing to defeat monsters, and chat about if things came to life in VR immediately as you wrote them, wouldn't everyone just write porn?), It's research! (Or why it's totally okay to play Dragon Age for 100+ hours when you should be writing), The future of Nine Worlds, Game design principles to reduce player toxicity (such as making cross team chat opt-in in League of Legends increased positivity), Shitting on social norms in tech: organizing events no-one else will (such as Non Binary in Tech conference, and Sex Tech Hack), Freaky fabulous – gender, disability and queer representation in Monster High, Panel Panel. I also went to a copper and bronze clay jewellery making workshop and made pendants in the shape of leaves, alien faces, Tetris blocks, etc, out of copper clay; enjoyed dancing at the disco while wearing glowing shoes; liked seeing everyone's great costumes and outfits; saw lots of people dressed as Lemmings.

I had an awesome time on a Friday night at Marioke, at the Loading Bar - karaoke but with the words rewritten to be about games! Danced to and sung along to songs about various games and people, including Sid Meier and Civilization, Peter Molyneux, etc! Stood at the front, before the audience, and sang into the microphone to a version of Nirvana's Lithium that was more about games developers, and generally had an excellent time, dancing and singing along. It was so much fun!

I visited Novelty Automation, took a mini-break, and played a few games of cycle pong.

I stared at issues of Wired magazine, LSD tabs, etc, at the Design Museum for the California: Designing freedom exhibition.

I wandered around Regent's Park and looked at sculptures in the Frieze sculpture park. My favourite was probably a reflected rock. I didn't mistake any humans for sculptures this time.

I went to Pub Standards and caught up with friends.

I saw Alex Chinneck's Six pins and half a dozen needles – a building with a big crack in it.

I ate lunch at Wahaca with [profile] messy_hair_girl!

I visited the closed platforms at Highgate Station, on a tour, and found out that bats live there.

I ate Japanese food with [personal profile] doseybat and [personal profile] pplfichi.

I walked along the beach with my mum and watched the sea for a while.

I didn't get much done for NaArMaMo this year, but things I did included:
Finishing a concrete jewellery necklace with a glowing LED embedded in it.
Copper clay jewellery making at Nine Worlds.
Painted a few skyscrapers.
Cross-stitched Dizzy.

Ingress:

I visited the Newport Street Gallery and saw Ashley Bickerton's Ornamental Hysteria, which was strange and colourful, and then I wandered around Kennington Park, doing a few missions.

I walked around Temple one evening.

I visited Nantes in France for an Ingress Anomaly and Mission Day and had an excellent time!

I rode a giant mechanical elephant, a pirate fish, and a giant mechanical ant, which I got to control some of the legs of, and that was all very awesome. I also saw many other wonderful mechanical animals. I also bounced on the moon, went to a HR Giger exhibition, saw a strange ferris wheel with palm trees and bits of diggers, as well as other art, such as a giant tape measure, odd table tennis tables and football fields, quite a few Invader and Pac-Man mosaics, and a huge bird that also seemed to be a bar at the top of a tall tower block with great views. I ate tarte tatin as a starter, and ice cream with olive oil poured onto it, served with bread and olives. I walked around the castle and saw turtles. I also laughed a lot and had fun with the team I was on for the Anomaly!

I got the Onyx Sojourner and the Onyx Recharger badges in August.

Dizzy

Aug. 20th, 2017 08:06 pm
I'm so Dizzy, my head is spinning.

Dizzy

Marioke

Aug. 13th, 2017 06:30 pm
I had an awesome time on Friday night at Marioke - karaoke but with the words rewritten to be about games! Danced to and sung along to songs about various games and people, including Sid Meier and Civilization, Peter Molyneux, etc! Stood at the front, before the audience, and sang into the microphone to a version of Nirvana's Lithium that was more about games developers, and generally had an excellent time, dancing and singing along. It was so much fun!
Enlightened Bunting

I stood in a disused warehouse, which once stored rum and tobacco, amongst a crowd of mannequins, watching videos flash by.

In a Masonic temple, I wore headphones and watched a video installation about Crowley and Thelema and sex magic.

I went to the anime architecture exhibition at the House of Illustration with [personal profile] doseybat and [personal profile] pplfichi.

I ate charcoal coconut ice-cream, which was grey in a black cone, and that felt apocalyptic somehow.

I went to Hipchips with [personal profile] deathboy and ate fancy crisps, with strawberry, cream & Pimms dip, and gooseberry, elderflower & Gordon's gin dip, and smokey cheese fondue dip, and I drank a bottle of pear and rosemary drink.

I went to the New Music Biennial at the Southbank Centre and there were songs from Hull, I remember that.

I went on a tube walk from Royal Albert to Beckton Park and also visited the Newham City Farm and listened to turkeys gobble.

I went to the monthly Pub Standards and had drinks and conversations with web folk.

I played on the swing at St Pancras.

I went to see Daniel Kitson at the Roundhouse with [personal profile] deathboy.

I went through a fridge to get to the bar at the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town. I also saw some of the sculptures in the city and I got confused and thought a man lying on the grass was a sculpture, when actually it was a human being. It took me a while to stop laughing after that.

I made jewellery out of concrete at a class at Craft Central.

I went to [personal profile] pir's party and it was great to talk to people there.

I went to see the Dreamers Awake – women and surrealism exhibition at the White Cube.

I ate avocado nitro ice-cream with fried corn from Chin Chin Dessert Club.

I saw Music for Solaris at the Barbican.

I gatecrashed [personal profile] deathboy's work do and played Dance Dance Revolution at Namco.

I visited the V&A with [profile] grandedgemaster one evening, for Hack. Make. Create, and an algorave was happening there.


Ingress:

I helped organise the Enlightened Summer BBQ. It went ahead despite the rain, and I danced to Sisters of Mercy to keep warm. I made Enlightened bunting and we draped it around and ate much halloumi. Then we played board games in a pub.

I got the Onyx trekker badge, which meant I have walked 2500km while playing Ingress!

Nine Worlds

Aug. 8th, 2017 07:57 am
I had a wonderful time at Nine Worlds! I went on holiday to Hammersmith, stayed in a hotel there and listened to talks on classical monsters in popular culture (classical monster Barbies exist, such as Medusa Barbie, Athena Barbie, and Hitchcock's The Birds Barbie!), Mars: the journey of a lifetime (a Mars One candidate talked about their experiences), learning about sex in teen magazines (nostalgia for Just 17, learning about what people thought could prevent pregnancy, such as crisp packets, and the Yellow Pages!) , Security for beginners, Questing Time (an RPG that was played on stage), Dr Magnethands (another storytelling game, which featured a Smurf making excellent dolphin sounds!), Technology for Writers (included a discussion on buying brains in bulk from Ocado in different colours, like post-it notes; bible translated into Lolspeak, the Emoji Moby Dick, writing to defeat monsters, and chat about if things came to life in VR immediately as you wrote them, wouldn't everyone just write porn?), It's research! (Or why it's totally okay to play Dragon Age for 100+ hours when you should be writing), The future of Nine Worlds, Game design principles to reduce player toxicity (such as making cross team chat opt-in in League of Legends increased positivity), Shitting on social norms in tech: organizing events no-one else will (such as Non Binary in Tech conference, and Sex Tech Hack), Freaky fabulous – gender, disability and queer representation in Monster High, Panel Panel. I also went to a copper and bronze clay jewellery making workshop and made pendants in the shape of leaves, alien faces, Tetris blocks, etc, out of copper clay; enjoyed dancing at the disco while wearing glowing shoes; liked seeing everyone's great costumes and outfits; saw lots of people dressed as Lemmings. Thank you organisers! Also, friends who were there and reading this – It was excellent to spend time with you all! And excellent to see panels you were on/ sessions you were running / talks you were giving / etc! Apologies to those who I passed at least a few times in the corridors but didn't find time enough to chat with! Hope to see you all again soon! Let's not wait until next year. :)
Wawel Castle
Wawel Castle in Kraków.

June started for me in Newquay, Cornwall. I took a boat to Crantock Beach, had a swim in the sea there, and then on the way back, waded through the Gannel estuary to get to East Pentire. I later wandered across more beaches, hid inside caves, and peered at sea anemones in rock pools.

I visited Eastbourne one day and read poems by Lovecraft aloud at the end of the pier, drank a blue slush puppie, paddled briefly in the sea, looked at an upside down painting of a bed in an art gallery, snuck past builders to complete an Ingress banner, smelt roses, sat on the pebbles and stared at the sea, and my hair became tangled in the sea air.

I started a new job!

One lunchtime, I ate a salad with sweet potatoes in it, and admired the views in the sunshine from the top of One New Change, with new colleagues.

In the evenings, I often cross the river and walk along the Southbank. One evening, I was given free ice cream and had blackberry and bay flavour. Sometimes there are people blowing bubbles. I stare at the skyscrapers.

I went on a tube walk from Roding Valley to Woodford and there were overgrown paths next to the river, and butterflies.

I stared at pictures of underwater croquet, dystopian landscapes, spacesuits, dinosaurs, and robots at the Into the Unknown exhibition at the Barbican.

I went to Crystal Palace Park for [personal profile] hikerspal's birthday celebration and then to the Bridge House.

I ate soosiam and watal appam and drank bright green nellicrush.

I reactivated my OKCupid account and in 24 hours, had 356 likes, which seemed totally absurd.

I completed two of the [community profile] flaneurs June challenges- one where I got on the first bus that came along and then got off after 9 stops, and then got on the next bus that came along, and so on. I started at St Paul's and ended up in Acton. The other, I did in Kraków, and took the first left, then the first right, and so on. (Write-up).

I visited the underground salt cathedral of Poland: the Wieliczka salt mine, and there I saw chandeliers made of salt, statues carved from rock salt, and looked around the chapel. I peered at stalactites and stalagmites, and licked the salt mine, and found it was salty indeed. I also saw pretty rocks glowing under UV.

In central Kraków, I wandered around the grounds of the Wawel castle, the Old Town and Kazimierz. I walked down into the dragon's den, but it was only afterwards that I saw a dragon breathing fire. In the Museum of Municipal Engineering, I stared at old printing presses and trams and learnt about the infrastructure of the city. I played Pinball Dreams on an Amiga and Duck Hunt on a NES.

I ate a lot of ice-cream, including wonderful flavours such as gooseberry, bueno, Smurf, kogel mogel, pesto, sweet burnt charcoal, semolina, rhubarb.

I visited the socialist realist district of Nowa Huta and stared up at the architecture. I visited a bunker in a former cinema and tried on a gas mask. I learnt about how the town was designed with nuclear war in mind and visited the Museum of Poland under the Communist Regime.

I took a trip to Zakopane. I stared out the window of a bus at the countryside on the way there and saw hay bales (grass bales?) that looked a bit like Cousin Itt. I also saw people dressed up in traditional costumes for Corpus Christi. I took a cable car above the trees and up into the mountains and oh, it was stunning. I ate some apple cake and some coffee there, and then went on a hike, moving from rock to rock as if I was a mountain goat. I was in awe of the mountains and the beautiful scenery. Back in Zakopane, I noticed a house that was upside down as I went past it on a bus, and then later found it and went inside. Everything was upside down in there and that delighted me. I also become temporarily upside down (or perhaps the right way up).

Ingress:

I reached level 15 in Ingress and ate some sea buckthorn sorbet.

I also managed to get my Platinum Explorer badge, for visiting 10,000 unique portals.

I attended the monthly social, organised a Badgerbadger banner meet, listened to Andrew Krug answer questions, went to social events for French visitors and a Norwegian visitor, a few meets in the Whippet, and also ate pizza at [personal profile] nyecamden's birthday celebration!

One lunchtime, I did an Ingress banner, walking from St Paul's to Blackfriars and then ate a "Matcha Madness" bubble waffle, and it was then that I heard a Nirvana song playing and that made me happy.

I made a flower out of Ingress intel maps.
I arrived in Kraków on Monday afternoon and decided to do the [community profile] flaneurs challenge III. (d), take the first left, then the second right, etc. I prefer to use the adaptation of take the first left, then take the first right, etc.

Write up and photos )
Flower made from print outs of Ingress intel maps of London:

Ingress map flower

Poland

Jun. 18th, 2017 08:22 pm
Tatra Mountains

Upside down house

I visited the underground salt cathedral of Poland: the Wieliczka salt mine, and there I saw chandeliers made of salt, statues carved from rock salt, and looked around the chapel. I peered at stalactites and stalagmites, and licked the salt mine, and found it was salty indeed. I also saw pretty rocks glowing under UV.

In central Kraków, I wandered around the grounds of the Wawel castle, the Old Town and Kazimierz. I walked down into the dragon's den, but it was only afterwards that I saw a dragon breathing fire. In the Museum of Municipal Engineering, I stared at old printing presses and trams and learnt about the infrastructure of the city. I played Pinball Dreams on an Amiga and Duck Hunt on a NES.

I ate a lot of ice-cream, including wonderful flavours such as gooseberry, bueno, Smurf, kogel mogel, pesto, sweet burnt charcoal, semolina, rhubarb.

I visited the socialist realist district of Nowa Huta and stared up at the architecture. I visited a bunker in a former cinema and tried on a gas mask. I learnt about how the town was designed with nuclear war in mind and visited the Museum of Poland under the Communist Regime.

I took a trip to Zakopane. I stared out the window of a bus at the countryside on the way there and saw hay bales (grass bales?) that looked a bit like Cousin Itt. I also saw people dressed up in traditional costumes for Corpus Christi. I took a cable car above the trees and up into the mountains and oh, it was stunning. I ate some apple cake and some coffee there, and then went on a hike, moving from rock to rock as if I was a mountain goat. I was in awe of the mountains and the beautiful scenery. Back in Zakopane, I noticed a house that was upside down as I went past it on a bus, and then later found it and went inside. Everything was upside down in there and that delighted me. I also become temporarily upside down (or perhaps the right way up).
I read poems by Lovecraft aloud at the end of the pier, drank a blue slush puppie, paddled briefly in the sea, looked at an upside down painting of a bed in an art gallery, snuck past builders to complete an Ingress banner, smelt roses, sat on the pebbles and stared at the sea, and my hair became tangled in the sea air.

OKC

Jun. 7th, 2017 02:55 pm
I reactivated my OKCupid account and in 24 hours, had 356 likes, which seemed totally absurd.
Last night, I reached level 15 in Ingress, despite the rain. I returned home after that and ate some sea buckthorn sorbet, and chocolate and honey ice-cream. Sea buckthorn is apparently also called sandthorn, sallowthorn, or seaberry.

The day before, I also managed to get my Platinum Explorer badge, for visiting 10,000 unique portals.
Seal

I saw Cosmic Trigger at the Cockpit theatre, and it was awesome. Robert Anton Wilson, the Illuminatus, Eris, Ken Campbell, 23, nudity, Timothy Leary, "Turn on. Tune in. Find the others", giant golden apples, Aleister Crowley, LSD, magical rituals, aliens. Yes!

I attended a few interviews, and accepted an offer for a new job! I will be working in the St Paul's area. Excited about having new UX problems to solve, pages to design, users to find out about, new colleagues to meet, and a new area to explore during my lunch breaks and after work.

The sea beckoned and so I went to Newquay in Cornwall. I walked along cliff-tops, so springy with rabbit burrows that I wondered if I would fall down a rabbit hole. I wandered across beaches, peered into rock pools at sea anemones and paddled in the sea. I swam a few times and also tried snorkelling for the first time. I went on a boat ride along the coast and saw the tea caverns, a kittiwake colony and seals, which came right up to the boat. I also saw three bees, out at sea. I sat on Towan Beach and watched the sea come in, listened to the roaring waves at Fistral Beach, and walked down to Lusty Glaze beach and found a wedding was happening there. I walked across Porth Beach and onto Porth Island, where I walked out to Trevelgue Head and I also saw Butter. I had a lovely time.

I laid in bed and looked at the sea. (Such views from where I stayed in Newquay!)

I went to OpenTech, which I very much enjoyed. I listened to some interesting talks, caught up with friends, ate sushi with [personal profile] flexo, met some new people, and generally had a good time. I listened to talks on: using machine learning to decide which photographs are scenic; crochet patterns for STEM role models, such as Dr Mae Jemison, Astronaut; music made from data for migratory patterns and ice melting; creating ISPs; ethical technology; taking period leave and listening to your cycles; BBC’s micro:bit; privacy modes on different browsers.

I ate a Copenhagener from Ole & Steen in Richmond, and climbed inside a tree in Richmond Park.

I visited the Marian Goodman Gallery and saw the "Annette Messager: Avec et san raisons" exhibition and stared at gloves with pencils sticking out of the fingers, snails with breasts for shells, a uterus giving the finger and wallpaper of this.

I had lunch with Monika at Farmstand and it was good to catch up with her!

I stared at some amazing photos at Somerset House in the Sony World Photography awards & Martin Parr exhibition.

I walked along the river, on Tube walk 129: Richmond to Kew Gardens, and it was quite leafy, and a pleasant walk. The next tube walk will be in the Roding Valley, which is a lot less familiar to me.

I ate dim sum at Tai Tung in Croydon with [personal profile] nou and friends.

I attended Design History Reading Club at the Barbican, discussed Douglas Engelbart, augmenting human intellect, and how fun copy and pasting must have seemed back then.

I had drinks and pizza with web folk at Pub Standards.

I walked from Crowhurst to Battle, on a walk arranged by Jacqui. We visited Battle Abbey and the 1066 battlefield. We admired the views, saw rabbits and chainsaw sculptures of knights.

I went to talks on User research and VR, at the Research Thing meet up. Interesting talks on subjects such as learning about simulator sickness with VR.

I ate sushi and chocolate mochi with [personal profile] deathboy and it was great to see him!

I visited the Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge, an underground operations room, which was used during the Second World War, and was given an interesting tour which explained how the map was used and what the different displays in the rooms meant.

I stared at pictures of pylons in the Electricity exhibition at the Wellcome Collection with [personal profile] deathboy and then we ate vegetarian Indian food at the Diwana Bhel Poori House.

I walked up to Richmond Hill and a rainbow appeared up there, and then the view was particularly nice as it is very leafy this time of year. I walked underneath the yellow laburnum in the park. I hid under a tree when it started to rain.

I saw The Red Turtle at the cinema with [personal profile] doseybat and ate dessert (matcha ice-cream, aduki beans, aiyu jelly!) at the Shan State.

I stared up at the neon signs in the Lights of Soho, which I visited with my mum, and later that afternoon, ate rose lokum ice-cream.

I made a flower out of old maps.

--
"Don't lick the steering wheel," the health and safety regulations for the Dodgems of the Mind insisted. I signed that I wouldn't and filled in a personality test, in an old fire station. "What's your current personality?" it asked and I ticked, "amazed". I gave my answers to an assistant and then was matched with a dodgem, which spoke to me a bit, telling me to drive onwards, but seemed quite reluctant to move. An assistant told me I could lick the steering wheel if I really wanted. Screens appeared above me, with faces on them, talking sometimes, as I went around the course.

"You're wonderful," one said.

--

I walked through the rain to get to a gallery, and then inside, I stared at a picture that was made up of the digits of Pi, and looked at the patterns, the darkness and the light. I stared at flashing screens with patterns that made me think of how hacking is portrayed in old films.

--

In another exhibition, in another gallery, I watched feathers attached to wheels spin around and around, and met a polar bear with feathers.
--

In June, I am going to attempt [community profile] flaneurs challenges, such as getting on the first bus that comes along, then getting off after n stops, and then getting on the next bus that comes along.


Ingress:

I got a new badge in Ingress, the Magnus Architect badge, as I deployed at least 3113 resonators to unique resonator slots in the specified time period.

I saw the excellent Berny who was visiting London! Drinks at the Whippet one evening and then another day, we wandered around Croydon and I ate a vegan doner kebab at Boxpark.

I went to Sander's leaving drinks and was temporarily a nice dwarf and a duke and an ambassador and I attacked people with asparagus bum dragons.

I went to a meet, where I wandered around squares in Mayfair, deploying resonators. I went on a roll around Temple. I walked around Gillingham and Chatham while doing the Medway Marathon banner. I attended the Enlightened monthly social.

I completed banners in Wood Green, Kingston, Pimlico and Staines. In Staines, I saw a sculpture commemorating the lino factory. I walked along the river, and the air was full of white fluffy seeds.

I went to a meet, where we completed the Vader banner, and walked from Archway to Angel and then onwards to Old Street. We walked about 10 miles. We also passed the Amwell Fig, one of the great trees of London.

I am getting close to level 15 now, and also close to 10,000 unique portal visits.
It was Thursday when I rode a dodgem, stared at Pi and spinning feathers.

--
"Don't lick the steering wheel," the health and safety regulations for the Dodgems of the Mind insisted. I signed that I wouldn't and filled in a personality test, in an old fire station. "What's your current personality?" it asked and I ticked, "amazed". I gave my answers to an assistant and then was matched with a dodgem, which spoke to me a bit, telling me to drive onwards, but seemed quite reluctant to move. An assistant told me I could lick the steering wheel if I really wanted. Screens appeared above me, with faces on them, talking sometimes, as I went around the course.

"You're wonderful," one said.

--

I walked through the rain to get to a gallery, and then inside, I stared at a picture that was made up of the digits of Pi, and looked at the patterns, the darkness and the light. I stared at flashing screens with patterns that made me think of how hacking is portrayed in old films.

--

In another exhibition, in another gallery, I watched feathers attached to wheels spin around and around, and met a polar bear with feathers.
Vilnius and surroundings:
I walked through the remains of a maze made from television sets, with a fallen statue of Lenin in the middle, at a sculpture park, near the centre of Europe. I walked inside a giant head, made of rusting metal, in the forest. I walked around a pond and frog after frog hopped into the water, and that seemed magical. I saw a rocking house, teetering on the edge of a pond. I played a tree as if it were a guitar.
I visited the Republic of Užupis and read their constitution, which includes, "a dog has the right to be a dog." I saw a mermaid by the river.
I thought I had gone the wrong way, but it turned out to be the right way, as it led me to fantastic views.
I watched butterflies flutter next to the barricades.
I saw a wall with teapots on it.
I ate poppyseed strudel and mushroom biscuits (sausainiai grybukai.)
I drank coffee in the revolving restaurant at the top of the TV Tower, listened to the creaking, and admired the scenery.

Riga:
In Riga, I looked at spy cameras in the Photography Museum, visited the market in a former zeppelin hangar, drank black balsam, saw a plaque for the first new year's tree, stared up at cats on the Cat House, visited Cafe Leningrad and looked at old cassette players. I walked by the river and stared up at the TV tower and the bridge. I saw an oak tree that grew 3500 years ago, at about the time when Pharaoh Tutankhamen was the ruler of Egypt. I ate black balsam chocolate and saw a monument of a monkey cosmonaut. I stared up at horrified faces, lions, dogs and mythical winged creatures, on buildings in the art nouveau district.

London:
I spent time with my mum, ate hot cross buns, walked by the river in sunny Richmond, got the ferry across from Ham House, and enjoyed returning to a freshly painted bathroom and bedroom in my flat.

I went to Now Play This, at Somerset House, and bit a person's neck just before the world ended, in "Queers in love at the end of the world." (A text adventure.) I also played a game of crazy golf which was about environmental disasters, so one of the holes was at an airport, another amongst nuclear reactors, etc. I became an elm tree and then an oak tree, made cats appear in a forest, helped someone find a giant penis in a strange game where you to had to run around a body, caught ghosts with mirrors, and oh, played various other games.

I walked along the north bank, and into the city, playing Ingress, and then later found the nose at Admiralty Arch, and ate balsamic vinegar ice-cream and blackberry & lavender ice-cream.

I wandered around Brockwell Park and saw one of the great trees of London, the Brockwell Oak.

I stared at photographs by Martin Parr and Roger Mayne in the Photographers' Gallery, and saw the photos that were part of the Deutsche Börse prize.

In the Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, I played the game of Space Invaders where you fire at passages taken from Michel Foucault’s essay What is an Author? (1969) . I also saw stolen fragments from works of art and tried making shapes from the ZOOB play system. (Exhibition: Looking at One thing and thinking of something else – part 4.)

I watched birds fluttering in front of me and it felt quite magical. (Exhibition: Mat Collishaw – The Centrifugal Soul in the Blain Southern gallery.)

I had drinks at Pub Standards and then afterwards we ate burritos and went to the Reverend J W Simpson and drank cocktails.

I saw Hidden Figures at the cinema with [personal profile] doseybat, and then we ate dim sum with [personal profile] pplfichi and Sue, and went to Foyles and amused ourselves by learning how to say explicit terms in different languages.

I went to Here East, for 64 Bits – An exhibition of the web's lost past. I printed out a picture of myself on ASCII-cam. I browsed the first website, used Archie, and looked at old web comics, ASCII art, animations, and other things that made me feel nostalgic. I didn't really want to be reminded of the hamster dance though.

I ate lime and basil flavour ice-cream, and maron flavour.

I organised a Monochrome BBS Meet and caught up with old friends there.

I looked at portraits at the Riverside Gallery in Richmond.

I went to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) movie night and saw video clips about magical musical instruments, virtual reality, drones and other things.

Essex, Kent, Sussex:

I visited Harlow to gaze at its sculptures, and also took a walk by the canal there.

I walked along the beach at Bexhill, and visited the De La Warr Pavilion and saw pictures of woods by George Shaw, and crawled under a blanket in the “In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy” exhibition.

I visited Eynsford and walked amongst the bluebells and they were lovely, and I was in awe.

I watched morris dancers at the Sweeps Festival in Rochester, and visited Rochester Castle.

Ingress:

I went to the monthly Enlightened social.

I went to an Ingress meet in Twickenham and we had drinks at the Barmy Arms and walked by the river.

I walked around Victoria, completing the Victoria Station banner with other Ingress players and ate pastiera napoletana flavour ice-cream.

I also went to a meet in Brixton and a meet in Waterloo.

I completed banners in Vilnius and Riga, and at Europos Parkas.

Head

Apr. 27th, 2017 09:52 pm
Head

She wandered inside the head, but at first she did not realise it was a head she was wandering in.

Door

Apr. 18th, 2017 07:36 am
Door

She walked through a door and wondered which reality she had ended up in.
Tallinn

I took my first breath underwater and went scuba diving. I even saw a shark! (Admittedly, a toy plastic one, on the bottom of the swimming pool.)

I went on a tube walk from Regent's Park to Baker Street and we saw alpacas and the Jelling Stone.

My mum and I saw the exhibition on Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion at Two Temple Place.

I went to a UX Community event on "When did service design stop being UX?"

I ate dessert soup at the Shan State with [personal profile] doseybat and [personal profile] morwen and we saw A Silent Voice at the cinema.

I caught up with friends at Pub Standards.

After 4 weeks, the gas in my flat was finally turned back on!

I celebrated [personal profile] miss_newham's birthday at the Battersea Arts Centre.

I visited the Charterhouse museum.

I saw the exhibition at the Stables Gallery by Martin Davison - Playing the changes.

Finland and Estonia )

Ingress:

Another fun Enlightened monthly social!

I wandered around Croydon and completed the When Dolphins attack! banner and kept an eye out for suspicious dolphins. I visited the Boxpark in Croydon and ate cronuts and “the hard bowl”, which included yam and plantain and ackee.

I walked around Brick Lane and did the Brick Lane banner, and drank a vegan freakshake at the Canvas and smiled when I saw the sign made of beads that said, “All you need is weird”. I stared at photos in the Whitechapel Gallery, at the Terrains of the body exhibition, and also watched mobile phones spin around.

I walked around South Kensington and did the Evolution of Man banner. I stared at John Latham's skoob art at the Serpentine and marvelled at his creations. I also saw the Speak exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler.

I wandered around Canary Wharf one day and did the Canary Superskyline banner. Another day, I walked around St Pauls and did the The Bridge to St Pauls banner.

I organised a Ministry of Funny Walks banner meet and afterwards, we ended up in the Crobar.

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