Archive for November, 2006

Your bedroom walls: your own personal gallery

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
My Room - North Wall Crop

My Bedroom - North WallYou have loads of great photos that you want to show off to your friends and visitors to your house, right? And there’s a big, naked area of wall in your room screaming for dignity? Kill two birds with one stone and turn your room into a makeshift gallery.

I have written a quick recipe, based on what I did – feel free to change elements if you’re going to implement this yourself.


Sneak Preview: Sheep Visit Famous World Landmarks

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

The blog is proud to present you with an exclusive sneak preview of the return of the excellent Sheep Series by Jonathan Wormsley: Sheep at Famous World Landmarks!

Sheep Visits the Pyramids


Job Search

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Today the time came for me to go on my first job hunt; a time in a boy’s life where he ceases to be a youth and grows into a confident man of the world, yada yada yada…

OK, so I’m only 16 and still in full-time education and therefore unsuitable for full-time employment. However, I do want to purchase a £600 DSLR camera around Christmas, and need all the money I can get. A Saturday job seemed the most feasible route.

I printed out seven copies of my Curriculum vitae (you can grab a copy of my Public Curriculum Vitae – sans address and phone number – if you wish), and headed down to my local retail park in search of employment.

First port of call was Comet – a delightful little outlet that sold me a spanking new iPod nano (8gb, black – the sophisticated man’s choice), and then exchanged it for me hassle-free a fortnight later when it ceased to function. Then it was across the carpark to Currys, who also liberated a CV.

After Currys I decided to visit B&Q, which coincidentally was my dad’s first place of work too. They didn’t fancy one of my crisp handouts, but instead provided me with an application leaflet and advised me to arrange a telephone interview rather than to use the online service. After that I visited Marks and Spencers, who gave me a similar treatment. Finally I visited Halfords, whose service desk was devoid of life; and Homebase, who aren’t looking for part-time applicants.

So, what has this blog post achieved? Well, nothing much really, but if you happen to call in at Comet, Currys, B&Q or Marks and Spencers at the Kingsway Retail Park in the near future and spot a spiky haired, unintelligible assistant… gizza wave.

Selling Sheep Pictures

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Tom Evans, a boy from my DiDA class, has decided to sell childish pictures of sheep drawn by Jon Wormsley, another DiDA student, who was bored during an SPB sometime last year.

The set of five pictures, which are currently available on eBay UK for 1p, depict sheep in various locales such as a desert, a hill, and a snowstorm. From the item description:

You are bidding on the World Renowned piees called “The Sheep Series”. A series of 5 pictures of which one is “A sheep in the Artic”

These masterpieces were created by a Jonathon Wormsley in 2006 and have since had masses of interest from every corner of the globe

You are bidding to have the Sheep Series sent to you via email for you to do whatever you wish with. Me and Jon are the copyright holders and are well within our rights to sell these fantastic images

Is such a blatantly misleading item description even legal? Dubious.  But I’ll see if I can convince him to let me host the images here in all their glory.  For the time being, feast on the masterpiece below, ‘borrowed’ from the eBay item page:

Sheep in the Arctic

The end of DiDA D202

Saturday, November 4th, 2006
ePortfolio D202

Yesterday was the deadline for the multimedia module of the renown stress-management course DiDA. I have not known such a feeling of freedom for weeks.

For the D202 module, which was based on ‘energizing your life’, we had to produce:

  • An eLearning package (a bit like MyMaths) aimed at 14 to 17 year olds;
  • A promotional movie for the eLearning package aimed at teachers;
  • A 6-slide looping presentation to be used at secondary school induction days;
  • A multimedia-centric ePortfolio (website);
  • Backup materials such as commentaries, a journal, assets tables, a review, etc.

The products and backup materials were by far the easy part. The problem with the DiDA course is the bizarre mark-scheme that grades you only get something like 9 out of 42 possible marks for the quality of your products – the brunt of the marking is for planning, reviewing, getting feedback and acting on feedback.

Anyway, I now have a fortnight of relative doss before the next SPB starts. Now I only have business coursework, a trial SPB, maths coursework and revised drafts of English coursework – wow, it will be almost like a holiday!