Deacon Blues

Today, Easter Monday, i visited my mother and her husband. I went with the train to Amersfoort, a one hour trip from Rotterdam. I listened to my favourite tracks.

The Netherlands is this very specific country where almost everything is defined and delineated. Even the country side in the west has the lines of the water around it. I do love it, in its way.

One song i turned louder, Deacon Blues.

Steely Dan – Deacon Blues Lyrics
This is the day of the expanding man
That shape is my shade
There where I used to stand
It seems like only yesterday
I gazed through the glass
At ramblers, wild gamblers
That’s all in the past

You call me a fool
You say it’s a crazy scheme
This one’s for real
I already bought the dream
So useless to ask me why
Throw a kiss and say goodbye
I’ll make it this time
I’m ready to cross that fine line

[Chorus]
I’ll learn to work the saxophone
I play just what I feel
Drink Scotch whiskey all night long
And die behind the wheel
They got a name for the winners in the world
And I want a name when I lose
They call Alabama the Crimson Tide
Call me Deacon Blues

My back to the wall
A victim of laughing chance
This is for me
The essence of true romance
Sharing the things we know and love
With those of my kind
Libations
Sensations
That stagger the mind

I crawl like a viper
Through these suburban streets
Make love to these women
Languid and bittersweet
I’ll rise when the sun goes down
Cover every game in town
A world of my own
I’ll make it my home sweet home

[Chorus]

This is the night of the expanding man
I take one last drag
As I approach the stand
I cried when I wrote this song
Sue me if I play too long
This brother is free
I’ll be what I want to be

Songwriters: BECKER, WALTER CARL / FAGEN, DONALD JAY
Deacon Blues lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Published on April 7, 2015 at 6:00 by

Watch

My first canvas and javascript post. I had to do some research on how to make this work. It wasn’t that hard. I already use a plugin to remove the p-tag wordpress inserts. jQuery is used on the site. The script itself is easy.

The first function setCanvas sets the size of the canvas element. There is no way to do this with css, as far as i know.

function setCanvas() {
	var viewportwidth;
	var viewportheight;

	if (typeof window.innerWidth != 'undefined') {
		viewportwidth = window.innerWidth,
		viewportheight = window.innerHeight
	}

	//set width and height to 80% of total width
	document.getElementById("can").width = viewportwidth - (.2 * viewportwidth);
	document.getElementById("can").height = viewportwidth - (.2 * viewportwidth);
}

The function drawPresent draws 2500 (50 * 50) squares on the canvas. For each square there is a random colour mixed with Math.round(Math.random() * 255). I added the 1 pixel to the width, because when testing this, i saw white lines between the squares.

function drawPresent() {
	var canvas = document.getElementById('can');
	var ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');

	var ctxwidth = canvas.width;
	var I_width = ctxwidth / 50;

	for(var i=0;i<50;i++){
		for(var j=0;j<50;j++){
			var x = j * I_width;
			var y = i * I_width;

			var rgb1 = Math.round(Math.random() * 255);
			var rgb2 = Math.round(Math.random() * 255);
			var rgb3 = Math.round(Math.random() * 255);
			ctx.fillStyle = 'rgb(' + rgb1 + ',' + rgb2 + ',' + rgb3 + ')';
			ctx.fillRect(x, y, I_width + 1, I_width + 1);
		}
	}
}

The following code implements these functions in a resize and a load handler. I did need to set the ready and resize functions inside a jQuery(function($)) function. I found this in the fifth part of this post 5 Tips For Using jQuery with WordPress.

jQuery(function ($) {

$(window).resize(function () {
	setCanvas();
	setInterval(drawPresent, 1000);
});

$(document).ready(function () {
	setCanvas();
	setInterval(drawPresent, 1000);
});

});

I did decide to not use the library CreateJS for the time being. I did use this in the final presents i made on lfs.nl. It is a way for people who are used to Flash to make canvas easier to implement. Since i last worked with Flash in 2006, i have forgotten so many things about it, that it felt like needing to learn Flash all over again. So i’d rather stick with jQuery for general things and get into Javascript itself to make presents.

I’m using a canvas tutorial from the Mozilla Developer Network to get the basics covered.

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Published on April 1, 2015 at 6:00 by

Paella

It was a drab, grey, stormy, dreary sunday. The windows were wet the entire day. Some bords on my little balcony fell over. I did very little. I watched some sunday morning tv. I listened to some music. I cooked paella.

This evening i watched Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I have seen it before. Some parts were entertaining. I did enjoy the fight!

I’ll leave you with the paella recipe. My apologies for the out of focus pictures. It’s a nice recipe, which you can adjust to your liking.

Bye bye!

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Published on March 30, 2015 at 6:00 by

Foundation

The face at the top of this post, is my usual face. I do wear glasses most of the time, but i do have daily lenses. As you see i do have not a bad skin for a 51 year old woman. A few wrinkles beneath the eyes, a few lines on the forehead. I do have slight red cheeks, which i don’t mind too much.

This post shows how i prepare my skin for a full make up. Which is something i hardly ever do. And i mean really that. But i did want to try it out myself. Usually, i use some of the foundation on my chin and cheeks. A bit of concealer and the powder to finish it. Both are quite new, so they haven’t been in my routine that long.

I did buy the Clarins Concealer a few months ago on recommendation of the pixiwoo girls. The Mac prep+prime finishing powder was recommended by multiple sources, Miss Lipgloss among them.

I am interested in getting a primer. I haven’t done any research yet. Maybe a smashbox one, i did read some good reviews on those. But developments are going fast. And i do not want to many silicones really, so i should read more about ingredients.

My foundation is nearly empty. So i do need to read more about these too! It’s a shame Nars isn’t sold here in the Netherlands, i’m really interested in the Sheer Glow Faundation. The Estee Lauder Double Wear seems pretty good too. But as i said, it’ll be quite a task to find the right one.

After i made all the photos for this post, i rushed to the bathroom and removed everything! I was happy to have my normal face back. I would only use this sort of make up for very rare occasions, not for daily life.

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Published on March 27, 2015 at 6:00 by

Busy busy busy

A day my mind simply races forward and nothing comes out of my hands. I do need to stop doing that!

I have so many things i could be doing right now. And i don’t do any of it.

I have a cat sitting beside me who wants to be petted.

I’ll just go and make a cup of tea and have a fruit cookie. I’ll pet the cat, watch a bit more tv and then go to bed.

Nothing of this shit tomorrow though! Work!

Published on March 26, 2015 at 6:00 by