Aside

Hah! Exactly a year since my last post on the blog… Didn’t even mean for that to happen. It’s a sign, folks. A good omen. This next year is going to be epic. :P

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The Apprentice

Pretty sure this is an accurate picture of the Tron staff meetings...

On the advice of the infinitely wise Stephen Birss, I’m going to once again pick up the noble mantle of online blogger, and bring hope, love and enlightenment to the unwashed masses. The occasion? Starting in September I’m going to be an apprentice at the Tron Church in Glasgow, and I (well, Stephen) figured it may be a good shout to keep a record of what I’ve been up to and what I’ve learned. So here goes!

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Drawing on World Issues

Stumbled across this page today, it’s a couple of years old but the pictures are great. They really do make you think! Art can be a good tool for ‘deal[ing] with tough and poignant issues’, as the site says, and these coloured pencil pictures are great at showing the juxtaposition between the way we live and the way the majority of folk live.

[Drawing on World Issues via Visual News]

Retractable Christianity

So Nathan and Amy (the people I’m staying with while I’m working in Cambridge) have recently got two kittens. It’s amazing. My heart is currently in the process of melting due to the unceasing onslaught of extreme cuteness. Quite a nice way to go, all things considered.

Thing is, these little bundles of fur aren’t all warmth, comfort and suspicious damp patches on the settee. No, these kittens have a business end, in the form of 20 miniature knives attached to their heart-warmingly oversized paws… and they haven’t quite grasped how to retract them yet. Ouch.

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Hmmm… this place looks familiar.

I’m not very good at keeping up with blog writing, it seems. I think it’s just a fact of life. I try, I really do, but then there’ll be a barren stretch, ideas will dry up, and the common tugs of everyday life will tear me away from the joy of posting my every passing whim to a faceless public. It happens a lot, but I’ve really outdone myself this time… It’s been almost a year.

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Gapminder: Statistics for a Fact-Based World View

So it’s been a while, and I’m not going to promise a whole lot of regular posts (pretty busy at the moment!), but I thought I’d share this really cool website with you. I’ve been going along to Engineers Without Borders, a society at Glasgow Uni that looks to use engineering to overcome some of the issues facing developing nations, and at the meeting yesterday they showed a TED talk by a guy called Hans Rosling. He’s a statistician, and has made a phenomenal site which compares statistic data from just about every country in the world. I realise that description makes it sound pretty dull, but check out the TED video, and it’ll be explained much better.

Anyhow, here’s the link: Gapminder. Hope you find it interesting!

The Breathtaking Beauty of Human Friendship

In continuing to blog about my adventures last week, I come to the highlight of the trip: The phenomenal Angkor Wat temple complex. This is going to be a short(ish) post with regards to text, because in this case photos speak so much better.

Angkor Wat is stunning. Everything you would ever imagine. Huge. Ancient. Mysterious. Overgrown. Overwhelming. Intricate, yet rugged, and looking like a set straight out of Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider (sort of because it is…). If you can go, please do. It will take your breath away.

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