Saturday, September 30, 2006

In the beginning ...

Crystal Ball, originally uploaded by nominally_challenged.

In the spirit of my decision to share some of my paintings with the blogosphere, here is my first offering.

I've called this "Creation", though it needn't be called that, and in using that name, I am not necessarily making any theological points. It's just that the background scene seemed very idyllic and Eden-like, and there's something 'creationary' to it, in my mind.

I could, of course, be wrong.

It's up to the beholder(s) (i.e., you people) to decide.

Or not to decide.

Or just to say: "that's a fat load of dingo's kidneys".


Is there any point going beta on Blogger?

I keep reading about it, but I'm a bit of technological disaster really and I don't much understand it.

Can anyone who's done it and survived tell me whether it will make much of a difference to the life (and blog) of a person who is a mere common or garden geek rather than a certified computer geek? Does it contain really cool stuff that I will instantly enjoy using? Or will it prove to be a giant step backwards in the evolution of my own personal corner of the blogosphere?

In short, are there any useful layperson's reviews out there?

TIAs everyone!


Friday, September 29, 2006

Comments Policy

It was pointed out to me yesterday (although considering the circumstances in which this was done, it is a marvel that I actually remembered), that my comments section was restricted only to be people who have a blogger account. I had not been aware of this (I thought it was open to basically anyone who had a blog), so I have decided to open up the comments section to everyone.


I will not, at this stage, be moderating comments, but I do reserve the right to delete things that are tasteless, offensive or just really badly written. I'm more than happy to hear what you have to say, but this little virtual space is like my home - please don't make me have to start moderating, and please stay civil to each other.

Having had my little rant and said my little bit, I now pronounce this blog open to general commenting.

Let the Games Begin!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The reason for my absence

Part of the reason that I was away from the blogosphere for so long is that I was in this city:

Mostly at this particular part of it:

Where I spent quite a bit of time staring at this wall in semi-disbelief:

... semi-disbelief that it had all finally arrived in one piece (ok, five pieces) and was actually hanging on a wall.

People, I give you: nominally-challenged's first ever commissioned painting.

Additional, and arguably better photos can be found on Flickr, but are restricted at the moment to friends only. If you wanna see them, you've gotta get a flickr account and tell me in 25 words or less why I want to be your friend (or, of course, wait until I decide to make them public) ... :)

With sufficient encouragement, I might post some other paintings ...

I hope this is an acceptable reason for a prolonged absence from blogging :)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Gee has it been that long?

I just checked and my last post was on the 2nd of September - almost an entire month ago!

Well, the war ended, so I pretty much stopped blogging about the fact that I was ignoring the war. But apart from that, I've been a tad busy and I really do have (what I think are) very good reasons for not having blogged in the interim. I will post about some of those reasons soon-ish, I hope.

In any event, just thought I'd ping the blogosphere and check that someone's still out there reading me ... every so often ... perhaps?


Anyone ... ???


Saturday, September 02, 2006


This weekend I shredded.

I had a huge pile of documents that couldn't simply be put in the garbage, due to all kinds of NDAs and things, so I shredded them. One page at a time.

I ended up with 18 (eighteen!) large green garbage bags full of shredded paper, and the realization that there is no paper recycling that I know of in Tel Aviv ...