Low level eumelanin...

A blind man walked into a bar one night. One of the patrons at the bar saw him and helped him get to a barstool and get a drink, After a few minutes, the blind man leaned over to his new friend and said, “I just heard the world’s best blonde joke, Would you like to hear it?”

The other man said, “Friend, before you say another word, there’s something you need to know.”

“What’s that?” the blind man asked.

“There are five people besides you in this bar. The bartender is blonde. The bouncer is blonde. There are two woman sitting at the end of the bar. One is an off-duty police officer, and the other is a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant, and they’re both blonde. I’m six-foot-four, two hundred and sixty pounds, and I’ve got a third degree black belt in karate, and I’m blonde. “So,” the man concluded, “Are you sure you really want to tell that joke?”

The blind man thought about it for a minute and said, “No, not if I’m going to have to explain it five times.”

Let's play a game of Simian says...

Simian says , “jump up and down”

Simian says, “climb a tree”

O.k… Simian says , “eat a banana”

And…Simian says, “make a loud noise”

Now, throw your feces against the wall…

Ahh…Simian didn’t say…

Duh. Duh duh duh. Duh duh duh. Duh duh duuuuuuh...

Risin’ up, back on the street. Did my time, took my chances

Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet. Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast. You trade your passion for glory

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past. You must fight just to keep them alive

Its the eye of the tiger, its the thrill of the fight. Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival

And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night. And he’s watching’ us all with the eye of the tiger…

Pretty Bloomin' Pretty...

Let’s take a look at the details…

Source material: Les Fleurs - The Iris. Alphonse mucha (1898)

Woods used: Maple, Yew, Purple Heart, Ovangkol, Lacewood, Beli, Padauk, Ebony, Mahogany

Size: 250x 140x 12mm

Number of pieces: 282

Time to make: 40 hours

Number of fingers to suffer a painful jewellers saw laceration: 1

Website refreshed, third eye squeegeed...

Over the last few weeks I have been busy improving the 'inlays' sections on the website while catching up on the 130 episodes of the waking up podcast questioning whether I was in fact exercising my free will to do that or if indeed free will actually exists at all. At some point I found myself to be feeling just a little bit more racist, increasingly pessimistic about human nature, becoming more hostile to all forms of religious belief and increasingly steadfast in my position as an antinatalist...Or maybe just that the subjective experience of self is merely an illusion, simply emergent from the physical complexity of my brain...well, something like that anyway