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The First Rule
Thursday, June 1st 2017

A disaffected, disillusioned young man becomes part of an underground terrorist organisation that preaches self-destruction as the means to fight against the ideals of Western society, ultimately culminating in a bombing campaign that destroys several buildings.

Sound familiar? That’s right. It’s the plot to Fight Club.

But with a few little tweaks it becomes a sort of base narrative for 21st century expressions of male rage that range from school shooters to gamergaters to ISIS.

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Dublin To Boston Bay
Wednesday, April 26th 2017

My occasional musical partner-in-crime Alan Kavanagh recently asked if I knew anyone who might be able to do a simple animated video for a demo of his song “Dublin To Boston Bay.” I do, but they’re all much too busy thanks to Ireland’s booming animation industry. So I came up with a basic story concept inspired by his lyrics, then broke out the pencils…

This was made by scanning the drawings into Photoshop for a little tidying-up, then using iMovie to synch them to the appropriate lyrics and to add the Ken Burns zooms and pans.

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For I Have Synths
Thursday, March 23rd 2017

A little something I threw together in Garageband that proves I shouldn’t be let near keyboards or synthesisers.

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Choice
Wednesday, March 15th 2017

They say that people generally stop listening to new music around the age of 33.

“NONSENSE!” I thought. I’ve listened to loads of new music in the last year, thanks to Spotify and 8Radio and TXFM (may she rest in peace). Thundercat. Childish Gambino. Father John Misty. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. The Amazons.

But I can barely remember a single one of their songs. Don’t ask me to hum one because I’m not sure I could.

The temptation is to claim that new music just isn’t as good as the old stuff. ‘Old stuff’ here meaning 1995 to 2001. As someone who was an Oasis fan in that era, I can’t really make that argument with a straight face.

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Post Floof
Friday, November 18th 2016

I can think of nothing useful to say in response to the last fortnight, so this is just every dog picture I’ve posted to Facebook in the last week plus one very inspirational hedgehog.

Reindeer Dog

Smile Dog

Bathtime Dog

Camera Dog

Dog

Inspirational Hedgehog

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