A witch’s trial — Calmgrove

Terry Pratchett: A Hat Full of Sky Corgi 2012 (2004) We’re all familiar with Alice going through the looking-glass into a topsy-turvy world, a world where she is able to look at things in a different way. Unexpectedly, Alice makes no attempt to find her own reflection: “The very first thing she did was to […]

via A witch’s trial — Calmgrove


360 degree video

I have just discovered 360 degree video and it has become my current fascination. You’ll need a 360 video compatible browser e.g. Chrome or Firefox. Here’s a great example:

Isn’t technology amazing?

Parallel lines — Calmgrove

How many narratives are there, and how are they put together? Why are we often satisfied with some stories which, when described, sound trite or clichéd while other more complex tales, more diffuse or with an unexpected ending, fail to please or even prove unwelcome? Are we doomed to merely know what we like and […]

via Parallel lines — Calmgrove

Lights Out

All quiet here on WordPress as I’m currently engaged in writing an (unsolicited) solo guitar arrangement of the utterly beautiful “Lights Out” by Frost* from the “Falling Satellites” album – written by Jem Godfrey. I’m using Logic to sequence it, Powertab to create the tablature / staff and pen and paper to record some chord and partial chord shapes I’ve employed. As noted elsewhere, my arrangement is in A major using standard guitar tuning (EADGBE) with a cop on the second fret and at 96 bpm. Having to learn to sing it too!

Cover of the Frost* album "Falling Satellites".
Cover of the Frost* album “Falling Satellites”.

“This dismal place” — Calmgrove

‘Hey, you — you there, you boy!’ The driver’s voice startled Owen by its loud, harsh, resonant tones. ‘Y-yes, sir,’ he stammered. ‘Can I help you?’ ‘Is this dismal place the town of Pennygaff?’ ‘Thank God for that, at least. I’ve been traversing these hideous black hills for the best part of three hours — […]

via “This dismal place” — Calmgrove

The Farthest Shore: Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin — Jack Heckel

Life rises out of death, death rises out of life; in being opposite they yearn to each other, they give birth to each other and are forever reborn. And with them all is reborn, the flower of the apple tree, the light of the stars. In life is death. In death is rebirth. What […]

via The Farthest Shore: Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin — Jack Heckel