Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Simpson Saga 2011-12 Annual Newsletter

I'm trying something new this year and uploading our SimpsonSaga as a picture (jpgs)   I think you can just click on it to read it larger. This is just the front page of a 4 page newsletter.  I have not put it all up since it is personal. If you would like a copy send me an email phil_simpsonCMS@mac.com We will then send a copy as a pdf. I want to also see if I can do it as a download somewhere like dropbox or on a website  (any ideas?). Worth a try..... 

POSTSCRIPT  (3 Feb 2013)
SAGA2012 click on the link and see our family newsletter SimpsonSaga 11-12 via #Dropbox
its pretty tongue-in-cheek! 

Monday, 14 January 2013

Christian Muslim Solidarty

When I saw this, I immediately tweeted it on to my 'followers' but then felt I needed to add it to the blog which seems to make it a little more permanent. You can find it on YouTube: 

#MyJihad: This Video Will Renew Your Faith in Humanity 

It is about an Imam Mazhar Shaheen from Omar Makram Mosque in Cairo and his visit to Qasr-el-Dubara Church in Cairo to bring Christmas Greetings. He did his doctorate at the famous Azhar University in Cairo, in Q'ranic Rhetoric. it shows........ 

I found it an astonishing statement of solidarity, discovered though working closely together. It gave me a real sense of hope..........     I hope you find it inspirational as well. 

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Laconic History of the World

I was alerted to this amazing map via Twitter.  You must click on the full version on HugePic  to explore. But it is basically a one word 'wordle' (word cloud) on each country based on their wikipaedia History.  The  designer writes the following description on his Tumblr

Laconic History of The World (2012)
My first attempt at a typographic map. Don’t be content with the shrunken version up there: this thing is pretty dang sprawling: I’ve prepped a mind-boggling 12,500 pixel wide version you can enjoy exploring:
This map was produced by running all the various countries’ “History of _____” Wikipedia article through a word cloud, then writing out the most common word to fit into the country’s boundary. The result is thousands of years of human history oversimplified into 100-some words.
I’ve also prepared a reader’s companion to highlight a few of the more interesting findings. Read it here.


A friend  Philip Mounstephen commented:
How depressing! Reminds me of Bob Marley's setting of Haile Selassie's speech to the League of Nations: 'Until the philosophy which hold one race superior / And another / Inferior / Is finally / And permanently / Discredited / And abandoned / -Everywhere is war.'


Which in mind mind sent me straight to the Playing for Change version of 'No More Trouble':  if you've not heard it before you really should .......