A minor adjustment to the T-shirt philosophy

TWJ seems to be getting a few hits from people looking at the original t-shirts post,
which had a picture of a t-shirt with a strange yet striking image of
butterflies twisting out of a Technics record player. The T-shirt was
made by Eieio, whose website, according to the label on the shirt is
www.eieioclothing.com – however, there’s nothing there at the moment other than a domain name holding page.

Got another Threadless
update e-mail today – they’ve finally reprinted the t-shirt below, the
brilliant ‘Follow It’ design. Last Threadless post for a while, I

Pic: Threadless


“Dude, I serve society by rocking”

Threadless sent me an update e-mail last week, and they’ve restocked some very neat designs, including the one below “(M)P3”. If you’ve not seen Threadless before, it’s definitely worth checking out – essentially, it’s a community-based t-shirt place. Anyone can upload a design, Threadless users vote on it, and the best ones get printed. There’s some clever and brilliant graphic work going on over there, and it’s (for once) worth registering, just so you can see the candidates for the next round of t-shirts. Plus, for people in the UK, it’s very cheap, thanks to the dollar 🙂

Behind the scenes

Perhaps it’s time for some more background information on this blog, since it’s been rolling for a couple of weeks now, and the initial explanation got a little off the point. Ahem. So here we are: I suppose I see this place as having two functions – one, as a place to put all my photos, and two, to be a nice distraction, something entertaining and interesting, just for a few minutes. A jester’s act.

In honour of the title, I’ve posted a couple of pictures of Jester puppets that I took in Prague earlier in the year. There’s a lot of puppets in Prague – most are low-grade tourist mulch, but some are incredibly detailed little statues with complex controls that give them an uincanny sense of motion….

I’ve also added a couple of tech functions: a domain name (www.thewiredjester.co.uk) and e-mail addresses: drop me a line at
alex@thewiredjester.co.uk alexwatson117 [–at–] googlemail [dot] comif you’ve got anything to say…


the end of Frankenstein, now. As usual with the Penguin Classics,
there’s a fairly long academic-ish intro. Since it’s a reprint of a
late-80s/early-90s edition, the intro seems a bit dry at times (esp.
compared to the fireworks and bombast of late 90s lit. theory). Couple of interesting quotes though, such as the following quote it gives, taken from Muriel Spark’s Mary Shelley bio:
“Frankenstein is Mary Shelley’s best novel, because at that early age she was not well acquainted with her own mind.”

Interesting idea – that self-knoweldge, self-analysis and self-pity (or
any blend of the three) detracts from your ability to write well… The
exact opposite of the usual advice they give writers to ‘write what you
know’. It’s not what you know…


If you click a tree in the forest…

…and no-one’s around, does it still grow? Give it a go with NEC’s
art-cum-sponsorship-cum-corporate-responsibility project Ecotonoha.
Adding leaves to the virtual tree makes them plant more real trees.
Lovely graphics, and since the leaves are little messages, the whole
tree is actually a patchwork of words, wishes and SMS shouts:
Link. [via Josh Rubin]

Pic: NEC


Here, There and Everywhere

"FALLOW: The German cartographer, Mercator, 
originally designed this map in 1569 as a navigational tool
for European sailors.
HUKE: The map enlarges areas at the poles to create
straight lines of constant bearing or geographic direction.
CYNTHIA SAYLES: So, it makes it easier to cross an ocean.
FALLOW: But...
C.J.: Yes?
FALLOW: It distorts the relative size of nations and continents.
C.J.: Are you saying the map is wrong?
FALLOW: Oh, dear, yes. Uh, look at Greenland.
C.J.: Okay...
FALLOW: Now look at Africa.
C.J.: Okay...
FALLOW: The two landmasses appear to be roughly the
same size.
C.J.: Yes.
FALLOW: Would it blow your mind if I told you that Africa
is in reality fourteen times larger?
Josh nudges C.J. with his knee, C.J. pushes him back.
C.J.: Yes.
SAYLES: Here we have Europe drawn considerably larger
than South America when at 6.9 million square miles South
America is almost double the size of Europe’s 3.8 million.
HUKE: Alaska appears three times as large as Mexico,
when Mexico is larger by .1 million square miles.
SAYLES: Germany appears in the middle of the map when
it’s in the northernmost quarter of the Earth.
JOSH: Wait, wait. Relative size is one thing, but you’re telling
me that Germany isn’t where we think it is?
FALLOW: Nothing’s where you think it is."

This is from an episode of The West Wing (unofficial transcript) I recently watched, and it got me thinking again about this idea of location…