27/02/2012 § 4 Comments
It’s been a big day today. First our Prime Minister had her leadership challenged – which turned out how we all expected – then came the Oscars which also had no real surprises.
But don’t be mislead by my headline. This post is about palindromes.
I’ve had a busy week with publication deadlines and stuff but I did find time for an enjoyable project. The article was about words, how they create identity and how this influences meaning. So I thought I’d use a palindrome.
While I scoured the internet for a decent palindrome I was struck by how silly so many of them are. To adhere to the rule of backwards=frontwards they often make very little sense. When you get a chance, do some googling.
I also think it’s a shame that the word ‘palindrome’ isn’t one. Equally sad that ‘onomatopoeia’ doesn’t sound like anything.
16/02/2012 § 3 Comments
Last night I hired a DVD. It was a really good movie called The Guard. But I’m not reviewing. I have a bone to pick.
Before it started I had to watch the parade of animated logos the I am obliged to endure before every movie these days. And they are always awful. They all go for too long (please guys – one second will do, two seconds tops) because the companies they represent are so proud of them. They swirl and spin, accompanied by a low ominous sound but, I’m sorry, they look rubbish. It’s as though they were made by some teenager who downloaded a free 3D animation app and wants to see what it can do.
But the case in point is the logo you see here. The animated version begins with a sweep across a cinema full of people. But they are all white and identically expresionless. It looks like the cinema has been stocked with mannequins because it was cold and there was a football game on telly that night. Then we sweep around behind the zombie audience and settle on this, our final image. And what impression does it give us? That Irish people are constantly standing up during a movie and throwing their shadows on the screen.
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Student work is great. I like the honest straight forward ideas combined with enthusiastic execution (not that kind of execution – they’re kids for goodness sake).
And being you and all Gen-Yie they like to share. Which is where this UK website comes in. Experienced students encouraging the newbies with posters of wisdom.