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Giraffes! - pointless but fun

This Norwegian guy (OneMillionGiraffes) is doing something completely pointless but it's really fun and creative so I decided to help out in a tiny way. I do have lots of other work to be doing but I don't follow reason well and just wanted to try it out... and by the way, I love bull clips!
Why don't you have some fun and join in the Giraffe challenge?

How not to design (or write)


I found the first t-shirt I painted, it was years ago at camporee. I decided to play about with it and come up with a fun Welsh flag. Not sure why I've given him a cheesy smile but he's pointing up or having an idea, so maybe it's his eureka moment. I know I know, get some serious work done!

The Big Picture

I was fortunate to be asked to share a talk with Newport Church on Saturday (nervous first time and I'm not sure why me, but I took up the challenge :). I've never aspired to be a preacher, but for some reason I was happy for a chance to study over the last few weeks and be able to share a positive message. Instead of just sitting in the background it was exciting to be up front and finally put aside ideas of not being good enough, a fear that has always held me back.About the talk, well I babbled on for too long, with too many ideas in my head, but hopefully some people got a thread of the message (at least I think they got past me wearing a big painted t-shirt and comfy white trainers in church, a mini victory :).

By providing some link surfing I'm going to try to give a clearer picture of the ideas I tried getting across through this post. I'm not an expert on anything, just a guy trying to offer something useful, so please don't think that everything I say is truth, I'm just trying to point to a greater truth.

Wonder at Yann Arthus-Bertrand's aerial photography, then check out this PDF of the facts (updated link to a sample of teacher's resources).

  1. With facts like '$53.7 billion spent on public aid for development compared to $798 billion on the world's military' and '50,000 species become extinct every year' despite its beauty this is a broken world. Broken systems and ecology.Don't all these seemingly insurmountable problems worry you?
  2. Read what Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-34"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?"How can we not be worried about the bad news that surrounds us every day?
  3. John 3:16-21, this is why. Jesus, the 'Liberator' came to save everyone. Save us so we don't have to follow the same patterns of self-harm and destruction, to instead live a love filled life. A life where every person is preciously important.
  4. John 1:1-14.In Matt Krick's essay 'The Theology of Ecology' he starts by putting Jesus, The Word, into perspective."The story of God does not begin with sin. It is not his invention, and he calls us to remember thatthis is not the way it is supposed to be. We live in God's good earth. Creation began good and remains good, broken as it may be."He was there at the start and came into the world to lead us back to the way the world should be. The lessons Jesus taught and example he led show us what love is and how to live. Love everyone as yourself sums it up. The beauty is in the teachings simplicity but this doesn't make it easy. Many Christians seem to forget that Jesus promised to return to fix the world for good. We're part of a creation story where we have the hope of a happy ending. Until then there's no way that people will listen to the message unless Christians (Jesus Liberation movement) follow Jesus by living love filled lives where the tragedies of our world cannot be accepted and actions of love flow naturally. "Preaching the Gospel to all the world, in some cases using words" - people only listen to those who are genuine.
  5. The brilliant Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1964 Nobel lecture summed up the state of world:"... in spite of (these) spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers."Spoken at the time of the Cold War, this seems even more true now. How can we bring peace to this world? Where wars are started overwaterand half of humanity lives on less than $2 a day.King Jr. goes on to say:"We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say "We must not wage war." It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but on the positive affirmation of peace."
  6. So lets focus on the 'positive affirmation of peace'. Thanks must go to the Nobel Peace Prize for going against the grain of merely congratulating diplomats. In recent years they have given recognition to people who's organisations are bringing peace into the world through amazingly simple actions. Let's shout for joy and join or support them and others who fight against the injustices in the world.People like Wangari Maathai whose Green Belt Movement by the simple act of planting trees are empowering people in Kenya to save their environment and in turn themselves. And Muhammad Yunus and the Grameem Bank for giving hope to millions of poor people in Bangladesh and now the world. Through micro-lending a world movement is building aimed at eradicating poverty."We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody that is far superior to the discords of war."(You've gotta love King Jr.'s wonderful language :)
  7. And finally, see the big picture in 'The 2 Minute Bible' *(a poem by the Welsh author and performer Rob Lacey, who sadly passed away 3 years ago)..."(P.s. If this post hasn't been clear, I hope you gain something from the links. I'm obviously not a brilliant writer but thank you for taking the time to consider this.)*Sadly the link to the original source has been removed but you can find out a little about Rob Lacey here)

Originally posted on 23 February 2009: http://eifionpaul.blogspot.co.nz/2009/02/big-picture.html

Too Few Role Models

Calvin & Hobbes

I've been thinking a lot about 'peace' this week thanks to a Martin Luther King Jr.speech found on the thorough Nobel Prize website. Suddenly I remembered good old Calvin & Hobbes, and this strip basically sums it up. (C&H official site is here, but this fan site is a better introduction).
Peace doesn't simply mean 'no violence',
stop being boring... be creative!

(Ps. I was at one of the meetings where Rob Bell gave this talk that the blogger sums up so well. I've read so many disgusting comments from judgmental people on other websites that I have to stand up for it. The whole talk was brilliant, shedding new light on the wonderful possibilities that non-violence can provide when done creatively. It's a shame that I can't find a full video or transcript from this talk.)

This is old, but I just wanted to share something.
Reminiscing theArctic Design Monkeys.
This isBrännboll, a brilliant alternative to rounders.
I was lucky enough to play with some great people.



Identity design for Eifion Paul. Originally posted 26 January 2009.
"The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose." Richard R. Grant

Very late but...Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!
(Happy new year)
The wedding was a great success and hopefully when all the photos are in I can show you some of the cool ideas my sis tried out to make the whole event personal and even more special.
Sadly (well only for me) the mini clip experiment was a no-go since they weren't needed in the end. Annoyingly the venue just taped the menus to their own table markers. Hopefully the idea will be of some use in the future.
I've not been up to much lately (apart from piggin' out on mince pies and other goodies) but I've tried to make a productive start to the new year. Starting with getting my room in order (no small task!). I've been sorting through 'work' going back years, and it's sometimes disheartening to see that some of my drawings as a teenager are better than today, but also fun to find old sketches for ideas that I never carried through. Anyways, until I dust away all the cobwebs and finally get to making new sketches I'll leave you with this 'comic'. It's a shame I didn't date it but I think I was 11 at the time, wow.. 15 years ago ('Larry the Punk' even then I was out of date!)
New years resolution: get work done and make this interesting! :)

"The Good Punk"

Mini Bull-clip to the Rescue!

Here's some rough sketches of me trying to come up with an idea for my sis. After some silly complicated methods to stand a folded A4 menu I finally came up with something that works.
Basically, I've found that you can make quite a pretty table placement sign from just a printed piece of A4 and a mini bullclip. Simply fold the A4 in half (menu on one side, table number on the other). Fold the top open corners inwards, then simply clip the folds on the inside with the bullclip. The paper should form a slender curve at top and have an open base for stability.Hopefully I can explain things much more simply in the future, but I hope you get the idea.
It will go to test this Saturday at my sister's wedding...