Country Thief

CountryThief
CountryThief

What would happen if certain countries did not exist?

One of the items in Theo’s procrastination list (since 2014) is an geographical education computer game called Country Thief. 

As someone who comes from a country (New Zealand) that is often left off global maps, I decided to create a game where countries are disappearing from the map for various reasons (evil dictators, nuclear war, economic collapse, alien invasion, meteors of unusual size and shape, global warming). Players race against decreasing time limits to find the missing country and identify it. Can you beat the clock and save your country from disappearing?

Given recent current events and environmental concerns, I am releasing this concept design image for people to share on social media and make their own comments.

Approximately Φ

Acrylic and Gouache on Lack Coffee Table, 90x55 cm
Approximately Phi, Acrylic and Gouache on Ikea Lack Coffee Table, 90×55 cm

 

Approximately Phi, Acrylic and Gouache on Ikea Lack Coffee Table.
Approximately Phi, Acrylic and Gouache on Ikea Lack Coffee Table.

The mathematics of the golden ratio [phi (ɸ) ~1.61803399] and of the Fibonacci sequence [1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, …] are intimately interconnected.

At 90 x 55 cm, the dimensions of the Ikea Lack Coffee Table are close to two consecutive terms of the Fibonacci series, and give a ratio of 1.63636363636 which is only 0.01832964761 or 1.1328% more than phi. Our coffee table was in need of refurbishment and so I painted it with this exaggerated approximation of the fibonacci series / golden ratio spiral.

 

 

We are Synonymous

A while ago I started a video project parodying the videos of the activist group Anonymous. Recently I completed it.

We are Synonymous is the manifesto of the apathetic and procrastinators.

 Created with Apple’s built in text to speech and iMovie. 

My Dictionary & Theosaurus

My Dictionary & Theosaurus
My Dictionary & Theosaurus, digital image

I was fascinated by the dictionary as a child and I especially enjoyed reading the abbreviations section. Here are some of my definitions for abbreviation, acronyms and mnemonics.

Rosist #2

Rosist #2
Rosist #2, Digital image

Not all roses are red,
I prefer them blue.
Flowers discriminated
by colorism too?

A few years ago I wrote this poem, to try to give other colors of roses a chance. Each Valentines Day I have produced a new variation of it.

Happy Valentines Day

There Once Was Sky (Under Construction)

Over the last few years the landscape around our neighborhood has changed as more and more of the older buildings are replaced with luxury apartment blocks.

A neighbor behind us had a two storey house where they kept chickens on their rooftop under a grapevine.

There was sky
There was sky. Photograph.

In 2014 they and others in the street sold to developers and their houses were demolished to make way for new construction.
Concrete foundations for the new building were poured and then demolished again. Rising five floors above the second foundation the new apartment construction took about two years.

Under construction
New neighboring apartment building under construction, photograph

The new monstrosity now blocks our view of the city, hills, afternoon sun and sky.

This painting series aims to capture that there once was sky.

There once was sky, under construction.
There once was sky (under construction). Gouache on canvas board, 30x40cm.

North & South

The Land of Confusion - North and South
The Land of Confusion – North and South, digital image

Another in The Land of Confusion series, North & South highlights places in the world with North or South in their names.

Virgin and Child #1

Virgin and child #1
A small canvas on a larger virgin canvas

Inspired by Ron Tekawa’s Madonna and Child (1990) and various historical images of the Virgin and Child. 

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How to Profit from Procrastination. Order now!

I’m writing a book about how to profit from procrastination.

Book cover

“I was procrastinating on Facebook and saw that a friend had recently written and published a self help kind of book.

I reminded myself of my unfinished novel.

I continued on with my procrastination on Facebook.

However, in the deep dark recesses of the back of my mind a seed of an idea was germinating.

Why not write a book about how to make a profit from procrastination.

It started as a joke – make a cover and some chapter outlines. Then presell it.”

For real

My quick research shows that there is not a lot written about the positive effects of procrastination. Most of the literature is about the dangers of procrastination and how to avoid it.

Almost everyone I know, for as long as possible, wants to procrastinate their inevitable death.

There is money to be saved by waiting instead of impulsively buying. Markets and products development can be explored while actively procrastinating on the finished article. And delays can often bring the wisdom of hindsight as others make mistakes you can learn from.

After one month and a day of procrastination, I wrote enough of the book to start selling it. In between procrastinations, I will publish further editions of the book.

You can buy the first edition now on 51 of Apple’s iBook stores [sorry, not available in China or Turkey yet].

Short book coming shortly

“Life is too short to write long things.” — Stanislaw J. Lec

I have been procrastinating on an idea of writing a short book about procrastination for just over a month now.