drawing of newborn wallaby created in Powerpoint
If you want to create drawings like the one to the right using a program you already know how to use, I have written a tutorial that may help you. Powerpoint is not ideal for this sort of drawing, but it is easier than Inkscape (free) or Adobe Illustrator (very expensive), since you already know how to drive powerpoint. No new user interface to learn, just a few tricks and tweaks to get the head around.
My tutorial will take you through the key steps in generating this illustration of a newborn wallaby attached to a teat in the pouch. I will show how to generate the base by tracing the outlines from a photo, and then how to embellish this with fills and shading to get a reasonably 3-D appearance.
Tidying my room today I came across a very dusty doc I had made yonks ago on the importance of computer backup. It had the “Backup song” that parodies the song “Yesterday” by the Beatles. I rather like it, and it still rings true today. Enjoy.
All those backups seemed a waste of pay.
Now my database has gone away.
Oh I believe in yesterday.
There’s not half the files there used to be,
And there’s a deadline
hanging over me.
The system crashed so suddenly.
I pushed something wrong
What it was I could not say.
Now my data’s gone
and I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay.
The need for back-ups seemed so far away.
Thought all my data was here to stay,
Now I believe in yesterday.
Google led me to a source, Rob Cosgrove who attributes authorship to Sunni Freyer with the original lyrics (and additional ones by Bill Frick) at http://web.archive.org/web/19990117031458/http:/alice.net/yesterda.htm
Shaking hands with DEATH
Alas, DEATH has come to take Terry Pratchett from us. Viv has written on this on one of her blogs – clearly she was greatly affected. Read her comments HERE.
2014: #8 in Australia
I just got a pleasant surprise. Reading through the latest School of BioSciences newsletter I found I had been #8 in Australia in the Lecturer of the Year nominations.
Lecturer of the Year Awards 2014
Just had a little play with Photoshop with a picture with converging verticals.
Some interesting data I came across, showing patterns of enrolments over time for subjects in year 11 (the start of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) that is our final educational qualification before tertiary/post-secondary studies).
BIOL10004 SES feebdback wordcloud, Semester 1, 2014
Here is a word-cloud summary of the student feedback for first year biology, for the question What did you like best in the subject. I lectured for only 2 of the 12 weeks, but the students must like what I do.
The price was right so we bought a whole rump. We decided to give low-temperature roasting a go – having vague recollections of Heston’s Feasts advocating this approach. So we dumped 3 kg of the rump in an oven bag at ~90 C for about 4 hours. It turned out very tender and juicy. I suspect it would have been a bit tough with a standard roasting.
The remaining 2 kg we turned into a stew in the slow cooker. Also turned out tender.
Dinners for the forseeable future will be reheated stew or roast…
Interviewed by Mx newspaper… Apparently a celebrity comedian made some “rood” comments about kangaroo genitals … they called me to check the facts!
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Just for interest I pasted the student feedback “what did you like best about this subject” question into a wordcloud package (Tagxedo: http://www.tagxedo.com/). Makes a pretty picture.
Student feedback Biology Semester 1, 2013