Month: May 2014

Finger Painting With Inkflow

Inkflow is available free for the iPhone and iPad. The premium version – Inkflow Plus – has a few more tools. Inkflow is advertised as a way to make visual notes quickly, but I’ve been using it as a way to paint with my finger on my iPhone. Here’s a painting I made. I did it from scratch, copying the figure of Madam Butterfly in a poster we have on the wall. The working area on an iPhone is pretty small of course, but you can pinch the screen open to work within a smaller area of the painting.

Crown Office

This is a test using the latest version of the WordPress iOS app. Update There are two problems with the iOS app as far as I can see. One is the size of the uploaded image, which is 205kB. The other is minor, but it’s the strange and meaningless name of the image, which is 20140528-175753-64673987.jpg Had I used the browser to post the image, I would have been able to use Photoshop and the Save-For-Web feature and the image would have been around 50kB.

Happy Birthday, Rachel Carson

When Rachel Carson wrote ‘Silent Spring’ in 1962, people could perhaps claim they didn’t know about the hidden destruction to the environment, to wildlife. No one can claim that now. Rachel Carson was a biologist, so when she spoke, she spoke with authority. Her book Silent Spring told the story of the consequences of man’s interference with the environment. She showed how insecticides were upsetting the balance of nature in far-reaching ways that served some people but endangered everyone and everything. I have made a larger size version of poster, suitable for printing up to about twice postcard size. doesn’t allow zip files to be uploaded, so I have put the file in a Dropbox folder where you can download it and spread it around. Update 2014: Link now removed. [My wife Tamara and I designed this poster late last year as part of our contribution to World Animal Day, and it is nice to be able to spread its message again on Rachel Carson’s birthday.]