How to take FIVE YEARS off your face, just by changing your parting | Mail Online

How to take FIVE YEARS off your face, just by changing your parting | Mail Online.

So true. Just to say centre partings can be a real no-no for people with long thin faces – it’s one of the big mistakes! Anyway, what we’re talking about here is creating a balanced ‘youthful’ look – hair length can also be an issue, as can colour.

Autobiographical Self-Portrait

Top View - Autobiographical self-portraIt | artificial intelligence

Top View: Autobiographical self-portrait
Sculpture by Ian Robson

What is artificial intelligence? Maybe you’d like it to be an imitation of some form of human ability, like: understanding normal, everyday language? Yeah, well, we all love anthropomorphism – ascribing human characteristics to things that are not human.

Left-side Autobiographical self-portraIt | artificial intelligence
Left-side: Autobiographical self-portrait

Right-side Autobiographical self-portraIt | artificial intelligence
Right-side: Autobiographical self-portrait

My latest artwork Autobiographical Self-Portrait is a sculpture that investigates artificial intelligence and anthropomorphism. Each element within this sculpture has a very significant meaning for me; the components tell my life’s story, my autobiograpy, and are home to my memories, like a memory box or a time capsule. Is this, am I, an example of a digital Human? …Ha ha!

I’m sure Professor Noel Sharkey would hate it, but I hope and think that Norbert Wiener would empathise – I’m sure he would :-)

What does AW14 stand for?

Vivienne Westwood Red Label show – London Fashion Week AW14

This last weekend a client asked me, “What does the AW in AW14 stand for?” AW stands for the Autumn Winter fashion season, the 14 is the year – SS14 stands for Spring Summer 2014!

There are also two popular hashtags #aw14 and #ss14 on Twitter (and other social networks) during the various fashion weeks around the world.

The fashion industry as a whole is working around 6 to 12 months in advance – obviously there are exceptions. The Autumn/Winter collections are usually released sometime in February. The next round of shows are SS15: New York, September 4-11, 2014. London, September 12-16, 2014. Milan, September 17-23, 2014. Paris, September 23-October 1, 2014.

The British Fashion Council is always a good place to keep up with events and London Fashion Week.

My fashion and hairstyle predictions are more general and not really seasonal! See: Fashion Trends & Hair Styles – Predictions For 2014 – if you are interested?

BTW, nice hair on the Vivienne Westwood model.

#BringBackOurGirls Subterranean Homesick Blues

As soon as I saw Michelle Obama (raises pressure over kidnapped schoolgirls via The Guardian) holding up the sign #BringBackOurGirls, I thought, “Oh shit, there’s another opportunity for some clever dick to change the heartfelt message.” – It didn’t take long! Then there were all those fucking celebrities who jumped on the bandwagon hoping for a few thousand ReTweets.

Malala Yousafzai #BringBackOurGirls

Malala Yousafzai says the world must not stay silent over the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls.

I’d like to think that some of them were actually genuine. I trust Malala’s was. I’ve quite a strong feeling that David Cameron’s was too, as I watched the Andrew Marr Show where he ‘did it’ – maybe it was ‘planned?’

David Cameron and Christiane Amanpour supporting Bring Back Our Girls #BringBackOurGirls
David Cameron and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour with the Twitter campaign’s hashtag #BringBackOurGirls

I’ve a strong feeling that Twitter hashtag campaigns are not a real measure of public feeling – once the celebrities start Tweeting their hashtagged selfies, there is a lot of sycophantic action from their hoards of followers, who are desperate to connect with their idols! However, I think it’s the nearest we are going to get to knowing the size of world opinion.

The massive outpouring of world feeling for these abducted Nigerian girls on the social networks, is akin to prayer – ultimately useless I’m affraid. What we really need to do is sort out extremist religion and corruption in world politics.

koo bring back our girls

Koo, my lovely wife, made this cross stitch #BringBackOurGirls banner