A term that  friend of mine (Mr. Mike Holmes) coined last year, I have to say that he hit the nail on the head superbly.

The new fad of instagram is slowly driving me insane, photographic filters are not new, they’ve been around since forever. The art of tastefully washing out elements of an image, enhancing certain colours, cropping an image for the best composition are as I suggested, an art-form.

This latest craze reminds me of the stereos that come with pre-defined graphic equalizers, 99% of people would simply set them to ‘Rock’ so that the display has the word Rock across the front of it as though without it you could only listen to pop or classical music. The choice bore no relevance on the enhancements being made to the sound based upon the shortcomings of the speakers/amplifier/room acoustics which is what graphic equalisers were designed to compensate for.

Back to the subject… Making your images look like every other image on instagram makes you about as unique or a talented photographer/image manipulator as an iSheep. Gain some individuality people, it’s not hard or expensive to begin learning to this properly, have a look at GIMP, read some of the tutorials and have some creative fun that may just expand your horizons.

Rant over, go and play.

Beardchops goes live

I have decided it would be best to separate my social and professional online identities and so I have moved everything not work related to this new domain. I hope you enjoy it, there will be a better update soon.

Time to get shifting


Just a quick one, things have been chaotic for a bit, I’m back on my feet, walking in straight lines, driving and getting on rooftops. The bike is nearly back up and running, MOT on the way and it’s all good to go again but suddenly had to find somewhere else to live. Fortunately I have found a new house, I may go quiet for a while whilst my whole world is on it’s arse for a week or two but have no fear, I shall be back. Continue reading

Updates Galore!

I have been adding media to the site like mad, check out the VioLATE and DownFACE pages in the music section. I have utilised Soundcloud for my music storage/streaming to make this a more social experience and to make my life easier when compiling playlists. YouTube powers the videos, unfortunately I have had to use flash for the most of this which I’m not a huge fan of but no doubt html5 happenings aren’t too far off being universal on both of these platforms. Continue reading

Big changes to the site

Having been snaffled up by a local ISP I have found myself in a rather odd and maybe not so unique position. I no longer find myself constantly searching for new and interesting projects in my self-employment for any reason than the joy of doing so.

This being the case I decided that most of the stuff on this website is now fairly irrelevant.  Based upon these factors I have decided to make it into a sort of computer help site/showcase of my previous work/general blog of things that both amuse and excite me. Continue reading