Wednesday, July 18, 2007


I decided to have a go at animation and knocked up a simple one for the title picture for the site with a will-o'-the-wisp floating amongst the trees. I was surprised to learn that jack o' lanterns originally, or at least much earlier than their pumpkin origins, meant will-o'-the-wisps. It's amazing how the meanings of things change with different cultures.
Anyway we've been getting lots of sudden heavy storms recently, like something out of a disaster movie. And while watching out of the windows at work I became distracted by the plight of mother duck and her ducklings as they sheltered from the storm and some of the ducklings got stranded for a while, and at one point even faced off against a heron. As a programmer I was interested to observe their behaviour and as a story teller you could take anything that happened yesterday and create a little children's story from it.
Still, I think I'd rather stick with will-o'-the-wisps for now than a day in the life of mother duck.