Goodbye "Hardback Henid" – Hello "Life's a Journey"

What the hell did it mean anyway? A Henid is "an unclarified, sub-conscious "feeling". A vague, unformed, foggy or confused idea. A disorganized, undifferentiated thought. A proto-thought". It was coined by Otto Weininger. More here. . For me, it's like the tip-of-the-tongue syndrome, or the way we all have lots of ideas but they are unformed. This was the perfect approach to begin a blog, like a kind of sketchbook of unformed ideas and links. "Hardback" was the organised covering.

Over time, this blog has grown to be more of a definite idea, not too tight or defined, but nevertheless, it does have a theme that I'm interested in, and which I'd like to explore more. "Life's a Journey" is a simple name. This blog is now a mix of links I find and personal stuff around the topic of literal and personal journeys. I'm mainly interested in the representation of places, travel, memories and change. We can move through time and life in so many different ways. The idea is still very sketchy, but I hope to use this space to keep up the sketchbook on that topic, so to speak.


A train journey from then and now.

I came across this sketch of mine the other day, from when I existed in the nineties. I had recently discovered this thing called "Photoshop Layers' and was still enthusiastic about my new scanner. Alas, since it didn't have a USB port, it has been consigned a death.
So anyway, loving trains and all as I do, when I came back to Ireland recently, I was amused at the new reservation system on Irish Rail. They put your name about the seat, just so that stalker can get a head start. Or, more realistically, if feeling an existential malaise and ask "who am I?", the answer is a foot above your skull.

Travel Posters

Via BibliOdyssey

Alice Guillier - Pop-ups

via heystudio


Nerd – Maths Dance

This has brightened up my otherwise frustrated day. Ah the joys of being both a nerd and an enthusiastic dancer. My friends will tell you that as a "youngster" (and not-so-young), I like to do the ol' improvised routine based on themes such as basketball, shopping, DIY etc. Gladly, these children's-presenter discotheque moves have been out done by one American youth, Amelia Downs, but a fan of maths. And dance. Scatter! Scatter!


Julie Michel - My Way

Before I first moved to London, I went to my local library and photocopied all the pages of the area around where I would go to college, and taped them all together into a kind of monster wall hanging. Fluorescent filled areas for parks and bits of interest, and village areas ringed. Staring at the areas and getting familiar with the names was essential for beginning the trawl through rental adverts. So when I came across these maps from Julie Michel, it all came back to me. the personalisation of an area to visit with stickers and interventions. She has found some neat ways of folding the maps too.... so check out the rest of the site as well.


Beste Miray Dogan — Mapenvelop

Oh I do love an indexhibit site. I do I do. There's always something wonderful to discover in a template place, that is filled lovingly. So, via something called 'radar' in tumblr, I stumbled onto this beautiful and witty envelope. Neat idea!



Those guys sure were adventurers. Thanks to J for this link: it's a beauty.