Book 4: A Story About The Magik Pencil

When I was seven (1983-ish), I wrote and illustrated (at least) four books. This is the last in a short series of four showing the fruits of my labour in what was undoubtedly the most productive year of my life (so far). A Story About The Magik Pencil This is the fourth and final book my folks saved from my childhood. My last book was a...

All Star Comics, Melbourne

Some dudes I know are opening a comic book store in Melbourne. Troy and Mitch are rad dudes, and they know a lot about comics (I went to Mitch’s house recently, and there was a life-sized Gremlin kickin’ about, as well as a giant Wall•E in the kitchen. He does that shit for fun.). Keep tabs on the boys and All Star Comics as...

Having a break

As mentioned in this RSS feed-only post, my wife and I are heading to Laos for a week. During this time I don’t expect to be posting anything on bartkowalski.com (but I might surprise myself, especially since we’re staying in Luang Prabang for a few days in a nice, hopefully WiFizzle-enabled, hotel). I know, I know,...

Cover: Laos

There are three public holidays in Malaysia next week so Kelly and I are going for a week-long trip to Laos. Don’t know much about it other than it has no beaches, it’s 67% Buddhist, and the khene is the native instrument. It also has disappearing elephants. Image by herr-S

Three messages

This is what I’m talking about. A short article on The Invisible showing the attention to detail the Apple software engineers paid to the iPhone email application. It answers the seemingly simple UI question “What happens to your position in your inbox when a new email arrives?” This is serious attention to detail. It’s...

Book 3: The House Of Horror

When I was seven (1983-ish), I wrote and illustrated (at least) four books. This is the third in a short series of four showing the fruits of my labour in what was undoubtedly the most productive year of my life (so far). The House Of Horror Wow. Which seven year old boy isn’t a fan of ghouls and ghosts? And then the video game...

Tim Tams

Generally, if you buy a pack of Tim Tams in KL, you get the Indonesian-made ones. The chocolate is less creamy, designed to better withstand the all-year-round heat and humidity; the taste is less awesome, and by less I mean very-less, and the packaging is crap. Today, I came across a real, Australian-made pack at Hock Choon, and I can...

Portraits

Living in Melbourne my whole life (until about nine months ago) and being an avid photographer, it was inevitable I join the Melbourne Flickr group. Right, that should just about bring you up to speed. This month’s themed competition is Portraits. The themed competitions have come about only in the last six months or so, and I like...

The basics

I’ve been reading the blog of Jay Parkinson, a doctor, entrepreneur, and photographer from New York. (I’ve been following his photography for years now, although he doesn’t shoot as much as he used to, which is a shame; I guess he’s doing more important things with his time.) His view on health is about prevention...