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Karl Wilcox
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The Drawshield Font

I have created a small font containing some icon characters that might be useful to heralds. I am quite happy to expand this further if anyone finds it useful. Further details are on the linked page, or you can go straight to http://drawshield.net/font to download it.

I hope this is of interest to you - all feedback welcome!

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Heraldry in the wild...

I spotted a couple of bits of heraldry in a wildlife park recently:

The head of a bengal tiger affronte proper

A lion sejant argent armed proper

Have fun everybody! :-) 
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You know it's funny that you never see in the wild the most popular lion in heraldry. The Lion Rampant...
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You know you are getting older...

...when one of the actual buses that you used to ride on in your home town as a teenager is put on display as a historical artifact in the city you now live in!
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Campus Newspaper wins "Worst Pun in Headline" Award

The accompanying story is good though, with a thorough explanation of the iconography and meaning of the College Arms...
Alumni, as well as current students, were welcomed with a surprise this weekend. An almost 9-feet tall, 7-feet wide, bronze sculpture of Gonzaga’s Coat of Arms, weighing about 600 pounds, is now a part of the Crosby Student Center facade, on the northeast side of the building, just to the left of the Bing Crosby statue. 
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Gonzaga College's arms are pretty bad as far as heraldry goes, but even so De Felice does them maximum possible justice... quite a marvelous casting (glad I didn't have to help hang it, haha!). Thanks for sharing this article +Karl Wilcox. I actually live here in Spokane where Gonzaga campus is located so I may visit and snap some pictures soon. :D
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A Comprehensive Blazonry of the Lion

Hello folks! I am trying to develop a complete analysis of all the blazonry to do with the Lion, in order to understand what still needs to implemented for Drawshield. I think it is also interesting in its own right and I hope to write this up as a paper as well. I've written what I know so far in the posting linked below, along with some specific questions if anyone has a couple of minutes to take a quick look I would be very grateful.

Regards all,

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Recent Drawshield Updates

Check out the +Drawshield  G+ page page for a couple of postings on recent updates, including 20+ new charges.
Shields, Heraldry and Blazonry for Education and Fun!
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Yet Another Blazonry Tutorial...

I hesitate to put this before such noble and learned heralds but I humbly submit for your perusal yet another Blazonry Tutorial...

http://drawshield.net/user-guide/blazonry-tutorial/

This is aimed at complete beginners and I have tried to avoid giving long lists of terms - my approach is to give the student just a few words of blazonry at a time, but also to give them tools to try out what they have just learned, along with frequent self-checks and interesting bits of blazon history.

I haven't got very far yet, but if anyone has a couple of minutes I would be interested in any comments on what there is to date and whether this is a useful approach.

Thanks in advance for your time, and apologies if this is not of interest to you.

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My College Room, January 1985

I've been sorting out some stuff and came across this photo of my room in Eliot College at the University of Kent. It must be January 1985 as there are 21st birthday cards visible!

Other things I can recognise by zooming in are the following books:

"Programming the Z80" by Rodney Zaks
"Pascal" published by Sams
"Learning to Program in C"
"Longman Advanced Mathematics" (never understood that one...)
and on the right hand side the hardbacks are the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the first three books of the "Thomas Convenant" series.

And pinned up on the wall is evidence of Drawshield Version 0.00001! This was originally my group project for my Comp. Sci. course and was written in UCSD Pascal on an Apple ][. I don't recall what type of printer but it was definitely a sprocket drive.

And kids, the black case on the desk contains a "typewriter" and those white things on the lower shelf are "Casette Tapes". Ask your parents about those! 
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Late to the (Apple) party...

OK, so I'm a bit late to the party but I finally "get" what Apple Computer is all about - when they get it right, an Apple product is not just good, but it is as good as it can possibly be.

I've been a long time Windows user and my view of Apple was as a purveyor of over-priced fashion items. Watching the Ashton Kutcher Jobs movie persuaded me to look a bit deeper...

My current windows laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro and taking an a new look at it I realised that it is simply "as good as it needs to be". It is heavy, but not too heavy, it's a little noisy, but not too noisy, the screen is OK, the keyboard is OK and everything is adequate but no more.

Armed with an education discount and a credit card with 0% for new purchases I now have a 13.3" Macbook Pro with a retina display, and wow! the difference is unbelievable! It is light, totally silent, the keyboard and trackpad are a delight to use and the screen is just astounding!

And the attention to detail! I love the way the Apple logo fades away as I close the lid. I love the magnetic power plug. And I love the way that my Wacom tablet USB plug fits so snug in its socket. There is literally no visible gap between the aluminium case and the inserted USB plug - such a contrast to the insecure and wobbly sockets on the Toshiba.

So now I am converted, I'm just sorry it took me so long to get here!
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+Muffin Man my T440S has an awesome trackpad + trackpoint combination; but I can't agree more that Apple does it's trackpad business really well compared all others. I love Windows, Mac OS, and Linux Xubuntu. The only OS I have grown to hate for the first time is Arch Linux though :(
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Guess which recently viewed movie just made it into my all time top 10 favourites ...
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New Symbol for Catholic Heraldry

Some nice artwork and a new symbol! Wonder if I can find an SVG version?
Because, as Jesus said, "the gate is wide," and "you can go to the Father not only through me, but through any other way as well. Just pick from the Tree of All Religions whatever faith rocks the Divine within you, dude." (Coat of arms explained by Archdiocese) ...
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Not-so-Ancient Mystery!

If you are looking for something from before the second world war, or after the turn of the century then the internet almost certainly has it somewhere. The post-war years up to the internet age are something of a "black hole" as so much is still in copyright, hence the award of a knighthood just 50 years ago becomes a "mystery"!
An appeal has been launched to find out more about a rare ‘knighthood’ scroll just acquired by a Shrewsbury shop.
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    Computer Systems Engineering, 1982 - 1985
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CS Lecturer, PHP Developer, Heraldry Nerd
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Freelance Lecturer, PHP Developer, Wordpress & Mediawiki Designer with interests in Heraldry, 3D graphics and Science Fiction
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Leading exponent of computational heraldry, founder G+ Heraldry community
Work
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Freelance Lecturer
Employment
  • Open University
    Freelance Lecturer, 2007 - present
  • Honeywell Aerospace
    Systems Architect, 2001 - 2003
  • ICL
    Systems Architect, 1999 - 2001
  • British Airways
    IT Consultant, 1989 - 1999
  • Chase Research
    Development Manager, 1987 - 1989
  • Mitsubishi Electric
    Software Engineer, 1986 - 1987
  • Chase Electrics
    Development Engineer, 1985 - 1986
  • University of Southampton
    Sessional Lecturer, 2001 - 2004
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
    Sessional Lecturer, 2002 - 2004
  • University of Reading
    Sessional Lecturer, 2002 - 2004
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Grimsby, England - Bracknell, Berkshire
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My space: Sally Mangum, calligrapher and heraldic illustrator
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Mystery Henry VIII drawings unearthed by Edwinstowe heritage experts
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Heritage specialists tasked with restoring a listed building have unearthed a decorative secret that experts says could date back to Tudor t

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Daughter - Love (Lyrics) I do not own this song. All rights goes to Daughter and co. Thanks for watching! Please comment or rate - or both.

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Nunavut’s coat of arms is pretty darn wacky
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Nunavut's coat of arms is borderline hilarious. It's basically a narwhal rubbing his/her junk up against a crest that's underneath an igloo

Fête du Pays de Galles et des Îles Baléares - le 1er mars
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Good Points: Great atmosphere, cosy interior, pleasant outside seating, excellent staff who try really hard to please. Really good handmade cakes. Not so Good Points: You are in inside the nicest building around and the outside view is the back of the Waterside Shopping Centre. Shame they didn't give that side the same cod-Mediaeval / Victorian / Edwardian pastiche treatment they gave the rest of it. Laptops etc: Free WIFI, just ask for the password. Plenty of power sockets they encourage you to use. Overall: Well worth taking a small detour to find this oasis of calm so close to the bustling High Street
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Good Points: Service is really excellent, staff very friendly, and efficient - don't be put off by long queues at lunchtime they work really fast! Nice atmosphere, books, boardgames and newspapers available. Choice of chairs, benches and sofas for seating. Not So Good Points: Not a huge amount of room so it can get cosy. One toilet, may have to wait a bit! Sun through the big windows can get hot late morning / lunchtime. Steam thingy on coffee can get so noisy it drowns out conversation (may just be me, my hearing is not great...) Laptops etc: WIFI by The Cloud, fast and reliable, never had a problem. Only one customer accessible power socket, on the wall with the photo-mural at the left as you go in. Overall: Highly Recommended. I have enjoyed many hours there.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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