Tuesday, December 07, 2010

An Experiment in Trade

Update: Trade success. Gotta love Twitter.

I've been selling photos on Etsy for a little while, although not had as much time as I'd like to devote to it. But it's been fun and rewarding when sales have come in - so fun and rewarding that maybe it's worth experimenting a little more here.

Here's the deal: I'm going off hard cash a little, and getting increasingly frustrated with having to shunt money between services such as Paypal, with each service taking a cut each time. I want to try something new for a change.

So I'm offering a mounted print of one of my photos in exchange for a license for AirFoil for the Mac. ($25 = about £16 at the moment.)

How it works I'm not quite sure - I figure something like this:

  • The print will be 8 inches on the longest side, printed on really really nice paper by a local guy I know. Seriously, this paper is often better than the photo. It's like cloth.

  • I'll mount the print, probably with a couple of inches of cream mount, but I'm flexible. I'll also cover postage, of course. Worldwide. (Hey, it's an experiment.)

  • The AirFoil license purchase looks like it would need to be in your name, so you'd have to be happy with me using a license under your name.

  • Otherwise, it should just be a case of buying the license, and forwarding me the details by e-mail.
Interested? (Hmm, it'd make a great Christmas gift and a lovely tale to tell your kids.) Just drop me a tweet, blog comment, Flickr message, e-mail, text, or any other message. First come, mostly first served, but sure we can sort something else out if more than one person wants a print (however unlikely...)

Commence. Trade successful.

Finance Cornershop's Next Album

Yesterday I paid a tenner for a CD single. Crazy? Maybe - I don't usually buy singles, and hardly ever on CD.

But the CD's a signed copy of the Brimful of Asha EP, by Cornershop. I remember watching Cornershop play BoA of Jools Holland, and rushed out to buy Born for the Seventh Time. A dozen or so years later, the album is still one of my favourites, with its mix of tunes, styles, and rhythmic quirks.

But I still wouldn't normally pay a tenner for a single. And actually I haven't - I've merely pledged a tenner. Cornershop have started a music pledge to finance their next album, independently. And I have to admit, I love this idea - give away limited editions and unique stuff as a new way to create value. That's worth a tenner in itself.

There are 91 days left to raise the rest of the cash. Get over there and see if you fancy something.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Review: Japanese Haiku: Its Essential Nature, History, and Possibilities in English, With Selected Examples

Japanese Haiku: Its Essential Nature, History, and Possibilities in English, With Selected ExamplesJapanese Haiku: Its Essential Nature, History, and Possibilities in English, With Selected Examples by Kenneth Yasuda

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this by my sister and her husband after my various attempts at haiku on Twitter. It's an old thesis turned into a book, which explains the fairly academic style. At points this can be fairly dry, and can assume you know a lot about the background of poetry and haiku (which I don't), but there are also some excellent parts to it, and overall I found this really interesting.

The first and last sections held my interest the most. The first is a discussion on what a haiku should be, and discusses ideas about zen experience in poetry form, the idea that a haiku represents a single breath, and the notion that the haiku should give you, as the reader, a complete sense of what, when, and where.

The middle section deals with the 5-7-5 rhythm and why it may actually be essential, and how the haiku developed. This was a bit of a slog, as reference to poetry timing terms is completely lost on me, and I always get mixed up between hokku, renga, and so on. Still, very interesting in terms of Japanese history and the emphasis placed on poetry in society. Tales of haiku competition being organised, with 3,000 poems being written against each other, were fairly other-worldly.

The last part then elaborates on the use of the seasonal element, and is well worth a read as it's worth getting a deeper insight into what this should entail, along with how it's been used over the last thousand years or so.

As haiku develop in pace with the world, but also as they get taken up with some misunderstanding and simplicity in the West, this is a pretty fascinating book, and offers some excellent advice and perspectives for those looking to understand what a haiku is, beyond its simple rhythm.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Graffiti Markup Language vids

The Graffiti Markup Language project is doing some amazing stuff with simple co-ords, device detection, and some awesome writing:

GraffitiMarkupLanguage.com (Trailer) from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

I love this work because it builds on top of the organicness and freedom of human creativity, rather than simply finding ways to be creative with technology. The pen is mightier than the keyboard.

Drawvolution meets GraffitiAnalisys from drawvolution on Vimeo.

For more, check out their updates stream.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The nonsensical death of irony - Twitter and Context

This week has been a fairly extraordinary one for a handful of Twitter users:

  • Paul Chambers lost his twitter joke trial appeal, leading to an "I am Spartacus" tweet frenzy repeating his original joke by thousands.
  • Tory councillor Gareth Compton has been arrested after an "ll-conceived attempt at humour", asking if someone could stone Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. The remark was a joke following, I understand, Yasmin's public comments on cultural subjectivity - although this context isn't given in the BBC article.
  • Civil servant Sarah Baskerville has been picked up by the Daily Mail and then, Crabbe-and-Goyle style, by the Independent, for her tweets describing being drunk, and her views on government policy, training courses, etc. In other words, anything anyone normal ever has said. The sloppiness of the "journalism" involved here isn't worth linking to, but Paul Clarke's words in defence most certainly are.

There's a running thread here, and a very dangerous one. This is not the "out of context" trap that modern, easy-to-cut-and-paste communication falls into, but rather the prescription of context. That is, it is not dangerous per se to take something out of context, but it is harming to ascribe your own context to someone else's words - and, therefore, their identity.

Doing so has two effects. Firstly, obviously, it creates distress for the original author. Being taken out of context is not just depressing - because anything we produce always comes from a particular context, and formally explaining that context is difficult - it is also hard work and defeatist. By realising that other your work can be placed into another context - any context - producing something that works in all of them is downright hard.

Secondly, it also creates extra work for those looking to ascribe the context. All of the above examples generate a lot of effort, to arrest someone, to prove their "guilt", and for others to defend them. Sometimes this is necessary, but here we're seeing a blanket "something must be done" approach. Reputation is everything, but it can also quickly become the rope to hang an institution that blindly ascribes its own context to all private/semi-public communication. The "I am Spartacus" meme keenly exploits this (but at the same time becomes ironically self-defeating by needing the hashtag to spread).

We will see more of this as two factors come together. Firstly, as the world becomes increasingly about representation and reputation - PR, branding, marketing, etc. In a virtual world, this can only gather speed as the rate of change means that social symbols are the best way of judging anything. To be seen to be doing something is essential, and to be seen to be following one's own "principles" is the best way of reinforcing this reputation, even when the implementation is obviously flawed.

Secondly, as fear pries more and more into "private" communication. Adding "personal view" disclaimers, it seems, is futile. Addressing your communication to a particular person (an obvious context-setter) is futile. Even sending a private message (a Twitter Direct Message came to light in Paul Chambers' case) doesn't seem to separate out contexts. With increasing surveillance of private communications, the scope to ascribe one context to any other becomes more and more total.

If the trend isn't reversed, any conversation critical of those doing the monitoring will be driven out, or underground. Private contexts will become meaningless, as one-way surveillance dictates that all communication - no, all extracts of communication - should be understood as "serious" by one set of contextless rules. Very quickly, all forms of satire, parody, irony and obvious lying become illegal. Jokes must only be told face-to-face, behind closed doors.

Sounds like a laugh.

Update: Louise Kidney's post on the same matters is worth reading too.

Update 2: Also an excellent piece by Mike Butcher.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Photo Fringe Show, Nov 1st-7th

"Strange Places" - an exhibition

So things are in a bit of limbo at the moment - the definite calm before the rather exciting storm that's about to sweep me up. However, it gives me a chance to announce that I'm one-third of an upcoming show as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe Festival. Here's the shibby:

"Strange Places"
What: Three unique visions of places just outside our experience
Who: Mike Oddhayward, Photo Madly and myself
Where: Add the Colour Cafe on North Road (map)
When: Monday 1st to Sunday 7th November
Website: www.strangeplaces.co.uk

We're even having a private view thing and everything - email info-at-strangeplaces.co.uk for, well, info.

This is the first real show I've done, and it's been a fantastic process in conjunction with Mike and Erika to work out what to show, how to show it, what needs organising and everything that goes into something like this. It's certainly given me a new perspective on every photo exhibition I look at, but also on presenting my own photography. Rock on.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Moving on out... Bye-bye 7 Dials

ghosts and echoes of lighted jellyfish

So it's been about 3-and-a-half weeks since the ceiling of our living room came down with the noise of rushing waves at 2-in-the-morning, and since then life has been fairly hectic.

We spent a week doing the nearest you can get to sofa-surfing with a heavily pregnant wife - the cosy spare bedrooms of friends and family was a nice getaway for a week with some interesting thoughts, but ultimately one has to live somewhere. Finding a place to rent (especially in Brighton) these days isn't a particular walk in the park, but the Gods smiled a wry smirk on us, and this weekend has been full of cardboard boxes, white vans and friends lifting heavy things with us.

Our new place is… different to where we are now. Where we are now there are high ceilings with fancy wallpaper (which was probably all that was keeping the ceiling up for 3 years, to be honest), and creaky floorboards that wake everyone in the house up at 3am. It's nice being able to walk to work or into town or to the train station.

Our new place is more solidly built - it has things like, y'know, ceilings, and underfloor heating and a balcony. It also has CCTV and someone who comes round the block of flats and takes your rubbish away at 9am apparently. And a fishpond outside full of koi carp, and a communal swimming pool that closes in about 2 weeks for winter. Oh, and a bus stop to get you into town.

I shall miss the old German woman downstairs who tells us her life stories, and the delights of Seven Dials such as the Seven Dials directory, and the Moorish takeaway owned by the partner of Dave Broom, whisky Thor, and the green curries of Thai Pad Thai (ne The Little Buddha). I will miss the moody cats and the man opposite with the orange camper van that he gets out on nice days to take the family to who-knows-where. I won't miss the students upstairs quite so much.

Yes, I seem to have gotten old. I hit 30 (OK, over a year ago) and life caught up with me. I think I've started to maybe appreciate the little things more though, like cups of tea and warmth and things that work and going to bed at 10.30. I now know what a Loss Adjuster looks like.

That doesn't I intend on becoming staid though. I will talk too much about babies, but I'll still hang out on Freenet. I'll sit on a chair on the balcony, but I'll still buy weird cameras. Maybe this is a manifesto. Maybe this is a mid-life crisis - or a turning point. Maybe this is just the way things are.

Maybe things are about to get really exciting.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Rediscovering Vinyl

A few weeks ago, I took delivery of a batch of old records that my dad was getting rid of, to give to an ex-colleague who has recently got into vinyl. I thought this would be fine. But, to cut a medium-length story shorter, I ended up buying my own turntable and keeping a handful of the records myself.

Actually, it was a joint decision between Mrs Scribe and myself. We both probably got into music about the time that vinyl was still fairly "available" and CDs hadn't quite made their full mark. This was a time before Napster, before crap CD copy "protection", before digital radio. The handful of vinyl between us was enough to spur on some nostalgia.

As a result, the weeks since then have been dottily interspersed with diving into second hand record shops, browsing dusty rows of LPs, and digging out stuff which we think will "sound good on vinyl". Ella, King Curtis, Zeppelin, Kate Bush. I even re-bought something on vinyl for the first time - Sigur Ros' ágætis byrjun - one of the few albums that's been such a part of my life, I would pay to have it in BIG FORMAT.

In a way it's this big format that has made me start listening to music again. I mean, really listening to it. Sure, I buy albums and download MP3s every now and then and there are some fantastic tracks out there. But time in the 21st century is tight, and it seems either harder to make the time for music, or easier to squeeze it into the gaps - I'm not sure which.

The inconvenience of vinyl is also its charm, for two reasons:

One: There is no "pause" button. If you're interrupted, you miss it. You don't just rewind to re-play something, or fast-forward over the bits you don't like. The only respite you get is in the middle, when the stylus reaches the end of side A. Vinyl picks you up and forces yo to listen.

Two: Physicality is what makes music in the first place. Holding a disc in your hands, knowing that tiny divots create vibration and that any scratches will be turned into sound - vinyl is far closer to a real instrument than digital. There is no "wrong" or "right", only what the turntable feels. If the disc skips, nothing corrects it. If it crackles, that's fine. There is an acceptance that the medium is a part of the music, rather than just something else to get in the way. And if you break it, there are no back-ups.

Don't get me wrong, I like CDs and MP3s, in the same way that I have a digital camera as well as a dozen film ones. But vinyl is one of those dying items that still tethers our emotions to the world around us. Once we are used to disposability and infinite replicability, do we no longer pay attention?

Forget all the arguments about whether vinyl sounds "better" than digital. The real joy is in seeing the thing go round, the turntable arm slowly progressing towards the black hole at the centre, and listening along while you hold the cover art like a hardback book.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Christian Nold Maps Money Flow

I'm a big fan of the projects of Christian Nold in a net-groupie kind of way, and his latest newsletter brings news of his new project - the Bijlmer Euro. This uses RFID tags stuck to notes to track the flow of currency between people - I particularly like the way you can make your own from local travel cards. Click here to see the live visualisation, a much more exciting version of the static image below.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Playing with Feedjournal

I've been playing with Feedjournal again recently, which creates a newspaper-style document from a list of RSS and Atom feeds. I picked it up a little while back but didn't use it much. Over the last few weeks, I've played with printing out a copy and being more selective about which feeds to include. It's quite nice to try to keep a varied, interesting mix of articles, and saves me from buying a weekend paper.

Here's my latest self-generated copy

I quite like that gradually I get to know which feeds work better on paper (i.e. not those with lots of links or videos). The current list is below (in no particular order), but some others have dropped off for various reasons.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Rodrigo y Gabriela on Guitars

Saw Rodrigo y Gabriela on BBC2's Glastonbury coverage - after having turned away from the England-Germany game. Originally meeting in a thrash metal band, the Mexican duo play some of the fastest, but most rhythmic spanish guitar I've heard in a while. Check out some video:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Moral compasses

Porn industry economics vs Economic economics. Who's getting shafted the most?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Foxconn suicides - who's responsibility?

Not sure what to make of the whole Foxconn movements. It sounds like the cracks in the system are showing:

"The unrest at Foxconn ... and strikes at factories linked to Honda have highlighted growing pressure for better labour conditions in the “factory of the world”."

But also, reading on, that plastering over the cracks is maybe just seen as someone else's job:

" one option was to sell all its dormitories to the government and rent them back for its staff as needed.

“If a worker in Taiwan commits suicide because of emotional problems his employer won’t be held responsible, but we are taken to task in China because they are living and sleeping in our dormitories,”"

So it's OK for people to commit suicide so long as the state pays for it?

Friday, June 04, 2010

Iran distancing from the Euro too?

Amusingly interesting if true...

02:59: Iran is bailing on the sickly euro. According to state-run TV, the Central Bank of Iran is converting forex reserves totaling 45 billion euros into dollars and gold.

We can’t help but chuckle. In 2006, the mullahs in Tehran made a huge deal about opening their own oil bourse that would trade in euros. It took them until 2008 to get their act together and open the thing. Now their founding premise is falling to pieces.

Balancing the global scales

For "substantial" news, and not just headlines on which monkey has won the X-Factor, my main source these days is the FT. Sure, you need a free reg if you want to read more than a little, but so far my appetite for world news seems to be inside the "free" parameters.

The last few days have been fairly gloomy, at least from a developed country's POV. As the weights begin to balance, the inequality in developing countries slowly comes into line with the inequality elsewhere. We begin to see the end of cheap labour, and rising demand for higher-value foods.

As everything lines up and begins globally connected, will we begin to understand all of the cheap foundations our lifestyles are based on? That closer-to-home balance of making money versus spending it - can the two continue to square up without fundamental psychological implications?

Are we living in a status bubble?

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Experimenting with Electroplankton


I picked up Electroplankton by Toshio Iwai for the Nintendo DS in town yesterday (after standing around in the shop checking a review from my phone - FYOOOTARRRR or what?). It was only a fiver. I'd never heard of it before, but the review made it sound interesting enough to buy.

There are 10 forms of Electroplankton, which you can play with separately. Each is a different way of producing sounds, ranging from the chaotic to the regulated, and from tuneful to those that sample the outside world. You can't save or re-play what you've done, which makes Electroplankton much more like an instrument than anything else. Here's someone else's video of it in action:

So in proper modern fashion, I hooked the little fellas up to the Mac and ran them through Garageband - the result is streamable at the top of this post, or downloadable via Dropbox. It's an intriguing way of producing noise - at some levels, you have some control over the velocity and impact of each layer (tempo, volume, etc). But at others, the system can be a complex one, and a small tweak to your current setup can spark off a whole new riff. This makes it surprising, and exciting so long as you get over the idea of controlling everything.

Will play with this more for sure, especially the more "regulated" beat stuff.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Things in my hearing as of late

I had this crazy notion of setting up a "stuff I'm listening to lately" playlist on Spotify, but after a few searches, it looks like three quarters of it isn't available. So instead I'm going to do the retro Internet thing and "blog" it.

Until recently I've been fairly... "off" music. No, not off, just not particular interested in what's been emerging. The butthole of the industry continues to be content in pooping out meaningless drivel and congratulating its own reflection on pushing sales out despite its own tactic of suing anyone that's interested in sucking such spew up through the fake-gold-rimmed straws that have been handed out through drug-infested channels, which has kind of made me depressed. But I digress.

One: Journeys by Rachel Dawick. I wanted to put this one first, partly because it's the first CD I picked up, but also because I heard Rachel playing in New Road in Brighton and noticed she had CDs available for a donation, which I thought was really cool. I picked up her first CD, Journeys, and wished I'd donated more now that I've heard it. Difficult to describe as its do diverse in style, but all strung together with an extremely pleasing ambience and folksy lilt. Have a look at her site for samples from the CD, or her Myspace page for tracks from her more recent album.

Two: Tarot Sport by Fuck Buttons. Finally got round to picking this up - I'm a big big fan of the first album, Street Horrrsing, for its loud walls of incredible sound that seem to go against all the music is told it should be to please everyone. I've only listened to the second album once, and while it didn't seem to be quite so shouty, I certainly can't wait to fire it up again. Here's their Myspace (does that make grammatical sense?) for a few tracks (including "Sweet Love for Planet Earth" from Street Horrrsing, dammit.)

Three: Kollaps Tradixionales by Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra. Another big sound band -- ok, I'll admit it, I went out and bought "big wall" music. I don't care. I'm a grown up now. In a way, Silver Mount Zion are the "grown ups" of the line-up here. Their music is touched with subtlety and power in a rare way, and Kollaps Tradixionales is as infused with this as ever. The wailing voice, the huge strings, and the orchestral build-ups. Songs you need to give some time to. Here's their site and some Myspace action.

Four: We Were Exploding Anyway by 65DaysOfStatic. or 65daysofstatic. Or something. In fact, I'm listening to this one right now. 65dos are a band keen on experimenting, so it's always exciting to find out where their work is going. Again, time's needed to get into these tracks - these aren't throwaway pop songs. To me it seems to have less of the math-rock irregularity of earlier albums, but the dirt and noise going into this is still hugely exciting. Layers combining aspects of Aphex Twin, NIN, post-rock and the voice of Robert Smith make me feel the need to dash out and upgrade my aging stereo. Now. In the meantime, here's their site and their recent interview with themselves and the Crash Tactics remix competition.

Five: A Drowning by How to Destroy Angels. Now that NIN is pretty much done with, Trent's off making music with his wife under the moniker "How to Destroy Angels". Their first single, A Drowning, is available to listen at Pitchfork. I'm really enjoying this track - naturally very NIN, but the voice of Mariqueen makes me think of some old Massive Attack tracks. There's something beautiful going on here.

That's it for today. Go and listen to some stuff.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Dismantling the Next Big Thing: 77 MPs

I've been a little too busy and as unorganised as ever to do too much in the Brighton Festival so far. But one thing I've really been enjoying is Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings at Fabrica gallery, a constantly shifting montage of images set to an austere soundtrack.

Interestingly it looks like the project was originally a DVD release, but Fabrica have, naturally, turned it into somethin very specific. The environs of the old church, pew-like sets of sofas, and the piles of spot-lit sand leading up to the void of the projection instill a curiously moving, and almost religious atmosphere. (Pictures at Fabrica's Flickr pool.)

A few minutes' observation can be pretty meditative. Initially curious, the mind is sucked in - there is something organic here, spurred on by the resemblance of the exhibit to a flower, perhaps. There is a lucidity, exaggerated by the darkness behind the light. And the mind knows that what you see in front of you is changing, but at the same time this change is difficult to catch a glimpse of. It exists, like dreams, on the edge of perception. The more you look for it, the more you miss it.

For me, in fact, it is this awareness of change that has really forced me to blog about it. In a month of fairly intense change, 77 Million Paintings throws into contrast a lot of how we "progress" through daily life. Adverts, music, gadgets, films, fashions, even people - we become accustomed to distinct change, man-made change. Change that replaces one object with another at an ever-faster rate. "The Next Big Thing".

We forget how change is organic. How it happens in the background, without us. How we need it, rather than vice-versa. What if there was no "Next Big Thing", but just a flow of ... of not "Small Things", of not even "Things". Just a constant shifting. An endless permutation.

I recommend popping in to have a look if you can. It's free.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cognitive Biases song

Hello! How many of the cognitive biases in this song can you spot in tomorrow's political debate?

(via KatriK)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Caveat Emailor: Lies in E-mail

Psyblog on why people lie more in e-mails than in letters.

I can see that e-mail might be subject to different social norms to letters. But do "binary inputs" such as keyboards depersonalise our communications by cutting out some of the individual "style" too? How much of our sense of "self" do we lose in the translation, or even actively hold back?

Or to switch it round - can we reinvigorate our sense of self through the communication media we use? Does writing a letter/postcard or doodling reveal some of myself to me?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Toying with GarageBand

Been meaning to play with music on the Mac for a while now. I've not got much brain, so the simpler the better. Previous experiments have gone down the old soundtracker-style approach, but begin too lazy to install Fink, I started playing with GarageBand instead, and the first MP3 I found.

Going to have to practice some more with it, as the result is a bit rough. But the drag-and-drop, snap-to-grid interface is reminiscent of Soundtracker, while making it much easier to crop samples and play around with them generally. Score editing is nice, and reminds me of Octamed on the Amiga. Nicely or disturbingly - not decided which yet - there are too many samples and effects to have gone through them all yet, but some imaginative mixing could yield something unexpected/unintended. I'd like to avoid some kind of "GarageBand by numbers" sounds, if possible...

Anyway, click below to listen to the latest Men of Focus release, or download here.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sussex Uni Strikes

Sussex Uni alumni might be interested in the current strike actions going on around the University. The Defend Sussex blog contains useful updates and background information on each area facing cuts. Latest news is that Deputy Vice-Chancellor Paul Layzell is moving on. Whether that has anything to do with the current state of the Uni's finances are... unclear. But following the earlier departure of Vice-Chancellor Alasdair Smith, facing a lot of the same questions around finance cuts, it's difficult not to wonder if the management are happy to get out.

More generally, reading Baudrillard has made me (even) more sceptical. Like the cry for rights, if you've come to the point of protest then the state of affairs is already too far out of line to be saved without some kind of revolution. Protests, it seems, are a final battle cry against misjudged moves made within an inherent installation of attitudes. Protests are futile if they target only actions, as actions are the natural outcomes of attitudes and culture.

Real revolutions are not violent, but educational.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

100 words: "Lost and Found"

New drabble today...

Lost and Found

Finally we agree to book a holiday - somewhere exotic, somewhere to get away from all this shit that surrounds us, drags us down, gets in the way. Somewhere to find again what we had ten years ago.

We fly to Barbados; an uneasy flight, but jetlag and novelty wash over us. We promenade the sands, sip too many cocktails. Things go well.

Then Rusty, our dog, turns up. Welsh Corgi, light brown. Lost five years ago, presumed dead, yet... here he is, covered in sand.

We spend the rest of the holiday talking to Rusty instead of each other.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recent Activity

Quiet blog, active real world. A quick catch-up while I munch on a sandwich...

  • Made a book! You can now buy "A world of corners" via Lulu.com. Having ordered a small quantity to give out or sell locally, I've decided the joy of the real is too much, so it's also available as a free download at Lulu as well.
  • Had a great time at UKGovCamp2010 on Saturday, prompting a new (if long) write-up over at Sphereless. More coverage of the day available at the event wiki.
  • Will be displaying a photo in the upcoming "Celebration of People" photo exhibition at Iydea Cafe in the North Laine. Not sure how long it will be up for - maybe a few months. It was great to be in the last one, and looking forward to being part of this one.
  • I've been enjoying reading Orwell's Diaries from 1940, published as a blog. Also finished Anathem by Neal Stephenson (blogpost to come), and getting towards the end of Gulliver's Travels, finally. Interesting mix.
I keep meaning to write more about all of the above in various capacities. Maybe one day I will.