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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Mark Lawson acts a bit of a presumptuous git

Mark Lawson in The Guardian: “Most art – and certainly the greatest examples – is private and exclusive, created by elite professionals for an audience of amateurs. Though touched by it, we cannot touch it. Schemes that physically involve the public in art or music are an important part of art, but should remain a […]

Lolrus unboxing

Lolrus unboxing Originally uploaded by bounder I has a lolrus.

What did I just join again?

I noticed today, not sure how long it’s been going on, that you can now (if you’re an admin) change the name of a Facebook group. You didn’t used to be able to, which is one reason there are so many groups with typos or spelling mistakes in the names. I thought this was a […]

Some thoughts on good meetings – Jon Hickman's posterous

"love the fact that "good meeting" is an emergent meme on Twitter: the phrase is seen by a lot of people on Twitter as an empty platitude, the twitter equivalent of saying "er"." I did have a good meeting with Mr Hickman the other day, too. – Some thoughts on good meetings – Jon Hickman's […]

Chinese Twispers

No recriminations or anything, just an interesting thing that happened this morning on the Twitter. I was listening to Radio Five when the sad news that David Cameron’s son had died broke. This sort of “news” is normally queue to turn off radio and TV, as there’s nothing to be said, but they’ll insist on […]

The miner and the copper

Great piece of writing, about t one of the abiding images of the 1984 miners strike – "Guardian photographer Don McPhee's picture of a picketing miner facing up to an officer. But what happened to the two protagonists?". There's also a bit about it on Inside Out, BBC1, 7.30pm 24/2 in Yorkshire, if it appears […]

Tea Fu

Tea Fu is the ancient art of persuading others to make you a cuppa. Most often practised in dwellings, the Tea Fu master will use psychological tricksterism as tea always tastes better when someone else has made it. The true master will also attempt workplace Tea Fu. I’ve made a little twitterbot (using twitter search, […]

Jimmy Hill Verses The Jam

The other thing we used to do, instead or at the same time as making books, was testing out the capabilities of Flash — by making things like this:

Friends and sweary flash

Almost ten years ago, I was working at friends of ED — a web design book firm. The imprint is still going, but is owned by an American publisher rather than two brothers who set up shop in Acock’s Green. For a couple of years it rode the “creative” wave of flash design, which in […]

What made me weird

I know I’m weird, most people are but it takes a bit of self awareness and a sort of forthright bravery to admit it. Inspired by this blog post, here’s five things that made me weird: Monty Python — or the realisation that humour didn’t need to be dumb at least.  It’s probably the ‘Marxism […]