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Archive for May, 2007
29 May 2007 at 22:12
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The Telegraph reviews How We Are: photographing Britain at the Tate.
“So, how’s life, four years after American Splendor?” “The movie was good to us. We achieved middle income, if not middle-class status, by working on the movie. We’re no longer the working poor. For me, that’s amazing. I have a freezer now.”
I guess this one counts as a contribution to the almost non-existent Nerd Studies canon. A slighly-scary comedy autobiography of a life in British combat-nerd fan culture, Achtung Schweinehund! A Boy’s Own Story of Imaginary Combat. The author tells of how he slips from a boyhood of Airfix military models, plastic guns and Commando comics […]
It’s the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edward Elgar, composer and cyclist. Sadly, it seems we may now be seeing a repeat of the grudging response to the recent Auden anniversary. Elgar is ignored outside the British Isles, says The Guardian… “he remains almost inexplicably ignored everywhere” And he’s deliberately ignored by many inside […]
27 May 2007 at 12:10
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It isn’t often that one can point to places in the West Midlands that are re-opening rather than closing. But this week there are two: the Motor Museum and Longbridge. Oddly, both places have family connections. One branch of my family (who until 1940 had made cycles and motorcycles) supplied Longbridge with tank parts during […]
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Created in Birmingham reports that the Art School at Margaret St., in Birmingham city centre, seems (allegedly) set to close and relocate.
From someone who attended a focus-group where they were shown “new-look” mock-ups, I hear that the crusty old Times Higher Educational Supplement newspaper is to get a radical makeover. Out with the inky newspaper with its sparse crop of adverts from academic book publishers, and in with a stylish magazine with glossy upmarket advertising and […]
23 May 2007 at 14:51
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Rob Sharl reports that BIAD has just obtained approval for two new B.A. degree awards in Animation and Animation for Games Design, which will start in late September 07 (presumably taught at Gosta Green, Birmingham). They’re recruiting now.
Understanding Games, the first of a four-part Flash series that attempts to do for videogames what Scott McCloud did for comics. Ah, but will it enable us to understand ‘games’ such as Outback?
So you want to publish a book that lies flat when you put it on a table, but which has a proper strong binding rather than some naff spiral/comb-thing. You’re in luck; Robin Kinross surveys the state of the art, and lists the few cold-glue paperback binders that still exist in Europe.
SitPhot writes to tell me of Super ©, mature freeware that (so I’m told) really does convert from-and-to every type of audio and video file / codec. And while we’re talking of freeware, let me recommend a few I’ve used for a while and wouldn’t be without: Finding stuff: AMP Font Viewer View and install/manage […]
21 May 2007 at 19:00
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The Times newspaper reviews Do Not Refreeze: photography behind the Berlin wall, which is on now in Manchester. Redeye calls the show “singular and sizeable”, and it’s also free. Other reviews are here and here. The substantial catalogue is available from the Cornerhouse website.
21 May 2007 at 18:31
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So you want little junior to grow up to be a typographer? Hide the Woolworths plastic building-blocks, and replace them with these.
20 May 2007 at 11:43
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A Tokyo collective blogger-map, with a good stab at elegant and intuitive navigation.
19 May 2007 at 23:58
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From The steampunk Project, a free immersive historical old-school RPG about Victorian technology in England. Rage against the Machine: Technology, Rebellion, and the Industrial Revolution (PDF, 4mb) is currently in version 6.0, and is completely free.
Exeter University are holding two interesting-sounding conferences in September 2007: Neo-Victorianism : the politics and aesthetics of appropriation (including steampunk , ghosts, “monstrosities”, goth cultures, and queer neo-Victorian fiction, among many other topics); and Text | Landscape | Identity, the culmination of a year-long series of events that seeks to “achieve a rapprochement between geography […]
A free public lecture down at the University of Worcester on the 22nd May 07, titled “Devils, Demons, Familiars, Friends: A Semiotics of Literary Cats”.
19 May 2007 at 12:39
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A friend sent me this fascinating portrait of where the brains of the West Midlands were living in 2006… It’s a map that seems to agree with John Prescott’s recent comment that Birmingham was “a mistake”. But it’s slightly encouraging to think that at least we do still have great swathes of brain-power in the […]