Archive for March, 2010

RoboThespian

The first 20 seconds of the video are a “teaser”, then the robot really starts acting.

eBuy

Blimey; just took £50 for my old Windows Vista on eBay. There must be people out there who’ve never heard of Windows 7. I’ve also sold a handful of old books that my BIAD office was throwing out (literally being chucked in a waste bin!), for £60 — I wish I’d taken more of them, […]

MADE : Talking Cities

Birmingham’s MADE has published the 2010 programme of talks in their Talking Cities lecture series, including…. Dominic Papa, S333 Architects, on “Designing for a knowledge economy” | 17th June 2010, 5.45pm “Jus’ give me a cardboard box mate, ‘s all I need…”

PhoneBoo

Nice idea at London’s PhoneBoo. Speak for up to three minutes into a normal home telephone (tech-heads should first blow the dust off…) and have the audio instantly and anonymously uploaded to the web as a linkable file. Now even your Gran can podcast. An eye-phone.

The Beeb’s online cuts

It seems rather ironic that the BBC went through all that hassle to move people and services out of London (a process that thoroughly bypassed Birmingham for some unknown reason) — yet they’re now looking at huge cuts that seem likely to disproportionately target those same relocated staff (such as Manchester’s BBC Future Media & […]

Art history day-schools in Birmingham

The programme of history day schools at Birmingham University in 2010 contains many related to art… Glassmakers of the West Midlands: History, Art and Industry. Arts and Crafts in the Midlands from Birmingham to the Cotswolds. Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature: Connections and Influences. For the steampunk s: glass inkwell, made in Birmingham 1907.

Arvon’s 2010 graphic novelist retreat – now recruiting

The Arvon Foundation’s Shropshire retreat is recruiting now for a Graphic Novel week with Bryan Talbot, Hannah Berry, and Posy Simmonds, in September 2010. Bryan Talbot’s pencils for Heart of Empire.

Zahra’s Paradise

Zahra’s Paradise, a new webcomic… “Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has disappeared in the Islamic Republic’s gulags. […] The authors have chosen anonymity for obvious political reasons.”