Archive for January, 2014

Flickr paper photobooks

Flickr have integrated print-on-demand photobooks, under the Creations tab. Currently showing cost in dollars, so perhaps not yet available in the UK? It’ll be interesting to see how the quality compares with Blurb.

EU begone

Useful blocklist for Firefox + AdBlock Plus, for dealing with the interminable “We Use Cookies, say YES!” popups forced on us by the EU. To add the list: AdBlock button | Filter Preferences | Add Filter Subscription | Add a Different Subscription… Prebake is another AdBlock list designed to remove the cookies pop-ups and notices.

Brian Eno & Danny Hillis on The Long Now

Brian Eno & Danny Hillis discuss “The Long Now, now” to kick off the second decade of the Seminars About Long-term Thinking talks (RSS feed for .mp3 files of all seminar talks). They purchased a mountain. To house a clock that will keep time for 10,000 years…

Up Against the Wall

We may have recently lost The Light House for photography, but we’ve now gained The Photographer’s Wall in the new Library of Birmingham… “Launched in January 2014 the space will feature the works of emerging and established fine art photographers and will highlight the ambition and talent of some of the region’s best photographers.” The […]

Birmingham Arts & Crafts

Joe Turner blogs on the Arts & Crafts movement in Birmingham, and is off in search of more… “It is interesting that a movement with such radical roots might now be perceived to encapsulate quite conservative — and very English — ideas about suburbia and the rural idyll. It is this, as well as the […]

Edge.org 2014 question, in Kindle .mobi conversion

The world’s leading thinkers on the Edge question for 2014: What scientific idea is ready for retirement? Since the single page is the length of two novels (130,000 words), and thus the likes of Instapaper will choke on it, I’ve taken the liberty of making a simple free Kindle .mobi conversion which looks nice and […]

Light switch

Sad to hear that the long-standing high profile photography exhibition space at The Light House in Wolverhampton has been denied £90k of continuation funding by the Arts Council. The report suggest the Light House gallery space will now be switched over to other art forms.

humanprogress.org

New data visualisation website, Human Progress.

My new Windows 8.1 Metro themed desktop

New Year, new desktop design at D’log… The rationale: I liked the design flair and sheer chutzpah of the Windows 8 look, but loathed the clunky Microsoftist “do it our way, or else” implementation. Having successfully bypassed Microsoft’s apps / store and other impositions with my new Windows 8.1 PC, I still wanted the Windows […]

Making Windows 8 look and work like Windows 7 in five simple steps

Did a relative snag a new desktop PC in the post-Christmas sales? It very probably has Windows 8 pre-installed on it. Here, for those who want it, is my hard-won step-by-step guide to the essential steps in stripping Windows 8 of its new touchy-feely junk. The idea is to make the new desktop look like […]