At last!:
Apple launches the iToilet!

Minus 20:
At the back end of last year there was a call for work for ‘minus 20’ from London’s e-2, for a digital-art show containing only works less than 20kb in size. The results are now online. Some are just ho-hum revamped linear video-art (Vickey Isley and others), but others (Tim Talyor, Christopher Otto) get interactive and become rather more interesting. Beware; the gallery’s multi-click multi-page navigation and toolbar-less pop-ups are most annoying. Given that the time which someone can hold onto an aesthetic experience is usually about the same as that of savouring the tangy smell of a new peeled orange (after which it becomes nauseous to sustain it), these tiny artworks might point a way forwards for interactive art; as poigniant as haiku or as powerful as an advertising slogan.

Photoblogging again:
Three “great names” photography portfolios; seen via a newly found photoblog, consumptive.org. Ok, I’ll try to shut up about blogs from now on. Really.

It must be true, it’s in the papers:
The Sunday Times helps push the landscape/rural trend – sprouting rapidly after two dismal winters and a summer of foot & mouth restrictions – further into the zeitgeist. The ST‘s Magazine leads on ‘The New Forests’ sprouting up around Britain, and encourages readers to fork out £7 each to help plant enough native trees to make seven new forests. Good for them. The ST also reports that gore-hound wunderkind Damien Hirst’s new artwork has gone all environmental and tree-ish. In The Independent, comedian Mark Steel has been to the rural Midlands town of Shrewsbury, where my mate Andy lives, and has… “been reminded there is something highly endearing about Britain, which is that everywhere is genuinely slightly different.” But he also berates the way consumerist conformity is creeping over local pride and eccentricities, the… “pedestrianised precincts springing up like bindweed”. Yes, that Mark Steel, ‘the nation’s favourite revolutionary socialist’, falls for the rural charms of middle England. Something’s afoot (and it’s heading into the hills). But stay-at-homes bloggers who don’t like mud on their wellie boots will be encouraged to read in The Independent that… “a young English writer has an immediate audience of 600 million”. Potentially, of course; even the top uber-blogger Andrew Sullivan only has around 3,000 visitors a day. I suppose it depends on which readers you have; as the early history of The Well showed, having a mere 100 readers who’re key arbiters of new tastes and styles might just be more rewarding than having 3,000 flitters.