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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Last week, an interesting exchange about Regent Street in London, between John Massengale’s Veritas et Venustas and Peter Lindberg’s, prompted me to reach for my bookshelf and open my copy of ‘How to Look at Buildings’. Written by the wonderfully named Darcy Bradell, it was originally printed in 1932. The copy I have is […]


Thursday, June 17th, 2004

The first thing in painting is that the objects it represents should appear in relief, and that the grounds surrounding them at different distances shall appear within the vertical plane of the foreground of the picture by means of the 3 branches of Perspective, which are: the diminution in the distinctness of the forms of […]

latest discoveries:

Sunday, June 13th, 2004

Center for Online and Internet Addiction – Help and Resource for Internet Addicts ‘…A test for on-line users to determine if they may be addicted to the Internet…’ Distributed Proofreaders ‘…a web-based method of easing the proofreading work associated with the digitization of Public Domain books into Project Gutenberg e-books…’ I/O/D ‘Software is mind control […]

LUG Radio

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

Out last night at Geek H.Q. with the guys and girl from the Wolverhampton LUG. It was a busy meet, with a few new members and a guest appearance from some of the Birmingham Perl Mongers. I was careful to keep quiet about the fact that it’s actually been weeks since I booted into Linux, […]


Friday, May 28th, 2004

I am, according to John Massengale at Veritas et Venustas, a schmuck. Of course I understood this was derogatory, but I was inspired to look it up. Originally, schmuck meant decoration or ornament in German. It’s easy to see how that would become a word for jewelry, but what about the other meaning? In Yiddish […]

drawing on the past

Sunday, May 16th, 2004

It’s been a busy week. There are a couple of entries waiting to be written, including one about the galleries I’ve been able to visit over the last few days. In the meantime, I’m posting an image instead of words. Predictably, looking at the art work of others has made me think about my own […]

toss your salad

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

I’m missing my daily reading slot now that I’ve started driving to work instead of taking the tram. However, Radio 4 is providing an adequate substitute as I drive along the M6 hoping not to get stuck in a jam. This week’s Start the Week program had some fascinating guests on it. Two of which […]

a machine for producing gods

Monday, April 26th, 2004

I was out with Matt on Saturday night; he’s a friend from the Wolves LUG. We talked, amongst other things, about the now infamous Daniel Libeskind. Over the weekend I’ve been trying to source some of his early texts, to supplement our conversation about the complexities of architectural thinking. A quick Googling has let me […]

More tea Mr.Bond?

Friday, April 16th, 2004

More stuff to give away. Sending a couple of books to has spurred me on to further acts of altruism. Buried beneath some Connect 4 pieces, inside a pen holder I made from clay when I was eleven, I found the key that opens doors at MI5. I’ve been looking for it for months. […]

404 WMD

Thursday, March 11th, 2004

Just been passed this via a friend, via Radio 2, and I’ve passed it on to Head over to Google and type in ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ and then press the ‘I feel lucky’ button. Some interesting links to some books and DVDs over at Amazon and an astute business move at the bottom […]