Designing a Blog

(Only slightly ‘Art’ related… or am I clutching at straws?)Regular reader(s) will know that I purchased a digital camera recently. As such I’ve got a few photo’s I’m proud enough of to put online. This of course gives me an excuse to re-design the site again. (There is a side article here about the propensity to re-design that is evident in a lot of us…)Core to the design, of course, is the fundamental question of “Why do I have this site?”. Given that I still can’t answer that question I’m setting it aside with the knowledge that I have a site and leave it at that. So, with a view to streamlining things here and to meet my “at odds” …

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Art

Today is Performance Art Wednesday it seems. So today this blog will be high-brow and obtuse. And it is art. Art in the space of the mind. (And no I’m not sure how long I will keep this up for either…)

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Phone Booth

Hmmm not sure. Colin Farrell was good, Kiefer sounded bad but, I dunno, it just didn’t fit properly. The tense moments were tense, the emotional moments were emotional, and the funny moments were funny. That was the problem. It could’ve been much better with a few more twists (easily gotten as they would’ve been) and the comic moments detracted and broke the suspense. Bad script if you ask. But as you weren’t I’ll just suggest that you leave this one for either rental or a Monday night on Channel 5.

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Phone Booth

Phone Booth Good to see Colin Farrell getting a leading role, and he holds his own well here despite a slightly dodgy script and a flat ending. Premise of the film offered a lot and, while we enjoyed the movie, I think it could’ve offered more. That aside, Farrell plays his part well, Kiefer Sutherland earns his easiest money yet as the disembodied ‘Caller’. Enjoyable, only the script and an occasional loss of focus stopped this being a great thriller.

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Films

Phone Booth tonight.X-Men 2 on Thursday.And hopefully we can still catch the Pianist as it’s still showing at the UGC in Glasgow… also fancy The 25th Hour (Edward Norton and Spike Lee, so you know it won’t be awful). Yes we’ve got a lot of catching up to do film-wise and the UGC pass will be taking a battering in weeks to come.

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For all you writers

I include myself in this, having studied minimalism in technical writing: Take the Fat Out of Your Writing “Is your writing wobbly? Next time you take finger to word processor, think clarity, relevance, sincerity, concision and transparency.”

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Hicky Burpday

The lady is another year wiser Happy Birthday Heather. Now I don’t know her from Adam (Eve?) but I have been visiting her site on and off since the early days (1999 or so). If you have never been, go and trawl through the archives for some wonderful photography, go to the famous mirror project, or just remember her when you utter the immortal phrase “Rabbit, rabbit” on the first of each month.

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Spot on as usual

“The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, makes me wanna move, those dancing feet”In an attempt to regain some fitness I’m back at the 5-a-side, unfortunately all it’s doing at the moment is re-affirming just how unfit I am at the moment. You know the feeling don’t you? Well I’d try and put it into words but Stuart (as usual) says it better than I can.

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Ayurveda

Stumbled across this in the Metro this morning. Ayurveda: A Brief Introduction and Guide. The Science of Life “Ayurveda identifies three basic types of energy or functional principles that are present in everyone and everything. Since there are no single words in English that convey these concepts, we use the original Sanskrit words vata, pitta and kapha. These principles can be related to the basic biology of the body.” The article in the paper was outlining how a company is claiming it can use these principles for the development of team building. I have to say it sounds a bit like the Belbin idea (take on Inspirator, divide by three… etc etc), and similarly it does seem eerily accurate. See …

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