Saturday, October 01, 2005

I've moved...

To http://peter.adversaria.co.uk

If that link doesn't work, try http://www.adversaria.co.uk/peter

Monday, September 26, 2005

Move to Wordpress

Comin' in October. Stay tuned.

**UPDATE** Teachers are on strike tomorrow over a pay issue, so I have a day off. I have nothing to do, so I'm making the most of it. Wordpress will probably be ready by the end of tomorrow, but I don't know what difficulties I'll encounter, so no promises. The layout won't be ready until most likely the end of the week.

I'm negotiating with Ally about the hosting. I am remaking his site (not at the moment, in the future), so when that's finished he will be sharing the hosting (he's moving to WP too).

Sorry blogger, don't hate you, but Wordpress is better.

If you are interested in the hosting plan I will be using it is Servage. That was the one, only and best google pagead I have followed. It has everything I want in abundance, including a free domain name.

That brings me to my final point: What domain name should I get? I want something that can be used for both me and Ally (so L3go.com isn't available :*( ). The only one I've come up with so far is s-blog.co.uk. Think about it, the addresses would be peter.s-blog.co.uk and alastair.s-blog.co.uk. Cool, in a way, but lameness in every other way (it would also imply the content was restricted to blogs ("There'll be more?" you ask. Indeed.))

I need a cool domain name idea: Like Neutronbot or Zemi. ideas that have nothing to do with:

  • Our family name
  • Stoke. I don't want to have my first domain name connecting me to this place.
would be greatly appreciated. I, personally, would like something spacey sounding (like zemi or neutronbot) without having too much meaning (like Zemi or Neutronbot). Speaking of which... (no, fortunately for you, none of those will become my domain name.)

Thank you,

Peter

Friday, September 23, 2005

Opera is now Free

I strongly recommend it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Gmail Invites

I'm sure most of you have gmail now, but I have 100 invites to spare so. Last time I checked there were nearly 2,620 MB of space for every user, which is more than most other online e-mail providers (even paid ones).

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Need more proof of Lego being art?

The composition and brickwork is... perfect. There's no other word for it. Beautiful.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Types of Art

For no aparrent reason, I started to think about whether or not Lego was art. Soon, I realised I was onto something. I was onto something BIG. OK, maybe not, but I think you'll find what I say very vaguely interesting all the same.

Lego is not about building. It is about seeing. It builds artistic taste without building skill. I say this because, really, it takes no skill at all to build a Lego model. The activity itself requires no skill at all, Lego goes precisely where you want it. Unlike drawing, amateurs can build models like the best of them if given instructions.

The skill of Lego is in the designing. It is how builders see the pieces that sets them apart. For example, compare this freighter and the one here. The functions of the latter may not be as good, it is smaller, cramped for the minifigs, but boy howdy yeah is it beautiful. This is because of a non-standard view of Lego bricks, something which Japanese builders and Soren Roberts are famous for.

I would say Lego is art in quite a bit of the way traditional art qualifies. The author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain argues in some of the few pages I could be bothered to read that drawing is more about how you see than how you move your hand. People argue that art should be beautiful, I guess that confirms it then.

To sum up: IMHO art should involve at least three of the following:

  • Perception
  • Imagination
  • Dexterity
  • Beauty
Since Lego fits that requirement, I would consider it as art. Conveniently, this only fulfils one of those requirements.

That's just my 1.1 pence

Ahh... Memories

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Ally's going to St. Andrew's Uni tomorrow...

You have no idea how great this news is.

Perhaps if he misses my birthday, I'll be able to miss that 'what's the occasion?' phrase he always says. There's other stuff too...

No, he's okay most of the time really.

Ally... I linked to you... Perhaps your hit count will go up now ;-).