Monthly Archives: April 2008

SF ebooks, redux

Yet another reason why giving away Free Electronic Books is a really fine idea – the latest one from Tor, Karl Schroeder’s Sun of Suns, arrived last Friday and I finished it in a few hours. It’s really rather good – but if it hadn’t come through that push channel, I’d never have known about […]

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Presented without comment

And via a friend in the Netherlands, this. (Flash animation, plays music.)

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History of Giant Spheres

Artistic, architectural, archaeological, and downright bloody weird riffs on the theme of the sphere, whether as globe, star-globe, or mysterious lump of rock. (via Whitechapel)

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Major Barbara at the National

Last night, I went to see Shaw’s play Major Barbara at the National Theatre (Wikipedia, Gutenberg) along with Web Cowgirl and a few others. It started fairly badly for me, but then that was due to my taking a while to click with Shaw’s abstractionist speechifying (I kept wondering if Lady Britomart was about to […]

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"Contemporary art’s obsession with science"

The other day, I went to the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Prize Lecture at the Royal Society. Si├ón Ede (Arts Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) was the lecturer, and it was rather disappointing on the whole. She’s clearly very heavily invested in Big Art, as I suppose you’d expect, and seemed to extend that to Big Science too. Her […]

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The houses of the sun

The biggest reason I paint is that I truly love working with good, vibrant colours. I had to get some more gold acrylic last week, and found some Daler-Rowney System 3 on offer. I’ve just opened it up, to do some gold detailing on a keyring piece (you know the things, those little snap-together plastic […]

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Infrequent poetry

I used to write a lot more than I do now – I haven’t been able to do this on a regular basis for quite a few years. So enjoy this one. We understand the world through ink and light;we draw, we see, we draw againas faith becomes our paper, hopeful-bright. Mathematics helps us get […]

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