Hidden Fractures; A Narrative in Time – Opening

Thursday, 28 February, 2008

Hidden Fractures; A Narrative in Time - Opening

I made a flying visit to the opening of Katherine Edney’s and Bernadette Trela’s assessment exhibition at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, on the COFA campus, yesterday evening.

I was very early (most unusual for me), so I more-or-less had the gallery to myself as the photos show.

Lovely work :)

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A kitchen designed for men, courtesy of Porsche

Wednesday, 27 February, 2008

A kitchen designed for men, courtesy of Porsche

If you have a spare £20,000, or A$42,500, you may like to consider fitting a Porsche “kitchen for men”, named Kitchen P’7340, next time you are remodeling your house or apartment.

It is the minimalist’s dream. Every cabinet opens at the touch of a finger. The slightest tap on one of the built-in high-precision sensors will activate a “spacer pin”, making doors and flaps open slowly. Touch-sensitive adjustable lighting is integrated into the sleek frames. The whole kitchen eschews handles – “purists” would accept nothing less – to give the user a feeling of floating effortlessly between different parts of his indulgent interior toy.

I wonder if Kitchen P’7340 also prepares and cooks food at the “touch of a finger”?

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Web Ad Revenue Tops $21B in 2007

Wednesday, 27 February, 2008

Web Ad Revenue Tops $21B in 2007

Yet the rate of online advertising revenue growth was slower than during 2005 and 2006.

Analysts have said the growth rate was bound to slow as the Internet commands a larger share of the advertising pie, taking dollars away from traditional media like newspapers. By most accounts, the Internet still represents less than 10 percent of all U.S. ad spending, meaning there’s room for a lot more growth, even at a slower rate.

Keyword ads, which usually accompany search engine results, remain the most worthwhile form of online advertising, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

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Why Does Popcorn Cost So Much at the Movies?

Wednesday, 27 February, 2008

Why Does Popcorn Cost So Much at the Movies?

I never buy popcorn at the movies, a] because it is sold in massive quantities in oversize buckets, which is more than enough for a family let alone two adults, and b] the cost.

It turns out my stance has been better for my finances, albeit indirectly, than I thought, as the price of popcorn and other movie confectionery, actually subsidizes the cost of movie tickets.

New research from Stanford and the University of California, Santa Cruz suggests that there is a method to theaters’ madness – and one that in fact benefits the viewing public. By charging high prices on concessions, exhibition houses are able to keep ticket prices lower, which allows more people to enjoy the silver-screen experience.

Don’t tell the popcorn buying public about this though ;)

Via Kottke.

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“Intellectual property” is a silly euphemism

Wednesday, 27 February, 2008

“Intellectual property” is a silly euphemism

Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow argues that ideas, knowledge, and information, should not be referred to as “property”, as they are intangible and cannot effectively be owned by anyone once they have been shared with someone else.

If you trespass on my flat, I can throw you out (exclude you from my home). If you steal my car, I can take it back (exclude you from my car). But once you know my song, once you read my book, once you see my movie, it leaves my control. Short of a round of electroconvulsive therapy, I can’t get you to un-know the sentences you’ve just read here.

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A Guide to Surviving Design Competitions

Wednesday, 27 February, 2008

A Designer’s Guide to Surviving Design Competitions

Carl Alviani: “If contests are so bad for the profession, why do we keep entering them?”

They require enormous effort, the chances of winning are slight, and even the grand prize doesn’t usually compensate for the time invested. Worse than all of this, participants stand to lose rights to their own work…

Australian INfront forum members have also been discussing design competitions recently, as one forum member says; “Trash for cash it is what it is.”

Agree? Disagree?

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Hidden Fractures; A Narrative in Time

Tuesday, 26 February, 2008

Slightly short notice: COFA graduate Katherine Edney is holding her Masters of Fine Art Assessment Exhibition at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery in Sydney tomorrow, Wednesday 27 February, from 5:30pm.

A narrative or story is not static. This body of work of her attempts to respond the following question: how does one produce a pictorial narrative within a static medium such as painting? The contrast between painting and film, where painting is fixed while film is in constant motion throughout its duration, has had the most profound impact upon Edney’s work. However, whilst it is common for visual narratives to portray a specific passage of time and ordering of events, her work react against a familiar unity of time and place and is presented as a combination of several instances of time and place.

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Doctype switching for IE 8

Tuesday, 26 February, 2008

Doctype switching for IE 8

Rather than go down the version targeting path Microsoft proposes, why not “make doctype switching stricter” asks Roger Johansson.

An idea that makes much more sense than forcing standards aware developers to opt in to opt out was put forward in WaSP Round Table: IE8’s Default Version Targeting Behavior. The idea is to keep using the doctype to switch modes, but require a strict doctype with a full URL for standards mode. I like that. I don’t have any statistics to back it up, but my gut feeling is that most of the sites that accidentally trigger standards mode today (and would be most likely to break in IE 8) have either a transitional doctype or an XHTML 1.1 doctype. So unless there are statistics that prove that theory wrong, why not simply let the absence of a strict doctype (HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0) be what makes IE 8 pretend it’s IE 7?

I still remember thinking doctype switching was the greatest thing since sliced bread back in the day, and the excited huddle in the office discussing the feature when it was launched. The joys of being a web geek…

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Mardi Gras 2008

Tuesday, 26 February, 2008

It’s that time of year: Mardi Gras week, the culmination of the month long Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival in Sydney, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Some cities connect with their gay pride events and others don’t. It’s hard to think of another major city that has embraced its gay pride event quite as Sydney has done. Furthermore, no other gay pride event has so captured the imagination of gay people everywhere. As the gay travel bible Spartacus put it, “a visit to Mardi Gras is an absolute once-in-a-lifetime must for every gay travelling man.” Indeed many fly across the world again and again to enjoy it.

The festival winds up with the annual parade along Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, this Saturday evening, followed by the party, which will probably become its own after-party at some point on Monday…

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Cheat sheets for designers & developers

Tuesday, 26 February, 2008

Cheat sheets for designers & developers

Scott Klarr has the lot, whether you’re a graphic designer, web developer, programmer, trying to set up a network. Cheat sheets rock :)

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