Tuesday, 27 November 2012

First in Google = tools for your Art?: #WordPress app - too twitchy to blog with

#WordPress app - too twitchy to blog with

Checking your stats from your android mobile phone can't be a bad thing - can it?

The WordPress app is a handy little tool, the stats data you see is the same data you see when at your blog’s web dashboard. This includes 'Views by Country' and 'Top Posts & Pages'. If your blog is a self-hosted blog you can enable the stats in the app by installing the free Jetpack plugin into your web dashboard.
The WordPress app has traditionally been a twitchy thing and unfortunately it still is when using some blog templates - images disappear and code becomes meaningless spaghetti.
The best use for this app is as an optimizing tool, using the stat capability. If you want to post something on the go then just use the text fields and ignore inserting media. Having tested this app on an iPhone and a Sony Xperia, the android version appeared to work better.

Android is a Linux-based operating system designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. It is currently developed by Google in conjunction with the Open Handset Alliance. Initially developed by Android Inc, whom Google financially backed and later purchased in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007 along with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 86 hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.
 

The painting at the bottom of the stairs = via PeterBright.info


My iPhone died and I decided it was time to try another phone. I am now an android. This photo and post was created using the WordPress app.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Recorded in a basement in Burlington Road

This album is a rare insight into what was going on in Yorkshire in the late 1980's

Trawling through my old vinyl collection I have discovered a little gem. It is not a fantastic album (it could be described as awful) but it does capture the spirit of 'homemade music'...

Various – Saw Yourself In Half

Label: Raquel Indie Productions
Catalog#: RAQ 001
Format: Vinyl, LP, Sampler
Country: UK
Released: 1988
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative
Notes: This Album was recoded in a basement in Burlington Road, Beeston, Leeds called the Dungeon Studio. All the tracks were produced and engineered by Martin Howard and distributed by Red Rhino/Cartel.

Side A is called ‘Side Extreme' and Side B is called ‘Side Meaty'.

The track by ‘The Keatons' is misspelt on the album cover, it should be ‘Heat Struck Dense'.

There was also a spelling mistake on ‘The Legendary Len Liggins' song title too – it should have been ‘Len Liggins' 114th Dream'.
Tracklisting:
A1 The Legendary Len Liggins Len Liggin's 114th Dream
A2 The Shrubs Latin Mills
A3 The Keatons Heat Struck Dents
A4 The Dennis Nordens Double Money
A5 Twelve 88 Cartel The Method
A6 Jon and Alex Green Mother
A7 Leven Signs Cracked Flag
A8 This Window Wildlife
B1 Blitzkrieg One Way Vacation
B2 The Demolition Experts Revenge
B3 Bang Bang Nightmare
B4 An Alien Heat Shelter
B5 Furore The Real You
B6 A Tonal Thrust Lonley Water

Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Leeds can trace its recorded history to the 5th century when the Kingdom of Elmet was covered by the forest of "Loidis". Leeds and has always been a center of great music.From being a compact market town in the valley of the River Aire in the 16th century Leeds expanded and absorbed its surrounding villages to form a highly populated urban center by the mid-20th century.


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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Getting people to read - new #books for pennies

#marketing

Still life with cans and glass 

 New books by top authors for only £1.00 - to encourage more people to read.

Here is a great initiative - try to support and help with this mission: Quick Reads, which has a huge impact on helping thousands of adults improve their literacy, will be encouraging adults to 'start a new chapter' in 2013. A new website is expected to launch at the end of October, where full details of the six new titles will be available:

These books are bite-sized novels which are clearly printed and presented.

Since its launch in 2006, Quick Reads has sold and distributed over 4 million books through supermarkets, bookshops, workplaces and prisons. NIACE has led the outreach work since the start of the initiative and continues to work with employers and workplaces to encourage adults to read more and improve their skills.


 Jenna is known as The Ice Cream Girl. She doesn't mind the name one bit. After all, it's a happy name, and there are far worse jobs than selling ice creams on Everdene beach.

Craig spends as much time as he can at the beach hut in Everdene he rents with a few of his mates. As a policeman, it is a restful change from his daily life, and he's surfing mad. One weekend he's down there on his own when he notices a girl on the beach. He's young, free and single and she catches his eye.


But on this particular summer weekend, both Jenna and Craig's lives are about to change . . .

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 Download the remixed version of  'Extraction' by This Window which was originally recorded in 1989.

 

Friday, 2 November 2012

Polish artist

Poland has always produced fantastic artists, both visual and audio. I was fortunate enough to be taught printmaking by this experimental printer.

 MAREK LACZYNSKI (Polish / 1925-)

Marek Laczynski was born in Warsaw. He was a partisan in WWII, while still in his teens. He left Poland after the Warsaw uprising in 1944, arriving in England with the Polish forces in 1946. He studied art at Borough Polytechnic and the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Marek Laczynski exhibited at the Grabowski Gallery, London, in 1960 and 1964. From 1964-1985 Marek Laczynski was Lecturer in Experimental Printmaking at Exeter College of Art and Design. Besides teaching at the college, Laczynski also published two books with the School of Printing’s private press imprint Bartholomew Books, The Wizard with his Pupil (1972), illustrated with original etchings, and Faces of Fear (1974), his own poems with reproduced etchings reminiscent of Fautrier’s Ôtages. Laczynski exhibited at Market Print Gallery, Exeter, in 1978. In 1981 he was one of ten artists who contributed prints to the Printmakers Council Portfolio, alongside Anthony Gross, Gertrude Hermes, John Piper and Julian Trevelyan. The British Museum has 9 woodcuts by Marek Laczynski in its permanent collection. Since 1985 Marek Laczynski has lived in Vienna.

  • The Wizard and His Pupil . a Polish Fairy Tale 
  • Experimental soundscapes