Friday, 18th April, 2008
Archive for April, 2008
Wednesday, 16th April, 2008
Ron Silliman’s blog today highlights a story on chronicle.com in which Guy Debord’s wife is threatening to sue Alexander R. Galloway for his development of Kriegspiel, a war game explicitly based on Debord’s own Game of War.
The irony here is obvious and needn’t be repeated — the chronicle story sums it up adequately enough. It is a bizarre world when the work of a man whose political orientation sought to subvert artistic ownership for bureaucratic ends has his work defended against FREELY distributed software.
A realistic and substantial rethinking of how intellectual property should be approached in terms of digital art / creative writing (which includes any form of coding) is desperately needed to avoid this sort of purely symbolic nonsense. Code is writing, and the development of something which is freely available and not-for-profit, as well as clearly defining its influence in Debord’s original is surely defensible as unique, albeit with heavy influence, work, might be seen as a unique incarnation of an idea. Code is also very often détournement, remixing existing code and subverting existing work, wittingly or unwittingly collaboratively.
I haven’t figured out how to play the game yet, but get it while you can, before they pull it down.
Monday, 14th April, 2008
A little bit like sex on the beaches, I wonder what else might be in the teaches of preaches? Looks like Pastor James David Manning was none too impressed with the apparent beginnings of Obama’s campaign:
I suggest he takes a leaf out of this man’s book:
And finally, modems in the 90s:
Monday, 7th April, 2008
Friday, 4th April, 2008
(link to Tom Raworth’s previous note on AC, with link to poem)
Thursday, 3rd April, 2008
As everyone knows, the first step towards world domination is a good plan. Well, phase 1 for me is finally complete, in the form of a brand new brand. It took much longer than the anticipated week, owing largely to getting it working on IE6+.
What’s new? Well, obviously the aesthetics are different, and the web site – still down for now – will be consistent with this design. My website will split 3 ways – poetry (grey), web design (red variant of the grey design) and journal (green variant). These will be on their way once my poetry side is complete.I’ve tried to make this design as accessible as possible. The content container is relatively sized, meaning that altering the text size to any extremity will adjust the content width accordingly. This means that the site can theoretically be viewed on just about any resolution without the content becoming too wide or narrow for comfortable reading.
The design works fully across all major browsers in Windows and Mac OS X, to my knowledge. I’ve tested in IE 6, 7 and 8, Firefox 2, Safari 3.1 and Opera in Windows, and Firefox 2, Camino 1.5, Safari 3.1 and Opera 9 in OS X. But why take it from me, listen to this guy, who certainly knows the DTD:
Please contact me if there are any problems you notice when browsing!
Blah blah blah. Anyway, once I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with the template, I’ll probably post it up for anyone who might be interested in culling bits for their own Wordpress template.