“Shit, I know that guy. He’s a nihilist”

“Shit. I know that guy. He’s a nihilist”

Lost and found: toys, tears and the Thames

Of mudlarks and toys in the Thames … an interesting article, absolutely worth reading.

British Museum blog

Janina Parol, Assistant Treasure Registrar, and Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Europe, British Museum

If you walk by the north bank of the Thames when the tide is low you will spot mudlarks searching for finds, even when it is windy, raining and freezing. You might think they are crazy, but you will certainly be curious to know what they have found – if they are prepared to get that muddy and wet there must be a reason. Mudlarks can spend hours waiting to catch the right tide, but for the hundreds of hours that are spent out there in all conditions some of the last things we imagine them being interested in are toys.

Tony Pilson and Ian Smith on the Thames foreshore Tony Pilson and Ian Smith on the Thames foreshore

But interested they are. One in particular has discovered a huge number from the medieval and post-medieval periods. Tony Pilson, the highly-regarded founder member of the…

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Fuse boxes, Paris, early morning

Fuse boxes, Paris. Wall with fuse boxes and graffiti
Fuse boxes, Paris, early morning

Transforming a Wachtel

semi-abstract, iron gate pattern
iron gate, one of the 365 daily pictures by Tom Wachtel transformed

Project in progress

render with glass vases and pot
rendered object with title

Artwork in progress

Ter Apel

Ter Apel (Groningen, NL)
Ter Apel (Groningen, NL), monastery park, Christmas

eNewspapers for culture, cultural heritage, and design

Since all my time goes into projects for clients at this moment, my websites lead a somewhat cumbersome existence. Working a quick strategic study for a government agency I was sifting through many cultural sources, so I decided to use the excellent paper.li service by SmallRivers to create a bundle of eNewspapers. It’s doesn’t quite replace the editorial work needed, but on the other hand it fills a temporary gap, and it is all hand-picked and selected as if it were choice coffee beans or wine-grapes.

The tool is great, twitter feeds and related sources are aggregated on a newspaper page. There is limited customizability, but the ease, and speed of creation largely make up for this. All is thus neatly organised and presented in a very readable format:

#culture Daily
Cultural Heritage Daily
Living Artists, Designers and Galleries Daily

You might also be interested in the #museum Daily created by my colleages from Museummedia and their Museum Media Daily with thanks to them for discovering this very useful resource.

Eemshaven tilt-shift images

A family outing on the occasion of my wife’s birthday, to the nearby German island of Borkum, starting in the northern Dutch port of Eemshaven has given me the opportunity to take a series of pictures of prot activities the should yield nice fake miniature photo’s.

Picture of port activities in the Dutch port of Eemshaven
Port activities in Eemshaven
Fishing trawler moored in the port of Eemshaven (Netherlands)
Fishing trawler moored in the port of Eemshaven (Netherlands)

Comparing these two images, I think that the first one better succeeds in tricking the eye, making you believe it’s a miniature scene. The elements contributing to this succes in comparison with the image of the fishing trawler are a higher vantage point, and a greater variety of colour, including blues and reds, and typography. The trawler picture is calmer, with unsaturated green as its main focus, and it was taken from the quay, as opposed to the first one which I took from the upper deck of the ferry.

Trojan Invasion!

We have been cut off from the internet a good part of yesterday and today. Some of our systems were infected by Trojans, and spam was generated via our backdoor.

A big lesson. Use as many malware scanners and busters as possible, redundancy in this area is not bad, it’s good! Use free ones and commercial ones, update as often as you can. Update the firewalls, install patches and service packs asap. CHECK WHAT THE CHILDREN ARE DOING! Ban all ‘free’ music sharing software. Punish everyone that sends chain mail and stupid office jokes, especially if it’s small applications. If you see friends of your kids pulling out USB-sticks from their bags, or CD-Roms with “fun stuff”, or “cool music”, or whatever, KICK THEM OUT! And only install applications if you are absolutely satisfied with the quality of the seller.

We did most of this and still it happened, so triple your effort on all the above. It has cost valuable time.

Even innocent tutorials on seemingly serious sites contained malware (in my case a turorial on isometric projection, and perspective, so where I expected it the least).