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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
An impending darkness. We've recently become aware of Blogger's intention to 'switch off' something called FTP publishing. Last time we looked, our settings said ominously 'You are publishing via FTP'. Admittedly there seems to be plenty of information out there (e.g. Blogger FTP info) but it highlights an unwelcome side effect of 'push button publishing'; that one inevitably forgets exactly what each button does, only that one needs to push it. The things facade is paper thin, jerry-built on a rickety frame of bad html, poor design decisions and fudges, its foundations swampy and prone to subsidence. Remove one brick and the whole edifice is in danger of tumbling down. We'll endeavour to 'migrate' with minimum inefficiency, but if anyone knows of a 'one button solution' that turns this particular structure into a shiny wordpress blog without bringing this whole charade cascading about our ears, we'd love to hear it.

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Other things. The BBC posts about the Boneyard, or AMARG, to give it its official title / imagery collected at Fontanel / 20 Jazz Funk Greats, an mp3 blog / Spoilt Victorian Child has re-emerged as SVC Records / Filling the Gap, slightly psychedelic photo manipulations / Sky: A Dubai Video by Philip Bloom.

The work of Reynaud Philippe, especially 'Forms of Google Earth' / dead spaces: beneath motorways, places Joe Moran writes about quite successfully / it was a pleasure to be linked on this page, all about a new global visual language for the BBC's digital services' (slightly bandwidth murdering though). It's a fascinating read - almost as in depth as Dan Hill's legendary analysis of Monocle.com.

Street poetry at a barriga de um arquitecto / Abbatts cards at Kickcan and Conkers / possible use for Chat Roulette: as a venue for an endless imaginary gig, with a constantly shifting, demanding, restless and attention-deficit audience / on tape fetishism. Hardly surprising: every technology has a twilight, a passing and a revival / design by Tom Skipp.

Art and photography by Christoph Draeger, including Catastrophes 1 and 2 and Voyages Apocalyptiques / Satan's Laundromat, an abandoned photolog / The Holy Sandwich / recommended: Life Stories, a 'pick of the best profiles and life stories from news and magazine sites and blogs around the web' / via Life Stories, extracts from the John Hughes Archive.

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