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The only thing consistent in art and culture is its inconsistency. It is in continual reinvention. There are those who cling to the past and those who set fire to it. But those most certain that they are avant-garde are just as likely to be overtaken by an unpredictable future as are those who would put brakes on change. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at ARTZ studio
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My goal was to create a rainforest feeling that would remind me of my youth in the jungles of North Queensland. There were beautiful places there I would escape to and my favorites were rocky ledges on mountain sides where I could look out into the sky with the forests far below but surrounded by that wet smell of ferns and rainforest greenery. An apartment balcony on the 12th floor is a surprisingly good place to recreate that rainforest mountainside experience. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Diary Of An Artist In A New World
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It might save me from the constant delving into my library on the hunt for an image that all too often cannot be found. As much as libraries are great repositories of data, the mountains of paper can be very good at burying the snippet we need. Pinterest, in common with most online data is easier to search making it more likely to find the perfect image. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Diary Of An Artist In A New World
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It doesn't need pagan spirits in an exotic land to find the universal feeling of vulnerability that is at the heart of this idea. It is especially pleasing when the idea and the feeling come through so clearly in the finished image. It is just a moment in time, but one never to forget. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at Diary Of An Artist In A New World
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There are just too many social networks, too many blog and web site services for any one person to effectively use all of them and yet in an age where the traditional means of consuming culture has fractured into a myriad different internet experiences there is a need for an artist to dabble in a wide variety of ways of presenting their creative vision. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Diary Of An Artist In A New World
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The importance of Lempicka's many female painting subjects is less whether or not the artist lusts for the sitter than in the sensuality which the artist conveys to the viewer. Sometimes I think that artist's biographies should be left at home when looking at pictures because the pictures need to be simply allowed to speak their language of brushstrokes without gossip getting in the road. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at Diary Of An Artist In A New World
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I had real warming winter fare tonight. I made rissoles with beef, rice flour, breadcrumbs, rosemary, oregano, paprika, and peppers. I cooked onion and tomato with the rissoles and had it with potatoes pumpkin and cabbage and a dark rich gravy. The sort of old fashioned food that gets me through the night. Yum! Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at Diary Of An Artist In A New World
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I have spent many years living in caravans. For a Gypsy it is the most natural thing in the world and it is the living in houses that seems a bit strange. As a result the sort of scene depicted here is very real to me. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at Diary Of An Artist In A New World
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You nailed it Mary. TypePad is falling behind in the new post PC world. If they don't make big changes soon they will find it hard to catch up. A lot of companies have been surprised by the changing landscape as tablets and smartphones become more important. Those that adapt quickly will be survivors, those who don't adapt might find themselves struggling.
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The fast growing portion of people reading blogs from iPads and smartphones means it is urgent for TypePad to both introduce responsive blog designs and make it easier to edit all aspects of TypePad blogs and pages from tablets and smartphones. At least one major blogging alternative has solved the responsive design issue and their marketing of their responsiveness to mobile platforms has made me consider them as an alternative. If TypePad doesn't address this issue urgently they will see more and more defectors to the opposition.
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Tonight the rain was teeming down. There was no wind, and the rain was the sort of warmish rain that is the best. The rain was streaming past the streetlights. That is a special delight seeing the rainwater turned into a stream of cascading jewels as if it is a sparkling carnival necklace draped around the lights. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at Diary Of An Artist In A New World
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Mar 15, 2010
I just wanted to go to the knowledge base and can't find it. There used to be lots of great articles for discovering how to do things without having to wait for a ticket to be answered. I do not like the new TypePad mostly because the changes are almost all cosmetic. It looks new but it is mostly just the same stuff rearranged which means an unnecessary period of having to relearn how to find things. I would put up with that if I had new tools to make better looking blogs but that is not the case. It is especially annoying having to put up with the Facebook-like news feed which is so unnecessary and time wasting. I keep hearing of improvements but I still do not see any. Improvements are not the equivalent of painting a room and rearranging the furniture which is what has happened here. The only thing that could be interpreted as an "improvement" in the sense that it is a new feature is the new dashboard and that is not welcome. It does not help me make better looking blogs and if you guys think that I will swallow marketing talk that tries to convince me that cosmetic changes are genuine improvements then you are crazier than I am.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2009 on Tell us why you are switching back at Switching Back
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DenaDyer, simply by disclosing any benefits you are safely within requirements of law and community standards of morality. Lets face it you, with small benefits, and people like me who get no benefits are not really the focus of this kind of action. While almost every blogger in existence receives no or little pay for services there are bigger fish in the pond with large readerships who will attract the attention of unscrupulous business practices such as offers of more significant freebies on a regular basis. It is all too easy for those people to claim these "gifts" as not being income and all too easy for them not to disclose these benefits to their readers. Those bigger fish have in the past hidden behind the "I'm only a blogger" smokescreen and are thus attracting regulators to our industry. It is not unreasonable for regulatory bodies to remind us of our legal obligations as publishers. For people like us we have nothing to worry about from this because we act with integrity but if those who abuse public trust by taking payments disguised as freebies of a substantial nature and then not advising their readers that their editorial opinion has been purchased need to be reminded of their ethical responsibilities.
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Seems like there needs to be some reality come into this discussion. The proposed regulation is addressing fraud and immoral behavior. Many bloggers fail to see the difference between opinion expressed verbally between individuals and publishing. If the CEO of GM when at home (not on the job) tells his wife or friend that the biggest selling car his company gets 50 miles per gallon when it only gets a maximum of 25 then he has told a porky but no law has been broken. But if from his office he writes an ad that is published then he is considered to have been deceitful as representative of his/her company and could potentially go to jail. The difference is that as a representative of the company publishing in the media there a legal responsibility to the public to not deceive. We all know that advertisers tend to be selective with the truth but out right lies are met with moral outrage and sometimes legal sanctions. After all people will often part with scarce cash to buy things based on publicly published claims. If they discover their money has been wasted due to deceit on the part of salespeople then they tend to want their money back and courts will always support this where deliberate deceit is proved. Professional journalists at reputable media outlets tend to live and publish according to strict codes of ethics that help keep them within the law and commonly accepted moral parameters. Thus disclosure of vested interests is normal and if a reviewer is given a device to review they tend to be scrupulous about returning it within a reasonable time in order to be seen to not receiving a benefit that might color the objectivity of the review. If a blogger receives a gift from a company that person has effectively become an employee and representative of that company when writing about anything that affects that company. There is no problem with that when full public disclosure is made. The moral dilemma is created when the publisher (the blogger) fails to disclose. Bloggers have rightfully demanded that we be accorded the same protections as regular journalists in legal cases involving revealing of sources. I got news for you guys - along with the protection and respect as journalists comes the responsibilities as well. Publishing has always been held to certain standards and all this FTC guideline is doing is applying the standards that apply to others who publish such as professional journalists and applying them to bloggers, who, it must be recognized, are becoming a larger portion of the modern publishing industry. I, like most of you, make no money from blogging and I have no gifts to disclose, but I am aware of claims about bloggers who are paid in various underhand ways to either promote certain products while appearing to be independent or to rubbish the products of competitors. If the editor of the New York Times did this it would be considered a breach of his responsibilities. Why should a blogger not be held to the same standards?
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BTW I should stress that I love the look of the designs - it is the practical functionality that is a problem.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2009 on Themes from Japan! at Everything Typepad
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BTW I should stress that I love the look of the designs - it is the practical functionality that is a problem.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2009 on Themes from Japan! at Everything Typepad
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These new themes are seriously flawed. It seems you guys never tested them. I like the general look of several of them but they tend to be unusable for various reasons 1 - the width issue already mentioned. It is not just the total width that is a problem - sidebars tend to be too narrow for multi word headings and I noticed that instead of breaking to the next line at the end of a word as is normal they are prone to breaking in the middle of a word making the word unreadable. 2 - Navigation bars are problematic. In the case of the Bees and Bear template the navigation bar is invisible because the designer made the links color dark brown and the template background is dark brown. This is where I realized that you guys did not test these templates. On the Career Girls template the top post seems to cover the navigation bar (at least it does in preview mode) Love the design but hate that it does not work with a navigation bar and so is useless. You need to remove these templates until you fix the issues otherwise lots of people will start talking about the poor quality of TP templates, because they will - those templates look amateurish with those basic problems with sidebars and navigation bars.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2009 on Themes from Japan! at Everything Typepad
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These new themes are seriously flawed. It seems you guys never tested them. I like the general look of several of them but they tend to be unusable for various reasons 1 - the width issue already mentioned. It is not just the total width that is a problem - sidebars tend to be too narrow for multi word headings and I noticed that instead of breaking to the next line at the end of a word as is normal they are prone to breaking in the middle of a word making the word unreadable. 2 - Navigation bars are problematic. In the case of the Bees and Bear template the navigation bar is invisible because the designer made the links color dark brown and the template background is dark brown. This is where I realized that you guys did not test these templates. On the Career Girls template the top post seems to cover the navigation bar (at least it does in preview mode) Love the design but hate that it does not work with a navigation bar and so is useless. You need to remove these templates until you fix the issues otherwise lots of people will start talking about the poor quality of TP templates, because they will - those templates look amateurish with those basic problems with sidebars and navigation bars.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2009 on Themes from Japan! at Everything Typepad
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