finders, keepers

According to [from whom I’ve pinched both story and image] :

Greek writer Doreta Peppa found a sketchbook that is believed to belong to Vincent van Gogh. The sketchbook has portraits similar to thos found in Greece. Doreta Peppa is the daughter of a Greek resistance fighter. Doreta Peppa commissioned an art expert who found the sketched were made by Vincent van Gogh. Now Doreta Peppa seeks to establish the authenticity of the works with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

“Who would not be moved by such a discovery? This is van Gogh’s soul,” Peppa stated. “He intended this sketchbook as a gift and there is no other like it in the world.”

Imagine stumbling upon that!!

I always love looking through ‘old stuff’. I buy most of my clothes, plates, cups and the occasional typewriter/single slide projector from op shops, and I’ve always been able to find some pretty cool things. But I’ve never discovered anything quite as cool as that.

And you know what I’d really love? If she scanned in all the pages (even if it’s not authentic!) and made it into a daily blog.

Fictional blogs are finally starting to gain some momentum. Beeker has posted about a play character’s blog, and then there’s the fabulous Samuel Pepys’ Diary blog by the fabulous Phil Gyford (and perfect through a blog reader). Imagine this sketchbook, day after day. It could be a great bit of online content, firmly routed in both tactile object and history.

You know, Van Gogh 2.0.

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better blogging

I’m a little behind the times, but I recently discovered bloglines. Oh boy, it all rhymes.

Anyway, I’m loving the blogreader right now. I was always a little wary of it, ‘cos when I first registered it was a bit clunkier, I liked having my top 5 (until one of them disappeared off the face of the earth, thankyou very much Mister Colman!) and there was something ritualistic about making my way through my ever-growing list of bookmarks. The problem with it was I was starting to miss out on good posts by those I didn’t check everyday and I was getting a bit stuck in just hanging out in the same old places, not having time to really get to know any new spaces.

After coming up to speed, culling a few dead weights and organising my folders, I’ve been able to keep track of all my usual blogging boys and girls (even on dial-up), plus i’ve got a swag of new ones i’m checking out too!

some of my new old faves include

speechification (it’s like a 5-for-the-price-of-1 special of ace bloggers from around the sphere, featuring some old faves like dan from cityofsound, russell davies and steve bowbrick, king of shaves)

crackunit by iain tait

hot cross haiku, instigated by ian row, but a collaborative affair

johnnie moore

and we made this

(does that cover the tag, Simon/Marcus?)

with all these great blogs i’m reading, I’m getting slight blogging envy too. I want my blog to be cooler, cover more interesting stuff, instigate heated debate, or something.

which makes it kind of interesting that i should stumble upon this meme on another new art blog: laketrees. i’m not a huge meme huffer, but i though i might do this one, as opposed to the ‘what star sign are you/how many boys did you kiss last week/which brand of mp3 player do you use’ type meme:

The Blogging Better Meme
by Sueblimely, via laketrees

The most important thing I have learned over the last year.
I met so many of my blogging buds last year that the most important thing i learned was that my blog is important. it’s important for me to write about the stuff i do, as a tool for processing interesting thoughts. and it’s a vital tool for me to make connections with people from all over the place (and believe me, some of them are all over the place). it is actually participation within a community of information and experience and i think on some level that’s important.

What I would like to achieve within the next year.
“i want my blog to be cooler, cover more interesting stuff, instigate heated debate, or something.”

What I wish to learn more about.
I want to learn more about electronics, and global politics, and books – i still can’t find any hot new blogs about books, and urban socio-dynamics, and windpower, and the history of melbourne. phew!

How could I be more productive?
I could probably start by getting myself a broadband connection. And a new job. From what I can tell, when you start a new job, your blogging goes up.

And seriously, I think i’ll try to write in word first and transfer it over – that seems to save a bit of time. And maybe give mobile photo blogging a whirl.

One new thing I plan to try.
see above. and i’m going to try and stick to that ‘this week at the galleries’ business this year. i like doing it and it seems to fill a small gap in melbourne art blogging-ness. i’m also going to try to dip into critical theory a bit more, every now and again.

The blogging tip{s) I have found the most useful
Of all the incredibly daggy conversations i had about blogging last year, i don’t think i ever had a proper publishing tip. but i have noticed that accurately tagging my posts makes a difference. And keeping the posts short, that’s useful.

Doddsy, in his infinite paternalistic care and wisdom, has given me some invaluable publishing tips:

1) Write regularly.
2) Briefer is better – but that doesn’t mean dumbing down. There’s a skill to writing less.
3) Link to new people (and to me daily of course) and you may thus draw in people willing to actively debate. I’ve no idea how you get people to comment – but i think it’s down to the type of people one attracts.

The 4 (or more) people I am passing this on to. (please include someone quite new to blogging if you can – to help them along by introducing them to your own readers and giving them some backlinks).
i’m not really going to pass it onto anyone. people can pinch it if they like, but.

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looking for new stuff

with all this business of big life changes, it’s getting to that time when i take stock, assess and ponder. and go through my browser bookmarks and kill off the old, stale blog link and begin searching for new juicy bits and pieces to check out’d think i had enough shit to read with all the blogs n stuff i read anyway, but i’m thinking of it as a process of ‘refining’ and ‘redeveloping’.

or maybe i’m just bored and have too much time on my hands.

nonetheless, some i’ve seen so far that have tickled my fancy include:

bubble wrap: trust me, it’s awesome and soooo addictive
hot cross haiku: for when you really need to get a haiku out of your system
the superest: the coolest game thang (thanks to angus) and the site that they hopped it from, TinkerX
postsecret: i know it’s not new, but i’m just getting into it again, especially with the one about the secret sperm deal between celebrity and the rich woman.
blackbeltjones: for some reason, it took me a really long time to find matt’s blog – even though i loved his presentation at Interesting.

and i’m [stupidly] still looking for more blogs to read. ones about books, art, crafty/making stuff, design, architecture, rekkids and writing – if anyone knows of any that they can’t believe i haven’t seen yet, feel free to rave about it in the comments section. i know that i should probably use delicious tags to do this, but i’m going be a luddyte and use the old school ‘word of mouth’ method first. ah well.

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