October 24th, 2006

OBSERVATIONS

Here are some pictures of the photobook i designed and ordered with photobox.com.

The colours are actually really good, but in these pictures they appear washed out because of the low lighting in my bedroom.

The last page.

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October 22nd, 2006

Our Close Relationship

It’s interesting to take a step back and notice our close relationship with our computers, these days.

“.. people offer more accurate and complete information about themselves when filling out questionnaires using a computer than when completing the same form on paper or through a face-to-face interview. The differences were especially marked when the information at issue was personally sensitive.”

A quote from Alphabet to E-mail: How Written English Evolved and Where It’s Heading – a book by linguist Dr. Naomi Baron, a professor of Linguistics at American University, Washington, D.C. In it, Baron explores the history of the English language in written form, and considers how it has evolved through its history, ending with an evaluation of the state of the English language today, and how the Internet and the use of email and text messaging has affected it.

October 22nd, 2006

Film Jewels in Public Domain

VCRclock brought it to my attention a while ago that archive.org not only archives webpages, but also many types of short films. Educational films from decades ago, documentaries, and lots more.

Only now have I realised that they also preserve full length movie classics such as Nosferatu (1922) – which I happen to have studied last week in my first Film class, by the way! – as well as Night of The Living Dead (1968), and Dressed To Kill.

There’s loads more too. Check it out. I wish I had another hard drive, so that I could save more of these videos. I have only a couple of gigabytes left!

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October 8th, 2006

The Death of Bill Beaton

Hello, welcome to my new blog.

I have never particularly liked my name, so it has surprised some that I have chosen it as the domain name for my new website. Truth is, I tried to change my name but no one would play along. I wanted to be, at least, Bill Beaton. It wouldn’t have been a big stretch, since my middle name is William.
 
However, my family and friends won’t call me Bill. I’ve been told adamantly by people whose judgement I respect, that it is a terrible name. A name unbefitting of my greatness – thanks Kristen! Ok, she didn’t say it in those words, but this was clearly what she meant.
 
Anyway, the point is that I have decided to give my real name another chance to attach itself. I still liked Bill though. RIP.






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