In response to the posts I published last week about my explorations in watercolour painting, which you can find here and here, a friend sent me the following photo and asked, ‘Is this too hard to paint?’ My response was ‘I’ll give it a go’. Below you can see my various attempts, and after each … Continue reading My First Commission (kinda…)
What follows here is a warts-n-all look at some more of the paintings I did in January, my first month of watercolour painting – indeed, my first month of having progressed beyond the drawing of stick figures. I’m not going to write much here – I’ll comment on each of the paintings, instead. Feel free … Continue reading More Rookie Art
If you’d asked me, before Christmas 2018, whether I had any artistic ability, I’d have said ‘No, I can’t even draw stick men’. And that was barely an exaggeration. But I’d always admired people who can draw and paint, or sculpt, or make beautiful things out of steel, precious metals and stones. And I’d long … Continue reading Diving Into Art
In a recent post, I briefly introduced the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, and I promised to write some more on it. Some (Calder 2016, Fischmann 2018, Lomas 2018) have put the GDPR up as the gold standard in data protection, while others (Geuter 2018, Nielsen 2018) have questioned whether the promise … Continue reading GDPR: Gold Standard or Wishful Thinking?
I’ve pretty much come to accept that anything I do online – even things that are supposed to be private, such as sending and receiving emails and doing my banking – may be observed by people or agencies who have no legitimate reason or right to be observing me. Any last naive hopes I had … Continue reading Is Privacy Still a Thing?
I learned recently that there is a word for people whose only involvement with any form of activism is via online means, such as liking a Facebook post, retweeting something, or clicking to sign an online petition. The word is ‘slacktivist’, and its judgemental tone got up my nose from the start. So I did … Continue reading Activist or Slacktivist? In Defence of Online Activism
On Saturday just gone, we had to farewell our beautiful dog, Cleo. And there ended the sweetest three years of our lives so far. Looking for love It all started in October 2014. We’d had a dog, our Monty boy, for a little over a year and we thought it would be good to give … Continue reading Missing Cleo
I was raised on horror stories about how ‘the government’ was going to track us (‘us’ being the adherents of the religion I was being raised in), monitor everything we did, use helicopters with heat-sensing devices to flush us out of our mountain hideouts, imprison us, separate us from our parents, and make us answer … Continue reading Thoughts from a digital media late adopter
Wrong Companion, photograph by Gauthier Delecroix, 2017 (CC BY 2.0). In the podcast you can find in the SoundCloud file above, I discuss the question: Has contemporary digital-media culture fundamentally transformed the ways in which people construct their identities? Have a listen and let me know what you think by entering a comment in SoundCloud, … Continue reading Has digital-media culture changed how we become who we are?
I took the above photo at the Keukenhof in the Netherlands, on 16 April 2004, and to this day, I don’t think I’ve taken a better photo. A year earlier, my Mum had come to visit me, soon after I’d moved to Belgium, and my husband suggested I take her up to the Keukenhof for … Continue reading The best photo I’ve taken so far
Part of my studies involves learning how to edit a video. So yesterday, I went out into my garden to see what I could film, then came inside to piece it all together, along with some home-made music, a voice-over, and some still images. I found a great series of videos on how to use … Continue reading My first edited video
Last night on ABC’s 7:30 programme, Pat McGrath reported on a chicken abattoir in Melbourne’s east that had been secretly filmed boiling chickens alive. Many, like my husband, will have declined to watch the report, and many who did watch it were shocked and saddened. If you didn’t see the programme, you can read the … Continue reading About Those Chickens