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February 27, 2005

Dick Scott Stewart Photos at Gallery 286

The first exhibition of photographs by my brother Dick Scott Stewart to be held since he died in November 2002 is on at Jonathan Ross’s Gallery 286 in the Earls Court Road, London from today until March 15th.

I’m going along this morning to the opening, and the Memorial which precedes it. The exhibition is confined exclusively to Dick’s black-and-white work, which I always thought was his best. All exhibits are for sale, with prices starting around £400 a print. I’m pleased to hear that quite a few have sold already, during last week’s preview days. Dick would have been gob-smacked at the prices, which now can only go higher. Its the old Van Gogh syndrome at work again.

The Exhibition has been organised by Dick’s wife Mog Scott Stewart, primarily as a launch for the Dick Scott Stewart Archive, which has become Mog’s Big Project - more news about this on brokenenglish, where many of Dick’s best photos have always been hosted.

In the meantime, I’m rather dreading the whole thing, not having as yet become entirely reconciled to anyone’s death, let alone my only brother’s. Oi vay, I guess it’ll probably turn out okay. We shall see.

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February 26, 2005

Song: I Got Some Blogging To Do

Via Boris , this is a truly catchy little number by the great Si Chun Lam of Hong Kong - is this the second true classic of the 21st Century?

Day later update: like the song says, woke up humming ‘I Got Some Blogging to Do’. Hmmm…maybe time for my injection?

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February 25, 2005

MT-Moderate 1.1.1 (for Windows!)

Chad Everett has thankfully got the much-needed Movable Type plugin MT-Moderate to work on Windows servers, with just a little graciously-acknowledged help from Windows-hosted blogs like Kate’s and here at Brokenenglish.

The biggest thing about MT-Moderate is that it at last provides a wall of defence against those pestilent spammers who plot to hawk their tacky wares via Trackbacks, something you might have thought Movable Type would have provided by default, as they have for moderating comments, seeing as how they were the one’s who really pushed the trackback as a crucial element of the blogging experience.

So now thanks to Chad, as well as moderating comments, we will also be moderating trackbacks - which in practical terms means the slightest of delays before any kosher trackbacks, like any kosher comments, appear on the site.

This may perhaps seem a rather stupid move for a site so patently in need of a great deal more of both.

But it must be better (mustn’t it?) than the endless fervent promotions for Texas Hold’em Poker and weird sex drugs we get bombarded with as though we were comment/trackback billionaires on a Page-Ranking par with the likes of Glenn Reynolds or, on a good trackbacking day for her bowel movements, the delightful Heather Armstrong. I suppose.

Whatever, it was great seeing up close just how hard and fast a plugin guru like Chad works to get an update like MT-Moderate 1.1.1 out of budding beta and into blossom, notwithstanding the vague after-taste of shame those of us on Windows servers are left with in the wake of such brief encounters with the geek-cool, mod_rewritten, Apache-happy world of A-list blog developers - and which only a quick visit to Scoble can help to wash away.

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February 24, 2005

The Spyware Alert which has Everything

This ZDNet Security Alert Spyware infiltrates blogs is bad news for just about everyone - Google, Blogger, Microsoft, IE6, iWebTunes and every blogger blogger.

Only one stellar name comes out on top - Firefox - recommended by Richard Stiennon, technology chief of anti-spyware software makers Webroot as the safest browser for reading blogs, now that clicking on the ‘Next Blog’ link on any Blogger Blogspot site will expose anyone still using Internet Excplorer to the new spyware threat, which (surprise surprise) delivers malicious code via popup adverts.

Most sadly of all, this kind of news doesn’t do any favours to the blogosphere in general, poised as it is to go big.

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February 17, 2005

Willy Mason

Willy Mason is nineteen, comes from Martha’s Vineyard, is in London this month, and the NME says he’s already ‘wiser than Bob Dylan’. His new single Oxygen the lovely Popbitch newsletter calls “one of the first true classics of the 21st Century”.

See/hear the reality

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