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I found a link to this post on another site. I went to the source to read more… However, it is almost unreadable.

I actually did not even try to skim this. Yes, I am no longer reading with the eyeballs of a 20 year old. A site should be readable for anyone, of any type of vision. (Blind people use technology to read on the web so they may find it easier to read this post than I have).

For me trying to read this post is a chore.

If you hope to get your ideas read make them easy to read – readable. Even if it seems a bit too far for you, it may be just what someone else needs. You already know what you wrote but someone else is starting from scratch.

I Write for Squidoo

You can find my posts on Squidoo. I like to write about art, culture and technology. Some book and product reviews too. At Squidoo I am currently level 64 with 89 published posts (lenses) and 48 badges. One badge was added just after I took this screen capture and another went missing about a month ago (a glitch). I took the screen shot because of the missing badge, partly. It is silly but I like the badges. Where ever I am in how ever many years, it might be nice to see and remember them.

Photocopy Art

From an original post on Suite101 by Jo Murphy. The post and Jo Murphy’s bio link are gone since Suite101 revamped the site.

Copy Art Pioneered in Canada
Centre Copie-Art Opened in Montreal in 1982 by Jacques Charbonneau

Although it was an international art movement, Canada is recognised for its major contribution to the art form called Copy Art.

According to the Encyclopaedia of Twentieth Century Photography, Copy Art or Xerography was pioneered in Canada, where it is still popular today. Copy Art, uses the photocopier to create artworks by reproducing and multiplying images. The artists play with the process of transformation of graphic images. They experiment with the metamorphosis brought about by the alchemy of light at the heart of the reproduction technology.

Origins of Copy ArtThe electrography process was developed in the USA and Germany in 1938. But this technology became freely available by the year 1960. Copy Art began to appear as an art form by about 1970, and the first exhibition of this kind of art called “Rochester” was held in 1979. Other exhibitions of this type were held in Canada in the same year.

After making its first appearance in France in 1975, copy art became more accepted. By 1983, an exhibition called “Electra” was held in the Musee d’Art de la Ville de Paris. The gallery devoted considerable space to the art form.

Copy Artist Pati HillArtist Pati Hill exhibited in the “Electra” exhibition, working with shadows, grains, and contrasts of black and white as well as textures and micro textures. To create this work, Hill created imagery from feathers, flowers fabrics and plants, says de Meridieu. In a chapter about innovative pioneers in the book called Digital and Video Art, de Mèredieu goes on to talk about Hill as a contemporary experimentalist and her work as extravagant. An example of Hill’s technique, she explains, was to photograph every possible (visible, invisible, obvious and unexpected) of the Palace of Versailles.

Centre Copie-Art of Canada

Copy Art continues to thrive in Canada today. The founder of the Canadian movement was Jacques Charbonneau. After discovering the technique, when he was on holiday, he returned to Canada where he opened Centre Copie-Art in Montreal in 1982.

Body Art and Other Offshoots of Xerography

Practitioners of body art, such as Amal Abdenour and Phillipe Boissonnet, reproduced different parts of the body using photo copiers. They were exploiting variations of colour and the effects of contrast and solarisation. Much of this work was achieved by using overlays of transparencies.

Because it so versatile, there have been many different developments and innovations that have evolved from Copy Art. According to de Mèredieu, magazines and fanzines sprang up around artist centres such as art schools and colleges. A centre recognised as famous for encouraging this type of art form was Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Dijon.

de Mèredieu points to the importance of this movement, when she mentions that Klaus Urbons founded a museum of photocopying in Mulheim an der Ruhr in Germany. Here there are displayed old machines, documentation and artist’s work. Another example of the value of the body of work, the style and the method, is the opening in 1990 of a major international museum of electrography in Cuenca in Spain.

Could you be a Full-Time Lead Writer?


DashBurst – a social media magazine, design agency and technology startup – is looking to add a full-time writer to its staff.

Since launching our blog two months ago, DashBurst is now one of the top 50,000 sites on the web with a rapidly growing community of over 250,000 subscribers. DashBurst is a go-to source online for the latest in social media, business, marketing, technology, web culture, humor, art and design.

We’re looking for an experienced writer knowledgeable in these and similar fields. We feature breaking news as well as exciting videos, photos, guides, infographics, presentations and more. Take a look at our blog and topic categories to get a better idea of what DashBurst is about.

Caution: What you’re about to read is not for the faint of heart, and anyone who can’t handle this need not apply…

  • Do you write for some big time magazine? Good for you. You can stop here… We’re not looking to hire writers away from plush jobs, we’re trying to train new ones.
  • You’re required to work your ass off at this firm. 40+ hours/week writing 2 to 4 articles per day.
  • Working knowledge of English, WordPress, Photoshop, PowerPoint, HTML, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pinterest, Apple, Android, Microsoft, Skype and other current technology is needed.

What you’ll get:

1) Ok, first three months at the firm are as a trainee. You will make $150 dollars/week.*
2) After that, if you pass the test of successfully running the blog on your own for a day, you will get a full-time offer to join DashBurst, salary commensurate with your experience, including equity in the company where the sky is the limit.
3) Every article you write for DashBurst will get massive exposure, building your portfolio and personal audience.

via DashBurst is Looking to Hire a Full-Time Lead Writer.

eBooks Have No Feelings

It’s a shame they don’t still make books with hard covers, embossed titles, tissue thin pages between full colour illustrations, fore-edge painting. Those books had texture, they were touchable. New books don’t have that quality and ebooks have none at all.

It seems we always lose something sensual in a real, physical way when we move ahead with new technology. Will everything eventually be hands-off, untouchable in the future? The less people touch things the more it becomes something unusual, scary, even taboo eventually. Think not? What about all those people who won’t wash their hands any more because they’re afraid of germs? They don’t want to touch the taps, the soap, the towel to dry your hands…

I’m just waiting to see someone wearing latex gloves to the bookstore.

The Slowing Web

Designing for the Slowing Web

Jonathan Bailey of the Blog Herald wrote about Surfing the Slow Web, a summary of his recent experience trying to connect to the Internet as an evacuee from Hurricane Gustav. While most web designers are pushing the limits of heavy handed design towards high bandwidth, the world still doesn’t work that fast or wide.

I’ve been reading about the lo-fi web (media files created for low end technology). They are able to open faster and they work for people who haven’t bought a new computer system/ media reader in the past six months or less.

My own computer is a few years old, though not so old I expect it to stop running. I find my computer runs slow when it comes to sites using Flash or videos. I tend to skip them or shut them down rather than waiting for them to load. Usually, there isn’t anything I really needed to see as most of the Flash are ads. This means all that extra time we pay to our ISP (Internet service providers) is at least partially for viewing ads. I think it’s pretty poor that part of my bill for the Internet is so I can pay for the time I view ads I’d be quite happy not seeing.

So far I haven’t had old software issues. But this is because I changed to Ubuntu Linux instead of sticking with MS Windows. My previous computer was a terrific IBM which ran on MS Windows ME until it just couldn’t work with most of the software I was using. I never had trouble with Windows ME. Ubuntu has been good too but I’ve had to learn how to use an new OS (operating system) of course.

Anyway, I think the slowing web will become a bigger issue and cause a wide gap to crop up between people who have money to burn on the latest software and hardware and those who don’t. Also, if there were a disaster or some other event which caused a lot of the computers that keep the Internet running to go down, what would happen to the communication online? So many people rely on the Internet to keep in touch and know what’s going on in the world and their local community.

How Does This Sound?

I applied for a job as a Social Media Assistant for a women’s site in the US.

I can bring experience, creative ideas, ingenuity and pretty great spelling to the New Women’s Guide.

I’ve been working with social media since before it had a name. My own sites have been through many learning lessons, trial and error, with me. I’ve found what works, what does not and what might be worth a try. I enjoy trying something new, I’m often an early adopter for new sites and technology. When I find something that really works I’m loyal to it and glad to pass it along and help a good site grow. The best thing about doing it yourself is making all the mistakes first hand and then learning from them. I began writing online in 1998, I’ve explored, made those mistakes, had a great time doing it all and I learned a lot!

I’m not a social butterfly, using social media just to fill up space or as a secondary RSS feed for blog posts. I’d rather contribute something real, make a difference in someone’s day or at least not seem boring or trivial. My posts are social and have something to say whether I’m sharing an idea, a link to a site or exchanging information and building a community. It’s too easy to feel you are drowning in social media with it’s SEO advice, reposted links and commercialism. While I do use social media to post my own links I also make a point of giving something real of myself and my experience.

My resume is posted to Google Documents:

Is There a Happy Medium?

I think the main problem with ghost hunting and people trying to prove there are ghosts is the fact that we just don’t have the knowledge of how to see them in a way that works for the living mind. Maybe it will be some certain technology that will come along. Or maybe our minds have to evolve in some different way. More likely, I think we just are not meant to see what is left of life once it passes on into death. We are the living and that is where we are meant to be right now.

What do you believe about ghosts? Whether you have seen a ghost, felt a presence or had any kind of experience, or not, would you want to be a psychic and not have control over having paranormal experiences? Write mini story about a character who is terrified by the ghosts she sees.  Is there a happy ending or is it a tragedy?

Guest Post: The Benefits of Online Education

In today’s technological age, many people choose to attend online colleges, universities and technical institutes rather than brick and mortar educational establishments. While there are both benefits and drawbacks to online education, technological advancements have corrected many of its drawbacks, such as the lack of student teacher interaction and class discussion, which has made online education a viable option for any type of student.


An online educational experience will simply fit better into your life than a brick and mortar educational experience. There are no scheduled classes for online colleges. You can learn the material when it is most convenient for you. This flexibility can be a lifesaver for anyone who must maintain full time job responsibilities, but who wants to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families by earning a higher income.

Furthermore, an online educational experience avoids the inconvenience of either relocating to an area near a brick and mortar institution with the program in which you wish to enroll, or having to commute long distances to classes. Not only does this make your life less hectic, it saves on time and money. Through online classes, you can complete your degree from an accredited institution from the comfort of your own home.


Online educational institutions are growing in number and prominence. This proliferation has brought a dramatic increase in the quality of online educational experiences. In most cases, online degree programs are at least as well regarded as their brick and mortar equivalents. A common belief is that online programs lack the teacher student interaction that is necessary for quality education. Contrary to this belief, new technology has made online classroom experiences just as interactive as physical classroom experiences.

For example, you might think that a quality art degree lend itself to brick and mortar institutions only. However, in reality, graduates from accredited online art schools receive equal employment opportunities. Technology such as interactive video conferencing enables online instructors at accredited online art schools to monitor each step of students’ artistic development. These instructors work with students to produce professional level portfolios that are competitive with the portfolios of job applicants anywhere.


Online educational institutions are considerably less expensive than their brick and mortar counterparts. This is because online colleges have far lower overhead costs. They don’t have to pay for building rental, electricity, heat, property tax, or any other facility related expenses. Their expenses are simply the salaries of their instructors, domain space and costs associated with the use of copyrighted material. This translates into lower tuition for you. High tuition is one of the major factors preventing people from attaining college degrees, and online institutions enable millions to achieve their college dreams.

Even materials are cheaper for students attending online educational institutions. Usually, online colleges require students to purchase e-book alternative text books to the physical text books required by brick and mortar institutions. This can save hundreds of dollars, as most of the costs of textbooks are related to their physical manufacture.

Jameson Carney is a 20-something, artist and culture fanatic from the mid-west. In his free time you will find him traveling the world and advocating for online education.

What is Crowdsource?

What is crowdsource? It’s a project which outsources work to random groups of people, often on the Internet. How could you use the crowdsource idea for your own work or site?

From Wikipedia:

Crowdsourcing is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to a large group of people or community (a crowd), through an open call.

For example, the public may be invited to develop a new technology, carry out a design task (also known as community-based design[1] and distributed participatory design), refine or carry out the steps of an algorithm (see human-based computation), or help capture, systematize or analyze large amounts of data (see also citizen science).

The term has become popular with businesses, authors, and journalists as shorthand for the trend of leveraging the mass collaboration enabled by Web 2.0 technologies to achieve business goals. However, both the term and its underlying business models have attracted controversy and criticisms.

Cambrian House – A crowdsourcing community. Helping others successfully adopt crowdsourcing.
The Daily Crowdsource – News, trends, reviews websites and services. Also offers crowdsourcing resources and guides.
Crowdsource Placemaking – The social network for crowdsourcing cool places.
Bloomberg Business Week: Crowdsourcing – What it Means for Innovation
CBC: Crowdsourcing

Wiki List of Crowdsourcing Projects