Saturday, April 30, 2005


If anyone else is at all interested, a few weeks back I started another blog on the topic of my particular areas of thinking and interest, that is sustainable and open source design. For my own benefit but could be of interest. I should really put tangible interaction in there too - I keep finding inspiring stuff on that... There are already enough blogs on the web surely without me adding to the chaff.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

I'm secretly quite happy that the success of my degree has basically come down to how quickly and well I can learn to sew. I am now about 7 hours in to my sewing career and its going quite promisingly, although I have an inkling that the thing may end up a coupla inches smaller than oringally planned...

Just me and a 'Pfaff' sewing machine (surprisingly little of that activity with it though) and my entire jazz collection which I'm wading through. So far we've had Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Brad Mehldau, Urban Connection, Miroslav Vitous, Miles Davis, Thelonious, Thelonious AND Art - moving on to just Art next, then maybe Art and Marsalis, then straight Marsalis, then back to the Davis I presume. I like to follow a fluid flow of players in my listening...

What I like about Thelonious is that, I'm sure entirely indeliberately, he hides little gems of genius within a whole heap of dire, blundering playing. In my humble opinion of course.

Make you rown Tory poster

Saturday, April 16, 2005

She Only Says 'I Love You' When She's Drunk

Fantastic new theatrical experience coming to the Glasgow QMU Next Sunday and Monday, 24th and 25th April and in St. Andrew's on the 29th. Be there or be quadriequilateral

Friday, April 15, 2005

Intelligent plastics change shape with light

Intelligent plastics change shape with light - MIT News Office

Wow, how cool. Applications? Mapping wallets that automatically take strike and dip readings under certain lighting conditions? Or something less geeky?... Shoes whose (nice bit o rhyming) laces automatically undo under a certain invisible UV light, thus rendering the unsuspecting freedom fighter shoe less while fleeing... Cars with window blinds that automatically respond to sunlight but not street lights.... Protective packaging for , er, things that shouldn't be expoised to certain wavelengths. like paintings in museums. Arms that automatically slap any inconsiderate flash photographers in the theatre...
thats enough for me.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Complete Guide to Isometric Pixel Art

The Complete Guide to Isometric Pixel Art Like it says... One to come back to.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Make Poverty History

Below is a copy of a letter i sent to the University of Glasgow SRC, in support of the MakePovertyHistory campaign. What do you all think?

Dear SRC Representative,

I would like to enquire if the SRC has any plans to support the Make Poverty History ( campaign. The campaigns manifesto etc. can be found at the website, but in summary is: Trade Justice; Drop the Debt; and More and Better Aid.
It is my opinion that the University of Glasgow is perfectly poised to make a great statement in support of the campaign, especially with the G8 members meeting in Scotland this July.
I wish to see the SRC support the campaign, and help promote it, through, for example, making publicity available and offering white bands for sale on campus.
In particular, if the SRC was to support the campaign, an idea is to wrap the university tower in a white band (as has been done by Reverend Ken Bouillier of the Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea (, on the 1st of July, in support of the national 'White Band Day'.
A serious question that arises from this specific idea would be whether the SRC (and the university) would support anyone who wanted to do this. Does the SRC have any channels that I could pursue to gain support for this action.
Needless to say, such action would create great publicity for a university trying to promote ethical research and development, or promoting any of the principles of Public Life as outlined by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public life, namely, selflessness and integrity. What could be more selfless or show such integrity as to display support for the ridding of poverty on a global scale. Similarly the publicity created would surely send a signal out to the generation of potential students that the Univeristy of Glasgow is a place of study where moral responsibility and ethical education is promoted.
The London School of Economics has already tabled support for the Make Poverty History campaign ( in the belief that, amongst other things, the international community within their university would benefit from the School's support of the campaign.
This year has be designated as a year that can make history, make poverty history, and I believe that the University of Glasgow can, and indeed should, make a concerted effort to support this.

Yours Sincerely,

Gareth Johnson