I found the Linux Alternative Project to be quite useful in finding alternatives to popular software packages that are Linux compatible. However, for those of us still on Windows/Mac, the Open Source Alternative website is more regularly updated and probably more useful 😉
- Do you feel preoccupied with the internet? (Think about your online activity or anticipate your next online session.)
- Do you need increasing amounts of time on the net in order to achieve satisfaction?
- Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop internet use?
- Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop internet use?
- Do you stay online longer than originally intended?
- Have you jeopardised or risked the loss of a significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the internet?
- Have you lied to family members, a therapist or others to conceal the extent of your involvement with the internet?
- Do you use it to escape from problems (eg, feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?
If you answered yes to more than five of those then, according to some studies, you may be addicted to the internet. Why do I not find this surprising?
I remember years ago that my school was given loads of money to buy lots of computers and essentially give each child a computer with a free Internet connection. Even back then I thought this was a bad idea. How can sitting in front of a computer, having all this information thrown at you enhance anyones lives. Sure, the Internet has a lot of uses, but it’s kinda replacing socialising. Tools like Twitter do actually enhance some aspects of socialising but Facebook and the like are mind numbing!
I think generally there’s this fear that if you’re not connected then you’ll miss out on something important and/life changing. The downside of trying to stay up to date with everything is that you may actually be missing out on the most important thing in your life…. oh, and that thing is your life. Duh!
Isn’t it ironic that I’m complaining about Internet addiction whilst writing this at 2am? Well, I needed a break from doing my artwork!
It looks like I’m now part of/somewhat involved with Birmingham Visual Arts Coalition that was advertised this time last month. A couple of the artists had a bit of a meeting on Saturday and, well, lets just say I’m very interested in seeing where this is all going to go. It’s all very exciting, especially as I’m relatively new to collaborating with many artists at one time (although a.a.s. thrive on this)
I know, this is all vague, but once we’re all more involved I suspect you will be, if you know what I’m sayin’!
A followup to the last post. Here’s the blurb from the video caption:
Insectoid went to Earlswood and engaged in a silent, collaborative painting experiment.
We decided the basic plan beforehand, but no verbal communication took place during the 2.5 hours of painting.
The process of carrying back to the studio had an effect on some sections of the painting
I was on my way to the Crescent Theatre when I noticed a large group of people congregating just off of Five Ways Island. As I now know from looking at the Birmingham Flickr group a demolition was taking place. I hastily got out my camera and snapped a few shots of the demolition! It was a amazing, if slightly disturbing sight. Within about two seconds a whole building went from being there to not being there…
Some newish artwork from me.
More images finally added to the traditional art gallery.