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  • Meades speaks. Jonathan Meades evening talk at V&A next Thursday (30th) http://t.co/pgHNfgeqn0 via
  • I’m perverse enough to like that 1974 piece from Pete Shelley. Pete features on my Bloggariddims 31 mix http://t.co/kQ6UPHhjXY
  • Penguin UK paperback edition arrives. Handsomely! http://t.co/0nsUTcFu8T
  • old enough to remember it (Sun Sparcstation IPC) … back when .com was rare (sites were edu, gov, uk etc)
  • NCSA Mosaic, the first web browser with the ability to display text and images inline, was released today in 1993! htt…
  • Pete Shelley - Sky Yen [Side A (first part)] https://t.co/nbCodyzArM via Pete Shelley, March 1974(!) on “purpose built oscillator”
  • By the time we get to 1979 and “154” (my absolute favourite) Wire have left punk behind.
  • what do ya call it? ♫ http://t.co/9RAxKic9wY
  • we’re just nitpicking here, even Blondie (Debbie) were proud to call themselves punks, even when “confronted” a few years ago.
  • 12XU version of “Live at the Roxy” appeareance makes em punks in my book, even if not their own chosen label now.
  • I would rather put that punk turned into a regressive movement, but Wire clearly part of that whole early DIY movement.
  • Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll: http://t.co/uIzU3gWFam See also “Rocking Cambodia” http://t.co/dg55G1Od39 (recently on BBC here in UK).
  • Bao, Soho, London | http://t.co/CustWDGHrt #ldnhalsplacestoeat (note to self). 5* review in TimeOut London.
  • getting this a lot lately “oops something went wrong” http://t.co/FLBoBf0u4q

WPTavern: Gateway: A Free WordPress Theme Built on the Foundation Framework

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Gateway is an elegant and eye-catching new theme that recently landed on WordPress.org. Since its release less than a week ago, the theme has already been downloaded more than 1400 times. It’s easy to see why it’s an instant hit – the versatile design is perfect for writers, businesses, or personal sites.

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The homepage design for Gateway includes a full-width header background image, a spot for featured posts, and a featured video. All of the theme options can be found in the customizer, including logo upload, accent color and background settings.

Gateway includes a custom page template for the home page as well as a full-width template. 404 pages also have a unique design. The theme includes support for one primary navigation menu and four optional widget areas.

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Support for Jetpack Users

Gateway has built-in support for nine different Jetpack features, including contact form, infinite scrolling, post sharing, related posts, site icon, shortcode embeds, carousel, and tiled galleries. If you use any of these features on your site, the theme’s design will integrate theme seamlessly.

Check out a live demo to see Gateway in action with all of the supported Jetpack features activated.

Gateway is Rescue Themes‘ debut on WordPress.org. The theme and plugin shop was founded by Jami Gibbs in May of 2014. Rescue Themes builds products that are specialized for niches and organizations with a particular focus on humanitarian efforts.

Gateway was created using Underscores, Devin Price’s Customizer Library, and Zurb’s Foundation Framework.

“I find Foundation to be easier to selectively include components, keeping the theme lean,” Gibbs said. “I also like the different grid options available, centering columns, offsets, etc. Last but not least, it’s developed in Sass.”

Rescue Themes’ primary avenue of distribution is currently through Themeforest. Gibbs is one of a handful of WordPress theme authors who are trying to make a difference by selling themes that conform to WordPress.org Theme Review standards.

“I know Themeforest hasn’t always been the greatest place to find quality products,” she said. “A few of us are trying though.

“I think a lot of theme devs think they’ve always developed to WP standards and I was among that crowd until I enlisted the help of Emil and Justin’s Themereview.co for the Merch, which I released earlier in the year,” Gibbs said. “Since then, I’ve release another premium theme, Brewery, and now Gateway – all built with those standards in mind.”

To reinforce her knowledge of best practices, Gibbs also volunteers as a reviewer on the WordPress.org Theme Review team. The rigorous process of getting her theme approved took months, but she finds it to be worthwhile both for brand exposure and for giving back to the community.

So far Gateway has been successful at attracting downloads on WordPress.org, and Gibbs plans to release more free themes as time allows. If you want to use the theme and need help getting started, you’ll find solid documentation and demo content available for Gateway on the Rescue Themes website.

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Elmgreen & Dragset document a life in progress at Galerie Perrotin

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When last we encountered architect Norman Swann he was between bankruptcy and his 75th birthday, still stubbornly ensconced in his family home - a grand residence that shared an address with the Victoria & Albert Museum. The ornery bachelor, now 76, has recently traded South Kensington for New York’s Upper East Side, where he has downsized to a single splendid room - double-height, dentil moldings, crimson walls - in a landmark 1930s building on Madison Avenue. Until 23 May, visitors are welcome to barge in and snoop around.

‘Be a not-so-polite guest - sneak into his private stuff!’ encourages Michael Elmgreen, one half of the Danish-Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, as he reaches for a leather-bound photo album resting not far from a half-drunk cup of tea. ‘The more you look at things, the more curious you will get.’

Despite the ephemera of a life in progress - personal photos (handsome young men, gorgeous buildings) and correspondence, shelves of well-thumbed books (Foucault, Proust, a 39-volume set of Shakespeare’s complete works in miniature) and stacks of yellowing magazines - Swann is not a real person. He is the creation of Elmgreen & Dragset and his bedroom is their latest solo exhibition, on show at Galerie Perrotin.

Entitled ‘Past Tomorrow’ and accompanied by a short book written in the style of a screenplay, it picks up where the artists’ 2013 V&A installation left off, with Swann realising he has little more than maquettes to show for a life that prized utopia over reality, theory over practice, dogmatism over compromise.

‘We were jealous that filmmakers could focus on a few characters and comment on society through those fictional characters, so that’s what we’ve done over the last few years - look at different characters and try to tell their stories and also our stories through their objects, their collections, all of the traces they leave in a domestic setting,’ says Ingar Dragset. ‘It’s quite rare to make a sequel in an art context, but we’re always up for a new challenge.’

Under the hungry gaze of a gilded vulture (dubbed ‘The Critic’, who appears in all Elmgreen & Dragset shows) perched atop Swann’s bed, elements of the artists’ previous projects mingle with clues into their character’s past and present: a ghostly portrait of the architect as a young man, a poster for a 1959 ‘Building for the Masses’ exhibition in Utrecht, a sculptural adaptation of Magritte’s shrouded ‘Lovers’ placed beside a metronome on the piano, a bedside drawer left ajar to reveal protease inhibitors and other antiviral medication.

And if Swann’s shrinking world, with its framed sampler embroidered with a reminder that ‘Home is the place you left,’ is a plush monument to failure, then its creators have succeeded. ‘We love to describe failure - it is such an underestimated virtue in today’s society, where everything counts on success,’ says Elmgreen. ‘Norman didn’t do so well in life, but a lot of interesting things come out of failure.’ Surely Swann wouldn’t have it any other way.

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