Arpia.be is the website of Peter Craddock, a British citizen who lives in Belgium and works for the law firm Liedekerke in Brussels.
During his spare time, Peter designs websites, composes music, writes novels and creates games.

6
Nov.

Brick Painting: build your own LEGO-based reproductions

by Peter Craddock

 
 
 

For a long time now, I've wanted to decorate my apartment with paintings. Ideally some of my favourite paintings, too, but a Monet isn't exactly a small purchase, and learning to copy Van Gogh isn't exactly a rapid process.

It turns out I can make copies that are more tangible than a print-out and that say "look, I am art!" in a completely different way, all thanks to little LEGO blocks.

I have discovered the world of Brick Painting.

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23
Oct.

The Brick Painter, for all master builders

by Peter Craddock

 
 
 

The Brick Painter is a little web application that converts any image you feed into it (within reason) into blocks. Specify the height or width in blocks, choose the colour set, and it generates the brickified image for you.

It then tells you which colours of bricks are needed to build the image, and in which quantities. This allows you to then (if you are crazy enough) build it after ordering the relevant bricks (if you don't have them in stock).

The Brick Painter is also released under a BY-NC-SA Creative Commons licence, so if you are into coding you can download the entire package here and improve it as you please. Hopefully the minimal comments in the code help.

Update: read more on the build process on the follow-up post, Brick Painting: build your own LEGO-based reproductions.

15
Jun.

Let the mind wander in the desert

by Peter Craddock

 
 

Less off the beaten track than the (also recent) Repenting (at least for me), Desert Crossing is a more classical piece with soundtrack overtones. See if you can imagine yourself crossing the desert on a camel. Or something different.

9
Jun.

Going electronic

by Peter Craddock

 
 

And it’s that time of the decade again - Peter has gone electronic in his music. At least, another attempt, one I prefer to my previous ones. It’s got a beat I can walk to, it’s got electronic sounds galore - many sins I have committed while composing this piece. Yes, the title is Repenting.

1
May.

Janssens-Quidam redesign

by Peter Craddock

 
 
 

Now that I’m working with a new law firm (Liedekerke, or Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in full), it was high time I redesigned the Cat Hat / Janssens-Quidam e-reputation website.

For the uninitiated, this website presents the fictional tale of Janssens-Quidam SA/NV, presenting practical guidance on the legal implications of building and defending one’s e-reputation.

The design is less heavy and more in line with the feel of another project I’m hoping to unveil soon.

Content updates are also planned for Janssens-Quidam, due to legislative consolidation at a Belgian level (the Belgian Business Law Code or Code de droit économique / Wetboek van Economisch Recht). More on that when the updates are ready.

9
Mar.

An untimely first Russian-sounding tune?

by Peter Craddock

 
 

It’s really an accident, but here I am publishing what I find to be the most Tchaikovsky-inspired composition I have written so far… right in the middle of the Ukraine crisis. Wind Whispers is a mishmash of sorts, a blend of classical and contemporary, waltz and modern.

30
Dec.

End of year, new sound

by Peter Craddock

 
 

2013 is about to end, and it feels like I’m really getting back into music. Nineteen Times is the first in a long time to combine piano, bass, guitar and drums. A new sound, of sorts. I look forward to 2014!

17
Jun.

Paint frenzy

by Peter Craddock

 
 
 

It's no secret that since I thought up the design for the Cat Hat e-reputation website, I have kind of fallen in love with paint splotches. [I'll soon have to start creating real-life ones, but that's another story entirely.]

Some two weeks ago, I felt it was time for me to come up with yet another arpia.be redesign idea. Unlike the N previous ideas, I ended up really liking the end-result.

What better way to start summer than with bright colours?

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10
Apr.

Winter & spring meet in song

by Peter Craddock

 
 

Dandelion is my latest addition to my repertoire, a blend of tunes that were composed in the winter and just now that spring has arrived. Still many more in the pipeline, at least if I can finalise and record them!

27
Dec.

Closing 2012 with new web tools

by Peter Craddock

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sorry to the Maya people, but 2012 is really the beginning, not the end. For me, that is, and particularly with respect to the web.

Together with Sandrine Kinart, I launched the website Janssens-Quidam.be (a.k.a. CatHat.be) to accompany the publication of an article on building and defending one's e-reputation. It tells the tale of a fictional company (Janssens-Quidam) and its very trendy product (the Cat Hat, "too cute to wear") and is meant as a practical guide, so we've tried to make legalese understandable and useful. Even if you're not part of a Belgian company, it's worth at least a good, long look. And it's available in English, French and Dutch. And for different devices.

In addition, De Boeck Professionals, a major publisher (certainly in the Belgian legal world), agreed to integrate an Interest Calculator I wrote into their legal database, StradaLex. I'm hoping that lawyers, in-house counsel and other legal practitioners across Belgium will find in the Interest Calculator a useful tool to take away the daunting aspect of computing interest. Now obviously, the world will come to an end if computing interest becomes "fun", so I've tried to stick to making it "easy".

I also cooked up a few other (more random) web tools, such as a law-related URL shortener that I used in the e-reputation article and on the e-reputation website. It's definitely not "production-grade", but I'm now in the mindset where if I think "Things would be easier with …", chances are my next thought will be "I wonder whether I can make a web app for that".

All in all, things are exciting. 2013 may turn out to be a very good year!