Blueargh! All you wanted to do was grab your own twitter timeline to display on your own website using a bit of PHP to grab the data as JSON. You were even willing to cache it fairly aggressively in order to spare Twitter a load of unneccesary requests. But now they’ve migrated to v1.1 there’s no way to get this without authentication! And you don’t understand authentication. What’s a poor boy/girl to do?
This is a blog post which is just here as a way of writing a blog post to enable me to stop thinking that the next blog post needs to be a particularly good blog post in order to justify the gap between this blog post and the last blog post. Procrastination is a fickle [...]
In which I explain why suddenly all the bits of blogging I’ve done over the years have now found a home here, even if that means Google will probably shun for all eternity for duplicating content or some such.
Yesterday I took part in a BBC Connected Studio event at Media City, Salford. Connected Studios are one day events in which people from various digital industries are allowed to come to the BBC and spend a day with them generating new ideas around various BBC products and then pitching them at the end. There’s the chance to be invited back for a couple of days to build prototypes and even the possibility of your idea being made into a pilot (if you’re lucky!).
Ever since I started using Delicious to save bookmarks I always thought one day they’d start offering ways for you to go back through them spotting patterns and surfacing interesting things. They never have, so I downloaded all my bookmarks, wrote some PHP to parse out the data and created a bunch of graphs and stats from them.
Last night I did another pecha kucha style talk this time at an event called Ignite held at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds. The format is basically 20 slides each set to appear for 15 seconds and then auto-advance. As opposed to the BettaKulcha talk I did last April this event has a more tech-heavy slant and so it was more appropriate to talk about something I do for a living.
I went to see Ben Hammersley speak at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. Then I came back and wrote this with my tongue ever so slightly in my cheek.
I took myself along the the excellent Digital Lunch upstairs at the Adelphi on Wednesday where I was exposed to some interesting and thought provoking discussion about “design” and “digital” by some very eminent persons from the local digital design industry. Unfortunately whilst I was often provoked towards responding by the discussion I was unable to respond due to a surprising lack of a connected device and a less surprising lack of self confidence. So I retreat like a mollusc to my shell and knock out a blog post instead.
I did a talk on Tuesday this week at Bettakulcha. It’s 20 slides in 5 minutes in front of about 300 people at the Corn Exchange in Leeds. I chose to do mine on Magic & Conspiracy Theories. Below are the slides with some notes which are basically either what I said, what I was meaning to say, or what I wished I’d said almost immediately after finishing (particularly the ending which I careered towards and then seemed to crash into before I knew what was happening).
Betali.st is a blog which hopes to allow you to “be the first to discover and get access to the latest internet startups”. I can’t remember where I came across it, but I’ve been following via RSS for a little while now. It’s kind of fun because not only do they occasionally throw you a [...]