I’ve noticed a pattern with the way I learn new things which seems to repeat and yet is something I never able to sidestep or short cut even when I see it happening.
I went to see Speak The Web last again week in Leeds. I say again because I went to the last one (Feb 2010) which was ace so I made a bit of an effort to go to this one. It didn’t disappoint.
In which I wade into the flat design vs. skeuomorphism debate a meer two years after I first started thinking about it and when really the argument’s all but over and there’s probably very little I can add to it.
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.