It started as a way to get to know my new camera, and to ensure that my expensive investment wouldn’t end up covered in dust six months after I bought it, neglected after the initial honeymoon period of frantic snapping. I’d bought a Canon EOS 7D for myself to celebrate the end of my PhD, and received a damn fine lens as a gift. The 1984 photo project became a behemoth that challenged my creativity and my tenacity.
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Thursday March 18, 2010 @ 08:50 PM (UTC)
At Monday’s Parliamentary briefing, ostensibly about whether the forthcoming election would be the UK’s first digital one, the distinguished MPs and Lords and Ladies who attended did what they do best and took hold of the conversation, repeatedly sidetracking it. They needed answers not about social media, but about a truly Web 1.0 phenomenon: how should they cope with the influx of emails that they get from their constituents? As digital experts, we’re expected to offer solutions to the firehose of email traffic (bearing in mind, of course, that we also receive a preposterous number of wants, needs, demands, desires from a truly random bunch of people who have the ability to type and press ‘send’). So how do we cope? In the interests of crowdsourcing a solution for the government employees of the United Kingdom, I reached out to the Twitterverse for a solution.
Thursday February 11, 2010 @ 02:35 PM (UTC)
Many cafes are losing their previous tolerance of people who squat for hours in their premises, sucking their wifi and electricity whilst nursing one or two cups of joe. I try not to be one of those people. Unfortunately, yesterday I found myself in central London in need of power and a caffeine hit. What to do? Why, harness the Twitter brain, of course!
Wednesday January 06, 2010 @ 08:55 PM (UTC)
Last year I spent much of my time taking photos of myself every day I worked on my thesis. I’m kinda hooked on the 365 photo sets. And now, I have a wonderful new toy that performs very well in low light.
Tuesday December 29, 2009 @ 11:55 AM (UTC)
London is full of nooks and crannies of new and exciting things to see and do. I have my own long list of favourite places to visit when I’m not on the clock in the capital, but, for fear of London-complacency, and thanks to the overwhelming success of the Twittersource Whitley Bay experiment, I thought I’d reach out and discover a few new things. I asked the Twitterverse for their 140-character suggestions for their favourite things to do in London, and here are a few of the choice suggestions (eating, drinking and general sightseeing) that came back:
Sunday December 20, 2009 @ 10:15 PM (UTC)
Today, and for the next 72 hours, I find myself in Whitley Bay, Tyneside. I mostly know this seaside resort on the North Sea from the POV of my in-laws’ living room, but I’d like to know more. I shouted my intentions to the Twitterverse, and a surprising number of suggestions came back: I had no idea so many contacts were connected to Whitley Bay. Oh the power of weak ties.
Friday November 27, 2009 @ 10:17 AM (UTC)
I didn’t mean to start anything, but in re-tweeting ereuben’s joke about a Higgs Boson and Catholicism, my Twitter account became an enormous repository for particle physics jokes. Here are some of the best:
Wednesday February 25, 2009 @ 11:08 PM (UTC)
This post was originally published on socialsim.
I’m only going to comment on this story to say four things:
1) Hitwise_UK has demonstrated that the average age of a Facebook user is 26 and a Twitter (and other microblogging application) user is 31. Facebook is by far the most popular social networking site in the UK. Where are the children?
2) Web-use is not binary: you can go online and you can come offline too. Engaging with the internet does not mean you drop out of society. On the contrary, there is substantial evidence that Web users are more politically and socially engaged that non-users because the medium facilitates connection and collaboration. Further, the trend of Web2.0 is to connect people online for interaction offline.
3) Television is a passive medium. The Web is a participatory medium. Television makes us drones, the internet and other participatory media encourage active learning. We use our brains more online, not less.
4) Read The Internet Paradox Revisited (pdf). It’s a re-analysis of the 1998 paper The Internet Paradox (pdf), which argued that people become more depressed, isolated and lonely when they go online. In the later study – conducted by the same team and with the same sample as the original – the effects of the original disappeared. Instead, it indicated that social circles increase by an average of six people, rather than decrease. The researchers argued that the first study suffered because the Web was relatively new; its use wasn’t widespread. Now it is.
I’m done. I’ve said it on various social networks, and now I’ve documented my feelings here. If you want more, read Ben Goldacre’s piece.
Tuesday February 24, 2009 @ 11:10 PM (UTC)
This post was originally published on socialsim.
I’m in love with a string theory fancier. So, when it came to a Valentine’s/Anniversary gift-o, I was stumped. Apart from buying a star (no), and extra redundant copies of Sagan/Feynman/Greene/etc/etc/etc (no), I couldn’t think of anything suitable.
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