Archive for February, 2009

Newcastle Beer Festival

Friday, February 20, 2009 17:52 33 Comments

Breaking news (to me at least): the 33rd Newcastle Beer festival will be held from 1st to 4th April 2009, according to both Newcastle Council and Camra. I’ll see you all there, then? It is perhaps also worth pointing out that I discovered this as a direct result of being a follower of NewcastleCC’s tweets. [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest

Facebook Terms

Friday, February 20, 2009 1:18 3 Comments

Whew! Talk about a kerfuffle. Facebook changed their terms about two weeks ago, the main gist of which was that Facebook could retain access to, and licence some of your user content, even if you have deleted your account. This upset quite a lot of people, who were working on the principle that their content [...]

This was posted under category: Standards, Technology

Politico WIN and Politico FAIL

Thursday, February 19, 2009 13:30 5 Comments

Over at ConservativeHome, there is a post entitled should councillors twitter?, which mentions the Cllr Tweeps website which keeps a list of all of the twittering councillors. The post basically describes twittering as micro-blogging, the poster admits to being on twitter but using it mostly to follow what other people say, rather than taking much [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Politics, Public Sector, twitter

Spam Filter FAIL

Thursday, February 19, 2009 0:16 1 Comment

Now, it’s perfectly understandable that a spam comment slips through now and again, particularly when it is one that looks at least vaguely on-topic, doesn’t contain a boatload of links and just uses the author URL (or at most this plus one other) to link off to somewhere else. However, I would have expected at [...]

This was posted under category: Scams & Spams

TweetCC Public Domain Fun

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 18:18 19 Comments

The following conversation is made up of individual tweets. I have only posted tweets from people who released their tweets into the public domain, although given that I have cited people appropriately, I could also have used any with an attribution licence, although not without derivations also allowed, as I have removed @references to people [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, Technology, twitter


Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:32 30 Comments

Andy Clarke (@malarkey) and Brian Suda (@briansuda) have produced TweetCC, which is a scheme whereby people can list their twitterstream and their tweets as being licenced by Creative Commons, so that they may be re-used. This came about because… Andy wanted tweets and avatars for a new book. His publisher needed him to get permissions [...]

This was posted under category: Technology, twitter

Thoughts on the Screenreader Survey

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 0:11 5 Comments

WebAIM have produced a very useful screenreader survey (which they in fact produced a couple of weeks ago, only I’d not got round to looking at it before now). For the full details, you should obviously refer to the survey. I’m just going to list a few points which I think are worthy of note. [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility


Tuesday, February 17, 2009 0:19 2 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I have been watching two three part crime dramas. Moses Jones and Whitechapel. Whitechapel appealed to me: the idea that there is someone out there recreating the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888, and the present day police have to try and track the killer now by working out what [...]

This was posted under category: Reviews, TV/Film

Independent Thought

Monday, February 16, 2009 0:16 24 Comments

…seems to be a commodity which is frowned on these days. You have to buy in to whatever the national mood is, else you’re a sicko and a freak. I remember when Princess Diana died. It was kinda sad, but I didn’t know her. I was more sad when my cat died. This is not [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Technology

Circus Circus

Sunday, February 15, 2009 9:38 21 Comments

How do you kill a circus?You go for the juggler Two cannibals are just finishing eating a circus. One turns to the other and says “Hey — does this clown taste funny to you?”. Did you hear about the clown who was employed him in a chocolate factory making M & Ms? They had to [...]

This was posted under category: Funnies