Archive for June, 2009

Where do you think you’re going? (Directions of Travel)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 7:20 7 Comments

The Where Do You Think You’re Going..? conference about ‘Digital Transport’ was held at Hoult’s Yard in Newcastle last week and I was one of the attendees. The event was split into four main parts, with a few bits of housekeeping stuff chucked in at the start – an introduction to Hoult’s Yard, a bit [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Technology, Travel, twitter

Find Your MP’s Expenses

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 7:20 2 Comments

After Parliament has published the MPs expenses claims in the greatest of detail, there would seem to have been no need for the Telegraph to publish any more information. Unfortunately, and presumably in order to save the taxpayer money, the printer used by Parliament appears to have printed huge black splodges over most of the [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Politics

Recession Impression: Digression not Depression

Monday, June 29, 2009 13:04 22 Comments

Hmm. I appear to be my own boss. This is not exactly through choice; it’s because the recession has led to my employer feeling obliged to give me a month’s notice. After the initial bit of feeling somewhat shell-shocked, and saying things on the phone like “uh-huh. uh-huh” without really making a great deal of [...]

This was posted under category: Life, The Pickards

#LocalGovCamp (Session 4 – Crowdsourcing Public Policy)

Monday, June 29, 2009 7:20 4 Comments

This plainly wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be a discussion about different methods by which councils could crowdsource policy ideas and information, and the various pros and cons of doing so. I felt somewhat conned therefore when it appeared to be very much a sales [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Technology

Mossblown wikipedia fun

Sunday, June 28, 2009 7:20 236 Comments

Have you ever heard of the village in South Ayrshire called “Mossblown”? No, neither had I. At least until @cole007 mentioned it’s wikipedia entry. So I went to have a look. And it reminded me somewhat of my Marouane Chamakh Wikipedia Adventure, where I traced the entertaining history of edits to Marouane Chamakh’s Wikipedia entry. [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, Technology

#LocalGovCamp (Session 3 – Councillors and Social Media)

Saturday, June 27, 2009 7:20 37 Comments

For my second social media session in a row (there were generally four or five sessions going on at any one time so you had to pick the ones that were either most interesting or most relevant to yourself), Ingrid Koehler (@IngridK) led us through how, and what, Councillors should be doing with social media, [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Public Sector, Standards, Technology, twitter

Adventures on the High Teas

Friday, June 26, 2009 7:20 145 Comments

I’d read Stuart Maconie’s book Pies and Prejudice where he went around the North of England and talked about what the North of England actually had to offer, and how it was really a nice place, and that prejudiced Southerners who thought of it as just flat caps, whippets, and derelict industrial estates were miles [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Reviews

#LocalGovCamp (Session 2 – Are You Listening?)

Thursday, June 25, 2009 7:20 29 Comments

This session was basically asking whether Local Authorities were listening to what their residents (and indeed other people) have had to say about them on social media platforms (that’s twitter, facebook and the like for those of you not used to buzzword bingo). I chose to attend this session because it’s something I’ve already discussed [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Technology, twitter

Bad Medicine

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 18:30 22 Comments

…I feel slightly nauseous myself, having just used a Bon Jovi song title, but it’s perhaps the most one I could think of for this quotation I came across. To set the scene: the article talks about drugs used as a legal ‘high’ — stuff like Salvia, amyl nitrate and isobutyl nitrate, which do not [...]

This was posted under category: Beer, Media, Science

A mental mind-f*ck can be nice

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 7:20 8 Comments

Imagine a situation where the human brain can be copied; where the thoughts and memories of one person can be transplanted into another. Now imagine that when you go to sleep the you that is you dies, and a recreation of that person wakes up the following morning. And the person who woke up the [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Life