Archive for July, 2009

Summer Cold or Swine Flu?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 7:20 71 Comments

I was just offering congratulations to someone on Twitter the other day for being the first person I know to have contracted swine flu. I’ll leave her name out of it, as she has a policy of what is said on twitter remains on twitter, but she will know who she is. I had in [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Life

The Junior Photographer…

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 7:20 14 Comments

…was called into the office one day by the paper’s editor. “George,” said the editor, “I’ve got an unusual assignment for you. I’ve heard that the old Mustrum House building is haunted, and I need you to get some photographs of the spook for a feature I’m planning. Get over there tonight!” So George, more [...]

This was posted under category: Funnies

#PSFBuzz : Four Steps To Incorporating Social Media

Monday, July 20, 2009 7:20 1 Comment

Dave Briggs (@davebriggs) chaired the PSF event, so had two opportunities to speak — firstly a fifteen minute ‘welcome’ session (although that was mostly housekeeping matters, and I don’t think it particularly worth blogging about where the fire exits were, and where the toilets were) and then secondly, a session to wrap up the event [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Social Media, Technology

Twitter Sexuality Tester

Sunday, July 19, 2009 7:20 36 Comments

Now I have up to now been relatively assured of my own heterosexuality. I’m married, I have children, and I find women attractive in a way that I don’t find men. These to me are all indicators of heterosexuality (not the same thing as ‘predictors of beaconicity’, for any local government types). And as I [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Memes, twitter

#PSFBuzz : Twitterplan

Saturday, July 18, 2009 7:20 3 Comments

And then we had Stuart Harrison (also known as @pezholio) up to talk to us about Twitterplan. I’ve talked about this before, so I’m likely to skip at least some of my notes, but there was still plenty of stuff there which wasn’t covered in that original post… Twitterplan Lichfield Council originally set up a [...]

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

Just Like Starting Over

Friday, July 17, 2009 7:20 30 Comments

So, here we go: only a couple of weeks left before I am officially made redundant, and there’s still a lot left to be doing. Obviously, regular readers (or at least those who visit my blog via the actual site, rather than the feed-reader types) will know that I’m looking to go into business for [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Public Sector, The Pickards

#PSFBuzz: Losing Control

Thursday, July 16, 2009 7:20 7 Comments

This one, more fully titled “Losing Control: why people will say what they want about you anyway” was presented by Al Smith (@alncl) of Newcastle City Council. At this point I must also remember to thank Goss Interactive, who have a very useful habit of providing pens and notepads at these events. Anyway, after that [...]

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

Now Wash Your Hands

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 15:30 45 Comments

I went to the lavatory the other day. That isn’t particularly noteworthy in itself: I would suspect that in this wonderful world of ours, every day, billions of people go to the toilet. Indeed, if were were to assume that someone spends on average five minutes in the toilet per day, and these visits are [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Oddities

The Karate Dragon

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 7:20 4 Comments

Well, we’re approaching the end of my son’s first year at school, and what have we learned? We’ve learned that the school has a good sense of “community” and loads of people like to chip in when they have events and suchlike to raise money. We’ve learned that the school has an active anti-bullying policy [...]

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#PSFBuzz Unlocking Access and Developing A Web 2.0 Usage Policy

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 7:20 2 Comments

Carl Haggerty (@carlhaggerty) was on immediately following the Browsealoud chap to talk to us about how to go about unblocking access to web 2.0 sites and developing appropriate policies around them. Some of this information can also be found in Carl’s blog post 1 rule and 6 steps to embracing social media in local government, [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector, Social Media, Standards, Technology