Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Delicious links 29 Mar 2011

BBC News - Home
Slightly surprised that now it is back, the outage isn't featured in the breaking news banner on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ #bbcblackout
FREE BEER
RT @kowey: "Free as in Free Speech, not as in Free Beer" Beer http://freebeer.org/blog/ - just knew somebody was going to do this someday
Ricky Ponting Quits As Captain Of Australia
In case you missed the overnight news, Ricky Ponting quits as Australia captain http://bit.ly/dQ1U9O

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Delicious links 28 Mar 2011

Ricky Ponting to stand down | thetelegraph.com.au
Australian Telegraph reporting Ricky Ponting to stand down http://bit.ly/gTJVCF
Tomorrow's Independent front page - "Royal bonfire ... on Twitpic
RT @DickMandrake: RT @A_Close_Friend: Tomorrow's Independent front page http://twitpic.com/4edk77 < It's like Labour never left office!!!
Free to protest? I can still be arrested if my placard reads: 'Nick Clegg, oh dear' | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
Free to protest? I can still be arrested if my placard reads: 'Nick Clegg, oh dear' | George Monbiot http://bit.ly/eN6OKx
Major UK demonstrations and protests listed: which one was biggest? | News | guardian.co.uk
@sunny_hundal apart from the Stop the War coalition and the Countryside Alliance http://bit.ly/fLvI6b
Fukt.tv Warehouse duel Knockout
@thegreatgonzo knockout? RT @Fukt_tv http://fukt.tv/humour/warehouse-duel-knockout
Shannan Amari (Shannanjxjqh) http://twitter.com/Shannanjxjqh/status/52361823680331776
Home : Oxford English Dictionary
violence, n. The exercise of physical force so as to inflict injury on, or cause damage to, persons or property http://bit.ly/hi8dOj
Home : Oxford English Dictionary
@PennyRed you have done some great reporting this weekend, but on this you are wrong. http://bit.ly/hi8dOj
News releases 2011
RT @sheffielduni: We've opened a dedicated @lawsheffield centre offering free legal advice to the local community http://goo.gl/upCAA #s ...

Monday, 28 March 2011

Delicious links 27 Mar 2011

Map of Metal
Interesting site - but how many black metal bands does it take to make a new genre in the first place? http://mapofmetal.com/
Astatine (Astatine) http://twitter.com/Astatine/status/52105567786897408
Let me google that for you
@angryrantboy http://bit.ly/epObNV
My experience of the #26March protests - dominiccampbell's posterous
RT @timd: @dominiccampbell: My experience of the #26March protests http://t.co/osDIsEK <-- as witnesses go, they don't come more rel ...
Adoption Curve Blog Archive Paging Baron Pandastein
RT @timd: Bloggage: : Paging Baron Pandastein http://www.adoptioncurve.net/archives/2011/03/paging-baron-pandastein.php
Write to your MP today
RT @OpenRightsGroup: Website blocking is being actively discussed now: tell your MP to say no! http://bit.ly/nowebblock #DEAct

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Delicious links 26 Mar 2011

Leap second - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
@em_cooper we don't change the time we change what we call it... But it is arbitrary and isn't a good fit for reality http://bit.ly/igHB5r
Network Time Protocol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
@em_cooper http://bit.ly/gqwEZj
Nick Pickles s blog - The thinkings of a music photographer, tech PR and sometime speech maker.
RT @Mike_J_Cox: Excellent expose on the tax dodgers at F M and why ukuncut are morons http://www.nickpickles.co.uk/?p=729
Press release: UK Uncut Occupy Tax Dodgers Fortnum and Mason | UK Uncut
. @thegreatgonzo no idea how accurate, but here's UKuncut's justification for the F M occupation http://bit.ly/eOeCB2
Terence Eden (edent) http://twitter.com/edent/status/51704787292528640
@PennyRed http://bit.ly/fa9pal
@PennyRed http://bit.ly/fa9pal
Tony's Blog: Up Coming Theatre
Tony's Blog: Up Coming Theatre http://bit.ly/hI4b94
Nick Clegg confused over winter fuel payments - mirror.co.uk
@thegreatgonzo Transpires it was Clegg he shoulda learnt from yesterday http://bit.ly/hrqTEU
LouLouK (LouLouK) http://twitter.com/LouLouK/status/51635871157469184
BBC News - Budget 2011: Winter fuel payment blow for pensioners
@thegreatgonzo Nope, definitely dropped winter fuel. http://bbc.in/ehRwZK
LouLouK (LouLouK) http://twitter.com/LouLouK/status/51635522363330560
Slapped Down Article - Page 1 | Eurogamer.net
RT @helenlewis: Eurogamer on Duke Nukem's jaw-dropping "capture the babe" mode. http://bit.ly/f9JiCb << WTF?

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Up Coming Theatre

The Company at Sheffield University Drama Studio

  • "The Rivals" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    15th June - 18th June. I'm in this so you all must come.

Heartbreak at the Botanical Gardens

  • The Taming of the Shrew
    16th June - 19th June. I'll being trying to go on the Sunday, Hangover permitting (see above)
  • Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'
    4th August - 7th August. I'm away.
  • Pinnochio
    11th August - 14th August. Not really bothered.

Various at the Crucible

These are the dates I have already booked for, but they are unreserved seating.
  • NT Connections
    9 May - 14 May, Two plays a night from a festival of specially-commissioned new plays for actors aged 13-19. I'm going every night except Thursday.
  • Happy Days by Samuel Beckett
    1 June
  • The Pride
    29 June
These have just been announced and I haven't picked specific dates I'm thinking of going yet. Tickets on sale 18 June 2011
  • One Day When We Were Young
    5 October – 15 October
  • Lungs
    19 October – 29 October
  • A NEW PLAY (title TBC)
    16 November – 26 November

Delicious links 25 Mar 2011

Doodle: Drinks!
@beamoogaloo go to http://bit.ly/gjMDxq in the box on the left put a name, check the boxes along the row that are under dates you can make
BBC - Doctor Who - The Prequel to Episode 1
RT @steven_moffat: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw/videos/p00fxf06
Tim Curry and Ralph Fiennes to Star in Trevor Nunn Season at London's Theatre Royal, Haymarket - Playbill.com
RT @playbill: Tim Curry and Ralph Fiennes to Star in Trevor Nunn Season at London's Theatre Royal, Haymarket http://t.co/qiRkZpZ
kgbdeals
@thegreatgonzo Damn! KGB Deals offers a lot better deals than Groupon: ) Check it - http://ow.ly/4m2oV
Nick Carlson (maulhd) http://twitter.com/maulhd/status/51257388212289536
Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Crucible, Sheffield | The Times
Quick the paywall is down, we can all read the review of #whosafraid http://thetim.es/hJ3uQ5 /FAO @crucibletheatre

Friday, 25 March 2011

Delicious links 24 Mar 2011

Doodle: Drinks!
@Erica_Jane_MP @em_cooper @dansumption @itsnoel @miss_jennjenn @beamoogaloo @sarahprofit1Dooooooodle http://bit.ly/gVIePK
Walk-in Centres in Sheffield | NHS Sheffield
RT @NHS_Sheffield: Sheffield Walk-in Centre moves from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital to Broad Lane a week tomorrow http://bit.ly/bKKzHC
Mother Jones magazine on Tumblr - The best journalism-job want ad ever ever.
RT @dansumption: Awe-inspiringly great recruitment ad for a journalist: http://is.gd/jCsP43 /via @tomstafford @oliverburkeman @MotherJones
Nord Piano - Nord - Brands
@vikkistone It is in the outer reaches https://www.kmraudio.com/brands/nord/nord-piano.php
@theatrekat that a general wish or actually happening? If the country isn't Hamlet'd out by Oct there is Michael Sheen http://bit.ly/ehT7iU
@theatrekat that a general wish or actually happening? If the country isn't Hamlet'd out by Oct there is Michael Sheen http://bit.ly/ehT7iU
Page is loading, please wait!
@thegreatgonzo Take a look at BidRivals the new Penny Auction Site - http://bit.ly/gqMxWA?=mtmy
Royce Pone (RoycePone5826) http://twitter.com/RoycePone5826/status/50863193660194816

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Delicious links 23 Mar 2011

Bea Marshall: "@thegreatgonzo @Erica_Jane_MP @dansumption @itsnoel ..." Deck.ly
@thegreatgonzo @Erica_Jane_MP @dansumption @itsnoel @miss_jennjenn @em_cooper Off to ballet as b'day treat fro (cont) http://deck.ly/~F7LQ5
Bea Marshall (beamoogaloo) http://twitter.com/beamoogaloo/status/50606871232512000
yfrog Share, Converse and Connect
@greggfraley http://www.yfrog.com/
T'Lipsum - Yorkshire Lorem Ipsum Generator
RT @Jason_Hodge: Fill your wireframes with Yorkshire t'lipsum http://bit.ly/bLZhds and give Lorem ipsum the boot!
Twitter Joke Trial Gig | Bloomsbury Theatre
RT @TwJokeTrialFund: Gig. With comedy. For #Twitterjoketrial. 15th April. On sale..........NOW http://tinyurl.com/twitterjoketrialgig
RT @denny: Programming, motherfucker: http://s.coop/coding
RT @denny: Programming, motherfucker: http://s.coop/coding
BBC - Research and Development: Building applications on large datasets
@thegreatgonzo Building applications on large datasets:
Recently there's been a lot of discussion in the techno... http://bbc.in/eL0XKm
TCK GR (tckgr) http://twitter.com/tckgr/status/50530531099688960
BBC - Radio 2 - New Comedy Award 2011
RT @bbcnewcomaward: @emmafreud Hello Emma. A cheeky favour... any chance you might invite people to apply for the @bbcnewcomaward? http: ...
New Humanist (Rationalist Association) - discussing humanism, rationalism, atheism and free thought
Dangerous slippery use of language like
"forbidden by law" "Paedophilia and incest" in Vatican piece on orientation http://bit.ly/dUEAr9

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Delicious links 22 Mar 2011

The Campaign for Real Ale: Capitalist or Not? Left Outside
Quite amused by the row over what @CAMRA_Official tells us about capitalism http://bit.ly/fiOpOm http://bit.ly/gC2Uor http://bit.ly/gQaP7m
The stupid, it hurts!
Quite amused by the row over what @CAMRA_Official tells us about capitalism http://bit.ly/fiOpOm http://bit.ly/gC2Uor http://bit.ly/gQaP7m
What CAMRA tells us about markets | Flip Chart Fairy Tales
Quite amused by the row over what @CAMRA_Official tells us about capitalism http://bit.ly/fiOpOm http://bit.ly/gC2Uor http://bit.ly/gQaP7m
yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/h3zjnp Shared by thegreatgonzo
@WeTechnophobia erm, might want to fix it... http://yfrog.com/h3zjnp
O'Reilly Media - Free to Choose Deal: Support Japanese Disaster Relief - Save 50% Ebooks amp; Videos
RT @timoreilly: 50% off all @oreillymedia ebooks/videos today. All proceeds, less author royalties, go to the Japanese Red Cross http:// ...
Did Labour councils deliberately cut frontline services? | Liberal Conspiracy
Did Labour councils deliberately cut frontline services? | Manchester Vs Sheffield http://bit.ly/dH8Puy
Dark Daisy Promotions - Home
@marcjohnson http://bit.ly/e8DJHl http://bit.ly/hTcMsZ and WDS = Whitby Dracula Society though their website has vanished.
Whitby Dates
@marcjohnson http://bit.ly/e8DJHl http://bit.ly/hTcMsZ and WDS = Whitby Dracula Society though their website has vanished.
Drunk On Licensing Fees And Patents, Microsoft Has Become A Joke
RT @glynmoody: Drunk On Licensing Fees And #Patents, #Microsoft Has Become A Joke - http://tcrn.ch/ievknW interesting how attitudes to M ...
Sheffield City Council - Sheffield City Council Online Job Vacancies
@tadbarker http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/whats-new/job-vacancies

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Delicious links 21 Mar 2011

Doctor Who: Space and Time - Red Nose Day 2011 videos - Den of Geek
@kylerodgers @saulcozens http://bit.ly/hHNuG5
Pratchett Exclusive
RT @SFXmagazine: Discworld exclusive! Sir Terry Pratchett + the team behind new City Watch TV show talk about their plans http://bit.ly/ ...
Enter the World Of Wychwood
Please visit http://www.wychwood.co.uk/ Vote for Aileen and Richard to win Alternative Wedding of the Year. Thank you.
yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/gyycklsj Shared by DavidAllenGreen
RT @DavidAllenGreen: Dear god almighty... http://yfrog.com/gyycklsj << If there isn't a For Dummies book on it, it doesn't exist!
Transport Hack Day: 2 Apr 2011 | Open Data Sheffield
@opensheffield @Jagusti the "datasets available" link on http://opendata.thegisthub.net/2011/03/transport-hack-day-2-apr-2011/ is broken
A conversation with George Auckland: a joint CAL/BBC event - Eventbrite
RT @Kerileef: April 12th - a very rare (free) opportunity to hear from the BBC's brilliant George Auckland - http://cal-conference.event ...
@thegreatgonzo @aden_76 @dansumption I refer you all to the article I retweeted earlier: http://bit.ly/i6Dw35 :-)
@thegreatgonzo @aden_76 @dansumption I refer you all to the article I retweeted earlier: http://bit.ly/i6Dw35 :-)
Chris Dymond (chrisdymond) http://twitter.com/chrisdymond/status/49786377331671040
'Hyper-injunction' stops you talking to MP - Telegraph
RT @JonathanHaynes: Thought super-injunctions were bad? Telegraph reports on hyper-injunctions, which you can't even mention to your law ...

Monday, 21 March 2011

Delicious links 20 Mar 2011

Cricket- Exciting cricket news from around the globe - The Whole World On A Single Page
@thegreatgonzo Excellent Cricket World Cup excitement http://bit.ly/fswEfM?l2k =mtmy
Evan Palacios (dickcoolf) http://twitter.com/dickcoolf/status/49619870186340352
YouTube - Portrait of a Princess
Cast of @MBruce83's song at http://youtu.be/BVcEXh1Nj2M includes @Julie_Atherton @russelltovey @Sheridansmith1 @MrStevieWebb
Stephen Fry (stephenfry) http://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/49616923142524928
How to make a shooter's sandwich
Forgotten Spaces 2011
RT @sheffieldblog: Submit an idea for Sheffield's forgotten spaces and win 5k http://bit.ly/fh1ARM

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Delicious links 18 Mar 2011

JAMES BLUNT TWITRELIEF SUPERFOLLOW PLUS on eBay (end time 20-Mar-11 20:41:46 GMT)
So @MitchBenn: is beating (off) James Blunt for Comic Relief: http://trunc.it/ev8uo http://bit.ly/dRVPsu
MITCH BENN TWITRELIEF SUPERFOLLOW PLUS on eBay (end time 20-Mar-11 20:06:36 GMT)
So @MitchBenn: is beating (off) James Blunt for Comic Relief: http://trunc.it/ev8uo http://bit.ly/dRVPsu

Friday, 18 March 2011

Delicious links 17 Mar 2011

BBC News - Burnley MP rebuked for mobile phone use
RT @DemoexUK: House of Commons still trying its hardest to avoid the 20th century, let alone the 21st. http://bbc.in/h3ZWHU
not_the_black: Trippets
RT @nottheblack: Trippets: Not The Black will be at Trippets (opposite the Grapes on Trippet Lane), 1pm Friday - good food (certa... htt ...

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Delicious links 16 Mar 2011

Cert Me | Cert me, home
Web of trust for twitter? http://cert.me.uk/
Richard George (parsingphase) http://twitter.com/parsingphase/status/48075390169780225
Sorry.
RT @quantick A joke for an occasion? 1! A saucy one liner? 1! A speech? 5! Donate to benefit from my hack skills: http://bit.ly/i8HpvK
Infographic / Feel free to use this image anywhere
RT @NadiaSaint: Infographic infographic http://bit.ly/bKTsns
Famous Objects from Classic Movies
As today seems to be a film reference day http://famousobjectsfromclassicmovies.com/ /Via @VanCam @keeftango
Police swoop on young sisters who picked daffodils in the park | UK news | guardian.co.uk
RT @DavidAllenGreen: Whenever you hear vastly over-manned police forces whinge about cuts, one can just say "Daffodils". RT @paul__lewi ...
YouTube - Furry Happy Monsters
Hello world! If Sesame Street songs don't make you happy, you're dead inside. eg James Blunt http://is.gd/3Q5uEP and REM http://is.gd/HOeZNy
Bobbie Johnson (bobbiejohnson) http://twitter.com/bobbiejohnson/status/47952623311138816
YouTube - Sneak Peak of James Blunt on Sesame Street
Hello world! If Sesame Street songs don't make you happy, you're dead inside. eg James Blunt http://is.gd/3Q5uEP and REM http://is.gd/HOeZNy
Bobbie Johnson (bobbiejohnson) http://twitter.com/bobbiejohnson/status/47952623311138816

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Delicious links 15 Mar 2011

time in barbados - Google Search
@lizzy_ammon Google will tell you (means you can bookmark it) http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=time+in+barbados
Get the Data: Data Q amp;A Forum
RT @iamcreative: the #opendata bods in Sheffield and beyond will be interested in http://getthedata.org (via @psychemedia) #jisc11
Great British Beer Festival
RT @gbbf: Tickets on sale for this year's Great British Beer Festival @ Earls Court (2-6 Aug) http://bit.ly/cGDTS Have you got yours yet ...

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Delicious links 14 Mar 2011

Geologist explains some more science behind Japanese earthquake amp; tsunami - Boing Boing
Geologist explains some more science Japanese earthquake tsunami http://bit.ly/f69Crn Are we too reliant on GPS? http://oreil.ly/eJB5SI
10 Kick Ass Presentation Techniques | Think Vitamin
How Government Data Can Improve Lives - Economic View - NYTimes.com
RT @danslee: Nice piece explaining how #opendata can improve lives (via @digiphile @jay_nath) http://t.co/LZwP81Z #gov20
Horoscoped
Information is Beautiful "Whatever the situation or secret moment, enjoy everything a lot" http://bit.ly/hEzXoj
caf-pow! - SuperCox causes Chaos
RT @wibblymat: SuperCox causes Chaos http://t.co/sDbxF0a (@ProfBrianCox)
List of longest-reigning British monarchs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
@TestMatchSofa Liz only needs to last another 2 months to overtake George III http://bit.ly/dOxidi [Wikipedia]

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Delicious links 12 Mar 2011

Salmon Protocol
RT @kevinmarks: Dan talking up Webfinger http://webfinger.org and Salmon http://www.salmon-protocol.org/ #fsw
RT @kevinmarks: Dan talking up Webfinger http://webfinger.org and Salmon http://www.salmon-protocol.org/ #fsw
RT @kevinmarks: Dan talking up Webfinger http://webfinger.org and Salmon http://www.salmon-protocol.org/ #fsw
SXSW4Japan | SXSW Japan Tsunami amp; Earthquake Relief
RT @Documentally: hmmm @katiemoffat yes but I saw a bar tab bigger than that last night.. http://bit.ly/fRvPJb #sxsw
Why cigarette packs matter Bad Science
those who smoke low tar and ultra-light cigarettes get lung cancer at the same rate as people who smoke normal http://bit.ly/gT4eKy
@FullFact neither Lockheed Martin UK nor any Lockheed Martin employee will have access to personal Census data http://bit.ly/e4d5K2
@FullFact neither Lockheed Martin UK nor any Lockheed Martin employee will have access to personal Census data http://bit.ly/e4d5K2

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Delicious links 11 Mar 2011

BuzzFeed
RT @sueperkins: RT @BuzzFeed: Here are some practical ways you can help earthquake and tsunami victims In Japan now: http://goo.gl/ooEVJ ...
Sheffield Theatres - Latest News
RT @crucibletheatre: Are you a budding playwright? We're looking for new plays to be performed at the Studio http://bit.ly/e6JdJp
On the Road with Zaltzman | ESPN Cricinfo
for the price of a ticket to the match at Pallekele yesterday, you could afford to watch 1 ball at the Home Of Cricket http://bit.ly/ffx8jo
Liberal Democrats' Conference - information | South Yorkshire Police
@Coupey http://bit.ly/g4FJf5
BBC | BBC College of Journalism Blog - Ducks, cabbages and 'reform' in the AV Referendum
BBC College of Journalism Blog, Ducks, cabbages and 'reform' in the AV Referendum http://bbc.in/hdFC2Z
Why Square Has the Credit Card Industry on the Run: Apple News, Tips and Reviews
Why Square Has the Credit Card Industry on the Run http://t.co/B6Zx4oD < Nice article. cc @finextra
Aden Davies (aden_76) http://twitter.com/aden_76/status/45997051732955136

Friday, 11 March 2011

Delicious links 10 Mar 2011

Sheffield Brewery Tours
@macaqueson @steelcitykitchn Sheffield brewery? http://bit.ly/ejyK9E
Derbyshire CCC -News, Features amp; Match Reports: News Headlines
RT @derbyshireccc: First Class cricket at Chesterfield secured for five years: http://tinyurl.com/4ty267r
yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/h2eiekp Shared by thegreatgonzo
Vodafone suffer a blogging embarrassment http://yfrog.com/h2eiekp
Who runs the internet? Wikileaks, piracy and censorship | Facebook
Impromptu ORG social Crucible Corner, Saturday nine-ish, after "Who runs the internet" with @jimkillock http://on.fb.me/i0N0me
Illinois abolishes death penalty | World news | The Guardian
Details of human rights rights reform group emerge http://bit.ly/hhyIME Illinois abolishes death penalty http://bit.ly/fW3rEK
Details of human rights reform group emerge, but will it have teeth? UK Human Rights Blog
Details of human rights rights reform group emerge http://bit.ly/hhyIME Illinois abolishes death penalty http://bit.ly/fW3rEK
MIT Media Lab, Logos and Trademarks the xfund blog
RT @glynmoody: MIT Media Lab, Logos and Trademarks - http://bit.ly/gdwfZB time for the algorithmic trademark? #design #computability
RT @bengoldacre: Hey! @wossy @marcusbrig @DaveGorman @Shappikhorsandi and me ( amp; more) support #LibelReform blueprint http://bit.ly/fdaWOV
RT @bengoldacre: Hey! @wossy @marcusbrig @DaveGorman @Shappikhorsandi and me ( more) support #LibelReform blueprint http://bit.ly/fdaWOV
Changes and Disruptions
RT @SCCPressOffice: Travel disruption this weekend @TravelSYorks http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/News/Changes+and+Disruptions.htm
JIM PARKYN TWITRELIEF SUPERFOLLOW PLUS on eBay (end time 20-Mar-11 08:50:51 GMT)
Not really bothered about bidding on celebrity follows from http://bit.ly/Twitreliefislive but AN ACTUAL BLOODY MORPH http://bit.ly/f6wPrw
therealcomicrelief items - Get great deals on Twitrelief, Everything Else items on eBay UK!
Not really bothered about bidding on celebrity follows from http://bit.ly/Twitreliefislive but AN ACTUAL BLOODY MORPH http://bit.ly/f6wPrw
not_the_black: Old House 11/03
RT @nottheblack: Old House 11/03: Since they always seem to have a tasty pie available, for national pie week we'll go to the Old... htt ...
twingz, the Twitter for Things. Socially networked Devices and Things
A coffee machine followed me using twingz, "the Twitter for Things" http://bit.ly/fpNUL5 skynet is approaching.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Delicious links 09 Mar 2011

Tony's Blog: I need your help
I need your help http://bit.ly/dRkTsA
Sheffield Theatres - Seasons at a Glance
@graphiclunarkid Crucible Corner is the actual name of the bar http://bit.ly/eyvGLX
yfrog Photo : Shared by
RT @syptweet: Look out for these signs where extra enforced parking restrictions apply during #libdemconf . #libdempolicing http://t.co/ ...
Why the Cookie Monster Won t Kill European Startups: Tech News and Analysis
RT @bobbiejohnson: Why I think the cookie monster won't kill European startups: http://is.gd/T0iM1k
mySociety Blog Archive Nice use of PledgeBank for Royal Wedding Street Parties in Barnet
RT @mysociety: Simple, smart use of PledgeBank by a council, to help with the royal wedding street parties - http://bit.ly/fAgnw1
Questions in search of an answer | Info | guardian.co.uk
Questions in search of an answer, guardian.co.uk http://bit.ly/g5a12f
List Finding Ada
@antigherkin http://findingada.com/list/
Gata suger - Ser p en sak - FiksGataMi
RT @mysociety: Those Norwegians weren't kidding about needing their street fixing: http://www.fiksgatami.no/report/1008
Cookies Detecting!
@TestMatchSofa whoever said that Fun Size chocolate bars had been banned was joking http://bit.ly/e96rzT [ASDA]
EU Push on Cookies Fizzles Out - WSJ.com
RT @qwghlm: Bit more on #cookiecalypse scare story - telling people how to use browser cookie blocking feature would suffice http://on.w ...
URL Hunter!
RT @pezholio: This is genius. Play a game in the URL bar. And you thought hash bang urls were evil http://bit.ly/frtB7O
BBC News - UK 'over-reliant' on GPS signals, engineers warn
RT @hworsnop: Interesting article about our reliance on GPS - http://j.mp/esIKkD
Where BBC Radio 7 goes to die | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
RT @tristanf: Where BBC Radio 7 goes to die http://t.co/wDRezfN

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

I need your help

I am doing some preparation for a future production of Julius Caesar and need a hand. If you have a little time and some brain-power to spare would you please:

  1. Download this copy of the play
  2. Read it through, jotting down any phrases or sayings that you don’t understand, either at all or in context
  3. Drop me a line with a list of them and the numbers of the pages they are on

If you can’t do it right now, any time over the next couple of weeks would be brilliant.

Thank you.

Delicious links 08 Mar 2011

Lent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
@lillyhnat using up stuff http://bit.ly/hY4UpD before giving it up for lent http://bit.ly/hIp7K3
Pancake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
@lillyhnat using up stuff http://bit.ly/hY4UpD before giving it up for lent http://bit.ly/hIp7K3
Do something funny for money... - Technophobia
RT @VanCam: Technophobia are doing a ton of stuff for Red Nose Day, including a silent disco that you're all invited to http://lnkd.in/q ...
Sheffield road closures this weekend (11 to 13 March) | South Yorkshire Police
Info for Sheffield LibDem Conference http://bit.ly/eaVEC8 Road Closures http://bit.ly/e2RX5m /via @syptweet
Public information for Sheffield residents for 11 to 13 March | South Yorkshire Police
Info for Sheffield LibDem Conference http://bit.ly/eaVEC8 Road Closures http://bit.ly/e2RX5m /via @syptweet
Recording Studios - Miloco - 19 studios across London, UK amp; Europe.
RT @NadiaSaint: Unpaid interns: "Make sure you bring your Travelcard!" http://bit.ly/fV4njH < they can't spell 'voluntary slave'
./foiextract20101205-25666-3u8k5l-0
The Jedi thing has popped up again, 'Jedi Knight' == 'No religion' http://bit.ly/eyyDd0
Tom Morris - British Library and Wikisource: copyrights and permissions
RT @tommorris: British Library and Wikisource: copyrights and permissions - I m writing this post to explain as best as I... http://tumb ...
Open Standards in the Public Sector Survey
RT @glynwintle: Gov servey in open standards, please respond http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UKGovOpenStandards
What if Henri Cartier-Bresson used Google Maps instead of a Leica? - garry's posterous
RT @imperica: Brilliant. What if Cartier-Bresson uses GMaps instead of a Leica? http://goo.gl/etTTz (ht @documentally)
Imperica - Things in context
RT @imperica: Big tie-up betw Bosch and Vodafone on the Internet of Things: http://goo.gl/bgcYZ / our Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino iv htt ...
RT @imperica: Big tie-up betw Bosch and Vodafone on the Internet of Things: http://goo.gl/bgcYZ / our Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino iv htt ...
RT @imperica: Big tie-up betw Bosch and Vodafone on the Internet of Things: http://goo.gl/bgcYZ / our Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino iv htt ...
Sheffield Hallam second biggest cheating record among British universities - Local - Sheffield Telegraph
RT @shftelegraph: Sheffield Hallam second biggest cheating record among British universities: SHEFFIELD Hallam University has be... ht ...
British Pie Week
@ian_x instead of a Hallmark holiday it is a Jus-Rol promotion, http://bit.ly/ghwATZ but a fair number of food places are joining in.
MRC Clinical Sciences Centre - Public Science - Fabrics of Life - Are Women Changing Science?
RT @FindingAda: The MRC has a debate tomorrow night 9 March, 7pm, at the ICA, "Are Women Changing Science?" http://bit.ly/hViFlX Tix fro ...
Avoiding contempt of court: Tips for bloggers and tweeters UK Human Rights Blog
New/Old media lessons http://bbc.in/ib70sg http://bit.ly/gsBeJO
BBC | BBC College of Journalism Blog - Social media: what's the difference between curation and journalism?
New/Old media lessons http://bbc.in/ib70sg http://bit.ly/gsBeJO

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Delicious links 07 Mar 2011

University of Sheffield Alumni's Photos - Wall Photos | Facebook
Pop Tarts Reunited fills me with many, very mixed, feelings http://on.fb.me/hnSiyG
LinkedGov Data HackCamp
RT @LinkedGov: Announcing... LinkedGov HackCamp! 9-10 Apr, with clean, new #opendata. Tickets to be released 10 Mar at 10:00AM. http:// ...
adf.ly - shrink your URLs and get paid!
@thegreatgonzo you need this http://adf.ly/hjOe?=mti1 :-D
Ronni Bresko (RonniBresko8167) http://twitter.com/RonniBresko8167/status/44771804786589696
EQUALS? - Join the big inequality debate
RT @DavidGArnold: International Womens Day.....how Equal are we ? New short James Bond film lets you know some facts http://www.weareequ ...
When Twitter asks the difficult questions - www.ilicco.com
RT @ilicco: When Twitter asks the difficult questions http://ilic.co/ga5MyH
UK Indymedia - Wikileaks Scandal Hits Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo
@thegreatgonzo Wikileaks Scandal: paraguayan president Fernando Lugo is an United States Agent

http://bit.ly/eaY99V
Matrix Martiria (MatrixWikileak) http://twitter.com/MatrixWikileak/status/44744861668216832
Who runs the internet? Wikileaks, piracy and censorship | Facebook
Event in Sheffield 12/03 Who runs the internet? Wikileaks, piracy and censorship http://on.fb.me/ekAGZo @DrEvanHarris @jimkillock others
You wouldn t do this to a dog - honestlyreal
RT @glynmoody: You wouldn t do this to a dog - http://bit.ly/gURwD9 how not to do simple local government transactions
Tony's Blog: The BBC is risking its reputation
Tony's Blog: The BBC is risking its reputation. Or how Showsec and See stopped us seeing the Doctor Who Experience http://bit.ly/h3hwPO
Twitter Trends in Sheffield, United Kingdom - Trendsmap
RT @TrendsSheffield: Interesting North, @intnorth is now trending in #Sheffield http://trendsmap.com/gb/sheffield
Microsoft s Former CTO Takes On Modernist Cuisine | Magazine
RT @dansumption: Wow. Microsoft s Former CTO manages to out-Heston Heston, by cooking his chips using ultrasound: http://j.mp/ghFREz /vi ...
the culture vulture Hey pie lovers!
RT @LuHarper: Who likes pie and going to the theatre? We've got a pair of tickets 4 Sweeney Todd http://bit.ly/eLryTX @culturevultures @ ...
Tim Harford Article The economics of urinal cakes
RT @TimHarford: Urinal cakes and the "broken window" fallacy. Dear Economist is back! http://goo.gl/ErqlE

Monday, 7 March 2011

The BBC is risking its reputation

The problem of contractors not buying in.

Whoever is doing social media for the Doctor Who Experience, currently running at Olympia Two, tweeted this on Saturday.

Great day at #DoctorWho Experience with our book signing and a visit from @steven_moffat
@DW_Experience

They fail to mention that they also managed to make a woman cry, several times, as they ruined a trip for her birthday.

OK that is a gross simplification, The BBC didn’t do it, nor did BBC Worldwide or indeed anyone from Olympia Two. The people that caused upset by taking disinterest and miscommunication to a stratospheric level wore the badges of Showsec and See Tickets.  I fully understand that in this modern world big organisations are supposed to concentrate on what they are good at and outsource supporting functions. However the problem arises when those functions fail, publicly, it is the name over the door that suffers when things go bad. In this case most people aren’t going to look at the contractual relationships between the various entities involved but shout from the rooftops[1] that Doctor Who of the BBC is a meanie. The BBC has form for this, most famously when their telephone service became a national joke. It is a shame that such a well loved organisation don’t seem to have learnt the lessons of the past, as if Frank Spencer has finally found a permanent position in the commercial contracts department.

So what happened?

A group of us met up in London for a friend’s birthday and decided to go see the TARDIS. The group that got there first tried to buy tickets for a timeslot we could all make. The website says that you can buy tickets on the door, what it doesn’t say is it is cash only. You can't pay by card for something that costs £20 per person. This would seem to be due to See Tickets not having either come to an agreement with EC&O to use their payment facilities or having managed to set up functionality to do this through the many computers they were using that seemed to be connected to either the See website or back end system. After all their whole business model is selling tickets to people, you can’t expect them to be any good at it can you? So the advanced party popped off to get some cash to make up the shortfall they didn’t have immediately to hand (they almost made it, but even the hectoring from the ticket person didn’t make it magically appear). To come back and find the doors locked. It was at this point the birthday girl had a small "It's my party" moment as she was thwarted in her attempt to jump through the required hoops to buy tickets. To be fair this was probably all that the Showsec employees had to keep themselves busy, I can’t imagine it would take the whole handful of them infesting the entrance lobby to stop people nicking the phone from the reception desk even if one had to go and bounce out a 6 year old on a sugar rush.

So the advanced party gave up and retired to find some refreshment while the rest of us arrived. After restorative cups of tea etc, and with the whole gang together, we decided that as we had all schlepped out to W14 we would have another go which went a little something like this:

  • Showsec employee on the door: It has sold out but try upstairs for tickets.
  • Us: Sorry what? Which is it, sold out or there are tickets upstairs on the door?
  • SEotD: They have told us that it is sold out
  • Member of the advanced party: They said this last time, they probably mean this 30 minute slot is sold out.
  • Us: Are there eight tickets for the next show, or the one after
  • See Tickets employee on the Desk: Maybe I don't know
  • Us: Um
  • STEotD: As you didn't come back for your tickets before you will have to wait
  • Us: But we couldn't get back up the door was locked
  • STEotD: You should have told them you had tickets reserved
  • Us: You didn't say you were reserving any tickets and there was no-one to tell, they simply weren't there
  • STEotD: *shrug*

And at that point we left…

Just as our guest of honour was in tears again we got the hell out of dodge. I’ll happily admit that it is pretty much all storm in a teacup stuff. In the first place it could have been prevented by a simple “Only cash accepted at the Box Office” sign downstairs. It could have been made better with simple communication between the Box Office and Security teams about ticket availability. It would have been significantly better if the Box Office could make use of the technology available to it and had been staffed by someone who could give any pretence about caring. Instead we had to cheer up our friend and went to the Science Museum, which was fabulous as ever.

[1]Ok, I'm not shouting from the rooftops, but blogging, but just you wait and see that will make 4 or 5 geeks that probably weren't going to go anyway slightly more annoyed at the world than they were anyway.

Delicious links 06 Mar 2011

David Mitchell: Country dwellers moaning about high-speed trains is just selfish | Comment is free | The Observer
I know it is becoming distressingly fashionable to agree with @RealDMitchell but here I go again http://bit.ly/fpUi0F
Webbies, try to avoid this: http://bit.ly/gKRjFd that is a reasonable request for today's posts or easy to work out where to redirect me to
Webbies, try to avoid this: http://bit.ly/gKRjFd that is a reasonable request for today's posts or easy to work out where to redirect me to

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Delicious links 04 Mar 2011

IE6 Countdown
I wonder how much of the UK 3.5% is public sector, specifically the NHS? http://ie6countdown.com/
Sugar's em@iler backlash backfires The Register
RT @Glinner: Hilarious. Sugar's damage limitation backfires http://bit.ly/dPsDZh (via @nevali) <
BBC News - House of Commons seat shake-up plan to see fewer MPs
I can only imagine the level of pathetic whine getting higher the closer we get to actual boundary changes http://bbc.in/euJAhO
BBC News - May Day bank holiday plans unveiled
@angryrantboy http://bbc.in/dUgLhC
RE http://bit.ly/elvSOp Would be interesting to see how they would avoid them given the grant cuts, massive council tax rise?
RE http://bit.ly/elvSOp
Would be interesting to see how they would avoid them given the grant cuts, massive council tax rise?
Building digital capacity for the arts | Arts Council
RT @SamScottWood: ACE BBC Building Digital Capacity launch next week - programme looks good http://t.co/EmHQxsK
Open Rights Group | Copyright reform is needed in UK
RT @glynmoody: Copyright reform is needed in UK: letter to the Telegraph - http://bit.ly/hrOstd rather meek, but the copyright maximalis ...

Friday, 4 March 2011

Delicious links 03 Mar 2011

The Argument Sketch
Been pointed out that some of the preparatory reading for the immigration debate on @10oClockLive was possibly this http://bit.ly/huJLWC
Selling Agile - Variable Deliberation
RT @rikbarker: Finally got around blogging: The challenges of selling Agile in an agency. http://bit.ly/gmUBHi
Find Clark Webster/ Mustang | Facebook
Find Clark Webster/ Mustang http://on.fb.me/ft6WjQ Anyone know anyone in the area of Lorain, Ohio to pass this too?
Ada Lovelace Day: 7 October 2011
RT @FindingAda: More on the move to 7 Oct for Ada Lovelace Day: http://bit.ly/f33hiZ #ALD11
Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/h5nwgp - Shared by thegreatgonzo
@sunny_hundal Old? The links I mentioned show London http://yfrog.com/gyolkgp today national http://yfrog.com/h5nwgp ongoing use.
Yfrog Photo : yfrog.com/gyolkgp - Shared by thegreatgonzo
@sunny_hundal Old? The links I mentioned show London http://yfrog.com/gyolkgp today national http://yfrog.com/h5nwgp ongoing use.
A destination marketing dilemma: How do you sell a city like Sheffield? Grumpy Traveller
If Sheffield is doing real ale far better than anywhere else in Britain, it is also doing it far better than anywhere http://bit.ly/ifWOKs
BBC News - London
.@sunny_hundal This page suggests BBC London journalists, the group the story mentions most still using it http://bbc.in/fzVIGE
BBC - Search results for cuts
Whatever the @sunny_hundal's source has said, it looks like 'Cuts' is still in use by the BBC http://bbc.in/fCcxSj
Warning for bloggers and tweeters as newspapers found guilty of contempt of court UK Human Rights Blog
Warning for bloggers and tweeters as newspapers found guilty of contempt of court http://bit.ly/eIwggU #Sheffield
Political Dynamite Hackney votes for cuts: a sketch from the gallery
RT @denny: "All in the chamber used the opportunity to blame each other. Unusually for politicians, they were all right." http://bit.ly/ ...
Exclusive: BBC journalists ordered to use savings instead of cuts in reports | Liberal Conspiracy
RT @pmclaughlin01: RT @libcon: BBC journalists ordered to use 'savings' instead of 'cuts' http://bit.ly/gWCPF5 @CurranReports :surely t ...
@thegreatgonzo http://bit.ly/dHp7ev?=mjm2
@thegreatgonzo http://bit.ly/dHp7ev?=mjm2
Carmina Almendarez (CarminaAlmendar) http://twitter.com/CarminaAlmendar/status/43253758259507200
how long until the big m...?
RT @bigmconf: If you haven't booked your ticket for The Big M yet, you should be doing it soon... http://bit.ly/fPbPfh
International Women s Day finale event - Eventbrite
International Women s Day celebration event She s electric... Thursday 10 March 2011 http://bit.ly/iebXdO
Fully Functional Viral Twitter Script Demo
@thegreatgonzo http://bit.ly/fHLDOL?=mtgz
Arvilla Lamberton (ArvillaLamberto) http://twitter.com/ArvillaLamberto/status/43240688929873920
History API - Dive Into HTML5
RT @simonw: "If your app fails in browsers with scripting disabled Jakob Nielsen s dog will come to your house shit on your carpet" ht ...

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Delicious links 02 Mar 2011

Help! | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Help!
I'm being watched by a sinister penguin. http://flic.kr/p/9nh5dZ
BBC - dot.Rory: Broadband: Still not delivering
dot.Rory: Broadband: Still not delivering http://bit.ly/fZkVmZ
Paul Stirling | Ireland Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo
@TestMatchSofa the 177 was against Canada http://es.pn/eyjHKK
god hates figs | god hates protesters
god hates figs http://bit.ly/dYhJOC
Podcasts | Mitch Benn
I expect a good number of my friends will enjoy the Mitch Benn Music podcast http://bit.ly/hnWnBl /FYI @Astatine @notauniqueid @katekarnage
Plan to end discards protects fishermen for the long haul | Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall | Comment is free | The Guardian
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall "Half of the fish caught in the North Sea today are thrown away, dead" http://bit.ly/hHLZ5L
@notauniqueid I think I might have spotted an apt shirt for @mgleadow on @Unlap http://bit.ly/el3H0h
@notauniqueid I think I might have spotted an apt shirt for @mgleadow on @Unlap http://bit.ly/el3H0h

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Delicious links 01 Mar 2011

FOI Man Guide No. 1 FOI Man
RT @pigsonthewing: I read: "How to make responsible and effective FOI requests" < @WhatDoTheyKNow should link to this http://icio.us/ ...
Simon Callow - The Hanbury Agency
WikiLeaks responds to Private Eye story on LC | Liberal Conspiracy
RT @sunny_hundal: WikiLeaks responds to Private Eye story we published earlier today on Libcon: http://bit.ly/fnq1JT
How the Public Perceives Community Information Systems | Pew Research Center's Internet amp; American Life Project
RT @newsbrooke: Hey - could all UK councils and parliamentary officials please read this: http://bit.ly/dVKYJo
{placekitten}
RT @martsky: RT @cssquirrel: OMG, this is where I'm getting my placeholder images from now on http://bit.ly/fZZ9aI hat tip to @AaronGust ...
Fuel to the fire | Media Standards Trust
Why we need churnalism.com http://bit.ly/fTFjyc
Barclays paid a billion quid in tax but not to us | Liberal Conspiracy
Barclays paid a billion quid in tax but not to us | Liberal Conspiracy http://bit.ly/dKdjlx

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Delicious links 28 Feb 2011

Inclusion of Jedi in census statistics - WhatDoTheyKnow
@chris_coltrane @denny Found the FOI request Jedi Knight coded as 'No religion' in the stats http://bit.ly/ebnM58
Anon Mail commenters to stay anon The Register
RT @DailyWail: NOW "HUMAN RIGHTS" PROTECT DAILY MAIL READERS! http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/28/newspaper_anonymous_commenters/
On the Road with Zaltzman | ESPN Cricinfo
"Both sides will have woken this morning with a pounding emotional hang-over" @ZaltzCricket on IND v ENG http://bit.ly/eTBfMo
Relaxing DNA rules could reduce rape convictions, Labour warns | Society | The Guardian
Labour show their illiberal DNA over retention rules http://bit.ly/geA5Ai