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Russell Davies talked about the “machinery of government”. Steve Hilton talked about the “machinery of political funding” in the States. They were talking at the APG’s brilliant Strategy vs Robots conference at the Royal Institution. But they weren’t talking about technology. They were talking about how things get done. Machinery is a catch-all term for […]

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I published a post on Medium that I would normally have posted on this blog. In just 6 days that one post on Medium received nearly four times as many views as this entire blog receives in an average month. The post in question was my sixth on Medium since receiving my publisher’s invitation. So, […]

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Feed was recommended to me by Robin Sloan. He of Snarkmarket, he of the Fish Tap Essay, he the author, he the self-styled media inventor. (He also recommended it to the other two hundred and eighty four thousand or so people who follow him on Twitter.) His tweet (linked above) describes it as an “almost […]

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This isn’t a post about how many, or how few, people are using App.net. It’s a post about how those people that do use it, use it. App.net is a paid for version of Twitter. The idea is that your subscription pays to keep the platform alive and to keep it free from advertising. So, […]

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Scientists have to reposition the Geographic South Pole every year. It’s not because the Earth has moved but because the ice above it has. That’s 2,700 metres (9,000 feet) of ice to be precise. And it moves downhill towards the Weddell Sea at just under 10 metres each year. The pole marker is ceremonially positioned […]

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Just enough tech.

On the left the new Q. On the right Daniel Craig as James Bond 007. The new Q is a spotty computer whizz. But the only “gadgets” that he gives Bond in Skyfall are a gun and a miniature radio. No gimmicky exploding pens or such like. The technology means are matched to the desired […]

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I killed time on a recent plane journey by passing a couple of photos through every Instagram filter in sequence. In flight safe mode on my phone it saves each image to the photo library but doesn’t post them to Instagram itself. The results can be seen to unfold in the embedded slide shows below. […]

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I really struggled with this book. Which was bitterly disappointing. It’s an “important” novel. In fact it’s a hugely important novel in the digital, cyber-circles in which I work. (There are knowing T-shirts.) I shouldn’t have been able to put it down. Instead I had to force myself to keep picking it up. There are […]

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It has taken me 17 months to row just over 1000 kilometers. I know this because I started recording my rows on Daytum back in January 2011. Daytum is a simple data collection and visualisation application that was co-founded by Nicholas Felton – he of the personal annual reports and the Facebook timeline design. I […]

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Notice anything unusual about this photograph? (Apart from the crappy exposure control and lack of Insta-filtering). I’m talking about the blue curtain where normally there would be Powerpoint. Cory Doctorow was mightily impressive at Wednesday night’s Google Firestarters event. He was, as they say, great on his feet. And he was on his feet for […]

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