Over the Air 2012

May 26, 2012 | Leave a comment

I’m going to be speaking at Over the Air next Saturday, June 2nd, 2012:

For two days over 600 mobile developers & designers will be based at Station X, hacking in the shadows of the WWII Enigma & Lorenz code-breakers, and hanging out at the home of Colossus the world’s first electronic digital programmable computer.

I’m really looking forward to it – not least because Bletchley Park played such an important role in both the history of computing and the second world war.

I’m also excited because my fellow speakers are people like Daniel Appelquist (BlueVia), Ariel Waldman (Science Hack Day, Spacehack), Ade Oshineye (Google), Julien Genestoux (SuperFeedr) and Christian Heilmann (Mozilla), as well as representatives from Facebook, Microsoft, Vodafone and more. I expect I’ll be learning a lot. You can check out the whole schedule here, and I’d love to see you there!

Why can’t I …

May 18, 2012 | 1 comment

… Embed a discussion forum in a blog post?
… Stick games in an RSS feed and have them be playable in Google Reader?
… Post an encyclopedia to Pinterest?
… Bookmark a scene in a video?
… Move my profile to another site or domain name without breaking everything?
… Create a slideshow of newspaper articles? And email it to you?
… Link to an object?
… Make a movie like we make the web? (Collaboratively, with little bits in lots of places, all linked together?)
… Store my own Facebook profile, and choose the form of content I share there?
… Contact someone without worrying about which network my communications are carried across, and whether we use the same services?
… Own not just my identity online, but the form and scope of my communications (i.e., what shape it takes, who can see it, where it’s stored and how it’s transmitted), and have full control over all of it?

The Edinburgh Festivals API: a case study in innovation

May 14, 2012 | Leave a comment

I was the inaugural Geek in Residence at the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab, working with Rohan Gunatillake and the Edinburgh Festivals on open data and digital accessibility.

Here’s a video from Rudman Consulting for AmbiTIon Scotland about the Festivals API portion of the project:

Ani DiFranco’s crowdsourced video for “Which Side Are You On?”

May 9, 2012 | 1 comment

It’s nice to see my favorite musician embrace social media a little more:

Here she is on Twitter and Facebook. I came to the project late, and I’m not sure how the photos were contributed; there’s a site at whichside.net, but it’s not hugely inspiring. Nonetheless, the song is, and it’s a great start.

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