I get annoyed this time of year when people keep letting off fireworks unexpectedly. It makes me reflect that I have always been suspicious of forced jollity, and the kinds of things that people think you must enjoy or there is something wrong with you.
I don’t like Circuses, Fairgrounds, or Fireworks. There, I’ve admitted it. I put them in that category of stuff that society says is fun and I disagree.
As a child I was taken to the circus. I was too young to remember the experience, but, I was told I ignored the acts and was fascinated by the workers changing the scenery. I was never taken again.
I grew up in Nottingham where all my school mates got excited about the annual Goose Fair and couldn’t wait to rush off to it after school. I was dragged unwillingly to it and usually refused to go on any rides.
I don’t get fireworks. It is literally money going up in smoke.
I hope I am not a curmudgeon. I think I know how to have fun. I just don’t like to be told by society that Circuses, Fairgrounds and Fireworks are where fun is at.
I’m thinking of setting up a support group for people like me, who don’t like Circuses, Fairgrounds and Fireworks.
Here are the archives of the live video streams from the Newport Food Festival 2013
Faisal and B. Ahmed
Here is the archived live stream from the Bromford Group Future Fifty Event with Mike Ryan, Digital Futurist, held on 12th September 2013.
The Digital Home
Digital Care and Health
I hope it wasn’t the excellent curry I had in Wolverhampton last night, but I had a number of weird dreams. I am asking my social network to interpret this one for me.
I am the Assistant Manager of Notts County (the football team I support). Ahead of a cup game playing Liverpool at Anfield (which has happened recently), in the dressing room, the Manager is giving his pre-match talk. He turns to me and says “I want you to take the corners”. I say “But I’m not playing”. He says, “Haven’t you heard, the rules have been changed, anyone on the staff can take corners now”. I protest that I have never played football at a decent level, and haven’t had chance to practice. He brushes aside my protestations and tells me he knows he can trust me.
The game starts and soon there is a corner awarded. The Manager walks down the touchline with me to the corner flag. I look down and the ball is flat. I ask for another ball and one is thrown from the dugout. That too is flat, so I ask for another one, Again a flat ball. This keeps happening over and over again, and then I wake up.
What does all this mean?
Today I was at a really excellent meeting. I missed some of it however, as it was held in a noisy cafe and there were 12 or so of us around a big table.
As usual, I got to thinking about a technological solution. In these situations, could we use push-to-talk apps on smartphones to ensure everyone can hear everyone else? To be honest, the apps I have found via google (e.g. http://readwrite.com/2012/05/23/5-push-to-talk-apps-that-turn-your-smartphone-into-a-walkie-talkie#awesm=~oeqGcCvD1QaEVD) don’t look all that user-friendly.
What I am thinking is that everyone would have a headset attached to their phone using one of these push-to-talk apps. It would effectively turn everyone’s phone into an intercomm. Would this work? Would it be too fiddly and intrusive? What do you think?
“communications technology has advanced sufficiently to enable people to leave their cars, in which they could not use hand-held devices or laptop computers, and travel instead by train where they can undertake work (as much as network and wi-fi availability allows) during their journeys.”
Something I’ve been saying for years, but good to see the message reinforced in this article http://blog.railnews.co.uk/?p=164 from Railnews; although I don’t accept that this strengthens the argument for wasting billions on HS2.
Thanks to Andy Mabbett (@pigsonthewing) for drawing my attention to this.
As someone who does live video streaming of events, I’d like to ask your views? What do you think about live streams that continually focus on audience members? Personally I feel a bit uncomfortable about it. People are at a conference not a TV show. I think a quick pan round during applause and focusing on audience-members who are asking questions is fair enough, but I’m not sure about the intrusion that is close-ups of people who might be unaware the camera is on them.
This may be bit geeky and a specialised request but ….
This morning, I’ve been trying to set up an old Nokia N95 phone I have knocking around as a portable internet radio player. In the days when it was my main phone (probably 4 years ago), I know I did listen to internet radio on it. However, it seems to have got a lot more difficult than it was then. The dedicated BBC iPlayer app on it doesn’t do live radio. There is also an internet radio app, but the only BBC station on it appears to be Radio 1, something I stopped being interested in when I was 14. I have lots of links to BBC stations saved on it, but none of them work, as I think they used realplayer streams which the BBC discontinued a few years ago.
After much searching on the antiquated web browser, I eventually found my way to the BBC mobile radio iPlayer site, clicked on a radio station and got it to play. All very good. EXCEPT, that there now appears to be no way of saving the links, so I have to go through a tortuous navigation process every time I want to listen to a radio station.
I don’t suppose anyone out there has solved this issue, have they?