Weird Dream

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?


Using smartphones to be heard in meetings

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?


What the new Doctor Who means for your Social Media Strategy

Probably nothing at all.


What the Royal Baby means for your Social Media Strategy

You need to get a life


Electronic devices causing people to use the train rather than their car

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.


Live streams which focus on audience members

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.


Live internet radio on a Nokia N95

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?


BlueLightCamp Hackathon 2013 #ukblc13 #bluelighthack

All the videos from BlueLightCamp Hackathon 2013 #ukblc13 #bluelighthack


BlueLightCamp 2013

Here are the archived live videos from BlueLightCamp 2013 #ukblc13





It seems my video interview with Nic and Jo of LS14 Trust has resulted in some action in high places locally to find funding to help them continue and extend their services.


LS14 Trust has now received a visit from the Cabinet Office and is working with a housing association on a funding application. Keeping everything crossed for them.


16th May 2013

I have today been informed that LS14 Trust has secured 3 years’ funding for the Digital Lounge. Congratulations to them!

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