Entries from February 2009

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Twitter RIP (apparently)

Yes – just as I’ve sorted a Twitter feed, it is revealed in Revolution magazine that Twitter is, like, so five minutes ago. Jeez, guys – can’t you give me a break here and let me catch up with the zeitgeist? Now I’ve got to start Yammering or Spotifying, or maybe get all Seesmic on […]

Friday, February 27th, 2009

More on in-blog Twittering

The Twitter feed seems to have settled down and be updating regularly, thankfully. It’s interesting being able to get these two technologies to talk to each other. Whether the content of the Tweets is actually worth anything is another matter of course. But I’ve already clicked through to an interesting piece on how an item […]

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Twitter feed update

Well, after a bit of random copying and pasting of RSS links, I have got some kind of feed visible in the sidebar column. But bizarrely, it bears no relation to the Tweetfeed I copied it from, and if you click through to the RSS feed itself, it bears no relation to that either. In […]

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Problems with Twitter feed

The nice folk at BlogCatalog sent me a link to use their new Tweetfeed service, which allows you to create a custom Twitter feed on the topic of your choice (say, journalism, just to pluck something out of the air) and then stick the feed on your blog via a widget. Typically, of course, I […]

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Technorati: yesterday’s thing

Apparently Technorati is as dead as print publishing, according to the WordPress cognoscenti. So I’ve also registered on BlogCatalog – the blogger’s social network. Now to figure out how to add those stumbling and digging things on to my posts… UPDATE: Now I have to wait 24 hours for a real person to approve my […]

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Unlocking the mysteries of Technorati

I’ve just registered with Technorati [no idea how it works, but I think it’s one of the rules of blogging]. I find I have a ranking of 4,770,814. As the great David St Hubbins might have said, that’s a bit too much flaming perspective…

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Daily Mail and social networking: a fisking

So, ever-reliable blog fodder the Daily Mail believes social networking sites damage children’s brains. A selection of accurate criticism about the lack of evidence beyond one person’s opinion based on one anecdote can be found here in the comments to a Cafe Hayek post, so I won’t bother adding to that. But seriously – how […]

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Peston on private jets

Pesto jumps on the castigate-corporate-excess bandwagon today [that’s BBC business editor Robert Peston, of course], with a post about RBS selling its private jet – one it was embarrassed to be caught owning a few years ago apparently. But while RBS makes a great target for, well, any criticism really, Peston completely misses the point […]

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Stop Motion Magic in Exeter

Mayhem on Saturday morning at Animated Exeter, when I got my first taste of a full-day animation workshop for 12-15 year-olds. Disappointingly, despite the promise of Plasticine modelling in the brochure, workshop leader Josh vetoed it on the grounds that it would be “too messy”. Frankly I thought this was a bit too grown-up, until […]

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

When online journalism = Stalinism

Interesting post on the FT’s Alphaville blog [from last week, but I’ve only just caught up with it]. Reuters files a story based on an FT interview with Luo Ping, a director-general at the China Banking Regulatory Commission. In the course of it, Mr Luo passes comment on the current US policy of monetary loosening: Mr […]