Entries from March 2009

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Successful Drupal import

Finally, after quite a bit of noodling around, I have managed to export my WordPress blog and import it successfully into Drupal. To those with a life, this is perhaps not so impressive. But given Drupal’s quite astonishingly unintuitive user interface I am quite pleased with myself.   If anyone wants to do something similar, […]

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Fleet Foxes stop motion animation

Lovely to see this video of the Fleet Foxes’ White Winter Hymnal, featuring what looks like a specially commissioned piece of stopframe animation. With a semi-experienced eye, I can see that, while the production design is nice and the storyboard works well, the animation itself is pretty simple for the most part – no interaction […]

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Journalism.co.uk listing

On the day that Freelance Unbound is included on the Journalism.co.uk blogroll for the first time (and in the top slot no less! Though only as it’s the most recent) I checked out the WordPress web statistics to find – today’s was the lowest traffic since the start of March. Hmm.  Well, I sort of […]

Friday, March 13th, 2009

More übergeekery

I have been wondering what I might do as a first run for a basic Drupal site, basically to give me a project to help me learn the CMS. “Could I migrate WordPress to it, using xml?” I wondered, geekily. Yes! For there on the excellent Drupal site was a link to a Drupal module […]

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Instant video blogging

Today’s first year Farnham blogging workshop almost collapsed under the weight of UCA’s unspeakably terrible IT infrastructure. Note to the college – SORT IT OUT. None of the students’ Macs could actually launch software, and took about ten minutes to log in. If they could at all. That’s how bad it was. But, after dealing […]

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Quick slideshow guide to online journalism

Via Richard Kendall: From Paul Bradshaw’s Online Journalism Blog comes this quite useful slideshow on producing web content. He can’t spell scanability, mind, and forgets that when quick is used as an adverb it needs an “ly” at the end.  But some useful pointers on the need for clarity, brevity and, crucially, interactivity.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Separated at birth…

I find it strangely heartening that hedge fund manager John Paulson, who made billions betting successfully on the sub-prime debacle, bears an uncanny resemblance to ex-punk legend Hugh Cornwell, late of The Stranglers. Also, did you know Hugh Cornwell got a BA in Biochemistry from Bristol University? Nor did I. So why aren’t we seeing […]

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The investigative journalism debate hots up. Kind of.

Despite the fact the the internet is essentially destroying [if creatively] my profession, I love it. Mainly because in the space of a few days it can create links between me and a journalist in Leeds via a publication I’d never heard of and a blog that he’d never heard of.  So thanks to Simon […]

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I become an übergeek

Spent part of the weekend installing Apache and mySQL on my laptop to turn it into a “web development platform”. If you’d have spoken to me even a year ago, I would never have believed I could have written such a thing.  It was kind of easier than you’d think, given that most of my […]

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Is journalism screwed if kids won't even pay for Facebook?

Joshua Benton at the NiemanJournalismLab believes journalism is, effectively, screwed because no one these days will pay for anything online, especially the young who have grown up with the free online content. If you’ve grown up in a free online environment, paying for digital content isn’t just a pain — it’s unthinkable. This is absolutely […]