In reply to the Lift 2004 website and other hopefully rare sites and projects like it which honestly take the living piss. Me and someone else had a conversation over im about what should be done. It went something like this…

> Me: going to send the url to rnib and others like accessify.com
> someone: Good
> Me: should cause a little stir, maybe get some people thinking
> someone: Cool. I think you should set up a Flash Terrorists blog. No more getting mad - get even!
> Me: I was thinking that too
> Me: email flames or use the flash vaunability to take it down, replace it with a xhtml 1.1 version
> someone: List evil websites with comments.
Encourage people to add their criticisms and flame the fuckwits... and hammer the sites /images/emoticons/happy.gif
> Me: Great idea, will do sometime soon. but not tonight /images/emoticons/happy.gif
> someone: But the time has come to reclaim the web for the people!
> Me: yes they stole our revolution - were taking it back = ntk.net /images/emoticons/happy.gif
> someone: quite so... and this time, we are bypassing the flower power,
and going straight to the precision-guided smart munitions /images/emoticons/happy.gif

> Me: I hate viruses, but a virus to change flash sites to correctly rendered xhtml would be nice
> Me: or even a transformer to scrape flash sites and turn them xhtml would be useful as ultimate insult
> someone: Tempting though it is, victory will come through the power of reasoned argument,
not through fucking their sites over.
> someone: Google is the Flash-scraper.
A cocoon application to take the google text-rip and turn it into a real site would be cool indeed.
Brilliant idea
> Me: ah ha excellent,
would save on processing power and yes transforming googles output would be ideal
> Me: yes submit your flashabustion sites and comment.
but also get a accessable version which you can send to friends and get maps from etc
> someone: You could lure loser designers by giving some phoney Flash awards.
submit your site, etc, then redo the site properly and flame the fuckers!
> Me: maybe in time the redirected urls will become more popular than the flash site its self?
http://myflashwank.com becomes http://redirectthatcrap.com/myflashwank.com.
google will instantly like it because its clean and not hard to process,
and in the end the redirected url will come up in search engines before the actual flash site
> someone: Yep - and you can add some metadata
that pushes the actual flash site down in Google's ranking
with a bit of effort in reversing their algorithms

> Me: Yes were are taking the web back! Your site has been flash-a-banished! maybe the flashabanish effect?
> someone: Hmm - need a better verb, there! Good
or at least start the ball rolling - if Google doesn't decode Flash yet,
maybe they will if there's enough pressure
> Me: I think it only decodes flash 4 content, if you can call it that?
> someone: I call it dis-content
> Me: sounds about right and a good name for the site in general
> someone: cool

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Lift festivial 2004 website

Ok a brief introduction to get people up to speed. Miles and me were planning on going to the Lawrence Lessig lecture last Thursday. So we went to the Lift 2004 site which contained all the information about the event. However we hit a impressively atrocious all-Flash site. The site drove us mad. So we both wrote seperate emails to the publicly funded LIFT. Mine has not been acted on at all while miles has got a lot futher. The situation is now LIFT have passed miles email on to the designers who built the site. This is the last email sent from Miles. And I would like to say now I'm am shocked and ashamed to be part of an industry where people lie, are lazy and break laws with public money…

Thanks for your email, ##. I have a feeling I'm engaged in a multilateral discussion, which I am taking as giving me license to address an anonymous third party in a “frank and fair” manner, without being overly concerned about hurting the feelings of the “transmission medium”. If I am mistaken in this, please accept my apologies in advance.

Sadly the response does not address any of the concerns I raised. In fact, it looks like a stock answer on the assumption that I am some kind of anti-Flash zealot. I am not an anti-Flash zealot.

Flash has its uses, and a legitimate place on the Web. The response alludes to one (wrapping media in order to achieve a “universal codec”), which is an epiphenomenal rather than core benefit. An example of a _core_ benefit could be Flash's use as a lightweight, graphics-oriented, almost ubiquitous, programming language, cleaner, faster, and more compact than Java, and better able to deliver rich interactivity for, say, online games, than crash-prone Java ever could.

> We used java script to enable roll overs – as we have done on the main site. The use of flash was conscious and we felt it would not serve as a deterrent since 94% of internet users have flash installed – I do take very seriously this issue of the resizing the window, and would certainly not approve that in future.

This is not true. JavaScript is not used on the site to enable rollovers. As most of the site is Flash, there is no need for rollovers. On the “Launch” page, the JavaScript is used to resize the window of the Flash site. In the Flash site, the JavaScript is used as a browser-detection routine to nag users to install a Flash player, and to handle the Close action in the top left of the screen. There is also a popup window handler to launch and display a centred popup window. What this is for is a mystery to me.

The 94% of Internet users have Flash installed argument is a specious argument in this case. It is as relevant to claim that 94% of |nternet users have Cyrillic fonts installed so the site should be written in Russian. I will develop this thesis below.

> A short film made by Societas Raffaello Sanzio can be viewed on the site, it is built in flash since to have used Windows Media Player would have not worked for users accessing the site from MACS.

As I acknowledge, this is a perfectly good justification for Flash – though the reasoning you present is flawed. It is not, however, a justification for building the entire site in Flash. After all, the short film is one small part of the site, not the site in its entirety or its raison d'être (which is, on the contrary, to present information to the public about LIFT 2004). There is no reason why the film couldn't have been wrapped in Flash and embedded in an otherwise HTML site.

However, since you begin your argument with the claim that because 94% of Internet users have Flash (though, you neglect to say, probably not Flash 6 or above – which the site demands) installed, the decision to use Flash is justified, allow me a digression on this point.

Apple claims to have a 4% share of the personal computer market. That means 96% of the market does _not_ use Macs. Of the 4% who use Macs, given their typical profile, at least half must have downloaded and installed the Windows Media Play for Mac OS (I did – others can too!). As you are likely to be ignoring Linux users in your 94% claim, that means 98% of Internet users can view Windows Media Files, and 96% can view them on their native platform – so, what possible justification is there for wrapping Windows Media Files in Flash – as you actually exclude more users (94% is smaller than 98%) that way? Could it be, perhaps, that some of the “creatives” use Macs, and wouldn't want to feel left out?

> We endeavoured to create a site that offered information but also expressed the nature of the artists work.

You can't seriously expect me to believe _that_! The artists concerned are mainly involved in the domain of performance. Since the site is not video-rich (the most obvious way of translating performance directly to the Web), you have carried out a metaphoric expression of the nature of the artists' work. You therefore had absolute freedom to construct the metaphor, since you were not engaged in literal mapping. If you felt that Flash was the only way of making that metaphoric transposition, you have suffered one of the more significant creative failures in the recent history of design.

> It has been an interesting experiment – and LIFT has learnt a great deal from experimenting in this way. We are very grateful for comments received, both praise and criticism, since it will enable us to learn as an organisation, and hone our skills in using new media in dynamic and artistic ways whilst mindful of the principle need to offer clear navigation and clarity of information to the public.

I am endeavouring to treat “you” as an intelligent interlocutor. I would be grateful if “you” would extend the same courtesy to me. A 90s-style exercise in Flashturbation can only count as an experiment if you are experimenting in time-travel or nostalgia. LIFT is doing (I hope) neither.

Let me restate my concerns:

Flash is an inappropriate technology for delivering essentially narrative textual information over the web. It is inappropriate for 2 reasons.

One, Flash wraps textual content into a binary object, making an image of the text.

So, for example, if I wanted to copy something out of the site and paste it into an email to a friend – maybe to encourage them to attend an event – I could not. My friend would have to wade through the site, and may not find the event I was raving about, and so never attend. If I wanted to highlight an Artist's name, and search Google for more information about them, I could not. If I wanted to highlight a venue's address and get a map, its history, or details about assistive technologies offered for people with disabilities, I could not. In short, using Flash to convey narrative text you have failed to understand how the Web differs from print media in a, frankly, catastrophic way. You have created a site that neuters the Web, diminishes to the scale of your withered imagination. In so doing, you have undermined your brand, blinded your vision, and, quite possibly, lost ticket sales.

Two, Flash is not accessible to the partially sighted or visually impaired, and you offer no alternative to such users. In fact, your site is entirely useless for such people.

Excluding people with disabilities from an informational website is clearly bad. But maybe you shout “spastic” after paraplegic people, give the V to blind people, and hurl abuse behind the backs of deaf people. Maybe this makes you feel bold and edgy. Whatever. Legislators, in their wisdom, foresaw the meretricious 94% argument (94% of Internet users have Flash installed and are not blind), and made it illegal for public bodies to create inaccessible websites.

But maybe you smoke a spliff to unwind, and drop some Es whilst out clubbing, so breaking the law connects you with the 18-35 demographic. Whatever. The people working at the LIFT events made a real effort to ensure accessibility. Wheelchair access in the venues, sign-language interpreters: the business, exemplary stuff. They seem like nice young people – working hard into the night, maybe volunteers, probably on minimum wage, really taking care to ensure nobody is excluded.

And you conduct an “experiment” that shows you don't give a toss. Is accessibility off the brand-message? Do cripples cramp your style? Dare you face the people working on LIFT 2004 and tell them that? “We know how hard you're working to include everybody in LIFT 2004, so we built a website that excluded some of them. Man, that is so edgy, I'm on a precipice!”

> Please do pass on my gratitude to ####### for having provided such a comprehensive response and for his time and commitment in doing so.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”



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Technology attracts other technology?

a women with an ipaq on trapped tube train opposite mea women with an ipaq on trapped tube train opposite me

I'm sitting almost opposite a woman of about 30 with a ipaq 39xx series. I can tell by the huge navigation button on the front. Pretty nice flip open leather case. Shame about the brown bit on the top hinge. Were now stuck in a tunnel on the jubilee line between london bridge and bermondsey. I would take a picture but I would look so suspect – ha did it when the couple (teenagers, black guy and mixed race girl) were not watching.

Ah were on the move. Anyway the interesting thing for this blog was she was sitting down the other side of the carriage and actually bizarrely moved up to another seat almost opposite me when she saw I had an ipaq too. Now I don’t at all think its an attraction thing, rather a tech comfort thing. In the same way I feel better about pulling out my ipaq when I see someone else with one. It seems quite human in a way, same as people who look the same kind of attracted to each other?

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Creative Commons in a Connected World

Building on the Past by Justin Cone

See it all adds up…
The BBC Creative archive + icommons + Sara Geater = BBC adopting a CC licencing scheme.

“By applying a CC-type license to the content, the BBC will enable individuals in the UK to download released content to their computers, share it, edit it and create new content. Commercial reuse of the content will not be allowed.

Professor Lawrence Lessig, chair of the Creative Commons project was clearly excited: “The announcement by the BBC of its intent to develop a Creative Archive has been the single most important event in getting people to understand the potential for digital creativity, and to see how such potential actually supports artists and artistic creativity.” He went to enthuse “If the vision proves a reality, Britain will become a centre for digital creativity, and will drive the many markets – in broadband deployment and technology – that digital creativity will support.”

Now we've got lots to talk about tonight at the Creative Commons in a Connected World (don't get me started on the site, reminds me I need to send my email once again…) I'm hoping Sara Geater will be there otherwise I will be emailing her about icommons in the very near future. Now I remember why I wanted to join the BBC.

I've posted my notes online in html and opml formats.
And here's some photos of the event which by the way was good but nothing much more that what I read in free culture and heard before from Lessig. However Lessig did make reference to two fundimental critical thinking ideas. As the uk was the motherland of copyright for America, what can the uk teach america about the next era of copyright? Think about how a mother desaplin its children… and more of a statement. when people start writing their opinions down (case in blogs), they discover they are just… idiotic.

lawrence lessig on stage for panel discussion at lift 2004lawrence lessig on stage at lift 2004

Some other useful links
BBC prepares to put TV archive on Web by ZDnet UK and Rupert Goodwins comment is good too.
Official BBC Press Release. BBC prepares to put TV archive on web by ZDNet Australia. Slashdot view from last week – BBC creative archives based on creative commons licences.

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What is it with Blackberries?

single business man sitting on train checking email on a blackberryNice photo of two people using a blackberry at the same time side by side

Just recently I've noticed alot of the business types sporting a Blackberry. Dont get me wrong I like them but I have a nice ipaq and smartphone setup thank you very much. What I find odd is the fact alot of people with the blackberries also have a mobile phone? The guy on the right even had a medium range ipaq. Bizzare… Dont duplicate is my motto.

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Now this is what i wanted…

Open Dating

I have set up a password-protected website with PHP iCalendar that lets a few trusted people access my entire calendar, with all of its confidential information. But I’ve written another program that can create a version of the calendar suitable for public viewing; in this “sanitized” calendar, descriptions of appointments and events are replaced by the word “busy.” I publish this sanitized calendar on my website. It lets people know when I’m free for meetings but doesn’t reveal any of my secrets.

Want to create the same but not using PHP calendar. Anyone know of anything Java servelet based I can use? Ah found this page with someone pretty much asking the same questions. But alas, they seem not be quite what i need.

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Platypus Wiki: a Semantic Wiki Wiki Web

Platypus wiki: the semantic wiki wiki web

I saw Platypus wiki before but wrote it off because blojsom had a wiki plugin. Actually think Poil sent me the link that time. Then quickly realised that the wiki plugin in Blojsom was only so you could input text like a wiki not an actual wiki as to say. I even considered the wiki app blojsom.com is using, because I've quickly realised there is bit of my site which really need a wiki and there are parts which could do with a blog. For example own writing, my mixes and lectures should all be blogs of somekind. While Streaming, calender and Pictures should be a wiki or some kind of application to do with those areas.

Anyway I'm going to try it out tonight, see what it can and cannot do. Will be interested in interchanging data between blojsom, cocoon and platypus. Cant be too difficult if there using rdf. Something really simple like linking definitions in the blog to the wiki would be a nice start. Already thinking of ways to blend in FOAF too.

The day afterwards…
I quickly realised that Platypus wiki will only work on Tomcat 5.x because its using a yet to be ratified Java servelet 2.4 spec for its web.xml. So I downloaded Tomcat 5 and tried it out on my laptop. It actually works quite well. I only scratched the surface but it seemed to generate tons of standard metadata. Miles asked if there was some way of keeping track of all the pages? Like a index I asked? Well I'm not totally sure but I will find out sometime today or tomorrow. I also need to setup my own wiki, rather than use the example wiki. Overall its looking quite good, not sure how it compares to JSP/Wiki with the RSS plugin though…

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Copyright vs community reply

I just wrote a reply to John's email to the college on Friday.

Thank you John,

I would like to say a public thank you to everyone involved.
Miles and John for there support. Harry for running out of the lectures to attend to external visitors. Dave for all his hard work. Most of the Interaction design course for helping out when ever possible, even with project deadlines looming. John for collecting Stallman from Waterloo, Kevin and Roman for there network knowledge and speedy deployment in the face of unreasonable demands. Armin for fighting off a cold to moderate. Lisa for helping out in anyway possible. Adam for helping with the streaming and transporting of equipment. CNDI generally for all there support. And last but not least, to Cathy who allowed the event to go ahead without the draconian restrictions others would have placed on the event.

And to all those who came or tuned into the live streams. As John said it was a major coup for the college that we were able to gather some a line up of international guests.

And it showed because we recieved external visitors from as far as oxford and cambridge universities. It was a shame other departments including marketing didnt get involved because it was a great day for the college and will not be repeated or bettered anytime soon.
The overall turn out was about half ravensbourne students and half external visitors. We also recieved great response from our listeners who tuned in through-out the whole day, even during the breaks. I am still recieving great feedback through my email today.

Copyright is a issue which keeps raising its head in the college and no one really tackles it in the way we did on Thursday 20th May.

Thank you once agin to all involved…

Ian Forrester – BBC worldservice new media

The archived streams will be up some this week or next week. Keep an eye on http://cubicgarden.com/copyright for more information and feeback

> Hi All
> i just thought you all should know that yesterdays lecture series
> “Copyright vs The Community” was not only successful and informative
> but went off without a hitch. This was due largely to the efforts of Ian
> Forrester, late of this org but now with the BBC.
> This was an event that is unlikely to be repeated anywhere ever again.
> To get the likes of Fravia, Richard Stallman & Cory Doctorow together
> for one event would be cosiddered a coup for a major international
> event.
> Once again many thanks to Ian for his efforts.
> regards to all
> john

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LInux force upgrade

Miles ask me why am I reinstalling WIndows? Is there anything I couldnt do in Linux which I can in Windows? I mentioned a few things like Outlook to talk to my pocketpc and smartphone using Activesync. Lack of ATI all in wonder multimedia drivers as I use my workstation as a PVR. Miles did a Google search string: ati+all+in+wonder+linux+driver and found Gatos. So I really didnt have a leg to stand on.

So Saturday daytime I installed Knoppix on a spare partition using the knx2hd method. But quickly realised that I needed to change the boot process otherwise I wont beable to load linux. Kind of like how I had BeOS a while ago, sitting on a hard drive with no way to boot into it. I browsed around and saw people suggesting a boot floppy but that wasnt good enough. I dont have a floppy drive no longer! So I finally reinstalled knoppix again and this time over writ the master boot record with lilo rather than using windows own booter. And once I uncommented a few lines had a boot option for Windows XP. So these complex guides are overkill.

I'm quite happy with my dual booting GNU/Linux and Windows XP system. Specially when I fixed (with miles help) the network connectivity myself. Just need to install all the usb devices like the pocketpc and card reader then sort out the drivers for the ATI card. And i'm away and laughing… Less Windows usage just around the corner hopefully.

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Opera, blogs and fravia

Opera - simply the best internet experience

I was talking to Fravia about browsers and blogging over dinner with Richard Stallman yesterday, we went to the Star of India in Old brompton Street, near Earls Court, West London. Good food but I unfortually didnt feel too well the day after.

Fravia made an interesting statement on Thursday. Opera know what he does but they dont really care because the publicity of using opera is more than enough for them. And on that point I have to say Opera 7.5 is the best browser for advanced web searchers and developers… Some of the noteable features of 7.5, RSS newsfeeds directly in the browser, IRC chat client like Mozilia, better opera mail with spam filtering, New skin and Kiosk mode. Now if only there was a upgrade option I would be very happy.

Screen shot of Opera 7.5

Fravia mentioned Amazon's A9 search engine in the event. And how it displays the 5 or 10 texts lines before and after your search. Now with automation it is possible to grab the whole book. I never really thought about it but it makes total sense and means yes you can grab almost any book in Amazons store…

I questioned Fravia about blogging and syndication. He felt, he couldnt quite make up his mind on blogging. He felt it might isolate pages off, and so many blogs are written using blogger, typepad or moveable type that they were too simular. I see what he's saying but the instant semantic nature of blogs allow for advance searching beyond the logic of most search engines at the moment. Saying that I did notice Yahoo now searches and knows what RSS is. I've promised to write a piece about the advantages of searching in a blogging landscape very soon. The thing I love is when you add up other technologies like XFN and FOAF with semantic blogging, you got somekind of landscape to search in. Wont even get started on xlink, xpointer and xpath search engines.

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Live streams for Copyright vs Community event

Cant leave your machine to listen to the lectures?

Listen right now…

http://tributary.rave.ac.uk:8100/copyright.ogg – for the ogg vorbis stream (prefered)

http://tributary.rave.ac.uk:8100/copyright.mp3 – for the mp3 stream


Some of the referals on the day and the day before…
http://nobodynet.ddts.net/palm/palmntk.htm – found a more palmtop accessable version of NTK?
http://persone.softwarelibero.org/event/show.php?id=88 – Wow, can someone translate? Lycos can.

Hello to all, I invite to you to watch this link:
http://cubicgarden.com/copyright/ One beautifulst conference to the
standard of the defense of the digital freedoms them. I go to us with
a group of friends, excused if I have it marked with a little delay,
but they are enrolled to me only now

http://fravia.2113.ch/phplab/mbs.php3/mb001?num=-1&thread=1084567600 – Someone from Fravia's site jumped to cubicgarden.com/copyright without a link?
A few people came from my own blog pages which is useful to know
The link on free london list worked a treat – http://www.londonfreelist.com/details.asp?id=11024
Yahoo and Google bots were all over the site, hence – http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=fp-pull-web-t&p=copyright+vs+community and http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=copyright+vs+community&btnG=Search
Jeeves/Teoma and MSN also got into the action by the way…
Thanks Nico – http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm?contentalias=edlondon
Thanks David – http://www.blockey.com/bhd/links.html
Thanks Louise – http://www.louiseferguson.com/events.htm
Thanks Harry – http://www.harryjones.net/home/#000080

Got a few referes via
We hit indy media – http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/london/2004/05/291150.html
And of course NTK was the main referer page – http://www.ntk.net and unexpectly http://www.pixelsurgeon.com/news/news.php – Thanks for that.

What on earth is this? http://radiocomments.userland.com/profiles/$6153

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Exploring Friend of a Friend RDF

I'm finally finding time to explorer the possibilies of Friend of a friend through this article on xml.com. Just created my own basic FoaF rdf for myself, looking at how to link myself to other people. I keep meaning to do more research on this whole area for ages but kept putting it off till now. Didnt realise there was a foaf-a-matic, using that now. Foaf-a-matic 2 looks like a good move, would be nice to adapt it to the pocketpc as well as the desktop.

I also in the back of my mind, I keep wanting to use the XHTML friends network but never have the site to hand when typing away. How does this fit with FOAF? and why are certain values not available? I'm very sure Xhtml meta data profiles are not as good as FOAF. Maybe I should use the XFN creator more often.

But back to FOAF. I'm quite amazed by the simplicity of foaf and the great lengths of data you can put into foaf. I mean looking at this page which describes what can go into a foaf rdf schema.
foaf:myersBriggs – A Myers Briggs (MBTI) personality classification. foaf:jabberID. foaf:geekcode A textual geekcode for this person, see http://www.geekcode.com/geek.html. foaf:weblog are just a few of the more interesting ones.

I've now completed my FOAF for now. And added links to it on every blog page. I have to say this is also a really good introduction into rdf just like RSS 1.0 because it has an outcome and tools already built so you can see the results of it.
Friend of a friend logo

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Copyright vs Community

This weeks NTK says it all

And following on from next week's ID card event semi-frenzy –
you wait all year for a hard-hitting look at copyright
extensions, and then 4 or 5 of them come along at the same
time. RICHARD STALLMAN, as ever, is responsible for some of
the most uncompromising anti-IP positions, starting with the
COPYRIGHT VS COMMUNITY event (from 11am, next Thu 2004-05-20,
Ravensbourne College, 20 mins from London, nr Elmstead Woods
station, Kent, free as in “Don't sign up, just turn up”, the
site advises), also featuring “cosmic” websearcher FRAVIA and
the (relatively) down-to-Earth EFF Outreach Co-ordinator CORY

I think that square is top of cool shape in the world. What on earth is NTK on about?

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Toothing becoming popular

Sarahs American friend Birch keeps me updated on the toothing craze going on in London. Bizarre because I obviously live in London but avoid turning my bluetooth devices onto discoverable due to the blue snaffing flaw. Anyway I'm usually stuck in a ebook with my headphones on most of the time to be thinking about replying to any text messages.

The interesting thing about the last article Birch sent was the commercial aspect of toothing.

Dario Betti, of the British-based consultancy Ovum, said bluejacking had really taken off, helped by the fact the service was free. The element of the unknown, that you are connecting to someone around you that you might not know, it's a novelty factor that is helping it to start, he told Reuters.

I'm already starting to imagine toothing in bars and clubs. Not quite sure how money can be made of toothing quite yet. But maybe there might be something to be made about getting people together. Ah got an idea… What about meetup to get people together of a simular interest but in places like trains and tubes. Then the toothing can take place. For example meetup on the Bromley south to Victoria via Beckenham. Toothers can then move from carrage to carrage looking for others with bluetooth discovery till victoria where the public toilets or bars await. Those who couldnt wait will end up else where…

I'm also thinking about flashmobbing with toothing for slow but emerging crowd flocking. Sure smartmob's Howard Rheingold must have thought about it before.

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London Bloggers getting together [attended & enjoyed]

Ok I hope to write something here really soon about the event last wednesday. Till then check out the photos of the event, as I didnt bring my camera and it was too dark for my smartphone. I am not happy with that photo of myself. I mean any shot but not when my mouth is wide open please.

I left work at about 19:10 and made my way up to the meeting place through convert garden. On the way I read that Moveable type 3 was out and thought…who cares? Obviously I'm not a MT user and dont really care too much. I think David sums it up best. If you're abandoning moveable type 3.

Anyway back to the event. I got there about 19:30 and got a drink straight away, well actually someone else bought me a shark. If I could remember who it was I would credit them here. Then got talking to Seyed Razavi. I never knew who he was so just chatted generally about alot except actual blogging. My memory gets a little hazy about then. I remember seeing most people run towards Cory when he dropped in. I did shake his hand and he seem suprised that I was the Ian who's been writing to him for the last few months.

I sat with another celeb blogger PixelDiva. I tend to read her blog on and off and did tune in to her spot on Radio 4 a while ago. I'm glad to hear she was very down to earth and very chilled out about the whole radio show. I met lots more people, too many to mention. Ambalance driver who blogs his days, need to find that site! Didnt talk to Tom coats, he was too busy surrounded by a group of people all the way through the event. Missed Annie who won a blogging award for her site. Honestly I never seen the site till recently and thought why would it be interesting? then actually got kind of hooked and thought about doing a simular thing myself about people using technology. Sure I'll catch a few people toothing but I've seen some very interesting uses of technology while going to work everyday.
Other people worth mentioning include a student from Westmister college who understood the whole teaching and learning issue to the T. He actually mentioned Learning about learning while I talked about educational blogging. A guy who was working on a system to rate music, I suggested using metadata in blogs and looking at the slashdot methods. And all the people who stayed till midnight… Good night all round when's the next one James.

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