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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder Review

Zoom H5 Mic Module

Founded in Japan in 1983, Zoom have been around for a little over 30 years now. They initially worked with manufacturers developing sound generators for musical hardware. I’m glad that in 1989 they shifted into making their own hardware as for the last 7 years I’ve been a fan of their audio recorders. In 2007 […]

Inventing The Cocktail ‘Preach Insanity’

Preach Insanity cocktail

On the 10th of January 2013 @BennyCrime, @Dan_Bowsher and myself headed to an award winning cocktail bar in London called Callooh Callay. We were there because of my 40at40 list. We were there to ‘Invent a cocktail’. I recently found some video from the night.. I delivered my list of preferred ingredients and with the guidance […]

The Garmin Zūmo 590LM Review

In Yer Face

Sometimes I like to jump on my bike and ride for the sake of riding. To tear through (I mean meander) country lanes till my tank is almost as empty as my adrenal glands. And then I like to find my way home again. Which sometimes is easier said than done. Till now. Garmin sent […]

Interview Techniques

Me interviewing Brian Haw

I’m currently preparing slide decks for both the Milton Keynes International Festival and the Digital Wine Communicators Conference.  In both instances I’ve been asked if I can talk on Networked Storymaking with a focus on interview techniques. This is interesting as if I’m honest it’s not something I’ve thought about in depth. Until now that […]

The Picnic is a Political Act

1984Symposium2013

On June the 25th 2014, it will be the seventh continual year there has been a symposium (picnic) at George Orwell’s grave.  It’s also of course his birthday. Back in 2007 we sat on the grass sharing food and drink, experiences and stories. As we have done every year since. Asking questions, discussing threatened freedoms […]

Working in Digital Journalism (Case Studies)

Philip O’Connor (Stockholm)  Jemima Kiss (London)  Phil Sands (Beirut)

When I first started working at a daily newspaper there was a darkroom alongside a bank of neg scanners.  It was 2001 and thankfully I had arrived armed with a digital SLR. I learned that to deliver what the news desk demanded within 12 hours or less, I had to move fast, get the shot in […]

Public until proven otherwise

secure apps?

I once heard of a TV journalist who kept the names and addresses of his Syrian sources in a little black book, and all the video he shot of activists, complete with faces, on an open hard drive. He was detained by the secret police in Damascus, which was scary for him, but worse for […]

Sawyer Mini Water Filter (a mini review)

Sawyer mini filter

Never buy bottled water again. (There is a version of this article on the Guardian) I’m pleased to say I haven’t had to buy bottled water for a while. There are so many reasons why I think we shouldn’t buy water in plastic bottles. For starters, it’s not good for us or the planet we live […]

Why do we tweet what we eat?

Pastrami on rye

Whenever talking about social stuff I’m often delivered the same statement when it comes to micro-blogging platforms. “I haven’t got time for that. It’s just people tweeting their food.” There is often a tone of distain in the voice.  As if the complainant logged into Twitter, was tied to a chair and forced to look […]

The Toshiba T1200. 19 years in a cardboard box and still working.

Toshiba T1200 Vs 11 inchMac Air

There’s 26 years of design and innovation between these two laptops. The Toshiba T1200, my first ever laptop (need I say on the bottom) and the latest 11″ Apple Macbook air on the top. Both still work, but I am finding that the Macbook air has a habit of needing a hard restart once in […]