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One Thousand Words on Audio

iPhone running Audioboom

Sat in my shed, headphones on. My attention flitting between writing and podcasts. I can’t do both. I find it hard enough to write as it is. Listening to podcasts or even songs with lyrics while writing triggers a tipping point where I can’t do either. I considered starting a mailing list this week. Just […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PirateBox – Collaborate and Share, Anywhere.

PirateBox

The PirateBox has come a long way since it’s inception in 2011 by David Darts. After reading about it’s existence I first got to interact with one at the Elevate Festival in Austria.  I remember downloading a book by Cory Doctorow and uploading an Mp3 from a band I used to be in.  It felt […]

Autographer, a review of the world first intelligent wearable camera.

Shooting a selfie in a toilet mirror while wearing the Autographer

I first got to have a play with the Autographer in March 2013. listen to ‘Seeing the unseen with @Autographer’ on Audioboo I had previously heard of Oxfords Metrics Group and their earlier sense cam designed to assist Alzheimer sufferers, but on this occasion I was specifically there to see the prototype device destined to […]

Cloud storage and that syncing feeling

Cloud-Storage

What do I want with yet another cloud back-up and syncing service? Well free space for a start. Storage space for sharing my media, be it books, images, music and films etc. And then there is the ability to sync data across my apps and devices. My main workhorse is Dropbox but I get a little […]

Are we finally living in 1984?

Watching the watchers

How do you feel about the world we are creating right now? What were your thoughts when the #PRISM news hit the headlines and Edward Snowden appeared in your browser saying these words?.. “If living unfreely but comfortably is something you’re willing to accept, and I think many of us are, it’s the human nature, you can […]

The Future of Audioboo is Uncertain

Me and Mark Rock

The future of Audioboo is uncertain. Like most online spaces. But Audioboo isn’t like most online spaces. This page of blurted sentiment and opinion will probably seem a bit much to some. Perhaps I’m over reacting because something I deeply care about is threatened. I first blogged about Audioboo four years ago, not long after it’s launch. I […]