Comments written on other sites from September 2017

A public API for GOV.UK content: inviting expressions of interest - Inside GOV.UK

Sorry if I sound a little ignorant but, as an outsider, I’m not entirely sure what you mean when you say “GOV.UK content”.

“GOV.UK” to me means “all government websites”. So is this an API that will encompass the Met Office, HMRC, TfL, etc? Or, does “GOV.UK” mean something more specific to you that isn’t entirely clear to me?

And “content” to me, in the context of a website (which is, I think, the context here) means “everything on the pages”. So… well, does that mean everything (text, images, statistics, etc) on every [subdomain].gov.uk website? That seems rather broad so, again, maybe you mean something more specific by “content”?

I know you do your best to keep things clear, and to avoid jargon, so I hope you can clarify this.

On 11 September 2017. Permalink

The Online Photographer: Idle Thoughts About Photo Culture

“For instance, isn’t it true that Kanye West can neither play any traditional instruments nor sing? And Jeff Koons has apprentices actually make his sculptures.”

I’m not sure these examples help your point… A lot of popular music hasn’t relied on instrument or voice skill for, what, 30 years, give or take? Someone can make great, and successful, popular music using other skills; they’re still skills. And the same for contemporary art - the named artist might be a great draughtsperson but could still create brilliant art without demonstrating that. Neither West or Koons are unskilled, untrained amateurs in their field in the way a complete non-photographer snapping with their iPhone is.

On 30 September 2017. Permalink