Writing from August 2004

London Review of Books, 5 August 2004

Contents page online here

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In Periodicals on 4 August 2004. Permalink

MP3 blogs and the record labels

Dan points to an interesting discussion at The Morning News between a bunch of MP3 bloggers who seem remarkably optimistic about the genre's future. While I'd love a thousand MP3 blogs to bloom, thinking that record companies will be their loving gardeners seems rather misguided given said companies' previous track record on this kind of thing. It'll only take blogs to reach a brief level of mainstream popularity before the cease and desist letters are sprayed like a liberal dose of weed killer.

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In Music on 12 August 2004. 2 comments. Permalink

Euro Foo Camp: Ben Hammersley - Better Living Through RSS

Debonair man-about-town Ben Hammersley talking about what he's been squeezing into RSS.

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In Talks on 21 August 2004. Permalink

Euro Foo Camp: Matt Webb - Brain Hacks

Matt Webb entertains the crowd with his descriptions of experiments on psychology undergraduates. Funny and interesting stuff.

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In Talks on 21 August 2004. Permalink

Euro Foo Camp: Steve Coast - OpenTextBook & OpenStreetMap

Steve Coast (physics student at UCL) on OpenTextBook and OpenStreetMap both of which could do with more collaborators. The latter is especially interesting to me, and it'd be fun to be involved (time allowing).

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In Talks on 21 August 2004. Permalink

Euro Foo Camp: Jo Walsh - Literate Programming

Jo Walsh started a discussion about what literate programming is, how practical it is, what we can do with it. Although it's interesting stuff, it was a small group and I kept drifting off as people grasped at the vagaries. So these notes only really capture the less vague moments when I was also paying more attention.

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In Talks on 21 August 2004. Permalink

Euro Foo Camp: Tomas Krag & John Naughton - Digital Divide

A small group for this one...

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In Talks on 21 August 2004. 1 comment. Permalink

Euro Foo Camp: Simon Wardley - 3D Printing

Wardley and his two Canon colleagues aren't working in this (I think) but have been interested in this for a few years. This stuff is all so close now...

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In Talks on 22 August 2004. 5 comments. Permalink

Seeing the light flicker

When Ludicorp launched Flickr at EtCon earlier this year it looked quite fun. It looked like it might be a Friendster with a point -- share photos with your friends.

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In Misc on 25 August 2004. 3 comments. Permalink