Should have gone to Spec Savers

I was looking for the CAF web site, which is at http://www.caf.org.uk and came across this handsome page at http://www.caf.org.

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Bam, World Heritage Site

Heartbreaking photographs of beautiful, pre-quake Bam (link from Bruce Sterling). Two-thirds of these buildings have been flattened by the earthquake. As I write the apparently well-organised Iranian authorities are announcing that they’ve already buried 30,000. You can donate online to Oxfam’s Iran appeal here (they’ll help with water and sanitation) or to Unicef’s here (they’ll… Continue reading Bam, World Heritage Site

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New York City and all-you-can-eat

I wanted to write about eMusic six weeks ago, when they switched off their all-you-can-eat subscription package ($9.99 per month for unlimited downloads) but I waited for some press coverage – which didn’t show up. Now I’ve been listening to my last downloads – three amazing walking tours of The Bronx in New York City… Continue reading New York City and all-you-can-eat

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Being creative

Is it reasonable to assume that the net and cheaper, more accessible digital media tools are making us more creative? More to the point, would it be a good thing if we were? Would a more creative society be a better one – more generous (nothing more generous than sticking your neck out in the… Continue reading Being creative

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Pseudowhacking

Listen. Googlewhacking is stupid. Dumb non-phrases that occur only once precisely because they’re useless in speech. Come on guys! Now this is more like it – a proper three-word phrase – used in a real sentence that actually means something – that occurs only once on the whole web. I’m going to call it pseudowhacking… Continue reading Pseudowhacking

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High Street Showbiz

The Economist on the future of retail – playing out in a mall near you if you live in the United States, ever the over-heated laboratory for this kind of thing. Summary: it’s roll reversal time for the retailers. Traditionally mall-bound department stores (Sears, for instance) are moving out of town and building multi-acre warehouses.… Continue reading High Street Showbiz

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Go on. Buy my old stuff

You’ll be wanting one of these – a bargain-priced super-compact, Nikon APS SLR. Ideal Xmas gift. I still think APS (Advanced Photo System) is pretty neat and this camera is excellent (especially if you have Nikon kit already cos it’ll accept all your lenses) but I’m mostly digital these days so I’m unloading this very… Continue reading Go on. Buy my old stuff

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Archiving Al-Qaeda

Speaking of hijacking license payer-funded audio, I learnt a huge amount from this 13 minute, middle-of-the-night gem at the weekend. It’s one of the World Service’s ‘Instant Guides‘. This one’s about Al-Qaeda (quiz: did you know that Al-Qaeda was originally a bureaucracy – a kind of Mujihideen recruitment agency? Did you also know that Al-Qaeda… Continue reading Archiving Al-Qaeda

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Hijacking license payer-funded audio

Audio Hijack Pro is a nicely put-together OS X app for capturing sound from any application, including stuff you might not strictly be allowed to record, like the BBC’s RealMedia streams,?but since these are public service radio shows, funded from a compulsory license fee, and since many BBC programmes are not archived properly at all,… Continue reading Hijacking license payer-funded audio

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Adbusting or whingeing? You decide

Consumer activism is a good thing (don’t get me wrong), especially when it takes a street-wise, media hacking, spray-paint-and-stencil kind of approach, but – really – this is just whingeing isn’t it?

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