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Feral Vector 2016 Schedule - Feral Vector
Great lineup for Feral Vector next weekend; shame I'm not around for it, but so glad to see it continuing so well. (And it's in a lovely part of the world).
feralvector  games  uk  conference  event  hebdenbridge 
may 2016 by infovore
The Quietus | Opinion | Wreath Lectures | Social Media Snakepits & Solidarity Versus Corporate Shafting, UK 2015
"The small institutions, public figures and spaces that I lament might all seem insignificant but, collectively, used to and still could make a difference, despite capital's determined attempts to neuter their efficacy via co-option and divide and rule. I've often felt elements of the atheist left wing ought to tone down their strident hectoring and remember that social justice is at the heart of many Christian movements, especially Methodism. Similarly, many Christians should consider that Jesus told them to care for the poor, not peer judgementally into people's bedrooms." Amongst other things in this thoughtful, cogent article - which made a nice alternative from the yelling on social media and the yelling on media platforms from, well, pretty much everyone. (Also: Ramsgate Music Hall looks great; I did not even know).
uk  society  institutions  publics  quietus 
december 2015 by infovore
The Slow Death of the University - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Education should indeed be responsive to the needs of society. But this is not the same as regarding yourself as a service station for neocapitalism. In fact, you would tackle society’s needs a great deal more effectively were you to challenge this whole alienated model of learning. Medieval universities served the wider society superbly well, but they did so by producing pastors, lawyers, theologians, and administrative officials who helped to sustain church and state, not by frowning upon any form of intellectual activity that might fail to turn a quick buck." Terry Eagleton on good form.
education  uk  academia  money 
april 2015 by infovore
Aiming (much) higher than Hackspaces and FabLabs… « Funding Startups (& other impossibilities)
"Where you see gadget, I see process. Moreover, where you see prose, I see poetry: for the UK will continue to have no manufacturing all the while it has lost its collective sense of the poetry of production. The ignominious application of production line metaphors to (the actually very creative) industrial life has helped alienate people from the process of making: whereas Lean Manufacturing instead helps to reconnect workers with the project as a whole, by seeing waste as a thing that erodes value, and that corrodes the relationship between customer and producer by making it unnecessarily fragile and contingent." There's lots to recommend in this piece. I'm not sure I agree about software, even ignoring my vested interested and perspective, but there's so much else of value in here. I think this paragraph spoke most to me, though.
manufacturing  design  engineering  uk  poetry 
march 2012 by infovore
"This is where I write about social & political stuff, mostly relating to sex. Yes, there's going to be a book. As an ex-sex worker, you can imagine what my bias is. Nevertheless, I am also a scientist, so will do my best to present the evidence base for each post." Brooke's new blog. This looks like it could be good.
uk  sex  politics  policy  society  brookemagnanti 
april 2011 by infovore
This is the Big Society, you see. It must be big, to contain so many volunteers. | openDemocracy
"Leave the libraries alone. You don’t know the value of what you’re looking after. It is too precious to destroy." I know that the rhetoric works better as a speech than in writing; still I can't help but agree with this. It tugs at things important to me, and what a small village public library meant for my childhood.
libraries  politics  phillippullman  society  uk 
january 2011 by infovore
Joe Moran's blog: Get your kicks on the A57
"The history of roads is the history of ourselves: our desire for community and our fears about its fragility; our natural instinct to expand the possibilities of life set against our premonitions of death, destruction and loss; and our fierce arguments about what is valuable and beautiful about the world. But this history, like the road itself, is full of loose ends and detours, unfinished stories and stalled narratives."
culture  society  joemoran  roads  uk 
april 2010 by infovore
Code-Point Open locates every postcode unit in the UK with precision
"Code-Point Open is a dataset that contains postcode units, each of which have a precise geographical location."
geo  ordnancesurvey  postcodes  geodata  uk 
april 2010 by infovore
The day the music died - Vox
"10 years ago, on this Friday in March of 2000, the Dot.Com bubble burst in the UK." [This is very good, Simon Wistow!]
uk  dotcom  bubble  internet  crash  newmedia  simonwistow 
march 2010 by infovore
Digital economy bill: A punishing future | Comment is free | The Guardian
"It boils Digital Britain down to three Ms – media, music and movies – myopically ignoring the pioneers of new technology, and ?
showing a blind spot for all creativity outside the so-called creative industries... Instead of empowering digital Britons, the bill follows the lead of music and movie corporations, who already apply a presumption of guilt to their customers. Instead of treating the web as a platform of possibilities, it recasts it as a tool for mass theft." Excellent, excellent leader from the Guardian on the frankly scandalous digital economy bill.
uk  politics  government  threestrikes  digitaleconomy  economy  copyright 
november 2009 by infovore
Learning Vehicle | Edge Online
"Today, the UK government's Department For Transport unveils a new browser-based MMOG, created by New York-based developer Area/Code. Designed for early teenagers to learn principles of traffic safety, it's probably the largest 'serious games' project ever to be created for the UK. Code Of Everand is the result of over two years of work with the Department For Transport by Area/Code principals and designers Frank Lantz and Kevin Slavin, not only because of its size and ambition, but also because of the complexities of developing it for a government body... We spoke to Lantz, Slavin and Simon Williams, who led the project at Carat, the Department For Transport's media agency, about what Code Of Everand is, how they pulled it off, and why they think it could prove that games can be a powerful platform for learning." Edge interview.
edge  games  areacode  franklantz  kevinslavin  online  mmo  transport  uk 
november 2009 by infovore
Guardian gagged from reporting parliament | Media | The Guardian
"The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found. The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented – for the first time in memory – from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret. The only fact the Guardian can report is that the case involves the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations." Oh, I'm looking forward to the next Private Eye.
carterruck  journalism  politics  uk  law  parliament  censorship  guardian  media 
october 2009 by infovore
Egmont and Penguin seal Nintendo deal with EA |
"Egmont Press and Penguin Publishing will launch a range of children's books onto the Nintendo DS in a licensing deal with entertainment software company Electronic Arts (EA). It is the first time that children's books have been developed specifically for the Nintendo DS platform in the UK." Ooh, that's kind of awesome.
epublishing  books  ds  nintendo  uk  penquin  publishing  ebooks 
october 2009 by infovore
LRB · Roy Mayall: Diary
"There is a tension between the Royal Mail as a profit-making business and the Royal Mail as a public service. For most of the Royal Mail management – who rarely, if ever, come across the public – it is the first. To the delivery officer – to me, and people like me, the postmen who bring the mail to your door – it is more than likely the second." Excellent diary in the LRB from a Royal Mail postman, which at least helps explain a lot of the problems inside the postal system, as opposed to just the ones I experience outside it.
postage  post  royalmail  mail  uk  politics  business  communications  diary  lrb 
september 2009 by infovore
Feature: The Net Yaroze Class of 2000 | Edge Online
Now that Net Yaroze has closed its doors, Edge catch up with some former Yaroze developers; they have some interesting things to say on the state of games education in particular.
netyaroze  programming  development  games  education  uk 
june 2009 by infovore
Great London walks - Time Out London
"Explore London on foot with our suggestions for some great capital walks, including riverside rambles, architectural adventures, even the odd pub crawl." A useful page to bookmark.
london  uk  walking  guide  cities  tours 
june 2009 by infovore
Internet records to be stored for a year - Telegraph
This is not good. And the worst part: "Hundreds of public bodies and quangos, including local councils, will also be able to access the data to investigate flytipping and other less serious crimes." It's not the police having this that's the big worry; it's the incompetent lower echelons of civil service. who shouldn't need this.
security  privacy  uk  europe  internet  data 
april 2009 by infovore
CR Blog » Blog Archive » Meet Mr Chicken
"You may not know his name but you will certainly know his work: Morris Cassanova (aka Mr Chicken) designs and makes signs for most of the fried chicken shops in the UK." That's a good market to have sewn up, I'd imagine.
design  uk  food  culture  branding  signage  friedchicken 
march 2009 by infovore
click opera - Art students (called Brian) observed
"This is a sort of thorough, empirical, sociological study of art students at two British art schools at a very interesting moment, the late 1960s (a moment when, as the book says, anti-art became the approved art, bringing all sorts of paradoxes to the fore). I find it fascinating that such a subjective thing as developing an art practice can be studied so objectively, but then I find it amazing that art can be taught at all. The book shows the tutors and students circling each other with wariness, coolness, misunderstanding, despair, appreciation." Some great anecdotes and observation.
education  teaching  art  uk  eno  sixties  school  momus  studies 
february 2009 by infovore
The little page of TRANSPORT CHAOS
Scrapes lots of things, produces a useful page which actually manages to stay up. Also, it spells TRANSPORT CHAOS the only way it should be spelt: in capitals.
information  uk  funny  scraping  travel  useful  transportchaos  transport 
february 2009 by infovore
1854 - the blog of the British Journal of Photography
Named for the year the BJP was founded; nicely written, and not just a fast-moving press release stream.
blog  uk  photography  bjp 
february 2009 by infovore
House of Bendie
"Welcome to House of Bendie - a UK clothing line that takes classic, British suiting fabrics and creates unsuit-like clothes for men and women. We specialise in bespoke hoodies: hand-made, made-to-measure, hooded jackets crafted from exquisite suit materials." Oh, lovely.
uk  clothing  tailoring  hoodie  clothes 
january 2009 by infovore
Barnardo's I Children in trouble online ads I Hunting ad
"This shocking but real dialogue that features in this film gives a clear indication of how the UK today is demonising children." Powerful advertising, for a strong campaign.
children  advertising  campaign  society  barnardos  uk 
november 2008 by infovore
Save the Videogame
"We need a National Videogame Archive. Luckily, we've just started one. We're going to preserve videogames for the nation. For better or worse. Forever. It's going to be brilliant..." Oh, that it is. Jonathan Smith on *every single bloody thing* that's perfect about Micro Machines 2 on the Mega Drive is a highlight so far.
videogames  uk  nationalvideogamesarchive  archive  history  historiography  preservation 
october 2008 by infovore
Ben Hammersley's Other Blog • It won't be what you expect.
"David Rowan’s editorship of the UK edition of Wired raises many questions. The first being “Who is going to be his number two?”" The answer is Hammersley. That could be good.
wired  uk  publishing  magazines 
july 2008 by infovore
Skills Shortage Article // None /// Eurogamer
"It's time for direct action against bad game-related degrees." Yes, yes, yes. A thoughtful, sensible article... and one that applies to many other fields, too. Such a waste.
education  uk  games  degree  university  polytechnic  skills  gamesindustry 
june 2008 by infovore
Simple Truths - Parkour on Vimeo
"I feel sometimes it is as important for us to see our mistakes as it is for us to see ourselves at our best, it gives us direction and allows us to progress looking backward as well as forward. So these are my simple truths." Lovely UK parkour video.
uk  parkour  mistakes  play  urban  cities  movement 
june 2008 by infovore
You Can⊘t Picture This // Current TV UK
"Rajesh [Thind] investigates the way we view the lens and the way it views us." Gosh, this made me very uncomfortable and somewhat angry.
photography  uk  law  surveillance  security  paranoia 
march 2008 by infovore
Telegraph to become OpenID provider : January 2008 : Shane Richmond : Technology : Telegraph Blogs
"The Telegraph will soon become the first newspaper in the world, and the first British media company, to become an OpenID provider. Readers will be able to begin using the service from the end of February." That's an interesting - and savvy - move.
openid  publishing  journalism  blogging  newspapers  telegraph  uk 
january 2008 by infovore
Arvon Foundation | Home
"Arvon provides residential creative writing courses at four beautiful, historic houses around the UK." Some interesting courses and good teachers - Brian Talbot on graphic novel writing, for instance...
creativewriting  writing  course  holiday  uk 
january 2008 by infovore
Prescription Glasses - Cheap Custom Designer Prescription Spectacles & Glasses, Eyeglasses & Frames from Eye Experts UK
Potentially good UK online glasses store - having read mathowie's reports on buying glasses online in the US, this could be a good idea.
glasses  optometry  uk 
december 2007 by infovore
Infinite Continues - Swap your games for free!
UK-based games swapping site. Looks really rather good - might well be worth investigating.
games  web  app  swaps  trade  secondhand  uk 
november 2007 by infovore
Penguin Books - a photoset on Flickr
I know everyone's bookmarking it, but these Penguin covers are really great, really inspiring; some seminal jacket design for many, many years. And, because they're iconic, they degrade, wear, and age wonderfully.
books  design  jacket  covers  typography  publishing  uk 
october 2006 by infovore
House of Commons - Science and Technology - Tenth Report
"Free For All?" A report into the merits of Open Access publishing
uk  parliament  report  openaccess 
january 2005 by infovore

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