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October 20, 2009

Marc Reeves on the future of local and regional media

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Big announcement today about the future of the Birmingham Post:

Warwick hosted an event last week where Post Editor Marc Reeves talked about the future of local and regional media, including some discussion on the situation at the Birmingham Post.

Here is the presentation:

The other presentations are at:

March 11, 2009

Interesting interfaces and I/O

At the last few conferences I’ve spoken at I’ve started with some little demo’s to demonstrate that the web as we know it is no longer a text based environment that you interact with using keyboard and mouse. Devices like the iPhone, Wii and others are shifting the way we interact with information and data – touch and gestures can be used to manipulate our digital environments.

As a demo I use the following Zefrank toy to show a simple example of using your laptop’s microphone to control a web app – – which is pretty cool. Certainly it get’s home the idea that thinking about the web as something driven by text and keyboard is an idea we need to move away from.

Two further thoughts though.

I recently downloaded Wikime to the iPhone which is a great little app that uses geo location to bring up wikipedia entries about places or things within up to 25km of your current location. A really great tool for interacting with the physical space around us and learning an awful lot about obscure places on the Moreton in Marsh to Paddingto rail line.

I thought that this was a great app for bringing together the physical and digital environments. It’s a similar shift to that which you see with apps like snap tell or QR codes that using the camera in your phone allow you to create interactions between the physical and digital.

This TED video then takes that to the extreme.

Cool and rather scary at the same time!

How does this change what we do? Not sure, but certainly a point of discussion.

November 13, 2008

Makes a 'good' YouTube video

Love this.

November 06, 2008

Just trying something out

October 03, 2008

Test from FOTE

August 28, 2008

BBC numbers on the Olympics online

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Ok – I’m a few days late with this but a first birthday kind of takes over…

I’ve been wondering about the BBC traffic for online video over the period of the Olympics – I know there are more important things to worry about but I was working on the assumption that this would be one of those tipping point events in the history of online video in the UK. I was pleased then at this post from the BBC on how they’d done up to the 22nd August:

In Athens, we served about 2.5m video plays for the entire event. For the Beijing Olympics so far, we have served nearly 40m sport video streams via the web – and the games are not over yet, with a few big events still to come.

We have at times been serving nearly 200,000 concurrent streams including live video and video on-demand. Individual clips have regularly reached over 500,000. Over 6.5m hours of Olympics watched so far. Up to 5.5m Olympics videos watched each day, averaging just under 3m.

And this is just on the Sport site on the web – not to mention BBC iPlayer, interactive TV and mobile platforms.

Those numbers are pretty impressive, no doubt helped by the number of people watching at work! Having said that live connections alone don’t account for the volume so this probably reinforces the shift to TV when I want it / catch up TV – i.e. I’ll manage my viewing so I can better organise my time. Plus of course the fact that we are all asleep when things kick off in China!

I’d be very very interested to see a comparison to the viewer figure stats for the normal broadcast service.

August 25, 2008

The most sensible man in the universe?

Who better to puncture the ridiculous pomposity of Rogge (Bolt doesn’t behave like a champion? Pillock).

“the French looked at the dining table and saw an opportunity for dinner. The English looked at the dinner table and saw an opportunity to play wiff waff (ping pong)”

Still wouldn’t want to live under his watch though…

November 29, 2007

Corporate videos don't all suck you know…

Just lovely in lots of ways.

June 29, 2007

There's hope for America yet!

Mika Brzezinski is added to the list of modern heroines – giving the Paris Hilton story the kicking it deserved. Maybe there is hope for American journalism yet.

Now, if only someone could have a word with the Express about Princess Diana or the other tabloids about Big Brother. Ugh.

June 04, 2007

Dancing Robots

Here’s something we did with the new biped robots the Warwick Robot Football team got their hands on.

They are pretty smart little robots – the cartwheel is awesome, but the actuall football playing is a bit … slow?

Neat things anyhoo.

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