Archive for July, 2015

Endon Wildlife

Endon Wildlife is a blog in the Staffordshire Moorlands of North Staffordshire, which is doing outstanding local on-the-ground research work on subtle eco-degredation and mis-management of the landscape.

Google StreetView: Mongolia

Google StreetView, Mongolia. Off-road trails, too. “Last fall we strapped a Street View camera onto a four-wheel drive pickup truck to begin capturing 360-imagery from rugged Mongolian roads. Since then we’ve also gone off-road to capture images of the country’s most beautiful places with Ariuntuul, our Mongolian Trekker operator, who carried the 18-kg Street View […]

MagFest 2015

Magfest : international magazine festival, 18th September 2015. Sadly it’s way up in Edinburgh, but nice to know that such a thing exists in the UK and is ongoing. We’re unlikely to lure it to the Midlands, though, as it seems to be a very Scottish thing. It started in 2012 to help boost Scottish […]

Google Digital Garage

Birmingham’s new central Library has announced that a temporary Google Digital Garage will be opening there on 27th June. Running through to the end of 2015, it will offer help to local small business to get online. Google’s pledge is to help 200,000 British businesses with their digital skills by 2016.

Arcadia Britannica

Henry Bourne’s fine new photo-book Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait. He’s certainly jiggled a whit and plucked the lucky feather, in his pursuit of modern English folklore celebrants and their costumes.

Mortar-Boards in Massive Mortifying Mangling Death Rain!

“Throwing of caps is not to be permitted, due to health and safety” pronounced the organizers at this year’s Birmingham University degree graduation ceremony. Gosh, how have students managed to avoid being hit by falling mortar-boards during the last five centuries or so? A topic there for a research PhD, perhaps? Though not at Birmingham […]

Budget speech

Highlights of this afternoon’s Budget speech in Parliament, the measures likely to affect smaller creative businesses and the self-employed: * “across England, [we are] launching a new round of Enterprise Zones for smaller towns” * “The new National Living Wage will be compulsory. Working people aged 25 and over will receive it. It will start […]

The Register on Win 10

The Register‘s tester minions pronounce on using Windows 10 for everyday work use… Every time I’ve looked at Windows 10, it hasn’t been long before I’ve run away screaming. As recently as May the ISO was nowhere near ready for prime time. Testing Windows 10 seemed to me like volunteering to be an unpaid drug […]