Posts Tagged: london

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    Maps, Maps And MOAR Maps At The Society Of Cartographers And Expedia

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    Updated September 13th. 2012 with embedded YouTube video. Wednesday September 5th. 2012 was a day of maps. To be precise, it was a day of maps, maps and MOAR maps. Two events, two talks, back to back. Packed choc-a-bloc full of maps. I also cheated slightly. Firstly there was the International Cartographical Association’s first session… Read more »

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    A Map Of The World In One Million Lego Bricks

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    Imagine for one moment that someone gave you in excess of a million lego bricks and four thousand lego building plates. Imagine also that you had around three week’s worth of spare time. What would you build? To my mind, the first thing that should spring to mind is a massive map of the world…. Read more »

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    When The Olympics Came To Teddington

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    Yes, it was difficult if not impossible to get tickets. Yes, it’s overly political. Yes, LOCOG has been overly aggressive in protecting its idea of what the Olympic brand is and in supposedly protecting the interests of the sponsors. Yes, it absolutely sucks that you can only use a Visa card to pay for anything… Read more »

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    Big (Location) Data vs. My (Location) Data

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    For a pleasant change, the guts of this talk didn’t metamorphose oddly during the writing. Instead, it geolocated. This was originally planned to be my keynote talk at Social-Loco in San Francisco last month. But I wasn’t able to make it to the Bay Area as planned for reasons too complex to go into here…. Read more »

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    You Are Here; Map Wallpaper For Your Laptop

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    I’ve recently been guilty of using the term map wallpaper as a mild form of pejorative; meaning maps that are great for showing geographical context but which don’t really show anything else. I’m also guilty of overusing the phrase eye candy; something which is eye catching but ultimately superficial. Then along comes an eye candy… Read more »

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    If You Live In The UK, You Need To Know About The Communications Data Bill

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    On Thursday June 14th. 2012, Theresa May, the UK Secretary Of State published the draft Communications Data Bill. If you’ve been reading or watching the UK media you might well be aware of this. The bill is hugely controversial, not least because it requires all UK internet service providers to track and store for 12… Read more »

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    Now The Metropolitan Police Want Your Phone’s Data

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    As a relatively prolific user of social networks and social media I generate a fair amount of data. Whilst I’m wary of what the social networks do with the data I generate, I appreciate that there’s no such thing as a free lunch and the data I generate contributes towards the revenue that keeps these… Read more »

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    Bending WP Biographia To Your Will; A Configuration Guide

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    WP Biographia has grown and matured quite a bit since it was first released. A quick glance through the multiple releases of the code that make up the plugin tells me that in v1.0, the plugin was 761 lines of PHP code and 46 lines of CSS. Now in v3.1, that’s increased to 2944 lines… Read more »

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    On UK Censorship (And Robert Heinlein)

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    There are many things I’m not going to comment on here. I’m not going to comment on whether we live in a democracy in the UK or not, nor whether it’s democratic or not to block access to a particular web site on the sole say-so of an industry body. I’m not going to comment… Read more »

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    Farewell Ceefax And Oracle; London’s Gone Entirely Digital

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    It’s a regular Thursday evening and some things are timeless; the TV transmitter at Crystal Palace is pumping out the mindless fare that is prime time television to London. It’s been doing this for as long as I can remember. Of course, the number of channels have changed a bit; television used to be just… Read more »