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Open hardware – autonomous robot

Thanks to TED talks I recently became aware of a movement called Open Hardware. In it Marcin Jakubowski describes his struggle to live the rural idyll. He would have gone under if it wasn’t for his attempt to build his own farm machinery and publicise the attempt on the web. Pretty soon he had dozens … Continue reading

Moneyball – a fresh way of looking at sport

Sport seems to be the most unlikeliest of places to look for scientific objectivity. Sport, after all, is the arena where people look for fairytales, the comeback against insurmountable odds, David beating Goliath. It’s where the athletes are imbued with superhuman skills, where luck is something you can control, where tribalism rules and a sense … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Ultimate movie mash-up, bamboo bikes and space

A bit later than usual, but here’s my pick of the week in web. Unusually, i’ve blogged about two  of my favourite discoveries this week – the pedal powered machinery and Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No – but they are so good, I thought I would point you in their direction again. So this … Continue reading

Robot countdown

The Open University is one of the greatest educational establishments in the world. Providing access to higher education regardless of background or prior educational achievements. It’s also loads of fun. This is a recording from my current course, where I had to programme a robot to count backwards.

Pedal power

HG Wells, he of the Time Machine and War of the Worlds fame, was a keen advocate of cycling. He once said: Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. As a fan of the humble bike, I tend to agree with him. So … Continue reading

Aiming low – food for thought on failure

I’ve written a few times now about failure and the lessons we can take from it (see Epic Fail and the Glory of Failure) .  This has been firmly based on learning from failure in order to be successful, creatively, commercially or operationally. The code of Fail fast, learn and move on. Jon Ronson had … Continue reading

Model citizens

Keith Loutit is a film-maker based in Sydney, who has been pioneering a new film technique called tilt shift. The effects are amazing – transforming landscapes, city scenes  even sporting events – into something that looks like it’s been made by Hornby. I was shown the videos by an editor I was working with, and … Continue reading

Radio 5 Live Extra and the Sarah Silverman connection

Yesterday I came across one of the best sport short films I have ever seen. The reason this came about was down to the power of twitter and BBC 5Live Extra’s entertaining coverage of Baseball. During the Subway Series game between the Mets and the Yankees, Presenter Nat Coombs asked how to make contributor David … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Sarah Silverman ace baseball pundit

To borrow from I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue, as the Ipod tune of time shuffles into the playlist of obscurity it’s time to take another look at the week just gone. Plenty of decent stuff this week – Newsnight’s Bionic Hand report, great piece on the power of YouTube to popularize science and a … Continue reading

Why can’t we all get along?

I read a blog post today on Rosenblum TV which suggests that curation is a restriction on creativity. In particular it rails against the notion of a new CBS show called What’s Trending news/current affairs show based – self-evidently enough – on trends in social media. I recently blogged about the Al Jazeera experiment, welcoming its … Continue reading