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We could be heroes

During my three-month sojourn away from writing anything meaningful, the subject of the Hero has become a recurring theme. Recently I gave a (very brief) talk with this as its subject. The idea of the talk was that we need heroes to inspire youngsters about the benefits of working in and with technology. We need to … Continue reading

Brains Eden – a quick walk through a gaming symposium

Yesterday I attended the Brains Symposium (see left)  – part of the Brains Eden Gaming Festival in Cambridge. Billed as bringing together the industry’s best brains, the event was designed to highlight the contribution the gaming makes to the UK creative sector. As someone who regularly bangs on about the importance of technology and creativity, … Continue reading

TWTWTW: The monthly round-up edition

So having briefly resurrected my weekly schedule, the ill-fortuned feature has relapserd back to as and when. So here’s some stuff I’ve enjoyed recently. Star Wars goes cultural Star Wars  figures used to re-enact some of the world’s most famous photographs A car with a 4 L-eater engine Hyundai’s imagines the saloon car for the … Continue reading

Hot Source video stating the case for a Fab Lab

This is me speaking at Hot Source Norwich, explaining why I think Norwich needs a Fab Lab. More details on the project here

TWTWTW: Journo movies and Kickstarter awesomeness

So the yet again delayed weekly web round-up. I like to think of it as more a pleasant surprise when it finally shows up… Allons-y as a police call box-based time traveller might once have said… Journo blockbusters Great piece on  why reporters love movies about journalism. This piece is very good, I’ve seen almost … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Star Wars, Bond, Blade Runner and a bit of viral video too

Web round-up time. I might see if I can get this sponsored by some train company or other, such is its reliability. Bit of a film theme has developed this week – so without further ado… No match for a blaster kid… I love the science of movies stories, so delighted with this: Blaster shots … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Stan, Tim and Nik – no, not the world’s worst boy band…

Yes, I know the headline sounds like three blokes sporting white linen on a beach somewhere, but I ca promise you they’re not crooning some insipid love song to a slightly disco beat. No this week’s round up features Nikola Tesla, Stan Lee and Tim Minchin (among others)* Yes I know Tim Minchin is a … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Mathematically safe

As a long-suffering Norwich City fan, the last three seasons have given us a little glimpse of what it must be like to be a fan of the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal. Pretty much a non-stop production line of success  (in our terms anyway) of the sort we haven’t really seen … Continue reading

Building the Future

The very entertaining Tim Minshall gives an overview of the importance of engineers in this TEDxGranta talk. Using just ten words, he explains what engineers do and just why we need to challenge societal perceptions of what they do and encourage more kids to get involved. It’s 18 minutes long, but it’s 18 minutes well … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Web round-up

Running out of excuses as to why it takes me so long to get this post written, so rather than bore you with it, here’s my round-up of what’s been interesting me on the web recently. Reasons to be cheerful Nothing annoys me quite as regularly as gender stereotyping kids toys – the art of pigeon-holing children … Continue reading