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Only BUG-gin

I’ve been a fan of Adam Buxton, since he and Joe Cornish first ventured onto the screens of Channel 4 in the 1990s. They were inventive and funny and used to make the sort of silly films that I and a bunch of mates used to make with our VHS camcorder. A camera so big, … Continue reading

TWTWTW: You wait ages for a superhero and then six come along at once

Avengers Assemble has just broken the box office record for an opening weekend, a veritable Hulk smash hit, and it’s not hard to see why. The movie is an absolute joy, a script sparkling with wit and humour, and intelligence. It has some great performances from the cast and enough SFX to fill 30 seasons … 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

TWTWTW: Motivation, Moneyball and inadvertent movie pitches

This week’s round up kicks off with one of the best writers on the planet – step forward Neal Stephenson… How I learned to stop being dystopian… The brains behind the Baroque Cycle, Snow Crash and the Diamond Age makes a plea to fellow sci-fi writers to help shape a better future as if to … Continue reading

The rise of the Maker movement

Great discussion on Al Jazeera’s The Stream programme on the rise of the Maker movement. You can see the entire episode below here: It features Bre Pettis of MakerBot, Dale Dougherty founder of Make, and the incredible open source toolkit. There’s some great insight from Emeka Okafor founder of Maker Faire Africa too. Worth a watch. You … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Very Pinteresting Mr Bond – Things social media savvy Bond villains might now say

While SPECTRE might be unlikely to create a board of unusual ways to dispatch 007, It’s about the only thing that hasn’t been suggested for the hottest new social network on the block. In fact you’d be forgiven for thinking that there was only one tech story in the world over the last few weeks … Continue reading

Marching on together

No, I’m not a Leeds fan – but it does seem an appropriate way to headline this fantastic video of a 3D printed zoetrope. For more details check the Shapeways Blog where I first saw the vid

TWTWTW: Why it’s good to talk

Some of the best writing I’ve come across recently has been through serendipity, mainly thanks to the retweets of people I happen to follow on Twitter. A couple of week’s ago it was a beautiful piece based on the I have a pencil scene in  V for Vendetta , this week it’s a heart-rending piece … Continue reading

TWTWTW: News Anchors Away

Another very short run though of my week on the web, too much to do on AI Class to write long intro’s I’m afraid, so on we go. Fist of fun Stewart Lee on Ricky Gervais and offence: Never saw them do this at ITV Ever wondered what happens after the news anchors shuffle their … Continue reading

AI Class: Week three

Week three and the focus is firmly on machine learning, how we teach computers to think and distinguish between categories, messages, and obstacles. Essentially, its how Skynet works. At least when the robopocalypse comes, I’ll know how they reached the decision to classify me as ham… Joking aside, this has been the most interesting element … Continue reading