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A new ukulele blog

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Not much goes on here these days. Too busy playing the ukulele at the moment which is why i’ve started a new blog called “Ukenaut all about my ukulele explorations. See you over there, maybe.

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June 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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Vote for Created In Birmingham in the 2008 Weblog Awards

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Created in Birmingham has been nominated for Best UK Blog in the 2008 Weblog Awards.  Please go vote for it.

What are you doing still reading this?  Go vote.  Do it now and do it once every 24 hours between now and 17:00 on 13th Jan.

There’s several reasons you should do this.   CiB is a great resource for keeping track of creative endeavours in Birmingham.  It’s not run by the council or some company.  It’s run by ordinary people who are doing it in their spare time.  It supports artists and other creative types.  In return the Birmingham online community which is strong, is getting behind CiB to support and canvas for it in these awards.

CiB has featured some of my photos in the past so this is my way of repaying that acknowledgement and support.  It was a big boost to my confidence in photography to see one of my pictures up there.

Evening Commute by Ian T Edwards

Evening Commute by Ian T Edwards

As I write it is in the lead but that lead is constantly under threat from the other main runner, the blog of a Daily Mail journalist with dubious views on a variety of topics.  So vote as often as you can please!!.

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January 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm

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Tuna Day

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I’m never too sure about this blog.  It’s just a bit unstructured and without a real purpose other than a collection of stuff.  I’m also not very good at posting to it very frequently so there’s not enough to bring casual readers back frequently enough.  By the looks of my traffic it’s mainly people who’re picking it up via their RSS readers or some very specific searches that undoubtedly leave people disappointed by the lack of any useful content they were searching for.

So I’ve decided to have a crack at a daily blog where I post something about different song each day and where possible supply a link where people can hear it.  I’m calling it “Tuna Day” because it amuses me.

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December 5, 2008 at 7:41 pm

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Videos on Flickr! OMG! WTF! Get over yourselves.

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So Flickr have decided to introduce video sharing and everybody seems to be getting a bit antsy. “Noo!!! they scream” – “Flickr’s for photos, YouTube is for video”, “keep Flickr pure” and other such regressive viewpoints. There’s groups set up like those silly Facebook petition groups you see and the pools for them are full of people displaying a No to Video logo. I’ve had a browse, considered the argument, and dismissed it as nonsense. One post I saw was encouraging people to all add a No to Video logo to their stream because he thought it would be cool to see his “photos from my contacts” page full of them. Don’t know why? I prefer to see interesting images from my contact not a load of sheep all displaying the same childish thing but then perhaps I’m missing the point.

Now I know I might be posting this in the wrong place. This blog isn’t exactly high traffic, but there’s a lot of pitchfork waving going on in those groups and on associated images at the moment and it’s pretty much all a sheeplike mob all going “me too!” so best to leave them to their little tantrums rather that expose my photostream to them. Comments are welcome here.

I see absolutely no problem whatsover with videos on Flickr. I’ve got a YouTube page although I don’t really use it because I do video that much. My opinion of YouTube is that a lot of the content is lo-fi, with low production qualities, filmed on mobiles or ripped from the TV. I think there is some good scope for video on Flickr to be a bit more creative and to take a photographic approach to video. You could perhaps present photos in a rostrum camera style like you see on documentaries that use a lot of photo footage; or perhaps stop frame animation using photos such as an example I saw last year from one of my contacts Moayad. Another use I can see being useful is to create short slideshows of a set of photos for those with very short attention spans.

And if you don’t like it, then just don’t use it. And if you really object perhaps you might want to join the No to Spinning Jennies group I set up.

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April 9, 2008 at 6:51 pm

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iGo Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard

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As much as the Nokia N95 is quite a powerful smart phone, its keyboard lets it down. It is just a standard mobile phone keypad so writing longer emails or a blog post such as this becomes quite a chore. It is time consuming and also will lead to sore thumbs.
I’m not too keen on the alternative solutions found on other devices such as the qwerty little keys on MDAs or Blackberry, or the stylus solutions on Windows Mobile or Palm. Either the keys are too small or my handwriting is not up to it.
So I’m very pleased with my latest gizmo, an iGo Stowaway folding bluetooth keyboard. I’m using it right now to write this post (via the WordPress gadget this time).
It was a bargain at £17.99 from www.mymemory.co.uk, compared with around £80 for the official Nokia keyboard.
Very portable, it folds to the same size as a Moleskine notebook. Once you got the right software installed it connects with ease and has a handy stand for the phone. All you need is to find a flat surface to type on.
Some of the shortcuts and key combinations take a bit of getting used to but really that’s about reading the manual.
Recommended.

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February 18, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Created In Birmingham Wins Guardian Awards

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I’m a big fan of the Created in Birmingham blog run by Pete Ashton.  It’s a regularly updated feed on the various artistic endeavours coming out of Birmingham.  There’s a lot going on and a lot to link to so it’s well worth checking out.  Heck, they’ve even featured a photo or two of mine on occasions.

Anyway the main purpose of this post is to point out that Created in Birmingham has won a MediaGuardian Innovation award and that Pete’s been picking up a fair bit of exposure from it.  Having first come across Pete from his photos on Flickr and bumped into him  on a couple of occasions such as Birmingham Artsfest and the Moseley Folk festival he’s certainly committed to getting out amongst it and proving that blogging isn’t some sort of reclusive geek activity.  Way to go, Pete.

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February 12, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Blogging from my Nokia N95

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I’ve been looking for a decent tool to allow me to blog on the move from my mobile.
There’s the basic new post page on the WordPress Gadget using the phone’s browser but it’s only really for text.
For posting videos or photos Shozu is great but there’s not too much control over the layout.
I’m posting this using a s60 app called Wavelog that i’m trying out. Only problem with this tool is there doesn’t seen to be an option to insert links.
Am I asking too much for a bit of software that will do layout, media and links?

Edit: Having posted the text version of this post I’ve then had to edit in the finer details, links and tags from a normal web browser.

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February 12, 2008 at 1:54 pm

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