Week links

Ghent noses, by James

James has had the most exciting week of any of us, but that’s probably true most weeks. He’d no sooner arrived in London from speaking at the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference in New York, than he was off to Ghent, Belgium, to talk at Phare, from where he sends this report:

“The people behind Phare are a group of web companies trying to promote Ghent Web Valley, in a not dissimilar thing to good old Silicon Roundabout.

Also of interest: Ghent’s specialities include fruit jenevers (lethal) and framboise noses (delicious, pictured above, made from fresh strawberries and raspberries encased in gum arabic).”

We’re hoping he’s brought some back for the rest of us.

Talking of Silicon Roundabout, there’s going to be a magazine called Silicon Roundabout Insider. Is that a good thing? We should probably have a big chart and be ticking off all the possible things that could be branded with “Silicon Roundabout”.

Some other things that have wafted past our internet nostrils this week…

Our friend Chris pointed at the inPulse programmable watch. There’s no touch screen but there might be some interesting things you could do with it in terms of status updates and displays. If nothing else, I’d like a digital watch that had a more beautiful font than the standard, square, seven-part numbers.

I bet every time you enter your kitchen you’re wondering where the screen on your fridge has gone. I know I am. We’ve been promised fridges with internet-connected screens for years and yet I don’t have one. Like every modern anxiety, there’s now a Tumblrbloglog to scratch your itch: Fuck Yeah Internet Fridge! Full of all those broken historical white-goods promises.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been thinking about archiving digital things, and I certainly would have liked to be at the second Personal Digital Archiving conference in San Francisco. Hopefully the session videos will be online, as those from last year are. I’ve been working my way through those and will post my notes up if I finish…

One of those speaking at the conference is Jason Scott of the increasingly impressive Archive Team. They’ve been saving web pages threatened with destruction for some time, including a huge chunk of Geocities. This week we noticed One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age, a blog chronicling an exploration of all this ageing Geocities data. There are some lovely examples of an aesthetic that’s almost lost entirely from the web today.

That’s all for this week. But don’t forget, if you need to transport several non-digital, annoyingly bulky artefacts, Alex has just released her historical Shoreditch map tote bag on the RIG shop. Always be selling! And carrying things.


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