Slugger O'Toole

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Ringtone and the drum: Africa’s underclass’s clash with technology

Fri 26 October 2012, 3:53pm
Ringtone and drum

Tweet My old friend from River Path has a book out today (his first, hooray!). I’d be lying if I told I’d read the whole thing right through, yet (I’m waiting for a free copy, rather than reams of white paper!!). But I have been talking with Mark on and off about the project for […] more »

We need technological talent more than corporate tax breaks…

Mon 24 September 2012, 8:45am

Tweet By far the most fascinating point in the BBC’s new replacement for Hearts and Minds, The View [catchy title, eh? - Ed] was this sequence in which Bro McFerran Managing, Director of Allstate Northern Ireland, cuts to the chase, pointing out that the campaign for lower corporation tax and long (and thus far rather […] more »

A flexible library service for the 21st century?

Tue 8 May 2012, 11:00pm

Tweet Following Alan’s piece on libraries, I picked this ‘advertorial’ from Google plus this evening… about how a US county library system is cutting costs and improving flexibility in their free at the point of delivery services by enabling the whole library service act as a functioning unit as opposed to the one discrete library… more »

The Written World

Fri 6 January 2012, 4:10pm

Tweet Here’s something to keep you occupied over the weekend.  [Will there be a quiz? - Ed]  Possibly…  The BBC magazine has an short and interesting, but un-embeddable, audio slide-show of Melvyn Bragg’s Radio 4 five-parter, In Our Time: The Written World.  The British Library has more online information about the texts and technology featured in […] more »

Steam Tram on the Antrim Road…

Fri 3 June 2011, 5:10pm
Steam Tram on Antrim Rd c1897

Tweet …and other assorted images.  Spotted by Crooked Timber’s John Holbo.  “The National Library of Ireland is on Flickr, contributing public domain photos to the Commons.”  I’ve picked out a few. The first is a steam tram outside Chichester Park on the Antrim Road, Belfast, circa 1897. And some horse-drawn tram cars at Rostrevor, County Down, […] more »

Dublin web summits while Belfast stays in base camp

Tue 2 November 2010, 12:39am

Tweet Lots of teeth gnashing over how to manage cuts to the budgetary provision allocated by London for running Northern Ireland. Regardless of their real value,  at least some proposals have been produced by Sinn Féin and the DUP. Meanwhile, the UUP and SDLP have yet to wake up to the fact that they are not actually in […] more »

“A funny thing happened to us on the way to the future.”

Sun 20 June 2010, 3:01pm

Tweet An eminently sensible article by John Naughton in The Observer setting out nine big ideas, or steps, towards a better understanding of the internet. 1 Take the long view 2 The web isn’t the net 3 Disruption is a feature, not a bug 4 Think ecology, not economics 5 Complexity is the new reality 6 The network […] more »

After the election: Did the Internet make any substantial difference?

Tue 18 May 2010, 10:55am

Mark Pack from the LibDem voice blog spoke at an RSA event last week which discussed the degree to which the Internet influenced the outcome of the election. In terms of its basic promise, ie to make politics less hierarchical, he notes just how quickly scale and structure form themselves around what are essentially egalitarian tools like Twitter. more »

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