Web 2.0?

June 25, 2007

Doesn’t sound that interesting a question, but this video explains it in some way and raises some interesting questions about online social networking and how certain concepts (copyright, collaboration, authorship, privacy, etc.) may need to be readdressed.  Are we creating the machine or is the machine evolving?

Rat’s Blog

March 22, 2007

I have taken the last two or three weeks to read (or at least catch up with) a fantastic blog. What I found unique about this blog is that it has a defined start point and purpose, which makes it well worth going back to May 2006 and read the full thing.

It is written by this human:
Dave Rat
(I really like his turn of phrase ‘humans’ and may directly steel this)


Who is sound engineer on tour with these guys:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers home page


His office look like this:
Dave Rat at work
Explanation of why they are in swim suits

This is far from just a blog about music or technical ‘sound engineering’ stuff (some sections are clearly marked as “sound nerd speak” so that if it gets too in depth you can skip it). It certainly would be of interest to Peppers fans, but isn’t full of backstage gossip on the band in fact they are almost incidental to most of what goes on.  What I find fascinating is the look behind what goes into putting on a live rock show and moving it from place to place. It is also an amusing look into the life or a Roadie and a travelogue of what happens on thier days off in various cities around the world (for example, a day off in Glasgow from last year) not to mention their traveling and hotel adventures. It is highly amusing, at times moving, and always interesting.

There are too many threads to this blog to pull out any highlights it was a really fun read as a catch up and I’m looking forward to the ongoing adventures of a sound man on tour.  If you can, take the time to read the full thing it is worth it.  If you really can’t then at least read the opening month or so to get the hang of what is going on before plugging into what is happening now.

Roadies in the Midst – Dave Rat tours with the Red Hot Chili Peppers  (the blog)

Or, to read from the start

Follow the links…

February 11, 2007

Blogging is a strange thing.  I’ve had a web site for a long time and it has always been a place for me to keep notes, links, files, etc. somewhere that I could always get to them.  Then to make the process simpler last year I switched to keeping my stuff on a blog as it was much easier to work with.  It also meant that I could keep notes of what I thought of a movie or keep something interesting I found on line.  One of the many things that blog providers give is information on how people get to your blog.  In particular if a page has a link tomy blog then it is known as a referrer.  I noticed that my referrers list has growen recently.

Generally speaking top of this list has always been GadgetVicar (like the new photo BTW),  WordPress and Bloglines.  Which makes sense.  More recently Simon Varwell’s page, Wishing and Hoping and Thinking and Praying (the longest blog name I know of), Board to Certain Death, ClanKidz… these I kind of understand, we refer to each other in blogs, and know one another so cool.

Then I discovered:




so, my mission now is to try to discover who they are?

POPPADOM – links to GadgetVicar, me, M0ok, SimonVarwell and “the scottish lemon” and her ‘about me’ says “Married to m0ok” so the plot thickens…

M0OK – links to the above and lots more…  (including www.scottishchristian.com which has recently bloged one of my videos!!!) but very few clues to the identity of m0ok?

THISISMYVERYOWN – lynzy, who has taken a much more open approach to identity than m0ok, poppadom and myself.  And who is a referrer because of a link to the Deeper pages.

This is great.  St Silas is too big to know everyone, blogspace is even bigger and yet these connections and blogrolls link us all together and I spent the evening finding out about other people I worship with.  Even if I can’t put a face (or name) to them :-)

It has also made me think about the anonymity of blogging.  Obviously some people who know me know I blog, some don’t and some I wouldn’t want to but I’m not sure why.  So although there are enough hints to figure out how to find me, my email address isn’t obvious and you would have to dig a lot to find pictures of me.  I need to give this some thought, however in the mean time if lynzy, m0ok or poppadom are around on Sunday and can track me down come and say hi!

Lastly:  on my travels around blogspace I found that The Scottish Lemon had posted these two videos taken at the St Silas carol service 2006 and this blog




November 15, 2006

I saw a review of this fantastic looking Web2 application last week and keep thinking about it.  I use two separate calendar programs for “home plus the odd work thing” and “work plus the odd home thing” and sync one of those to my phone calendar at a frequency of between almost enough and not quite enough.

So an online calendar / to do list / organiser, etc. which can work offline, sync to my phone, send me reminders, do the washing up, and get me a coffee….  seems like the ‘holy grail’ of web apps to me right now.  The demo video is mouth watering – I particularly like the ‘thought-stream’ function and ‘paper-sync’ but I’ll leave that for you to discover.

(YouTube link if the above isn’t visible)

Scrybe web pageScrybe blog

However, the bad news is that it isn’t yet available.  It is still being developed.  There are a few blogs around saying it is a hoax or that they are only releasing ‘hints’ of what they have in mind to gather interest and sell the company off to one of the big players.  I don’t care – I want this!

I’ve registered to beta test but haven’t heard anything :-<

I was never any good at patience…..