19 April 2009

Vuyani Primary Beauty Contest 2009

Vuyani's neighbouring high school Guguletu Comprehensive hosted the Vuyani Primary Beauty Contest 2009 on Saturday afternoon in the school hall. The contest is a fundraiser for Vuyani and I was very honoured to be invited to be one of the judges. The start was delayed by an hour during which time the stage appeared to become a freestyle dancing contest …

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17 April 2009

Official – Ashton Kutcher bigger than CNN

Seriously though Ashton, what's with the crazy hat?!For those of you that have been following the big Ashton vs CNN contest over on Twitter (or maybe you read my story about it yesterday?) I'm pleased to announce that at about 7am GMT on Friday the 17th, Ashton took the first "1,000,000 followers" crown – and if you were following him …

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16 April 2009

4chan Runs Again

Ashton Kutcher and the CNN have challenged each other to see who can achieve 1,000,000 followers on their Twitter accounts. Both were perilously close at the time of writing; with CNN having 963,493 and Mr. Kutcher having 948,385. But, like with most challenges on the internet, the nefarious 4chan has a way of toppling the mightiest of contenders. The members …

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16 April 2009

Celebrities getting charitable with Twitter

The world of Twitter has been a-buzz in the past couple of days with talk of celebrities 'giving back' via Twitter. X-men star and all-round Australian nice-guy Hugh Jackman has pledged to give $100,000 to a non-profit charity that can pitch their cause to him using only 140 characters (the standard message format on Twitter) – an announcement which seems …

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15 April 2009

An interesting use of typography on the web

April’s XD blog theme is: ‘An interesting use of typography on the web’. The website that I have chosen is: crowleywebb.com The reason why I have chosen this website is because despite being mainly text-based (with the homepage consisting only of text on a flat background colour), there is a lot more to this site than it intially seems. The …

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15 April 2009

Google Street View causes trouble again

While citizens have generally accepted the fact that you're never far from a camera in Britain, where millions of surveillance cameras in its streets, shopping centres and public spaces watch your every step, residents in the affluent village of Broughton in southern England recently formed a human chain to turn away a car shooting images for Google Street View. Apart …

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9 April 2009

Google image search gets colour filters

Okay, so whilst it might not be an algorithm update or an addition of streetview, we at Tamar like to give the nod to small Google changes as well as the sizable ones. And I would like to acknowledge yesterdays addition of a colour filter to Google image search. This makes it far easier to find whatever one is looking …

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9 April 2009

Oak Lodge School project, London – an appeal for materials and skills!

At the moment we're all working hard to scope and plan the Oak Lodge School project and we're now appealing for skills and materials to help us out. We've had some fantastic help already from Lydia and Roland at FCP Architects, who have created some fantastic concepts for the outdoor teaching area. They've kindly donated their time and skills to the project and we couldn't …

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8 April 2009

Social media: Enthusiastically embracing the erosion of our identity

Social network sites are making our children, and us, dumb – shortening our attention spans, causing us to search out sensationalism, creating in users an inability to empathise and leading us to nurse a shaky sense of identity. Or so says Baroness Greenfield, a professor of synaptic pharmacology at Lincoln College, Oxford, and director of the Royal Institution, who last …

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