Someone is going to get Mendelaid 1

Tweet Have you heard that Elsevier is buying Mendeley? No? Well, that’s probably because you don’t care. In the hustle of daily start-up takeover news that has been the staple of TechCrunch and Mashable for the last few years, this one is small bikkies. But TechCrunch did report on it, which spurred others to re-report. ...

Starting a PhD 3

Tweet Following completion of my honours year in 2012, I applied for and received admission to a PhD program at the University of Wollongong, and an Australian Postgraduate Award. I’m looking forward to beginning work on the project, but at this stage it is still in the very early developmental phase so I’m finding it ...

The Human Internet 2

Tweet The promises of new technologies and new ways of using technology seem to matter little in their practical application. Where the much-vaunted Web 2.0 promised to deliver human interaction and collaboration that earlier uses of internet technology did not, we instead got Twitter bots, Facebook privacy hoaxes and cats – lots and lots of ...

Rotary VS Rotaract Twitter Showdown

Rotary VS Rotaract Twitter Showdown
Tweet Visual.ly has just released a bunch of tools that allow users to display stats from Twitter and Facebook in infographics. I used one of the tools to compare the Twitter accounts @Rotary and @Rotaract. Rotary monstered Rotaract on almost all the measurements. While on one hand the results were unsurprising, on the other hand ...

Disturbing News for Democracy

Tweet As you read this post, please bear in mind that I am certainly not a Greens supporter. If you want to read about my political convictions, check out this post. I am fundamentally disturbed at suggestions the Federal Government may have authorised or participated in the covert surveillance on a member of the Federal ...

“You’ve Got to Be Okay With Losing Control”

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Just Lines of Code 2

Just Lines of Code
Tweet The teacher at the front of the classroom lays down a simple plan and all you have to do is follow it. I have a tee-shirt that demonstrates it nicely, with the following pic on the front: Sometimes, the plans don’t work out how the elders expect they might. At a barbecue recently, I ...

Tripping Up II

Tweet After I posted my recent criticism of the travel service TripIt, their twitter account @mentioned me and asked me to contact the service desk. I did that, providing a link to the blog post and said I’d be happy to publish any response. TripIt has since responded. The response is a mostly standard spiel ...

Tripping Up

Tweet Last year, I signed up to the web service TripIt, which promises to help organise (and share) travel itineraries. I travel far less frequently than I’d like to, but I love technology and enjoy playing with new tech. So, I signed up to TripIt and downloaded the Android app. At the time, the service ...

Honours, here I come 1

Honours, here I come
Tweet My honours research proposal, as submitted to UoW: My honours research will attempt to trace the spread of a variety of memes and motifs in digital media. It will not aim to provide predictive tools – though perhaps some will emerge – but instead to examine the common characteristics of cross-media memes and motifs. ...