Sunday Roast: cheese is particularly troublesome

Sunday 20th April – how has the past week treated y’all? You join me here at Meadow Towers in a veritable bundle of nerves, excitement, and full of the joys of spring. Part of this is because I made the decision to ditch the evil pills a week ago and… phew. I had actually been starting to think that the manky feeling was normal which just goes to show how you can get used to things. I am once again relishing the simple joys of eating, having energy and generally not wanting to curl up in a ball and die. It turns out that I am not the consumptive heroine of my very own Victorian novel. Bliss. Which is fortunate when you find out I had to go be impressive in an interview for what could possibly be the first step on the way to the dream. Well, I say “impressive”, in reality I was shooting more for “not make a complete fool of myself” and the jury is still out on that one, but it is all good experience.

All week people have been asking “how did it go?” only for me to snap their heads off and then roll out the “there is no way I am getting the job” spiel. Luckily they all know me well enough that I am just talking myself into a state of mind to cope with the disappointment I have lined myself up for. What do I really feel under the bravado and que sera sera? Sometimes I think that it didn’t go too badly, that I rock and that they would be fools not to hire me. Other times I just want to do the ball-curl-die thing because I just don’t have what it takes. Well, “early next week” will bring the answer to all of our questions so fingers crossed for me, please?

And now the reason you all came here:

We all know that Moose run free here at Meadow Towers, but now they are in the wilds of Scotland as well.

Turns out we really are living in the age of science fiction, what with working ion drives and everything.

I’ve written at length on the need for people to have a defined identity online, so I should be all joyous that the BBC have introduced registration to comment on their blogs. Right? On the whole, yes I am. You can track what someone has said around the assorted BBC sites. You seem to have profiles (though they are depressingly light on customization – at least let me link to my own blog?). It could be good. Then again I am not sure “to fight spam” is the proper reason to enable registration. Engender community, yes. Filter the crap there are better tools around for already? Not so much.

Think back a week or so to when Nils got a celebrity stalker and we all asked who was actually hitting the keypad because it sure wasn’t Gordon Brown? Turns out, it’s this chap.

Now, did I just completely miss this story about UK police on Facebook in the UK media, or have the UK media just missed it? I am not going to go into the pros/cons I feel about the actual story because given my line of work I am really not sure what I think, however I AM interested to see if it is even a story over here.

Pink doesn’t stink, or so says the Guardian.

Because we need us some cute!!!1 (yes, I made stupid awwwwwwww noises when he started to swim. I defy you not to 😛 )

I’m on record as lusting more after Bond’s car than Bond himself, so it was painful to see this morning how it ended up in Lake Garda. Not even in the line of duty either!

The Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting archaeology of tattoos.

I stumbled across this interesting paper examining how the BBC has adopted the new media technology of blogging (pdf document). Thoughts?

Comments have dropped off lately (*sob* don’t you all love me any more?!) so perhaps I need to look in more depth at the mechanics behind people commenting.

Following on with the “I wish I could notebook like this” theme…

Things you don’t know about lifts (that’s elevators for you Americans).

Pan Macmillian joins the simultaneous release of e-books and paper books. DRM free as well?

If only it really happened this way… Prehistory would have been so much more fun if Dr Slater had used Mitchell & Webb as teaching tools!

Interesting sounding book. To the wishlist with it!

Twine: the semantic web in action?

And two trailers to end this week. Remember, keep those fingers crossed everyone!
Mr Lonely
Chaos Theory

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Neko
    Apr 20, 2008 @ 14:23:12

    Mmm roasty goodness. I missed having these to look forward to every week, so if commenting will make you more likely to keep ’em coming, well I’m piping up!

    The twitter thing is very interesting. I’ve just started using it… I’m not really having ‘conversations’ with it yet though, more using it like a status update… I’m wary (for some reason I can’t put ,y finger on) of the mobile side of things, tweeting by text, though I suspect you would have had fun with all the ‘OMG the weather stinks’ tweets I would have posted last week!

    Downing Street seems to be tweeting in the same way, saying what is happening as opposed to commenting on it or engaging with people. Narrative rather than interactive.

    Maybe me and Number 10 are struggling with the same conceptual problem? Web 2.0 (yes I know you hate that phrase) as an exchange, rather than declarative?

    Maybe that’s why you are missing your comments? You often say the best thing about the Meadow is the talking we all do 🙂


  2. Cas
    Apr 20, 2008 @ 15:10:03

    Neko, glad to see you back in the warm and dry land of the internet instead of the wilds of Dartmoor!

    I don’t get things sent to my mobile as the razr just couldn’t cope (I have now decided I hate the bloody thing btw, after getting a replacement for the one I sat on), but I do send TOO twitter via sms. It’s not too bad so long as you don’t get carried away and spend a fortune on texts!

    But yes, I’ll agree that it should be about the conversation.

    Much though I loathe constantly linking to the same people, Jemima Kiss does do a good round up of the three main ways of using twitter:

    Think of Twitter messages in three ways: functional messages… discussion … or, for the more poetically inclined, haiku-style notes about your day or observations on life.

    The status update mode is cool and a justifiable use of the technology, but it does get a little lonely after a while.

    And of course I miss my comments! Where has everyone gone? *sniff* (If y’all are pinning for, worry not, I have a sneaky master plan that is starting to fall into place. Mwhahahahaaa!!!!!)


  3. Abi Jones
    Apr 20, 2008 @ 23:16:35

    I watched the previews today and am now embarrassed about my lack of self-control.

    Boy, I don’t mush up about babies, but if human beings could adopt polar bears (and they’d stay small) then I’d get one ASAP. Can’t believe I said “Awwwwww” out loud in a cafe. Yeesh.


  4. Moose
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 06:53:43

    It’s that bit when he flops into the water, so cute. 🙂


  5. Neko
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 09:50:09

    The polar bear was indeed cute. I too hate human babies Abi, but he made me grin. Didn’t quite ‘awwww’ though, but he is awesomely cute!


  6. Cas
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 17:07:03

    I’m not an “awwww baby!” person either (we are a load of grumps here on Bright Meadow, aren’t we?) but that polar bear… Yup, put me down for a baby one as well please 😀

    And woot – good to see that I have the power to make people utter noises involuntarily in public. Tee hee. *devil*

    Neko – I can’t believe you didn’t Awwww! I shall have to try harder next week…


  7. Tom
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 19:15:53

    Blog User Comment Enhancement Portfolio – Oh dear. What is the world coming to. I beseech all who aspire to writing anything to read John Humphries “Lost for Words.” In this slim volume is laid bare the hopeless state to which the English language has descended.
    Contains many gems, including my favourite “Jargon puts the writer on a pedestal and the rest of us in our place.”


  8. Cas
    Apr 21, 2008 @ 22:03:46

    Hey, if a blog user comment enhancement portfolio and cute polar bear cubs are what it takes to bring my lovely commenters back, then I shall use them mercilessly!


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