Author: Tom Royal

Make America Kittens Again

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fuckwittery / geek / journalism / kitten block

It’s been a weird week. Back in February, someone* asked if I could do a Trump version of my UKIP blocking plugin. About five small code changes later, I had one in the Chrome store: By request: MAKE AMERICA KITTENS AGAIN: https://t.co/Gg7mg3KGKL pic.twitter.com/wf5swmbtzT — Tom Royal (@tomroyal) February 27, 2016 Since then it’s been ticking along, used by only a couple of hundred people including me, and gaining a few users each day. And then, […]

Lumos Helmet Review

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I’ve been cycling to work in London, a few times each week and 16km each way, since 2012. For about half the year, that means riding through the dark, and so I’ve become the proud owner of a large number of LED bike lights. As well as lights front and back, I’ve taken to wearing both front (a Lezyne spotlight-type) and back (an old CatEye held on with plastic tags) lights on my bike helmet […]

iPhone SE Review

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I recently traded in my somewhat worn iPhone 5S for the newer SE. Before buying I read a load of reviews, none of which answered the three questions I had. So, after about a month’s use, here they are: 1) Is it noticeably quicker than the iPhone 5S? Yes, but only in a few apps. Safari’s quicker to render some pages. Pokemon Go runs beautifully, when it was a bit laggy on the 5S. 2) Is the […]

Relationship of applicant to intended passport holder – what if it’s me?

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The new online service for renewing a UK passport is pretty simple – until you get to the form above. If you’re filling in the form for yourself, there’s no guidance on what to do with the “Relationship of applicant to intended passport holder” section – should you leave it blank, or write in “self”, or something else? Apparently, the answer is that either works: @tomroyal @GOVUK I just left that bit blank and my passport […]

What the Robot Reporter learned from 10,000 news tweets

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In January 2015 I put together a simple twitterbot called Robot Reporter. The idea was to see if I could keep track of breaking news by monitoring Twitter for the journalists who use it as a way to find images of newsworthy events. It works a little like this. Something happens, and a user photographs it: Fire at Resorts World Casino / Aqueduct! @ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/YWYaoMDQ0N — J.Barnes (@JBar387) May 15, 2016 A journalist spots that tweet, and […]