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What the Robot Reporter learned from 10,000 news tweets

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 […]

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The NewZealand Arcade Machine Story

When I was a kid, I used to go for swimming lessons in the local leisure centre. In the lobby there were three machines: one that vended miscellaneous swimming items (cheap goggles, earplugs, etc), one that sold various less-than-healthy snacks, and one arcade game machine playing a game called The NewZealand Story. I never played […]

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Taipei, 4am December 1st

I’ve been meaning to try shooting a timelapse for some a while now, and even bought an Arduino in order to make an IR intervalometer for the Nikon D80 (although that got tied up in the on-the-back-burner mousebot project). Awake in Taipei at 4am and with a 720P camera to hand, though, I set it […]

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Simon Nundy has his graph backwards

Simon Nundy is the Conservative candidate for Mayor of Lewisham. On his website you’ll find this graph: Eagle eyed Lewisham residents will note, of course, that there was no Lewisham Mayoral election in 2008. The last was in 2006. More importantly, that election saw the Lib Dems come in second (18,889) behind Labour (25,129), with […]

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Show you love your country / Go out and spend some cash

From the BBC’s otherwise fairly interesting article on the politics and ethics of consumer spending comes this wonder of historical ineptitude from one Lucia van der Post (emphasis added): “The way of austerity and only buying things we strictly need leads to Cambodia under Pol Pot, Afghanistan under the Taleban or China under Mao“ Because […]

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