When I try and introduce people to RSS the inevitable question is always “so who do I subscribe to?”. This guide from Google helps. There’s something very valuable in knowing what feeds the NYTimes’ foreign-affairs columnist subscribes to.
Stumbled across this. Top class work. I love how in most of the photos the focus isn’t the girl’s face. If she had had a ‘normal’ face, these pictures would still have been great - they all work as great compositions. But, given the girl’s condition, the photographer has made an effort to almost pretend it’s not there. Something which the family seems to be doing too - their daughter is normal, and at no point should she grow up thinking otherwise.
“Children spend their lives being told what they can’t do. We want to empower them: if we can encourage them to push themselves, be loyal, work as a team, be self-sacrificing, it gives us substance. CBBC isn’t Hannah Montana, where the message is if you look good you’ll be a success.”—Anne Gilchrist, former controller of Children’s BBC, writing in the BBC staff newspaper.
“At the bottom of this page is a form where you will be able to nominate events memorable to you, be they ones we may already know about or something more personal like the first websites you used or emails you sent. Our list is, for example, light on social media moments or internet dating. Or the thrill of a first Geocities site.”—
The Guardian is collating a user-generated history of the internet. Lots of notable ommissions here - I think the launch of BBC Online is a standout point in the history of the web. But then I’m a bit biased.
“On your desktop: a cartoon purse filled with fat gold coins. Pull out a penny. It shimmers on the screen. Drag it toward a “coin slot” situated right there on the web page you want to view, and drop it in. It disappears with a satisfying ker-chunk. And you’re in. If you’re feeling cavalier, you can throw your coin toward the slot; with practice it won’t bounce off the rim. And hey, iPhone users: we’ll even let you play. You can “fling” coins from your phone directly on to the screen.”—
(Charlie comes up with a way of making micropayments fun. I like it. I’m feeling a mini-game where newspaper readers get to flip a coin from one end of a 1930s bar into a jukebox a la Smooth Criminal.)
“All looked set fair for the new season, until it emerged that Ling wasn’t the only one to be offered the job. Rolls reportedly also summoned former U’s coach Alan Lewer and Ebbsfleet boss Liam Daish to Cambridge last Monday, promising both that they would be named the new Cambridge manager later that day. Of course only Ling was unveiled with the other two candidates apparently being informed of this via text message.”—The ace Cambridge blogger Matt Gooding writing at When Saturday Comes.
“One thing that would have helped this week is if the chief executives of Northern Rock and Lloyds-HBOS - banks in which we as taxpayers have a huge interest - had been willing to speak to us. They could help with the answers to the many of the questions you are rightly asking.”—Jeremy Hillman, editor, business and economics unit, BBC News. Writing on the BBC News Editors Blog.