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Three new things to look/listen/learn.

April 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Three new things to look/listen/learn.

Photo of the We20 Tuttle in full swingV .quick post this, just to highlight some fun stuff that’s happened in the last couple of days.
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Tags: Geek · Music News · music reviews

A Week in Academia pt 1 – Wealth Of Networks II

April 9th, 2009 · Comments Off on A Week in Academia pt 1 – Wealth Of Networks II

image of the running order for the Wealth Of Networks conferenceI’d intended to write about this last week, but all the G20 stuff got in the way.
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Tags: Geek · New Music Strategies

"Art First" – Why the 'Present of Music' is the Best it's Ever Been for Musicians

April 6th, 2009 · Comments Off on "Art First" – Why the 'Present of Music' is the Best it's Ever Been for Musicians

photo of clown art from the Urban Scrawl ExhibitionFrom Thursday to Saturday last week I was following Andrew Dubber’s tweets from a music industry conference in Finland called Is This It?

The premise of the conference is that it’s a ‘music seminar about music‘, though there was a baffling and conspicuous absence of actual musicians speaking at it. The overall tone, it seemed – as drawn from the various tweeted quotes – was that it was a bunch of music industry people desperately trying to come up with a way to continue ‘business as usual’ – marketing strategies, ways to feed more data to collection agencies to get paid, and the usual crop of should’ve-been-left-in-the-70s ideas involving scantily clad women as a marketing draw. So far, so heinous.
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Tags: Geek · New Music Strategies · tips for musicians

Women in Technology (Ada Lovelace Day)

March 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Women in Technology (Ada Lovelace Day)

Ada LovelaceToday is Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace was the “first computer programmer“, and an inspiration to techie women the world over. The idea for Ada Lovelace Day is to highlight the role of women in tech, flagging up particular women who we find most inspiring.
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Tags: Geek · Rant - Politics, Spirituality, etc.

A World Of Potential – Why Social Media Won't Fix Us.

March 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on A World Of Potential – Why Social Media Won't Fix Us.

screen grab of tweetstats - the top 10 people replied to on twitter by steve lawsonOne of the common mistakes made by people considering the ‘usefulness’ of social media is that value measurements are somehow detached from any acknowledgement of just how much of what human beings do is really screwed up.
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Tags: Geek

Youtube Vs. The PRS: A very 2.0 Solution

March 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on Youtube Vs. The PRS: A very 2.0 Solution

Screengrab of Coldplay's official youtube channel, tell us we can't see their videos in the UKScreengrab of Coldplay's official youtube channel, tell us we can't see their videos in the UKOne of the biggest “music on the web” stories in recent months has been the breakdown in relationship between the UK Performing Right Society (PRS) and Youtube (owned by Google). It’s over the share of Google’s ad revenue that should go to the writers of the songs in ‘premium content’ videos on Youtube. (for some background, here’s An article from The Guardian, and the PRS’s latest statement).

So, who’s in the wrong? Not surprisingly, both are, at least partly.
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Tags: Geek · New Music Strategies · tips for musicians

In Defense Of Twitter… The video!

March 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on In Defense Of Twitter… The video!

screen grab from newmusicstrategies.comThanks to the wonders of Twitter, I found out at about 12 o’clock today that Andrew Dubber, author of New Music Strategies, was in London for a conference. Andrew and I met at BrumTwestival, a Twitter-organised charity event, got on great, and so I tweeted him to see what he was up to. 30 mins later, we were having lunch together at the British Library. Such is the immediacy and flexibility of the twittering life 🙂
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Tags: Geek · New Music Strategies · tips for musicians

Twitter sucks, so change your friends.

March 16th, 2009 · 113 Comments

screengrab image of a twitter search for solobasssteveIt’s a while since I blogged anything about Twitter, so maybe it’s time for a response to a couple of the prevailing misconceptions about the micro-blogging service that has substantially improved my life over the last year.

There are three broad themes coming out in the Twitter critique:

  • That it’s full of trivial rubbish
  • That’s it’s reality TV without pictures
  • That is for narcissists and fosters mental ill-health (WTF??)

To which I, not surprisingly, say ‘Bollocks’.
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Tags: Geek

New Adventures In Mobile (CSS)

March 15th, 2009 · Comments Off on New Adventures In Mobile (CSS)

Screen grab of the opera mobile demo from opera.comSo, for the last couple of days I’ve been working on a mobile version of this site. It’s the same site, same pages, just the design is tweaked to make it look better on a mobile handset. It’s easy enough to do, using CSS. CSS stands for ‘Cascading Style Sheets’, and is a way of labeling elements on a web page, and then controlling the way that everything that has that label is formatted. But because the machine you look at a web page on can be identified as a computer or as a mobile, you can have a different stylesheet for each type.
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Tags: Geek · site updates · tips for musicians

wordle wisdom (stevelawson.net word-cloud)

February 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on wordle wisdom (stevelawson.net word-cloud)

As part of a social media/blogging/online presence lesson with a student of mine this morning, I got him to generate a wordle word-cloud of the things he was interested in, to feature on his ‘about me’ page.

Which got me thinking, so I put in the URL to this site, and here’s the wordle it produced:

Wordle word-cloud of stevelawson.net

…could there be a finer group of words for a musician/geek/blogger/me-type-person to be associated with?

WIN!

Have you made a wordle for your site? If you do, and you add it to their gallery, feel free to post the link below…

Tags: Geek · Random Catchup