I just went to the Pick Me Up graphic arts festival at Somerset House. It was really interesting - you enter through what feels like a traditional gallery space. Each artist has a wall with a statement and descriptions of the work. Then you go upstairs and there's a kind of marketplace with artists working at ttables - although there's a mix here and I found it a bit confusing. Because some tables are work tables and some are more like sales tables and others are like collaborative tables and it's never clear who's doing what, whether the people sitting down are artists or customers. What an interesting thing for me to think and be disturbed by!

Then downstairs again there was a group called Offcut - they were playing a game, which, as I understood it, starts each day with an image - the players make something three-dimensional out of the scraps and offcuts they have. Then others can make an image of what they've made and so on. They described it as kind of "Chinese Whispers".

04/29/14; 03:32:31 PM

I'm just writing this to try to find the source of the issue I have with dates in my Fargo blog - I'm writing this on April 29th, but so far, in the new Note Blog format the dates show up as yesterday. So I'm expecting that when this renders it will show up as April 28th.

It did

Here's the summary of the issue that I posted to the mailing list yesterday

  • I'm writing in the outllne named lloyd that publishes to http://lloyd.smallpict.com as a #stream

  • What I'm doing:

    • I write a new post
  • What I expected to happen:

    • The new post is published with today's date as the title.
  • What actually happens:

    • The new post is published with yesterday's date as the title. Fargo creates the item with today's date and the title (currently Sunday, 27 April, 2014) links to http://lloyd.smallpict.com/2014/04/28
  • I can also see that the misalignment happened in the gap between posts on March 26th and April 10th as http://lloyd.smallpict.com/2014/03/26 is titled correctly and http://lloyd.smallpict.com/2014/04/10 is incorrect.

  • Any help getting back on track appreciated.

  • Thanks

So here's what I did today and what I saw

  • It was 08.55 BST on April 29th 2014

  • I closed the outline in Fargo and shut down the Fargo tab.

  • I opened a new tab with Fargo running

  • I opened the Lloyd outline (File -> Open)

    • I've been using this outline since June 18, 2013

    • the #directives I have for this outline are

  • I clicked on the big "+" at the top of the left-hand button bar to create a new post.

  • A new node appeared under today's date, April 29.

  • I typed "Testing" on that line to make that the headline

  • I checked the attributes by clicking on the suitcase in the left-hand button bar while the cursor was on this line

    • created: Tue, 29 April 2014 07:56:40 GMT

    • type: outline

    • isFeedItem: true

    • name: Testing

  • I wrote the first paragraph of this text and waited until it had saved.

  • I went to http://lloyd.smallpict.com

  • The post was there and the title for the day was "Monday, April 28, 2014"

At 10:54 BST on the same day I'm going to try creating a blog from scratch.

  • I'm creating a new outline for a blog using the instructions at http://fargo.io/docs/blogging/firstPost.html

  • I did File->New and called it DateIssue

  • I entered a little bit of text (per 4th bullet point)

  • I named it DateIssue and got confirmation that dateissue.smallpict.com was available.

  • I went to dateissue.smallpict.com and took a screenshot

  • I noticed that it said "Last built: Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 5:00 AM" which puts it on CDT (or EST?)

  • I went back to my outline and clicked on the big "+"

  • It created a Year headline 2014 with the calendar icon

  • Below that and indented "April 2014" with name=04 in the attributes

  • Below that and indented "April 29" with name=29 in the attributes

  • Below that and indented a blank line with type=outline, isFeedItem=true

  • I typed "First Post" on this line

  • I hit return and tab to indent and then wrote "This is my first post"

  • I put the cursor on the headline and hit the Eye icon and dateissue.smallpict.com opened. I took another screenshot

  • That completes the instructions for setting up a new blog

  • Now I want to change it to the noteblog format so I'm looking at the instructions on http://fargo.io/docs/blogging/settingUpANoteblog.html the section titled "Publishing the linkblog"

      1. My outline already has a name
      1. I add #type "stream" at the top level of the outline
      1. I do File->Render All Pages
      1. I press the home icon to open it up
  • The site successfully renders in the stream/noteblog format, but the date is shown as "Monday, April 28, 2014" screenshot

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04/29/14; 08:56:40 AM

My old junior school is having a 50th anniversary do - I didn't know this, but the building was opened in 1964, six months before I was born. And it turns out the first school on the site was 300 years ago - 1714!

I'm thinking about what could be done heritage/archive-media-wise...

There's an open day on June 7th

04/28/14; 04:16:45 PM

I spent an hour today out on the streets with some people who are making a film about "Buskers Rights". I told them we don't have any :blush:

They asked me some questions and then we went to my favourite St Christopher's Place pitch and played a few numbers. It seems that there are a couple of things going on - on the one hand Camden Council (busking regulations vary in London between boroughs) are tightening up their licensing scheme and making people with amps pay more (a good thing!) and on the other the Mayor's Office is trying to co-ordinate a pan-London agreement on street entertainment.

Really weird experience being filmed by a guy with a camera on a tripod and a sound team with a boom mic - I did three songs and nobody but the crew gave any money! More than usual people just wanted to move quickly on.

04/28/14; 04:06:21 PM

I'm going to go to the lovely @joannageary's Hacks and Hackers meetup tonight - it's a thing for journalists and programmers or as I'm reading it, people who are interested in writing on the web and technology. Anyway, it's been going for a while and I've never managed to get along but it popped up in my stream and it seems a few folk are crying off because Tube Strike so there were space (300 sign-ups apparently - scary!)

Turns out I know hardly anyone here - weird.

First up is Will Moy from FullFact.org

  • who do real-time fact-checking. They did the Clegg/Farage debate and have worked on Question Time. Real-time is hard, really hard. You need to have a great network, you can't do it on your own. But it's amazingly popular, people love it, think it essential.

  • A few things they're doing

    • Calls for "Open Statistics" - We should expect all the basic metadata, changes in standards, explanations, caveats and machine-readable where possible.

    • fullfact.org/finder for finding data eg on ONS website

    • about to launch What's it worth - fullfact.org/whatsitworth

    • Building a tool to make statistics with all the caveats, visible, sharable, instant - advertising for developers to build it.

    • Excel best practice guide - done by statistician from DH & from MoJ

  • Prospects for automated fact-checking

    • Washington Post Truth Teller

    • transcribes, recognises claims that have been checked before and flags those that

    • Fullfactomatic

    • makes guesses based on textual analysis of eg Hansard and tells you where else you might look.

    • not about replacing full fact-checking but giving you a short-cut

  • Democracy Club

    • volunteer group giving people a quiz that helped them understand issues and change their minds

    • now looking at reaching people for the next general election

    • 28th June event at NESTA to look at how volunteers can make a better election this time.

  • Q&A

    • who was right on "% of laws coming from EU"

    • depends on how you count it 15-50% reasonable

    • 7% is just Acts of Parliament

    • But basically it's not a good thing to count - you can't say he's right and he's wrong.

    • do you have a set of protocols - two people checking etc and how do you cope with speed

    • yes, we have lots but we don't always know which work best

    • if you're not sure never say it

    • don't have resource for double-checking as in total parallel, but things go through group peer review

    • how are you funded

    • 80% by charitable trusts - Nuffield and Esme XX and Joseph Rowntree and Cadbury

    • some users pay

    • commercial work for eg ITN external QA and research

    • how do you plan to increase profile

    • good to work with big media brands - TV still dominant for new

    • any egs of facts wrong

    • accurately described the stat defn of homelessness but case law affects this so now they're working with lawyers - big q on how to fact-check legal stuff.

    • how about crowdsourcing

    • really tough - it requires expertise and modesty/humility about what you don't know.

    • Moy doesn't find existing stuff convincing

    • Could work better on more specific things

    • Or create a much more expert crowd

Lightning round

  • Digital Accelerator Programme in Greenwich - SMEs 19th May hackathon - Pauline Laban

  • Silicon MilkRoundabout - jobs fair for tech startups - next event

  • MediaLab Preston - medialabstation.org

  • Hiyalife - publishing tool to encourage people to contribute their side of the story - socially constructed timelines hyalife.com (typical terms & conditions)

  • Pat Long - Times. New mixed discipline newsroom team looking for a front-end developer.

Was just asked whether I was a hack or a hacker. I don't know if I'm either, but I'm more both than not :blush: Lots of people here wouldn't consider the sort of writing I do as journalism and most of the programmers would turn their noses up at my coding skills.

Lewis Whyld - Telegraph

  • has a miniature drone and is talking about what drones can do - he's using them for visual journalism - stories you couldn't see without them.

  • Phillipines Typhoon footage - immediate aftermath and six months later

  • UK Floods this year

  • Horse Race circuits

  • Urban sports BMX

  • Conservation with wolf hunters didn't find a thing, but drones found them in the trees

  • 3 or 4 miles range

  • Problems more about increasing capability for others to do bad things - eg helping an army find an enemy

  • Lots of legal restrictions especially in UK airspace

  • Took Lewis about 3 years to learn how to build and operate and get qualified.

  • Uses rechargeable batteries always a balance between weight and flight time.

  • Not a replacement for video on the ground and interviews

Overall it was interesting, but I think it's too big; with too high a journo:techie ratio in favour of the journo's. There were lots of people trying to find tech people to do work, but I didn't hear much more detail than "a javascript developer". I wasn't in the mood to talk to people enough to find out more.

04/28/14; 03:38:51 PM

We went out for lunch today with another couple who are also getting married this year. I've met the woman a couple of times (she's worked with Laura) but I'd never met the guy before.

The conversation started with "What have you done so far today?" they'd both been cycling, Laura had been to the gym and yoga and I... well I got from the bedroom to the kitchen and then to the living room, wrote some code, fiddled with some prose writing - the most strenuous activity was walking to the train station from home and probably within that, the walk up the stairs to the platform.

It wasn't a great start.

04/27/14; 05:43:26 PM

I've started using Buffer this week in an experiment to see how it works and what a difference it makes to me to be linkblogging on Twitter. It's not the ideal. It has a Chrome extension, so I click on an icon which grabs the title of the page I'm on, or the text that I've selected in it and puts it in a dialog box with a link to the page and an option to share now or put into the buffer. I then have 12 time slots (I haven't investigated how many I can have in a day, nor how big the buffer is - ie how many items it will hold).

I've gotten out of the habit of tweeting links, partly because I have time on Twitter in bursts and I don't like spewing out ten links and then going quiet. Or something. Actually there's another thing. I find that people notice that I'm tweeting and then assume that I'm free and start calling me or sending me e-mail - flow, but just as often it's distracting flow.

But it works and I've been sharing more stuff than before and that feels good. I like having it there. What I'd really like is to have a bookmarklet that does the same thing but puts the link in a Fargo linkblog outline and then publshes it according to a spread-out schedule across the day.

04/10/14; 05:16:48 PM

Last built: Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM

By Lloyd Davis, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:16 PM.