Why don’t my Pdfs have animated GIFs?

I’ve had need to brush up on my algorithmic knowledge recently.  So there’s been a certain amount of getting books out of the library, googling for bits of information and spending some time working though ebooks on things like Kindles/iPads. What’s mildly upsetting is that, for educational value, Wikipedia and YouTube are well out in front of the pack for most of the material. It’s not upsetting because I cling to the old ways: you would have to look pretty far and wide to find…

Earn money for criticizing me!

I’m fed up of poor quality writing. My poor quality writing to be exact. I can write academically really well, although it is more true to say that “after I revise something eight times, and then send it to two different proofreaders, and put in their corrections, the result is very good”. Unfortunately this blog does not have the same level of quality control. Partly because of the nature of the medium – an academic piece of work or a novel is effectively frozen in…

On meeting people…

So last weekend a company called Leckey flew me out to their factory to view a product launch. This has, literally, never happened before in my life. I’ll be writing about it in three parts. I’ll be talking about meeting the other bloggers and such there today and then in later posts I’ll be talking about the company and the product itself. I was unhelpfully late to the ‘meet everyone’ dinner. This was embarrassing on several levels. Firstly, because it’s rude to the organisers and the other…

Fiona Jarvis: Shades of Grey

Today's guest post is from Fiona Jarvis, who established Blue Badge Style in 2007. I've been an admirer of BBS's blog for some time - they do a very good line in showcasing beautiful assistive design, and I encourage everyone to take a look, but it's definitely not BBS's main focus. I'll let Fiona herself take you through that...

Announcing White Water Writers!

The Research and Enterprise section of Royal Holloway have agreed to give us £20,000 in seed funding to run White Water Writers! White Water Writers is the flagship replacement for TooManyCooks and will see us training students and youth leaders to go into schools all over the country and run the same literacy camps that had so much success during TooManyCooks.

ROM-modding: life finds a way.

Rom-modding, changing the contents of retro console games to add features, translate languages, or design entire sequels, has a flourishing and highly illegal community. Browsing though the more esoteric offerings it offers broad similarity to graffiti: art, regardless of merit, and anti-authority regardless of creed. Fascinating as it is as a cultural phenomenon, my interest is pragmatic and brutal. ROM modding might be the thing that allows the game to be played at all. I have a little brother who has severe intellectual and motor…

Minimalist Wallets

Tl;dr – I’m going to complain about minimalist wallets for a couple of paragraphs and then show you mine.   I get mildly annoyed with minimalism for superiority. It’s easy to spot,  generally if you have to buy something to show how minimalist you are, then you’ve missed a point somewhere. If you are still confused then I highly recommend working your way down Erin Doland’s list of unitaskers, which is entertaining at any time. My particular irritation today was will minimalist wallets. Wallets designed…

A mild consumer rant on DVDs and editing

Something that I’ve never quite understood since the advert of DVDs is why I can watch the deleted scenes as separate sections, but I can’t switch on the setting that says ‘include these scenes in the main film when I watch it’. In a similar way, when watch a boxed set if DVDs, I don’t understand why I have to watch 60 seconds of ‘previously on’ when I’ve just watched all of the previous footage. More to the point, I like the film Iron Man and my…