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A break news piece I wrote for IBTimes UK.

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Israeli army says Israel claiming ownership of area near Bethlehem, in the south of the occupied West Bank
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When he's not overseeing a Communisty dictatorship Kim Jong Un likes to relax by looking at things.
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More people need to be like this granddad.
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One for RPGers of a certain generation.

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This is the weekend that D&D turns 40! How will you celebrate?
More at: http://www.pinterest.com/rafaelchandler/grognard-magazine/
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Coding fundamentals for absolute beginners

While searching for advice on where to start with learning to code, I found this blog post explaining the core concepts behind all programming languages.

If you're starting to learn how to code, I can strongly recommend starting with these five posts.

#learntocode #coding
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An overview of the Rotherham child abuse scandal report, which I wrote for International Business Times UK.

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Prof Alexis Jay's report into Rotherham child abuse scandal details failures made by senior police and council members
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I wrote this: a look at the military equipment Ferguson police are using, and how it could be making the situation worse.

#ferguson   #policemilitarization  
Ferguson's police force has benefitted from a £5bn program to supply military equipment to US law enforcement services.
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Help with newcomer to coding and Javascript
Creating a grid of dots

I've decided to start learning how to code, and have settled with taking my first steps with Javascript. The reason is that Javascript is used to write scripts for software I use at work, which can help speed up my workflow.

I've found that OpenTechSchool is starting free training courses in my area, so I'm trying out its intro to Javascript course: http://opentechschool.github.io/js-beginners-4h-workshop-1/page2.html

I have now started on a section about loops. You are required to write a Javascript program that'll draw a 20x20 grid of circle, using the following sandbox page: http://opentechschool.github.io/js-beginners-4h-workshop-1/sandbox/#drawing_loop.js

We're instructed to use two loops, two variables, and that loops can go inside loops.

My idea was to write two loops: one to draw a line of circles, and another to move the origin point up 10 pixels, and for both loops to cut after 19 runs.

This is the code I came up with. All it seems to do is crash its tab (I'm using Chrome for these exercises).

function drawing() {
color("red");
//counts along the horizontal to create the line of circles
var xcount = 0;
//counts vertically to stack the lines
var ycount = 0;
//counts the number of stacked lines, and increases ycount after origin moved.
while (ycount < 20) {
    moveTo(0, ycount+10);
    ycount +1;
//draws a row of 20 circles, 4 pixels in diameter)
           while (xcount < 20) {
                circle(xcount * 10, 0, 4);
                xcount = xcount + 1;
  }
}
}

I've tried various different versions of this code, but I can't get rows to appear: I can get columns or arcs made of circles, but not a grid.

Can anyone suggest where I may be going wrong? 

This is the first piece of coding I've attempted in decades. The last time I did coding I used BASIC on my Acorn Electron, and I was 10 years old. 
Curriculum: page 2, pictures. The previous page told you exactly, literally what to do, without leaving you any choices. We apologize for this shameless suppression of your artistic self. Now that you know the basics, the course material will be less linear, with more room for experimentation.
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Google+ showing off again.
 
50 Google+ Tips by +Rick Eliason 
1. Create A Killer Hovercard: goo.gl/ifDhJW
2. Sharing to Circles vs. Publicly: goo.gl/1qr0YO
3. Google+ Communities: goo.gl/NC21Ly
4. Share Your G+ Posts on Other SM : goo.gl/QeefiD
5. Report Issues With G+ or Suggest Ideas: goo.gl/FywX2c
6. Create A "Save For Later" Circle: goo.gl/PmBRWf
7. Add A Large Image To Your Post: goo.gl/lVr3yj
8. The Various G+ Keyboard Shortcuts : goo.gl/7BaxMs
9. Share Someone Else's G+ Post : goo.gl/DYJo3U
10. Create A Mini Blog on G+: goo.gl/zEVIOM
11. Host A Google+ Hangout: goo.gl/2P0n0Q
12. Leave A Wake of Value-Add In Your Path: goo.gl/lpCzaD
13. Take Control Of Your G+ Notifications: goo.gl/WHU0p3
14. SEO Your Google+ Posts: goo.gl/oYb6J1

15. How To Find Things On G+: goo.gl/rY18uQ
16. Formatting For Beautiful, Engaging Posts: goo.gl/mnfP5d
17. How To Disable Comments & Shares: goo.gl/Bkc6Mp
18. Attract More Comments With Gifs & Image Posts: goo.gl/VGcNhl
19. Start A Conversation With Someone : goo.gl/VXOVmy
20. Create An Event Using G+: goo.gl/IUFmlP
21. Enable Automatic Hash-tagging: goo.gl/MuoV9h
22. Don’t Give Up At The First Hurdle: goo.gl/2zdPQ8
23. The Benefits of Link Shorteners: goo.gl/pwfGXo

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Painfully accurate and very funny look at independent British films cliches.

#britishfilm   #filmmaking  
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Brigitte Lyons – the extrovert writer of this post – gets nearly everything wrong about introverts and social anxiety.

Introverts aren't at war with extroverts: we're just starting to speak up about the problems we face in Western societies that view extroversion as "normal" and introversion as "abnormal".

Introversion or extroversion has nothing to do with social anxiety: both personality types can be affected by shyness and social anxiety. But social anxiety may afflict more introverts than extroverts in the West, due to society placing pressure on us to be extroverted (see above).

As for introverts seeing extroverts as being a bunch of self-absorbed bullies: there are plenty of extroverts who aren't and introverts who are. Extroverts don't have a monopoly on being douches.

Instead of doing a second-hand attack on Susan Cain's book Quiet (http://amzn.to/1jIyYpM), Lyons should read it. That book explains, in detail, the problems introverts face in society, how we can – and have to – adapt to fit into an extroverted world, and the strengths and benefits an introverted personality type grants us introverts.

And I'd also advise anyone to not use the UK's Daily Mail as a source of information – especially regarding and science. It has less credibility and legitimacy than the National Enquirer, is more dishonest (because it pretends to be a serious, credible newspaper), and is sexist and misogynistic.

#introversion   #extrovert  
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Curated list of good tech reporters.
 
The real tech news
Over the year I've been getting real tired of the quality of so called tech news sites. Overly sensational (and often incorrect) articles, link bait crap, biased reviews...

As a result I've stopped visiting any tech news site completely and started using Google+ as my sole source for tech news. Note that not every tech news site or article is bad, it really depends on the authors. So  I started following the good tech writers, all of which are listed below and included in the shared circle.

These guys usually hit the nail on the head and write (or record :) unbiased and decent reviews. They also point you to interesting articles not written by them and they're to first to point out bad reporting.

Google+ allows for a more two-way street in tech news reporting as it makes it easier to discuss the articles with the actual authors in an uniform way. I know that all tech news sites have comment sections, but these have really become the cesspool of the internet and are really not the same.

+Russell Holly 
+Artem Russakovskii 
+Tshaka Armstrong 
+Ron Amadeo 
+JR Raphael 
+Derek Ross 
+Kevin Tofel 
+Marques Brownlee 
+Alex Dobie 
+Mike Elgan 
+Phil Nickinson 
+Juan Carlos Bagnell 
+Jeff Jarvis 

PS. Feel free to suggest more :)
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    Copy editing, proofreading and layout sub-editing services for private clients, newspapers, magazine publishers, and internal corporate communications.
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    Script reader, 2013 - 2015
    Offer script editing and reading services to writers and production companies. Visit http://camdenscriptanalysis.wordpress.com/ for details.
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I’m a sub-editor, and run a freelance copy editing and script editing/evaluation services. I also write screenplays, and I’m trying to develop as a director.

Subjects I'm interested in…

Screenwriting • Writing • Filmmaking • Science • Literature • Humour • Theatre • Politics • Learning coding

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I use Shel Israel’s 'LivingRoom Policy': if you are rude, I will ask you to be polite. If you ignore my request, you'll be blocked.

Rudeness includes insulting or threatening myself or other commentators; posting sexist or racist comments and hate speak; forcing your religious or political beliefs on myself or others; classic trolling; and spamming.

It does not include disagreeing with the opinions of myself or another commentator in passionate debate, or discussing and explaining your religious and political beliefs while respecting others who have different views.

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If I go back and clean up typos or correct badly worded sentences, I may not note it down. I'm a writer and a copy editor, so I don't like drawing attention to my spelling and grammar fails.

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Unless I know you personally, or have offered to help you, please don’t ask me to read your work. Evaluating screenplays is my job. However, I do offer a script editing and reading service.

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Outside of Google+, the best place to contact me on the Internet is Twitter (@rcosgrove).

You can also find more about me on richardcosgrove.co.uk

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Rotherham Grooming Gangs Report Damns Council and South Yorkshire Police
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Prof Alexis Jay's report into Rotherham child abuse scandal details failures made by senior police and council members

Kim Jong Un Looks At Things - Redux
www.ibtimes.co.uk

When he's not overseeing a Communisty dictatorship Kim Jong Un likes to relax by looking at things.

Ferguson Shooting: Missouri SWAT Teams Armed with M4 Assault Rifles
www.ibtimes.co.uk

Ferguson's police force has benefitted from a £5bn program to supply military equipment to US law enforcement services.

filmdistributorguide - Dimension Films
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Dimension Films Logo coming soon. Website: www.weinsteinco.com. Dimension Films is a motion picture unit currently a part of The Weinstein C

Final Draft Reader for iPad on the iTunes App Store
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LastPass - Password Manager, Form Filler, Password Management
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LastPass is an online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure.

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy
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Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the pro

Gamasutra: Alex Thomas's Blog - Developing a Kickstarter-funded game: a ...
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A Remix of Google's Project Glass Video—Now With Ads
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Remix artist Jonathan McIntosh presents Google&#39;s latest promotional video with a twist.

International Slutty Women's Day: A Story in GIFs
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The year was 2012. Women were basically just hanging out. You know, doing lady stuff. We&#39;d gotten used to the fact that, for decades, pe

Context
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Sort extensions into groups and easily switch between them.

Uncircle Inactives+ - Chrome Web Store
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Google+: Find and Remove Inactive People in Selected/All Circles. Inactivity = No Public/Private Posts At All or Since a Chosen Date

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15 Easter Bunnies more terrifying than a crucified man coming back from ...
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"If I'm going to deliver your Easter basket I'm going to need that alarm code."As hard as shopping malls try to make "going to see the Easte

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bully gets his pants off by dude

On the road trailer
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Can&#39;t. Stop. Watching. I&#39;m so impressed by this trailer, the whole cast, the way it&#39;s shot, everything. This is so beautiful in

KCRW Music Mine for iPad on the iTunes App Store
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Poor service: got ignored at bar, service was slow, bar staff wandered off with my card. Music was playing so loud impossible to have a conversation. Food and drink expensive. And I was dodging prams (at 9pm on a Saturday night). Overall: precisely what to expect from a pub in Primrose Hill.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I found The Mitre to be overpriced and very poor value. a "0" in this case means "poor" not "poor to fair". I went to The Mitre with my parents after seeing it had good reviews on Toptable. I had a roast chicken lunch – a simple enough request, yet the staff managed to get my order wrong. Twice. The food was also below average. The chicken was tasteless, the Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes must have spent hours under hot lamps as the huge pudding was nearly burnt and the roast potatoes were hard and rubbery on the outside and firm and chewy on the inside – not crispy and fluffy as they should be. The service was also poor. Although the waiters and waitresses were polite, they didn't write down orders – reason for the mistake – and then did their best to stay well away from the customer's tables. You had to stand up and wave to get their attention. Drinks cost about as much as you'd expect from a London gastropub (a lot), and the food cost on the high side (starters were £5 to £18; mains £15-£20), but the quality was far below other gastropubs that charge similar prices.
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reviewed 2 years ago
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