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Finally getting around to transferring my Google+ Circles from here to my mattedgar.com account. I have no idea if this will work. See you on the other side, maybe? https://plus.google.com/115130283505441754520/posts
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So I've hit the "request transfer" button and apparently on Mar 20 at 9:35am, all my circles will do some kind of circle dance/shake thing over to the other Google Plus version of me. You may experience some nausea and disorientation.
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To be a little more data-driven, I replaced my blog's old manually-created linkroll page with a list of sites that really get my attention. Based on my data at http://pinboard.in/u:mattedgar, these are the domains I bookmarked three or more times in 2011.
(Aside: I have getting on for 6000 links on Pinboard. What else could I learn from them?)
A list of domains I bookmarked three times or more in 2011... 37signals.com adactio.com adaptivepath.com arstechnica.com bbc.co.uk ben-evans.com berglondon.com beyondgdnleeds.word......
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Help me out, G+: My 11-year-old's homework is to create a leaflet about internet safety. What are the best online resources to make a clueful child?
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Hmm...DOH! This is what happens when you brief us with scant information.
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RTFM; play four times, then RTFM again; vintage board games pull no punches
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Love it..when i was in Reykjavik at Christmas my hotel room had a framed vintage icelandic monopoly board on the wall, called Matador it had a circular rather than square track of spaces round the board. I was really rather tempted to make off with it. :-)
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Really pleased to see this event in Leeds...
On September 25th, LSx presents LSxJunior, an event for families to explore and enjoy technology, born from a desire to make technology events in Leeds more inclusive for families.
http://lsx.co/junior/
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Liking John V Willshire's piece on the link between work and value, rekindled with narrative power.
I reckon there's always been a premium for stuff that's perceived to be hard to make - fed by both a sense of justice ("a fair price for work done") and of exclusivity ("only a few can afford such profligacy"). These forces fan an eternal arms race between technology and culture: technology tries to render the complex trivial; culture compensates by inventing new kinds of complexity.
Maybe the innovator's skill is in finding technology enablers to the new easy and exploiting them while culture still thinks they're hard.
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Lots of good stuff at last night's +Ignite Leeds, including:
+Tom Morgan's excellent talk on Responsive Web Design
Dean Vipond - "Stonehenge has no 'view source'"
+Tim Medcalf on two great polar explorers
+Hwa Young Jung on DIY Bio

Thanks to +Imran Ali, +Craig Smith and Linda Broughton for making it happen.

This was my contribution...
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Write-up of Tuesday's Leeds Millennium Square walkshop.
Thank you to the Leeds walkshoppers for braving the wind and rain, and especially to Leeds Digital Festival hero Leanne Buchan and Leeds City Council for the use of the Leonardo Building for our post-walk discussion. Thanks to Kathryn Grace, my Service Design Leeds co-organiser, and to Leeds Psychogeographer Tina Richardson for their support. Also, of course, to Adam Greenfield and Nurri Kim for the whole walkshop concept, which made organising the event a case study in simple internet-based group formation.
http://matt.me63.com/2011/12/02/walkshopping-winter-edition/
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Finally got to a first draft of my thoughts on the pace of change.
The proximate cause of this outbust is a dConstruct presentation from +Stephanie Rieger and +Bryan Rieger, and subsequent discussion on Twitter with +Simon Wardley and +Simon St.Laurent.
It’s an attempt to tell an alternative story about change in our culture, why it seems so rapid yet is probably much the same as it ever was. Also, critically, why the misperception is a bad thing and what we should do about it. You can tell me why I’m wrong, what I’m missing, and what I should read before opining on this subject again.
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I don't have the global perspective to say whether this is a uniquely British malaise, but there's loads in here that matches the stuff I've been thinking about over the past N years. Two of my personal hobby horses - our technological past as a platform to build the future (http://wp.me/p1bV4-zu), the fact that my children use computers all the time but never see a line of code (http://wp.me/p1bV4-9Z)...
Schmidt criticises division between science and arts and says UK 'should look back to glory days of Victorian era'
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A thing I wrote after the amazing Laptops and Looms event last week. Thanks again to +russell davies, +Toby Barnes and +Gregory Povey for making it happen.

Also fascinating write-ups by:
+Rachel Coldicutt https://fabricofthings.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/laptops-and-looms-decompressing/
Paul Miller http://www.paulmiller.org/laptops-and-looms/
Matthew Sheret http://matthewsheret.com/2011/08/22/boutiquiers/
In the corner of an attic room in one of Britain's oldest factories a small group are engaged in the assembly of a Makerbot Thing-O-Matic. They - it - all of us - are there for Laptops and Looms, a......
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Carolyn Ives Gilman, 'Telling Reality: Why Narrative Fails Us' in Narrative Power, ed. by L. Timmel Duchamp.
Echoes of this in the cuts vs criminals debate that will follow the riots...
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