Words and pictures

I started this blog with the aim of testing out different ways of telling news stories but I wasn’t sure what that would entail.
Looking at it now, it’s got so much mad furniture going on around the actual words it’s more like a small child’s attempt at communication than anything else. But you know what – I love it!
A tiny handful of people read it but it’s my blog with lots of bits and pieces I worked out how to put here myself.
And I have a lot of fun throwing things at it. I tend to start attacking things without really considering how they work; consequently a lot of the stuff here – like SpinVox and Utterz – are typical of someone telling me about a good thing they’ve discovered and me going off and messing about with it.
It doesn’t always work well for me – trying to get by Google IM and Jaiku to link up did cause the kind of brow furrows I’m going to need Botox for one day – but on the whole I enjoy the haphazard approach.
Between Qik videos, Utterz widets, Jaiku badges and little red devils there’s lots of messy things on this page. It may not look pretty, and I’m as sure as hell it’s not clever – after all, I managed to do it! – but it shows what can be achieved.
I’ve got the editor’s sign off to live stream conference on Qik as well; he’s off for a week (during which time I get to the edit the Post, yay!) and then when he gets back we will show the world how we plan the next day’s paper. I’m so excited about it – and I’d hope that we get lots of feedback from people on what we’re planning for the content.
Anyway, I’m having a great time messing around with my new toys. Colleague Toby Chapman is building his own website; that’s my next challenge…

Fire alarm via SpinVox

UPDATE 2013: SpinVox subsequently closed down

Well we had a fire alarm in the office today which nobody knew anything about but it was the prefect opportunity to practice streaming via qik on my mobile phone and it worked really well.

I just need to work out now how to embed it the blog site because my quick test was if the phoned worked but then real thing didn’t so that’s my project for tonight.

Oh, and one one of the nice things about SpinVox is being able to post to the blog while I walk to my car in the rain”
spoken through SpinVox

Testing qik

So this is my first ever attempt at streaming on Qik and, let’s face it, I am never going to be an auteur. However, the N95 performed really well and I was really very impressed by the website’s ease of use. I think I want to try and stream some newsroom action next just to see how it performs on the move – I also like the idea of streaming afternoon conference although whether Trinity Mirror would be so keen is another matter…

Information overload

I loved this article by Lee Gomes of the Wall Street Journal – it describes my own tendancy to wander deeper and deeper into the web (and usually further away from the information I was originally looking for).
Take this morning; I was supposed to finish my college project, upload it, throw clothes into a bag and go and socialise with real people, all within the hour.
I sat down to tweak the document… but then, somehow, I ended up on Twitter, and then on the Daily Post site and then into Digg and then yadda yadda yadda.
I came to my senses after about 20 minutes, while gripped by an accute attack of Random Facebook Game Challenge Anxiety (friend challenges you to game, you accept. Then you realise you do not, and never will, understand how Scramble works…)
I hauled myself back to the TM leaders project and I’ve just uploaded it. Yay! The day is mine again…