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  • Russell Brown,

    maybe we should make one next foo, all you need is 2 old scanners and about 20 bucks worth of parts

    Really? That would be very cool ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Erica Lloyd,

    Thanks Russell. Juha's idea of having freewheeling media 101 was a beauty. I was delighted with the feedback, cleverness of the floortalk and the opportunity to spill a little. In truth I was delighted with foo camp.

    AuckWest • Since Feb 2008 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Lisa Docherty,

    but I read a lot of lit-blogs that aren't covering exactly the same terrain as (say) The New York Times or The Guardian, and being read by a highly literary readership.

    Could you post a few links of the best or us please?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I am teh Broil King King!

    Yes you are --wrecker of diets, lord of the gas ring, victor of the Battle of the Seasonal Bulge. Keep it up.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Could you post a few links of the best or us please?

    If this is inappropriate, RB, please feel free to remove and tell me off.
    Over on my blog, there's a selection of my favourites (including some film and comics blogs) under the heading FROM BAUHAUS TO YOUR HOUSE. Entirely arbitrary, and probably in need of a tidy up, but there's hours of fun (and following links) to be had.

    But my daily musts are About Last Night, Anecdotal Evidence, Eve Trushnet, and Maud Newton. (As you may have noticed, the hormonal balance of lit-blogisphere isn't so heavily weighted towards testosterone as the politics nerds.)

    Now, could anyone return the favour and tell me if there's any good local lit-blogs out there? The only one I've come across is Stuff's Shelf Life - which is well worth a read, and not just because a good friend of mine, Nick Barnett, is a contributor.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    Craig, something not quite right with that link (an extra 'l' seems to have attached itself to the address).

    I'm interested in the Lit Blogs as well - I found it telling at a recent book club (yes) that I was one of the few enthusiastic blog-readers, and the club includes a prominent publisher. I don't think it was entirely a generational thing, but I think there is a lot of 'traditional' readers who haven't noticed yet how much many other peoples reading habits have changed.

    The point to me was how the 'traditional' publishing industry was gearing up (or not) to deal with the slow march of the e-book, particularly when there is a tech-boom of people who do most of their reading of a screen.

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    If this is inappropriate, RB, please feel free to remove and tell me off.

    I'll take that exaggerated expression of I'm-not-worthiness as merely being polite.

    I've never understood "link-whoring" as a criticism. Someone pointing to the answer they lovingly prepared earlier just enhances the environment here.

    If you were linking to interesting consumer information on palm oil, on the other hand ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Craig, something not quite right with that link (an extra 'l' seems to have attached itself to the address).

    Fixed it. And before Shortland Street finished and everything. Now that's attentive moderation

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    i can haz laser cutter
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-cutter-start-slicing-stuff-for-under-50-dol

    honestly all it takes is us finding somone tecchnically geeky and thunderbirds are go

    maybe we can make a shout out at webstock? and i'd be happy to go halfs in funding experimentation.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Now, could anyone return the favour and tell me if there's any good local lit-blogs out there? The only one I've come across is Stuff's Shelf Life - which is well worth a read, and not just because a good friend of mine, Nick Barnett, is a contributor.

    Full credit on that one to Guy Somerset, who started it, and seems to have engaged an audience very quickly. He has now replaced Philip Matthews as arts and books editor of The Listener (from Wellington). Pretty good hire, I reckon.

    Graham Beattie's industry-oriented book blog seems quite lively too:

    http://beattiesbookblog.blogspot.com/

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    i can haz laser cutter

    I actually meant this ...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_engraving

    But this is cool too ..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_cutting

    We should talk.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Lisa Docherty,

    there's a selection of my favourites (including some film and comics blogs) under the heading FROM BAUHAUS TO YOUR HOUSE.

    Thanks Craig, am very excited to see Jane Espenson also!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • rodgerd,

    I'm often staggered by the number of people (smart people as well) who haven't got the faintest idea about how the media works, what drives a journalist to write a particular story from a particular angle or indeed what the limits are...

    Buy a stack of Mr Pratchett's The Truth and hand them out...

    there's real value for the technical people especially in being able to say to a small group of their peers "here's what we're working on"

    Man, I wish. Client confidentiality is a bitch when it concerns Cool Stuff 8)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 512 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I'll take that exaggerated expression of I'm-not-worthiness as merely being polite.

    Wow, that's the first time I've ever been pinged for excessive good manners. :) Just thought it could come across as a tad whore-y, and in the end, you just end up exhausting your own credibility and other's good-will. It's like handing out business cards and touting for work at a social occasion: if its a professional 'networking' drinks party, everyone's at it. A kid's birthday party -- not so much.

    Thanks Craig, am very excited to see Jane Espenson also!

    She's great - and while not really a lit blog, she's wonderful on the mechanics (and pure bloody persistence) of writing a good commercial hour of television. Having watched the meh-some pilot of Bionic Woman last night, you just appreciate shows like Buffy and BSG all the more. Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi and Corey Doctrow are also writers who got onto the blog-wagon early and still do it well.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Pretty good hire, I reckon.

    Indeed. Matthews hasn't been bad, but Guy Somerset could make The Listener's book and arts coverage accessible without being lightweight, if that makes any sense.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Keith Ng,

    That Wrightspeed X1 is awesome. Could be awesomely dangerous too! A car that can get to 100kmh in 30m making about as much noise as an air conditioning unit would catch a lot of people by surprise.

    You mean, like this (NSFW)?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 543 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    On Saturday night I found myself in a "WTF! Why weren't we invited to Foo Camp!" conversation with some other awesome people. But in a way, if you don't go, you don't necessarily miss out, cos of all the blog reports there are to read through, seeing everyone's own take on their Foo experience. (A bit like the Big Day Out!)

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • joseph,

    Hi Russell,

    I happen to have a laser engraver at my disposal, an Epilog Fibermark http://www.epiloglaser.com/fibermark_laser.htm.
    Drop me an email if you'd like to have a look and/or go nuts engraving.

    Cheers,
    Joseph

    Auckland, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Rochelle Hume,

    but at least we have craftstock

    Sue, I was so disappointed you couldn't make Foo Camp after reading all the fun stuff you were going to do on the Wiki!! Could you share the details of Craftstock....???

    Answer: more plots hatched, more plans made.

    I noticed that all round too, Russell. My take on it was that last year, I was too blown away by the concept and the calibre of the people to do much more than sit back and say "Wow!". By year 2, you're used to that and get down to the business of collaborating. Still awe inspiring though...


    And the reason Keith was so good at Werewolf??? He made notes and created a Werewolf algorithm....

    Warkworth • Since Sep 2007 • 34 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    Just harking back to an earlier part of the thread, from todays Guardian is an interesting article about research showing the decline in Fleet Street journalismwith more and more news being passively reported from third-party sources

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • barnaclebarnes,

    My contribution to the post FOO round-up....

    KiwiFOO 08 Banjo, Flickr, Video Mashup

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    My contribution to the post FOO round-up....

    KiwiFOO 08 Banjo, Flickr, Video Mashup

    That's brilliant!

    Jock Phillips sort of didn't get it ...

    http://blog.teara.govt.nz/2008/02/04/weekend-in-geekland/

    It's a shame he didn't arrive earlier and feel moved to present on Te Ara -- I'd have really enjoyed the chance to talk about it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Elsewhere, Mauricio has a good perspective on the Meraki "Free Net" solution shown off at Foo.

    And Sandy M can't get over discovering that New Zealand geeks are fit.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    I found my self largely avoiding geeky stuff and going to business type sessions which is amazing because I NEVER go to biz sessions

    Now I understand how stuff works I think next time we really need to get our act together and just do a making water rockets session, followed by the appropriate mayhem outside

    Oh and yeah Keith Ng is totally evil at werewolf - turned my minor success into a wonderfull werewolf mind-fuck with his decoy move

    Thanks everyone for putting it on I really enjoyed it

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    CraftStock is Craft2.0 plus Webstock
    www.craft2.org
    www.webstock.org

    on the Thursday night of webstock, while people enjoy cocktails you can also have a go at making things
    i'll have on hand
    - badge making
    - shot glass decorating
    and hopefully a few other last minute schemes

    plus a good dozen of the very best of Craft2.0 vendors will be selling at CraftStock :D


    But if someone can find money i would love to bring Craft2.0 to Auckland, for a a day of making things :D there is one planning for wellington post 2.0, i just need to find a venue and sponsors ;)

    and maybe we can hook up with joseph!!!!!!
    laser etching!!!!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

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