Category Archives: humour

For I’m a Jolly Good Fellow (of the RSA)

Andy Mabbett has accepted the nomination to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Continue reading

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Talking about GLAM, Wikipedia and QRpedia in Amsterdam and Hamburg

Andy Mabbett visited Amsterdam and Hamburg in December 2011, to talk about Wikipedia’s GLAM collaborations and the QRpedia project. Continue reading

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Poll: To at or not to at?

Andy Mabbett idly wonders where to put the “@” symbol when linking to Twitter profiles. Oh, and coincidentally, he’s trialling a WordPress plugin for polls. Continue reading

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Don’t confuse your social media channels

Piping Facebook status updates to Twitter (or any automation of cross-channel feeds) can give confusing messages. Continue reading

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An open letter to Facebook, about their broken microformats

Facebook’s hCard microformats do not conform to the specification. Continue reading

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25 things about Andy Mabbett

0000-0001-5882-6823I’ve been wondering whether anyone would tag me to give “Seven Things you Never Knew About Me”, and how on Earth I would come up with that many. My friend and colleague Emma Routh tagged me on Facebook in a … Continue reading

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Triple tags on Twitter

0000-0001-5882-6823Triple tags (known as Machine Tags on Flickr) are a way of tagging web content with tags having three parts: a namespace, a predicate and a value. This means that we can differentiate between content about a Beagle dog (tagged … Continue reading

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This one's for you, Adrian

0000-0001-5882-6823My good friend Adrian B., who is a bit of a technophobe, complains that he doesn’t understand most of what I post because “it’s too technical”. Here’s a post just for you, Adrian. (Picture courtesy of Claudecf, via Flickr, Some … Continue reading

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Spotted Mimics

0000-0001-5882-6823As a child, I was often taken to our local shopping centre in Perry Barr, north Birmingham (since replaced by a tin shed with pretensions of being a mall) to see a Mynah bird (Acridotheres tristis). It resided in what … Continue reading

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Oops

A WindowsXP error message, projected onto a building in Birmingham, England. Continue reading

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