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Archive for February, 2009

Technology: Tweetie

by on Feb.23, 2009, under Technology

TweetieI’ve been using Twitter more and more recently and apart from my desktop client, the main place I use twitter is on my iPod touch. I’ve gone through a few iPhone apps including Twinkle, the free version of Twitterific and most recently Tweetie.

So far, it is the best twitter app I’ve used – largely because it has all the functionality I need there, but whilst still keeping everything simple.

The main list of all the received twitter updates can take one of two formats. Either a classic list, or an iChat style list:

tweetie_list tweetie_ichat

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Random: It’s Amazing What a Bit of Snow Can Do

by on Feb.19, 2009, under Random

University of Bath Lake in SnowThis post is for Sunday 15th February, 2009

Quite a major piece of news over the last week or so has been the amount of snow we have received here in the UK.

I jumped on the band wagon and made a few extra posts on my blog. Generally they were of two types:

  • Updates on the university being open / closed
  • Photos of the snow

The reason for the universty updates was that originally, the university was being quite slow to update its website, so I was trying to get everything into one place. Due to my involvement in things like The Twang and The reFresh fair, I was finding the status of these out before they were generally being publicised.

The photos of the snow was because at a time liek this, one of the first things I do is grab my camera and I fancied sharing the photos I’d taken, not only to my friends on Facebook, but also to a wider audience.

However, I wasn’t expecting the impact these posts had on my blog’s stats.

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Backstage: Keeping Things Simple

by on Feb.18, 2009, under Backstage

At the weekend, I worked on a smallish event which was the Recital concert, for one of the Students’ Union Societies – Chaos

There was only a couple of us working on the event and it reminded me the importance of keeping things simple and how well it could work.

The venue we were working in was University Hall, which is not a frequently used venue (this is the third time we’ve used it since September). As there was only two of us present we decided to meet the client’s needs and keep things sensibe: 6 1K Fresnels to wash the stage area, 2 spots created using source four juniors (one for the piano, the one for the other performance spot) and four par 64s to act as uplighters either side of the projection screen.

That was it. It took us less than half an hour to rig and with so little, programming each peformance on the Jester was effortless, yet in my opinion it was one of the best looking events we’d carried out in Uni Hall.

Chaos Recital - The Lady Choir

Chaos Recital - The Lady Choir

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Photo: Expedition Everest

by on Feb.18, 2009, under Photos

This post is for Tuesday, 10th February, 2009

This week’s photo was taken on my holiday in Florida during October 2006. The photo is of Expedition Everst in Animal Kingdom. Unfortunately, I’m unable to remember the exact location from which I took the photo.

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest

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Theme Parks: It’s a Small World Reopens

by on Feb.17, 2009, under Theme Parks

It's A Small World - by Matthew HarpThis post is for Saturday 7th February 2009

About 12 months ago, news went round that It’s a Small World, would be going down for renovation. Part of this would be to upgrade the channel which the boats travelled a longer (rumoured to be to allow for slightly larger guests to ride in the boats without them ‘bottoming out’). It would also be to to clean up and fix any problems with existing dolls to ensure the experience remains at the highest quality.

What got some people up in arms though was the possibility of Disney characters being introduced into the attraction. Although some people were in favour of these changes, others felt it would be taking away from what the attraction was meant to be like.

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Photo: Perranporth Beach

by on Feb.17, 2009, under Photos

The photo for this week was taken almost 4 years ago. It was in fact taken on my first summer holiday with my friends after we left high school. We stopped at the youth hostel, in Perranporth, Cornwall. The youth hostel itself was up on the cliffs above the beach, about 5/10 minutes walk from the main part of Perranporth.

The photo shows the view from outside the youth hostel:

Perranporth Beach

Perranporth Beach

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Apologies for Delay

by on Feb.17, 2009, under General

Sorry for the lack of updates over the last week or so. Unfortunately my laptop is dying, which has been causing me a few issues. On the plus side, my new laptop is due to arrive next Monday!

I’m hoping to get up to date with posts as soon as possible! I currently have about 4 drafts waiting to be finished, then published. I’ve also fallen quite a bit behind with all the podcasts I listen to, so hope to catch up with both things at the same time!

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Snow on University of Bath Campus – 6th Feb

by on Feb.08, 2009, under Photos

I visited campus on Friday afternoon to start setting up for the SIFE show taking place on Saturday night. The amount of snow up there is completely different to the amount still left in the town. Here are some of the photos I took:

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University of Bath Closing – Friday 6 Feb

by on Feb.06, 2009, under University

Bath University Parade in Snow

Bath University Parade in Snow

The University was hoping to open almost as normal today, but how are they doing so far?

Update 8:02am: The university has now cancelled 9.15 lectures as well as 8.15. There are also no buses running up the hill yet. Keep an eye on Twitter or internal news for updates. Should hear more from the university by 8.45.

Update 8:25am: Apparently the STV will be open as normal today.

Update 8:50am: all lectures before midday have been cancelled. The refresh fair has also been postponed to another day. Still no buses running.

Update 10:00am: Buses still not running to the University. Some other bus routes in Bath are attempting to run though. For further bus updates follow the bus service on twitter @bathcsc

Update 10:19am: The University is now closed for the whole day. Further information for people on campus is due to be posted on the internal news page soon. Fresh is open till 2pm today.

Update 10:27am: Looks like the STV can’t saty open and will be closing at 2pm today.

Update 11:15am: The Flirt! Foam Party has also been postponed and will be taking place next week. Check the internal news page for the most up to date list of shop opening /closings. Worthy of note though is Level 1 will be open for food between 11:30am and 2pm tomorrow.

Photo by Katie Mabery

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Snow Day in Bath – 5th February

by on Feb.05, 2009, under Photos

Today I was lucky enough to have the day off university. What it meant was that my frienda dn I got to go outside and enjoy the snow, allowing me to take quite a few photos, including these:

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