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Ada Lovelace Day

As an intelligent human being, I am, quite frankly, horrified by the idea of Ada Lovelace Day. I also wonder whether Ada Lovelace herself would be too.

Why do we need a special day “to draw attention to the achievements of women in technology and science”. To me, that’s a caveat that screams “women are not good enough”. The only way to equality is to stop treating women differently. That means we don’t need separate days, groups, awards, events and so on, just for women. We need to make sure women are part of the existing days, groups, awards and events in the name of technology and science, not in the name of gender.

I read with similar horror recently of Geek Girl Dinners, as there is talk of setting them up in Birmingham. This is what they are about:

The Girl Geek Dinners were founded on the 16th August 2005 as a result of one girl geek who got annoyed and frustrated about being one of the only females attending technical events. She was tired of being assumed to be marketing, tired of constantly having to prove herself and decided that she just wanted a change and to be treated just the same as any other geek out there, gender and age aside.

Couldn’t her experience of technology events simply be the one that the vast majority of people feel when attending events, regardless of gender or subject? It’s quite nerve-wracking for everyone going to an event on their own, perhaps she just needs someone to go with (male or female).  I have plenty of male friends who are equally terrified turning up to technology events.

We all judge people on their appearance whether we like it or not. I’m sure my brain subconsciously tries to distinguish the males that were are in marketing or whatever at such an event. Your brain naturally tries to categorise things to cope with the volume of information it receives. It’s only by talking to people that you can find out who they really are.

And all humans feel the need to ‘prove themselves’ among their peers, don’t they?

If I’m at a technology event and I feel that someone is not taking me seriously, I just dismiss their opinion as not valid and go and talk to someone else.

What does it say about us if we feel we always have to be surrounded by our own kind?!

The answer to discrimination (or perceived discrimination) is not segregation. Organising events by any criteria other than interest is a bit old fashioned isn’t it?

As for there not being many women at technology events, could this just be that women are naturally less inclined to be interested (I’m sure someone has done some research into this). If it is the case that women do want to get involved in science and technology, but are afraid to, then this probably needs to be tackled at school age.

Let’s stop obsessing about what gender people are and, like Ada, just get on with it. I really hope there is no need for an Ada Lovelace day next year, and if there is, that it is a celebration of her life and work as a scientist, not a female scientist.

Plinth tweets

I have collected together all the Tweets from my #catnipplinth Plinth hour. These are tweets from @catnip, to @catnip and/or tagged #catnipplinth. It’s great to be able to read back over these altogether, as I missed most of them at the time. Really chuffed that so many people got involved. Some hilarious Pictionary guesses! Was hoping to do something pretty with avatars and everything, but too longwinded (if anyone knows a quick and easy way, let me know!)

MyJQ @catnip Good luck on the plinth! Raining in the Jewellery Quarter hope it’s dry in London! #catnipplinth
5:57 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie in reply to catnip

ragearts @catnip good morning! #ragearts
6:02 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

OneandOtherweb @catnip is the laptop still going on?
6:02 AM Aug 4th from web

cybrum #oneandother feed quite jumpy, hello @catnip
6:02 AM Aug 4th
from dabr

ragearts @catnip say hello to Rage Arts
6:03 AM Aug 4th from TwitterFox

ragearts @catnip watching u on the webstream!!
6:04 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

citizensheep Watching @catnip on the Plinth: http://www.oneandother.co.uk/ (For reason it was in my calendar for tomorrow) #oneandother
6:05 AM Aug 4th
from Seesmic

Radeeboi @catnip watching me watching you watching me… :0) #catnipplinth #oneandother
6:05 AM Aug 4th
from web

bounder #catnipplinth -tionary starts soon. First she’s taking a panorama. #oneandother http://yfrog.com/0h6qwj
6:06 AM Aug 4th
from Twittelator

ragearts @citizensheep three cheers for @catnip any one else watching? #oneandother
6:07 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox in reply to citizensheep

bounder @paul_clarke 6, @catnip is up now.
6:08 AM Aug 4th
from iTweetReply in reply to paul_clarke

gecal Watching @catnip on the Plinth http://www.oneandother.co.uk/ #oneandother
6:09 AM Aug 4th
from Tweetie

citizensheep Twitter Pictionary with @catnip starting soon from the Plinth. Follow on Twitter. #oneandother
6:09 AM Aug 4th from Seesmic

ragearts Hi @catnip #catnipplinth three cheers for technology….#ragearts
6:11 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

katehughes RT @citizensheep: Twitter Pictionary with @catnip starting soon from the Plinth. Follow on Twitter. #oneandother
6:12 AM Aug 4th
from UberTwitter

24_Carrots @catnip Have a great hour on the plinth from everyone @24_carrots in the Jewellery Quarter. #catnipplinth
6:12 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie in reply to catnip

cybrum It’s a 24-hour city don’tchaknow #catnipplinth
6:13 AM Aug 4th from dabr

catnip Live from the Plinth http://flic.kr/p/6LEcAc
6:14 AM Aug 4th
from Flickr

gecal RT @citizensheep Twitter Pictionary with @catnip starting soon from the Plinth. Follow on Twitter. #oneandother
6:15 AM Aug 4th
from Tweetie

OneandOtherweb @catnip fountains usually come on at about 8:55
6:15 AM Aug 4th from web

ragearts @catnip nice picture!!
6:15 AM Aug 4th from TwitterFox in reply to catnip

cybrum RT @catnip: Live from the Plinth http://flic.kr/p/6LEcAc
6:15 AM Aug 4th
from dabr

stephendallas @catnip this is without a doubt the strangest morning feed i’ve ever done.
6:15 AM Aug 4th
from web in reply to catnip

citizensheep twitter.com/catnip to follow @catnip‘s adventures on the plinth.#catnipplinth http://www.oneandother.co.uk/ #oneandother
6:16 AM Aug 4th from Seesmic

tashjudd @catnip Good morning up there on the plinth. Watching you as I get ready for work.
6:17 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

ragearts @catnip Gaffers better than duck tape!! #catnipplinth
6:19 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

genzaichi Twitter Pictionary with @catnip, starting soon from The Plinth. #catnipplinth #oneandother Livestream: http://www.oneandother.co.uk/
6:20 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

BARGBARG Twitter Pictionary with @catnip, starting soon from The Plinth. #catnipplinth #oneandother Livestream: http://www.oneandother.co.uk/
6:20 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

citizensheep Panoramic view of London taken from the plinth by @catnip: http://flic.kr/p/6LEcAc #oneandother #catnipplinth
6:20 AM Aug 4th
from Seesmic

OneandOtherweb @catnip whiteboard position great, woah, vista slow though.
6:21 AM Aug 4th from web

cybrum Catch it, bin it, kill it #catnipplinth
6:22 AM Aug 4th from dabr

citizensheep Is that @bounder I can hear hassling @catnip? #catnipplinth
6:22 AM Aug 4th
from Seesmic

ragearts @catnip doesnt time fly when your having fun! #catnipplinth #ragearts
6:23 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

OneandOtherweb @catnip, we can see the laptop just fine!
6:23 AM Aug 4th from web

Radeeboi @catnip 22 mins gone! Where’s the pictionary?! #oneandother #catnipplinth
6:23 AM Aug 4th from web

OneandOtherweb @catnip if you put the laptop facing cam2, we can see you drawing a lot better.
6:23 AM Aug 4th from web

kkellock @catnip good luck!!
6:24 AM Aug 4th from web in reply to catnip

rougeforever Twitter Pictionary with @catnip starting soon from the Plinth. Follow on Twitter. #oneandother (via @citizensheep)
6:24 AM Aug 4th from Twitterrific in reply to citizensheep

ragearts @catnip #catnipplinth hello Rage Arts pls
6:24 AM Aug 4th from TwitterFox

tashjudd @catnip Tweeting as requested. Twitter more reliable than whiteboard pens! #catnipplinth
6:27 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

mrgammon @bounder @catnip yay! good luck, will log on after shower! #catnipplinth
6:28 AM Aug 4th
from dabr in reply to bounder

stephendallas @catnip draw an elephant!!
6:29 AM Aug 4th from web in reply to catnip

OneandOtherweb @catnip breakfat at tiffany’s?
6:29 AM Aug 4th from web

ragearts @catnip #catnipplinth @bounder beefburger with ears
6:29 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

citizensheep Dinner plate #catnipplinth6:30 AM Aug 4th from Seesmic

genzaichi knife and fork for a balti? #catnipplinth #naanbreadomission
6:30 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

Radeeboi @catnip What was the answer? #oneandother #catnipplinth
6:30 AM Aug 4th
from web

hadleypaul Rotunda #catnipplinth
6:31 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

dazwright The Rotunda #catnipplinth
6:31 AM Aug 4th from web

hadleypaul Hey @catnip, well done to you. Give @bounder hell for cheating #catnipplinth
6:31 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

ragearts @catnip @bounder #catnipplinth a condom
6:31 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

benjibrum Morning @catnip! You look lovely on the plinth. You’re a piece of art!
6:31 AM Aug 4th
from web

OneandOtherweb @catnip draw bigger!
6:31 AM Aug 4th
from web

citizensheep Playing Pictionary with @catnip on the plinth :-D http://www.oneandother.co.uk/
6:31 AM Aug 4th
from Seesmic

MyJQ @catnip #catnipplinth Rotunda?
6:31 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie

stephendallas @catnip pint of beer
6:31 AM Aug 4th
from web in reply to catnip

ragearts @catnip @bounder #catnipplinth rotunda
6:31 AM Aug 4th from TwitterFox

benjibrum RT @BARGBARG Twitter Pictionary with @catnip, now on The Plinth. #catnipplinth #oneandother Livestream: http://www.oneandother.co.uk/
6:31 AM Aug 4th
from web

citizensheep Leaning Tower of Pisa #catnipplinth
6:32 AM Aug 4th
from Seesmic

PurpleHeather @catnip catnipplinth beans?
6:32 AM Aug 4th from blu

citizensheep Blini stack #catnipplinth6:32 AM Aug 4th from Seesmic

OneandOtherweb @catnip the gherkin? #catnipplinth
6:32 AM Aug 4th from web

genzaichi If you draw some boxes behind the curtains, it’d be the Rotunda! #catnipplinth
6:32 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

ragearts @catnip @bounder #catnipplinth rotunda again!!
6:33 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

Radeeboi @catnip looks like a mobile phone from here! #oneandother #catnipplinth
6:33 AM Aug 4th
from web

OneandOtherweb @catnip we can’t really play as we have 30 seconds on everyone else.
6:33 AM Aug 4th
from web

citizensheep Is it NOT the Rotunda? @ragearts #catnipplinth6:33 AM Aug 4th from web

ragearts @catnip @bounder it the ROTUNDA i said that ages ago
6:34 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

catnip I’m streaming live on Qik! http://qik.ly/a6UF6:35 AM Aug 4th from web

hadleypaul @catnip That plastic bag is gonna cook your lappy. It needs air hun #catnipplinth
6:35 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

minibeastplinth @catnip morning!
6:35 AM Aug 4th from web in reply to catnip

mrgammon @bounder is it interact with @catnip Tuesday? can I make her do/say things? #oneandother #catnipplinth
6:36 AM Aug 4th from dabr

benjibrum @catnip is channelling Rolf Harris.
6:36 AM Aug 4th from web

ragearts @catnip @bounder #catnipplinth a shower
6:36 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

hadleypaul @catnip Trumpets !!!! #catnipplinth
6:37 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

PurpleHeather @catnip #catnipplinth projection? Watering something? seeds? #oneandother
6:37 AM Aug 4th
from blu

benjibrum @catnip is it fish food?
6:37 AM Aug 4th from web

genzaichi @catnip #catnipplinth salted processed cheese?
6:37 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

THEjaydoubleyou @catnip got to go to work now but good luck with your remaining 23 minutes! #catnipplinth
6:37 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

citizenship Morning. Nothing to do with citizenship, but I’m playing Pictionary with @catnip on the plinth: http://www.oneandother.co.uk/ #oneandother
6:37 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

citizenship PS: To follow @catnip‘s Pictionary, search the hashtag #catnipplinth.
6:38 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

ragearts @catnip @bounder #catnipplinth http://twitpic.com/c95li hope u like the picture
6:39 AM Aug 4th from TwitterFox

OneandOtherweb @catnip #catnipplinth prawn!
6:40 AM Aug 4th
from web

benjibrum @catnip Northern Soul. It’s the talc on the dancefloor. #catnipplinth
6:40 AM Aug 4th
from web

OneandOtherweb @catnip #catnipplinth lobster!
6:40 AM Aug 4th
from web

PurpleHeather @catnip #catnipplinth crab! #oneandother
6:41 AM Aug 4th
from blu

cybrum Is it a Northern Soul dancefloor? #catnipplinth
6:41 AM Aug 4th from dabr

dazwright A Lobster? #catnipplinth
6:41 AM Aug 4th from web

Radeeboi #catnipplinth lobster
6:41 AM Aug 4th from web

minibeastplinth @catnip easy one is needed! brain not woken up! crab! #oneandother
6:41 AM Aug 4th
from web in reply to catnip

OneandOtherweb @catnip we are considering moving the cameras so we can always win!
6:41 AM Aug 4th from web

grunt121 @catnip can’t get the stream to work!
6:41 AM Aug 4th
from Netvibes in reply to catnip

stephendallas @catnip lobster!
6:41 AM Aug 4th
from web

ragearts @catnip @bounder #catnipplinth is it u?
6:41 AM Aug 4th from TwitterFox

benjibrum @catnip That’s a lobster. #catnipplinth #oneandother
6:41 AM Aug 4th from web

mrgammon @catnip @bounder lobster!
6:41 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

PurpleHeather @catnip #catnipplinth lobster? #oneandother
6:41 AM Aug 4th from blu

rachel_simmo @catnip Looking good up there!
6:41 AM Aug 4th from web in reply to catnip

hadleypaul @catnip Is it a chinese Plawn?#catnipplinth
6:41 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

minibeastplinth @catnip lobster! #oneandother
6:41 AM Aug 4th
from web in reply to catnip

russelltanner @catnip Morning! Looking good on the live stream :) #catnipplinth
6:42 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie

PurpleHeather (For people looking bemusedly at my tweets later, I’m playing Plinth Pictionary with @catnip #catnipplinth #oneandother)
6:42 AM Aug 4th
from blu

steand @catnip #oneandother Prawn toast?
6:42 AM Aug 4th
from web

hadleypaul @catnip Hello Dad #catnipplinth
6:43 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

ragearts @catnip #catnipplinth hello dad!!
6:43 AM Aug 4th from TwitterFox

mrgammon @catnip tell me o g for my shower, I’m late up because of you! #catnipplinth
6:44 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

cataspanglish @catnip Hola from Lleida #catnipplinth #oneandother
6:44 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

cybrum @grunt121 I’m getting live audio, but the video is delayed unless I refresh, which makes the Plinth-tionary difficult. #catnipplinth
6:45 AM Aug 4th from dabr in reply to grunt121

brendadada Morning #catnipplinth tweeters! Morning @catnip! :)
6:45 AM Aug 4th
from Power Twitter

bounder #catnipplinth 15 mins left.
6:45 AM Aug 4th
from Twittelator

kellystokes241 @catnip lobster
6:45 AM Aug 4th
from web

OneandOtherweb @catnip pigeon behind you!
6:45 AM Aug 4th
from web

ragearts @catnip #catnipplinth no offence meant!!
6:46 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

tashjudd @catnip Have to head to work, enjoy the rest of your time on #catnipplinth
6:46 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

paulbradshaw @catnip @bounder hope you’re having fun!
6:46 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie

Radeeboi @catnip no you didn’t mention me! #catnipplinth
6:46 AM Aug 4th from web

OneandOtherweb #catnipplinth pigeon behind you!!!
6:47 AM Aug 4th
from web

hadleypaul @catnip Blimey, the pigeon has balls #catnipplinth
6:47 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

bounder #oneandother #catnipplinth GPS location: http://is.gd/21GIn http://yfrog.com/12bxfmj
6:47 AM Aug 4th from Twittelator

OneandOtherweb @catnip it’s gone really well despite the laptop.
6:47 AM Aug 4th
from web

citizensheep I think @catnip should name that pigeon. #catnipplinth
6:47 AM Aug 4th from Seesmic

benjibrum RT @citizensheep I think @catnip should name that pigeon. #catnipplinth <– I agree.
6:48 AM Aug 4th
from web

citilab RT @citizensheep: I think @catnip should name that pigeon. #catnipplinth
6:48 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

cataspanglish RT @citizensheep: I think @catnip should name that pigeon. #catnipplinth
6:48 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

minibeastplinth @catnip 84 tweets, that is impressive, power of twitter def shown! #oneandother #catnipplinth
6:49 AM Aug 4th from web

bitoclass #catnipplinth This was as early as I could manage – but I guess I’ve missed the game :) #oneandother Nice defence of Twitter!
6:49 AM Aug 4th from dabr

ragearts @catnip #catnipplinth coffee on return 2 Brum??
6:49 AM Aug 4th from TwitterFox

minibeastplinth i think that is the first pigeon i’ve seen on the plinth! #oneandother #catnipplinth
6:50 AM Aug 4th from web

benjibrum Overwhelmed that @catnip just named the pigeon after me. I think it should be called We love Michael Grimes #catnipplinth
6:50 AM Aug 4th
from web

rachel_simmo @catnip Have you got any food for the pigeon? #catnipplinth
6:50 AM Aug 4th from web

russelltanner @catnip thanks for the shout out for @colalife :)
6:50 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie

Loiscarter Dull morning, looks to stay that way. Lots to do in office today so good. Watching http://www.oneandother.co.uk/ @catnip bigging up twitter.
6:51 AM Aug 4th
from web

russelltanner @catnip @benjibrum got northern soul! #catnipplinth
6:51 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie

Radeeboi @catnip is Northern Soul the first one? :0) #catnipplinth #oneandother
6:51 AM Aug 4th
from web

brendadada Brilliant number of tweeters tweeting at @catnip on the plinth! #oneandother #catnipplinth
6:52 AM Aug 4th from Power Twitter

brendadada Agree! RT @OneandOtherweb @catnip its gone really well despite the laptop. #oneandother
6:52 AM Aug 4th
from Power Twitter

ragearts @catnip #catnipplinth @bounder look b 4u plinth!
6:52 AM Aug 4th from TwitterFox

citizensheep I can just see @benjibrum‘s indignant face crying “But *I* got it!” #catnipplinth
6:52 AM Aug 4th
from web

OneandOtherweb @catnip #catnipplinth ooooh, that’s a tough one. #oneandother
6:52 AM Aug 4th from web

mrgammon @catnip is it not gun but bicep!!!!? #catnipplinth
6:53 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

minibeastplinth #oneandother #catnipplinth i know, but can’t think!
6:53 AM Aug 4th from web

ragearts @catnip #catnipplinth @bounder wat no plinth?
6:53 AM Aug 4th from TwitterFox

citizensheep Buff? bodybuilding? flexing muscles? #catnipplinth
6:53 AM Aug 4th from Seesmic

benjibrum @citizensheep But I did! #catnipplinth
6:53 AM Aug 4th from web in reply to citizensheep

cybrum Something to do with ‘guns’? #catnipplinth
6:53 AM Aug 4th from dabr

lornaparsons C’mon compooter, start up quicker!! need to catch last 5 mins of @catnip on the plinth!! #catnipplinth
6:53 AM Aug 4th
from Tweetie

paulbradshaw #catnipplinth sadly can’t see live stream on my iPod so making a picture from tweets
6:53 AM Aug 4th
from Tweetie

mrgammon @catnip it’s too early to think! #catnipplinth
6:54 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

ragearts @catnip #catnipplinth @bounder bridger over troubled plinth
6:54 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

joyfeed @citizensheep #catnipplinth web feed’s a bit flakey though
6:54 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck in reply to citizensheep

minibeastplinth #oneanother #catnipplinth ok maybe i don’t know it!
6:55 AM Aug 4th
from web

BARGBARG @catnip “Only a fool tries to hide their guns’n'things up their sleeves cos it’s right obvious like.” #catnipplinth (Plinth Pictionary)
6:55 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

citizensheep Is @bounder doing his job properly? ;-D #catnipplinth
6:55 AM Aug 4th
from Seesmic

benjibrum Trying to think like @getgood to get the plinth pictionary. #catnipplinth
6:55 AM Aug 4th
from web

Radeeboi @catnip #catnipplinth #oneandother gun knife arm bicept armpit I don’t know!!!
6:55 AM Aug 4th
from web

mrgammon @catnip I know it’s northern soul!! am I too late? #catnipplinth
6:55 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

brendadada Oh crumbs – so @catnip heard about #oneandother from @brendadada? That’s fab. :) #catnipplinth
6:55 AM Aug 4th
from Power Twitter

paulbradshaw @catnip #catnipplinth is it a satsuma? With asthma?
6:56 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie

ragearts @catnip birmingham is ace #catnipplinth
6:56 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

bitoclass #catnipplinth Hmm… no guns, no knives, just muscle? :) Oh dear, my brain doesn’t work at 6.45am #oneandother
6:56 AM Aug 4th from dabr

BARGBARG *waves to @catnip and salutes Plinth Pictionary*
6:56 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

PlinthiPaul #catnipplinth Hi! I’m up there myself in a couple of weeks & would like people to submit experiments for me to do at www.plinthipaul.co.uk!
6:57 AM Aug 4th from web

cataspanglish there must be some #smut involved then RT @benjibrum: Trying to think like @getgood to get the plinth pictionary. #catnipplinth
6:57 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

paulbradshaw @catnip #catnipplinth it looks like a small archipelago? A kettle nipple?
6:58 AM Aug 4th
from Tweetie

citizensheep @benjibrum That’s a dangerous thing to do. #catnipplinth
6:58 AM Aug 4th
from web in reply to benjibrum

kellystokes241 @catnip well done Julia it was worth getting up early
6:58 AM Aug 4th from web

mrgammon @catnip well done! enjoyed the 20 minutes I watched…now bounder on next!! #catnipplinth
6:58 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

ragearts @catnip #catnipplinth there comming to take u away ah ha back 2 brum!!
6:58 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

gabysslave #catnipplinth this is good @catnip hope you are enjoying it -you rock. It’s a pity my broadband is not giving the stream a proper chance ;)
6:58 AM Aug 4th
from Tweetie

OneandOtherweb @catnip #catnipplinth #oneandother DOH!
6:58 AM Aug 4th
from web

minibeastplinth #oneandother #catnipplinth you look like you had a blast, quality plinthing! :)
6:58 AM Aug 4th from web

Radeeboi @plinthipaul can you pass a knitting needle through one ear to the other #catnipplinth
6:58 AM Aug 4th from web

cybrum #catnipplinth They’re coming to take you away!
6:59 AM Aug 4th from dabr

hadleypaul @catnip We’re all mad I tell ya! 6am, and ppl from all over the globe chatting to a lady on a plinth, playing a quiz #catnipplinth
6:59 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

Radeeboi @catnip well done hun that was a good hour! #catnipplinth #oneandother
6:59 AM Aug 4th
from web

bitoclass #catnipplinth Although I’ve managed to wake up enough for my alter ego @PlinthiPaul to spam you so maybe it’s just Pictionary I can’t do :)
6:59 AM Aug 4th from dabr

russelltanner @catnip I’ve realised I should never play pictionary – I didn’t even get lobster :( #catnipplinth
6:59 AM Aug 4th
from Tweetie

grunt121 #catnipplinth i’ve got a box with salt shaker. That can’t be right
7:00 AM Aug 4th from Netvibes

ragearts @catnip #catnipplinth your welcome ill go 2bed now! amongst all the plaster rubble…..
7:00 AM Aug 4th
from TwitterFox

minibeastplinth #oneandother #catnipplinth ah! i was going down the line of guns, as in biceps, but that makes more sense!
7:00 AM Aug 4th
from web

PurpleHeather @catnip Bye! That was great fun :D Same again tomorrow to liven up that morning too? ;P #catnipplinth #oneandother
7:01 AM Aug 4th from blu

bitoclass Good work #catnipplinth – sorry I didn’t wake up early enough to tweet along properly. What I did see was good – bye! #oneandother
7:01 AM Aug 4th
from dabr

brendadada Big round of applause for @catnip! That was superb. #oneandother
7:01 AM Aug 4th
from Power Twitter

gabysslave @catnip I hope you enjoyed your time on a pedestal -it’s where every woman deserves to be ;)
7:01 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie

lornaparsons Bye @catnip *waves* well done!
7:01 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie

cataspanglish I think that #catnipplinth by @catnip has finally convinced me that I need to move back to the UK
7:01 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

benjibrum Quite emotional seeing @catnip leave the plinth. It’s too early for this sort of thing. #catnipplinth
7:01 AM Aug 4th
from web

minibeastplinth #oneandother #catnipplinth bye @catnipplinth ! Off back for another 30 mins sleep!
7:01 AM Aug 4th from web

russelltanner @catnip that was brilliant, well done! glad I woke up in time to watch :) #catnipplinth
7:02 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie

MyJQ @catnip #catnipplinth Well done for a great hour of twitterdom!
7:03 AM Aug 4th
from Tweetie

Tattybojangles Morning peoples. I have woken up to #catnipplinth weirdness. I won’t ask. Time to shower.
7:03 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

minibeastplinth @PurpleHeather great fun indeed, how about the 7am slot though! #oneandother #catnipplinth
7:03 AM Aug 4th
from web in reply to PurpleHeather

citizenship Well @catnip‘s plinth Pictionary is over, so it’s back to work for me. It was fun: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23catnipplinth
7:03 AM Aug 4th
from TweetDeck

cybrum RT @brendadada: Big round of applause for @catnip! That was superb. #oneandother
7:05 AM Aug 4th
from dabr

russelltanner might go back to bed for a sneaky half hr nap after watching #catnipplinth
7:06 AM Aug 4th from Tweetie

citizensheep @Tattybojangles It was @catnip. On the Plinth. Playing Pictionary.
7:06 AM Aug 4th
from web in reply to Tattybojangles

grunt121 RT @cybrum: RT @brendadada: Big round of applause for @catnip! That was superb. #oneandother
7:07 AM Aug 4th
from Netvibes

bitoclass RT @brendadada: Big round of applause for @catnip! That was superb. #oneandother #catnipplinth
7:12 AM Aug 4th from dabr

citilab RT @grunt121: RT @cybrum: RT @brendadada: Big round of applause for @catnip! That was superb. #oneandother
7:21 AM Aug 4th
from Tweetie

jonhickman @catnip @bounder rough night’s sleep then ended up sleeping through but sounds like #catnipplinth went well from the tweets :)7:28 AM Aug 4th from TweetDeck

I heart identicons

9 block identicon

I’ve noticed these cool aztec looking icons around the web over the past few weeks. They represent someone’s Globally Recognized Avatar when they haven’t yet uploaded one of their own via gravitar.com.

So anyway, I figured there were say a couple of dozen of these things that were assigned randomly to users. And I thought they’d look pretty cool on a tshirt. So I went to look for them and found out that they’re waaaaaay cooler than I thought. They are generated from your IP address and so there are thousands um millions um a shedload of them!

Anyway, as I have a floating IP address, I just picked a random one that I liked and made a tshirt online, can’t wait for it to arrive.

Slash Diction

I’ve been doing a lot of Search Engine Optimisation in work lately and this led me to wonder how one would blog about something one didn’t like without inadvertantly promoting it by increasing its web presence. “No publicity is bad publicity” as the saying goes. So I came up with an idea: what if I were to put a slash between each letter, let’s say for example R/o/b/b/i/e W/i/l/l/i/a/m/s.

It could have been any character I suppose, but with the slashes it’s still quite easy to read and slashes also have quite a negative connotation, appropriately. Let’s measure web presence as the number of results a name returns in Google. Try it for yourself if you like: search for R/o/b/b/i/e W/i/l/l/i/a/m/s in Google and you’ll get a grand total of zero hits, yay! but without the slashes a Google search of ‘the web’ returns over two million results (at the time of writing).

Hmm, I’ve never heard of anyone doing this before on the web, maybe I’ve started a brand new interweblog meme phenomenom! I’m gonna call it “Slash Diction”. Of course this could eventually backfire on me and all the R/o/b/b/i/e W/i/l/l/i/a/m/s fans could start including Slash Diction in their fan sites too! Oh well, it’ll be interesting to see if this takes off, I’ve always wanted to invent something!!

my ipod changed my life (and other ramblings)

About six weeks ago, some idiot decided to ram me up the boot in a 4×4 (but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Anyhoo, the upshot of this is that I’ve been without my regular vehicle for about 6 weeks. I actually really liked my courtesy car – a Ford Fusion Plus – but it had one drawback: no cassette player. “No what player?” I hear you youngsters cry, surely that’s a step backwards. Well it’s not the casette player I really want, it’s the ability to play my ipod on my long and boring 45 min commute to work (yeah I know, I would consider getting public transport if it wouldn’t take me several hours!). I’ve tried the itrip thingy, but it was a bit rubbish, something to do with there being a big metal roof between it and my car radio aerial methinks, maybe they’ve improved the technology, who knows, but for now, I’m happy to make do with a cheapo casette adaptor. The sound quality is far from perfect, but to be honest, I’ll sacrifice that to be able to have the choice of thousands of tracks. I get bored of music very quickly you see! and besides, I’d rather listen to an amazing track at less than perfect quality than a rubbish track at perfect quality. So the past couple of cars I’ve had, I’ve swapped the CD player for a casette player, much to the bemusement of some.

So how have I coped with several weeks’ commuting without my beloved pod? Not very well, that’s how. I Suppose I could have burned a couple of CDs but I couldn’t really be bothered and it was only supposed to be for a week originally. So, on my way to work, I’ve mainly been flicking between the radio stations Radio 1, Radio 2, Kerrang! and Galaxy. So, why those two commercial stations and not b/r/m/b, B/e/a/c/o/n or whatever? Well basically, I reckoned that I would be pretty safe that neither Kerrang! and Galaxy would not subject me to any R/o/b/b/i/e W/i/l/l/i/a/m/s! Aside from the adverts and rubbish presenters, they do at least make some attempt to be music focussed in their particular genres, if a little too predictably poppy at times.

Aanyhoo, back to my original ramblings! I’m not adverse to a bit of pop music and I love cheesy dance music (guilty pleasure!) and some urban stuff so I usually like most of the Radio 1 playlist, if only the presenters wouldn’t yabber so much. I know many people hate Chris Moyles and he does do the most yabbering out of any radio presenter I’ve ever heard I think, however compared to S/c/o/t/t M/i/l/l/s, Moylesy seems positively witty. I normally switch to another channel when Moyles is talking, but I don’t feel the need to swear at the radio if I accidently hear him speak like I do with SM. So why do I hate SM so much? Well, he’s the most unfunny, uncharismatic, insincere radio presenter I’ve ever heard in my life. He tries to be deadpan, but he’s not clever enough to carry it off. Setting up/directly insulting/hanging up on listeners/members of the public on the phone is not funny. Using other people’s ‘jokes’ or catchphrases from 10 years ago that weren’t funny then (e.g. “er, hel-looooooooo”) is not funny. Not knowing or caring anything about music while presenting a show on Radio 1 is not funny, although I’d have to blame his bosses for that one. Surely, there must be people out there who both care about decent music and are entertaining. I’d settle for either at a push, but I can’t accept neither.

Kerrang! is ok in very small doses, but they only seem to have about 10 records on their playlist, I like listening to some of the brand new stuff they play, with the exception of “Ruby” by Kaiser Chiefs, if I never hear that song again, it’ll be too soon! The ‘classic’ stuff they play only seems to consist of Guns n Roses, who I used to love, but Kerrang are doing their best to put a stop to that!

Radio 2 was pretty much a last resort for me at rush hour times – I’m 32, I’m not dead! The music is a bit hit and miss for me, they do try to play some new stuff, but Wogan going “hmm, that was the erm hmm Magic erm Numbers, now I’ve had a letter from Mrs Miggins blah blah geriatric moans blah blah” kind of ruins it for me. I’m afraid I can’t stand C/h/r/i/s E/v/a/n/s either, I don’t believe he likes music and I don’t find him entertaining in any way. But the final straw for the drive time show for me was when he played the new Sophie Ellis Bextor track (pretty good) and asked S/a/l/l/y T/r/a/f/f/i/c whether she agreed it sounded like Gwen Stefani. She had no idea. Now Radio 2 claim to be a music station not a talk station, am I right? Well why not get someone who likes music to read the traffic out too? It’s not like Gwen Stefani is some obscure underground act, she’s mainstream popular culture, you’d only have had to turn your TV on at some point over the past couple of years to know what she sounds like. So actually I’m not really accusing S/a/l/l/y T/r/a/f/f/i/c of not liking music, but of being seriously out-of-touch with popular culture. She must be a bloody good traffic reader-outerer that’s all I can say! Actually I think they only employed her because of her surname ;-)

Overall, Galaxy faired the best for my own personal taste. These days they seem to play poppy dance tracks (fine by me), poppy hip-hop tracks (also fine by me) and rubbish slushy R&B tracks, during which I reach for the dial. Yeah, the presenters and the adverts are as annoying as hell but the station does have a couple of half hour slots where they mainly play music, which usually coincided with my driving times luckily.

So anyway, I now have my car back and have been enjoying my drive to work a lot more! What I really like to do is to record the Radio 1 specialist shows (such as Mary Ann Hobbs, Gilles Peterson, Zane Lowe, Pete Tong, Annie Mac etc.) onto SD card on my digital radio and transfer them to my iPod. That way I get to hear all the new stuff when it suits me. I guess my ideal radio station would be Radio 1 from 7pm til 4am, but all day. So probably a little bit 6Music with a bit more new music and dance stuff. I think what I’m waiting for is some kind of portable listen on demand device for radio.

On a final note, I am going to contradict myself here and suggest that people don’t refer to Radio Stations as a whole, but rather to particular presenters or shows. It annoys me when people say “Radio 1 is shit” when what they mean is “daytime Radio 1 is shit”. There is such a vast difference between the daytime content and the evening content that it’s ridiculous to try and lump them together. Same goes for Radio 2, I know there is some decent stuff on there and some specialist music shows, just not at the right times for me. One would never talk about TV stations in this way, well not the main terrestrial ones anyway “oh I don’t watch BBC 1 anymore”, actually maybe one would, but you know what I’m getting at!

blog posts i’ve commented on

i really like the feature on flickr where you can subscribe to a feed of other people’s comments on ‘Photos and Sets you’ve commented on’. i have yet to discover a way of doing a similar thing with blog posts. i’ve heard that it is possible to subscribe to the comments relating to each individual post, but that would be a nightmare. what i want is one feed of all the comments on any blog posts i have commented on, i guess one for each type of blog would be manageable e.g. ‘blogger posts i’ve commented on’ or ‘wordpress posts i’ve commented on’. blogger makes me sign in to leave a comment, but i can’t seem to find a way of tracking comments i have made, let alone any subsequent comments made by others, am i missing something?