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Friday, June 29, 2007
  Voss Motor Company, Demolition In Progress

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  Simon O'Brien quits Radio Merseyside
How-Do has an mp3 recording of Simon O'Brien's mistakenly broadcast advert that forced his resignation from Radio Merseyside. I've no idea whether he was a good presenter, I haven't listened to Radio Merseyside in years, but it seems a bit harsh to lose your job over this. Interesting to notice on the recording the sound of Saint Roger Phillips laughing heartily at Simon's comments, wonder if he was ever in any danger of losing his job.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007
  The future is a big ass table

Parody of the Microsoft Surface promotional video.

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  Time to move over to Yahoo Image Search
I'm always a bit bewildered by how many referrals sites I work on get from Google Images. I don't really use it myself, the results are terrible. Yahoo have finally done the sensible thing and intregrated their Flickr photos into their search results.

I'm not sure that this really shows how good a development this is, but the first results now for an image search on 'Catharine Street Liverpool' are photos from inside my flat.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
  Breakfast Liverpool

b IMG_0826, originally uploaded by Fred Chan Photography.

It was great to see one of my favourite blogs, Breakfast Liverpool, getting a mention in this Saturday's Guardian Guide. I can't stand cooked english breakfasts, so I'm not sure why I enjoy it so much. I think it's probably the commitment and attention to detail.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
  Novel UK ticket buying system
I tried to book a single train ticket for Liverpool to London for 7 July yesterday (13 days in advance). In the morning the Virgin website quoted £12.50 fares available on all times. By the afternoon they didn't have a single ticket available for less than £57. One less trip to London.

Thought I'd check if anyone else had any cheaper tickets and I came across trainline which (thankfully) I've never used before. I couldn't believe their system. You have to guess a ticket price and then they tell you if there is a ticket available at that price (the answer for each of the first 13 options is no!).
trainline booking system.

This appears to be the main train ticket booking website for the UK...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007
  Norton for Scrap hidden for 2008

DSC01345, originally uploaded by new folder.

I noticed that this much-loved sign had been covered over a few months ago. According to today's Liverpool Echo the sign was removed and new adverts put in its place as part of the cleanup for 2008.

The 'Look Of The City' project targeted 10 sites to make the city more 'presentable'. Also included in the project is the removal of the Las Vegas sign from the property by Lime Street.

Update (6 July 2007): Las Vegas improvement - the £1 larger bar

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
  Business reviews on Google Maps
Google are trying to incorporate review technology into Google Maps but they're doing it in a really haphazard way. Have a look at the entry for Liverpool's Everyman Theatre below:
Everyman Theatre on Google Maps

The Everyman is given a review of 0.5 out of 5, pretty damning. Click on the link 'one review' and you are taken to this bland tourist information page on Enjoy England. It's not a review in the conventional sense and it certainly isn't negative.

Interestingly, there's also an option to write your own review. To write a review you need to sign in using your Google Account and write at least 100 characters. These user-generated reviews may become increasingly important for businesses and cultural organisations in the near future.

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Monday, June 18, 2007
  Flickr stats
I'd love to get more stats for the new folder Flickr photostream. Statr for Flickr uses the Flickr api to show your number of views by date -

Statr for Flickr graph

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Friday, June 15, 2007
  Copy text from Windows error messages
I just always presumed that you couldn't copy the text from error popups in Windows but apparently all you need to do is Control C. This could have saved a lot of time..
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
  Doctor on Call

Doctor on Call, originally uploaded by new folder.

Pilgrim Street, Liverpool

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Thursday, June 07, 2007
  Google's improved webmaster guidelines
Google's Webmaster guidelines have for a long time provided a simple outline for optimising content for their rankings. Google believe in being transparent about the techniques needed as it helps them produce better results - their biggest problem being web content that is incompetently optimised rather than spam content that is overoptimised.

Earlier this week Smashing Magazine produced a good introduction to the basics of Page Rank, today I read on Phillip Lenssen's excellent Google Blogoscoped that Google have updated their webmaster guidelines.

Included in the guidelines for the first time, I think, was an explicit warning not to include pages that install viruses, trojans and badware.

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  Lloyds bar, Concert Square
LLoyds Bar, Concert Square
Lloyds bar, Concert Square, originally uploaded by new folder.

You really have given up any attempt at pretending to care about your brand when you do this to the main entrance of your bar.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007
  New clean design for Ask.com
Ask homepage redesign
As Google continues to clutter its homepage and results pages there's an opportunity for their rivals to claw back ground by offering users clean design. Ask's new homepage offers a modern straightforward alternative.

Apparently, the systems delivering the results have also been updated. I can't judge on any improvement as the last time I used Ask Jeeves was probably the first day I used the internet but trying a few searches that I regularly use in Google this afternoon I was impressed with the results.

Lifehacker doesn't think much of it, but I still think Google is beatable and I'll be looking out for in-depth studies of the Ask system in the coming weeks.

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Monday, June 04, 2007
  Show name already in use, please choose another show name
Ustream.tv seems to have a bug affecting creation of new shows.

Daniele Rossi has already documented this a couple of days ago, but the same thing is happening for me and there doesn't seem to be any answer online.

I've got to agree with his comments that the lack of an FAQ or help section is a pain and I've had a look at their blog and there's no mention of any current problem. Can anyone help?

Edit: see comments, issue is now fixed
 
Friday, June 01, 2007
  'Our House', 'Four Corners'

Washing line, 'Our House', originally uploaded by new folder.

'Our House' is a temporary exhibition installed in derelict housing on Great George Street, Liverpool. It's a part of 'Four Corners' - a 'celebration of partnerships across the city'. It involves and is funded by a host of arts and communities organisations including Bluecoats Arts Centre, Arts in Regeneration, ICDC and Everyman Playhouse.

'Our House', Four Corners

The exhibition is great. The exterior of the building is clad in doors from derelict buildings, all painted red. Inside, the rooms of two ground floor flats have been converted by artists and organisations producing work on a broad theme of community and regeneration.

The strongest installation was the room below, showcasing work collected as part of the iamhere project.

'I am here', 'Four Corners'

It's a real shame that the exhibition is only on for three days, apparently for budgetary reasons. A small exhibition, it's overstaffed with security and more front of house staff than visitors. When was the last time you saw a portaloo cabin for an exhibition this size? It's easy to see where money could have been saved.

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  East Village, Liverpool v. East Village, NY

Which would you rather live in?

East Village, Liverpool:
Private Estate
No access for vehicles
No cyling
No skateboarding
These premises are under CCTV surveillance
Children must be accompanied by an adult
No dogs
No ball games

East Village, NY (from Wikipedia):
Over the last 100 years, the East Village/Lower East Side neighborhood has been considered one of the strongest contributors to American arts and culture in New York. During the great wave of immigration (Germans, Ukrainians, Polish) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, countless families found their new homes in this area. The East Village has also been the home of cultural icons and movements from the American gangster to the Warhol Superstars, folk music to punk rock, anti-folk to hip-hop, advanced education to organized activism, experimental theater to the Beat Generation. Club 57, on St. Mark's Place, was an important incubator for performance and visual art in the late 1970s and early 1980s, followed by 8BC as, during the 1980s, the East Village art gallery scene helped to galvanize modern art in America, with such artists as Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jeff Koons exhibiting.

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  Least interesting photos on Flickr

DSC00397, originally uploaded by new folder.

I used Dopiaza's tools to create this automatically updated set of my least interesting' photos on Flickr. Not sure what it says about my own judgement, but the set includes a lot of my favourite photos...

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