Makezine has an Ancestor

I am very impressed and enthralled by 'Make'. The quarterly magazine, published by O'Reilly, shows us how to make wonderfully useful things.

Rummaging through my father's old magazines, I found a big bunch of early issues of 'Practical Mechanics'. Here is a cover from one dated march 1937. So you see this is not a new idea, just that we have much more technology available to us in this century.

The cover story in this 1937 issue of 'Practical Mechanics' was Profitable Printing at Home. The article is, in part, a review of a small printing press invented by Donald Aspinall. I quote:

In 1922 he built his first machine, found it satisfactory, and put it on the market. It was named the "Adana" -an anagram of the initial letters of the inventor's name ....

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Posted on 23 Dec 2005 around 5pm • Tagged with: Ideas | Permanent link to this article

Powerpoint Performer

This is an update of an earlier version. I seem to give this talk annually, so I figured I should do a bit of work on it and then re-post. Is this an acceptable thing to do on a blog?

A couple of years ago I watched the Paul McCartney 'Back in the US' film of his tour, I was impressed by the incredible collage of digital film, animation and video that was projected behind the stage. Maybe this is typical now at pop concerts. I have heard about VJs, a new breed of nightclub and dance scene entrepreneurs who can construct, in real time, mixed digital video projected to go with the music.

Of course this may be a far cry from standing in front of class to give a 'Powerpoint' presentation, but still it's a performance, and how can we make it work well?

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Posted on 05 Dec 2005 around 11pm • Tagged with: Talks | Permanent link to this article

No Direction homepage

Back in 1970, I looked a bit like Dylan. It wasn't that I tried. My hair was long, curly and dark, and my modest diet gave me the gaunt look.

Last night, like many others of my generation, I reflected on those 'long hair' days, when I strummed along to 'Girl from the North Country', 'To Ramona' and 'My Back Pages'. The Martin Scorsese documentary - 'No Direction Home' was enthralling but also disappointing.

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Posted on 28 Sep 2005 around 8am • Tagged with: Ideas | Permanent link to this article

How to install tinyMCE for ExpressionEngine

I have been running the wysiwyg editor; tinyMCE on a couple of sites and have now succesfully installed within a copy of ExpressionEngine 1.3. In fact it doesn't seem any different from my experience with 1.2. It seems like a few people might find it useful to get some advice as to how to set tinyMCE up. One point before we begin though; tinyMCE does not work with Safari on MAC (up to version 2 anyway) and does not work with Opera as far as I can tell. The best browser on any platform is FireFox and it works with this and Mozilla / Netscape. Internet Explorer is also fine although you will need to take care when copying and pasting content from Word. Here, then are the steps to get tinyMCE working:

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Posted on 11 Jul 2005 around 11am • Tagged with: ExpressionEngine | Permanent link to this article

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