Archive for May, 2009

Manuel Castells @ LSE

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Manuel Castells, the pre-eminent social theorist on the Internet, will be discussing his new book Communication Power at the LSE on Thursday 9 July. Having secured a £2 Megatrain return fair from Nottingham, I hope to get down to this one.

Heaven is Unformatted

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Having negotiated some of the most complex graphics, multimedia and programming software known to mankind, nothing quite gives me a headache like Microsoft Word. Since I only recently learnt to use styles, I have become obsessively protective of my revised template and annoyed with anything that corrupts it. Sick of copying and pasting unwanted formatted text between documents and from the Web, a quick Google search reveals I am not alone. Numerous blogposts and forums show consensus in thinking that Word should, by default, paste text unformatted (instead of having to go through several unnecessary clicks to get to ‘paste special’ > ‘as unformatted text’). There’s no easy option to change this; instead you have to delve into the exciting world of Visual Basic. Here’s a step-by-step guide from Paul Spoerry. Really, life’s too short.


Monday, May 4th, 2009

The open access imprint Bloomsbury Academic have released Lawrence Lessig‘s new book, Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy through Creative Commons. The book is available as a free pdf download along with a NPR audio interview with the author. Lessig explores emergent cultural activities on the web, arguing outmoded forms of copyright need to be radically updated as the copying, remixing and redistribution of creative and informational content become increasingly criminalised. It seems like they are doing just that in New Zealand.