A Tagine is a rich meaty stew from North Africa, made with marinated meats and fruitsâ€¦ Iâ€™m hoping you get the analogy- this â€˜Roastâ€™ is somewhat late, but I hope better for the slow cooking and marinating process, filled with tasty fruit and nourishing meat.
If you couldnâ€™t already tell, this is still Neko, guest blogging whilst the mighty Cas is away incubating her novel. Iâ€™ve not done one of these before, so she kindly supplied me with some links to get me started: Iâ€™ll run through hers first, then add some special spices of my own!
Firstly some things that made the news (and made me grinâ€¦)
The CIA have been editing wikipedia . Iâ€™m sure there are incisive comments I could make about the nature of communal knowledge and the dangers of open participation, or I could just laugh about some employees doing a Skeletor on the President of Iranâ€¦
The joys and dangers of applying technological solutions to family problems- a novel use of googlesâ€™ calendar facility documented in the NYT.
In your facebooks! Haxxing ur iPhone…Another interesting example of pervasive computing – not sure if this is a good thing or not, but a group of researchers are looking at hooking you Facebook profile to your mobile phone with Bluetooth, to suggest people you run into regularly but donâ€™t already â€˜knowâ€™ according to Facebookâ€¦
The BBC have integrated social bookmarking buttons on all their news content , which means it must officially be de-rigueur now, and the trendy kids will have to find something else to play with..
The new iLife release from apple has met with mixed reviews. Iâ€™m not a Mac user (The shock! The horror!) so I canâ€™t really add anything to this one!
A UK radio station has received heavy criticism from a Dr for offering a boob job as a prize in a competition. I have to agree- even though I consider some cosmetic surgery necessary and possible beneficial, giving it away as a prize seems a bit beyond the pale.
The rest I found all by myself, and so have to officially absolve Cas of any responsibility!
Cas and I both bookmarked this great webcomic, xkcd , and Iâ€™m pretty sure we both got to it via danah boyds blog . Iâ€™ve not read the entire back catalogue yetâ€¦ but I loved it, even if I did have to explain some the really geeky jokes to my other half. I want one of the ‘ science, it works ‘ T-shirts to wear to archaeology conference where the theoreticians gather in droves and shudder at the word science every time one of us computing/ geophysics types uses itâ€¦
Will it blend? is, I guess, viral marketing, but itâ€™s good viral marketing. Especially when they blend an iPhone and some glow sticks. Genius. I can feel a disturbance in the forceâ€¦ like a thousand Apple fanboys crying out in anguishâ€¦ then silenceâ€¦
Finally, playing with maps to make pictures is something archaeologists often get accused of (that isnâ€™t a ceremonial complex, itâ€™s just a bunch of random lines and dotsâ€¦.) but this is an ace variation on that, making animals out of the tube mapâ€¦
Thatâ€™s it for now folksâ€¦ Iâ€™m handing over to Moose as of this time tomorrow as Iâ€™m off playing silly games. Be excellent to each other.
(Rapidly edited to fix my links- apologies to whoever read the first version of this, sorry! Not as much of a ‘net genius as the proprietor..)