Sunday Roast: go and play with the flounder

To start with, massive *huggles* to illyna – because she’s worth it 🙂

This week can only be described as having been a little bit pants (that’s ‘not very good’ to those not familiar with Brit slang). I’ve definitely seen the dark side of project work this week and, whilst it’s made me even more convinced the work we’re doing is worthwhile, the day-to-day hasn’t been so much fun. Luckily I’ve got Monday and Tuesday off as I’ve been a very good girl, so that should give me time to find my fizz once more (contrary to one suggestion, it wasn’t down the back of the sofa).

In other news, I seem to be being sucked back into the whirling blackhole that is research, archaeological computing, and online publication… Whilst I’m enjoying it immensely to be truthful here, it has somewhat coloured the things I’ve been bookmarking lately. Yes, the Roast not only serves as entertainment for you all, but as a repository of things I want to go back to later myself. Bless the person who invented the search function, that’s all I have to say!

And enjoy the Roast of course 🙂

Wikipedia is going to be checking credentials of its contributors. Since writing the Demon Thesis, I’ve started to come around to thinking that verification of people is important if you want to have a trusted resource. That’s not to say that people with PhD’s are more trustworthy than those without, but you do need to be able to prove that Person X really is Person X and not Person Y pretending to be Person X, and that what Person X is saying about themselves is true. Credibility online is something that is very hard to build and, if you’re basing part of your credibility on your qualifications, well, it does help if those qualifications can be verified.

Yeah, there’s an argument in there somewhere if you care to look. My ideas are currently very nebulous and based more on a gut feeling than reasoned argument. I’ll get back to you when I have something more coherent to say on the matter!

This week the ‘Net proved it can cope with non-English characters. Which is good news for all of those who use a character set other than the Roman one.

9rules, the Old Skool way.

Following on from last week where a piece of Banksy art was sold with a free house attached, this week some fool painted over a Banksy piece by mistake. Er, oops?

What’s it like to visit the offices of a major publishing house? wonder no more.

Has anyone made any Flickr Collections yet?

I’ve been writing snapshots lately, but they are veritable novels compared to these ficlets.

I’ve been Twittering like a fool this past week, despite saying only LAST week that I’d never Twitter (I know, I know). I’ve got some Twitter friends already (yay me!) and am slightly scared at how well it’s fitted into my life. But all that aside, I’m really crap when it comes to explaining to people why I Twitter. I’m working on a post, but in the mean time read this because it explains things really rather well.

My all-time favourite Web academic danah has been on a roll this past week with articles on web sociality and narcissim on the web. Lots to ponder in there 🙂

And what is becoming a standing feature once again, some movie trailers that caught my eye:
Resident Evil: Extinction – so I’m a sucker for Oded Fehr in all his marvelous forms. That, and some mindless action always go down a treat.
Slow Burn – it took me two watches of this to work out why the female lead looked so familiar…
Lonely Hearts – Mmmmm, Jared Leto. Plus, the cinematography looks quite funky and different, and the story intrigues me.

7 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: go and play with the flounder

  1. jememy – thanks for those links! I shall stiffle more SXSW envy and go read now. And welcome to Bright Meadow 🙂

  2. I was trying to explain ‘pants’ as a negative slang term to my future father-in-law this weekend. It didn’t go over so well.

  3. LOL!
    I have to admit, I’ve no idea where it came from, but bearing in mind that ‘pants’ in the UK are underwear and not trousers, I guess calling something ‘a pile of pants’ makes a bit more sense…

  4. Not to be a pedant, but should that not be “narcism”? (Danah’s mistake, not yours!)

    Also: this is not the BrightMeadow I am used to!

  5. That, Rich, is because I am in the middle of some changes around the place. I am, quite literally, in the middle of writing an explanatory post. Please give me at least 24 hours grace to get it tweaked and the penguins back home where they belong before you comment? Pretty please? *flutters eyelashes*

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