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Really excited with how well this turned out. I did the technical bits in the writeup.

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For the past two weeks we’ve been working on presenting a digital version of Sunday Times foreign correspondent Christina Lamb’s longform piece about her relationship with Malala Yousafzai. You can view it publicly here.

The piece itself is fantastic - highly personal, with lots of…

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Highlight Diaries #2

Highlight sucks — both battery and in terms of actually accomplishing anything with it. People never talk to each other on it (Odd for a service designed to encourage communication) and the ones that do often don’t make it past a two message exchange.

I’ve since uninstalled Highlight and my phone can now make it to the end of the workday on a single charge. Apologies to anyone expecting a legit Highlight Diaries update.

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I wrote the bit about Django for this.

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The Times Conference Companion is a lightweight mobile website allowing subscribers (and non - subscribers that light register) a fast and easy way to keep up with conference news and gossip.

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We wanted to find a way of bringing a Twitter-like stream to readers that was heavily curated…

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A bit of Inside Baseball about the recent Caitlin v Clarkson “Attribute That Quote!” game I worked on.

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Our Caitlin V Clarkson quiz was an attempt to see how quickly our team could produce a game that included both Times and Sunday Times brands, that could be completed to a short deadline, and crucially, was a bit of fun.

We came up with pitting our columnists Caitlin Moran and Jeremy…

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View from the room I’m working in today… #London #nofilter  (at Thomas More Square)

View from the room I’m working in today… #London #nofilter (at Thomas More Square)

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"I find raging at Apple is an integral part of making music."

Ben Hoffman

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This was a massive pain last year — I wandered northward, in the rain, for over an hour, trying in vain to find where the 277 returned to its route. In reality, I would’ve found it again had I walked south about two blocks:

GROVE ROAD / VICTORIA PARK E3 ROUTE 277: Buses are diverted between Roman Road and Mare Street from 1930 to 2300 Saturday 18, 2130 to midnight Saturday 25 and 2030 to 2330 Sunday 26 May and are expected to experience severe delays due to spectators for events in Victoria Park, Hackney.

Route 277 is diverted northbound toward Highbury via Grove Road, Roman Road, Cambridge Heath Road and Mare Street and southbound toward Leamouth via Lauriston Road, Victoria Park Road, Mare Street, Cambridge Heath Road, Roman Road and Grove Road.

Bus stops missed northbound - GE Old Ford Road, GF Victoria Park, P Victoria Park Road, Q Moulins Road, R Terrace Road, N Holcroft Road, LX Well Street / Shore Road.

Bus stops missed southbound - X Victoria Park Road, GA Victoria Park, GB Roman Road.

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Highlight diaries #1

I’ve been using the geolocation service Highlight for about 4 months now, mainly because it intrigues me.

The idea is it grabs your Likes and some basic profile data from Facebook to create a profile, which then shows up on the devices of people who have the app and walk within what seems about a 2-block radius. Likewise, you see their profile and can message, ping/poke (“high five”) or favourite (“highlight”) them.

Maybe it’s just London, but in the sum of the time I’ve used the service, a grand total of one person has actually messaged me. I’m thus going to try experimenting with the medium and posting my results here.

So far I’ve tried:

  • High-fiving anyone with 5 or more shared interests
  • High-fiving anyone who seems even remotely cool
  • Posting about London’s shitty weather
  • Posting about Daft Punk’s latest album
  • Posting about how I high-five anyone that’s cool

Any thoughts? Am I doing something wrong? Am I just that lame? Or is Highlight just — on a whole — a pretty big waste of time for meeting interesting people in my community?

-Æ.

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Earlier at #nightanddayberlin, Spree park, Berlin. Disused rollercoaster. (at Spreepark Berlin / Kulturpark Plänterwald)

Earlier at #nightanddayberlin, Spree park, Berlin. Disused rollercoaster. (at Spreepark Berlin / Kulturpark Plänterwald)

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The xx at Spreepark, Berlin. #nightanddayberlin #isalonghashtag #nofilter (at Spreepark Berlin / Kulturpark Plänterwald)

The xx at Spreepark, Berlin. #nightanddayberlin #isalonghashtag #nofilter (at Spreepark Berlin / Kulturpark Plänterwald)