Fun with Google Maps UK

At least one cheer for the speed of delivery on the UK version of Google Maps – I thought it would take much longer. Viewing maps is fine, but some of the search results are still quirky to say the least and when I look for Whitehall I don’t expect either of these

Trouble is I’m having trouble thinking of serious test cases. All I’ve come up with is:

Lloyd’s House in Epsom
Guys with fat arses in London
Satan in Bromsgrove

Hooray Henry in Sloane Square

Please vote in the comments for the most accurate in your view.

1st prize – a haircut like Adam Curry’s

Not really ready for Dave Winer to find a hotel in London.

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From the sublime…

Baaaato, well not really the ridiculous – it was for charidee after all (and so naturally I don’t want to talk about it) – but it certainly was surreal.

After starting the day so well (see below), I popped over to South Kensington with my friend Helen to attend London’s first Sheep Race. There weren’t any real sheep in South Ken, natch, but we were treated to lunch and recorded highlights of a race that took place last week in the Welsh borders. We were reminded several times that this was London’s first Sheep Race, were spared too many jokes about sheep and randy Welshmen and happily got to give Children with Leukemia some money – overall the event raised just over £1,000.

In through the ears, and out through the fingers

A good morning for podcast listening on the train into London.

First up Morning Coffee Notes for April 14th from Dave Winer, in which he answers questions for Robert Scoble and Shel Israel about how and why he started blogging and what was the story with the creation of RSS, oh yeah and remembers he hasn’t paid his taxes…yet.

Then into Bicycle Mark‘s first Portugese-only Audio Communique #27 – “fantastica”…was just one of the words I managed to understand – but why does he talk about Madge so much – madge this, madge that. My experience of Portuguese (apart from my inability to spell it straight off – keep forgetting the second u, putting it in and then taking it out again) is that some words are easier to understand written down and some are easier to understand when spoken – so perhaps I’d be able to understand more of a film with subtitles – don’t know until you try.

Finally an IT Conversations/Tech Nation with Moira Gunn interviewing Keith Devlin from Stanford University about innate mathematical ability in humans and many other animals. It’s a really interesting conversation that walks the line between saying “Well….duh!” and “Hey there’s probably something interesting in this” Bonus point – Keith Devlin has a similar Northern English accent (at least to my ear) to David Gurteen – Now I’ll find that one’s from Liverpool and the other one’s from Hull!

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I [heart] BBC

Seven Quid TV StampPeople coming to live in the UK from elsewhere, particularly Americans, are often astounded by the TV Licence, which is how we fund the BBC. For some it confirms their idea that we’re all submissive, unimaginative and just a bit dim when it comes to commercial opportunities, for others it looks like yet another communistic bit of state-sponsored theft.

So, just putting aside for a moment the fact that I hear a lot of Americans saying that they’d do anything to have TV and Radio without pushy advertising (but presumably, like Meatloaf, they wouldn’t do *that*) and the huge cultural benefit and joy I’ve had from BBC productions all through my life, here’s one example of why I don’t mind paying for my TV licence one bit; and here’s another

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Murdoch’s internet speech

Pay upPerhaps the only advantage print has over online for me is that I was able to sneak a look at this FT article while waiting in an office lobby today without paying for the privilege.

News Corp. does provide full text of the speech though (link from Jeff Jarvis).

On balance I’d say “Too little too late, Rupe” but he won’t go down without a fierce and bitter fight. He almost gets it – but he still sees the environment as one where there are people who sell the news and people who buy it. He talks about a decentralized model, but then seems to think that a huge centralized organization like News Corp. can somehow still dominate it. Interesting too that he drops in a reference to podcasting and video.

Nice article on digital radio on p19 of the FT as well, including podcasting and a plug for podshows. Just in case you’re down the library tomorrow…

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Podwalk010 – Thank heaven for sugar barons

Tate Turbine HallOk, so I didn’t think this one through entirely.

1. You are not allowed to take photographs in the galleries of Tate Modern.

2. It’s generally so quiet and people are walking around looking for interesting things that I felt even more self-conscious about talking.

So 3. There are many more edits than usual but fewer photographs and not much of *my* voice at all. It’s mostly those exhibits that make a sound and the sounds of people taking tours and talking to each other.

The Tate Modern site has more on the Bruce Nauman sound installation including an interactive version that doesn’t quite match the reality because the only sounds that overlap are adjacent ones – as you can hear from the recording, you can actually hear everything reverberating around the huge space of the Turbine Hall.

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