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In an astounding example of metaness, this Instagram pic should generate a blog post, using ifttt.com

Your Friendly Olympic Park

This is the view from the banks of the Lea (or Lee) by the Olympic Park:

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Let’s take a closer look at that attractive fence:

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Lovely, eh?

I hope they take it all away and make it nice and open, but I suspect they won’t, at least until after the Games.

Cluttered by Google, Lost by Bing

I was reading The Clutter Didn’t Kill the Love by Brent Simmons, about how he was trying Microsoft’s Bing search engine, instead of Google. His reason was the current worry that Google is becoming less than trustworthy.

Google losing trust would be a shame. But at least a Google search for “martin mccallion” (without the quotes) has this blog as the number one hit. Try that on Bing at the moment and you get a whole pile of other Martin McCallions.1 The worst part to me is that the first six are Facebook or LinkedIn profiles (the seventh is one of those annoying directory sites, then you get me).

I wouldn’t mind other people with the same name appearing above me, if it was their proper sites; but to me social-network profiles feel like distinctly second-class web entities.

Or is that snobbish?


  1. As an experiment, and to ensure a like-for-like comparison, I signed out of Google, and went to the .com version (I normally use .co.uk by default). I was still at the top. 

The Felice Brothers

As if there weren’t enough reasons to love Outnumbered already, we recently saw an old Christmas special. It ended with the family watching the telly and singing along to a song. I didn’t know it, but liked the sound of it.

The internet knows all, and a bit of googling told me it was ‘Frankie’s Gun!’ by The Felice Brothers.

Emusic has the relevant album, and it’s great. Highly recommended.

Also their site tells me they’re playing London on the 20th of March. Hmmm…