Archives for March 2009

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Jamillah Knowles | 10:56 UK time, Tuesday, 31 March 2009

The podcast is up and running for your listening pleasure. If we mentioned a place that you would like to visit online, or you didn't catch a URL, you can find all the links right here.

This week, politics tops our agenda and the news headlines. The UK government proposes monitoring our connections on social networks. Not an entirely popular choice.

Bill TTech journalist and commentator Bill Thompson , helps to unravel the consequences.

It's not easy to escape the news that world leaders are gathering in London for the G20 summit. Mainstream media is of course reporting, but there are also many ways in which online communities are getting involved.

G20VoiceKarina Brisby is leading the G20Voice project where 50 bloggers have the same media accreditation as mainstream media journalists to cover the event in their own way.

MoblogAflie Denen of Moblog tells us about how mobile blogging can make things a bit easier for those sharing information from the summit.

DhamakaCarole Edrich, known online as Dhamaka is one of the 50 bloggers granted access, she describes how she hopes to reveal the devil in the details through her photography.

The G20 is also inspiring a ground roots effort to create change. Paul Massey of We20 talks about organising groups 20 people or less in an effort to make things better locally, nationally or globally.

KutimanWe take a break from the policy and the politics to marvel at the remixing skills of Kutiman who somehow hears things on the web that others may miss and creates music with surprising results.

As always, if you have seen a blog or heard a podcast that you think we should know about, drop me a line at podsandblogs -at- bbc.co.uk I'd love to hear from you.

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    Bloggers on the River Thames

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    Jamillah Knowles | 19:11 UK time, Thursday, 26 March 2009

    Sometimes it's great to record bloggers and sometimes it's much better to spend some time with them and find out more about who they are.

    Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to catch up with some Qype bloggers on an extraordinary journey.

    Warriorgrrl suiting up for the journeyWe were whisked up the river Thames on a speeding RIB and I think I may have left some of my face out there at the speed we were travelling.

    Qype guru and music blogger Laura Kidd, known as Warriorgrrl online organised the event captured the whole thing on video and you can see the river highlights here. You can also see many photos by London photographer and online reviewer Tikichris.

    Webstocky and espresso

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    Jamillah Knowles | 19:55 UK time, Tuesday, 24 March 2009

    The podcast lies in wait for you to feast your ears on our web meanderings this week. If we mentioned a place that you would like to visit online, or you didn't catch a URL, you can find all the links right here:

    WebstockyI was allowed out of the dark studios and away from a screen to meet real live people at Webstocky, the Word Festival in the East End of London and a fun bunch they were too.

    Following this we had a whip around Spanish speaking and Latin American countries. It's an active place for really interesting online activity so no doubt there will be more where these came from on Pods and Blogs.

    VruzSoftware engineer and programmer in Uruguay, Horatio Lopez known as Vruz online told us about the state of the web where he is.

    Vlog Internacional Wilmar Mejia of Vlog Internacional shared his Spanish language video collective with us.

    8RuedasMatias Jaramillo took a moment to join us from Colombia and explain why his friend Pacho is travelling about the country in an eight wheeler truck, or on 8 ruedas.

    I have had a great time learning a little more than my high school Spanish online this way and I hope that I have not offended everyone with my rough Spanish pronunciation in this episode!

    As always, if you have seen a blog or heard a podcast that you think we should know about, drop me a line at podsandblogs -at- bbc.co.uk I'd love to hear from you.

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    The Mothering Robots Podcast

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    Jamillah Knowles | 22:43 UK time, Tuesday, 17 March 2009

    The podcast this week is ready and waiting for your listening pleasure!
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      chris_vallance.jpgFor starters this week, Chris Vallance, daddy of the show, gets giddy with the robots at the UK's first ever Maker Faire. Sounds as though it was much more fun than work recording there with so many geekily brilliant people around!

      Back in the studios, Rhod and I had a nice cup of tea and chat with Mums online ahead of mothers' day in the UK.
      Justine Roberts of Mumsnet talks about supporting mums online and sharing.
      Emily McKhan the founder of The Motherhood points out that getting together online is not so different to pioneers circling their wagons...

      This week has been an absolute pleasure talking to everyone online and for the show.
      Joan Lawson, told me about being on Twitter and provided some know how and experience for others who might like to join in.

      Terry and Carrie Eden discussed their relationship online together, proving that mums will always want to keep an eye on us, even online.

      Amanda of BBC Have Your Say shared her experience with her children online and how embarrassing your kids will always be the right of every mum everywhere!

      Thanks also to all of you who joined the discussion on Twitter and by email. Dutchshe especially made a good point that being online as a mum can also mean being prepared for when your kids are old enough to be out there by themselves.

      As always, if you have seen a blog or heard a podcast that you think we should know about, drop me a line at podsandblogs -at- bbc.co.uk I'd love to hear from you.

      In the coming weeks I hope to take a look at what's going on blog and video wise in South America, so if you see something along those lines that you find intriguing, please share it with us, it's bound to be of interest.

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    Landing at the First UK Maker Faire

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    Chris Vallance | 19:03 UK time, Saturday, 14 March 2009

    I'm in Newcastle at the first UK Maker Faire - think of it as a village fete for inventors. There will be more on Pods and Blogs Tuesday - but in the meantime I'll leave you with this photo. Remember the Lunar Lander arcade game? Well at the Faire there was a fully working mechanical Lunar Lander game made out of wood and bits of fishing line. Fantastic!

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    African, musical, Watchmen

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    Jamillah Knowles | 12:41 UK time, Tuesday, 10 March 2009

    The podcast this week will tell you more about a musical career in 2.0, how African blogging may be about to become a great deal easier and a little behind the scenes details about the movie, Watchmen.
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      First up we talk Elia Valera Serra, co-founder of the new blogging platform Maneno tells us about why a lighter platform makes life easier online.

      Solo bass playing Steve Lawson joins us to talk through how his career in music changed through the use of new media.

      Who watches us watching the Watchmen? That would be Dan Light who works with a movie marketing company. He describes working with social media for maximum impact.


      If you have seen a blog or heard a podcast that you think we should know about, drop me a line at podsandblogs -at- bbc.co.uk I'd love to hear from you.

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    What is it? A simple chat about the basics of pods, blogs and vlogs.

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    Jamillah Knowles | 03:12 UK time, Wednesday, 4 March 2009

    Going back to our roots, the podcast this week asks the basic questions, what exactly are podcasts, blogs and vlogs? We talk about them every week on the show, but since we started, some of the rules changed, some of the technology grew and frankly everyone became so creative and entertaining that we thought it was high time to reassess the basics.
    If we mentioned a place that you would like to visit online, then you can find all the links right here:


      VerdiFirst up we talk to prolific video blogger Michael Verdi who tells us about adding video to blogs and the popularity of online video.

      Podcast BunkerOn our home turf, talking about podcasting from the safety of The Podcast Bunker, Bruce Chandley explains the ABCs of podcasting with some handy hints for those who would like to try for themselves.

      Common Craft Last but never least online, what exactly is a Blog these days anyway? Lee LeFever of Common Craft has been making explainers on the web for years. Who better to ask for the simple low-down?

      By the way - Chris Vallance, formerly of this parish and welcome visitor has been hanging out with pop stars and web stars lately. Listen to him at the Modern Liberty Gathering - at about 2.22 on the time line. Fancy pants!

      If you have seen a blog or heard a podcast that you think we should know about, drop me a line at podsandblogs -at- bbc.co.uk I'd love to hear from you.

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