Archives for September 2010

Mobile night owls unleashed

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Jamillah Knowles | 08:33 UK time, Tuesday, 28 September 2010

This week on Outriders we have a pick and mix of thoughtful interviews. The podcast has the chat of course and you're in the right place for the links and further reading.



To begin with, Jeff Bonforte, CEO of Xobni (that's inbox backwards) came into the studios to visit and talk about where your profiles go online and what they represent. Are we all relaxed enough for our boss to see our Facebook party pictures?




For those of you who stay up late to listen to Outriders go out on BBC Radio at 3am on Tuesdays, you might be after the contact details for NightOwls. Amber Rae Lambke and Sarah Longworth told me about the transatlantic links of the co-workspace where the attendees come out at night.



A panel of experts gathered last week at the London School of Economics as part of Growth week, a series of events put together by the International Growth center. One of the topics was mobile communications for developing countries and the outstanding commentators kindly took time out to chat further with me about the broader issues.



Last but not least, a new voice on Outriders. Mark Ward is one of the technology journalists for the BBC News Website. Naturally to break him in we sent him out after a Haunted Typewriter. Standard fayre for us Outriders. He tracked it down at the Unleashed Devices exhibition at the Watermans Gallery near Kew and the gathered hardware hackers and artists told him more about their show.


That's all I could cram in for this week, but rest assured we will have more for you next week. Thanks also to all of you who wrote in and commented on the blog about the Nerdcore edition - I can see that it may have brought out some division in opinion, but what's a topic if it is not something to talk about?

If you have something we should be talking about, then drop me a line. You can reach me at Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, come and say hello on Twitter or have a search for the Outriders Facebook group where you can find updates and show notes between editions.



Until next week!

~ Jamillah

Nerdy by nature

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Jamillah Knowles | 10:32 UK time, Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Hi all!

This week the podcast presents our nerdcore special. Nerdcore is the hip hop genre where the nerds and geeks let their freak flags fly with pride. Covering topics from comic books, gaming, role play, anime, social awkwardness and being shy, nerdcore has a close community of performers, supporters and home grown music makers creating albums in their homes for distribution on the internet.



One of the Nerdcore establishment's founding fathers is MC Frontalot. he raps about the pleasure and pain of being a nerd and he took time out to explain to us more about the genre that covers both paranoia and hacking your calculator.




Upcoming artist Adam WarRock has a album coming out in October, he raps about comic books and general geek culture. Although he has never seen an episode of Dr Who, he took the leap from a day job as an attorney to pursue a career in the rap arena for geeks.



Nerdcore is a somewhat male dominated genre, but look carefully and you will also uncover the female gems. Nursehella in Canada is branching out from nerdcore as a female MC, but she admits with her star wars tattoos and love of comic books and action figures that it is likely nerdcore will remain close to her heart.



Scrub Club records is a great base if you want to explore more about this field of music. Madhatter McGinnis is the head of the not for profit record label and he told us more about how the internet has helped to create support and connect people from all over the world so that they can perform together.


Much as I wish I could rhyme like our guests this week, I am probably better off being an avid listener. But if you are inspired to get your geek on, then let us know about it.
Email me at outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, catch up on twitter @BBC_Outriders or search within facebook for outriders and let us know what's on your mind each week in the world of the web.



Until next week!


Internet history and the digital future

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Jamillah Knowles | 11:08 UK time, Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Hi all,

This week on the Outriders ­podcast we have one of our longer interviews where I get the chance to get my teeth into a longer discussion about our lives online. ­Johnny Ryan is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin.

He's written a book entitled A History of the Internet and the Digital Future. It covers a great deal of the military and technical background behind the world we inhabit online as well as the way we are developing via decentralised networks. But will this change lead to our lives offline also seeing a difference?

Johnny Ryan's work is out via Reaktion Books this month.

Until next week!

~ Jamillah

Lives and machines

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Jamillah Knowles | 11:51 UK time, Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Hi all!

This week on Outriders I found out that the world of chess and technology is hotly debated, that sharing the everyday can be more moving than some of life's largest events and that how you look at you avatar on Second Life could be changing. You can find out all about this on the ­podcast of course, but if you are looking for links and details, then you'll find those listed below.

First up, our man in virtual places ­Wagner James Au talked us through the troubles with third-party viewers for Second Life. What happens when the most popular views gets knocked off the authorised ­Linden Labs list?

From people in the digital world to machines in the human space. Simon Terrington kindly dropped into the studios to let us know about his radio show on the World Service that looks at how computers have changed the game of chess. You can tune in to on September 17th at 0905; 1205; 1505; 2005; 0105 depending on where in the world you may be.

The web of course is naturally full of voices and personal stories but one organisation is making sure that audio recordings of every day lives are being saved in the Library of Congress. ­Story Corps are also animating their tapes and you can now watch the wonderful work of Mike and Tim Rauch online. Mike took a moment to tell us about his experiences putting pictures to words and how it is the simple things that bring us all together.

So, what have you been up to in your digital life? Tell me all about it.
You can email me at outriders at bbc dot co dot uk. Tweet us ­@BBC_Outriders you can often find pre-production notes and updates for each episode if you search Facebook for Outriders.

Until next week!

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