Archives for July 2011


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Jamillah Knowles | 09:43 UK time, Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Hello Outriders!

This week we have a buffet of delights as we take a look at food online. Now, I know we've certainly been in the kitchen before on Outriders but as the web changes and people innovate, there's always something new to look at and possibly taste!



On the podcast this week I started with a light bite. Antony Jones runs a twitter account where he encourages others to make simple meals and describe their recipe in 140 characters or less. Can you do that with your favourite meal? It's no mean feat, but it does make us think about simple but tasty food in the 140 Character Cook Book.



From short courses then to fine dining. If you like a challenge in the kitchen you'll be pleased to know that you can now access some of the top chefs who run restaurants in the UK and even try out their recipes. Oliver Lloyd is the CEO of Great British Chefs and he told me why he is so passionate about what the UK has to offer in some of the finest restaurants.



For those of you who like their food a little wild, you might want to check out Eddie Lin's Deep End Dining. There's a lot there that you won't find in the average restaurant as well as a few things you might not immediately want to put in your mouth. Sea urchin anyone?



Cooking at home is quite different to watching professional chefs on TV. I tend to create an enormous mess in the kitchen and well, not everything goes according to plan. It's reassuring that I am not the only one of course and proof comes in the shape of one of the first online cookery video series - Crash Test Kitchen. I caught up with Lenny White, who creates the show for the web with her husband Waz.



Of course if you're not feeling up to the trials of the kitchen you can always go out to eat. The vision you may have of a food truck could be one of a burger van outside a nightclub, but gourmet seems to be the way for food trucks in the USA. Bill Moore of the Food Truck Nerd podcast and website knows exactly where to find the best east on four wheels.


That's all we could cram in this week - take time out to digest and come and join us next week for more web related fun. In the meantime if you would like to share something that you have been making or point to a site you cannot resist, then get in touch.

You can email me at Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, tweet at us on Twitter @BBC_Outriders or come and join the Facebook group for further weekly updates.




~ Jamillah

Visualised journeys

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Jamillah Knowles | 12:35 UK time, Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Hello Outriders!



This week on the podcast you'll notice that I have actually been outside of the broom cupboard and away from a large keyboard in order to find out more about seeing our journeys. Anniemole is the London Underground Tube Diary blogger and Sam Mullens is the director of the London Transport Museum, we met at the Sense and the City exhibition at the museum to talk about how the gadget in your pocket could play a big part in the future of how you get around.


Interestingly the exhibition not only promises a hack-day soon, it also provides some beautiful visualisations of how we get around the city. Something that is closely linked to the second guest in the podcast.



Nathan Yau is a statistics Phd Student who has written a book called "Visualize This". It's a great guide for those who may be interested in creating their own visualisations but are not sure where to start.


That's all for this week - but you can always drop a line if you are up to something interesting online that we should all know about or if there is something going on where you would like to know more.

Until next week!
~ Jamillah

Kids, code, robots and replicants

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Jamillah Knowles | 22:09 UK time, Monday, 11 July 2011

Hello Outriders!

This week on the podcast you'll find some mixed treats from boosting your online personality to stretching that wifi a little bit further.



First up I had a chat with Chris Hoff who is helping to run DefCon Kids. You may have heard of the DefCon conference where hackers and security experts gather and it sounds as though some of those people are all grown up to the extent where they have children of their own. Chris told me why there's better things to do than start a DefCon day care and how the next generation are getting involved.



From hackers being social to hacking some wifi. The global FabLab movement has a great project on the go where people in rural areas without much in the way of access can find a way to get wifi access. Already running in Kenya and Afghanistan, FabFi is helping people get connected. Amy Sun is one of the FabFolk and she told me all about her work.



Closer to home now, I had a visit from the CEO of Neato Robotics, Warren Flick. We talked about the future of robotics in the home, whether we'll have the Jetson's lifestyle and if people are prone to talking to their vacuum cleaners.





Last but not least this week, I chatted with Matthieu Cherubini about his amazing work, Replicants. The social web can be a slightly intimidating and competitive space. So how can you steel your nerves and get some conversation flowing? Simple, add your own bot or replicant.
Matthieu's project shows some real differences in our online and offline social habits and it seems that although "bot" can be a dirty word if it's selling you spam, it could also be your best friend when you need a little help.

That's all for this week, of course if you are up to something that we should all know about, then you know what to do. Email me at Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, search for Outriders and join us on Facebook, or Tweet my way where we are @BBC_Outriders.



Until next week!

~ Jamillah

Creative commons and cinematic tweets

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Jamillah Knowles | 15:23 UK time, Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Hello Outriders!

This week on the podcast we have two types of catch up - one were we find an Outrider from a past edition and the other where we all get to brush up on our copyright law online.



On Outriders we often catch people right at the start of their online adventure or project. In these cases, it is always nice to find them later when things are completed. Tan Siok Siok is the brilliant mind behind the Twittamentary. A Twitter sourced documentary that includes all sorts of characters from people whose lives changed with a tweet to tweeters who became a part of the film's production. We talked about sharing, making new friends and what it means to be a documentary maker in a wired world.



The second half of the podcast this week is a little schooling for all of us. Who know's their Creative Commons licencing? Do you? If not, you're in the same place as me and I found it enormously beneficial to chat with Jane Park of Creative Commons. She explained not only where this all came from, what life was like before and how creative people really are with these licences. Did you know that CC is already ten years old? How time flies when you are making things to remix and share. You may also like to know that to mark the first decade, Creative Commons has a book out that you can download. It's called The Power of Open and contains many nice and short examples that may inspire you to create something yourself!

Of course while you wander the web looking for things to make, ensure you get in touch and let me know if there is something you would like to hear more about. If you're working on something you want to share with everyone, then you can also drop me a line.


Email me at Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, search for Outriders and join the Facebook page or give a tweet on Twitter where we are @BBC_Outriders.



Until next week!

~ Jamillah

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