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Ian Forrester Ian Forrester | 15:51 UK time, Monday, 14 December 2009


One of the best things about BarCampManchester2 was having the event at Contact and having some of the contact community come along. It brought the arts and performances to design, development and the internet. Inspired by the clashes at BarCamp and generally the mainstream adoption of the internet comes #followme.

A new performance online and on stage starring Contact Young Actors Company. Directed by Baba Israel. Created by the Company, Baba Israel and YOU! Supported by BarCampManchester and Adaptavist.

For the past several weeks, people from all around the world have been submitting pictures, poems, video and audio clips, stories and more via Twitter and Facebook - all of which will be a part of this unique interactive theatre experience...and you can still take part...

During every performance there will be a live Twitter feed that the actors will respond to - simply post a message with the hashtag #follow_me between 7pm and 9pm GMT on Wed 16 to Sat 19 December, then sit in the audience and see your 140 characters brought to life live on stage

Tickets: £10/6/FreeAct and the whole thing takes place at Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA. Bookings number: 0161 274 0600

You can also check out stuff later, by going to

• #follow_me image gallery on Flickr:

• #follow_me on Facebook:

• #follow_me on Twitter - (search hashtag #follow_me)

Digital Revolution Short Film Competition

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Ian Forrester Ian Forrester | 15:56 UK time, Friday, 11 December 2009


Masters of the video mash-up, Cassetteboy and Barry Pilling, have joined the Digital Revolution team to make mirth and entertainment with the Digital Revolution downloadable content, and hopefully provide some inspiration of ways in which you can use the content for the Digital Revolution Short Film Competition.

You can find more of the details of the competition on the Digital Revolution Competition page.

We certainly can't wait to see what others will do the footage, even backstage is considering doing a mashup even though it can not really enter.

Streaming in quality you've never seen before

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Ian Forrester Ian Forrester | 15:34 UK time, Monday, 7 December 2009


The EU-funded P2P Next project has started to stream BBC content in true 1080p HD via BitTorrent. The project posted an episode of the BBC's R&D TV on its technical trial web site this week, with the option to stream it either in regular 480p or full HD-quality 1080p.

Even picked up by the New York Times, its interesting watch this R&D project grow and grow.

George Wright has much details of the streaming trial on the R&D blog, although its also interesting to see the statistics behind the trial.

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