Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The BBC's 'Click' show!

I was lucky enough to get tickets to see the BBC's 'Click' radio show being made in Feb. While I was waiting, I got up close and personal with this:

As far as I can tell, it's a replica TARDIS for snap-happy tourists like me, but it was still great to stand next to it. There was a replica Dalek close by, but I didn't have time to take a photo of it.

We were ushered into a lecture theatre for around 300 people which was lit with the trademark purple logo of 'Click'. Every seat was taken. The theme of the show was 'Wearable Technologies'.

The guests were fascinating. No. 1 had created a cloth woven with LED fibres that allowed her to not only create clothes, but manipulate the images that appeared on these clothes. No. 2 created a bizarre dress and piece of metallic headgear that converted a dancer's movements into sound. No. 3 strapped electrodes to his arms and converted the zapping of his neurons into an orchestra of sorts. No. 4 was the inventor of Google Glass, a seemingly small piece of plastic stuck to what looks like lab safety glasses.

Google Glass was fascinating because it was clear that it could be used as a micro-PC. It was pointed out that the battery life was short, and this restricted the practical uses Google Glass could have.

As an aside, there was also a discussion on DIY electronica. There's a whole group of enthusiasts from around the world who create their own electronic fashions by, for example, fixing lights to their shoes, or watches, or clothes, and one of them chatted to us about what she gets up to.

It was a very interesting evening, and very enjoyable. As this was a radio show I was attending, I was surprised at how much attention was paid to lighting and visuals, but I think the BBC wanted a response from all of us who were present. I hope to be able to attend another recording of 'Click' again, it should be fun!

Monday, 10 March 2014

One year old!

This time last year, I was racking my brains about blogging and tweeting and what all this meant.
One year on, I can look back and marvel that I've actually managed to put words together to make coherent blog posts and tweets. If it sounds like I'm full of hot air, I think it's safe to say that this is the side effect of the two interrelated phenomena of being full of beans, and having the guts to have an online presence.

I find my thoughts speculating on the fate of the Malaysian Airlines plane that disappeared over the weekend. When my friend first told me of the news, I assumed he was joking, because he's a committed UFOlogist and believer in the Bermuda Triangle who is convinced that UFOs have visited humans throughout human history, and that these aliens are walking amongst us. But when I discovered that he was telling the truth, I was shocked. The way I see it, I can track my friends using my phone, GPS, and their phone, so when something as big as a plane disappears, it comes across as unbelievable tripe.

Anyway, I hope that the plane is found soon, and that everyone on board is safe and sound.