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2012-08-01 15:28:39 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Something I wish existed: "Picker APIs"

Here's an idea I've been keeping in my head for far too long, and I really wish existed: web URL based "picker" APIs for popular services.

The problem: Let's say I'm building a simple app which lets a user "pick" a photo from Flickr (or a video from YouTube, or a slide deck from SlideShare...) and then does something interesting with that item - adds a link to it, or provides an edit interface, or grabs a thumbnail or similar.

I can ask people to paste in a URL, but that's not exactly a friendly flow. I'd rather provide people with an interface that lets them search the host site for the item, maybe shows them a list of their own "things" from that service, has thumbnails etc... but that means I have to build that interface for every service that I want to let people pick... more »

Most reshares: 200

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2013-08-06 12:58:40 (10 comments, 200 reshares, 344 +1s)Open 

Excellent beginner's flow-chart for debugging from http://pythonforbiologists.com/index.php/29-common-beginner-python-errors-on-one-page/

Most plusones: 344

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2013-08-06 12:58:40 (10 comments, 200 reshares, 344 +1s)Open 

Excellent beginner's flow-chart for debugging from http://pythonforbiologists.com/index.php/29-common-beginner-python-errors-on-one-page/

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2013-09-03 13:50:41 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Huge news today... our company, Lanyrd, has been acquired by Eventbrite!

Lanyrd is becoming part of the Eventbrite family! We’re confident that Lanyrd will be better than ever as a result, and we’re launching some handy new integrations with Eventbrite to celebrate.___Huge news today... our company, Lanyrd, has been acquired by Eventbrite!

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2013-08-19 15:55:07 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Tonkotsu Ramen from http://www.tonkotsu.co.uk/ - with extra egg.

Tonkotsu Ramen from http://www.tonkotsu.co.uk/ - with extra egg.___

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2013-08-15 20:08:50 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Are +The Onion really erecting a paywall, or is this a parody of horrible paywall popovers?

Are +The Onion really erecting a paywall, or is this a parody of horrible paywall popovers?___

2013-08-15 16:58:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Android users: +Tom Insam keeps shipping new builds of the alpha version of our Android app. The most recent release has search support and stores event information offline on your phone. Join https://plus.google.com/communities/108680599101192837787 if you have an Android device and want to help us test the app.

Android users: +Tom Insam keeps shipping new builds of the alpha version of our Android app. The most recent release has search support and stores event information offline on your phone. Join https://plus.google.com/communities/108680599101192837787 if you have an Android device and want to help us test the app.___

2013-08-08 15:39:36 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

We've thrown open our Lanyrd Android app alpha test to anyone who wants to try it out. Just join this community to add yourself to the alpha tester list, then follow the instructions to install the app.

We've thrown open our Lanyrd Android app alpha test to anyone who wants to try it out. Just join this community to add yourself to the alpha tester list, then follow the instructions to install the app.___

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2013-08-07 09:46:02 (2 comments, 17 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

http://www.raywenderlich.com/24252/beginning-game-programming-for-teens-with-python is a pretty great PyGame tutorial written by 12 year old Julian Meyer.

http://www.raywenderlich.com/24252/beginning-game-programming-for-teens-with-python is a pretty great PyGame tutorial written by 12 year old Julian Meyer.___

2013-08-06 22:39:43 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I pressed the wrong button at some point and now I have two Google+ accounts - this one, and one for my @lanyrd.com Google Apps account.

I want to get rid of the @lanyrd.com one (so people don't add the wrong "me" to their circles)... but when I go to delete that Google+ account it warns me that "You won't be able to use the "Sign in with Google" button to log in to third-party apps."

This is no good, because I use "Sign in with Google" with that account for a bunch of important tools such as Trello.

Am I completely stuck here?

I pressed the wrong button at some point and now I have two Google+ accounts - this one, and one for my @lanyrd.com Google Apps account.

I want to get rid of the @lanyrd.com one (so people don't add the wrong "me" to their circles)... but when I go to delete that Google+ account it warns me that "You won't be able to use the "Sign in with Google" button to log in to third-party apps."

This is no good, because I use "Sign in with Google" with that account for a bunch of important tools such as Trello.

Am I completely stuck here?___

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2013-08-06 12:58:40 (10 comments, 200 reshares, 344 +1s)Open 

Excellent beginner's flow-chart for debugging from http://pythonforbiologists.com/index.php/29-common-beginner-python-errors-on-one-page/

Excellent beginner's flow-chart for debugging from http://pythonforbiologists.com/index.php/29-common-beginner-python-errors-on-one-page/___

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2013-08-05 16:01:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

We added a speaker directory to Lanyrd last week and it includes a well-populated Python speakers section - take a look.

We added a speaker directory to Lanyrd last week and it includes a well-populated Python speakers section - take a look.___

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2013-08-05 12:33:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Hooray! It's only an alpha, but it's a very solid one - nice work +Tom Insam 

Join our alpha testers group to try it out yourself: https://plus.google.com/communities/104416247693197431291

Hooray! It's only an alpha, but it's a very solid one - nice work +Tom Insam 

Join our alpha testers group to try it out yourself: https://plus.google.com/communities/104416247693197431291___

2013-08-05 12:22:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

We've just released the first alpha version of our Android app - join our alpha testers community if you want to help test it out!

We've just released the first alpha version of our Android app - join our alpha testers community if you want to help test it out!___

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2013-08-02 11:54:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Another of these little animal mosaics, this one is outside Old Street post office #streetart

Another of these little animal mosaics, this one is outside Old Street post office #streetart___

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2013-08-01 22:27:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The flapjack beehive we constructed for my dad's 65th birthday (he made the flapjacks, I did the stacking).

The flapjack beehive we constructed for my dad's 65th birthday (he made the flapjacks, I did the stacking).___

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2013-08-01 16:34:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-07-04 11:42:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

These keep cropping up on our morning commute - this one is on the side of the Shepherdess Cafe.

These keep cropping up on our morning commute - this one is on the side of the Shepherdess Cafe.___

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2013-07-04 11:20:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is the first big new feature we've pushed out that takes full advantage of the added platform capabilities in Lanyrd v3.0 (including our iPad app)

Lanyrd Pro team members now have the ability to join in and keep up to date from wherever they are. You can manage your team calendars and see members, as well as leave private comments on events. Members can even add, remove, and publish events right from their phones.___This is the first big new feature we've pushed out that takes full advantage of the added platform capabilities in Lanyrd v3.0 (including our iPad app)

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2013-07-04 08:36:38 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Eating parsley.

Eating parsley.___

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2013-07-02 15:41:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

XCOM: Enemy Unknown for the iPad is pretty fantastic.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown for the iPad is pretty fantastic.___

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2013-07-02 10:07:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I just had a Google+ post show up in my gmail inbox pretending to be an email... but with embedded JavaScript, no reply/forward buttons and no "view email source" link! That's totally cheating.

I just had a Google+ post show up in my gmail inbox pretending to be an email... but with embedded JavaScript, no reply/forward buttons and no "view email source" link! That's totally cheating.___

2013-06-22 21:43:45 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

OK, I admit it: Google+ photos is absolutely fantastic. Auto uploading from my phone is super convenient, and the highlights really does pull out my most interesting photos. More importantly, the search is spookily good. I searched for "san francisco food" and it showed me everything I ate in San Francisco, even though I hadn't added any metadata at all.

OK, I admit it: Google+ photos is absolutely fantastic. Auto uploading from my phone is super convenient, and the highlights really does pull out my most interesting photos. More importantly, the search is spookily good. I searched for "san francisco food" and it showed me everything I ate in San Francisco, even though I hadn't added any metadata at all.___

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2013-06-22 21:27:36 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

My absolute highlight of the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire

My absolute highlight of the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire___

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2013-06-21 21:50:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

We're at the Artesian bar in London, recently voted the number 1 bar in the word for 2012 by Drinks International. We went off menu and asked them to create the tikiest cocktail possible...

We're at the Artesian bar in London, recently voted the number 1 bar in the word for 2012 by Drinks International. We went off menu and asked them to create the tikiest cocktail possible...___

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2013-06-21 11:16:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I've been cataloguing my mild Zeppelin obsession on pinterest.

I've been cataloguing my mild Zeppelin obsession on pinterest.___

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2013-06-20 23:34:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Screenshots from our brand new iPad app - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lanyrd/id467652813

Screenshots from our brand new iPad app - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lanyrd/id467652813___

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2013-06-20 20:11:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Fancy eggs! These are photos of Fabergé eggs surreptitiously taken in the Fabergé museum in Baden-Baden, Germany. They have an absolutely fascinating history - the two famous ones on display here are Constellation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constellation_(Faberg%C3%A9_egg) and Karelian Birch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karelian_Birch

Fancy eggs! These are photos of Fabergé eggs surreptitiously taken in the Fabergé museum in Baden-Baden, Germany. They have an absolutely fascinating history - the two famous ones on display here are Constellation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constellation_(Faberg%C3%A9_egg) and Karelian Birch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karelian_Birch___

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2013-06-20 19:05:10 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Enormously proud of what our team have accomplished with the brand new Lanyrd iPad app, and much improved iPhone and https://m.lanyrd.com/ apps - huge props to +Tom Insam +Alby Barber and +Dan Shallcross for a really great release.

We've reinvented our mobile experience from the ground up, adding a brand new iPad app to our existing iPhone and Mobile Web apps and providing conference organisers with a great way of sharing event information with their attendees. #eventprofs   #ipad   #iphone  ___Enormously proud of what our team have accomplished with the brand new Lanyrd iPad app, and much improved iPhone and https://m.lanyrd.com/ apps - huge props to +Tom Insam +Alby Barber and +Dan Shallcross for a really great release.

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2013-06-09 12:24:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I'm pretty sure they're cheating.

I'm pretty sure they're cheating.___

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2013-06-07 18:59:58 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2013-05-02 21:14:33 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Hamster!

Hamster!___

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2013-02-06 16:56:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Here's a video we made showing how to use our new speaker and session editors.

Here's a video we made showing how to use our new speaker and session editors.___

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2013-02-06 16:55:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

We shipped a major new Lanyrd feature today: a complete revamp of our schedule and speaker editors, with the new ability to add event speakers using LinkedIn.

You can now build the speaker list for your event using LinkedIn as well as Twitter! Plus we've completely revamped our schedule editor, making it even easier to get your event schedule on Lanyrd and make the most of our mobile apps, grid view and iCal feeds.___We shipped a major new Lanyrd feature today: a complete revamp of our schedule and speaker editors, with the new ability to add event speakers using LinkedIn.

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2013-02-06 15:51:49 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here's a video I recorded at Monki Gras of Barn the Spoon making a wooden spoon... using an axe!

Here's a video I recorded at Monki Gras of Barn the Spoon making a wooden spoon... using an axe!___

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2012-12-14 11:27:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

We launched a new, streamlined version of our add event flow yesterday - it's now a one step process, so it's even quicker to add conferences or professional events that aren't yet listed on the site. Try it out at http://lanyrd.com/add/

We launched a new, streamlined version of our add event flow yesterday - it's now a one step process, so it's even quicker to add conferences or professional events that aren't yet listed on the site. Try it out at http://lanyrd.com/add/___

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2012-12-13 15:23:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Here's our collection of Python events and conferences over the next year - are we missing anything?

Here's our collection of Python events and conferences over the next year - are we missing anything?___

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2012-12-13 13:09:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

We have a guide to Silicon Roundabout events up on Lanyrd, which anyone can join and help curate. I'd love to know if there's anything important missing from it at the moment. We have a much wider list of events in London available too, at http://lanyrd.com/places/london/

We have a guide to Silicon Roundabout events up on Lanyrd, which anyone can join and help curate. I'd love to know if there's anything important missing from it at the moment. We have a much wider list of events in London available too, at http://lanyrd.com/places/london/___

2012-11-13 15:37:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I'm really impressed with how the team pulled this one off - it was a pretty huge infrastructure change, and it went really smoothly.

We recently moved to a new data center and switched our main database from MySQL to PostgreSQL... all without any downtime for the site (and only a short period of read-only mode). Here's +Andrew Godwin on how we did it.___I'm really impressed with how the team pulled this one off - it was a pretty huge infrastructure change, and it went really smoothly.

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2012-09-18 14:13:03 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Old Castro cocktail at Lounge Bohemia in Shoreditch... the cigar case is full of chilled rum which you pour over the vanilla candy floss, dissolving it and creating a drink similar to a Rum Old Fashioned

The Old Castro cocktail at Lounge Bohemia in Shoreditch... the cigar case is full of chilled rum which you pour over the vanilla candy floss, dissolving it and creating a drink similar to a Rum Old Fashioned___

2012-08-16 09:56:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How does one go about sending feedback / bug reports to Google teams? Get a tiny bit of feedback about "Account Activity (beta)" that I'd like to send somewhere.

How does one go about sending feedback / bug reports to Google teams? Get a tiny bit of feedback about "Account Activity (beta)" that I'd like to send somewhere.___

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2012-08-15 12:10:54 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Found this in a small park down a side-street (Tibby Park) in Islington last night - it's the iron framework from an old bath house, which was demolished in 1986 leaving just the frame.

Found this in a small park down a side-street (Tibby Park) in Islington last night - it's the iron framework from an old bath house, which was demolished in 1986 leaving just the frame.___

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2012-08-13 16:08:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Here's a long-awaited feature we're excited to finally have out the door: you can now tell Lanyrd exactly which topics (and in which places) you are interested in and we'll include those events in both your Lanyrd calendar and the event alert emails we send to you.

We chose to implement the geographical element of this in a relatively fine-grained way - so you can track Django events worldwide, but maybe you only want to hear about Startup events in London and Brighton, or Web Development events just in the UK, or Big Data events in both the SF Bay Area and New York.

New feature: track topics! You can now track topics around Lanyrd (everything from Astronomy to Zend Framework) to hear about new events in your Lanyrd calendar and by email. Only interested in certain areas? You can optionally track topics just in specific places, such as Europe, San Francisco or London.

You can try out the new button on e.g. our Startup events in Europe page: http://lanyrd.com/topics/startups/in/europe/___Here's a long-awaited feature we're excited to finally have out the door: you can now tell Lanyrd exactly which topics (and in which places) you are interested in and we'll include those events in both your Lanyrd calendar and the event alert emails we send to you.

We chose to implement the geographical element of this in a relatively fine-grained way - so you can track Django events worldwide, but maybe you only want to hear about Startup events in London and Brighton, or Web Development events just in the UK, or Big Data events in both the SF Bay Area and New York.

2012-08-01 15:28:39 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Something I wish existed: "Picker APIs"

Here's an idea I've been keeping in my head for far too long, and I really wish existed: web URL based "picker" APIs for popular services.

The problem: Let's say I'm building a simple app which lets a user "pick" a photo from Flickr (or a video from YouTube, or a slide deck from SlideShare...) and then does something interesting with that item - adds a link to it, or provides an edit interface, or grabs a thumbnail or similar.

I can ask people to paste in a URL, but that's not exactly a friendly flow. I'd rather provide people with an interface that lets them search the host site for the item, maybe shows them a list of their own "things" from that service, has thumbnails etc... but that means I have to build that interface for every service that I want to let people pick... more »

Something I wish existed: "Picker APIs"

Here's an idea I've been keeping in my head for far too long, and I really wish existed: web URL based "picker" APIs for popular services.

The problem: Let's say I'm building a simple app which lets a user "pick" a photo from Flickr (or a video from YouTube, or a slide deck from SlideShare...) and then does something interesting with that item - adds a link to it, or provides an edit interface, or grabs a thumbnail or similar.

I can ask people to paste in a URL, but that's not exactly a friendly flow. I'd rather provide people with an interface that lets them search the host site for the item, maybe shows them a list of their own "things" from that service, has thumbnails etc... but that means I have to build that interface for every service that I want to let people pick from.

For http://www.wildlifenearyou.com/ we did exactly that - built our own interface for searching/browsing Flickr photos - and it was a lot of work. I had to authenticate users through OAuth (or Flickr's equivalent) and re-implement a bunch of features from Flickr's core experience using their API. It was annoying duplicating a bunch of work, making my users jump through an authentication loop and ending up with something not nearly as good as Flickr's own interface.

Instead, I wish services like Flickr/YouTube/SlideShare etc would provide a "picker" interface which external sites could hook in to. Here's how I'd want it to work:

1. My app shows the user a "pick a photo from Flickr" link (or button or whatever)
2. The link links to flickr-dot-com/picker/?return_to=http://mysite.com/flickr/picked/
3. Flickr then provide their own interface for searching through Flickr photos, browsing by sets, picking from the user's own images, etc...
4. When the user is done, Flickr redirects them back to mysite-dot-com/flickr/picked/?photo_ids=23423423445

So at the end of the flow, my site gets handed one or more Flickr Photo IDs in a URL - no one had to authenticate anything, and I can then go and do something useful with those URLs.

There's lots of scope for extra functionality - I could pass a URL parameter to Flickr saying I only want CC-licensed photos, or one saying "let the user select a maximum of 4 images", or "only let the user select from their own uploaded photos". Obviously it would be up to my own app to confirm that those rules had been followed when the ?photo_ids parameter was passed back to me - the idea here is to avoid re-implementing the picker UI, not the underlying application logic.

Sites may be uncomfortable allowing a naked return_to parameter to be passed to them in case of phishing attacks... instead, they could require apps that use pickers to register for an API key and pass that API key to the initial picker URL (as happens with OAuth at the moment).

I don't see any need for a spec or anything like that - it's more of a design pattern: provide an interface which other sites can link to that provides a UI for selecting items and then passes those items back to the original site in a URL parameter.

Plenty of large content hosting sites support OEmbed these days, so clearly they're keen on encouraging their content to be linked to and embedded on other sites. This UI pattern could make that much easier for developers and site users alike.___

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2012-07-29 11:39:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This giant press-up performing muscle-bus is currently one of my favourite things about the Olympics...

We live just round the corner from the Business Design Centre in Islington, and it's been taken over by the Czech Republic for the Olympics (one of a number of national hospitality houses, see full lists here: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2012/07/23/cultural-food-and-drink-events-during-the-olympics/ and here: http://www.visitlondon.com/london2012/national-hospitality-houses-for-london-2012/ )

In addition to filling the place with Czech food, culture and so forth they commissioned Czech sculptor David Černý to produce an installation to promote the venue... and he built them a life-sized London double-decker bus with huge muscular arms that does press-ups. It's called "London Booster" and it's completely awesome.

This giant press-up performing muscle-bus is currently one of my favourite things about the Olympics...

We live just round the corner from the Business Design Centre in Islington, and it's been taken over by the Czech Republic for the Olympics (one of a number of national hospitality houses, see full lists here: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2012/07/23/cultural-food-and-drink-events-during-the-olympics/ and here: http://www.visitlondon.com/london2012/national-hospitality-houses-for-london-2012/ )

In addition to filling the place with Czech food, culture and so forth they commissioned Czech sculptor David Černý to produce an installation to promote the venue... and he built them a life-sized London double-decker bus with huge muscular arms that does press-ups. It's called "London Booster" and it's completely awesome.___

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2012-07-27 13:37:30 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

One of my favourite tricks I've picked up working on Lanyrd: having a read-only mode is super-useful for making major changes to a site.

The vast majority of our changes go out without any downtime at all (we deploy 5+ times a day without any downtime by carefully swapping servers in and out of the load balancer) but occasionally we need to make much bigger changes.

Having a read-only mode (where we disable anything that might change the database, including the ability to sign in) lets us continue to serve pages from a frozen version of our database, while preparing a new environment with the changes applied. Once the new environment is ready we can switch over to it at the load balancer and start serving write-traffic again.

It's not quite as good as a complete zero-downtime deploy, but it's a useful option to have.

We'll be putting Lanyrd in to read-only mode for a few hours on Monday morning (GMT) for some scheduled maintenance.___One of my favourite tricks I've picked up working on Lanyrd: having a read-only mode is super-useful for making major changes to a site.

The vast majority of our changes go out without any downtime at all (we deploy 5+ times a day without any downtime by carefully swapping servers in and out of the load balancer) but occasionally we need to make much bigger changes.

Having a read-only mode (where we disable anything that might change the database, including the ability to sign in) lets us continue to serve pages from a frozen version of our database, while preparing a new environment with the changes applied. Once the new environment is ready we can switch over to it at the load balancer and start serving write-traffic again.

It's not quite as good as a complete zero-downtime deploy, but it's a useful option to have.

2012-07-26 14:26:06 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

We sent out one of our infrequent +Lanyrd newsletters today using a new sending mechanism pulled together by +Tom Insam. The big difference is that  we now compose our emails using Markdown, which gives us both HTML and plain text variants for free.

The generated HTML is great (since we're only using headings, bulleted lists and links there's absolutely no indication that we composed them in markdown rather than HTML) - and the plain text version is perfectly fit for purpose - we're using the footnote-style of inline links which look slightly odd but are absolutely good enough for the small number of people still running non-HTML email clients.

The new system means we can now send out HTML newsletters without excluding our plain-text preferring users (much nicer than "click this link to view this email in the browser" in my opinion).

Here's whatt... more »

We sent out one of our infrequent +Lanyrd newsletters today using a new sending mechanism pulled together by +Tom Insam. The big difference is that  we now compose our emails using Markdown, which gives us both HTML and plain text variants for free.

The generated HTML is great (since we're only using headings, bulleted lists and links there's absolutely no indication that we composed them in markdown rather than HTML) - and the plain text version is perfectly fit for purpose - we're using the footnote-style of inline links which look slightly odd but are absolutely good enough for the small number of people still running non-HTML email clients.

The new system means we can now send out HTML newsletters without excluding our plain-text preferring users (much nicer than "click this link to view this email in the browser" in my opinion).

Here's what the markdown/plain text version looks like: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2434252/demos/lanyrd-newsletter-july-2012.txt

And here's the HTML equivalent generated from it: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2434252/demos/lanyrd-newsletter-july-2012.html___

2012-07-24 12:53:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I hate the Google App Engine Auto-Updater thing with a passion... and I can never seem to conjure up the right incantation to prevent it from bugging me every few days (on OS X). Anyone got an uninstall recipe for it that definitely works?

I hate the Google App Engine Auto-Updater thing with a passion... and I can never seem to conjure up the right incantation to prevent it from bugging me every few days (on OS X). Anyone got an uninstall recipe for it that definitely works?___

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2012-07-23 15:24:28 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This is a big release for us - event organisers can now claim their events on Lanyrd, which unlocks a whole bunch of new features - including the ability to embed our schedules on another site.

We've been working on this for a while... event organisers can now claim their event listings on Lanyrd, which unlocks a whole host of new features, including a new grid view (with rooms), the ability to control who can edit your schedule and tools for embedding your event's schedule from Lanyrd on your own site. Take a look!___This is a big release for us - event organisers can now claim their events on Lanyrd, which unlocks a whole bunch of new features - including the ability to embed our schedules on another site.

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2012-07-21 19:49:36 (1 comments, 10 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

In which Jonty reluctantly carries the Olympic Torch...

This album requires some background. The London Hackspace is a thriving community of hackers, makers and creative types occupying an exciting space next to Hoxton overground station. The space was co-founded by +Jonty Wareing - and the hackspace regulars enjoy nothing more than winding him up in increasingly creative ways (one example: a huge mural of his face adorns one of the walls, in the style of a communist propaganda poster).

Today was the culmination of their most elaborate prank yet: they nominated Jonty to carry the olympic torch... and to their surprise and delight the nomination was accepted! Jonty did his 300m this afternoon along rectory road, with an excellent turnout (complete with custom made Jonty masks and an acappella rick-rolling apparently caught by the live TV broadcast). As an olympic torch-bearer hewas of... more »

In which Jonty reluctantly carries the Olympic Torch...

This album requires some background. The London Hackspace is a thriving community of hackers, makers and creative types occupying an exciting space next to Hoxton overground station. The space was co-founded by +Jonty Wareing - and the hackspace regulars enjoy nothing more than winding him up in increasingly creative ways (one example: a huge mural of his face adorns one of the walls, in the style of a communist propaganda poster).

Today was the culmination of their most elaborate prank yet: they nominated Jonty to carry the olympic torch... and to their surprise and delight the nomination was accepted! Jonty did his 300m this afternoon along rectory road, with an excellent turnout (complete with custom made Jonty masks and an acappella rick-rolling apparently caught by the live TV broadcast). As an olympic torch-bearer he was of course mobbed by school children just before the start of his run.

Here's the successful nomination story on the Olympics website: http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers/torchbearers=jonathan-wareing-3576/ - the principle culprits were +Tom Scott and Mark Steward.

And more information on the most excellent London Hackspace: https://london.hackspace.org.uk/

The whole thing was an enormous amount of fun, and is best summed up by Jonty himself on Twitter:

"That was the most absurd thing I've ever done. Astonished at the number of people who turned up to watch, that alone made it worth doing."
https://twitter.com/jonty/status/226718833120010240

"We shall now return to my regularly scheduled program of olympic bitterness whilst carefully ignoring how much I enjoyed carrying the torch."
https://twitter.com/jonty/status/226733066008268800

And finally, a commemorative video including the rickrolling: RUN JONTY RUN!___

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2012-07-21 19:40:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Tom Scott and 1 other was tagged in Simon Willison's album.

Tom Scott and 1 other was tagged in Simon Willison's album.___

2012-07-21 14:19:41 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Just used a Google+ hangout to assemble a sofa. It was one of those tricky bits where you need to align a hook that you can't quite see... so we propped an iPhone up against the radiator pointing against the out-of-sight bit and used our iPad as a screen. Worked pretty well!

Just used a Google+ hangout to assemble a sofa. It was one of those tricky bits where you need to align a hook that you can't quite see... so we propped an iPhone up against the radiator pointing against the out-of-sight bit and used our iPad as a screen. Worked pretty well!___

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