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P2PU - free learning for all!

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, In : Ramblings 

I decided that it was about time that I honed my HTML and CSS skills and I came across the excellent Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) to help me do just that. P2PU is a grassroots open education project that organises learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. Using the internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enables high-quality free education.

I signed up for the Webmaking 101 challenge to learn basic HTML. My fir...
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15 of my favourite infographics

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, April 5, 2012, In : Ramblings 
Being a visual person, I find it much easier to take in information if it's presented in graphical form. Here are my current favourite infographics.

Photographers’ Rights in the UK
A concise summary of your rights as a photographer, with a printable PDF that you can carry round with you.
Time Travel in Popular Film and TV
A swirling mass of temporal travels and paradoxes!
Hierarchy of digital distractions
Find out what it is that’s stopping you getting your work done.
Colours...

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Olfaction Fascination

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, In : Ramblings 

I've been thinking a lot recently about smells and more specifically about the power of smell to recall long-forgotten people and places from the distant past. We've probably all had the experience when we've been going about our daily lives when suddenly a scent will stop us in our tracks and we feel that we are once again in our grandmother's kitchen or walking through the school doors for the very first time. Smell can transport you back to the moment in a way that no other sense can...

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Childhood Fears

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : Ramblings 

    I just had a flashback to when I was a child and I was scared of the following things:

  • A particular picture of Pinocchio's nose in one of my books
  • Those wooden toilet seats that don't join up properly in the middle (was the school too poor to put a seat all the way round?!)
  • The blue tiles at the bottom of the swimming pool (I used to tread water for ages for fear of stepping on them)
  • The crooked spire in Chesterfield
  • Buttons (this is the only fear I've brought with me into adulthood. Don't ever te...

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Happy Christmas everyone!

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, December 16, 2011, In : Ramblings 
As I usually do at this time of year, I have made a donation to charity instead of sending Christmas cards. This year I have chosen local charity, St. Chad's Community Project who are a vital lifeline in Gateshead providing services such as childcare, basic skills training and family support.

I used Localgiving.com as they have a Christmas Match Fund at the moment which means that every donation is worth twice as much!

So here's wishing all my friends and family a Happy Christmas and a restful ...
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ParentPort: Nice idea, shame about the name

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : Ramblings 

Today David Cameron will officially launch a new website called ParentPort to enable parents to complain about suggestive TV shows, adverts and music videos. The site is a one-stop complaints centre for people to lodge concerns about all kinds of inappropriate material and have their voices heard by industry regulators. According to Reg Bailey of the Mothers’ Union:

“This will be one place where parents can make their voices heard and tell businesses and broadcasters if they feel they have...
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Conversations in a parked car

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, August 25, 2011, In : Ramblings 

Abby and I have taken to setting off far too early when going round to friends' houses for tea which has led to a new, and surprisingly enjoyable, tradition of sitting in a parked car for an hour or so having a chat. Recently, we had an in-depth discussion about communism and we have also covered topics like cookery, gadgets, death and Christianity. Sometimes I put sunglasses on and pretend I'm doing a stakeout of a criminal den (when in reality I am parked down the road from my friend's hous...

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Photography TV?

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, August 8, 2011, In : Ramblings 
I was wondering the other day why there are and hardly any programmes about photography on TV. With the exception of an excellent series that the BBC did called The Genius of Photography (in 2007 mind you!), I don't think I've seen any programmes about photography on mainstream TV.* This seems odd given that photography is a hugely popular hobby for so many people and the market is positively booming in all other areas (web, social networks, mobile apps, magazines, books and photo gear & acce...
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Do we trust in expensive gear too much?

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, August 4, 2011, In : Ramblings 
Photography can be a very expensive hobby, not least because there are always new cameras, lenses, tripods, backpacks and other accessories that we are convinced we need. It's very easy to get sucked into the upgrading rat race and spend more time poring over tech catalogues than we actually do taking photos.



One of the things I like about iPhone photography is that your options are limited. Often, to get your composition right you need to physically MOVE, not just lazily zoom. It forces you t...
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What I like about iPhoneography

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, In : Ramblings 
  1. It's immediate. The iPhone is always there for those moments when you would never have thought to bring a camera. It's great for exploring the everyday stuff of life. I tend not to use mine so much for holidays, big events, impressive sunsets or macro (that's when the dSLR comes out). I prefer to point my iPhone at the things that I notice on my way in to work - people on the bus, run-down shop windows, an interesting flight of stairs, an abstract pattern on the pavement...
  2. It's simple. ...

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