Open Thinkering


Things I Learned This Week – #22

I learned so much from attending the Thinking Digital conference for 2.5 days this week that I’ll have enough for several blog posts when I eventually go through my notes! What’s below is what I learned apart from those times that I was in the magnificent Sage in Gateshead. 🙂


  • I haven’t got one (yet!) but if you’ve got an Apple iPad and want to display what’s on your screen to a projector, you need to jailbreak it and install Display Out via Cydia.
  • Of course, you should be waiting for an Android tablet:

  • Viewer2 looks like something that should be Mac-only but is actually Windows-only. What is it? An exceptionally cool way of organizing and tagging photos, that’s what!
  • Want your Android phone to act like an iPhone on certain websites? Here’s how.
  • You can probably tell I’m heavily considering going Android this week – here’s Lifehacker’s guide to the best bits of the 2.2 ‘Froyo’ operating system update.

Productivity & Inspiration

Education & Academic

Data, Design & Infographics

  • Twitalyzer produces nice graphics related to the stuff you do on Twitter (it thinks I’m generous, which is nice – and live in Doncaster, which is wrong…)

  • At the conference I mentioned in the introduction, I got a chance to have a go at some origami. My efforts were feeble, which is why I have the utmost respect for these awesome examples of paper art!
  • Twitter Streamgraphs produces some very pretty visuals of… guess what? 🙂

  • I thought Walk With Me, a ‘soundtrack for walking’ was a great design idea (and it’s free!)


  • A 13-year old boy has become the youngest person to climb Everest. Turns out there were age restrictions in place on the Nepal side, so the team ascended using a more difficult route within China!
  • Mark Twain requested that his autobiography not be published until 100 years after his death. It’s time.
  • If Ian McKellen (Gandalf from Lord of the Rings) decided to be Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for a day, this is what it would sound like:


We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. (Douglas Adams)

I never learned from a man who agreed with me. (Robert A. Heinlein)

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. (Vernon Law)

Luck is a dividend of sweat. (Ray Kroc)

There is no more dangerous error than that of mistaking the consequence for the cause. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

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