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Monday 01 April 2013 The Forest Road Reader, No 11

Just watched a heron rise out of a nearby garden and flap off. Eastwards, as it happens. Didn't know any of the neighbours had ponds -*-*- consults aerial photography - nothing that I can see -*-*- When we first moved to Birmingham I dug a massive pond at the end of the garden, about ten meters by five. It was great - completely frog-tastic, occasional duck visits, the odd heron. I'd like a nice big pond again, but I doubt I'd be able to persuade Natalie to let me dig out the vegetable garden. Maybe one day we can annexe the top end of next door's garden.

Now, when you're out shopping, you needn't have memorised our recent features on ethically sourced foods. Just call up the 'Mini-Monbiot' app, and the products you're looking at will be rated in front of your eyes.

Russel Winder, programming polymath extraordinaire, is heading over to Copenhagen to ask Is Groovy as Fast as Java? I suspect the answer is "no, yes, and much faster (for some value of no, yes, and much faster)", but I'd like hear it direct from Russel. Copenhagen, unfortunately, would be a bit of stretch for the JezUK CPD budget nor am I so deep into Groovy that I could justify (even to myself) a whole conference about it. If that is your thing, it does look pretty good and the price is extremely reasonable.

I'm thinking about, well, not organising exactly, arranging, enabling, suggesting quite firmly that someone should put together - conference is too strong a word, seminar sounds too academic - a thing about building your software. Maybe with a bit of deploy in there too. Build would include CI servers and what-not, because it all feeds in. Any language too, even if it's something that doesn't have a compilation stage, that would all be good. But just building. For a day, in room, lots of talk, get the brain spinning.

Ouya, a tiny Android powered games console is starting to ship. I thought about backing it on KickStarter but didn't. I don't spend a great deal of time (ie almost none) playing console games, and the kids are already sorted in that department. The Ouya is a pretty interesting piece of kit, although I'd be surprised if it changes the world. Something like it may well, but probably not the Ouya. On the occasions we watch TV these days, it's almost always through a low-end Android tablet. I wouldn't be that surprised if televisions start shipping with Android built in soon. The cost would be minimal, since it wouldn't need a display or batteries or a case, and an Android-enabled TV would be vastly more versatile than even a SmartTV. You'd be kitting your TV out to play pretty much any video format, with a PVR, streaming video, games, email, web browser, and so on and so on for next to no cost. There are TVs that do email and web browsing but they're rubbish. A TV with Android would be pretty fab. You could even stick a little camera on the front for cheap-arse video conferencing. That'd be kind of amazing, actually.

Once more, with feeling.


Tagged mystery-pond, groovy, java, and android


Jez Higgins

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