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Thursday 09 May 2013 The Forest Road Reader, No 47

The Moseley Folk Festival has announced its full line up for this summer and, well, it's a little underwhelming. The undercard appeals, but I'm not getting a buzz off the headliners.

Email from ticket agency to tell me the British Trampoline and Tumbling Championships is the first weekend of July. I've had it in my calendar for months. The question now is do I buy my tickets straightaway or wait until Monday by which time Harry should have qualified? Suddenly all nervous. As a weekend's entertainment it's dead cheap and you'll see things that'll make your eyes pop out, so if you're free do consider it.

The Trocadero Theatre, opened as the Arch Street Opera House in 1870, is a historic theater, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Looks like a good fun venue.

Breaking: Bike infrastructure debate officially over - In Manhatten, segregated bike lanes reduced traffic accidents for all road users by collosal margins, boost retail sales by 50%, smooth traffic flow. What's not to love?

Prepare for 'post-crypto world', warns godfather of encryption. Not that we'll notice. I've been digitally signing my emails for about ten years. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of people who've sent me signed emails. None of the major webmail providers offer signing. Outlook doesn't do it. It's not baked into the iOS or Android mail client (although at least they no longer choke on signatures). If we aren't routinely or even aware of one of the most useful applications of cryptography (if we signed emails as a matter of course and followed the chains of trust, phishing and probably most spam could be more or less eliminated), then we should we care?

Darryl Cunningham's new comic, about Ayn Rand, is being serialised on Activate. According to Darryl, the correct way to pronounce Ayn Rand rhymes Ayn with Mine.

I think we should care. Start by signing your emails.

Android builds are moving to Gradle. Went to a talk about Gradle a few weeks ago. I don't think I've ever got excited about a build tool before, but Gradle creator Hans Dockter lit the place up.

A list of the films shown on Alex Cox's Moviedrome. Cox's Bill the Galactic Hero Kickstarter was funded. Fab.

Can you pass Jon's #include test?

To find out about WWW: telnet info.cern.ch


Tagged gymnastics, cycling, traffic, comics, android, and moseley-folk-festival


Jez Higgins

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