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Friday 12 July 2013 The Forest Road Reader, No 81

Two guys leaning on the barriers around the building site over the road. Their hi-viz jackets identify them as the fire marshall and the traffic marshall. Who's in charge if a vehicle catches fire?

Henry Blowfeld on Peter Siddle's dismissal in the first Ashes test - "Prior went like a porpoise to his right". There's no sports commentary that can match cricket commentary.

Buzz Aldrin might be the coolest octogenerian on the planet, but Jim Steranko is the coolest septuagenerian by far.

How Many People Are In Space Right Now?

Are coders worth it? - a web developer ponders his worth. I should probably stress that it isn't like that in the UK. (Or if it is, I'm going to all the wrong parties.) What I was particularly struck by is the weakness of the ideas some of these startups are founded on. "Just yesterday a developer friend of mine who'd recently gone out on his own shared his latest idea: an app that shows you nearby ATMs." particularly leapt out at me. First of all, nobody is going to pay money for that information. Second, writing that bit of software is so trivial it isn't worth charging money for. The data you need is freely available as part of the OpenStreetMap dataset, the libraries you need to plot the maps as freely available, the code you'd need to wrap around it could be knocked off in an evening. I know this because I've done it - been part of the CycleStreets Android app for well over a year. (It'll also show you bus stops, cafes, pubs, cycle parking, hospitals, post boxes, pubs, public telephones, and a couple of dozen other things.) Any app idea that boils down to "we'll show you X near to where you are" is almost guaranteed to be a non-starter.

Make websites. You might some shit for making websites. You know, the good shit.

The Night Witches (via Brownhills Bob).

Shakshouka - a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, often spiced with cumin. Sounds good. I've had something similar in Tuscany, eggs cooked in a tomato sauce with balsamic vinegar.

Be well, chums!


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Jez Higgins

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