Category Archives: Other Interests

Twitter School

At Jabber HQ we’re always trying to think up new and innovating new blogs to ‘journalise’ for you. Often we trawl through technological news features (as this is our main area of interest) while being careful not to just repeat fact and information and actually throw you our opinion and what impact this could have culturally and socially. It’s also not always WHAT someone says, but what they DON’T say.

I’m terribly sorry, I’m starting to sound like a university media lecturer, my bad.

We want to throw at you some ideas for how the world of tomorrow can operate. The way of the world is advancing, and advancing at a rapidly rapid rate at that! Ergo, here’s a rather genius idea for how the education system of tomorrow may function.



Yes, it’s exactly that. Dedicated Twitter accounts for students and teachers, to be online at planned times to tweet ideas and concepts to students, who could then tweet discussions back and forward around the twitter space/twitter classroom to create, perhaps, a discourse which is both controlled and saved for everyone to look back upon it.

While this idea is rather untamed and has quite fundamental drawbacks, it could potentially be used out-of-hours to encourage and engage with those who want to study ideas further and develop their understanding.

If I were a teacher, I would definitely attempt to trial this idea and see how much of a response there is. This is certainly a perfect idea in the world of college and university and can certainly encourage those who may often feel it hard to voice their opinions in a real-life classroom to speak up and let themselves be heard (or read).

Food for thought – Twitter School.


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Kick start an idea with Kickstarter

I’m shocked I haven’t heard of these guys sooner. Hell, my lecturer was even shocked that I’d never heard of them…

Kickstarter. If you want to generate funding for a creative idea or project that you’d like to get off the ground, then this IS the way to do it!

Kickstarter Logo

This ‘crowd sourcing’ funding platform is soon to be featured in a future report of mine, in regards to creating a new funding idea for a West Midlands business. Had I’d heard of this sooner this would have featured in many more reports! It’s my own fault – I can only blame myself.

Well, with this self-loathing out the way, I can now sit back and rejoice in the knowledge that this platform exists and is out there to help combat recessions and cuts in art funding. No longer will project leaders need to look towards governments and depleting charities as a main source of income. This way the funding comes from people who have a strong interest in a specific product, who feel they can invest directly in to something they feel strongly and passionately about.

I suppose one downside is… why? Why should average-joe-internet-users feel obliged to put in their limited disposable income to projects that may or may not benefit them? Incentives would have to play a major part here. An incentive such as a form of recognition, or perhaps receiving a gift or product related whatever is being funded?

Recent news-entrant ‘Haunts: The Manse Macabre’ has felt the the pressures of keeping there promises, after achieving their funding goal and not being able to deliver funders what they had expected (albeit due to production promises – and they have apologised to everyone financially involved). Therefore there are risks involved from a funder’s perspective.

Despite the negatives (of which there are very few) Kickstarter is a fantastic platform and is certainly the way to the future. Once it kicks off in the UK in big style, it will certainly turn many heads in the world of commerce.


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The Mars rover successfully landed last month on the surface of the Red Planet, after the guys at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory had their 7 minutes of terror descent. Nail biting stuff but luckily the rover survived the engineering ordeal, which is summed up in the video below and has recently been sending back some interesting photos of the alien landscape.

There are many different ways to keep up with the progress of the Mars rover on Twitter, Facebook and via an interesting 3rd party website. Loads of fascinating images, pictures and information that really gets the inner explorer addicted and hungry for more.

Curiosity may have killed the cat but luckily its only looking for traces of life from pre-human times, which if anything if it gets lucky  may just stumble across some microscopic fossilised remains in the samples it will be taking, hopefully answering the question once and for all: ‘Are we Alone in the Universe?’ The experiments will soon be getting underway and so far and all instrument tests have been successful an instruments reported as operational, including the successful test fire of the laser that will be used to analyse rock minerals. When the rover gets into full swing i’m sure there will be allot of media attention over any new significant scientific discoveries, so we are going to have to wait and see what Curiosity will find.

I have found that one of the most inspiring things about the whole mission so far are some of the the images it has been sending back from our closest neighbor. The two main images that have caught my attention are the picture that shows how far Curiosity has traveled across the martian planet and the second shows the alien landscape in high quality.

Straight out of a Star Trek Episode:


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Unaffordable Internships?

Upside Down Piggy Bank

It has occurred to me today, after 2 years of searching, applying and failing to get internships, how many offer them UNPAID.

Welcome to the catch-22! So maybe it’s work experience you want while you’re at university, because thank god you have student finance to take care of you in the mean time, but then after university has finished, it’s safe to say you’ve seen the back of receiving the most funding you’ll ever get from the government. Now you’re after internships, and more often than not, they aren’t paid and they’re NOT a sure-fire way in to the company you may intern for.

Ok, so you’re not qualified for the job, this is apparent as internships are usually applied for from college or university students/graduates, but chances are the internship you’ve applied for is not going to be in the area you live in. Unless you’re lucky. The last internship I have found was for a music company, and like most of them, this resided in London. Not only that, the internship lasts for 2 months and makes me wonder how any student is able to afford either accommodation for 2 months in London or extensive travel costs. One internship “stressed” that they offer £5 a day for travel arrangements! Brilliant, except I’d be taking the train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston and back everyday for 2 weeks, which on looking at today’s travel expenses would cost around £79 for a single. That’s £74 with £5 off!

Internships need to be more affordable if we’re going to want more students being able to apply for them, without simply localising internships based on location, to at least cover transport. It’s justifiable that an intern doesn’t receive full pay, but then it’s unjustified that after thousands of pounds spent at university you’re worth is, at most, a few quid for lunch or a train fare.


I’m on a train

This is just a quick update to say that we are still alive, we haven’t given up and we’re working hard to find the time to bring you more articles about the latest in the technological and science world.
Right now we are a bit stumped as we’ve seen no major releases in the past month. Yes, the iPhone 4S has been released, I’m typing you this on my iPhone 3G… That’s how far in ye dark ages we are!

Contrary to that, PlayaNeox has got himself a Boxxee. Except an in-depth review of this gadget to come shortly. Trust me, it’s a gadget worth hearing about!

I’m almost at my stop, so expect to hear from us officially very soon.