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Intro to Poetry: Day 3

Write of Passage

Today’s topic is Friend. And the poetry form to try, if I like, is an acrostic.

After dozens of false starts, I finally settled on this taunting acrostic…

…although it seems to have little to do with “friend.” I should have made that more clear. Oh, well. Back to the drawing board.

Just heard thunder and then rain.

One extraordinary brain

Sits at his desk, focused in;

Evening sets on this sin.

Perhaps in my dreams I’ll remember

His birthday’s the eighth of September.

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Start up: Brexit v open data, 3D-printed dead fingerprints, smartwatches slow, Kickass kicked, and more

The Overspill: when there's more that I want to say

Baidu has a figure for Apple’s revenues in the past quarter – based on smartphone movement data. Photo by kwramm on Flickr.

A selection of 8 links for you. Spongy. I’m charlesarthur on Twitter. Observations and links welcome.

What does Brexit mean for open data in the UK? • The Guardian

Marc Ambasna-Jones:


“The Government has invested a lot of money in open data but then people were asking, ‘what do you do with it?’” says Ian Hetherington, founder and CEO of 3D mapping software company eeGEO. “What’s the visualisation strategy? The data is useless unless you can visualise it.”

Now there are further concerns over the future of the UK’s open data culture. “Cabinet office policy on open data was in the doldrums well before the referendum,” says open data campaigner Owen Boswarva when asked whether he thought Brexit would give the UK’s open data movement a kicking…

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