ISSUU – SugSnips

Some readers will remember my previous SugSnip posts.

Well, I have now published all of the 400 #SugSnip ‘tweets’ in book form on ISSUU, the digital publishing platform.

I’d originally tried to author the book via the Amazon Kindle website, but to no avail. The instructions seemed clear enough but as it turns out, were too demanding for the technology I had to present. Most of the content consists of tweets, with a link to a collection (a collation really) of other links supporting and expanding the #SugSnip link. I just couldn’t see how this would work on a Kindle book (and it didn’t).

So I set it aside and got on with my life.

Just the other day though, I got an email from ISSUU reminding me of their presence and, given a two hour drive from Nottingham this week, I got to thinking about how the book would look and feel on ISSUU. Well, it looks ok and as a bonus, all of the #SugSnip links work.

For example: Tweet 195 on page 35, about Levi Jackets, still has the Bitly bundle https://bitly.com/bundles/dsugden/R available for viewers to read.

Please let me know what you think.

Other info from http://cpwilson.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/embedding-issuu/ – with thanks.

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Handwriting

Typewriter by Heavenly Cabins http://www.flickr.com/photos/31693711@N08/I had a job interview the other day. Well, one has to eat 😉

The HR team asked me to write a minimum of 250 words about ‘How I would embed equality and diversity in my […] role’ and they gave me 30 minutes to do that. A free writing exercise in fact.

Well, straight away I found myself at a great disadvantage and unequal to the task.  Whilst I understand the ‘theory’ behind free writing exercises, I’m not over enamoured with the tools provided.

Why, in this day and age should anyone think it is appropriate to use a ballpoint pen to express myself than – say (for example), a computer?  Why?  After all, I was later asked to describe my competence and confidence with ICT.

I’m sure that I’ve written about this before somewhere, and if I haven’t, I should have – but I have never EVER been good at handwriting. As soon as I could afford, probably in my mid twenties, I bought myself a second hand typewriter (with all of its faults and all of its idiosyncrasies) and was then able to more easily put my thoughts and aspirations on paper.  At last! I used my typewriter and its subsequent replacements for many years until I was introduced to word-processing during my Certificate in Education Course. Here, I was given access to Wordstar (on Amstrad PCs) and following the course, AmiPro rang my bell for many years before my employer installed Word ’97 across the college. Then onwards and upwards (?) with various versions of Word … (I’m currently using Word 2010 and Word for Mac 2008) as my main means of communication.

My complete hate of handwriting had begun at a very early age when the junior school I attended moved us away from pencils (I’d been doing ok with pencils) and on to nibbed pens and that shitty black ink schools used.

Sadly (in this case), I’m left handed and all of the pens were crafted for right-handed folks, so my writing looked like nothing more than scratchy marks on paper. As a punishment (it certainly wasn’t a reward, although I remember it being couched as such) I was the one who had to stay in at break time to remove all the broken nibs and replace them with new ones. Bearing in mind that I’d already been traumatised by teachers trying to make me use my right hand (forcibly) to write as well as to eat food with a fork in the ‘correct’ hand (that ‘force’ worked, the former didn’t) – I was extremely unhappy with the nib and shitty ink caper!

To this day, I still write more legibly with a pencil but to make my thoughts known, to order the ‘stuff’ I want (have) to say – I need a word processor of some kind. I’ve used word processors to write my Masters (MSc.) level assignments and dissertation; I’ve written successful six figure bids using word processors and I blog regularly – all without the use of ballpoint pens.

Equal opportunity? Pah.

Picture credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31693711@N08/3029785927/

Metro

I’ve recently updated my iPad Metro App and I’m loving it. I suspect that a lot of thought has gone in to it’s design. Well done Metro.

It’s called Metro Online and once opened, you have the choice of downloading back issues or, more importantly, the current one.  Once downloaded, the publication resides in iOS5’s Newsstand, ready for you to open and read whenever you like – online or not.

screenshot of Metro on iPad

The reporting and story content is no different to that picked up in bus and train stations nationwide, but the way you access it is quite cool. The written word looks sharper on the iPad screen than they do in the paper itself and the images look superb with the ‘Window on the world’ photographs being particularly stunning. Access to each part of the publication is provided in several forms, making navigation really quick and easy.

But the best bit?

Well, the best bit is the way in which advertisements are presented. We all know that adverts are the lifeblood of ‘free’ papers like Metro, but are generally irritated by their all-invasive manner. How often, for example, do you see a YouTube video that hasn’t got an advert to be viewed (or more likely closed) before you watch the clip? With Metro, a full page ad. will appear on a page of its own, in full colour and you can read it or simply flip to the next page. I’ve actually read more adverts in is way than I have ever done elsewhere in the digital world.

Again, well done Metro and well done Metro advertisers.