Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Amazon Web Services Talk

Jeff's talk here in Glasgow went very well last night. Over 75 people turned up and it was a good size crowd as it was interactive - both through questions as well as Jeff demonstrating some technologies live through the University Wifi connection.

I'd like to thank Jeff for giving the talk and Duncan for organizing the room.

I hope we can have more of these in the future - it was great to here about some of the most important technologies coming out of out one the big companies of the web.

I also had an enjoyable day talking with Jeff, but due to a busy schedule i never got much time to ask him about some of my own stuff - hopefully i'll catch up with him offline!
Oh, i recoded the talk, but right now i captured the audio and i'm trying to get this uploaded as an MP3 - perhaps on GigaVox... doing that just now ....

If you know of other who may be interested in giving talks, let me know and we'll try and get something arranged! Mail to weblivz AT hotmail DOT com

Monday, July 23, 2007

Jeff Barr talk tonight

Had a great day talking with Jeff and others about Amazon Web Services - and some abstract things. The weather is quite amazing today.... i'm saying it's always like this so we can get more great speakers in Glasgow :)

See everyone at 5pm tonight. Details here. We're at 61 registered and quite a few contacted me by email, so please do come along :)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

iPhone v Harry Potter

I woke up this morning (and went to bed last night) to news about the Harry Potter release. I'm not huge Harry Potter fans, but it's kinda cool to think the whole phenonemon was started in a Cafe not too far away. The iPhone on the contrary couldn't have been created from a more different environment - created by Apple with millions of $'s of investment and resource.

Wouldn't it have been neat for them to have lauched at the same time with Harry Potter available as an iBook on the iPhone.... what kind of queues would we have had then!?

But when it comes down to it, what we have is what you see below. A great couple of pictures for any lone entrepreneur starting with a new idea.

I wonder whether the iPhone bunch should have dressed up as mobiles....


Harry Potter

Friday, July 20, 2007

Francisca and her first tooth

Francisca has her first tooth. She keeps touching it with her toungue. So today i got her a bright pink toothbrush.... it will be the only time (for maybe 60 years) that the expression "toothbrush" has such a literal meaning.

Meanwhile we got some old XBox games - first time we have bought any for years as we don't want Xavier obsessed with games. Right now he's playing Star Wars Lego edition.

Cool - we just managed to configure the Logica JoyStick i bought last week (which nothing worked with)... Xavi is loving it!

Talk on Monday

It has taken a lot of effort, but Monday is almost here and the talk from Jeff Barr of Amazon Web Services has a great number of people coming. I think i must have contacted most people in Scotland to promote this - easy as it is free and i managed to pull other stuff together also for free (including listings on the major tech sites in Scotland) through sheer effort.

If you are in Scotland and have ANY interest in Web Services - make sure you DO NOT miss this presentation.

OpenID.ORG - *your thoughts* - PLEASE!!!

So it's all kicked off again. Scott has posted. Dmitry has posted. I'm to be honest starting to feel weary. Dmitry even says i have added some neat features to the site - i've probably done as much as any OpenID site to add features above and beyond the basic authentication modules - and was thinking i was doing some nice things in integrating some of the communities we have - even to demonstrate some of their talking points .... and it has taken a hell of a lot of time. I was hoping that through this people may stop worrying about my site and concentrate on the concept.

So I posted this response to Scott. I really don't feel any negative vibes toward them all despite the crap that has been said about me - probably because i have got a lot of support too and I only worry about my kids - other stuff doesn't concern me.

I want to hear from YOU though. Email me at "weblivz AT hotmail DOT com" with your thoughts.

I'm now wondering whether all the effort i have put in for things like mobile, microformats, foaf and so on has been worth anything. I have really enjoyed doing it, but this keeps coming up. Maybe it's time to sell up and get out - hard with a domain that was valubale before the OpenID concept ever came to fruition and which sits number 5 in Google - something I never intended doing... but i have too many other things in my life to worry about that to cope with people taking all the positive stuff i am trying to do and making it negative. With Google and archive.org in 20 years my kids will see all this stuff and wander what the heck i did that was so upsetting to a few people. The Microformats people said "cool". Some FOAF people said "neat". I have been working on some other ideas people may like... and it's taken me a lot of time. But this comes back again and again.

Anyway, by reply to Scott...

Let's look at this another way. It was actually useful for me to point at your site - you would never had asked me to do so otherwise. I got zero benefit from this. Remember, the original reason you asked me to do so was because people were ALREADY pointing at the .org rather than the .net - so the fact i redirected was to help you guys out. Had I not redirected I'd still be around the same place in Google - it wasn't *because* i redirected that this happened.

I am the villian to you guys for no reason other than i bought a domain name. Then you invent an idea that, had you thought it was to be as big as it is, you would have bought all domain extensions for it (i have done that with some of my ideas) and then get annoyed at ME for not handing it over.

I live in the real world where i have two young kids and a living to make somehow. So i put on some Google ads - I am now the proud owner of $8.95 this month. You guys offered me $2k - at the same time you offered a $50k bounty for applications on it. You also can also charge $100,000 for platinum membership of OpenID. You guys are also travelling around the world promoting this stuff - my last trip was 4 years ago. You all seem pretty well off by my standards. So imagine where i lose the domain name, and openid disappears and then two years later i see someone else using the OpenID.org domain for some identity system that is not the openid we know and love - perhaps it just never took off. You can't pretend to me that in that case someone hasn't made a killing on the domain name. May not happen, but that's technology.

You say "That’s stooping pretty low Steven." - man, I did that BECAUSE i didn't want people thinking my site WAS the real site. Honestly. It is to read that the openid.net is the REAL site and my is in no way affiliated.

And to say i am gleaning anything. I added mobile support, messaging, microformats and foaf (and some other stuff not yet released) to try and pull in some of the other thinking - it was to help the idea of OpenID... but you make it sound like these were already in place - as though i took some template of all the work people had done and dropped it in. I have spent countless hours working on this stuff (that's why i have trouble sleeping) - a big deal when you work full time and have two kids.

Trust me when i say i am raking nothing in because of all this. Really. I'd getting sick of all this though - maybe OpenID and all these well off sponsors, members and individuals should think together and make an offer i can't refuse. Not something I would have considered before, but i'm seriously getting frustrated by all this. But I can't really win in this. Ask around for what people think openid.org is worth - as a domain name in general and then with the OpenID concept around it - in both cases it's worth a lot as it's a cool domain. People who didn't even know there *was* and OpenID have said it's a very snappy domain. So whatever i could sell it for I won't get its real worth - i know that - espcecially if the foundation took it. But then if i sell it for a decent amount i'll be the villain of the community - i may even make Time Magazine and new releases of SpiderMan will do away with the Green Goblin and have me in its place (which may be pretty cool for my kids). It's not as though we were talking in millions of dollars - it's all the companies that are benefitting from this technology that talk in those numbers.

I don't know - anyone - please mail me at weblivz AT hotmail DOT com with your thoughts and ideas on this.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Why Services will win over Installs and Source

I've had a nightmare of a week - next week is a busy week for me and i think i've actually gone backwards this week (some kind of human rollback it seems). In trying to get my various environments up and running, i've run into numerous issues and problems. Now, part of that is because i'm using beta products - yep, i expect that hassle (although the Virtual Machine image i originally got worked first time... enhancing my argument below). In some other cases i'm using open source software which has, as is always the case, been customized and branched. I've had version conficts, dependency errors, configuration issues and stuff just now working.

My savior through all of this has been VMWare - i don't know what i would have done if i did not have snapshots!

However, it has made me start to think a little deeper about services (well, combined with some stuff i've heard privately and also online from people such as Jeff Barr and Don Box). It has driven into me how you doing software installations are on the way out. For personal users - and for business users. Especially the SME. Furthermore, Open Source projects are out too. Well, let me re-phrase before i get a million comments. Open Source projects that work will be distributed and managed through a small number of expert groups - rather than downloadble and distributed to everyone who wants the product.

Furthermore, IMHO, these Open Source projects will no longer be installable products - they will be API's. So will commercial software. Most software will. It's just toooo much hassle. A week wasted when i knew what i wanted - i really didn't want to know the details... just some services i could ask some questions of and get sensible answers back.

Take queuing (something i need soon, not yet). Amazon offers a simple queue service. Microsoft are looking at an Internet Service Bus. Others are doing similar work. These are accessible via API's and there is NO NEED for me to download and install this stuff. It's just too much hard work... well, when things go wrong it is - and my experience in IT is that if you have 2 complex things to install you're gonna have problems pretty quickly. I want people who create these services and are experts at that - they can scale them if i need and manage all the complexities around backup, failsafe etc...

I could write forever about these services such as authentication, storage, reporting, processing, e-commerce and so on. I want to drop these services as modules, combine them and add MY stuff on top (oh, maybe i should also write about modular UI AJAX/Flash/Silverlight style components that marry these services, such as authentication, registration, reporting etc). Writing and managing them all is just too much work. Importantly however, i don't want these as part of something like Facebook! I want them purely and simply as services. I know where i stand with an API which i know is a product and is supported as a core part of the business - not an addon. These services will need to stretch what we can do RESTfully and so SOAP wil come into its own.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The programmable web - mixed opinions

Tonight i watched the Don Box, Steve Maine Mix 07 video. What i see is Microsoft trying to catch up. Now i personally feel that their WCF offering and C# 2.0, ASP.Net and so are miles ahead of other languages.

The issue is that they have been very pro-enterprise and less involved in the day to day hackers that are heavily involved in building many of the high profile web apps we see today.

However, i think a lot of the REST apps, driven by API's that use GET are medium term services..... on the way to what SOAP offers. I don't think SOAP itself is the problem, i think it's just that the people who would require the advantages that SOAP offers build more complex applications - they are the established companies, corporates and so on. People writing REST services won't want to manage session state, message level security and more - things that aren't easily avoided long term.

Many of the web api's out there using REST don't do a while lot in terms of message security, authentication, transactions or sessions. However, this is the initial wave - many of us ARE thinking of ideas requiring these services. There is also the evolution of web service interop to consider - a couple of years back i wrote some services that talk to Jave SOAP services and it wasn't easy. We did this internally on some basic ideas so could avoid some of the complexity of message level security and transactions and so on - but there was definitely thinking around scaling those services up - something only SOAP and not REST protocols would be fit for.

However most using REST are (like us) startups - larger scale enterprises are still figuring out what web services are and how they may be of value. They certainly aren't going to expose online transactional systems on the web via simple REST API's. Some may try, but most won't. So REST is a good start and no doubt will fit many scenario's but i firmly believe that as services get more complex SOAP will start to become a more popular format... i just cant imagine all my data being exchanged as hacked versions of RSS/ATOM :)

But I spent 4 years writing Perl code in the early 90's and everything worked great - until the time to build, tooling, scalability of the compiled langauges offered so much it was just too hard to resist. Microsoft just need to make the time to build simple REST apps as quick as the other toolsets out there - they have the complex, scalable stuff covered.

Oh, i'd like to see an Xml-RPC intergave to WCF services if possible!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Window Communication Foundation Unleashed - Xml Fetish

I am reading through the copy of "Window Communication Foundation Unleashed" that Craig McMurty, PM in Identity at Microsoft sent me.

I was sent a copy as i made a comment some time ago on integration of Xml Schema constraints with Web Services. I read his argument in the book, but i cannot agree it is the right way to do things.

His argument is to convey the business rules (well, the basic rules initially) through the name of the property. So you may have a property called "QuanityBetween10And1000" rather than define a simpleType in your schema that states that "Quantity" must be a value between 10 and 1000.

His argument is at its core based on the fact that current proxy generation tools (such as Microsoft's xsd.exe) do not go any deeper into the schema than the name and type of the property. What happens if you have two rules, or three?!

IMHO this is a tooling issue. If i create a web service interface and set a simple constraint (complex types are more difficult) then i expect good tools to take this into consideration - i really can't imagine why not!? Especially with the relative overhead of a web services call, the more intelligence that can be put into a proxy generated class, the better... and Xml Schema is cross-platform and cross-language. So ANY language can get these rules. if the proxy generation tool doesn't support it then fine, they get the hit. But most really should.

In fact, in WCF i'd expect a proxy generated class to not only provide a typed and named property, but i'd expect any simpleType definitions to be included. How hard would a check on an integer range be? And it adds a lot of value. Something like BPEL will do this with even more sophistication... so why not put in the beginnings of this.

The book is excellent, but as the point above is probably the reason i got a mention in the book in the first place, i felt i had to write something. I Craig doesn't ask for it back :)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Amazon Web Services Video

Chris Pirillo has just added an Amazon Web Services video - cool :)

Facebook for Single Sign On

Jeremiah runs an excellent blog and a few week back he added a great post on "Web Strategy Predictions: Facebook, Identity, Social Networks".

I was reminding of this by a recent twitter post (it hurts calling it a "tweet"!!):

I predict that Facebook will release an "Identity/Login widget" and will
overtake Open ID, why? Consumers rule, and Open ID is too geeky

I don't really agree that FB will overtake OpenID and then become some kind of central identity or authentication mechanism. Something we already have seen tried with MS Passport (where Jeremiah sites the trust issues with MS).

Now, i'm not specifically referring to OpenID [ i approached Scottish Enterprise way back in 1998 about an open approach something open, but similarto MS Passport ] so i'm talking about a general authentication mechanism for the web if you like...

My reasons are:

1. This should be a service. My view is that companies providing and managing this kind of data should be a service which doesn't directly conflict with half it's customer base. If you offer identity and then a bunch of web apps and api's, then it makes it harder to convice others that you won't simply lock them out by stopping them accessing the data you hold (even if it came via that site in the first place).

Ironically, this Twitter post from VC Fred Wilson was quotes Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook:

'being a tech company means you aspire to be a platform, a layer in the stack
that others can build on'

Yes! But i can't see that happening when you ARE the stack. Facebook is cool, but we need to be careful what constitutes an identity service layer. Do we want to mix that (would TCP/IP work as well if it was the OSI model, rather than two layers within it)?

2. FB is a commercial company with fingers in many pies - other companies will not just hand them their most important data. It's going to be hard enough for OpenID providers to accomplish this - but at least they are somewhat independent. I already talked about FSBSoftware who were told to remove their sychronization application..... the user should be the one who controls their own data and where it sits.

3. Decentralization. There are too many scenarios in the real world where you, or a company you work for doesn't want to use an external site. OpenID means writing your code once and interacting with external bodies easier.

I also don't think OpenID is too geeky, but that's kinda like me saying that Scotland or Chile are brilliant places to go holiday.... but a username, password and email are all you need.


How I never saw i don't know. Have a look :

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Jeff Barr - Glasgow Amazon Web Services Talk

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Monday, July 9, 2007

FOAF support in OpenID

You know those irritating people who you tell something to and ten minutes later they have a prototype in front on you. Well, i'm afraid i'm one of them.

A short while ago I saw a tweet from blognation about OpenID and FOAF support. I was going to mail and ask how this should work, but decided to go ahead and implement it (sacrificing my lunch I should add).

So, thanks in part to Johnny Cash (playing in background) I now have an implementation that now works with anyone who has an OpenID profile over at http://openid.org

An example is over at http://steven.openid.org/foaf for my openid http://steven.openid.org

That makes around 1800 people who can now use FOAF with their OpenID identity. Hopefully some people will play around with it. I'm glad to see this as i'd using FOAF a lot a few years back. I'd REALLY pleased to see these technologies starting to talk to each other - that is the most exciting part of it all.

Now I'm away for some soup as i'm starving!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

A look at the past

Being a Sunday morning, and having been at the oldest house in Glasgow yesterday, i decided to take a nostalgic look at some of the sites i use today - see what they used to be like. Here are some of what i looked at. The Google.com entry page was nice - just two lines of text poining to the alpha site below. Worth checking out waybackmachine.org - i just wish they had been around since 1993 and i could have seen back to when i started with all this ....

October 20, 1996

November 11, 1998

December 21, 1996

December 23, 1996

May 20, 2002

October 20, 1996

June 14, 1997

October 17, 1996

December 27, 1996

mentioned as i get a mention on the front page.
What the heck was SOAP anyway!?
Feb 29, 2000

Unfortunately i can't find out much about "Soliton Computing" - a company i started with a then friend back in 1992/1993 (doesn't seem to be indexed anywhere anymore :( ). We were running our business off the Univesity computers and they we're best pleased when they found out. In all honesty we were just creating web sites for aroudn 50 small businesses in Glasgow - the whole business part of it wasn't something we thought about. Shame. We just enjoyed hacking html, Perl and so on.

The oldest house in Glasgow

Yesterday we went to the Provands Lordship which is the oldest house in Glasgow. I wasn't sure about the exact age of the house until i saw a 28k US Robotics modem, a subscription to CompuServe and Mosaic running poining at an old AltaVista site (AV was my favourite search engine for years - i still use it on ocassion) - yep, it is from A.D. 1471.

Glasgow has a load of interesting things to see and a couple of hours turned into 8 hours (it's on the other side of town which we don't visit too often).

Friday, July 6, 2007

Google banned from discussing Gmail

Just read this.

While i see Google's issue (and this is the first i have read of this), i'm with the gmail.de guy. It is his domain name. You can't just go deciding you want to start a service and so anyone with the domain name is breaking the rules. Seems there are cases pending in other countries and i suspect they'll all go the same way.

Do ratings matter? A completely unscientific look at YouTube

This is completely unscientific (i may look into it more in the coming weeks) but after trawling through YouTube for some songs and events to listen to whilst in the fountain of fun that is my work, i decided to check out how useful the ratings actually are. I have found them close to useless and really have to know what i'm looking for (or waste time previewing the first 10 seconds).

The issue seems to be that so few people actually rate or make a comment and the percentage that vote seems to be fairly constant no matter how many people view a video. What is interesting is that for videos involving an individual doing something visibly difficult (such as in sports) more people seem to vote and comment (again more analysis would need to be done but i looked at quite a few beyond that below and it was fairly consistent).

Now, you can argue that the point of user generated content is that the Wisdom of Crowds effect means that small numbers of the crowd voting builds an emergent validity to the data. So in Wikipedia few contribute relative to those who read. However, it's much easier to click to rate or make a throwaway comment on a youtube post (i'd say 1/3rd of these comments are arguments!) - therefore i'm not so convinced that what works for Wikipedia (where you typically need to have some level of knowledge about the subject) will work for other user collaborative systems.

I don't know who is rating, but may of the comments are argument between members who disagree with what has been said. Not sure if you can rate multiple times.... but if 1 in 500 random people made a comment on my music tastes i'm not sure it would really mean anything to me. The problem is that you really need to have some knowledge of the background of that person before you can guage the value of the comment (if that 1 person was Brian Eno it may make a difference to me!). In a single click to rate, the meaning is almost pointless to a flaw - i'm not sure rating should really even be in there. Perhaps when something has been very highly rated by a high % of people who view it there may be something in it, but otherwise it really skews what you look and - and probably what others look at too. If only 1 in every 250 people with "bad taste" (relative to me - imagine the other 249 have "good taste") vote for a pointless video, it will be one of the top videos on YouTube.

Anyway, here are a few measurements i made on viewings in YourTube. Notice that sports videos that capture individuals doing cool things are as popular as Larry Page and Steve Jobs videos... and us tech folk are well versed in rating systems and form a fairly niche market.

Larry Page speaks at the AAAS
95 Ratings
0.004% (1 in 250)

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
2493 Ratings
0.004% (1 in 250)

Coldplay - Yellow
4238 ratings
0.003% (1 in 333)

U2 - One
1429 ratings
0.002% (1 in 500)

Perfect Day
2 Ratings
0.003% (1 in 333)

Carlos Santana & Mana
188 Ratings
0.0016% (1 in 625)

Featured items...

Obama Girl vs...McCain Mama? (#6 most subscribed)
25,104 Ratings
65 Ratings
0.0026% (1 in 386)

Speed Stacking - Nearly World Record (first in sports category)
549 Ratings
0.007 (1 in 134)

NBA Finals Lebron Etch A Sketch (sports cat)
7442 Ratings
0.005% (1 in 197)

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

WCF interop with complex data types

Sometimes you may want to allow services you have written in WCF to be callable from non-WCF aware clients. Ideally, you should allow anyone writing in JavaScript, PHP, Java and so on to be able to make requests to your services. This idea is fairly simple and well known when using simple value types such as Integers and Strings. You can build a request (in JavaScript) to make to your WCF service as follows:

function SimpleRequest()
var xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest( );
xmlhttp.open ('POST', 'http://localhost:2407/TestInterop/Service.svc/', true);

xmlhttp.setRequestHeader('SOAPAction', 'http://tempuri.org/IMyService/MyOperation1');
xmlhttp.setRequestHeader('Content-Type', 'text/xml');

var data = '';
data += '<s:Envelope xmlns:s="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">';
data += ' <s:Body>';
data += ' <MyOperation1 xmlns="http://tempuri.org/">';
data += ' <myValue1>Steven</myValue1>';
data += ' </MyOperation1>';
data += ' </s:Body>';
data += '</s:Envelope>';

xmlhttp.onreadystatechange = function ( ) {
if(xmlhttp.readyState == 4) {
alert("status = " + xmlhttp.status);
alert("status text = " + xmlhttp.statusText);

document.form1.result.value = xmlhttp.responseText;

However when using complex types, things are not necessarily more difficult, but there are some things to watch out for. Specifically, you need to ensure that the SOAP request you build correctly sets the namespace of the complex type you are sending to the WCF service. So if you have defined a DataContract as follows in the service:

[DataContract(Name = "DataContract", Namespace = "http://livz.org/wcf/name")]
public class DataContract
string firstName;
string lastName;

public string FirstName
get { return firstName;}
set { firstName = value;}
public string LastName
get { return lastName;}
set { lastName = value;}

Then you must ensure to set this namespace in the request. In fact, if you do not, a default namespace ("http://schemas.datacontract.org/2004/07/") is applied to the complex type and simply passing the serialized data will not work (well, it does not fail, but the values of your type are not set!). So, to correctly make the request for the above data type, you can use the following JavaScript:

function ComplexRequest()
var xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest( );
xmlhttp.open ('POST', 'http://localhost:2407/TestInterop/Service.svc/', true);

xmlhttp.setRequestHeader('SOAPAction', 'http://tempuri.org/IMyService/MyOperation2');
xmlhttp.setRequestHeader('Content-Type', 'text/xml');

var data = '';
data += '<s:Envelope xmlns:s="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">';
data += ' <s:Body>';
data += ' <MyOperation2 xmlns="http://tempuri.org/">';
data += ' <dataContractValue xmlns:a="http://livz.org/wcf/name"><a:FirstName>Francisca</a:FirstName>

data += ' </MyOperation2>';
data += ' </s:Body>';
data += '</s:Envelope>';

xmlhttp.onreadystatechange = function ( ) {
if(xmlhttp.readyState == 4) {
document.form1.result.value = xmlhttp.responseText;


Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Partnering on Vidyo

One of the tricky parts of Vidyo, like most sites, is up to date content. In order to produce a live up to date site it needs up to date content.

Now either people do this or it is done programatically. The latter could be done by assigning everyone and OpenID and parsing the RSS feeds from the various media broadcasting sites and updating the site. I may do that.

The other option, is to get the various sites to "ping" the site with updates. I am trying to speak to some of the video broadcasters to see whether this is possible via the new API. This would be neat as i could get instantaneous updates of broadcasts. After all, the idea is about immediately upcoming broadcasts rather than scheduled broadcasts, so the RSS option doesn't work so well (they'd quickly get pissed if i kept hitting their sites!!).

So, an email has been sent to some of the big players in the hope some, or all get back to me. Of course they may say why on earth would we want to mix syndication with our competitors, but that - for me - would sure be nicer than the equivalent 800 social network feeds that i get today. It would also be a nicer user experience for broadcasters (one place to update and share) and consumers (one place to subscribe).

We'll see how things go ......

Vidyo.TV Launch

With the launch of Vidyo.TV i decided to try out some more live mobile webcasting and used ComVu as my test. I added the broadcast to Vidyo and started the broadcast around 10 minutes ago. It picked up maybe half of what i said (so kinda like my Son then!) and dropped some other parts. It seems to lose data quite often - probably as i'm over GPRS, but then so will most people so it's a reasonable test.

Still, at this point it's better than the alternative (nothing) so it's quite neat to play around with. PC webcasting will still be ahead of the mobile equivalent for a while i think.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Stone of Destiny filming

The Stone of Destiny is being filmed outside and we went out to see who we could see. To be honest there were loads of people who i suspect i should know, but i'm probably the wrong person as i'd be more likely to know tech entrepreneurs than films stars!

However we did see Robert Carlyle (who bizarrely lives not far from the filming at all, but still got a car...probably not eaten for the day and going somewhere rather than popping home and raiding the fridge :)) and the director Charles Martin Smith. Robert Carlyle is actually one of my favourite actors - mainly for the reason that we i saw the launch of Trainspotting here in Glasgow, he was the only actor who was (for me) better than what i had read in the book. There were loads of others who i'll likely come to recognize, but my son was more interested in the guys carrying the lights! He thought they were the key guys to the whole thing. Fantastic :)