So I published an article - It's has been awhile which is probably why i am writing this blog post about it as it has been over two years since i published a bit of fair game tech news on here. I'm not exactly sure why i left it so long to publish the article - it wasn't even a long or complicated article to write, especially as I was mostly just copying and pasting it from another one of my websites but I think the long and the short of it was that I fell out of love with this site.
I'd built a fair few Joomla websites and they are great, much more sturdy and robust than your everyday WordPress site which I also build.
I've done a lot of work around membership websites, and CRM's but I think the long and the short of it is that I had fallen out of love with the Digital sector. I'd started to view it as suffering from shorttermism, every thing was "this is the next big thing" which is may have been 5 years ago but it still hasn't reached that big thing yet where we all wander the streets with VR goggles on our heads. I'll say it now that isn't going to happen but i want to be proved wrong. (I'm much more of an AR person) I think the sector which looked like it was going to make some cut and thrust changes in the way we live our lives and was so inspiring a number of years ago, has just well become an add on to the old.
Are we just using different technology to perform the same functions we have done in the past - generally the answer is yes. Wow we can get an Uber or a Takeaway Food delivery - well we could have done that in the past 40 years simply by interacting with our phone and using a voice medium rather than a poking finger medium. So technology has moved forward but all it is doing is the same thing just slightly better than we did it before. It takes a skim, a slice off the time or the service company gets a very small slice of the service fee. Yes a small company now can appear to be doing bigger things due to their web-booking system or an app, these are great don;t get me wrong but is this what we envisaged 30 years ago when they told us the digital revolutions was coming. YAWN.
I sit and type on a glorified typewrite that can publish to the internet for all to see. I could have done that in the old days with a typewriter and a Gestetner machine producing leaflets. In fact if I still do events I still like to produce leaflets for events as you can't pin a tweet to a notice board, or a website to a bus shelter.
Hmm, so I've still not made it plain as to why I haven't written an article in 2 years - I think i was bored or maybe even overwhelmed but what felt like the dizzying array or buzzwords that people were using in relation to web development. Or maybe I hadn't had the confidence in any of the events that have been on in Liverpool to be able to talk about them (even big Music Festivals who are the same as they have always been) So Ignite are hosting a little event looking at the next 30 years - yeah that is definitely made me what to post about it as it is forward looking but at the same time very grounded in the reality that things just don't "Shift" as we have been told they would. I should take some of this and make it a part of my talk at Ignite Future and maybe start a bigger event called Shift Doesn't Happen <- if you know you know if you don;t I wouldn't bother looking it up.
In other news the second best podcast (See the Art in Liverpool Podcast circa 2010) to come out of the Baltic is on air with Mike Ord presenting - Give it a listen especially for Louisa from Liverpool Soup the Micro Funding event is talking about her event coming up next week June 12th if memory serves me correctly.
Thanks for reading and more soon, but before I forget, here is the "article" what i wrote Ignite Future
This summer Ignite Liverpool, will be journeying to the future by asking the question, What might life be like in 2049? Aside from Ignite's quarterly event which showcases Liverpool’s movers and shakers, creators, thinkers, tinkers, innovators and doers, makers and dreamers in a fast paced format designed to inspire (try saying that with a mouthful of Haribo) Ignite also does special one off events like this for Liverpool Makefest.
Everybody knows somebody that has been along to a Liverpool Ignite session and if you don;t then it is time to get more interesting friends, as showcases Liverpool’s movers and shakers, creators, thinkers, tinkers, innovators and doers, makers and dreamers in a fast paced format designed to inspire.
This time around with a slight difference as it all takes place on Star Wars day, yes the 4th May, or to say it correctly May the forth. There is an eclectic line up of speakers as you would expect with one or two specific Star Wars related talks to raise the flag.
If you are interested in the digital sector and a fair few of the audience members are, then the highlights for you are then you'll love the IX Liverpool talk, Brett Lempereur's talk on the IPBill and how to fight Global Poverty through the use of Technology and as if there isn't enough of it in the news there is even a talk about the EU referendum.
Catch up on Ignite Liverpool with the Live Stream recorded on the 4th November at Leaf Cafe Bar on Bold Street Liverpool.
If you have never caught it before then Ignite Liverpool provides a stage for people to get up and present their passions in short 5 minute presentations.
Ignite Liverpool have put a call out for Inspiring speakers to take part in the 4th November event at Leaf Cafe. If you have never come across it before then it's an event of 14 speakers who stand up and present for five minutes at a time on a subject of their choice.
Ignite Liverpool, returns in January for an evening of fast paced enlightening talks plus a series of one minute pitches from local business and events. The tickets are now available to book for this supreb event and as always the tickets are free but Ignite always welcomes donations for their "Super sponsor" tickets.
If you have never been before prespare yourelf for a range of talks on diverse subjects from a wide range of people, about 10-15 people give 5 minute talks to their specially prepared Powerpoint presentation. It sounds easier than it is!
So book yourself in for a fantastic evening on the 8th January from 6-9pm at Leaf Cafe on Bold Street.
I was asked a couple of months ago to write a round up of the digital sector for a local free magazine that I've written for before. Admittedly not the most popular magazine in the world but I still gave it a go especially as I hope it will attract some new blood into the sector.
Ignite Liverpool is an evening of lightening fast talks that inspire, amuse and enlighten. It has been taking place quarterly since 2010 and is organised by a group of volunteers who love enabling other people to share ideas and passions.
Their next event is on the 8th May at Leaf Cafe on Bold Street, Liverpool.
Ignite Liverpool has about 10-15 speakers who take to the stage to give a short 5 minute presentation on their chosen subject, yep we really did say presentation - we even insist on it being powerpoint..... but don't let that put you off as the presentation acts mainly as a backdrop to your talk, with the slides changing every 15 seconds as you go through your rehearsed talk.