www.gov.uk has landed: what’s on it?

It’s fantastic to see the gov.uk beta go live. Over the last few months we’ve been fortunate to be able to work with GDS on a different project, and I’ve been given the odd sneaky peak at the beta as it’s been developing. It has been very exciting to watch it grow — it’s come a long way very quickly, which is a real credit to the (awesome) team. I think the site is great, for much the same reasons as have been discussed already in numerous blog posts about both the alpha and the beta — unrelenting focus on user need, simplicity in design, appropriate formats for different kinds of content, and so on. But I did find some fun things while I was poking about, so I thought I’d write some of that up. Firstly, and excitingly, the site has structured data baked in. This is the first ...(Read More)

YouTube instrument mashup songs

This is awesome: I think this is fantastic. Brilliant. Love it. Welcome to the future. As for the copyright questions… well. This analysis is spot-on. For the millionth time, the music industry just got served.

Guess what burns 4 million tonnes of stuff per second?

The sun. Well, it’s not really burning I suppose. Still, it’s an incredible number: and ever-so-slightly worrying, in a totally irrational kind of way. This and more from a fascinating episode of Horizon, which you can view until the silly DRM kills it, here. (Hat tip to Simon) Certainly the most amusing thing in the programme was the predictions, following the vein of a long standing joke: that fusion power is always 50 years away. At the end of the show, they had all the contributors give their estimate for when fusion power will finally happen. They averaged out at 23 years, so I guess we should update the joke. That is, unless we started telling the joke in 1982, in which case it becomes a meta-joke, which would be pretty cool in itself…