Archive for November 2011

#ChrisMash Present(ation)s

November 28, 2011
Yuletide disco cover

(c) Epiclectic / Flickr

ChrisMash won’t be holding a Christmas disco… and we won’t be showing re-runs of Christmas Top of The Pops… but I can give you a run down of the presentations.

  • Owen Stephens – A surprise presentation from the GodFather Christmas of Mashed Libraries.
  • Gary Green – Yuletide Info Stuffings Dug Out Of A Christmas Stocking.
  • Paul Stainthorp – The DevXS hacker event…. with added tinsel!
  • Gary Green –  Christmas Prezi’s.
  • Andrew Preater – User experience of the next generation catalogue… includes demonstration of invisible mince pie juggling!
  • Gary Green – Winter Wonderland QR-Codes.

There’s still space for more presentations if you want to get involved.

Just add your name and what you want to do as a comment to this blog post. Aim for your presentations to be between 5 & 10 minutes long. If you want to do a presentation bring a memory stick with it on and you can use my laptop (Gary). More details of the limited technology available on the day can be found here.




Show And Tell At #ChrisMash

November 11, 2011

So… I imagine you’re wondering what people are going to be talking about at ChrisMash?

How about:

  • Prezi’s under the Christmas tree.
  • Yuletide stuff-ings.
  • Mashing up your own images.
  • Decking the halls with QR-codes.
  • Folklore, fact, science, turkey, advocaatcy & more!
So far Owen Stephens, Phil Bradley & Gary Green (me) will be presenting, but if anyone else coming along wants to do a presentation or you’ve got something ChrisMashy to show everyone else please let me know. You’d be more than welcome to get involved. Just add your name and what you want to do as a comment to this blog post. Aim for your presentations to be between 5 & 10 minutes long.
... early i-pod for X-mas!

... early i-pod for X-mas! (c) x-ray delta one / Flickr

Send Us Your #ChrisMash Messages #MashLib

November 4, 2011
Scrooge McDuck

Scrooge McDuck (c) Mark Liddell/Flickr

When it gets towards Christmas, even the grumpiest of people start saying nice things towards others. Ebenezer Scrooge is a great example of this. He gave people a big turkey for nothing – that’s how nice and guilty he was feeling at the time.

Well… we don’t want you to feel guilty, but what would be great is if you could create some kind of online Christmas message from yourself and send us a link to it, using the form below.

Maybe this message could be:

  • An e-card or an image
  • An alternative to the Queen’s Christmas message
  • A video
  • Even a piece of writing someone else has written online that conveys what you want to say.

Don’t feel limited to these ideas though – whatever takes your fancy.

Create what you want!

But, remember that it does need to have a URL so we can link to it.

This idea is open to anyone who wants to send a message – it doesn’t have to be just those people attending #ChrisMash.

And in true Mashed Libraries style these contributions will form part of a data mashy thing.

If you could provide them by 1st December that would be great.

Christmas Gorilla?

#ChrisMash Is Coming #MashLib

November 2, 2011

“Yes! ChrisMash is coming!”

What is ChrisMash?

It will be a half-day Mashed Libraries event held in London.

What’s Mashed Libraries?

Mashed Library is about “bringing together interested people and doing interesting stuff with libraries and technology”.

ChrisMash will be slightly different to other Mashed Libraries events.

It will be as informal as other #MashLib events, but will be more of a tweetup/meetup, with a handful of fun/creative mashup presentations based around the idea of libraries, information and the yuletide festival.

There’ll also be a chance to socialise too, as it will be held in a pub.

The room we are holding it in can comfortably hold about 30 people.


It will be held at the Marlborough Arms Pub in London.


Saturday 3rd December, 2011 (3:00-6:30pm)


It’s a pub, so the only technology we’ll have is the technology people attending bring with them.

Please bring your laptop if you want to tinker… but if you just want to do a presentation, bring a memory stick with it on and you can use my laptop (Gary).

They have a large LCD screen we can connect laptops to for presentations.

The Marlborough Arms has good wi-fi, but a number of 3G dongles will be available as a backup.

After the mash is over? 

I’m sure a few of us will be hanging around for drinks after the event, so if you can’t make it in the afternoon, or just want to meetup later, why not pop in for a pint or two?

Where do I sign up?

Right here with Eventbrite. Booking is open now.


I’m not sure!

"Go away, stupid Christmas..." ~ Piórko

"Go away, stupid Christmas..." ~ Piórko (c) pyza*/Flickr