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Monday, 20 April 2015

2015 London's open air cinema screenings

My favourite annual post! Movies in the open air is a wonderful thing and London has been screening more and more films out of doors in recent years.

Index
1. Listings by month
2. Organisations, venues and tickets: list of venues with links to where they are and ticketing info
3. What to pack: comfort (yours, and others... etiquette)
4. Previous film screening information
5. Changelog: what's been added to the latest edit, and when

1a. April
19 April Sunday
The Imitation Game - Rooftop Film Club, Kensington

20 April Monday
Pretty Woman -  Rooftop Film Club, Kensington

21 April Tuesday

22 April Wednesday

23 April Thursday

24 April Friday

25 April Saturday
Guardians of the Galaxy - New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival, Fordham Park, New Cross

26 April Sunday
The Imitation Game - Rooftop Film Club, Kensington

27 April Monday
Some Like it Hot - Rooftop Film Club, Kensington 

28 April Tuesday

29 April Wednesday

30 April Thursday

1b. May
1 May Friday
Top Gun - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Grease - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

2 May Saturday
The Imitation Game - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Top Gun - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford
Wizard of Oz - New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival, Telegraph Hill Upper Park, Nunhead

3 May Sunday

4 May Monday
The Goonies- Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch

5 May Tuesday
Dirty Dancing - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch
Pretty Woman - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

6 May Wednesday
Gone Girl - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch
Mrs Doubtfire - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

7 May Thursday
The Graduate - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Jaws - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

8 May Friday
Cinema Paradiso - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
The Imitation Game - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

9 May Saturday
Selma - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Dirty Dancing - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

10 May Sunday
Birdman - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch

11 May Monday

12 May Tuesday
Some Like it Hot - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Dirty Dancing - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch
Bridesmaids - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

13 May Wednesday
Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Top Gun - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch
The Theory of Everything - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

14 May Thursday
Life is Beautiful - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Amelie - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

15 May Friday
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
The Beach - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

16 May Saturday
The Theory of Everything - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Selma - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

17 May Sunday

18 May Monday
The Imitation Game - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch

19 May Tuesday
Mean Girls - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Clueless - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

20 May Wednesday
Withnail & I - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Memento - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch
The Intouchables - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

21 May Thursday
The Big Lebowski - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Bladerunner - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

22 May Friday
Romeo + Juliet - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Birdman - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

23 May Saturday
The Silence of the Lambs - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Some Like it Hot - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

24 May Sunday
Coming to America - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch

25 May Monday
Labyrinth - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch

26 May Tuesday
Casablanca - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Bridesmaids - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch
10 Things I Hate About You - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

27 May Wednesday
The Breakfast Club - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Withnail & I - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch
Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

28 May Thursday
Labyrinth - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

29 May Friday
The Goonies - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
Trainspotting - Rooftop Film Club, Stratford

30 May Saturday
Birdman - Rooftop Film Club, Peckham
The Big Lebowski

31 May Sunday
The Usual Suspects - Rooftop Film Club, Shoreditch

1c. June
1 June Monday

2 June Tuesday

3 June Wednesday

4 June Thursday

5 June Friday

6 June Saturday

7 June Sunday

8 June Monday

9 June Tuesday

10 June Wednesday

11 June Thursday

12 June Friday

13 June Saturday

14 June Sunday

15 June Monday

16 June Tuesday

17 June Wednesday

18 June Thursday

19 June Friday

20 June Saturday

21 June Sunday

22 June Monday

23 June Tuesday

24 June Wednesday

25 June Thursday

26 June Friday

27 June Saturday

28 June Sunday

29 June Monday

30 June Tuesday 

1d. July
1 July Wednesday
Labyrinth - Luna Cinema, Tooting Common

2 July Thursday
Zoolander - Luna Cinema, Tooting Common

3 July Friday

4 July Saturday

5 July Sunday

6 July Monday

7 July Tuesday

8 July Wednesday

9 July Thursday
Birdman - Luna Cinema, Morden Hall Park

10 July Friday
The Goonies - Luna Cinema, Morden Hall Park

11 July Saturday
Dirty Dancing - Luna Cinema, Morden Hall Park

12 July Sunday

13 July Monday

14 July Tuesday

15 July Wednesday

16 July Thursday
Jaws - Luna Cinema, Brockwell Lido

17 July Friday
Labyrinth - Luna Cinema, Crystal Palace Park

18 July Saturday
Top Gun - Luna Cinema, Crystal Palace Park

19 July Sunday
The Big Lebowski - Luna Cinema, Crystal Palace Park

20 July Monday

21 July Tuesday

22 July Wednesday
Ghostbusters - Luna Cinema, Hall Place, Bexley
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Luna Cinema, Kew Gardens

23 July Thursday
Back to the Future - Luna Cinema, Kew Gardens
Crocodile Dundee - Luna Cinema, Brockwell Lido
 
24 July Friday
Back to the Future - Luna Cinema, Greenwich Park

25 July Saturday
Back to the Future 2 - Luna Cinema, Greenwich Park

26 July Sunday
The Theory of Everything - Luna Cinema, Greenwich Park
Birdman - Luna Cinema, One New Change

27 July Monday

28 July Tuesday
Cool Runnings - Luna Cinema, Wandsworth Park

29 July Wednesday
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Luna Cinema, Wandsworth Park

30 July Thursday

31 July Friday

1e. August
1 August Saturday
Birdman - Luna Cinema, Alexandra Palace

2 August Sunday
The Goonies - Luna Cinema, Alexandra Palace
In Bruges - Luna Cinema, One New Change

3 August Monday

4 August Tuesday
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Luna Cinema, Kensington Palace

5 August Wednesday
The Lost Boys - Luna Cinema, Kensington Palace
The Great Gatsby - Luna Cinema, Opera Holland Park

6 August Thursday
Notting Hill - Luna Cinema, Kensington Palace
Some Like It Hot - Luna Cinema, Opera Holland Park

7 August Friday
West Side Story - Luna Cinema, Kensington Palace
Jaws - Luna Cinema, Opera Holland Park

8 August Saturday
Pretty Woman - Luna Cinema, Opera Holland Park

9 August Sunday
Groundhog Day - Luna Cinema, One New Change

10 August Monday

11 August Tuesday

12 August Wednesday
Romeo and Juliet - Luna Cinema, Chiswick House

13 August Thursday
Top Gun - Luna Cinema, Chiswick House

14 August Friday
The Lost Boys - Luna Cinema, Dulwich Park

15 August Saturday
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Luna Cinema, Dulwich Park

16 August Sunday
Some Like It Hot - Luna Cinema, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

17 August Monday

18 August Tuesday

19 August Wednesday

20 August Thursday
The Truman Show - Luna Cinema, Brockwell Lido

21 August Friday
Romeo and Juliet - Luna Cinema, Hampton Court Palace

22 August Saturday
Top Gun - Luna Cinema, Hampton Court Palace

23 August Sunday
Jaws - Luna Cinema, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

24 August Monday

25 August Tuesday

26 August Wednesday

27 August Thursday

28 August Friday

29 August Saturday

30 August Sunday

31 August Monday

1 September Tuesday

2 September Wednesday
Pretty Woman - Luna Cinema, Hall Place, Bexley

3 September Thursday
Casablanca - Luna Cinema, Kew Gardens

4 September Friday
Mamma Mia! - Luna Cinema, Kew Gardens

5 September Saturday

6 September Sunday

7 September Monday

8 September Tuesday
Ghostbusters - Luna Cinema, Battersea Park

9 September Wednesday
Birdman - Luna Cinema, Battersea Park

10 September Thursday
Guardians of the Galaxy - Luna Cinema, Battersea Park

11 September Friday

12 September Saturday

13 September Sunday
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Luna Cinema, Dulwich Park

14 September Monday

15 September Tuesday
Cinema Paradiso - Luna Cinema, Dulwich Park

16 September Wednesday
The Princess Bride - Luna Cinema, Dulwich Park

17 September Thursday

18 September Friday
The Theory of Everything - Luna Cinema, Hampton Court Palace

19 September Saturday
Ghostbusters - Luna Cinema, Hampton Court Palace

20 September Sunday
80s Night Vote - Luna Cinema, One New Change


2. Organisations, venues & tickets
Rooftop Film Club - http://www.rooftopfilmclub.com/ (4 venues - Bussey Building, Peckham; Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch; Roof East, Stratford and Roof Gardens, Kensington)
New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival - http://www.freefilmfestivals.org/whats-on/new-cross/categoryevents/11.html
The Luna Cinema http://www.thelunacinema.com/whats-on-buy-tickets/4563432152

3. Things to pack
  • Something warm to wear (even if it's boiling hot in the day it can be cool sitting outside at 10pm)
  • Something to sit on (plastic bag as a minimum, blanket or cushion better) - PopUp Screens lets you bring camping chairs but many other venues don't (some venues already have seating)
  • Something to avoid rain (umbrellas are generally a bit of a no-no, recommend rain hat or one of those 'pac a mac' things)
  • Something to eat and drink and something to eat it off / drink it out of (most films are in public spaces so you can bring your own picnic, check though as Syon Park mightn't)
  • A plastic bag to take away rubbish / and for sitting on grass.
  • Loo roll (public toilets being as they are...)
4. Previous film screenings information
2014 London's open air cinema screenings
Open air cinema screens in London (2010)


5. Changelog
Rooftop Film Club info added - 20 April 2015
New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival - added 25 April 2015
Luna Cinema info (London and surrounds only) - added 26 April 2015



Friday, 10 April 2015

Not quite as dramatic as BlockedByGalloway but here's the homeopathy version ;)

The #homeopathy hashtag on Twitter is an interesting place. On it you can find good-natured disagreement as well as vindictive rudeness and sarcasm. There are plenty of people tweeting really interesting articles about how people make sense of information and about the regulation of homeopathy etc. And plenty of people tweeting things that make you wonder how they manage to operate a computer.

You'll also find 'BrownBagPantry' and her list of people she's blocked. I've been on it for ages - I think it's because I've tweeted negatively about homeopathy and disagreed with her (most of it fairly civil I thought) but here's a list I've just collected.

1. A list from various tweets
2. That same list alphabetically
3. Here's a list previously made by @zeno001: http://woto.com/reality-based-twitterers via
https://twitter.com/zeno001/status/457938462973648897 there are 74 names on Zeno's list but there's a fair bit of overlap with the list below.

1. A list from various tweets
From https://twitter.com/BrownBagPantry/status/586213807833231360
@AnthonyColumbia
@astrolife
@ChrisJBenton
@darkmudley
@ExecCanuck
@Kaiyodei
@MattyPGood
@mzaraska
@n3eutralparty
@otisspunkmeyer0
@sarahkbarnes
@ScaryItalian
@silvercius
@skeptic562000
@SkepticBarista
@SkepticZone
@tintintan
@tomhbatty
@WibbleMyFins
@ZQ_01

From https://twitter.com/BrownBagPantry/status/585873357536501760
@BevinFlynn
@BJShadwell
@CareNews
@DrDuaneRD
@FinchLydia
@gerrybuddy
@GregortheMendel
@HenningTveit
@Ithaqua69
@KCGraham6
@LeachKathleen
@mehta_analysis
@NaturoDiaries
@picardonhealth
@reasonablewlvrn
@red_hairy_blair
@StumpedMonkey
@TabathaSouthey
@wyropiquet

From https://twitter.com/DrKevGuitar/status/580478697792270337
@beccaali
@cianpgeoghegan
@davidgaliel
@DesireeSeattle
@docgompf
@DrKevGuitar
@Grumpy_Rambling
@joeschwarz
@laurencepearl
@LaurieFleming
@LazerPen
@Lowkey1324
@TimBrock_DtD
@TraineeGasDoc
@unifex
Joanna McInnes
Kevin Adam
Russell Saunders

From https://twitter.com/StortSkeptic/status/496093025828110337
@anarchic_teapot
@bengoldacre
@david_colquhoun
@DocBastard
@drpaulmorgan
@EdzardErnst
@lecanardnoir
@merseyskeptics
@moronwatch
@NightingaleC
@ofquack
@SceptiGuy
@skepticscalpel
@SLSingh
@ten23
@tuivsleek
@WWDDTYDTY
@zeno001

From https://twitter.com/medtek/status/502153486113325056 - this one is notable for the epithets she gives those on it ;)
A few from above and additionally...
@Flatsquid
@JoBrodie
@jref
@Skepticat_UK
@SkepticsGuide
@Tetenterre
@WanderinTeacake

From https://twitter.com/Flatsquid/status/578457227033493504
Some of the above and additionally...
@6x10E23
@Acleron1
@Dragonblaze
@gorskon
@medtek
@PencilBloke

From https://twitter.com/zeno001/status/573888965704597504
@atheistic_1
@BJPrice1
@CanGal_39
@CarefulSoul786
@DoggySpew
@DoubleDumas
@GeoffSchuler
@jccford
@ktibus
@MSundskard
@notcreative388
@OmgitsTania
@ProtoAtheist
@SAWPerformance
@usfbulls2003

2. That same list alphabetically (103 names)
@6x10E23
@Acleron1
@anarchic_teapot
@AnthonyColumbia
@astrolife
@atheistic_1
@beccaali
@bengoldacre
@BJPrice1
@BJShadwell
@CanGal_39
@CarefulSoul786
@CareNews
@ChrisJBenton
@cianpgeoghegan
@darkmudley
@david_colquhoun
@davidgaliel
@DesireeSeattle
@DocBastard
@docgompf
@DoggySpew
@DoubleDumas
@Dragonblaze
@DrDuaneRD
@DrKevGuitar
@drpaulmorgan
@EdzardErnst
@ExecCanuck
@FinchLydia
@Flatsquid
@GeoffSchuler
@gerrybuddy
@gorskon
@GregortheMendel
@Grumpy_Rambling
@HenningTveit
@Ithaqua69
@jccford
Joanna McInnes
@JoBrodie
@joeschwarz
@jref
@Kaiyodei
@KCGraham6
Kevin Adam
@ktibus
@laurencepearl
@LaurieFleming
@LazerPen
@LeachKathleen
@lecanardnoir
@Lowkey1324
@MattyPGood
@medtek
@mehta_analysis
@merseyskeptics
@moronwatch
@MSundskard
@mzaraska
@n3eutralparty
@NaturoDiaries
@NightingaleC
@notcreative388
@ofquack
@OmgitsTania
@otisspunkmeyer0
@PencilBloke
@picardonhealth
@ProtoAtheist
@reasonablewlvrn
@red_hairy_blair
Russell Saunders
@sarahkbarnes
@SAWPerformance
@ScaryItalian
@SceptiGuy
@silvercius
@skeptic562000
@Skepticat_UK
@SkepticBarista
@skepticscalpel
@SkepticsGuide
@SkepticZone
@SLSingh
@StumpedMonkey
@TabathaSouthey
@ten23
@Tetenterre
@TimBrock_DtD
@tintintan
@tomhbatty
@TraineeGasDoc
@tuivsleek
@unifex
@usfbulls2003
@WanderinTeacake
@WibbleMyFins
@WWDDTYDTY
@wyropiquet
@zeno001
@ZQ_01
@BevinFlynn




Friday, 27 March 2015

Things I can't do on Firefox 36.0.4 - you?

Edit 2 April 2015 - I've upgraded to Firefox 37 but it hasn't improved things at all. I do find it quite interesting that Firefox upgraded itself to 36.0.4 last week and here's another upgrade, though it hasn't fixed the problems.

Edit 1 April 2015 - I've tried disabling plug-ins and add-ons but I still can't do any of the things below. I've added some screenshots in the hope that people might recognise something and go "oh, I know what you've done*"

*the problem began by itself, since then I've also tried to clear cache. Enabling and disabling add-ons looked like it might help (with Wordpress stats in particular) but refreshing the page just took me back to square one.

Here's what everything looks like, click to enlarge the pictures.

WordPress statistics page


Woto: I'm logged in (OAuth with Twitter) but can't see my pages



Can't log in to Storify (or click on 'next page' on anyone else's Storify stories). Permanently stuck at OAuth window which then fails.



Probably quarter to midnight not best time to demonstrate fact that I see no aircraft on FlightRadar but even at expected times there's a complete lack of aircraft icons. Also I can't move the map, I don't live near enough to Heathrow for this map zzom to be of much use to me.

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I think I have a new version of Firefox, it seems fairly awful so far - must have unwittingly updated it earlier this evening.

Here's a list of things that I've found I can no longer do with the latest version of Firefox (36.0.4) but which I could do fine on the previous one. Not sure how to fix this, short of waiting for the next update, which I hope will be soon.


Things I don't seem to be able to do include...
  • view my Wordpress.com sites' stats pages - they all show up as a blank grey page (fine on Safari)
  • use FlightRadar.com - no aircraft appear and although I can zoom in or out I can't use the grab and move tool to move the map (fine on Safari)
  • use Storify properly - it stops at the end of the first page and the 'read next page' link doesn't click to go anywhere (infinite scrolling works fine on Safari so I never see this button, it worked fine on the previous version of Firefox too)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Ways of making sections of or elements in a picture clickable or hover-overable for more info, eg thinglink

For years I've wanted to be able to do this but had no idea how and then this year I've seen two examples that have intrigued me. The way I understand these services is as a cross between a Pinterest board and Google maps where a circle is 'dropped' onto an area of a picture and you can overlay information. When the person looking at the photo hovers over that circle they'll get the information, and with 'thinglink' they can actually click through to a linked website.

I think this is terribly clever and am keen to try it out myself.

The first example I ever heard of was from @Documentally who used thinglink to show "What's in my kitbag (Early 2015)?". I can't think of a more perfect use of the app / technology for that sort of thing, here's a before hovering and after hovering screenshot. On Documentally's post you can click on the blue circle to visit the Tom Bihn website.


The other example I've seen relates to this problem that politicians have with their posh kitchens. Here, The Telegraph has gone through items in a photograph of David Cameron fetching something from his fridge and labelled them with further info. As far as I can tell each bit of information isn't clickable though.


As far as I can tell the graphic, made by Mark Oliver, hasn't come from something I can play around with on the web - I didn't find anything obvious in the source code at least (tho not that certain what I'm looking for).

What other examples are there of this sort of thing? Free? Paid-for?









Thursday, 12 March 2015

In honour of Terry Pratchett I am renaming my "It's probably in here" box to "We had one once but the bit you unscrew fell off and got lost"

Lifehacker would have liked my mum. She instituted the "It's probably in here" box a few years ago and filled it with fuses, odd screws, batteries and other random household things that didn't really fit anywhere in our own home taxonomy. It was an immediate hit in the Brodie household and I have continued the tradition with a box of my own (a shoe box, currently sitting on a bookshelf).

I've added one of my favourite Terry Pratchett quotes to the side of the box (in a pen that I found inside it which is nearly running out of ink). It comes from Witches Abroad and was said by Old Mother Dismass, though no-one knew what she was talking about :)

"We had one once but the bit you unscrew fell off and got lost" - I feel this captures the contents of the box very well.