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An update from Bokeh Yeah!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Hi All,

Thanks again to those who attended the last session on investigative journalism.

Here are the links that we promised to share:

Peter’s controversial film, Dead in the Water, is particularly relevant to those of you partaking in the Pararchive Challenge as it makes excellent use of bbc archive footage:

Also, the TED talk that was highlighted as a fine example of how you don’t necessarily need to use sophisticated film techniques in order to produce engaging content for the web

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the session, we shall be releasing a video of the talk at some point soon.

Coming up during our next Bokeh Yeah! session: Fiona Philips from Leeds University will be hosting a seminar on the ins and outs of copyright clearance.

The Bokeh Yeah! Team

MadLab in Salford

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Yep. It’s true. We’re opening up ANOTHER MADLAB! This time, in Salford, where we’ll be putting on lots of new events and projects, opening our doors to Salford-based community groups and offering out some beautiful hotdesking space.

We’re moving into an old bank on Chapel Street.

More precisely, this big white building below:

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Bokeh Yeah have moved!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Bokeh Yeah have permanently moved to Castefield Gallery! Check out the message from the group’s organiser below:

Bokeh Yeah are excited to announce that we have moved into our new project space at Federation House, thanks to the support of the New Arts Spaces Scheme hosted by Castlefield Gallery.

BY project space 01

We have been busy sprucing the place up and will be for the next couple of weeks, after which time we shall be hosting an official launch do!! So we will let everyone know when that will be as soon as the sprucing is complete.

If you’ve some free time to come and assist us in this that would be great. We still need to paint the walls and clean up the floor a little so we will be there all of this coming weekend. You can get in touch here on email of Facebook or just drop by in your overalls! We will be there from 10am on Saturday and Sunday

The address is Federation House, Danzic Street.  Manchester M60 0AF. Our entrance is through the large black door on Danzic Street and throughout the door to the left of the court yard.

We will be working on lots of exciting DSLR video projects and training sessions for you to participate in at the space so do keep an eye on on our twitter @bokeh.yeah and Facebook page

This coming Thursday 4th September is our regular session of course, where will are continuing on the theme of documentary film making. Our Pararchive Challenge is under way and we will be hosting a practical camera session. How to set up for interviews camera, lighting and sound recording to get the best results. As well as how to capture an interview on location whether it be  to gather ‘vox pops’ sound bites or record a full interview on location to make your documentary lively and interesting and highlight some aspect of your story

This session is open to all and it will be a great opportunity to see the new space. The session will start at 7pm as usual so bring your camera and we’ll see you there.

Your Bokeh Yeah! team

Next Round of SciFi Books

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Hi Everybody

Here is our next round of books for exciting discussions at Manchester SciFi Book Club:

19th August – Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (318p)
16th Sept – A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur by Mark Twain (272p)
21st Oct – Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress (400p)
18th Nov – Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F Hamilton (320p)
20th Jan – We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (256p)
17th Feb – Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson (384p)

Don’t forget our next book on 15th Jul, which is Nova by Samuel R Delany.

See you next book!

Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club Contacts:

You can contact us via twitter @mcrsf_madlab or by using #mcrsf

Keep up to date with Manchester Sci-Fi book club posts at Madlab

We also have a group on Google which we would encourage you to join.

Manchester SciFi Book Club on Google+

Post by Daniel Wells, Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club.

A Ferranti evening with the Manchester Vintage and Retro Computing Enthusiasts

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Manchester Vintage and Retro Computing Enthusiasts are a rather self-explanatory group. They meet on the first Friday of each month to talk vintage computers, tinker with peripherals, emulate and replicate old machines, and exchange information and ideas.

Ferranti Argus 100

Ferranti Argus 100 – Image Credit: Computer Conservation Society

On Friday 6th June, Alan Pickwick will be leading an informal talk about Ferranti Argus computers from 19:00. Alan has been researching the machines and has an update on his progress, as well a request:

“I have scanned in all the manuals relating to the Argus 100 that was stored at the Catalyst Science Centre in Widnes and is now in the hands of The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge. Many thanks to Paul Meara for facilitating this. Amongst many other things, we now have listings of test programs.

One request – very unlikely, but if you don’t ask – does anyone have any paper tapes relating to Argus?”

RSVP for free via Meetup to join in this discussion and contribute to their research!