Simon Willison’s Weblog


8 items tagged “radio”


Ham radio general exam question pool as JSON. I scraped a pass of my Ham radio general exam this morning. One of the tools I used to help me pass was a Datasette instance with all 429 questions from the official question pool. I've published that raw data as JSON on GitHub, which I converted from the official question pool document using an Observable notebook.

Relevant TIL: How I studied for my Ham radio general exam.

# 11th May 2024, 7:16 pm / json, projects, radio, datasette, observable, ham-radio

The Radio Squirrels of Point Reyes (via) Beautiful photo essay by Ann Hermes about the band of volunteer “radio squirrels” keeping maritime morse code radio transmissions alive in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

# 2nd March 2024, 5:23 pm / museums, radio


Weeknotes: NICAR, and an appearance on KQED Forum

I spent most of this week at NICAR 2023, the data journalism conference hosted this year in Nashville, Tennessee.

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How to Wrap Our Heads Around These New Shockingly Fluent Chatbots. I was a guest on KQED Forum this morning, a live radio documentary and call-in show hosted by Alexis Madrigal. Ted Chiang and Claire Leibowicz were the other guests: we talked about ChatGPT and and the new generation of AI-powered tools.

# 3rd March 2023, 4:59 am / radio, talks, ai, gpt3, generative-ai, chatgpt, llms


BBC iPlayer Beta. Preview of the new version of the iPlayer. Nice to be able to listen to Radio programmes in the same interface as TV without having to use the cramped popup window.

# 28th June 2008, 9:35 pm / bbc, iplayer, radio

Speechification. “A blog of Radio 4. Not about Radio 4 but of it. We point to the bits we like, the bits you might have missed, the bits that someone might have sneakily recorded. Other speech radio from around the world will no doubt find its way here too.”

# 26th April 2008, 10:30 am / blogging, radio, radio4, speechification


BBC Radio 4—Click On. I was interviewed on today’s programme, about OpenID. The clip is about 7 minutes in to the program, which is available using RealPlayer and the BBC’s Listen Again service.

# 1st October 2007, 11:56 pm / bbc, clickon, listenagain, openid, radio, radio4, realplayer

BBC Olinda digital radio: Social hardware. Schulze and Webb made a social radio prototype for the BBC; the IPR will be under an attribution license so manufacturers can run with it without asking for permission first.

# 20th August 2007, 9:47 pm / attribution, bbc, digitalradio, hardware, jack-schultz, matt-webb, olinda, radio, schulzeandwebb, socialradio