VIDEOS FROM BORING IV

Here is a selection of presentations from Boring IV at Conway Hall in May 2014.

We’ll be adding more videos shortly. Check back again soon.

JAMES WARD

James Ward is the founder of the Boring Conference. This is all his fault. He has written a book about the history of stationery called Adventures In Stationery which is published on September 11 2014. On Twitter, he is @iamjamesward.

MARTIN WHITE

Martin White is a comedian and musician. He has performed regularly with Robin Ince and was the co-founder of Karaoke Circus. He heads the Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra and co-wrote the Chortle award nominated musical Psister Psycho with Danielle Ward. He is @martylog on Twitter.

ALI COOTE

Ali Coote currently works as a web editor. She likes staying in and going out. She lives in Southsea, where a good Mister Whippy is hard to find, which is a bit surprising. She spoke about the period of her life when she worked in an ice cream van and shared some insider info about the profession. She is on Twitter as @alisouthsea.

TOBY DIGNUM

Toby Dignum is a Wolverhampton-based dentist. He spoke about the square root of two at Boring 2012. He is @dignut on Twitter.

VALERIE JAMIESON

Valerie Jamison is features editor at New Scientist and a former particle physicist. Her journey into the world of Boring-ology is featured in Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion. You can follow her on Twitter at @valeriejamieson.

MARTIN ZALTZ AUSTWICK

Martin Zaltz Austwick is a lecturer at UCL. His voice can be heard as Martin the Sound Man on the Answer Me This! podcast. He is @martinaustwick on Twitter, and also tweets science-related stuff at @sociablephysics.

RHODRI MARSDEN

Rhodri Marsden is a writer and musician. He regularly writes for the Independent and plays in Scritti Politti and Dream Themesone of the leading pub-rock TV theme-tune cover bands in London. He is @rhodri on Twitter.

FRANCESCO TACCHINI, JULINKA EBHARDY and WILLIAM YATES-JOHNSON

Francesco Tacchini, Julinka Ebhardt and William Yates-Johnson from the Royal College of Art are responsible for the Space Relay project; “a hovering object that explores and manipulates transitional public spaces with particular acoustic properties.” You can follow Francesco on Twitter at @RuffNuff.

ANDREW MALE

Andrew Male is deputy editor of Mojo magazine. He spoke at Boring 2012 about the history and meaning of yellow lines. This year he spoke about Eric Clapton’s bookshelf. He is on Twitter as @AndrewMaleMojo.

JOHN GRINDROD

John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain. He will be revealing the secret modernist agenda hidden in Ladybird books. He is on Twitter as @Grindrod.

NATHANIEL METCALFE

Nathaniel Metcalfe has been doing stand up since May 2007, and reached the semi-finals of the So You Think You’re Funny? competition after only five gigs. In 2010 he got through to the semi-final of the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year and the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year. He is the only resident at Josie Long’s Lost Treasures of the Black Heart club. Follow him on Twitter at @natmetcalfe.

HELEN ZALTZMAN

Helen Zaltzman is a podcaster, writer and broadcaster. She is one half of the Answer Me This! podcast with Olly Mann. She recently co-presented a Radio 4 documentary about the history of podcasting. Here she examines the sociological lessons which can be learned from cookbooks of the 1950s and 60s. She is @helenzaltzman on Twitter.

Photos by Edward Moore
Recorded by Conway Hall
Edited by Natassia Caffery

ABOUT

The Boring Conference is a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked – subjects often considered trivial and pointless, but when examined more closely reveal themselves to be deeply fascinating.

It was created in response to the cancellation of the 2010 Interesting Conference. It seemed like the obvious thing to do.

Previous speakers have included Jon Ronson, Robin Ince, Josie Long and Adam Curtis. People have talked about sneezing, toast, IBM tills, the sounds made by vending machines, the Shipping Forecast, barcodes, yellow lines, London shop fronts, the television programme Antiques Road Trip and the features of the Yamaha PSR-175 Portatune keyboard.

For more information, contact James Ward or follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

BORING IV EVENT DETAILS

Boring IV will be held at Conway Hall on Saturday 31st May 2014.

Doors open at 10am, and things will start to get boring around 10.30am. The event will finish around 4.30pm, and then you are free to get on with the rest of your lives.

BORING IV SPEAKERS (in order of appearance)

JAMES WARD is the founder of the Boring Conference. This is all his fault. He has written a book about the history of stationery which you can pre-order here. He will be talking about selected highlights from the 1990s Saturday night ITV show You Bet. On Twitter, he is @iamjamesward.

MARTIN WHITE is a comedian and musician. He has performed regularly with Robin Ince and was the co-founder of Karaoke Circus. He heads the Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra and co-wrote the Chortle award nominated musical Psister Psycho with Danielle Ward. He will be talking about the German language with particular attention to film titles. He is @martylog on Twitter.

VALERIE JAMIESON is features editor at New Scientist and a former particle physicist. Her journey into the world of Boring-ology is featured in Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion. She will be talking about the science of watching grass grow and examining how dull ditchwater really is. You can follow her on Twitter at @valeriejamieson.

TOBY DIGNUM is a Wolverhampton-based dentist. He spoke about the square root of two at Boring 2012. This year, he will be talking about calendars. He is @dignut on Twitter.

ALI COOTE currently works as a web editor. She likes staying in and going out. She lives in Southsea, where a good Mister Whippy is hard to find, which is a bit surprising but despite this, she will be talking about the life and chimes of ice cream vans. She is on Twitter as @alisouthsea.

MARTIN ZALTZ AUSTWICK is a lecturer at UCL. His voice can be heard as Martin the Sound Man on the Answer Me This! podcast. He is @martinaustwick on Twitter, and also tweets science-related stuff at @sociablephysics. He will be talking about eggs.

GEORGE EGG has been performing comedy for over twenty years. He demonstrates that there is no excuse for ordering room service when staying in a hotel room. On Twitter, he is @georgeegg.

RHODRI MARSDEN is a writer and musician. He regularly writes for the Independent and plays in Scritti Politti and Dream Themes, one of the leading pub-rock TV theme-tune cover bands in London. He will be demonstrating the similarities between 198 of the world’s national anthems. He is @rhodri on Twitter.

FRANCESCO TACCHINI, JULINKA EBHARDT and WILLIAM YATES-JOHNSON from the Royal College of Art are responsible for the Space Relay project; “a hovering object that explores and manipulates transitional public spaces with particular acoustic properties.” They will be talking about how the project came about. You can follow Francesco on Twitter at @RuffNuff.

ANDREW MALE is deputy editor of Mojo magazine. He spoke at Boring 2012 about the history and meaning of yellow lines. This year he will be talking Eric Clapton’s bookshelf. He is on Twitter as @AndrewMaleMojo.

BEN TARGET won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award in 2011. He will be giving a presentation involving PowerPoint. You can follow him on Twitter at @bentarget.

EMERALD PASTON is Assistant Producer at Nerd TV. She was a finalist in the 2010 Chortle Student Comedy Awards and Comedy Central’s Funniest Student Awards. You can follow her on Twitter at @emeraldpaston.

JOHN GRINDROD is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain. He will be revealing the secret modernist agenda hidden in Ladybird books. He is on Twitter as @Grindrod.

MARC ISAACS is an award-winning documentary maker who has made films for the BBC and Channel 4. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards. His 2001 film, Lift, was filmed in the elevator of a tower block in the East End of London, and captures the different reactions and behaviour of those who enter it.

MARK DEAN QUINN is an artist and comedian. He is co-writer and performer of the Unrong Quiz (the worlds only subjective pub quiz), one half of the Edinburgh show Richard Dawkins Does Not Exist and We Can Prove It and a founding member of The Existential Review. He will be talking about inkjet printers. On Twitter he is @markdeanquinn.

NATHANIEL METCALFE has been doing stand up since May 2007, and reached the semi-finals of the So You Think You’re Funny? competition after only five gigs. In 2010 he got through to the semi-final of the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year and the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year. He is the only resident at Josie Long’s Lost Treasures of the Black Heart club. Follow him on Twitter at @natmetcalfe.

HELEN ZALTZMAN is a podcaster, writer and broadcaster. She is one half of the Answer Me This! podcast with Olly Mann. She recently co-presented a Radio 4 documentary about the history of podcasting. She will be examining the sociological lessons which can be learned from cookbooks of the 1950s and 60s. She is @helenzaltzman on Twitter.

VINCENT CONNARE is an American typographer who has been designing fonts for over twenty years. He has worked for Microsoft where he created the Trebuchet font, but his most famous creation is Comic Sans. You can follow him on Twitter at @VincentConnare.

You don’t necessarily have to print your ticket, but you will need your booking reference and your name. You should already know one of those anyway.

BORING IV
Saturday 31st May, 10am
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London
WC1R 4RL

Photo: Conway Hall