September 16, 2009
Two of my favourite things are niche blogs and maps. Combine the two and you have Strange Maps.
If this kind of cartographical madness floats your boat, have a look…
Literary map of San Francisco
Allegorical map to “success” (I remember this from a print on someone’s wall from my childhood – thanks for the bizarre blast from the past, Strange Maps!)
…and this relic from the White Australia era which depicts a racist view of Asian immigrants. Strange map!
May 22, 2009
If you’re into the next generation of devices, technology, multi-touch – check out the new Razorfish blog ‘Emerging Experiences’ – http://emergingexperiences.com – there’s some really fascinating content to explore. As we move from the GUI (Graphic User Interface) to the NUI (Natural User Interface) this is great first look into what’s coming.
May 21, 2009
Tired of spending countless hours trying to conjure fresh ideas? Are there more important things you’d rather be doing with your life? Like going bare-back horse riding? Twittering? Twittering about bare-back horse riding?
Well, now you can!
Steal Our Ideas is a blog by creatives Jon Kubik and Adam Noel, which provides daily, tongue-in-cheek ideas for the struggling creative.
Here are some:
Sure, there’s an underlying philosophical question as to whether it’s actual stealing if someone encourages you to take their property (intellectual, in this case). But quite frankly, it doesn’t really matter. The blog is a great concept and the ideas stand for themselves.
May 21, 2009
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March 23, 2009
A quick look at traffic trends from publicly available data* suggests that Tim Burrowes (ex-Editor of B&T Magazine) and founder of Mumbrella.com.au has a digital strategy that is working. After only a few short months Mumbrella has passed the established ‘ad industry news publications’ in terms of overall digital traffic to its site according to Alexa. In addition Mumbrella’s 1600 followers on Twitter (here) appear to place it in a very interesting position for both sourcing and breaking news to an influential Twitter user base. Noticeably, the blog format which Mumbrella is using is paying off particularly in SEO with Mumbrella yielding solid results in Google from its stories and 83% of all traffic coming from Australia.
Above: Mumbrella matches B&T’s highs, but significantly beats B&Ts lows indicating a more healthy ‘always on’ digital presence. Source – Alexa.com.
The AdNews website currently requires a subscription to read full stories and B&T publishes a daily pdf based newsletter – a format some struggle with compared to the global trend to more open story/blog formats which allow interesting debate and comment within articles.
All three break their news in a daily email digest (numbers of subscribers currently unknown for each).
AdNews is preparing to release a new site shortly and with the largest print circulation it has a solid platform to mount an attack on its competitors. We hear it will also integrate Twitter as part of the strategy. At this point we are unaware what B&T has planned for its digital presence ongoing.
* Source Alexa.com:
October 20, 2008
I’m glad to see @therealbritney has seend the light. Twitter posts now contain the posters name (see below) and it appears thay Britney is new posting. Be interesting to see if she replies to fans directly…
The day started well for Britney Spears on Twitter…
Ahhh, but there’s the problem – it’s not really Britney, it’s just her marketing / PR team copying and pasting. No, “NOT the real Britney” and it didn’t take long for people to wise up:
“I’m following the BS PR team. I’m just a pop culture twit, what can I tell you?”
Oh dear. Britney (or her agency) has misunderstood what Twitter is all about – real people, real conversations, monologues, not dialogues.
Malcolm Turnbull (http://twitter.com/turnbullmalcolm) on the other hand – Australia’s opposition leader/politician is having a better time so far:
Yes, Malcolm appears to be entering the conversation as himself and interestingly he has managed to attract a lot of the major digital influencers with Problogger and NickHodge firing a few questions at him. Hey I even threw one at him myself today to see if he’s reply. This could prove to be a lot of work for Malcolm but at least he’s giving it a go – and yes we all know he’s busy (urm, his Dog Blog is clearly consuming a lot of his internet time).
Be real on Twitter, the agency cant’ do it for you, no matter how much they charge you.
Want to get started on Twitter – here’s some light reading
Read the Rules: http://www.caroline-middlebrook.com/blog/twitter-guide/
Then Break em: Scobleizers 10 rules of Twitter
October 17, 2008
www.scrapblog.com : I’ve seen a lot of browser based flash ‘applications’ over the years – you know trying to emulate the desktop experience inside a web page… but few have cut the mustard. They tend to be slow, clunky, buggy and miss out on the detail such as keyboard shortcuts. Scrapblog (which you use to put photo albums together) is an exception to the norm and is really quite outstanding. Even CTRL-Z (undo) worked. Go play. Then you can order a 20 page hardback version for about US$35. Pretty good deal we thought.
Scrapblog has a very well executed Flash interface.
September 26, 2008
The fairly new Birds Eye feature in Live maps went by a rather unnoticed so whilst I’m trying out the new beta version of Live Writer, (Microsoft’s desktop blogging application) at the moment and thought I’d use it to add a map. You can see how I added these maps below.
Click image to view in Live maps.
If Birds Eye view is available, you can ROTATE the view from N,S,E,W
(Amnesia’s office is in the middle)
How to insert a map using LiveWriter (download livewriter here)
Use the Plug-in’s planel on the right.
Zoom in – you will see BIRDS EYE button if available.
Another view of Amnesia as seen from the South.
August 5, 2008
Apple have just released firmware 2.01 for the iPhone – big news for early adopters of the 3G iPhone and those who updated from the pre-3G firmware. Widespread reports of lag and programs quitting unexpectedly following an upgrade to 2.0 have surfaced over the last two to three weeks (I’ve personally encountered a fair number of these issues), but that’s okay, because 2.01 is available via iTunes now and here to save the day!
Or, as it happens, not.
I’ve not noticed any improvements in performance running 2.01 over the course of the day. In fact, worryingly, I’ve noticed increased lag when accessing contacts (admittedly I have a huge directory), scrolling through SMS lists and even (for the first time) trying to make phone calls. The phone application closed unexpectedly (read: crashed) during a phone call.
To add to the frustration, following an apparently successful installation of 2.01 (complete with a functioning handset and an updated firmware version number in the ‘About’ settings) Apple notified me that a carrier settings update is available. Sure, why not?
Here’s the problem…
iTunes could not update the carrier settings on your iPhone. An unknown error occurred (0xE 8000001).
And surprisingly, this isn’t an isolated issue. Hundreds of forum threads have popped up from New Zealand, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and the US complaining of exactly the same error. I love my iPhone 3G but when the old Nokia from 1999 is more responsive something’s awry…
Over to you, Apple?