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fashion dharling.

So after The End launched in August, the next project out of the blocks that I am immensely proud of, since it was one of my first commissions in the job, is the fantastic start up Inensu‘s Closet Swap. Like Sweatshop, it was conceptualised as a playful way of getting young people thinking about the choices they make in fashion.

Not about ethical fashion, but more about sustainable fashion, the site feeds off your Facebook social graph and lets you swap clothes for points (the more sustainable, the more points you get) with your mates. There are leaderboards too.

The iPhone buddy app which launches soon, lets you snap a wanted item while you are out and about and post it to your FB wall as a fashion SOS. It also tells you all about sustainable designers to look out for in the shops, and tells you where your nearest charity and vintage shops are.

I expect to see some really interesting stories coming out of this, and it’s already been nominated for a Bima Award!

Paulina Bozek, the mastermind behind Singstar, is a creative genius and a pleasure to work with. I shall be eagerly trying to borrow ALL HER CLOTHES too.

Some coverage:

Singstar creator sets sights on ethical fashion

Channel 4 Education announces Closet Swap

 

Grab the trailer. Or just watch it.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 15 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 712 posts. There were 10 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 511kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 4th with 260 views. The most popular post that day was games, metaphor, empathy… .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, kittenfluff.blogspot.com, danhon.com, facebook.com, and mydogminton.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cats, hitler cats, rent a cat, stupid people, and screen licker.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

games, metaphor, empathy… October 2010
1 comment

2

Cats that look like Hitler June 2006
7 comments

3

Rent-a-cat at Cat cafe April 2008
4 comments

4

About February 2007

5

Screen Licker March 2005
6 comments

to share or not to share

Well, not apparently if you have wordpress.com blog instead of wordpress.org. The former does not permit plugins. Well, that’s annoying. So just trying this bookmarking app. It might not work.

Update: um. It’s rather large.

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Oprahahahahha…

ha. ha ha.

Lol Trek

This made me chuckle muchly. (via Crys through Skype).

It takes the notion of LOL cats – a meme that has cat lovers and others spilling their milk rofl – to where no man has gone before. See also the Twitter fan wiki for more lolcat fun.*

Live Grenades poses the question we have all been dying to ask:

While this is nice and all, I quickly realized that there are no long-form lolcat works. The closest is Spatch’s wonderful Cat Town, and it’s only a relative to lolcats. That set my fevered brain to spinning: what would a lolcat story look like? What if lolcats had a TV channel? What kind of shows would be on it?

And this is it, a la Star Trek. Pure genius!

*Just seen Crys’ Twitter about lolgeeks!

Sock puppets

Loving this description on SEO Black Hat of accounts on Digg and the like (which has just announced “1 million users”). Describes multiple accounts created by one individual as “sock puppets”.

Heh. It works. Says SEO:

… it would be a hell of a lot more impressive if you told me you had 250,000 verified accounts – accounts that we knew tracked back to unique individuals. And no, verification emails to a freemail account don’t really count.

True – but careful. This *does* give fuel to ridiculous proposals like this from Germany.

Flight Patterns Art This is pretty amazing – accor…

This is pretty amazing – according to the blurb it is in fact data from the U.S. Federal aviation administration used to create animations of flight traffic patterns and density.

Yahoo digital time capsule

I completely missed this digital timecapsule effort from Yahoo - which I saw while logging out
of Flickr.
For 30 days, from October 10 until November 8, Yahoo! users
worldwide can contribute photos, writings, videos, audio — even
drawings — to this electronic anthropology project. A mosaic of
revealing snapshots will be sealed and entrusted to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
based in Washington D.C., officially taking its place in history.
Of course ealier this week we had the UK's National Trust do something similar
by asking us all to blog our day - er yesterday. I love time caspules.

Letting people use images sound and video as well as text is a much better proposition.

Flickr tools (or those created out of Flickr's API) make it so much more of an attractive option
too imho.

So nice idea and lovely interface. Makes me feel like I want to contribute a picture and caption.

So I go to "contribute" and - eh? But what is this? What do you mean I have to load a photo from
my computer?

Why I use Flickr to organise my photos of course - a Yahoo company of course - not my bloomin
hard drive! It is full of numbered folders. There is no intelligent organisation there as such. It does
not even give me the choice to just drag in a snap from my Yahoo photo account. Nope. Oh dear. Wtf?



Checking out Muse Isle after just listening to their latest podcast. Live music and all sorts…

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Whack your boss and other violence

Manage Your Anger Safely
Brilliant if a little sick.

South Park does WoW Just watched the WoW South Par…

South Park does WoW

Just watched the WoW South Park. Brilliant. Machinima and MMORPG go mainstream in one fell swoop

The Internet vs. Hollywood – The Ska Brothers Heh….

Heh. All they need is better lighting and sound. At least Hollywood can afford all that. Gets a bit cheesy towards the end.

Lonelygirl15 / Danielbeast interview on MTV The y…

Lonelygirl15 / Danielbeast interview on MTV

The young gent who “plays” Danielbeast who is YouTube LonelyGirl15’s love interest in the “story” tells MTV how he auditioned for the part after seeing the part on Craigslist.*

*LonelyGirl15 is on there too

YouTuber LisaNova Does P Diddy So you know P Diddy…

So you know P Diddy Daddy Dinkums whateverhisnameis has his own YouTube channel. Woohoo. YouTuber favourite has the downlowdownlow. Yo.

Line Rider

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Line Rider
Line Rider,
originally uploaded by The Kitten’s Toe.

Hours of fun for all the family. Honestly.

Google buys YouTube for $1.65bn

Well blow me. Google has bought YouTube for $1.65bn.

Phewie.

That is the value of people’s gathering places nowadays? Just compare that amount to how much it would cost to give every child in the globe a laptop. Or free wifi for all. Or even just a better national health service. Incredible and quite wrong when you think about it – no matter how much I enjoy YouTube and the creativity it spawns.

And note: it is the creativity it spawns that is one of its biggest pulls for me. That can mean anything from teenagers in the bedrooms to video editing students cum comic geniuses to home-living inventors to 78 year old gripers to funny women to depressed men to machinima makers to pranksters to remixers making Bush and Blair do odd things while making a serious point at the same time.

Oh and after your fill of that (which can take hours frankly) you can sit back and enjoy a short trailer of the new episode of South Park (in WoW). Or other *very short and streaming* “TV stuff” which acts as a preview of what will be on my screen in the corner of the room soon.

Tube gossip

Something strange has happened. I went to themanwhofellasleep’s Tube Gossip page, which I have talked about in the past, to grab some snippets of wit.

But, for some reason, I don’t find it funny anymore. Maybe it is because I no longer take the Tube to work?

I dunno. Maybe it is because it is now featured in Time Out magazine and is too mainstream for me therefore? Hmm.

Catch me if you can

IMG_0117
IMG_0117,
originally uploaded by junku.

Lovely.

Hello Kitty Fire Extinguishers

hellokittyfireextinguishers
hellokittyfireextinguishers,
originally uploaded by eyemage.

Once upon a time, I struggled to find Hello Kitty ware.

Now just look at the endless possibilities for Hello Kitty. Fabulous. The way forwards to make us all “fire aware” in our own homes?

TheHill88 does The Producers One of the channels I…


One of the channels I subscribe to on YouTube is TheHill88. She is a sweet Autralian girl – one of those kooky drama school types. She is unpolished, but very appealing. Her version of The Producers (not sure which song – something about being betrayed by an accountant – I have never seen it) whips the arse off of the Japanese Nsync lip syncers.

Wibree me

I have always been a fan of bluetooth technology, even though it seems to be thoroughly underused.

One of the reasons I like it is because of the wearable technology stuff it enables – bits and pieces on you all communicating with each other. I have used it a lot for zinging someone a picture, rather than using MMS (when we are in the same room of course).

So, I was interested in Nokia’s announcement of the Wibree standard, in one of the worst press releases I have ever read.

It will be an open industry standard that will work with bluetooth – there will even be dual wibree-bluetooth chips next year. It hopefully provide a much better way to connect up mobile/portable devices, with small, button cell battery power devices – watches, wireless keyboards, toys and sports sensors, and the like.

It is much faster than bluetooth – 1Mbps – and eats up far less power, which has always been its drawback. It should mean a lot more social and practical applications and uses popping up around it. Lots of ultralocal personal networks. Hopefully. And it will be free.

Creative commons photos and Schmap

TED Global dinner at Keble
TED Global dinner at Keble,
originally uploaded by The Kitten’s Toe.

So I had an email from someone at Schmap, freeware-based interactive mapping guide thing.

They wanted to use one of my photos from TEDGlobal (technology, entertainment and design conference) for the Oxford guide. They found it on flickr with a cc licence (attributable, non-commercial sharealike), so they are entitled to use it. I said, ok, that’s fine. But then, I thought, is this strictly non-commercial use? Sure, it is freeware, but they must need to make money someehere, through ads or something. So does that count? I am not sure. It is the first time someone has asked to use one of my snaps.

Nice of them to pick it though.

CNET launches ‘Second Life’ presence, News at CNET.co.uk


Must check out Cnet’s new pad in Second Life.

Lots of work to do on it yet, they say, but…

For the time being, the space will be used for a series of interviews with virtual-world luminaries, and as a forum for News.com reporters to come and talk about stories they’ve written.

Sounds interesting. They claim to be the first mainstream media organisations to have a functional and permanent space there. They are still not the first media orgs in there. They are kind of celebrating the fact that mainstream media is pretty slow in catching on to these things. Check out Eric Rice’s interview about it.

And that reminds me of this.

Alan Yentob. The man with the longest job title in the world. Director of Drama, Entertainment and CBBC and BBC’s Creative Director. “Hello, I am big media. Can you tell me why you strange people who I don’t understand like these YouTubes things please? I can’t possibly go on there myself in for hours to understand it. *sigh*

Debunking the MySpace Myth of 100 Million Users at Forever Geek

Forevergeek has an interesting little analysis that digs into some of the facts behind the inflated figures on Myspace.

The latest annoyance has been the self-indulgent claim of web 2.0 bloggers that MySpace has 100,000,000 users. Interestingly, this specific headline says accounts, but the article and subsequent articles all say users. I would say that anyone with half a clue knows that ‘accounts’ are not the same as ‘users’, but that would be obvious, wouldn’t it?

He concludes that the figures have been blown up by 133%, yet the mediasphere (so, big media and the blogosphere) continue to take them as fact unthinkingly.

This is something that has irked me for a while: you see this happening across all kinds of websites and it is nothing new. People commonly set up accounts which lay dormant and neglected – I know a lot of people who do that, myself included. But people often actively choose to have multiple “faces” because they can – like a public and private persona. This is especially so for virtual worlds such as Second Life.

To me, Myspace is in danger of becoming like networked spam or something similar. A PR clubhouse. I know it has a different feel, but it is Spam 2.0. There are so many bands and brands there, my concept of authenticity is getting muddled. See avatar marketing.

MTV’s games

First, the news earlier in the week was that MTV had stuck its foot into virtual worlds by creating Virtual Laguna Beach in There.com, to run alongside the TV show.

Now, the New York Times writes that MTV Will Acquire Maker of Music-Oriented Games.

It is buying Harmonix, which made the PS2 game GuitarHero.

‘It is about people coming to MTV who are passionate about music and wanting to interact on deeper and deeper levels,” said Christina Norman, the president of MTV. ‘It’s not just about wearing the T-shirt.’

Shame it’s not in Second Life, but maybe it had something to do with the teen grid and conflicts in ages blah.

Anywway, I think it is a brave attempt to update themselves. Let’s see how it goes. So GuitarHero for There.com? SL?

Checking out Susi\’s machinima gallery…Quite peaceful!

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Testing out the bloghud from within Second life – testing!

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Tube Idol? YouTube’s Underground music video competition

In an attempt to draw people’s attention away from “copyright-infringing” content, YouTube has launched its Underground competition in “a quest to find the most talented and entertaining unsigned musicians and bands out there.”

Submit videos that best represent your group’s musical, lyrical and video-making skills. The YouTube community will vote and decide just who rules the YouTube Underground.

Submissions start on 2 Oct and close on 18 Oct.

If it is a success, it will no doubt grab the attention of the music industry and help YouTube convince advertisers to do big-money deals with them. Sponsored by Cingular too. Ideal phone fodder.*

*Bloomin good prizes actually.

9 months of gestation in 20 seconds Ha – now we ha…


Ha – now we have the pregnancy timeshift! Kosso wanted his best mate to do that with his wife.

Renetto shows us Lonelygirl15 on NBC… "LonelyGir…


“LonelyGirl15 is doing for the YouTubes what Sopranos has done for the HBOs. Originol content, baby, here we come!”, says he.