So I did not really have time to keep up with all the news from CES this year given everything else going on right now. I did cover it as a journo once and it was at the same time the most amazing but most exhausting job I ever did. I did some incredible interviews but lost about a stone.
Thankfully Darren Waters, technology editor for BBC News online has this nice little CES in 3 minutes video, and there are plenty of other video reports on that page which have helped me realise I didn’t really miss much this year.
Happy New Year (Hogmanay!!) all you people.
Damn you Seesmic. My latest obsession. It is pre-Alpha release and thanks (I think) to Dotben for sending me the invite. There are two very good reasons why I should not be on there but I won’t share them with you here.
It is basically micro-video-blogging. It is instantaneous, easy, compelling, addictive, fun, performative, playful, personal, public, easy, welcoming. It is essentially video banter and if I worked from home I would never get anything done.
It makes me feel a lot more connected and closer to people than Twitter or anything else. The Seesmic team – based in SF – also do neat little edits, shows, of the best of the last 24 hours (see the NY one above) which I like. This is something I think is really needed. It adds an extra incentive to participate for some too, I imagine. Makes it somehow even more personal.
Oh, I have also been chucked out of Facebook. More on that later, which is why I have been in search of a replacement. I really should get some kind of hobby which does not include sitting in front of screen doing really quite daft things until the wee small hours.
OK, so I would say I am coming out of what I am going to call my “transitional period” and I am going to make a concerted effort to blog again, as I should be doing. I miss it.
I have been using the internet like some sort of plaything for a few months and I am not feeling connected to it in the same way as a result. Weirdly. That ends today.
Now I just have to find some interesting things to blog about hehe. In the meantime, check out these pics of flying cats from Junku, my favourite Flickr cat person.
I know, I know, it’s been too long. But Facebook, iilwy, and Twitter antics have pwned my blogging.
But I saw this, and I thought of you. Although if “you” are American, you have no doubt seen this. But I am not. Heh.
Just watched the very end of the Great Granny Chart Invasion on BBC Two. Looked good. Caught the whole My Generation cover and video by The Zimmers. Great stuff. Go grans hehe. Geriatric1927 should do his own video repsonse cover now (on YouTube). Heh.
Found this clip on YouTube – not on the BBC channel – which I think might be semi-official: it links to their myspace anyway.
Just returned to a cold, wet, miserable London after a very nice wekend in the countryside with family. Sister nearly went into labour. Heh. Surrounded by silage and prams. And lots of shopping.
Cat lovers indulge yourselves: lolcats2. And make your own.
So there seems to be a reet ole storm brewing over on Flickr. Yahoo has been accused of taking down or “censoring” people’s photos and comments after protests over an Icelandic single mum, artist’s photos being ripped off. Complicated.
But check out this post from the CEO of Zoomr…(Via Spin on Twitter)
Er…. people in the Pacific Ocean somewhere are puzzling over this giant slab of rotting meat on the beach. A whale? A giant sea turtle… ?
OR AN ALIEN!!* Well just look at it! As if it just fell out the sky and *splat*.
* It also vaguely resembles what our roast chicken looks like when done in the microwave.
What a great pictoral history of videogames. Not much in the way of handhelds, but very interesting nonetheless.
My parents bought us an Atari with Pong and other games to help me exercise my lazy eyes. Loved it. Via Boing Boing.
Brilliant Pulp Fiction in 30 seconds enacted by bunnies. As the title of this blog post suggests.
Like it a lot and would be the kind of thing I would devour on my mobile I suspect. Via Sofia on Twitter.
Er, supplementary blog post to below’s entry…
Hmm… So on closer inspection, I realise that my Firebox goody bag might have been pre-packed as a “female”version. Perhaps. Not sure. But given the demographics of Firebox, I would hazard a guess that they would not put face cream, hair stuff, a pocket vibrator, and a calendar of Despair* in every goody bag.
Now I like lotions and potions just as much as the next girl. But if I am therefore missing out on some other cool topy or summit, reserved for the lads, I wanna know! If not, then that’s cool too.
At least I have my unisex Playdoh and Jelly Beans!!
I just came back, not at all drunk, (seriously – I drank 4 glasses of free wine and don’t feel AT ALL pissed. Really.) with goody bag in hand, from the Ignite Firebox party. I was informed that it had “something special in it (innit?) for the ladies” or something to that effect by the lovely PR gals. But I had no idea until I looked at it on the bus.*
Gosh what a lovely goody bag- air stuff, Stuff, T3, Perplex City cards.** Annnd a Magic Bullet (um – couldn’t find a link to it on Firebox?) and a naughty catalogue! Hehehe. Nice. Just what I need.
Met some good people tonight. Feel rather daft that I did not know or clicked before now that Michael Smith, CEO of Mind Candy (makers of Perspex – rather, Perplex City) also set up Firebox. I have met him at a couple of, well let’s say something silly like web 3.0 type gatherings, over the last year. I like the company’s thinking a lot.
I am in fact quite a loyal and long-time customer of theirs – as in Firebox. They now beat iwantoneofthose.com for me in terms of where I turn first to get those gifts for difficult people and those who you don’t really know very well, but who you feel you should “gift”.
Now I feel even more loyalty to Firebox in a way, because I like what Mind Candy does a lot.
Now, where did that goody bag go…
*Why is it you never see a taxi when you actually make a decision to spoil yourself by getting a taxi instead of the bus??
*Or, Perspex City which I always call it completely accidentally a lot of the time.
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!
Liking the idea of these minisodes. Especially of the shows we used to all know and love – the TV that takes you back to when you have just had a bath, and you are in your jammies, and allowed to stay up to watch the programme as a treat. Like Mash – I only have to hear the theme tune, and I am right back there.
Anyway, these could potentially be real fun snacky treats, and could also help give the impression you sound like you know all there is to know about a classic series. How many times have you had those “remember that episode” conversations. Now you could graze them all in the time it takes to make a coffee (with our posh machine anyway). Kinda like that Star Wars redit fans did of the Phantom Menace, the Phantom Edit. Cut out all the crap bits, or stuff you don’t really need, and keep the rest. And even better, btw, is the hint of a recognition here that these edits could officially be done by the fans themselves.
It’s just editing. Our people are really having fun with this. We’re not overthinking the process. You could almost look at this and say a group of college kids put this together.
I just had my usual email newsletter from TopShop – you never know what you don’t actually need – and was interested to see the Kate Moss collection preview. UK papers, and especially our great-for-toilet-reading magazines such as Heat, have been full of “exclusive” previews of the clothes. This is the line she has famously “helped to design”.*
Anyway, the point is, there was a link to a video podcast of what looked like Kate talking/modelling the gear. But when you get to the page you have no option to download or subscribe to the podcast unless you have an iPod. ie it just automatically launches iTunes. It is as if they don’t
know care that anything else exists. Or else they assume that the people they appeal to, who like fashion, have an iPod as a rite of passage.
Just ticks me off. I don’t have a video iPod, but I have an Archos. And I would quite like to see it please. I am sure I can eventually find the feed by subscribing to it via iTunes, but that is not quite the point now is it?
*She has pulled out stuff from her wardrobe and said “do that”.
I was trying to describe this project from MIT researcher Kimiko Ryokai to friends last night. I found the video on YouTube, of course, so thought I would share it again.
This is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. Even those with concrete hearts will like it. And it is not even cat-related.
Loving this low tech hi tech. I want one. heh.
I am liking the Twitter comedy emerging (Twitterdy?)*. Kind of like stand up for the digital mobs.
*Just found this one too – The Hoff – heheh
I am all for news feeds on Twitter and find them useful. But I don’t especially find an alert with no actual content in it useful really.