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Have you lost that black feeling?


How do you feel about black?

Please forgive me for the lack of posts on my blog – looks like the last one was august 2010. Reason being I have been booked solid since mid last year with helping half a dozen agencies with most of their accounts. It’s been so much fun!

Finally, today is when two rare and famous things happen at the same time: 1) I don’t need to be anywhere for the entire day, and; 2) I am well rested and not a comatose wreck from said activities (insert pathetic request for sympathy).

Therefore, the first thing I had wanted to do on this very cool day was to apologise for not posting anything on this blog for ages- and so began the search on Google Images using the term ‘busy’.

First picture I found was of a pair sneakers (‘Nike Busy P Air Force’) – inscribed on the side “ISN’T ALL THIS BLACK BORING?”.

It made me stop and think about a tonne of things, including how much black is in my day to day (think: car, shoes, socks, jeans, shirts, eye and hair colour, my macbook, wallet, phone, thoughts, etc) and this got be curious. I want to know what it means for you.

What does the colour black mean for you?

Who owns the colour black?

How do you feel about the colour black?

Describe what happens when you see the colour black on someone (or as the colour of a car)?

I would love to read a story about you and the colour black.

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The lowdown on apps [infographic]


Online MBA created an interesting infographic that explores how these millions of tiny programs filter our world, and why there are so many of them being developed.

Of interest to me:

APPLE DENIED: 37,466 apps are no longer available for download by Apple.

PUBLISHERS: 42,403 publishers of apps (averaging 4 apps per publisher).

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HTML5 Readiness


ATT: Digital Planners, Web Producers and Good Developers

Here is an interesting tool that will help you plan a digital campaign around the launch of a particular technology. And if you know your browser splits (by region) then you can probably figure out how many are likely to engage and interact with your digital campaign (when it goes to market).

Click here to play with the interactive version http://html5readiness.com

This tool come courtesy of the asylum – run by Paul Irish and Divya Manian

MY SOURCE TRAIN (because I love giving credit and distribution is important): Delivered to my inbox today, 1pm, 21st April 2010, by Manfred Linzner via Posterous Subscriber Feed // Published By Chris Bowler, 19th April 201 // Design and implementation notes published by Divya Manian, 17th April 2010.

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It’ll make you stand straight. It’s gonna make your hand shake.


“Art doesn’t actually overthrow anything except itself.” – Michael Kimmelman

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POINT OF VIEW

Fortunately this article D.I.Y Culture, by Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, caught my attention this morning amongst hundreds of impressions that I had already been exposed to before 7am. The cool image is courtesy of Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times.

I was lucky this article caught my attention when it did otherwise it would have disappeared into a bunch of haphazard morning activities (ordering coffee, texting, recalling ethereal thoughts as I woke up, checking email, reading news, checking voicemail, rescheduling meetings, organising a date for the weekend, deciding what to get my niece for her 2nd birthday, following up on a conversation about a deal I need to close this week) before actually looking at my official ‘to do list’ for the day.

Kimmelman is on point with his story and I like it (a lot). His story demonstrates clear insight and understanding into what culture truly is and highlights the “…forces of globalism that were expected to erode local cultures are helping to preserve them.”

FAVOURITE QUOTES (from the article)

“A generation or more ago, aside from what people did in their home or from what’s roughly called folk or outsider art, culture was generally thought of as something handed down from on high, which the public received.”

“..to restore civilization in West Germany by supporting a kind of ecosystem of small publishers and small bookstores to which, in certain small towns, trucks that delivered books to the bookstores overnight also delivered drugs to the drugstores: drugs for the body, books for the mind, a metaphor of recovery.”

“The myth of an avant-garde serves the same market forces avant-gardism pretends to overthrow..”, and “Art doesn’t actually overthrow anything except itself..”

“..culture identifies crucial ruptures, rifts, gaps and shifts in society”, and “..it helps reveal who we are to ourselves, often in ways we didn’t  realize in places we didn’t necessarily think to look.”

“..Gazans, like that Swedish Ikea designer, made their own culture from the bricolage of global choices.”

“Hollywood and Broadway, the major museums and art fairs and biennials and galleries, buildings designed by celebrity architects and the music business are all the traditional focus of big media, and they tell us a lot about ourselves. They constitute our cultural firmament [sky]..” and indicates that “Most culture is dark matter.” not the stars (as ‘big media’ would suggest).

The image is courtesy of Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times.

THE TEST

When I read this article I thought it would be fun to see how long it would take to publish something from the moment I experienced it (while simultaneously waking up and preparing for a day of work). Basically, I read it on my iPhone (via Twitter feed) at around 6:30am and then published with a point of view by 9am (via Posterous).

THE HAND SHAKE

The “hand shake” mention in the heading relates to the wide variety of hand shakes that occur and how they differ from place to place. The hand shake is often the first formal exchange when two people meet (for the first time or each time) and it is interesting how formal exchanges like the hand shake are now shared with a ‘tweet and greet’.

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CULTURE CLUB MIX FIX – 001 ‘Still Going’


“Still Going” is the combination of two NYC dance music leaders.

I rummaged through scores of music mixes and challenged my exquisite taste in the last month to bring you the first Culture Club Mix Fix. This mix is definitely all about up time. Bit dubious? Totally fine if you are. I suggest to try this booty-shaker as you are dressing up before hitting celebration-central. You may even pick up a new move or two.

Still Going_Culture Club

“Still Going” is the combination of two NYC dance music leaders – Eric “Dunks” Duncan of Rub ‘n’ Tug and Olivier Spencer of Manthraxx and Mr. Negative. Spencer and Duncan met many years ago at the now infamous Rui’s Loft, where Duncan spun legendary sweaty late night parties as one half of the New York DJ duo Rub ‘n’ Tug. Rub ‘n’ Tug began to take off, and Duncan was soon DJing around the world, releasing mix CDs on Eskimo, Fabric, and aNYthing Records, and remixes for LCD Soundsystem, Coldplay, Roxy Music, and the Beastie Boys.

Both Spencer and Duncan are part of edit supergroup How & Why alongside Rong co-founder Jason Drummond (AKA DJ Spun), and as one part of House Of House, Liv is responsible for the end of the night disco-house bomb “Rushing To Paradise.”

‘Still Going’ featured as mix #172 on Resident Adviser (RA), September 14th 2009. It is 84Mb and goes for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Dare I say it is surprisingly impressive for an RA Podcast. I found it by default after listening to 1x Laurent Garnier [RA Mix #107] – downloaded a year ago.

You can score the ‘Still Going’ mix by clicking here [for a limited time]

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Introducing Culture Club


Culture Club

Things worth knowing and sharing

Introducting Culture Club

I am disillusioned with slicing through the mediocrity that floats around (at the moment) and the suffocating feeling that comes from breathing in the mushroom cloud of an information stink bomb. A decade ago I published an email blog thing and blasted it to my friends for the purpose of sharing things worth knowing. I got great feedback. Now I have decided do it again and call it Culture Club – Things worth knowing and sharing.

[ Click here for more on context, influence and inspiration ]

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