The first Banksy of the season?

October 31, 2008 at 1:46 am | Posted in art, media | Leave a comment
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It’s been a week of firsts. First snow, first cold snap and first Banksy. Too this close to soho. Need to keep my eyes peeled now to find some more. Apparently this one is fresh. And limited time offer too.

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Astronaut: A Flickr generated project

August 10, 2007 at 2:46 pm | Posted in media, music | Leave a comment

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Thanks to both Infosthetics and Avoision for this. Avoision has used Flickr’s API search functionality to populate the lyrics of a song. He’s created this project called Astronaut, it’s innovative as it is not just a widget, it’s someone actually creating content that will never be the same everytime you watch it as each time the Flash file is loaded, new images are randomly pulled from Flickr use keywords in the song as trigger points.

I suppose the difficult question is whether this breaches copyright, privacy and permission or whether it is seen as more of a collaboration using creative commons?

Thank you, come again

July 3, 2007 at 5:56 pm | Posted in media | Leave a comment

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I recently read about 7-Eleven in the US changing the name of 12 of their stores to the Kwik-E-Mart in anticipation of the Simpsons’ movie. Why don’t we have that in Australia. I would love to be able to say that I shopped at the Kwik-e-mart today. The kudos, think of the kudos!

Apparently they have also introduced products that you can buy that the Simpsons buy in the cartoon, for example Squishees. It’s the reverse of product placement. Both parties win!

HP Live chat – customer support

June 15, 2007 at 12:44 pm | Posted in media | Leave a comment

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I am looking to buy a laptop through work, and don’t actually really know what I want. I know I want something that can handle video editing. And a lot of it. So I wanted something great! But of course it’s a laptop not a desktop. Anyway, I went to the HP site as we can get these at a discount, and while I was browsing the above live chat screens popped up. I was very interested and clicked Yes/Go to open up the chat. But when it opened up I freaked out! So I closed it again. It was only until a couple of minutes later that I realised I could benefit from chatting to someone. It was only then that I realised you can’t actually activate that function yourself. So I had to go back and retrace my steps in order to make that screen pop up again. I think it has to do with how much time you spend browsing on the site.

Anyway when I did activate it, it was great. They helped me out quite a bit, but they asked quite tecchie questions so I wonder what someone who doesn’t know much about computers would answer.

I think it was poor that they didn’t allow for people to initiate the chat function themselves. And that it only pops up on certain occassions.

BTW after I ‘chatted’ with them I went exploring again on the site. Even though they recommended a specific model, I still don’t know if that’s the one I want..

I’m yesterday’s news

June 9, 2007 at 10:50 pm | Posted in media | Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about gen x,y,z and since then work has put in place its first phase of introducing new talent. And we had Sarina join us (who is 22), and therefore now will be representin’ the youth of today… abit of pressure off me now!

Case in point, Nathan sent an email with the disguised intention of finding out what song we would sing for a karaoke night, we had a few old school songs, Ice Ice Baby, Michael Bolton etc. Mine was Raindrops keep falling on my head (I can’t help thinking of the Simpsons) and Sarina’s song was Glamorous by Fergie! How Gen Y is that!

Starting to feel a bit old now!

Adventure Session

June 1, 2007 at 11:02 am | Posted in fun, media | 2 Comments

Recently Todd got our whole office to Tweet on twitter. Now I have to say, I am not 100% convinced of the power of Twitter. I think we are using it for the wrong reasons. Designed to be a forum for you to say this is what I am doing just so people can keep track of you. But we have been using it as a chat room/IM. So I think because of that we compare it to MSN Messenger etc.

Anyway that was part of his adventure session. We got the option to choose what we wanted to do. Consumer sessions, media sessions etc. Well I was more interested in doing a creative session. So I am looking at learning a musical instrument. I think I will need to do a video diary of my progress or vlog. Then perhaps a performance to make it more appropriate. One of my colleagues signed up to RSVP, it was great, we turned it into a social exercise. Everyone crowded round her computer everyday to check her profile!

So not sure what instrument to play. My ideal would be to play the violin, but feel this is high unachievable for the amount of time we probably have. So I was thinking of going with the guitar…what do you think?

A day in the life of generation…X,MTV,Y,Z??

June 1, 2007 at 12:32 am | Posted in media, video | 1 Comment

Someone at work: Hi Laura
Me: Hi!
Someone at work: you’re young right
Me: well i dunno. I guess. If you think being born in the 80s in young.
Someone at work: yep. So you’re our representative of Gen Y
Me: Am I? I thought they were a good 5 years younger than me
Someone at work: Close enough…How do you do a podcast?
Me: I’m not sure I don’t even own an iPod (I do now btw)
Someone: yes but you’re techie you’d know. 
Me: I don’t know, I’ve never done if before. You probably need to ask someone who has an iPod
Someone: just show me
Me: Seriously I don’t know!
Someone: ok, i’ll google it. Now can you show me how to download a video off youtube?

Being born in 80s has its draw backs. I get asked a lot of questions about things that Gen Y people know how to do. I don’t mind these questions, because usually it gets me to start investigating how to produce a podcast, upload a video on youtube, download a video on youtube etc. So what I thought I’d do is, as the representative of Gen Y at work, I’d track a day in the life of my media consumption:

7.15am wake up…crap no time to do anything other than get ready and leave
7.45am leave the house, scab lift off parents, don’t listen to radio…don’t like it
7.53am Arrive at train station…do I pull out my N91 and listen to music before the train gets here? Yes…
7.57am train journey. Didn’t bring my book, damnit. Pull out my N91 and switch from music to video. Watching episodes of Mock the Week (UK show not available in Australia!)
8.35am arrive at central station, switch off the videos, put the phone away and walk to surry hills
8.45am arrive at work and turn on computer. Whilst computer turning on go to kitchen, make a cup of tea and peanut butter on toast.
8.55am come back…computer still turning on…so slow. Login to email. Login to MSN Messenger, Login to Twitter as requested by Todd
9.00am read emails…delete email newsletters that i signed up for and don’t read. Save videos that people have sent me for later
9.00am check my blog, think about what to write. Come back to it later.
9.30am check out the video on youtube that everyone talked about at work from the Chaser the night before. An in-joke at work with the Veronicas
11am right it’s too quiet in here. Headphones on and stream my youtube playlist. No not watch it. Just listen to it. I’m not a fan of radio streaming.
11.30am got a meeting
12.30 go get some food, read some of my fav blogs while trying to eat Laksa
2pm more meetings
3pm back with the headphones
5pm read some more blogs then back to work
6.30pm last one check of twitter and then leave to head home
6.40pm get to station. Train not around for another 15 mins! Don’t feel safe bringing out the phone. Stare off into space.
6.55pm get on train and pull out the mobile. Yes will watch some music video clips
7.45 get home dump stuff, have a shower
8.30pm finally have dinner. open the laptop. check the tv guide. NOTHING ON. watch tv clips from various sites. Loving how I can watch Lee Mack, Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Demetri Martin online.
10.30pm turn on TV and watch Amazing Race All Stars (I already know the winner. Australia is delayed…damnit!)
11.30pm go to bed

it’s funny I suppose the most Gen Y thing I do is based around video. My brother doesn’t even watch TV anymore. He is on his laptop all the time. Playing games, or watching videos. I don’t do the whole myspace thing. My blog is myspace. I only go there to listen to music. But even then I hate the fact that you have to keep pressing PLAY! It’s such an interruption. But I’ll save that rant for another day.

Do we need to drive everywhere?

April 26, 2007 at 5:13 am | Posted in media | Leave a comment

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With all the talk of global warming that’s going on, I saw this powerful expression of the influence of emissions on the world on information aesthetics http://www.infosthetics.com/ interesting stuff.

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