I did run

Blimey. I managed to run a full 10km yesterday. I’m quietly proud of the fact that I did it. Having not really excercised properly for a good few years I was really worried about getting into shape for this. I’m still far from in shape, but I made it. And I raised some cash to help my good friend Oliver Padfield – if you still want to donate money it’d be appraciated.

Sunrise over Canary Wharf

I didn’t ever want to start making this a what-i-had-for-breakfast-blog, but a combination of a few things have driven me to this post.

1. A new camera – finally I’ve got one that I can carry around without needing a rucksack, hooray!
2. I’m liking bright cold mornings right now. This felt like a nice expression of that.
3. Setting up my blog to integrate with Flickr.

So, this is what I saw out of the office window when I arrived at work early the other day, shot on my new digital camera, posted on Flickr. (And I had peanut butter on toast for breakfast).

ConQwest

bighorn_overhead_2I’m doing a talk at the Mobile Marketing conference next week. And in my researching of interesting mobile marketing ideas came across this amazing promotion for Qwest in the US.

It’s a city-wide treasure hunt using semacodes
– nothing particularly innovative there – we’ve pitched mobile treasure hunts lots of times (and quite honestly never been 100% sure of the idea).

But…

Make it a big contest between ‘schools’, and throw in some huge big inflatable creatures and hey presto! You’ve got a winner.

Even if the participation rates are tiny. Who could fail to notice groups of people running round a city with 20 foot high animals, and subsequently have conversations about it. Nice!

Please Sponsor Me

Please take a moment to consider sponsoring me. Next Sunday I’m running 10km to raise money for a charity that’s helping a very good friend of mine who’s very sick with cancer.

10km might not be a big deal for some people, but for a very unfit man like myself it’s a long way (and it’s very cold going for early morning runs at the moment!).

Please visit my Justgiving .com moneyraising page for more info and to sponsor me. And please tell anyone else you can think of. Many many thanks!

Honda Element Game

i really like this site. The Element and Friends Web Site – 2006 Honda Element

Yes it’s for a car and yes it’s a game (2 thing that I’d normally not get at all excited about). But it’s really charming. The tone of voice and style are lovely and I just like it, so there.

(Via Random Culture)

Celeb Map Mashup

celeb google map mashupIn the seeming endless wave of Google Maps mashups comes Celebrity Maps. Of course, we all want to know where celebs live, so we can go raid their bins, clone their identities and create an elite army of celeb lookalikes that take over the ruling of the free world… Oh! Sorry just got a bit carried away daydreaming, celebs do that to me…

Thanks to the vigilant chaps at PSFK for that.