The Geekiest T-Shirt Ever?

periodic table tshirt

I’ve seen a lot of geeky t-shirts in my time. But this one is pretty much the king of the nerd-castle, awesome…

(As you might have spotted, I’m struggling a bit with blogging at the moment. A combination of lack of time plus a general feeling of de-motivation which I’m hoping will pass soon).

Are Chavs the New Mods?

Are chavs the new mods? It was a thought that entered my head in Brighton a couple of weeks ago.

Sure the scooters have changed. And in retrospect the mods’ fashion was way cooler. But the attitude and the lifestyle aren’t all that different… Disposable income that goes on fashion, partying and wheels. Enjoy a bit of a ruck from time to time. Don’t say no to drugs. Have ‘borrowed’ musical influences from different cultures.

I guess the only difference is that mods are viewed with a sense of nostalgic romanticism, whereas chavs aren’t.

This has been my first Modern Man post for a while. I guess that proves that modern man can be a bit lazy/rubbish.


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Microsoft Live Local – Birds’ Eye View of London

my house

I was attempting to write something about Friday’s Microsoft Day that I went to. But I visited Live Local search to look something up, then realised I could see my own house from the air, from multiple different angles. And it’s, dare I say it, way slicker than Google maps in terms of visual quality. Not sure if it’s the same everywhere, but in central London it’s very very cool!

Give it a go.

The Value of Experimentation

I agree with Russell when it comes to the value of experimentation and play. Asi also brought it up in relation to the video-fronted search engine I mentioned yesterday.

I’m all for play and doing new stuff. But there is a degree of responsibility that we should collectively exercise. The same kind of critical questioning that we’d apply to doing things in the real world should apply online.

And yes, within that, we should be taking risks and pushing boundaries. But some things I’ve seen recently just feel like absolute folly. I suppose as long as people are aware that their ‘solution’ could just be something that crashes and burns, then there’s no problem. But I do get a feeling that people are being misled and missold things. I’d love to think I’m wrong and clients are up for spending money experimenting in bold ways, but I’m positive that this isn’t always the case.

As an aside, I tried some more to get into Second Life, this time with the help of a guide from Wired Magazine. I still don’t get it, but at least I’ve found somewhere I can buy genitals. Phew!

Cock shop in second life

Amen to That

This is a long video clip. 18 mins in total. And it might bore you if you’re not a music geek. It’s all about how a 6 second drum loop from the B-Side of a single by The Winston Brothers, released in 1969, has become a cornerstone of modern music.

Even if you’re not a muso I reckon it’s worth watching for a couple of reasons:

  • The style of it is very basic, but it works. The spinning record is strangely mesmerising. And it works alongside the slightly hypnotic drone (in the nicest possible way) of the narrator.
  • There’s some incredibly interesting stuff in there about the point at which a cultural artifact essentially becomes public domain, and copyright becomes irrelevant. We’re reaching a point where loads of things are becoming so appropriated that it’s impossible to unpick them from their surroundings and give credit to the source.

And from a muso’s point of view, it boggles my mind that over the years a single beat, a noise made by one man hitting a drum, has been replicated, multiplied, sliced, re-ordered and rejigged in so many ways. In thousands of clubs all over the world every Saturday night you’ll be able to hear the noise of that man hitting that drum. You may not recognise it, but it’ll be there. Somewhere…

Jobs on Zune

From Fast Company: Steve Jobs on the iPod .Vs Zune . Steve Jobs blasts the ability to ‘send’ music to other people via Microsoft’s new Zune player (apparantly it takes a long time and they can only play the DRM enabled track 3 times):

You’re much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in
her ear. Then you’re connected with about two feet of headphone cable

I can see the Microsoft ads now: Zune – sharing music without the earwax!

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Nerd Recruitment

Recruiting NerdsSaw this recruitment ad on the MediaTemple site. It made me chuckle. In case you’re interested (and are a ‘picked last in gym’ kind of nerd it links here.

Incidentally, if you run your own website and are looking for hosting that can manage lots of users and big spikes in traffic, they’ve got an interesting new product called Grid-Server which starts from $20 a month.

Spam Names

Checking my junk email folder this morning, to make sure nothing important had been misplaced, I noticed just how great the names of these junk mailers are. (I know, I know, they make up the names so that the junk mail filters don’t spot them as being spammers, but someone’s having a great time inventing these names).

See below for a selection of today’s greatest:

junk mail names

For a moment I started imagining what Sharlene S. Typhoid was replying to me about, or why I would have written to Sodomite H. Anticipated in order that he’d need to get back to me. Then I realised I just need to get out more.

Aaaargh!

Ms DeweyCould this be the most pointless thing ever? Probably not. But it’s a massive folly of some description.
Someone has spent a whole heap of money creating a video based ‘human face’ to a search engine. Type in your search and Ms Dewey makes pointless and irrelevant quips. Then you get a badly presented list of search returns.

It’s got to be a marketing campaign for something. No one else would waste money in such a stupid fashion ;-)