I Can’t Watch…

This is me presenting “10 Reasons Why Digital is ‘Better’ than Advertising” at the PSFK conference in London. I can’t even bear to hear recordings of my own voice so there’s no way that I’m going to be able to watch this… (I tried watching a few seconds from the middle and I’m absolutely certain that it isn’t me up there).

Especially after I’ve just had this email from Jim:

Hi Iain,

Couldn’t sleep last night and somehow found myself watching your 10 reasons vid on pfsk – you’ll be pleased to know it did the trick and I dropped straight off ;)



I’m going to call him ‘Mean Jim’ from now on.

They Just Had To… Blend an iPhone

I thought I’d posted the Blendtec ‘Will it blend?’ ads from YouTube before, but it doesn’t look like I did.

Anyway I thought they were great, genuinely viral ads. Showing a slightly geeky professor / home shopping channel presenter blending all manner of things. Marbles, a can of coke, a rake, a garden hose, an iPod… You can see all the clips here on the Blendtec YouTube page.

What was great about them is that the line is really blurry, are these serious or funny? Plus they just keep on making newer, more ridiculous ones.

So in an act of total fingers-upness to the geek community they’ve taken our latest object of desire and put forth the challenge:

Everybody knows that the iPhone can make phone calls, play movies & music, surf the web, and a lot more. But, Will It Blend? That is the question

Well, will it? What do you think?

Thanks Knotty for the tip.



My Nintendo Wii has been in a box for the last couple of months. But this weekend I had some mates over and we played it for a good few hours.

It really is a very good thing.

When glancing down my RSS feeds this morning (I think I was especially attuned to Wii news) I spotted these two absolutely blinding bits of info:

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is coming out. With Wii LightSabre controls – woooh!

And Beautiful Katamari is rumoured to be coming to Wii too – there’s a video of the Xbox 360 version here. It looks nuts!

Smiley Semantics

I posted this a couple of weeks ago and commented on how I found it a big unsettling.


Then this morning I think I twigged as to one of the reasons why I found it so odd. It’s this sign that I walk past every morning on the way to work:

Smile You’re On CCTV

Yes, it’s the other eye winking, but I’m not sure that has any relevance.

In smiley-speak a winking smiley, like this ;-), indicates that you’re joking, or being sarcastic, just generally that you shouldn’t take the point too seriously. In which case I’m not quite sure how to read either of these…

Logic+Emotion: Thought of the Day

Caught this great quote on the excellent Logic and Emotion blog:

“Design is so popular today mostly because business sees design as connecting it to the consumer populace in a deep, fundamental and honest way. An honest way. If you are in the myth-making business, you don’t need design. You need a great ad agency. But if you are in the authenticity and integrity business then you have to think design. If you are in the co-creation business today—and you’d better be in this age of social networking—then you have to think of design.”

Bruce Nussbaum, BusinessWeek

No Smoking!

The UK is awash with No Smoking signs. If I was a conspiracy theorist I’d suspect that some government cronies had got the contract for the signage, they must be raking it in ;-)

The only good one I’ve seen so far is this one outside a ‘rainbow decored’ pub in Brighton (sorry for the blurry photo you might have to squint to read it):

no smoking but fags