Spotted this the other day. It’s a big chalk thing on the prom in Brighton (click here for a full 6000px wide panorama where you can see all the details). It invites people to leave gossip on the pavement. It’s massive. And they supply chalk.
I thought it was a bit like a discussion forum. Then as I looked at the detail the thought solidified before my very eyes…
Here’s the instructions:
Here’s a threaded discussion developing (at the top) with a random OT post underneath:
And like in all good forums communities of shared opinion pop-up:
Then sure enough, the seeders, spammers and advertisers move in ;-)
If the rain hasn’t washed it all away you can find it here.
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Vasco my favourite Portuguese nutjob from Poke is putting on a night at Cafe OTO in Dalston. Which according to the Observer Food Monthly is the 4th coolest place to eat in Britain. And according to the Observer Food Monthly it’s the coolest place in Britain according to Italian Vogue. With that many ‘coolest according to’ accolades you need to go there at some point. Hell, even I need to go there at some point.
Anyway he’s bringing over 2 of his favourite guitarists from Portugal for one night only.
Maneul is undoubtedly the more challenging of the two artists and has a much freer sense of how to play a guitar. But it’s the kind of thing that someone from The Wire would say something like this about:
the guitarist has quite simply created a world of his own
I love the fact that Vasco has dipped into his own pocket to put on a night of music that he loves. And he’s a nice guy so I’m getting behind it.
If you fancy going to see something different at the coolest place in Britain here’s the links you need:
From an anthropological point of view you ought be able to judge the health of a nation by the culture it consumes. And when you look at the semi-finalists of Britain’s Got Talent it paints a rather strange and depressing picture.
I’m pretty sure that almost all the problems in British society can be tracked back to the simple fact that our culture exists in the freakish void between these two acts:
Making email better and more strategic / thoughtful
There’s some similarities with this talk I did at Playful last year about scores.
I’m mega-pumped at the moment about injecting game rewards and strategy into everything. So I was excited when I spotted this piece about What GTA Can Teach Us About Connecting with Consumers yesterday. It’s almost 80 charts and it’s less about scoring and more about environment and interaction, but there’s some great stuff in there. I especially love the notion of ‘Embracing the Glitch’…
I went to a WW2 day in Bletchley with Sophie, my Gran, my Mum and my Auntie. It was a nice day.
I couldn’t help but notice the similarities and differences between that and other similar holiday weekends that I’ve had over the years. And those Twitter messages streaming in from the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (#demf) weren’t helping much.
The queue for the party stretched round the block:
Security was tight, but just right:
But the long arm of the law was never far away:
As usual the promoter was looking pretty pleased with himself:
I went to the lovely Boxbird Gallery and Studio in Hove on Sunday. They’ve got an amazing exhibition of lovely prints inspired by films. The exhibition is called CinemaScope and is well worth a visit. I think it’s only on for a few more days though.
The CinemaScope exhibition at Boxbird will showcase over 35 emerging and established illustrators and printmakers including ‘Lost Consonants’ creator Graham Rawle, celebrated illustrator Jon Burgerman, the ‘Modern Toss’ team and members of the critically acclaimed ‘Peepshow Illustration Collective’.
All the artworks will be inspired by 100 years of international cinema, with prints based on a massive variety of films including Shogun Assassin, The Goonies, A Fist Full of Dollars, Les Demoiselles De Rochefort and of course Star Wars.
And this video of them in the studio recording with Aeroplane (my favourite remixers / producers of the last year) made me green. The studio looks mega bad-ass and it the remix of Shadows by Au Revoir Simone they’re mucking about with sounds incredible.
I’ve been a bit down on the internet since I got back from holiday. It’s been as if someone deleted all the good stuff ;-)
Then I accidentally stumbled on this site through a Google image search. It’s one of those sites that’s just bloody fantastic. It’s got archives of adverts, magazines, packaging and loads more beginning at 1900. If you’ve been touched by Mad Men it’s a great spot to check out some of the real deal from that era too.