Bridging Real and Virtual Money

MAKE: Blog: The Future of Credit Cards – Earning virtual currency for spending in the real world & other world bridging. (Now there’s a snappy link!)

Interesting article on the rise of virtual currencies and the ways that the lines between virtual and real money may soon start to blur.

Busy not blogging

I’m faced with a daily paradox at the moment: the busier I get (sometimes doing quite interesting stuff) the less time I find that I have to blog about it. I need to get better at putting aside a few minutes a day to keep the site up to date. Or maybe I need to consider a slightly new format for the blog where I can say more in less words? Here’s a few things I’ve done in the last 2 weeks of quiet blog time:

  1. Been working with Zopa. Professionally I’m working with Zopa which is one of the most interesting projects I’ve ever had the pleasure to work on. I’m finding it fascinating and incredibly taxing in equal measures. Taking a inherently simple proposition (which has very very complex underpinnings) and making it work from both a product and a communication point of view. It’s one of the first things I’ve done recently where our work touches so much of their business. If you’ve not heard of Zopa, go check it out.
  2. Been taking swimming lessons. I’ve never been a good swimmer, but always wanted to be better. I read about a method of teaching swimming that uses principles from the Alexander Technique, so I resolved that I’d find out more about The Art of Swimming using the Shaw Method. I did. I signed up, and I’m finding it absolutely amazing. I’ll talk more when I’m finished my lessons.
  3. Had a very interesting meeting with MySpace. I’ve talked a lot on here about MySpace, and I’m going to talk some more in the next day or two, but it was great to meet some people who are actually involved in the business. I still have some reservations about what they’re doing, but there’s undoubtedly some very interesting things we can all learn…
  4. Had a long weekend of going out to parties with old friends. Behaved like an idiot 10 years younger than I am (and had a great time). Feel like an old man now. Interesting to see how 24-hour licensing now means that you can essentially go clubbing around the clock in parts of London now, and people do, and they quite often look like a mess. I’ll say no more.

Anyone got any tips on how to stay blogging during times of stress and heavy workload?

Sickbag Graffiti


sickbag graffiti

I saw this decorated sick bag stuck on a lamp post on my way to work. It made me laugh (especially as I was feeling a little sick at the time myself).

NSPCC – Dream Auction

NSPCC Dream AuctionHere’s a little (in size) project Poke have done for the NSPCC. The NSPCC Dream Auction is aiming to raise a huge amount of money to help to end cruelty to children. There’s a number of ways to get involved, from a huge gala auction at the Royal Albert Hall (that I’m sure I won’t get an invite to), 1000s of eBay lots (which I’m sure I can bid on) through to the sale of rather fetching mobile phone lanyards.

I’m going to the US of A

I might not post for a day or two (like that’s unusual!), because I’m going to New York to help judge the OneShow awards. It’s all a bit exciting for me. TTFN.

Egglings

Egglings images

When I first saw these I thought they were great. A really lovely bit of ‘design’, but then I thought about it some more and started to think they’re really a bit freaky. The idea of a plant growing out of an egg made me feel a bit funny. But then I reaised that they’re not real eggs and I started to like them again. See what you think of Egglings.

Whatever: Writing Tips

Tips on writing better written in a simple and easy to follow fashion – Writing Tips for Non-Writers Who Don’t Want to Work at Writing. Almost everyone I know could benefit from reading this. And even if I don’t know you, I’d still recommend it.

Update:  As Lori points out here: http://blogcritics.org/archives/2006/02/15/180927.php not everything in the above post is totally correct and buttoned down. But at the same time I really do think there’s some great ideas and principles in there.