Flickr Unleashes the Might of the Animated GIF

I just went to enable Flickr Stats so that I could see what’s been going on in my world of photos. And imagine my surprise and joy when the ‘processing stats’ page threw up an assortment of the finest in old-skool animated giffery…

This page:


Offered up this:

And this:

And this:

In rotation.

But it made me wonder… I get the joke. Some of the people I know would get the joke. And lots of the folk on Flickr would get the joke. But what happens to the people who don’t get it? Does it matter? If you were a ‘design’ person who didn’t get the reference would you just think it was a bit of duff design. Or would you even notice? Or does everyone get what Flickr are doing? Or am I thinking too much again?

A New Design

Sophie’s away. So I spent most of the weekend geeking out and re-building my blog. I learned a lot of CSS stuff. But it did quite often feel like it was the boss of me rather than the other way round. Which I’m sure isn’t how it’s meant to be.

But I think it’s mostly working again, There’s still a few more yellow highlights than I wanted. I’m hoping I can find a helpful person at work to help me to get my head around the bits I couldn’t figure out on my own.

Anyway I hope the new look doesn’t make anyone feel too sick…

For More on The Augmented Reality Scene


Image borrowed from:

If you’re looking to find out more about the whole augmented reality thing I wholeheartedly suggest that you check out Ori’s blog. It’s got lots of interesting stuff on there and seems like a great place to keep up to date with the latest and greatest.

A New Summer Mix – This One’s A Bit of A Banger

Iain Mixed It

I’m going to stop putting my music mixes directly on Crackunit. For a few reasons. Paranoia being one. DJ mixes have always been a grey area in terms of licensing, etc. So I’m just going to tidy them over to somewhere else, just to be on the safe side. I’d hate my blog to get compromised in some way because of sharing my musical stuff. I have good reason to be paranoid about this stuff – maybe I’ll share the story another time.

I’ll still ‘point to’ mixes from here. But they’re now on a totally separate site.

If you want to listen to or download my latest mix (or just look at the tracklist) you can head over to:

It’s perhaps a bit more ‘upfront’ than some of the stuff I normally play. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing…

Orange Unlit Tour – Welcome Hedluv

We’re putting on a tour with Orange. It’s part of the whole ‘I am’ thing. The Unlit Tour is about an artist going on the road and creating his own ‘I am’ story as he goes. The tour is going to be ‘made by everyone’. From the people who open up their houses to act as gig venues and the bands who’ve offered to support to the strange and wonderful randoms that Jont and Dave meet on their travels.

This video basically tells the story better than I could. It’s the film of their first few days on the road.

My particular highlight is a band called Hedluv who played in Penzance. They’re kind of like The Mighty Boosh meeting Goldie Lookin Chain in the keyboard section of Toys R Us.

To see them live watch about halfway through the video above.

Or here’s something else they made from YouTube:

On their website you can find such awesome things as HedLuv’s Online Pasty Guide.


I think someone ought to license them for the next Orange ad, quick.

Before someone else nabs them…

Don’t forget to have a look at The Unlit Tour site to see what else has been ‘going down’ (as the kids might say).

All Comments Are Not Created Equal


Sometimes blog posts just write themselves.

Today I got two comments that obviously resulted from smart, online-aware people seeing what’s been written about a topic on the web. One of them is fantastic. The other one terrible.

The fantastic one is from Shlom at Boomkat – he picked up on my post about Boomkat’s new 14 tracks offering. He thanked me for the post and replied to some criticism in the comments. His reply is perfect in every way. It even manages to slip in some salesy stuff about how they’ve now got bulk pricing. But I don’t begrudge him that in the slightest. It’s in direct reference to one of my points. Read his comment here.

The bad one is in response to my post about Mental Detox. Alberto writes about how a certain detox place in Thailand is excellent, and how it helped him give up smoking. It also says:

Thank you for all the detox info, it is inspiring

Which is nice. But it’s horribly clear (to me) that he’s just done a search on detox and gone and spammed a bunch of blogs – you can see that’s the case by the fact that the comment has just been replicated in its entirety here.

That’s naughty. Alberto shame on you.

Shlom, nice to have you here, thanks for popping by.

Custom QR Velcro Patches


There was quite a bit of interest in the Facebook QR Code T-Shirt that I featured a while ago. So I figured this velcro QR code patch might be of interest too.

Each patch is a unique QR code that you, the purchaser of said patch, has complete control over. You can basically link it to whatever URL you like. Could be your blog, an RSS feed, a Facebook hookup, a Flickr gallery, anything you can think of really.

As they rightly say on the site:

Why, alpha-nerd bonding, of course.

Yours for just $19.99.

Plus, they gave me a handy link to a QR code reader for the iPhone. Hooray, now I can play at mobile geek too.

Via: Notcot

What Advertising Can Learn From Radiohead

I wasn’t going to blog about the House of Cards video and it’s brilliant integration with Google and the geekosphere. I wasn’t going to blog it because everyone else has. It is bloody brilliant though. Yet another example of how Radiohead really understand the importance of context.

So I wasn’t going to post it, then I realised it’s a golden opportunity for me to share a presentation I did at the Online Marketing and Media Show last month. I got invited by NMA to talk on a Creative Directors Showcase thingy. Me, Flo from Dare, Sam from Lean Mean Fighting Machine and Dom from Glue all got to chat about things we’ve seen recently that we like. The other guys all did a great job and showed us lots of cool online / mobile advertising things.

Instead of doing it on something that I liked, I chose to do 5 minutes on Radiohead ;-)

Basically it’s all about how I don’t like Radiohead, but how, through being interesting and innovative, they’ve made me like the ‘idea’ of Radiohead. Imagine if normal brands could do that. Make you care about products you don’t even like that much. I reckon there’s stuff we can learn from the ‘head.

I tried to format it for online video as best as I could (I added some extra words so it can be followed without me speaking, and I put some music in it to stop it feeling too silent) – but I’m not good enough at that kind of thing to make all the timings quite right, so please forgive any bits that feel too slow or too fast.

I hope no-one minds that I used their footage in there. I specifically use the examples of:

I’ve just noticed that Radiohead are a bit shit at search engine optimisiation though. With page titles like this:


How is anyone supposed to find them. Like anyone will look for all those spaces and underscores ;-)

Admission: I really posted this because I had an odd experience in the pub on Tuesday night, a bloke approached me and asked if I’d done a presentation on Radiohead. He’d seem me do it. Live. I felt almost famous. For a second.

Photos of TV


A brilliant collection of strange moments on TV screens.

Found via a new blog in my repertoire: Spinning Around Seventy Seven (or it might be Seventy Seven Spinning Around). Anyway you can find it here: