Lovely Sandwich Photos

I was playing with Flickr Storm and I stumbled on these brilliant lunchbox shots. Taking lunch to work is apparently the thing to do now the credit crunch is biting. I hope that reduced budgets don’t lead to reduced creativity in the land of crazy lunches.

Grouchy Bf bento

Aquarium Bento, top view

Jaws bento 1

frog closeup

Holiday Snaps (Well More Photos of Insects Really)

I saw lots of great bugs on holiday. Here’s some photos…

I had a really nice relaxing time too. But bugs are more interesting than me and Sophie reading books by the pool. So I thought I’d share these photos instead.


Exactitudes at Selfridges

I’d spotted this exhibition in the press and then stumbled on it totally by accident in Selfridges basement this evening. It’s amazing. It’s a series of photographs of style tribes.

Exactitudes at Selfridges 2

They say:

Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and stylist Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 13 years.

As well as the exhibit they’re scouting for and photographing people in the basement of Selfridges. There were a few big guys with beards in there getting photographed when I was in, which added to the whole affair.

You can see most of the photos on the website:

There’s also a lovely book that you can buy with all the photos in it. There’s a copy here on Amazon.

Here’s ‘The Gabbers’

Pop in and have a look, it’s well good.

EDIT: I’ve just realised I’m behind the curve on this one. PSFK and Herd have both talked about it. But I guess I’ve actually seen it so I’m allowed to blog it ;-p

I Like Radiohead More Than I Like Their Music

It’s funny, I sort of want to like Radiohead. But I’m just not that keen on their music. I don’t not like it, but it’s just most of it isn’t that appealing to my ears.

But I like the ‘idea’ of Radiohead. They seem smart and like they’ve got an interesting take on stuff.

A good example is the pricing for their new album. At the moment you can pre-order a download of the album for however much you want to pay. Really.

In the shopping basket you enter the price…

Then if you ask for help it just confirms that the price is up to you:

I’m not sure how it’ll work out for them but I reckon:

  • It’ll get talked about a lot for free, which is good for them
  • Some people will try to get it for as cheap as possible – but they’re the people who’d be trying to get it for free when it comes out (or is leaked) anyway. But at least they’re making those guys think about it…
  • People (like me) who are casually interested in Radiohead (and geeky stuff) might pay a few quid for it – my gut feeling was to pay £3/4 as that’s the value I’ll probably get out of the music.
  • Radiohead fans will pay proper price for it – or more likely if they’re hardcore fans they’ll go for the discbox (see below)

The discbox:

This consists of the new album, in rainbows, on cd and on 2 x 12 inch heavyweight vinyl records. A second, enhanced cd contains more new songs, along with digital photographs and artwork. The discbox also includes artwork and lyric booklets. All are encased in a hardback book and slipcase.

So it’s a perfect ‘fan item’ priced at £40 and made to order. Plus you get download rights too.

I like.

A Conversation on Participation

“Why don’t we let people get involved. Give them a way to upload their short movies / photographs / demo-tracks / homages to our product / ideas / knitting patterns / kazoo melodies / etc. They can win prizes.”

“Would you do it?”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, would you upload something?”

“Um, yeah, I guess so”

“Would you…? Honestly…?”

“No… But… Um… Well… It’s not really aimed at me is it…?”

“So you wouldn’t, but they will right?”

“Yeah, it’s what they’re doing isn’t it?”

Whenever you have an idea, or someone else has an idea that requires participation, just ask them (or yourself) one very very simple question: “Would you do it?”. You may not be the target audience, but you’ll know, deep down, if what you’re suggesting is right.

Microsoft Brainwash

Whilst watching the demo of this interesting new Microsoft product: Microsoft Live Labs: Photosynth – Video

I noticed that the guy had a bottle of Microsoft Brainwash on his desk. Surely a funny gag that’s been put in there by some kind of prankster.

But no, it’s real! And very very rare, it’s selling for $80 a bottle at Sodaking.

Don’t forget to have a look at Photosynth – it’s a really cool concept that stitches together loads of photos from potentiallly loads of sources to create a 3d environment. It’s pretty far out.

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Flock Irony

Actually I’m not quite sure if it is irony. But it felt a bit like a kind of irony. I’m using my favourite thing of the day, Flock, to blog about my new favourite thing of the day, Flock. It’s basically a version of Firefox that’s been properly hooked up with lots of Web 2.0 services. Most importantly for your bookmarks, flickr for photographs, and your blogging software of choice. Then it has really neat stuff like being able to pull photographs into form fields to create the right HTML and stuff like that.

Flock — The web browser for you and your friends

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Flickr Enabled LCD Frame

flickr photo frameThinkGeek :: eStarling Wi-Fi Gmail / Flickr Enabled LCD Frame I’ve seen this kind of thing before and there’s something really nice about the thought of having a frame that you can subscribe to a Flickr RSS feed of your photographs, or your families photographs. Or just photographs of things you like.

But why do they have to look like something out of the Jetsons? I guess it wouldn’t be too hard to encase it in something that would fit into a real house…