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helping people break out of pigeonholes since 2003

  • Author: Adriana
  • Published: Dec 27th, 2006
  • Category: Funny
  • Comments: 2

Geeko Sapiens

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via Leo


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This made my day:


People abuse you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They’re on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

However, you are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with impunity.

Screw that. Any advert in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. You especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.

From Banksy’s book Wall and Piece.


Quote to remember

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Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.

- Death in Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather p.270.

Nice (blogging) distraction

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As if I had blogging time to spare, last week I started to blog at travaux manuel, Jackie’s new blog. She was kind enough to invite me and somehow it fits – it’s fun, far from business as usual and it’s something I can write about easily. It gets me blogging more often, which is one of my resolutions for the next year.

I want a Shiksa tee

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Yesterday I heard from Alec (via offline communication, gasp) that Jackie has started another blog, travaux manuel. It’s about all the stuff that catches Jackie’s eye – pretty things, cute things, and good bargains. Excellent.

Now, not that I am fishing for links or anything but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Perhaps I’ll start a blog (or a category) for my own fashion escapades. But for now this is one for Jackie – Rabbi’s daughters. .

I want the Shiksa tee

Too much talking?

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Last Wednesday I spent most of the day at Online Information, the world’s no.1 event for online content and information management solutions, in Olympia, London. Alright, that’s a receipe for corporate-style boredom but I got to me meet and talk to several interesting people.

In the morning, I was chairing a panel with an impressive line up of people talking about Social Software – Delivering value to 21st century organisation. Alex Bellinger, Ewan McIntosh, Rob Scoble and Ben Edwards were discussing pretty much anything related to that.

My intro was simply deconstruction the title of the panel. What does social software mean? What is a 21st century organisation? What kind of value are we talking about? And can it be ‘delivered’? Perhaps it is no longer about ‘delivering’ but about enabling, introducing, optimising, sharing, innovating and gasp, inspiring…

The main focus for me was value and the objective was to give the audience ideas of where to look for the value of social media/software within their organisations. It may be that the value they bring is not vague or hard to identify but that it is multi-dimensional. Perhaps it manifests itself in several areas which do not correspond to the silos so beloved of business structures.

How about the following framework for where to find the value social media and social software brings?

Individual empowerment – helps individual employees with their tasks and everyday job; easier information managenent via RSS, tagging, social bookmarking for example, awareness of people within the organisation via their blogs etc

Organisational empowerment – enables the organisation to do, connect, carry out functions that were not possible before; communications and information flow, exnternal engagement of markets, community, media, customers etc.

Specific level – projects that are easier and faster carried out, e.g. using a wiki to organise an event or collaboratively produce a manual, or using a blog to document a project etc.

Systemic level – processes that emerge as a result of extended use of social media/software. People making connections that speed up existing processes and/or give rise to new ones. Communication channels and networks that overlay the silos and dysfunctional processes. Innovation and creativity that would not manifest themselves otherwise.

There was another panel with the same people (plus Matt Locke who couldn’t join us in the morning), this time chaired by Phil Bradley. Phil was a lot more strict than I as the moderator, especially needed as there were two more people in the conversation. I do prefer ‘conversational’ panels to powerpoint and it was good to see people thinking on their feet. I hope to talk to them again, there seem to be more and more people around who understand what will drive the changes inside organisations.

In between the two panels at Online Information I rushed off to another conference, Click Forum 2006 (Creative Review’s 2nd Annual European Online Creative Advertising Forum). It was taking place in Parsons Green, not too far from Olympia. There I joined the panel about Blogs, online communities and interactive environments. I particularly enjoyed meeting Tim Ryan, director brand marketing at AOL. He very kindly gave me a lift back to Online Information, in the car we have frantically talked about the state of the media industry and the future of agencies and marketing. Suffice to say that we agreed, make of it what you will, dear reader. :)

After all the conferences, it was off to a London Girl Geek Dinner, where the Scobles were guests of honour.  It was a long day with social media overload but well worth it.

Pan’s Labyrinth or Mirrormask on downers

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After many months of work, travel and no play, I went to a cinema to see Pan’s Labyrinth. A friend of mine thought it was my kind of film and he was right – it is dark, surreal and based on a fairy tale. It is set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the Spanish civil war. The story blurs the distinction between fantasy and reality but only to those who are not familiar with the stark realism of fairy tales. I know on which side of reality I stand.

Visually, the film is reminiscent of Mirrormask, which by comparison is light-hearted and flippant. Almost everything about Pan’s Labyrinth is dreamlike – imagery, acting, music. Except the violence and pain. This is no Disney movie.

It is a stark reminder of brutality of situations in which the warped and the sadistic have the upper hand. There are no heroes or winners. Just those who manage to preserve a shred of humanity by escaping to an alternative reality and by finding courage to act against the overwhelming evil.

It is also a reminder of the deep-seated morality of fairy tales. Tasks, rules, forbidden ‘fruit’ with dire consequences that follow any mis-behaviour. Monsters can be released by seemingly trivial acts of misdemeanour and can only be bound again at enormous cost. So just like the real life.

Amateur? I think not…

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This is simply marvellous. The guy can play neither drums nor piano but he’s a mean video editor.

Apparently, he did the clip to demonstrate his editing skills. Within two weeks he gets a couple of hundred thousands hits and counting. That’s what I call distribution in the networked world.

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