At last…

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Someone has broken the curse of old photographs for me.

Simply stunning – fantastic idea.

She deserves to win the internet.

BACK TO THE FUTURE : Irina Werning – Photographer.

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Big Head?

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Genius from Eric Testroete

Use a 3D programme (3DS Max 2009), create a wireframe of your head from a photo, make it bigger, print it/cut it/stick it/fold it – wear it.

Just wait for the inevitable use in an ad…

Still on the positive side it ‘unblocked’ a backlog of stuff I had waiting to go up here.


Human Genre project

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I came across this project at Boingboing (cannot recommend it highly enough – its one of my longest standing rss feeds).

This lead to both consumption of and contribution to:

The Human Genre Project
– a very cool idea – here’s the backstory from its founder.

Nature, nurture and identity have always fascinated me.

My pieces are here and here.

I recommend that you read, bookmark and ideally contribute!


Control – Alt – DTweet

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Came up with this in an attempt to stick with Twitter and to cope with the irritation of wading through tons of screen estate to get to anything clever or worthwhile.

The correct response to super abundance of information is not to add to the noise but to strengthen the signal.

I’m really not interested in what sandwich you had, or that retweet about ‘Thought leader X’ (Yes that includes Jason Fried and co. if the above reference has you twitching) If I know who they are I probably subscribe to their RSS feed (as I do) and if I don’t you’d be better off telling me what they said. Telling me that you like a song or that a restaurant is great/shite is NOT the same as telling me that Elton John is on the radio or you had lunch at Starbucks.

I know this means I probably don’t ‘get’ twitter but there you are. See here.

If you try to push product or yourself to me too much or you haven’t got anything interesting to say and/or include too much that is not interesting I will:

CTRL – ALT – DTWEET

you and you’re gone…

You are the weakest/emptiest/loudest tweet, goodbye.

The following (with apologies to Marche Noir) may help if 140 characters is too much:

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What are you doing? – Impossible is nothing…

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Let’s be clear.

I do this – putting stuff in my ‘reblogitory’

I still don’t facebook.

I do twitter – a bit.

And the recent take on that is not too favourable thanks to a study by Pear Analytics:

“Twitter tweets are 40% babble” BBC

“8.7% of tweets have value to others” Marketing Vox

Perhaps put most elegantly here:

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Courtesy Information is Beautiful

But it’s not really that which puts me off, its more that most of the time when I read tweets or think about filling the 91.3% of valueless content, I begin to wonder how someone like Aleksey Vayner of Impossible is nothing engages with Twitter.

His name isn’t on there.

He probably doesn’t need it as he’s capable of interviewing himself and clearly feels that 91.3% of what he does is both of value and interest to others.

‘Attending class at Harvard’
‘Running successful business’
‘Lifting 500lbs’
‘Ballroom dancing’
‘Breaking blocks with hand’
‘International skiing’
‘Teaching tennis to celebrities’

All under 140 characters…

Anyone care to retweet?


To Err is Human, To Arr is Pirate

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Some thoughts – a long time coming and still with some trepidation.

Was inspired by Stephen Fry’s speech at the iTunes Festival – reported on here

I sometimes use bittorrent.

I do.

There, now the internet (which never forgets anything) as well as anyone monitoring network traffic knows it.

I also share content with others on my Usb Memory Stick as well as the occasional CD/DVD.

I never sell or benefit commercially from it.

In fact, to put the record straight, I also purchase content and am more than willing to pay a fair price.

To straighten the record to engineering tolerances I am also a great fan of the thinking shared in Matt Mason’s The Pirates Dilemma – yes you can download it for free or pay what you like or even buy the physical book.

Still, I am therefore a pirate.

And I’d like to say a big hello to anybody checking this site for references. Read the rest of this entry »


Mental Models

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Complete the following by substituting for x and y:

Munger is to Buffett
as x is to y …

If you’re like me – a few months ago, that question would have created two responses – a nonplussed look and an icy recollection of aptitude or reasoning tests.

What happened to me that now means I could now complete it (Merchant is to Ivory, Allen is to Gates, Ben is to Jerry etc.) was as usual a coincidence. I had been thinking that I had too many RSS feeds – still under my psychological break point of 200 but too many. Whilst whittling them down to a respectable hundred it occurred to me that I choose to read people who largely think like me or at least have viewpoints that I share. (Yes – a blinding flash of the obvious).

Secondly, for some reason I cant even remember I was reading about Charlie Munger (the equally successful, wealthy and bufferish ‘partner’ of Warren Buffett – the incredibly rich and respected stock investor) on Wikipedia and it said:

“Munger’s worldly wisdom consists of a set of mental models framed as a latticework to help solve critical business problems. According to Munger, only 80 or 90 important models will carry about 90% of the freight in making you a worldly-wise person.” Read the rest of this entry »