Wednesday, November 26, 2008 launch

Fabulous launch of today. Hosted by Hermione Way of Sponsored by Sun Microsystems. Great format especially the 'Escalator Pitch' done facing backward on the tube. Loads of roving interviews + a useful bunch of upcoming events info.

robertloch Really impressed with @hermioneway 1st episode of Great job.

Zuzanna Pasierbinska
huddlesuz RT @ssethi: @hermioneway congrats on Love the bad boyz of huddle ref & the escalator challenge. Great roundup the London scene.

Mike Butcher
mbites Really enjoying the first episode of TechFluff TV. This might be a UK RocketBoom...

Zuzanna Pasierbinska
huddlesuz RT @joshuamarch: episode 1 now live! It's hillarious. Watch it.

techfluffTV Episode one now live!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Malcolm Gladwell's true way to happiness

Malcolm Gladwell speaks about The movement from the Search for Universals to the Understanding of Variability.

Using many examples from the food production business through the research of Howard Moskowitz, such as the importance of 'chunky tomato spaghetti sauce; the misguided desire for dark rich hearty roast coffee; and the non-hierachy of mustard' he discovers : in embracing the diversity of human beings you will find the true way to happiness.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

US Election map real time update and holograms

Google real-time map as the results come in and CNN goes for holograms ...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Britney's lack of authentic Tweets. Fry and Murray do it right

Britney's attempt to enter the Twittosphere sadly fails as it is clearly just another PR stream from "her people" as Gary Vaynerchuk points out. The most important thing is authenticity. Either do it yourself or don't bother.

Two examples of famous people getting it right are Stephen Fry who began Tweeting 10 days ago on 9th October, and has gathered over 7,000 followers. What is impressive that despite his schedule, currently filming in Uganda, he manages to follow very nearly all his followers and even answers questions in real time, occasionally.

Scottish Tennis star, Andy Murray, currently ranked 4th in the world has been on Twitter since April 4th '08 and seems to be both authentic and mobile, tweeting from a 'Twitterberry' although he only follows just over 4 percent of his followers.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Obama '08 - Vote For Hope

“Vote For Hope” was written to encourage and inspire the hip hop generation—and everyone—to get involved, and contribute their time, energy, creativity, and other resources to be the change they want to see in the world.

Obama '08 - Vote For Hope from MC Yogi on Vimeo.

Friday, September 19, 2008

New York Times, Mac versus PC ads

More ad comparisons from the excruciating awful $300m Microsoft Seinfeld, Gates to I'm a PC and Apple's slick New York Times video response

Friday, September 05, 2008

Stephen Fry on GNU and Linux

25 years of Open Source ...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Chrome versus IE8 comparison

Google's development team explain their minimalist thinking and approach to creating their new browser, plus Walter S. Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal gives his thoughts on Google's chrome in a head-to-head with the latest version of Internet  Explorer from Microsoft.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Facial performance software demo

Pendulum Studios, have released a couple videos showing off their AlterEgo team's proprietary facial performance software. The program brings out some of the most realistic and precise 3D animated expressions available to the market today. See the company's hi-res demo videos as well.

Monday, August 04, 2008

"Who's Gonna Save My Soul?"

Gnarls Barkley directed by Chris Milk, From the album "The Odd Couple"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fred Wilson's flying VC visit to Europe's tech start ups

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, in Europe for three weeks, hunting for web start up investments ... USV's current investments include Twitter and Etsy in the news today for a Yahoo defection.


Saturday, July 12, 2008 is an online network formed by professional TV and film writers during the Hollywood writers' strike: Teaser from StrikeTV on Vimeo.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Chronotopic anamorphosis video distortion

Surreal bendy digital manipulation termed 'Chronotopic anamorphos' via Kottke

Chronotopic Anamorphosis from Marginalia Project on Vimeo.

Digg's Recommendation Engine

Preview of Recommendation Engine based essentially on real-time correlated coefficient user algorithms.

Digg Recommendation Engine from Kevin Rose on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008's Elevator Pitch with Jemima Kiss

Daniel Graf explains kyte's postion in the market, the background, funding, business model and challenges ahead to Jemima Kiss.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Associated Press versus Bloggers 'fair use'

Words of wisdom from Mike Butcher on Associated Press slipping on a banana skin about fair use and copyright.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Net neutrality and Online video

Discussion on Radio 4 about online video, ISP bandwidth throttling and traffic shaping.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Conditional Price

Thanks Mr Arrington for this chuckle

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

YouTube coverage of the Olympic torch in London

Strong 'crowd-sourced' video coverage of the Beijing Olympic torch protests on YouTube, getting better angles than the BBC, courtesy of Philip Trippenbach via Richard Sambrook

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Meet the Facebook Facebloke

Step into the world of a man obsessed with Facebook, the Facebloke and his poor friends that have to put up with him. from BBC3 The Wall

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

That Sarah Lacy and Zuckerberg interview

After the tweet storm at the SXSW conference flooded the blogosphere, here's the video ...

Friday, March 07, 2008

Why Twitter

Via Robin Hamman, here in plain English is an impressive explanation for using Twitter from Lee and Sachi LeFever at CommonCraft.

In two minutes 20 seconds, the video made from animated paper cutouts and felt tip they get straight to the point on why people Twitter increasingly on multiple platforms, and why it is so popular.

(CommonCraft clients include Google, Microsoft, Boeing and Geffen Records)

Thursday, March 06, 2008

BBC promo box, Comments

One week after coming out of beta and going live, the BBC homepage (UK edition) continues to generate plenty of heated comments.

The longest comment thread is
here with currently 277 passionate opinions, and there is more comment feedback in a similar vein here.

The focus of the majority of detractors is the fixed promo tabbed box.

While the rest of the site is customisable with selectable and dragable content, and various resizing, reskinning and location-based options, the main gripe is that the largest item, the promo box is locked in place and can't be minimised or deleted.

The tab selections below the box causes the entire page colour section headers to change upsetting people too, although the customisation option allows you to override this.

It will be interesting to see at the next stage of development to what degree the user comments will have an impact.

Having a major redesign trying to satisfy many clearly conflicting user views and internal requirements at the same time, is certainly a challenge.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fluid animation

'irregular flow' by Ozan Tekin from Istanbul via Vimeo

irregular flow from 4khz on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Video content Overlay, "it's just that simple!"

A wonderfully cheesey 70's style 'infomercial' pastiche from Overlay.TV via Stan Schroeder at Mashable!

Hear how to make money from adding links above video content. Overlay.TV currently have over 600 marketing affiliate deals including Amazon, iTunes and Wal-Mart.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Digital deception: Secrets, Lies and Privacy

via Richard Sambrook and David Brain and Ian Delaney, a thought provoking presentation from the Lift conference, given by Genevieve Bell, who works as an anthropologist at Intel.

Genevieve outlines typical behaviour in that we all tell between 6 and 200 lies a day ranging from low level social interaction to the more pathological and complex. The motivation for lies are examined and 'increasing popularity' accounts for about 10 percent. Women tell fewer but bigger lies then men.

Other topics also covered are:

  • Quoting Volker Sommer, 'Self deception is a part of survival. We actively repress things we can not handle.' In simple terms what we choose to withhold is about keeping our information safe.
  • Danah Boyd's research focuses on Facebook and MySpace users and has found out that "10 percent of MySpace users are over 100 years old" which stretches credibility somewhat.
  • 'Twitter is about making art out of confabulation".
  • Korean kids apparently value their mobiles being tracked via GPS by their parents.

  • Cornell ran lie detection tests running on text messages and email. 'The bigger the lie the more words you use.
  • 'Web 3.0 will be based on a bedrock of confabulation'.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Freddy Mini, CEO of Netvibes and Crunchies award winner

Chris Albrecht interviews Freddy Mini, CEO of Netvibes. Netvibes won the Crunchies' "Best international startup" Award.

Video from:

Monday, January 14, 2008

Newspepper soft launch

Thanks to Mike Butcher at TechCrunchUK, for posting about the launch of Newspepper citizen journalism video sharing site with founder Hermione Way, sister of Ben Way, from Waysearch.

Second Chance Tuesday event focus on the future of online gaming

Interview with Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists on citizen journalism

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Mike Butcher interviewed by Scoble

Video of Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch UK interviewed by Robert Scoble.

Mike tells Robert's mainly US audience how the UK and Europe tech scene is performing compared to the US.

Mobile 2.0 and location-based apps such as Jaiku get mentioned by Mike as being ahead of current offerings in the States.