Thanks to Ian Wood for flagging up this work of genius from Marc Ecko. The designer who once tagged Air Force One now wants to sign you up for the Galactic Empire as an Imperial Storm Trooper. Taking its cue from the L-R-G ‘Dead Serious’ and DJ Nogi’s BAPE hoodies, the zip goes all the way up making the hood into a passable replica of the storm trooper helmet.
If you want to succumb to the dark side of the force, you can pick one up online here.
How to Persuade People With Subconscious Techniques – wikiHow
Apple Sells Unlocked 3G iPhone On Its Hong Kong Website – OMG 188 USD per month is an obscene amount for Hutchison to charge for its monthly tariff for the iPhone
Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman – while I have sympathy for some of what Mr Stallman says, his argument misses the point about the benefits of social software. Open formats and APIs allow you to move from one service to another as needs must.
La Antena is set in a city lives without a voice, its words appearing as visual speech bubbles. The one person who as a voice called ‘The Voice’ has no visible face. The city consumes media (the main food seems to be cookies which mirror the spiral logo of the and is controlled by its megalomaniac owner.
The media owner Mr TV has a secret plan to subjugate the citizens forever. Its up to a little girl and her family to stop his evil man from robbing the city of its words with the help of a radio transmitter and the blind boy next door. Stylistically La Antena borrows extensively from the golden age of cinema, I noticed visual cues from Metropolis, Things to Come and Nosferatu.
The film has a lush indie Hollywood film like Sin City, but was in fact made on a preverbial shoe string in Argentina. It is the most entertaining world cinema film I have seen since Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046 (admittedly La Antena doesn’t have actors with the presence of Maggie Cheung, Gong Li or Tony Leung).
Oracle announces first hardware product – SiliconValley.com
Yahoo Opens R&D In Grenoble; UK Too Expensive, Too Few Engineers? | paidContent:UK – Is this an extension to the Kelkoo guys that used to be in Grenoble or somethig different (maybe to take advantage of the HP layoffs).
Transmeta calls it a day and looks for a buyer | Channel Register – This was a shame, we lost a golden technological opportunity with Transmeta when it was crushed by the duopoly of AMD and Intel
Apple Store (HongKong) – iPhone 3G – Apple store offering unlocked iPhones. About time, though you may not have the benefit of visual voicemail. It makes sense given Hong Kong’s role as the shopping mall for the Chinese middle class. Kind of like New York for Europe and American middle class destination shopper. Thanks to Cowboy Caleb for the heads up
Chinese Internet Slang & “Netspeak” – Authenticities – Edelman Digital
Social Networking Watch: Japan’s Online Social Scene Isn’t So Social
Micro-agency: this is one that Jonathan Hopkins picked up that I came up with when talking about his agency Shed. It was a blatant steal on the concept of micro-brewery – a small brewing pilot-plant based business that competes in a niche, specialism or on quality with larger more-efficient brewing operations. To me the analogy for agencies was obvious, smaller and more dynamic than even a boutique agency, but bringing more to the table for clients than a freelancer with a good tax accountant; the trick is picking out the micro-agencies from around the industry.
Claudie and Tamara from Edge Thinking hosted a workshop on networking at The Hospital. Their top tips for networking were:
- Be authentic
- Be curious and a good listener
- Be passionate about what you do and being able to express that passion clearly (What are you passionate about? Where does this passion come from?)
- Spot opportunities to help and be helped (don’t be afraid to ask someone if they can introduce you to someone who can help)
- Connect people (connect people that you know, whom you think may make a great match)
- Pre-event visualisation of what you wanted to achieve, kind of like what professional skiers do before going down a slalom run
- Be aware that networking can have a long payback time or by a circuitous route (karma doesn’t move in a straight line)
- Be sure to follow-up, even if you have left it too late, apologise and follow-up anyway
Useful questions to have:
What are you most proud of?
Who would be useful for you to meet/ connect with?
I picked this one up at the V&A Fashion v Sport exhibition which I found to be very underwhelming. One of the sportwear customisers featured was I-SAW who specialise in using a rotary engraver to put fine patterns on to sneakers. The call this process engraviti from engraving and graffitik, in honour the engraver they use in replace of a spray can. You can find out more at I-SAW from their blog.
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In terms of functionality the software provided recommendations on restaurants, clubs and bars (the play section in the picture), and shopping. It also had maps that provided point-to-point directions and was updated by syncing via serial port or USB connected cradle.
This was back in 2000, way before Google Mobile and GPS chips in everything. Palm was still a respectable technology company and the internet was going to change everyone’s lives but we just weren’t sure about the business model yet.
Ignoring the personal information management software that comes as standard on a Palm for the moment, AvantGo (a kind of pre-RSS mobile newsreader) and Vindigo were the essential software that I carried on my PDA.
George F. Colony: Forrester: mild tech slowdown ahead – I am hoping for something more severe to spur creativity and new ways of looking at things.
A First-timer’s Tips for Networking in Silicon Valley – GigaOM
ECONOMIST CHINA BRANDING ROUNDTABLE: Brands Adjust Strategy in a Changing Marketplace
History of NYC’s internet community by Fred Wilson. – Boing Boing
FORD parabeniza a GM – “Happy 100 GM” – SimViral – Ford spelling Happy 100 GM for GM’s 100th birthday on the Ford headquarters building was a nice way of inserting itself into the real-world conversation. Its also a timely reminder that social media thinking doesn’t stop at the browser
Radical change for Goldman and Morgan
Digital Domain – Why the Google-Yahoo Ad Deal Is Nothing to Fear – NYTimes.com – interesting analysis on the Google – Yahoo! advertising deal
Digital World Tokyo | Wiimote mashup with Google Maps creates Tokyo jogging sim – this is amazingly cool
Microsoft hires social-net scholar Danah Boyd | The Social – CNET News – Best known for her comparisons of MySpace and Facebook users, Boyd is wrapping up her doctorate at UC Berkeley before heading to Microsoft’s new Boston-area research facility. Read this blog post by Caroline McCarthy on The Social. This is big news as Microsoft has managed to land one of the biggest fish in social software. danah is super smart and I look forward to hearing about her future work
State of the Blogosphere 2008: Technorati Numbers Indicate Blogging Is Niche and Slowing – ReadWriteWeb
The Real Reason Wireless Broadband Costs More, for Less – GigaOm
Most of the books on Silicon Valley are history of earning obscene riches, outrageous egos or technological daring-do. cultures@siliconvalley looks at the people who make up Silicon Valley, their cultural differences and how this global cocktail makes a small strip of Northern California so special.
It gives good insight into how technology clients think and the kind of pressures that they are under.
Probably the handiest part of the book is understanding the Silicon Valley residents motivations around their use of technology. Since Silicon Valley is partly about living in the future, so the residents reactions are a useful guide for helping to understand audiences interaction with social media.
Oki-Ni have a range of t-shirts and postcards in that Opening Ceremony have published based on photographs by Hong Kong film director Wong Kar Wai. The pictures celebrate Mr Wong’s latest film My Blueberry Nights. The pictures were taken when the director was scouting locations for the film. You can get hold of the full range here, I recommend that you have a look as my screen grab doesn’t do justice to the photography on the front of the shirts.