Reductionism, public relations and ‘reputation’ – trying to make sense of the car crash that is the PR profession. Some people got upset at the implication that it is a trade, but my Dad is the smartest people I know learned his trade in engineering and I see no shame in that. I am also immensely proud to have learned my trade from some insanely great people. Don’t let all that put you off, some great comments from a number of people including Chris Reed
CNN QR code #FAIL – a train wreck of an evening that saw me leave my keys locked in the office by accident and stay over in a hotel near the office gave me this blog post gold
Throwback gadget: Sony Walkman WM-D6C Pro – if you remember concert bootlegs on cassette or Michelle Shocked The Texas Campfire Sessions album, you’ve got the Sony Pro Walkman to thank. A giant over-engineered work of portable audio that is an emblem of the golden age in Japanese engineering back when the Sony brand actually stood for unmatched quality and excellence
The Futility of QR Codes on tube adverts – thanks to Annie Mole and Going Underground blog this got probably more visibility than it deserved and upset a few people in the mobile eco-system – so I must have been doing something right
Wieden + Kennedy published a desktop wallpaper as a digital Christmas present for the blog readers based around one of their favourite Wiedenisms:
It sounds like a great test of whether a creative execution (whether it is a product, service or marketing) will actually work.
I currently have two mobile phones, an iPhone 3GS for all that stuff that smart phones do and texting. My second phone is a Samsung B5702 DUOS phone that does my voice calls. Its a great phone with a week long battery life and a space for two SIMs.
With the Samsung Galaxy Y DUOS, it looks like I’ve been finally given a reason to upgrade. On the specifications the phone is a basic Android smartphone. But unlike the vast majority of dual SIM phones available it supports UMTS networks which gives you more options when you are roaming abroad on networks. It should be available early next year, but you will need to trawl Google and Amazon (I’d advise Amazon Germany) to find it as the mobile phone carriers won’t like it. More information on Samsung’s press room – the press release doesn’t give an exhaustive breakdown of the technical specifications and too much meaningless marketing platitudes.
Mao’s past mistakes show need for open government – interesting piece in the Global Times calling for check and balances, whilst learning from the past. It looks like a middle way between the economic liberals and conservatives in Chinese policy
Carlberg’s cinema stunts in Belgium have been getting a lot of views online.It’s less of an advert and more like content brought to you by the brand a la the original soap operas on radio which got their name from the washing powder manufacturers like Procter & Gamble who used to sponsor and produce them.
Really interesting snapshot from CIC Data for Group M on the online behaviour of young Chinese people. It shows how young Chinese borrow and build on Korea and Japan cultural artifacts and the process flows in reverse as well.
When I read the press release about Audi’s forthcoming A1 Quattro, it was a bit like back to the future. The car goes back to the high performance original Quattro.
The short wheelbase, and white alloys resembling competition Speedline alloys reminded me of the Audi Quattro S1 which was their Group B rally car. And like the Sport Quattro, on which the S1 was based, this will be an extremely limited edition: in this case to 333 cars only.
If I was 14 again, I would have a poster of the A1 Quattro on my bedroom wall. More information here.
Productivity Suite: Email / Calendar Solution – University of California Berkeley was transparent on their choice of email and calendaring. What is interesting is that Google was inferior on security and privacy related issues. Outside the US, both Google and Microsoft lose out because of the way some people interpret the US Patriot Act
As usual the output of the TV channels were universally poor, so I had the Rare Exports film in the DVD player instead. Woodpecker Pictures put out a couple of great videos to promote the film: the trailer andRare Exports Inc.: The Official Safety Instructions – which is pure genius.
The trailer is from Tudou so all readers of this blog can see it, but will take a bit of patience to allow it to play. The official safety instructions are on YouTube, which may not be available to all readers.
Wishing this blogs readers a well-deserved break! The video below is from the Ninja Girls: a collective of Japanese ex-pats based in Singapore whose lofty mission is to bring Japanese kawaii culture to Singapore and the world. (The video is on YouTube so may not be available to all readers).
I got an email about 40 minutes ago announcing that STRATFOR were looking into a breach of their servers and email. I’ve always found their analysis on international issues informative and insightful which has helped in my work thinking about international projects with NGOs and in my writing here on this blog. It is one of a a number of media outlets that I pay a subscription to.
Dear Stratfor Member,
We have learned that Stratfor’s web site was hacked by an unauthorized party. As a result of this incident the operation of Stratfor’s servers and email have been suspended.
We have reason to believe that the names of our corporate subscribers have been posted on other web sites. We are diligently investigating the extent to which subscriber information may have been obtained.
Stratfor and I take this incident very seriously. Stratfor’s relationship with its members and, in particular, the confidentiality of their subscriber information, are very important to Stratfor and me. We are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation and will assist them with the identification of the individual(s) who are responsible.
Although we are still learning more and the law enforcement investigation is active and ongoing, we wanted to provide you with notice of this incident as quickly as possible. We will keep you updated regarding these matters.
Cryptonome have more details here: complete with the obligatory Pastebin links. Twitter currently has a lively discussion on the hack.