More of us around the Web


George has written a piece in Macworld UK about mobile music and Apple’s position (or lack of it) in the market for downloads of music off mobile networks (subcription required).

I have posted an analysis of the changes taking place at Apple Computer at AlwaysOn. (Registration required).

A Couple of Rockin’ Virals


Hey just a brief post with links to a couple of viral videos. First up is the XXXChurch. XXXChurch is a bunch of evangelical christians based in the San Fernando valley California. For those of you not in the know, the San Fernando valley is to porn, what Silicon Valley is to IT. Their viral is an appeal to people to turn away from jazz mags, dodgy websites and videos. The video is directed by porn director Jimmy Dee. QuickTime is required.

Next up is a video flyer by Manc club promoters Tribal Gathering in the guise of a how to dance video. I have no idea how much drink and drugs had been consumed in the making of the clip, but these guys make Dennis Thatcher look like a temperance man. Windoze Meeja Playa required.

Rootin Tootin’ Smokin’ Goodies

If like me you enjoy hearing about people more down on their luck than you I would heartily recommend The Smoking Gun.

Hot off the press includes:

– Michael ‘Rockin Robin’ Jackson’s remortgaging of his Neverland ranch

– The Vaseline(TM) man who likes a well lubed hotel room

Unfcukingbelievable as our Graham would say!

Such bad language segues me quite neatly on to potty mouthed therapy rant for lyrics Marshall Mathers. The immature Mr Mathers and his management team are attempting to take a bite out of Apple, Viacom and TWBA\Chiat\Day regarding a young child rapping ‘Lose Yourself’ in an iPod advert. Where is gets messy is that Mr Mathers declined permission for use of the lyrics and TWBA\Chiat\Day apparently acknowledged this in an email response. Not good, hopefully Mr Mathers will use his time in court to listen to talented rap artists like Jurassic 5, Chuck D, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Everlast on his iPod before committing crayon to paper instead sounding like Vanilla Ice with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Apologies and Connection


First of all, an apology – I have not been contributing here much because I am in the middle of selling my house and moving closer in to London. Any of you who have dealt with British estate agents will have felt my pain. More news on the woes of house buying in the future.

Since my last post there have been lots of interesting things happening like the media being surprised that systematic torture has been occuring in Iraq. I’ve got some news for you its war, that means that its dirty, bloody and thoroughly unpleasant – try reading the works of Wilfred Owen or watching the Battle of Algiers to get a sense of how nasty it can get.

On RTE radio one this morning, they had an expert comment about some CIA torture manuals that had been found. The main themes were that you used peoples fear against themselves – rather than torturing them, use the threat of torture because people had a greater capacity to withstand pain than they realised. Nice.

Sony has launched its Connect service, a rival to Apple’s iTunes Music Service. According to the Washington Post the service is ‘unworthy’ of the corporation who gave us the Walkman(TM). If it gets the kiss of death from Walter Mossberg at the Wall Street Journal you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be more salarymen falling on their swords than a Kurosawa samurai film.

Media tart Ged in PR Week (yet again)

News of our recent new client win corporate branding outfit Henrion Ludlow Schmidt was covered in the PR industry’s preeminent read ‘PR Week’ (page three on the side bar).

Additional Contributors


Well known journalists Bob Emmerson and George Malim have agreed to contribute to the blog. This won’t happen for a while because Bob has a trade show in the US to attend, but I look forward to having my own copy disrupted by some well written postings!

Rrroooollllllllllllllll the beats online & EDS making a mess of things is not a news story


Drum and bass pioneers Good Looking Records, owned by LTJ Bukem have a new website up and running. Apart from it being hard to get round it is interesting that they are providing their own music downloads for sale (1GBP a go). My personal recommendation is to get the vinyl re-press of Music by LTJ Bukem – an oldie by goodie and their fantastic new deep house sub-label Deep Rooted. You can find the site here.

Ok, hopefully by now you are getting use to my cack handed page formatting on this blog. On of my favourite columnists PBS.orgs Bob Cringely has written a very readable article about how EDS has messed up yet another government contract (US Navy and Marine Corp, not the kind of people I would like to mess with) which can be read here.

Just a quick update as dog tired

Just a quick note since I am dog tired. Apple this evening released 10.3.3 update for OS X. This provides security enhancements and makes the thing run sweeter in general. You need broadband or an understanding dial up ISP as the file is a whopping 58.8MB.

AlwaysOn Network have moved my contribution ‘Are we too complex for our own good’ on to a more prominent part of their front page under the opinion and debate section. You can go direct to the article by pasting this link into your browser here