I am just about old enough to remember the effects of rampaging inflation. Over at AlwaysOn is an interesting article that discusses the likely return of double-digit inflation rates ending the economic run of the past decade and a half. The current reader poll on AlwaysOn, shows that most of their readers are expecting a African papal appointee breaking the European monopoly on the role.
PR industry scandal blog Spin Bunny, has been legalled into closure by an unnamed UK PR agency. Kudos to Steve for sending this link to Into The Storm. Into The Storm is a Macromedia Flash-based style magazine, kind of Vice magazine but not as edgy. Downloadable in Mac and Windows flavours.
The PSP has fired the imagination of grass roots developers already, which bodes well for its competition from Gizmondo – the Tiger and Microsoft-backed alternative. Nintendo’s DS doesn’t make claims to be any form of ‘convergence device’, but an honest mobile games console which focuses on playability rather than speeds and feeds. iPSP allows you to synch music with iTunes, carry your iPhoto library around with you and back up game data on to your Macintosh. Whilst Sony would probably not approve of this close linkage between the PSP and Apple’s iLife suite, it will not harm sales of the device amongst generation iPod.
Expect sales of PSP movies and Sony Connect sales to be on the low side as PSP early adopters rip from their DVD and MP3 collections instead. Sony’s best option as with games is to go for exclusive movie and music content for the PSP.
Folksonomy seems to have caught the imagination of both News.com and Charles Arthur’s contribution of netimperative. Yahoo’s purchase of Flickr is seen not only as a way of getting hold of a great info-imaging service, but also of harnessing a grassroots approach to creating true contextual searching.
renaissance chambara celebrates its first birthday. Unlike most one year-olds we are not filling nappies and gurgling unintelligibly (aside from the weekends). You can read the opening posting Are we too complex?
The New Yorker has a compelling and terrifying article on US prison gang the Ayran Brotherhood. Descriptions of their deeds makes Scum seem like a children’s fairy tale in comparison. More here.