I noticed that my blog feeds had been scanned by a site called Linkie Winkie, I went over to the home page which hinted at some social webby thing going on but didn’t spell anything out. Answers in the comments section below please.
Drew B has linked to me in a blogtastic game of tick called four things. In this people who have been linked to name a number of different items in groups of four and then link to four other blogs that they know of that could continue this one.In typical Wired reader style, this concept of an idea that can be communicated is called a meme (and memes are often written about in digerati circles).
Classic memes that non-geeks would have heard of include the Frankie Says series of t-shirts and No, but Yeah, but No dialogue from Little Britain.
Three or six are the perfect numbers according to a discussion between Lee van Cleef and Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Wikipedia couldn’t shed any light on it either.
Four jobs I’ve had
PR operative – at present
Foreman – heading up a shift team on the bitumen plant in the UK’s second smallest oil refinery
DJ – up north, before the young people started getting back into guitars, freebase cocaine and heroin
On the line – in a meat packing plant
Four movies I can watch over and over
Four TV shows I love to watch
I don’t have a television but I do have a soft spot for vintage shows, here’s four that came to mind:
Four places I’ve visited on holiday
Four favourite dishes
- As my mate Griff would say ‘a big bowl of fuck-off’ (a ramen noodle dish from Wagamamas)
- A decent Irish fried breakfrast with proper black and white pudding and a side serving of soda bread
- Rhubarb crumble
- A well done tuna steak
Four places I’ve lived
Four sites I visit daily
Four places I’d rather be
Four people I’m tagging
There are arguments for-and-against Chris Anderson’s concept of the long tail and discussions have gone back-and-forth on some of the data points that he has used. Its one of them ideas that will be trotted out as a cliche, so that strategic thinkers in a business and, or its consultants can avoid having to think for themselves.
However, I found this sweet interface (pictured) at Last.fm where you can run a slider up and down the tale getting popular to really obscure musical recommendations out of the system. The long tail metaphor provides a really intuitive way of communicating how to use the slider.