Airtight Pranksters Back with another Viral Clip


Club promoters Tribal Gathering have released another viral video clip to promote their Airtight night of bangin’ breaks at Sankey’s Soap, Manchester here. The event is tonight and the Stanton Warriors are headlining.

Ur goin ome in a St Jons ambulnc


Industry analyst CurrentAnalysis have launched a Euro 2004 themed advisory report entitled Exploiting Revenues from Football and Other Sporting Events. The upshot of the report is that in order for mobile operators to capitalise on sports coverage rights they need to look to build a community spirit via their mobile portals, for instance by mobile logs and instant messaging. Expect SMS football chants and abuse coming to a phone near you soon.

Its interesting that the report cites T-Mobile as an example but not three (who have the rights video highlights to premier division football in the UK). Web veterans who remember when AOL was a successful business, that it built itself on communities, some of them of an adult nature. With this in mind the CurrentAnalysis seems like sensible advice; the size of a handset display and legibility will be a key limitation/challenge to get over.

Hold onto your old cell phone…


New Nokia phones should be due out in the next six months or so and they look half decent. Nokia software in an LG/Samsung style case has got to be a surefire winner. Read more at Gizmodo (mainly because they have lots of pretty pictures).

Nokia has doubleddown since hitting turbulence in its plans for world wireless domination. Part of this was attributed to the fact that it had no foldable phones on the market. To remedy the situation they have come up with three handsets for poor, well-off and rich people. The stinking rich still have to put up with a Vertu ‘chocolate bar’ handset instead.

They have also announced a Bluetooth keyboard that at first glance looks like a Think Outside design.

Wonks Guide To Corrupting Media Innocents

OK, I lied, my ex-colleague Stephen Waddington has written a down-to-earth paper on blogging and its implications for the PR industry. His advice on PRing to bloggers seems to be similar to trying to influence a Usenet group CAREFULLY!

Give the article a quick read, its worth it. The main thing they missed out is the use of employees or interest group members personal blogs to raise a search engine position. This has been used in recent Googlebombs attacking George Bush.

Do Japanese Dream of Electronic Sheep

In a society famous for its neon cities, long office hours, horrendous commutes, indulgence in even more methamphetamine abuse than an Australian roadtrain driver and cramming programmes for infant schoolchildren you may expect sleeping to be a problem.

You’d be right.

Its also big business, Matsushita (the mega-corp behind Panasonic, Technics and JVC) will be launching later this year a ‘sleeping room package that consists of a plasma screen TV, a tricked-out bed and ambient sound recordings. This is expected to sell for about 20,000 GBP.

In the UK we have Big Brother…

Wrote for Luck


“I wrote for luck… they sent me you” or more accurately promoters Get Loaded (named after the seminal baggy anthem Primal Scream track Loaded)sent me an email outlining a day of mayhem and madness for Northern acid house casualties like me on Clapham Common.

The line up includes the usual kind of pretentious guitar bands that appear on Xfm, The Happy Mondays, Domino Bones (Bez’s new band) and Hacienda DJ’s Graeme Park and Mike Pickering (though no Dave Haslam, 808 State or Nipper).

I have heard that the Happy Mondays can now play, which will make a pleasant change from when I saw them at Liverpool Poly student union in 1990. I was there and they were a mess, but fun all the same. The support band Northside were far better, but never got remixed by Paul Oakenfold who was the kingmaker of the music industry at the time.

I’m there for the back to ’89 Hac revelry

Not much details here

Sunday August 22, 2004 12h00 – 22h00.