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Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

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Five things that impressed me this week:

JUploadr – an open source alternative to Flickr’s own Uploadr software. Whilst Uploadr is great for pre-filling in all the details of your pictures it can get a bit flaky and I got tired of trying to complete picture uploads several times.

The Greatest Trade Ever – I purchased the book because I had a lot of time whilst traveling to, and around Korea. I finally finished reading this book after coming back from Korea. The book was interesting because it provides a bit of the back story on the US debt crisis that reverberated around the world in 2008/9

It was interesting to catch-up with the team at Hammerkit at The Hospital which is trying to provide a mass-production solution for web services by encouraging template reuse – in a similar way to the way that software development companies use common libraries

Wadds and Earl launched their book Brand Anarchy that distills the wisdom of numerous communications industry experts from journalists to marketers, PROs and spin doctors

The sun on Friday meant that I finally had good enough weather to justify trying Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt – which is a kind of automat for a variety of yogurts and toppings

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Links of the day | 在网上找到

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Communities Dominate Brands: Previewing Year 2012 in Smartphone Bloodbath – Year 3 is the Digital Jamboree

What Make Chinese Go Shopping Online? | China Internet Watch

Anti-piracy group sues professor for defamation – Promusicae in reputational train wreck by going legal

Hotfile researcher discredits MPAA-funded piracy study

Breaking, Pony Ma Confirms that Tencent’s Weixin Has Reached 100 Million Users | TechNode

The Biggest Relevance Challenge Ever? Why Millennials Aren’t Buying Cars | Aaker on Brands | Prophet – remember seeing this about Japanese youth first

Munich saves a fortune switching to Linux – Saves a third on IT spending | TechEye

Kwok brothers arrested by HK watchdog – – Sun Hung Kai is Hong Kong’s largest property company. Surprising that they are involved as the big firms there generally keep their noses clean (paywall)

New search tool to unlock Wikipedia – New Scientist – interesting new development in search (paywall)

As China awakes, the world order shakes | Irish Examiner

Daily Dot | A Pinterest spammer tells all

‘Pottermore’ Breaks All Retailers and Rules (Except Apple’s and Region Restrictions) |

Anatomy of an Attack – The RSA Blog and Podcast – RSA’s own tale

After Targeting Luxury Cars, Chinese Government Mulls High-End Booze Ban « Jing Daily

BT Cellnet’s Genie Family Guide and Tips – gosh I used to work on this over ten years ago when it changed name to O2 Active

New Parks Associates whitepaper analyzes mobile payment technologies and impact on consumer habits

50% of Connected TVs Aren’t Connected – ‘Connected TV’ Hype Seamlessly Replaces 3D TV Hype |

46% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in May 2011; Smartphone owners now outnumber users of more basic phones | Pew Internet & American Life Project

New TechNet Study: On Two-Year Anniversary of National Broadband Plan, U.S. Adoption Rates Level Off | TechNet

Google and Twitter may struggle to resist UK censors — GigaOM – the challenge is that this is the thin end of a wedge

Clickable releases new dashboard tool to visualize Facebook, search campaign performance

Why Facebook is Really Hiring Advertising Agency Creatives – Advertising Age

媒体与艺术 | culture | 미디어와 예술 艺术与设计 | design | 예술과 디자인 한국 | korea | 韩国

Korea: Coffee republic – the independents

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I didn’t have time to try many of the independent coffee shops around Seoul but did try a few in Gyeongju and Ulsan. Here is a little about two of the best that I came across.

Cafe 737
Cafe 737
Cafe 737 is a family-run coffee in the tourist town of Gyeongju. I loved it because of the vibe; as a third space it has a homely vibe that Starbucks can’t emulate.
The coffee shop greeter is an elderly golden retriever.
Cafe 737, Gyeongju Korea
The restaurant itself is bright and clean inside with some nice touches including bric-a-brac, both English and Korean books and a selection of pot plants.
bric a brac
They make a mean cup of coffee and had great food to accompany it. I would love this coffee shop as a regular hang-out.

They have their own page on Facebook.

Cafe 57

Cafe 57 is in the old town centre of industrial city Ulsan; the city has tried to spur redevelopment of the area by promoting businesses aimed at, and run by young people. This means that the area is full of restaurants, fashion shops and small coffee shops.

Cafe 57 has a clean minimalist interior with a black ash counter area and coffee bean roasting apparatus on the floor. What made Cafe 57 unique for me was the unswerving focus on making a great cup of coffee. It is not about a third space or a lifestyle expression of the consumer – it is just about making the very best cup of coffee available.

Watching the cup of ‘hand drip’ coffee being made by the owner was the experience of watching the craftsman at work. This was the best cup of Ethiopian coffee I have every had.