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The spotlight grabbing squirrel – yet another “Meme” for our times?

Posted by Lee on August 19, 2009

– or marmot, or was that a gopher?

OK, it’s so ‘last week’ now, but we are all the way down in New Zealand, and I only just noticed it. The following picture first appeared on the National Geographic’s site in the Photo section, and soon after it captured the imagination of the world, taking the blogosphere and global media by storm. <-I can’t believe I just wrote that.

squirrel-portrait-banff-swAccording to Melissa Brandt, this is what happened, “My husband and I were exploring Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park-Canada when we stopped for a timed picture of the two of us. We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready to take the picture when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intriqued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our shot! A once in a lifetime moment! We were laughing about this little guy for days!!”

There are numerous arguments and debates popping up as to whether the original pic had been photoshopped or not, and even some very serious discussion on the taxomy of said ‘rodentis’h creature – is it a squirrel or gopher? Boing Boing has some hilarious and heated comments posted under their item on the little rascal.

However, it doesn’t end there. The photo-crashing squirrel is now popping up everywhere…….

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For even more of this furry frivolity (and if you really don’t have anything better to to do), check out Buzzfeed where you can see more of the little bugger than you could ever want in a whole lifetime.

So, it looks like the squirrel is this month’s ‘Susan Boyle‘ and wins the global internet sensation, ‘Meme of the Moment’ Award.

I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns up on it’s own syndicated TV show called “Squirrel’s got Talent” singing a duet with Ms Susan Boyle!

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Social Media For Dummies, or think before you act!

Posted by Lee on August 10, 2009

facebook follyI’ve just been emailed this Facebook item, and by now it’s probably bouncing around all corners of our networked world.

Is it genuine? Who knows, but either way it’s another timely reminder to those people who seem to use their social media accounts as a broadcast ‘Dear Diary’.

Firstly, employment agencies and potential employers now routinely search online to find out more about a prospective employee – they can gain some great insights from various social media streams into the person behind his or her glowing CV.

Next, once you’ve acquired ‘friends’, at least make sure you’re aware of the potential consequences of your actions if you say something negative about them in your ‘stream of consciousness’, especially if those ‘friends’ you’ve accepted into your social networking life also happen to be your your boss or superiors.

Thirdly – even if those you insult are not signed up as your friends and you think you’re telling others behind their back, remember that things can have a funny way of getting back to those you don’t want to know – especially with so many readily available ‘cut & paste’ tools around.

Finally, use some common sense, and if you aren’t willing to say something to someone’s face – don’t say it online, well at least not if your name and account clearly identifies you. That applies equally to divulging that you’re a stoner, regularly drink and drive, covet somebody else’s partner, or have questionable exotic sexual preferences etc.

We may live in a world where we like to think our privacy is protected, but all of that stands for nothing if you choose to advertise all your innermost needs, wants, desires and other secrets to the wwworld!

For what it’s worth, in this example, I thought her boss was very clear in his reply, and showed remarkable restraint 🙂

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Laid off – the end of days, or a massive opportunity?

Posted by Lee on August 9, 2009

This is the greatest recession in most of our working population’s living memory –  and the casualties are mounting. Globally, unemployment continues to rise, and even for those of us safe (for now), it may seem like the ‘End of Days’.

However, we humans are adaptive creatures,adjusting to change pretty well – in no time at all, there’s no stigma attached to being laid off – other than the impotent embarrassment and sympathy oozing out of your family and friend’s pores when they meet you.

A good friend of mine, Simon, is a self-made, independently wealthy businessman. As my lovely wife has recently joined the ranks of the unemployed, we were talking together the other day and Simon made the point that the best time to start a new business or follow your dream is when you’ve lost your job.

Easy for him to say, I hear you cry, but his rationale is that many people are trapped in jobs they are not passionate about, but the income provides the financial buffer they need to pay for their ‘over-compensating life styles’. From time to time, they may daydream of doing what really pushes their hot buttons but won’t make the leap because it’s too scary to voluntarily give up a good income and lifestyle.
However, when laid off and facing the prospect of zero income – motivated people can prove to be extremely creative and resourceful – plus a business start-up that produces a positive net income of any description is better than nothing at all, and before long the adaptive person stops making comparisons with their high salaried life, and instead sees the improvement from their ‘no income’ period.

OK, enough waffle, what’s the real point of this post?

Well, I came across ‘Please Feed The Animals‘, a blog for the recently unemployed advertising professional – set up by a smart guy, Erik Proulx – an ECD / Copwriter who has, in his words “discovered the power of unemployment”. In his blog was a trailer for a new movie project called Lemonade. It’s about how recently laid off advertising creatives have coped, and are even thriving in new ways by following their own dreams. It looks like it’ll be an inspirational documentary film.

As for my wife? Well, she’s just embarking on a course of study to follow her own dream – hopefully supplemented with secondary sources of income.

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TweetStats – we know what you’re doing, and when!

Posted by Lee on May 4, 2009

For those twitterers out there, there’s a cool little site that tells you how many times you’ve tweeted, and breaks down what day and time of day you’re twittering. This is just the start though, the site mines lots of useful information about your twittering patterns and on one tab displays it as a serious of cool graphs, on another tab it creates a word cloud of your tweets and tells you your top 5 used words!

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However, what makes this really cool is that you can use TweetStats for any twitterer as long as you have his or her user name.

Did I say cool? I guess it could also be used for evil……

Watch out if your employer is small minded enough to have an anti-social media policy at work.  I can already see the news headlines now, “XYZ Limited used TweetStats to prove that employee John Smith was twittering during normal office hours”

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The Susan Boyle phenomenon updated – 100 million views this week?

Posted by Lee on April 20, 2009

Well, there’s no doubting it now – Susan Boyle is now a genuine phenomenon, based upon the following statistics.

As of 10pm ET Sunday, ‘Visible Measures’ reports the following Susan Boyle stats:

650 total video placements found associated with Susan Boyle, including the original performance, interviews and fan responses.

These clips have accumulated 93.2 million views, meaning that views nearly doubled this weekend

On Saturday, 15.6 million views were counted

On Sunday, a further 30 million views were logged

Total comments approximately doubled since Friday to nearly 250,000.

So at this rate,  it looks like Susan Boyle will break the ‘100 million views’ barrier this week!

NOTE: I came across this on Mashable, the terrific social media site run by Peter Cashmore

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Word Art – how cool is this?

Posted by Lee on April 12, 2009

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I only came across Wordle in the last few weeks.

Described as a way of  “generating word clouds from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text”.

There are three ways of doing it – you can paste in your own words or a passage from a book; or enter the url of any blog that has an Atom or RSS feed; or finally, enter the del.icio.us user name of anyone and see their tags as clouds.

I ‘created’ the example above by merely pasting in the url of this blog and hitting ‘Submit’. You can choose from a variety of fonts, layouts and colour palettes. Very cool and very addictive!

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So, what’s up with Twitter?

Posted by Lee on April 6, 2009

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So, what do I have against Twitter?  Nothing. Nothing at all. That’s right, I think Twitter is terrific, and micro-blogging is here to stay.

What I do lose patience with is some of the people who have been bitten by the Twitterbug. Some people just don’t get it. It is too easy to clog up the feeds coming through onto other people’s mobiles and pc’s with inane tweets.

Some thoughts on Twitterquette: Read the rest of this entry »

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Being ‘Social’ – and keeping on top of it all

Posted by Lee on March 26, 2009

flockFacebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Digg, Picasa, Blogger, WordPress, Delicious, email, webmail, RSS feeds etc, etc…….. It just goes on and on. I’m convinced that some people spend more time updating / maintaining their social media presence than actually doing anything else!

However, help is at hand – well, at least there’s a way to put them all in one place, a kind of Social Media portal. A browser that let’s you set up your own accounts and services, feeds, blogging tools, media sharing and favorites – all so you can access from within the one browser. It’s called Flock and it’s pretty damn good.

Flock also lets you drag media and links directly onto your friends icons for sharing and a number of other cool initiatives that I’m yet to get my head around at the moment. It installs easily, is another Mozilla product, and the ‘Welcome’ video helps get you started straight away.

So, does it replace the other main browsers? Well, to be honest I don’t think so.

Of course, you can use it as a normal browser as well, but by the time you have your side bar up either showing your friends, accounts or feeds, and if you have the media bar up as well, you have a much reduced area of on-screen real estate with which to browse the web. However, I’ve been using it virtually exclusively over the last few weeks on my netbook, as a centralised ‘social comms hub’, and for that, it’s better than anything else I’ve seen around to date.

Check it out!

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DigiEx has been mobilised and QRed!

Posted by Lee on November 2, 2008

Imagine my surprise when checking my blog stats to find that an entity called Kaywa had been to my site, and using ‘Feed2Mobile’, generated a mobile version of it – then just to make the whole experience really tidy, auto-generated a QR code for it so people with QR enabled mobiles can go the mobile version of DigiEx.

I knew nothing about Kaywa until they mobilised me, but thanks anyway guys – plus I love the pixel knitwear scarves you’re doing in association with Lendorff – spacies and QR codes – kind of ‘geekool’.

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