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January 31, 2009

Ten Chick Flick Cliches That Are Not In "He's Just Not That Into You"

This is pretty good. To help launch the movie version of "He's just not that into you", the guy from the Mac V PC ads, the manager guy from Entourage and some other guy filmed this as reassurance for guys being dragged along to it by their girlfriends. Kind of an anti-trailer:

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Crying down the wall is my favorite. I still won't see it (for however much they got paid to do the trailer, I'd say a movie was about whatever you wanted me to), but some good fun.

January 27, 2009

The Internet of Things

There's a great article in the Sydney Morning Herald discussing the possibilities of the physical Internet - that is, giving appliances, printed objects or anything else physical in our lives an IP address so that they can talk to each other over the Internet.

This got me looking at a site called Pachube. Awkward name, but the founder described it as "like YouTube but instead of sharing videos, people are sharing data that comes from sensors". It's meant to be a way of sharing all the feeds and data that's coming in from physical objects around the world that are already online.

What's all this mean? I don't know yet. But here's a cool example of what's being done with this tech right now - Siphonophora is a project that gathers live environmental data from a lake in Gunpowder, US.


Data like temperature, bacteria levels and pollution content from the lake are all transmitted live via the Internet using these devices.


This opens up some pretty nice possibilities for real-world interactions. Very cool.

January 25, 2009

Wookie in my cuboard. A Lesson in Seeding

To bad this is not a viral for Ikea.

This video is a year old but it took a Digg post to propel it to one of the top videos.

It doesn't matter if you have a fantastic video (or a stupid one with a Star Wars sound effect) without the proper seeding or promotion it will go ignored.

Droga5 know this and that's why their Guitar Hero bike video shot up so fast. They knew the right people to seed the video to.

Next time you're about to launch a viral video, game or basically anything that doesn't already have a large media budget make sure you have a proper distribution list outside of the traditional media. And if you already have one make sure you thank those who help seed your work. They should all be on your Xmas present list for 2009.

January 24, 2009

Bannerblog on Twitter


I realized today that I have not called out that all the editors are on Twitter.

Ashley is @100ftzombie
(note: all Bannerblog posts get auto tweeted by my account. Annoying maybe but easier than having another account)

Ashadi spent ages thinking up his Twitter name @ashadihopper

Tobie is recently unemployed but also @tobiec

Phil is going off at @philmang

Paul has the other interesting name @bannermonkey

Hamish is not very active at all at @hamishmcdougall

So if you have ever wondered what one of us is having for dinner, how hot it is outside then feel free to follow us.

Creating a Web Portfolio

I've come across a few impressive and non-lame looking portfolio template/creation sites lately. So with the economy in the can, I thought it might be a good time to present a run-down of the best web portfolio apps out there. These are all free, and from the ones I've played around with, easy to use


This is probably the best portfolio option I've seen out there. Simple, LHS menu style. Lots of customisation possible. Many working examples.


This is simple and pretty easy to use. But you'll have to keep the carbonmade logo on your site.


Indexr is a pretty sweet looking option. There's a version available where it will automatically create your portfolio based on any different media types sitting on your server. So movies, images, etc, all get pulled into the portfolio automagically. Worked a little slow on my setup.

Flickr Folio

Flickr Folio pulls images from your flickr set automatically and presents it in portfolio format. This is in development. But from the screenshots, looks clean.

I Hardly Know Her

This also pulls images from your Flickr set automatically, and doesn't even need setting up. Just add your flickr username to the end of the URL and you have a nice pared back interface for browsing your images.

Cargo Folio

This is in beta mode. So you'll need to email the Cargo people for an invite. But from the examples, seems pretty tight.


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