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I make things on the web, mobile and in the actual world.

I've done lots of bits and bobs over the years, and right now I'm mostly working on this.

I enjoy speaking about things I like, most recently this. You can email me if you'd like, and I'm on twitter.

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Running+Bluetooth headphones=no annoyance with crap headphones FTW!

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Bluetooth headphones rock. For anyone who wants to know what this fine specimen are, they are JABRA BT620S:

http://www.lordpercy.com/jabra_bt620s_review.htm

And are about £30 rather than the £69.99 at the above link

Me being Goofy

With my Kodak ZN5 camera.

As you can see, when I have had a drink or two I find it very hard not
to have a cigarette.
11th Jan 2009, 19:35   comments (7)

A great portrait of @utku

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11th Jan 2009, 14:39   comments (1)

A Kodak mobile phone? FTW!

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Highly ironically, considering my involvement with Moblog, i won this phone in a competition on Facebook which encourages people to send in images that in some way truly represent their city. A lot like the cityclickers competition we ran a while ago.

I submitted a number of images: a very english looking man strolling past a pub with the, as only British pubs can boast, amusing name "The Bunghole", amongst others.

It was an image of a group of people crowded around a television in a Dixons store on the 7th july 2005 that won, as many of you reading might know i started the popular (and some would even say populist) protest site http://werenotafraid.com as a response to the attacks on londons transport system that day.

Having written all the above, by way of exposition, whilst on a bus on my way to Liverpool street, i suddenly realise i got carried away and havent actually said what i started this post to say: a Kodak phone? YAY!

There is something exceedingly pleasing about having a handset whose imaging functions are powered by a company who live in my sentimental memory as the manufacturers of the cameras of my adolescence, my parents cameras. :)

Im looking forward to trying it out, although this handset is not currently available in the UK. That said, if theyre running this competition it follows that it soon will be.
9th Jan 2009, 11:15   comments (5)

What 85 words a minute sounds like

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quite wonderfully rhythmic somehow. Feel free to remix into your techno
choons.
9th Jan 2009, 08:17   comments (1)

10,000 grams- A formula for genius

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I'm currently listening to Malcolm Gradwells 'The Outliers' as I run
and cycle. His very soft style of speaking is both calming and focusing
and I must say that Im enjoying my exercise so much more for it.

A big part of what Gradwell talks about in this book is this magical
number, 10,000 hours. This is the number of hours, estimated, sort of,
of practice that it takes to become a real expert... In anything.

It is a fascinating book, I recommend it although at the moment I am
only a little over halfway through, and friends have said it gets a bit
boring towards the end. No matter, the first half, even if they're
right, is enough.

It is a book which has many themes all sort of ring-fencing some major
proofs he is yet to make in my reading, but they're of the sort that are
then jiggling around in your head at any given time. I sat down at my
computer a moment ago and saw Hans Ulrich Obrist's singularly wonderful
collection of 'Formulas for now' and picked it up, no real reason. I
noticed again the formula on the cover of the book:

'1 tablespoon of talent + 5 drops of popularity + 1 drop of good luck +
10 kilograms of discipline + 6 glasses of self sacrifice + 3 grams of
spirituality = GENIUS'

Reading that again I realised 'wow, 10 kilograms huh?' :) It is that
critical 10,000 hours of *practice* at doing *anything* which Gradwell
maintains leads to true expertise. 1 Gram per hour. How much do they say
the soul weighs again?
7th Jan 2009, 20:34   comments (1)

A portrait of Mark Borkowski

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I just had a wonderfully fun couple of hours talking with Mark about facets of both our work, his new book, and what social media actually is and means.

As you see him sitting here he was talking about the remarkable life of Henry Root, behind him a board collating only some of the clippings from arguably the most successful pr campaign of 2008: Bring Back Wispa (one of his of course).

I havent asked him if he will yet, but i cant think of anyone more qualified to write an essay at http://agit8.org.uk on The Future Of PR.
7th Jan 2009, 13:25   comments (5)

An evening jog along a frozen Regents Canal listening to Malcolm Gradwells 'The Outliers audio book

As the title suggests, that was a wonderfully calming, relaxed and quite
joyous run. Now having been smoking free for about 8 weeks I can
actually run for a full half hour without really stopping (or dying).
Feels quite great actually. Had