This website is in a strange kind of ‘Save As…’ state nowadays. I’m on Twitter as @hellokinsella

Junkyard Jumbotron

Posted: March 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Creative, Digital, Technology, Visual | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

A project which allows laptops or phones in close proximity to be ganged together to form a large display.

Developed by the MIT Center for Future Civic Media.


PR and Media explained… via Popbitch

Posted: October 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Advertising, General | Tags: , , | No Comments »

A great insight into how media and celebrity are tied together from Popbitch.

The shorthand version seems to be:
1. Many journalists are lazy and useless.
2. All media is biased.

Read on…..

STORY 1

Nadine from Girls Aloud is really splitting opinion with her solo career. It seems that whenever someone writes something nice about her, certain other papers feel obliged to run something negative.

For example, The Sun gets first listen to her new single, Insatiable, and writes a fairly positive review. Then, the very next day, The Mirror responds with this: “Nadine Coyle has reportedly been snubbed by singer-songwriter Labrinth, because he’d prefer to get the chance to work with Cheryl Cole.

Only LA-based Nadine didn’t really know who Labrinth was – much less that she’d asked him to work with her. (Her album’s more Bonnie Tyler than Tinie Tempah anyway. And in a good way.)

Must be coincidence that Labrinth shares the same PR company as Cheryl. And is on Cheryl’s sponsor Simon Cowell’s label. And that the Mirror and Mail journalists who seem to write the anti-Nadine pieces are the ones who seem to get all the Cheryl Cole exclusives.

STORY 2

While tabloid scandals are on the agenda, maybe someone should look at some others. Popbitch think it is wrong that celebrity weeklies can routinely peddle what turn out to be complete fabrications as fact on the cover of magazines.

See this week’s Now. “Big Brother Bombshell – As Preston dithers… PETE WANTS CHANTELLE” shouts the cover, with a big photo of Chantelle and Peter Andre. Chantelle Houghton and Peter Andre are both represented by CAN associates.

Peter Andre is not once directly quoted – Pete just can’t get enough of Chantelle right now”, reveals a friend – is the gist of a whole article attributed to quotes from an un-named source.

You probably remember seeing what looks like the same story linking Pete with Kerry Katona, another CAN client.

Those involved – the magazine, journalists, PRs and stars – are complicit in making a cover story on a big-selling magazine without any real basis, treating readers of the magazine with little respect.

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The Raoul Moat saga

Posted: July 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: General, Social | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you might’ve noticed that a bloke called Raoul Moat has been running around trying to hide from the Police – after shooting his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.  It’s a pretty dark tale of a ex-doorman who went off the rails massively.

However it’s been a pretty weird tale of how the “media” has covered it and handled it. I’m only touching on some of it here.

The Twitter community got on the case . @raoulontherun was set-up with the bio “2010 Hide and Seek Champion“. Twitter suspended the account really quickly. Apparently it’s ok to mock the USA’s worst ever ecological disaster but not a murderer on the run.

Anyway it all kicked off on Friday night when Raoul was spotted in Northumberland town of Rothbury. I picked it up about 7pm as Sky News and BBC News dispatched reporters and had gone to rolling news.

People were crying, Police armed response units were tearing around, the tension was palpable. However reporters were running around like lunatics sticking their microphones into the faces of people who were clearly incredibly upset. It was horrible.

See and download the full gallery on posterous

I stuck with it for a bit – but in the end had to turn over. The “breaking reports” were meaningless. There was nothing to report because the situation was still unfolding and the Police didn’t want the media to get too close.

Repeatedly they were asked to stay inside their cars, or to move back, or to go indoors and stay away from the windows. They didn’t. The police even had to resort to this.

Anyway the madness didn’t stop there. England football legend and fellow troubled soul Paul Gascoigne turned up at the Police exclusion zone in Rothbruy claiming to be a friends of “Moatys”.

He had brought Raoul Moat a can of lager, some chicken, a mobile phone, dressing gown and a fishing rod. I shit you not.

He then got into a photographers car and did a radio interview on Real Radio Northeast.

Listen to the interview in full here. It’s pretty tragic.

Anyway, at around 1.15am Raoul Moat shot himself in the head. Possibly after being “tasered” by the Police.

Then this picture appeared on the BBC News homepage.

It’s like some sort of PhotoBomb! Massively inappropriate.

Looks like the ex-bodybuilder was the only one pumped up on steroids. Even the ITV News blurred this unfortunate gurn out on their main broadcast.

Can someone make sense of all this for me please? It’s all been very surreal.

I’m half expecting to see this in the newspapers on Monday morning: The Raoul Moat Memorial Edition “Cut Out and Keep” Party Mask.

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Comedian Doug Stanhope on the US News Media networks

Posted: March 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Funny, Social | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I thought long and hard about posting these videos because I imagine quite a few people won’t like a) what Doug Stanhope has to say, and b) the way he says it.

His bio reads like a NSFW website warning: “Dougs material ranges from true-life graphic perversion to volatile social criticism. Doug is vulgar, opinionated, brutally honest and shockingly uninhibited and is certainly not for everybody.” But I think his observations are dead on.

The following are all from Season 2 of Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe.

Fear in the US News Media


Late Night TV Hosts


Media Generated Celebrities


Coverage of Environmental Issues


Your Opinion on the News


For more search for “Doug Stanhope” on YouTube.

Or take a look at http://www.dougstanhope.com/

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Steal Our Ideas

Posted: May 25th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Advertising, Creative, Funny | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Another nice idea to get yourself some attention.

http://stealourideas.tumblr.com/


Batman vs The Joker Breakdance

Posted: May 25th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Creative, Funny, Visual | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Wooooah…. Best thing I’ve seen on the internet for ages!!

Batman vs Joker. An interactive breakdance competition in stop-motion.

(Best viewed on YouTube)


Superb stuff.


iPhone + RFID: Object-Based Media

Posted: April 20th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Creative, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »



iPhone RFID: object-based media from timo on Vimeo.

Last bit of nerd shenanigans for today…

This is a prototype of an iPhone media player that uses RFID embedded in physical objects to control media playback.

Another interesting idea to put in your back pocket and bust out later.


Obama won… because of me

Posted: November 5th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Technology, Web | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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I know everyone’s talking about how amazing it is that Obama is going to be the next President so I’ll keep this short.

I think it’s an incredible landmark moment for so many reasons, but one thing that impressed me about the Obama campaign was it’s use of social media.

This was in my Twitter stream when i got home tonight.

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I saved it.