Last year I started what I suspect will become a bit of a tradition. I named my 5 favourite new songs of 2007. I was loose in my definition of new. This year, 'new' means new: all but one of the songs was published in 2008. So here you go: my top five new songs of 2008.
Vampire Weekend: Oxford ... Read more »
I'm posting this graph for illustrative purposes only (I've stripped off numbers and dates). It's my blog traffic for the year 2008. What do you notice?
The peak is my post on Max Gogarty, which really caused a storm back in March. It was great to be part of that conversation.
And then ... Read more »
A fellow Brightonian read my previous post on Brighton and asked me why I like the old place, in a bit a more detail. We had a long conversation that ranged from the general to the specific and the arcane to the absurd. So, why do I like it in Brighton? Here are some incomplete and random thoughts ... Read more »
2008 has been a busy year and a good one for social media and in the maelstrom of a million stories, memorable tittle-tattle, memes, mini-memes and just plain nonsense here are a handful of stories that I'll remember. They might even be 'significant.'
The Faceparty Hissy Fit
A sense of humour ... Read more »
I had to rummage through an old notebook earlier and found an old to do list. Most of it had been completed, but some line items from a year ago are on my current to do list.
Sort out iPod/iTunes
This I haven't done. I'm constantly annoyed by the way that music is catalogued in iTunes and then ... Read more »
If you rattle around the web long enough, or frankly even just your local boozer, you get involved in a few discussions here and there. Whilst there is an awful lot of good stuff out there, often discussions are low quality and arguments pathetic. I love reason based argument with examples and ... Read more »
Here's some stuff I've been reading:
The fourth quarter is critical for eBay. Rather like Woolworths that apparently used to make 90% of it's profits in December, 'the holiday season' is vital. It looks like eBay hasn't had the Q4 it must have hoped for. But we shan't know for sure until the ... Read more »
The BBC is a treasured institution. But with a recession looming its sprawling tendrils and how they potentially damage legitimate commercial interests are becoming more obvious. It shouldn't be surprising that rival media organisations put the boot in hard over issues such as 'Brand-Ross.â€ ... Read more »
My reaction to Andy Burnham's announcement that British websites should carry a cinema style ratings was x-rated. The notion that the UK and the US could get together and make it work is hilariously stupid.
It can't work.
Even if the UK, EU, US and others cook up a scheme there will be still ... Read more »
On a cold saturday after Christmas, a little excursion is in order. Where better than the Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton? Thankfully very little has changed since I used to visit frequently as a child.
Founded by Edward Thomas Booth in the 19th century, it was very much a ... Read more »
One thing I earnestly hope to see in 2009 is a more honest and helpful approach from internet industry folk to small businesses (SMEs, SMBs, whatever term you fancy). Who's been doing it well? I can't think of any impeccable shining beacons although Microsoft and BT seem to have their fingers on ... Read more »
I made some tasty ginger beer the other week and I've been totally thrilled with the results. All you need is some sugar, ginger, water, yeast, lemons, tartaric acid and a few bits of equipment. It was great to use the demi-john gathering dust in the cupboard for once.
Anyway, I've posted the ... Read more »
When Tamebay broke the story with details of eBay European streamlining and, specifically, the abolition of a UK-based team in the UK solely focussing on eBay.co.uk, I certainly didn't expect weeping and mourning. Customers shouldn't really, quite rightly, care about the staff of a ... Read more »
When I was at dConstruct earlier this year (and as I write this I realise that I never published the post I wrote in my papery notebook, which is probably just as well as I wasn't entirely positive), I was struck by how white it was: there were very few black, asian or 'other' (as those crass ... Read more »