The Busy Trap

8 July 2012

This rings so true (or at least it would if I had time to read it…).

Further reading:

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Boring.

The Internet is fatigued.

Or, to be more accurate and a little less snappy; people that work on the Internet are fatigued. Tired out. Bored.

We are in an interesting time when it comes to working in digital. Digital used to be an exciting wild west, where new completely revolutionary sites, apps...

Luck and Magic

Stats are dangerous.

You know how your parents would tell you off as a child if you tried to stick your fingers in a plug socket? Yeah, stats are like that.

There’s an obsession in certain parts of the music industry, particularly in digital marketing, with stats. Metrics. Percentage increases. Growth.

“Engagement”

Mostly this...

Music apps – beyond the hype

6 March 2012

I’ll be talking about the Adele mobile app at this tonight – hopefully should be a pretty interesting event.

Further reading:

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Boring.

The Internet is fatigued.

Or, to be more accurate and a little less snappy; people that work on the Internet are fatigued. Tired out. Bored.

We are in an interesting time when it comes to working in digital. Digital used to be an exciting wild west, where new completely revolutionary sites, apps...

Luck and Magic

Stats are dangerous.

You know how your parents would tell you off as a child if you tried to stick your fingers in a plug socket? Yeah, stats are like that.

There’s an obsession in certain parts of the music industry, particularly in digital marketing, with stats. Metrics. Percentage increases. Growth.

“Engagement”

Mostly this...

Jack White - Love Interruption

31 January 2012

Firstly: new Jack White solo record! I am a massive White Stripes fan, so this is a Very Good Thing. Also, we made a widget for it that spins at 45rpm:

I’m not sure if I’ve really mentioned the widgets we’ve developed and have been using since last August – they’re quite nifty, if I do say so myself. They’re HTML5-based and work on iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices; they get detected by the lovely HypeMachine so they show up when bloggers post about them; they’re completely fluid (using both media queries and a dab of JS) so they should work at any size; and lastly you can use them as little iOS web apps (if you have a data connection) – try saving this page to your home screen for example.

Further reading:

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Boring.

The Internet is fatigued.

Or, to be more accurate and a little less snappy; people that work on the Internet are fatigued. Tired out. Bored.

We are in an interesting time when it comes to working in digital. Digital used to be an exciting wild west, where new completely revolutionary sites, apps...

Luck and Magic

Stats are dangerous.

You know how your parents would tell you off as a child if you tried to stick your fingers in a plug socket? Yeah, stats are like that.

There’s an obsession in certain parts of the music industry, particularly in digital marketing, with stats. Metrics. Percentage increases. Growth.

“Engagement”

Mostly this...

Google Fuses Google+ Into Search

11 January 2012

It seems like there’s an ever growing opportunity for someone to come in and do search much better then Google does it, stripping it back to basics and focusing on the quality of results (which are appalling for so many search types – anything product focused just leads to page upon page of retailer sites, for example).

I think the attempt to (badly) add social features to all of their platforms could be the undoing of Google.

Further reading:

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Boring.

The Internet is fatigued.

Or, to be more accurate and a little less snappy; people that work on the Internet are fatigued. Tired out. Bored.

We are in an interesting time when it comes to working in digital. Digital used to be an exciting wild west, where new completely revolutionary sites, apps...

Luck and Magic

Stats are dangerous.

You know how your parents would tell you off as a child if you tried to stick your fingers in a plug socket? Yeah, stats are like that.

There’s an obsession in certain parts of the music industry, particularly in digital marketing, with stats. Metrics. Percentage increases. Growth.

“Engagement”

Mostly this...

Willis Earl Beal - Evening's Kiss

11 January 2012

I love this really quite a lot. Reminds me in a strange way of early White Stripes; obviously not in terms of the music, but in terms of atmosphere.

Further reading:

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Boring.

The Internet is fatigued.

Or, to be more accurate and a little less snappy; people that work on the Internet are fatigued. Tired out. Bored.

We are in an interesting time when it comes to working in digital. Digital used to be an exciting wild west, where new completely revolutionary sites, apps...

Luck and Magic

Stats are dangerous.

You know how your parents would tell you off as a child if you tried to stick your fingers in a plug socket? Yeah, stats are like that.

There’s an obsession in certain parts of the music industry, particularly in digital marketing, with stats. Metrics. Percentage increases. Growth.

“Engagement”

Mostly this...

How does a Pitchfork review affect an album's popularity?

8 December 2011

In short: they don’t (although you need more data for a less flippant conclusion). Also: yay for graphs!

Further reading:

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Boring.

The Internet is fatigued.

Or, to be more accurate and a little less snappy; people that work on the Internet are fatigued. Tired out. Bored.

We are in an interesting time when it comes to working in digital. Digital used to be an exciting wild west, where new completely revolutionary sites, apps...

Luck and Magic

Stats are dangerous.

You know how your parents would tell you off as a child if you tried to stick your fingers in a plug socket? Yeah, stats are like that.

There’s an obsession in certain parts of the music industry, particularly in digital marketing, with stats. Metrics. Percentage increases. Growth.

“Engagement”

Mostly this...

Early Results: Social News and the Open Graph

30 November 2011

I’ve seen a lot of criticism (a lot of which is pretty spot on) of some of the news publications and their integration with Facebook using the new Open Graph APIs, as typically they hijack links posted by other people to Facebook and funnel them into a custom app, and also auto-share things to the FB ticker.

These criticisms are almost universally directed at Facebook, but as this post shows it’s the publishers that should be getting the flack; yes, potentially Facebook could potentially place more restrictions on what the APIs can do, but almost all of the issues are on the publishers end.

Further reading:

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Boring.

The Internet is fatigued.

Or, to be more accurate and a little less snappy; people that work on the Internet are fatigued. Tired out. Bored.

We are in an interesting time when it comes to working in digital. Digital used to be an exciting wild west, where new completely revolutionary sites, apps...

Luck and Magic

Stats are dangerous.

You know how your parents would tell you off as a child if you tried to stick your fingers in a plug socket? Yeah, stats are like that.

There’s an obsession in certain parts of the music industry, particularly in digital marketing, with stats. Metrics. Percentage increases. Growth.

“Engagement”

Mostly this...

Announcing Little Printer and BERG Cloud

30 November 2011

This is just a little bit magical. There’s something incredibly compelling about a device that takes the modern internet – Foursquare checkins and all – and makes it something physical.

Also, the design and accompanying video are perfect:

Further reading:

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Boring.

The Internet is fatigued.

Or, to be more accurate and a little less snappy; people that work on the Internet are fatigued. Tired out. Bored.

We are in an interesting time when it comes to working in digital. Digital used to be an exciting wild west, where new completely revolutionary sites, apps...

Luck and Magic

Stats are dangerous.

You know how your parents would tell you off as a child if you tried to stick your fingers in a plug socket? Yeah, stats are like that.

There’s an obsession in certain parts of the music industry, particularly in digital marketing, with stats. Metrics. Percentage increases. Growth.

“Engagement”

Mostly this...

The Wired.co.uk Podcast 52

21 November 2011

At about 31mins in you can hear me talk a little bit about music apps (and it turns out I don’t at all sound like I think I do).

Further reading:

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Boring.

The Internet is fatigued.

Or, to be more accurate and a little less snappy; people that work on the Internet are fatigued. Tired out. Bored.

We are in an interesting time when it comes to working in digital. Digital used to be an exciting wild west, where new completely revolutionary sites, apps...

Luck and Magic

Stats are dangerous.

You know how your parents would tell you off as a child if you tried to stick your fingers in a plug socket? Yeah, stats are like that.

There’s an obsession in certain parts of the music industry, particularly in digital marketing, with stats. Metrics. Percentage increases. Growth.

“Engagement”

Mostly this...

Responsive Advertising

15 November 2011

Really great post on the pitfalls of integrating advertising in responsive sites. Seems like this could well take a lot of time to fix properly – most sites just don’t have the leverage with their advertising provider to be able to shift their advertising around.

Further reading:

Scratching The Itch

I don’t think there are many people that know that once, what seems like an age ago, I did a computer science degree. At that point in time I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get into music – my teenage band failing dismally to even...

Indie Schmindie

I’ve been thinking about the concept of indie record labels all week after an article on the Guardian about everyone’s favourite currency-related rapper 50 Cent signing to “independent distributor Caroline”. Now for those that don’t keep up to speed with the coming and goings of the many, many major...

X Meets Y

I hate writing about music.

Chiefly I, myself, take great displeasure in writing about the stuff, but then also quite frankly – and with no disrespect to anyone reading who does write about it – I am no fan of any writing about music.

I mean, what is it good for?

Permit me...

Boring.

The Internet is fatigued.

Or, to be more accurate and a little less snappy; people that work on the Internet are fatigued. Tired out. Bored.

We are in an interesting time when it comes to working in digital. Digital used to be an exciting wild west, where new completely revolutionary sites, apps...

Luck and Magic

Stats are dangerous.

You know how your parents would tell you off as a child if you tried to stick your fingers in a plug socket? Yeah, stats are like that.

There’s an obsession in certain parts of the music industry, particularly in digital marketing, with stats. Metrics. Percentage increases. Growth.

“Engagement”

Mostly this...