Rolo, who you see in the film, is going to be at, but I assume not performing, at the Guardian Weekly Tech podcast tomorrow, which is being recorded in Edinburgh. (About 50 geeky/techie/Social media type have signed up to come along.)
Should be a 'blast', (which I'm told is another expression you young web people use all the time?)
Jim, from LaBanda is also threatening to bring along a hi-tech musical saw player from South America.
Recently I've been getting into Twitter more and more, after a somewhat slow start on my part.
And without really thinking too hard about it, imagined it was/is a really 'big-deal' in the social space.
However, I was amazed to see just how few people are using it, compared to the mainstream social networks.
I was a big fan/advocate for FaceBook when it really took off mid-last year. (But soon realised the error of my ways. Ruefully realising that at my age I couldn't blame it on youthful enthusiasm.)
But as Russell Davies put so well in a Campaign article a while back, folk in our game 'have to jump on every bandwagon that comes along' to figure out what it's all about.
Anyway, back to Twitter, take a guess at how many people are using it in your own town? Go own you lazy monkey, think of a number. Now go and search name/location at the top of Twitter, I think you'll be surprised.
I looked up Edinburgh, the numbers where waaaay below what I'd expected. London too. And when compared to FaceBook usage it's little more than a beautifully formed drop in a big messy Ocean. (I had a bit of a poke around Twitter user stats for Edinburgh and found lots of protected updates and a big chunk of users who hadn't posted at all in yonks. But my number crunching/analysis was/is hardly scientific let me hasten to add.)
However, I do think that Twitter punches way above it's weight, will grow dramatically and encourage some cracking spin-offs.
I was lucky enough to get myself on the D&AD Copy jury a few years ago.
It was all very gentlemanly, (and gentlewomanly of course, Barbara Noakes was on it.) And all Smoked Salmon Sandwiches, with Chablis as chilled as the judges.
Larry Barker was there too, and the unflappable Malcolm Duffy. (I forget who else. I'm getting on a bit, and can't be arsed going over to my bookshelf and finding the Annual in question. Late 90's sometime.)
Anyhow, I just saw this great shot (Flotograph?), of a judging session from Flo's blog, (he was doing website jury service this week.)
How times have changed. (Good to see the preponderance of Steve Jobsean black turtle necks too. But there aren't half as many 'ironic' Threadless T's as I'd been led to imagine those young digital folk wear.)
(You can click the shot to enlarge it. Oh, you know the drill.)
A fairly small showing today at Centotre, (Ewan McIntosh, Chris Muir, Tim Maguire, Andy Hyde, and me), but what we lacked in quantity we more than made up for in quality.
What's more, we decided to liven up proceedings with some less than flattering, verging on the dodgy portraits of all concerned. (Except me, Mike, who kept resolutely the right side of the camera lens.)
Topics covered today, included our opinion of 'Airport Trucks' as a worthy successor to 'Gorilla' from Cadbury's. General consensus; it isn't/wasn't. Perhaps they should have got Michael Mann to have shot it?
We wanted it to be terrific, we hoped it would fulfil all the pre-launch buzz-management that was showered upon it, but it's just a bit, er, ordinary. Shame. But the bar was set extraordinarily high with it's predecessor was it not?
We also got a bit het up about the merits of typepad vs. wordpress, (again!) Mobile phone apps. Mobiles in general, particularly iPhone and will they/won't they launch 3G soon. Oh, and the 'topless' issue that seems to have blown up recently, whereby laptops are being increasingly banned from meetings, in an attempt to get attendees full attention. (Ewan are you listening? Ewan! Ewan! Oh, I forgot, you have to look at your laptop to read this. OK. As the King of multi-tasking, you're excused.)
I also pontificated a bit about Canon's prosumer HDV camera's, the Rode directional mic vs. Canon's own version, and hard-drive vs. tape dv cameras.
(Ewan is going to India and Florence in the next couple of weeks and wants to be suitable digitally tooled up for the trips.)
Twitter, as always came into the conversation, as did funerals, strangely enough, and if you should worry about your creative work, photography or ideas being nicked online. (Anybody who has seen my photography will know I haven't the slightest worry on that score. I should be so lucky. In fact I'd be strangely flattered. But as it hasn't happened yet, I can live in hope eh?)
Last but not least, we got a lovely surprise when we were given a clutch of highly sought-after private invitations to Centotre's 4th birthday party in a fortnight or so.