Saturday, October 25, 2008

Picture this- your mood

Seen this over the weekend even though I've been on Getty images for years but what I love about this particular tool is how it can refine my search depending what mood I'm looking for, it can even build a mood board that showcases the feel I'm after, great functionality and very instinctive, so you're not 'wadding' through thousands of pictures or videos, Flickr something you could maybe follow? well done Getty.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Online Treasure Hunt

I had a really interesting chat with a mate of mine who doesn't even work in the digital business he was raving about 'geacache' I had a rough idea what he meant but he demonstrated how it worked as he had just downloaded the app on his blackberry or as I like to call them 'crackberry' but with his excitement in between big gulps of his cafe au lait he went on to explain how it worked and how the previous Saturday spent the afternoon with his kids on a treasure hunt, yes, yes we've seen them all before, a bit like Easter egg hunts isn't it? well no not really, this is something much more than just wandering around the back garden looking for a couple of Cadbury's cream eggs.

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. This is big, currently there are 679,530 active geocaches around the world.
Enter your postal code or address and click "go" to explore the geocaches near you so the site says, I got my mate Des to enter our postcode to where we were and hey presto there was two in our area.

He said that the kid's loved it and when they found their 'treasure' the previous week they shrieked with delight some coins, hearts, and beads with a message from the last visitor, all harmless fun and my kids have already started to dress up and started to look very much like Captain Jack Sparrow.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Post modern art

We may be living in the era of the email, but one young illustrator has proved that the art of correspondence is far from dead. While working for her degree at Glasgow School of Art Harriet Russell decided to find out exactly what lengths the men and women of the Royal Mail were willing to go to to ensure the safe delivery of her missives.

To put them to the test she concealed the addresses of 130 letters to herself in a series of increasingly complex puzzles and ciphers. Among the disguises she employed were dot-to-dot drawings, anagrams and cartoons. The answer, it seems, was very far indeed. Amazingly, only 10 failed to complete their journey back to her.

What a cracker of an idea, who would have thought old Royal Snail Mail could be such an addictive and fun way to commuicate, much better than going through endless emails, who said; 'the art of conversation is dead' was talking rubbish.

An idea in which with the digital threat Royal Mail or the Australia Post could adopt, this could get people to start sending mail again, they then could 'post' the best on a mircosite gallary wall.

Encourage art students, kids to get scamping ideas.