The Evolution of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ Meme


You know something has captured the imagination when you see it on a British Gas TVC – currently airing in the UK.

Today’s must-see delicious web bit comes from Oscillator’s Christina Agapakis who after seeing a trend of the popular ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster developing into a full blown meme rife with parody and recreation, drew up an awesome family tree infographic of how the parodies have evolved.

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Great idents for BBC Sport

I saw this at the weekend for the Winter Olympics.. and loved it.

BBC Sport – Winter Olympics Animation 2010

Marc Craste was briefed by agency RKCR/Y&R to create a film based around a legendary quest, where an Inuit hero retrieves a spiritual stone that has been stolen from a mystical totem by a giant bear. While performing his mission, our hero reveals some pretty nifty sporting skills that would prove useful at the Olympics, including skiing, snowboarding, and curling. The film was commissioned via Red Bee Media, agency: RKCR/Y&R, prod co: Studio AKA, director Marc Craste.

The beeb have a habit of commissioning smart promos for these kind of big events. Remember these?

BBC Sport – World Cup Promo 2002

BBC Sport – Olympics 2008

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Dear Derwent: Tea Building Lifts

I work in the Tea Building. It’s freezing in the winter and boiling in the summer. It’s surrounded by dirt and fllth because the ever-so-plush Shoreditch House is constantly expanding and refitting as it looks after it’s members. They’ve also put in an ever so trendy Pizza shop where the T-Bar used to be. We’ve had building works and renovation for as long as I can remember.

We’re up on the 7th floor. There a 4 lifts at the back of the building and they are a total joke. 1 of them has NEVER worked, 1 of them only goes to the 5th floor, 1 of them won’t work if the door isn’t shut properly (it’s a manual slide door which visitors always forget to close), and the ‘newer’ silver lift is constantly out of use. We have those stupid “Sorry for the inconvenience” signs up all the time and have become totally immune to them.

Thankfully someone has finally snapped. This perfectly sums up the mood of the people that work here.

I’m sure it won’t make a jot of difference to Derwent – but it sure as hell cheered everyone up as we queued for the single lift to the 7th floor this morning.

Good work.

This photo is licensed under a Creative Commons license.

Geotagging Data in Picasa

I’ve just opened up Picasa for the first time in ages.

First thing I noticed was how lightening fast it is compared to iPhoto. It’s blazing!! But just scanning through the photos I noticed a small red pin next to images I’d taken with my iPhone.

Turn outs that Picasa now has a ‘Places Panel’ which uses Geotagging data to show where your photo was taken. Picasa will write the longitude and latitude to the photo’s EXIF metadata. You can also view the data (GPS Latitude and Longitude) of a geotagged image in Picasa by selecting Properties.

The integration is really nice too.

Video Ads in Street View

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3199589&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=00adef&fullscreen=1

San Francisco Panorama with Embedded Video from digitalurban on Vimeo.

Last week Gizmodo spotted that Google has filed a patent entitled “Claiming Real Estate in Panoramic or 3D Mapping Environments for Advertising,” which in short allows them to paste media (adverts) onto the images.

Its interesting how the mouse in Street View follows the 3D space, we assume to allow any data to be tagged to buildings etc.

With data of course comes the ability to provide click throughs and advertising. We dont think it will limited to simple images however as video can also be embedded into panoramas as one of our previous examples shows.

Copy + paste from:
http://digitalurban.blogspot.com/2010/01/adverts-in-street-view-could-be-video.html

Delia Derbyshire – 4 deck reel-to-reel beat matching

Carl Cox eat your heart out.

Delia Derbyshire was born in Coventry, England, in 1937. Educated at Coventry Grammar School and Girton College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a degree in mathematics and music.

In 1959, on approaching Decca records, Delia was told that the company did not employ women in their recording studios, so she went to work for the UN in Geneva before returning to London to work for music publishers Boosey & Hawkes.

In 1960 Delia joined the BBC as a trainee studio manager. She excelled in this field, but when it became apparent that the fledgling Radiophonic Workshop was under the same operational umbrella, she asked for an attachment there – an unheard of request, but one which was, nonetheless, granted.

Delia remained ‘temporarily attached’ for years, regularly deputising for the Head, and influencing many of her trainee colleagues.

A recent Guardian article called her ‘the unsung heroine of British electronic music’, probably because of the way her infectious enthusiasm subtly cross-pollinated the minds of many creative people.

She had exploratory encounters with Paul McCartney, Karlheinz Stockhausen, George Martin, Pink Floyd, Brian Jones, Anthony Newley, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson.

More about Delia:
http://www.delia-derbyshire.org/

A newly found dance track – 20 years ahead of its time:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7512072.stm

VVVVVV by Terry Cavanagh

A strong nod to the classic platformer Jet Set Willy on the ZX Spectrum.

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YouTube link.

VVVVVV is a platformer where you reunite Captain with his lost crew members.

Since you can’t jump in the game, the twist is that by hitting space you can flip your character up-side-down making the environment you explore multi-dimensional.

http://thelettervsixtim.es/

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