Tell Your Digital Abusers To Back Off!




Call out your abusers with these cards from That’s Not Cool.

Choose the one you want to download, email, or post to Facebook or Myspace.

There’s cards for:

– Textual harassment

– Privacy problems

– Picture pressure

– Constant instant messaging

– Mobile phone trouble

– Rumour spreading

Spotify. Share And Stream Music On Demand


There’s been a lot of hype about Spotify recently, even how it could make the current iTunes music model obsolete. One of Spotify’s best features is the ability to share playlists between friends.

I’ve started using Spotify a lot more recently but this is great.

A user has posted his entire Spotified CD collection on his blog. He’s taken a photo of his entire CD collection and linked each jewel case to that artist in Spotify.

Several similarly-named sites have appeared offering you the chance to share your tastes with other users, and discover new music. It’s the new mixtape.

You get the gist.

Download it here:

Songsmith enter the YouTube Piss-Take Arena

Ok, if you’ve not read this post have a look through it. But what’s happening has to be seen to be believed.

A few intrepid YouTubers are stripping the vocal tracks out of well known songs and feeding them into Songsmith.

The resulting music is bad, but in a purposeful, ironic way. Adding another jarring layer, they then sync these musical amalgamations with the original song’s music video.

The Police “Roxane”

Radiohead “Creep”

Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”

Billy Idol “White Wedding”

I can’t embed this video because of copyright content claim by Universal Music Group but check out Nirvana – In Bloom (Microsoft Songsmith Remix). It’s really something else altogether.

The hits just keep coming!

I still love YouTube Shreds though…

What do you think? Any more good ones?

Cam Fly With With Me

Sony Japan have launched a new site to promote it’s Handycam range. The site uses a lot of video and simple interactivity to document a child’s growth.

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Visually it’s nice, but what’s really interesting is that you can embed the entire site in your blog. Have a look. You don’t have to speak Japanese to enjoy the work.

The agency is Hakuhodo. via Adverblog

Obama. A New Media inauguration?


The soon-to-be 44th president of the United States, who addresses citizens via YouTube (here and here) and Twitter, is also a Mac user who has been spotted flashing an iPhone, keeps up with his family via iChat, whose “O” logo was designed on a Mac and whose campaign was powered by MacBooks.

Obama has said they’ll have to pry the Blackberry out of his hands and, in addition to the more obvious firsts, may be the first president to put a lap top in the Oval Office.

It would give him something in common with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev, who has been photographed doing official business on his MacBook.

Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington today could also prove to be the biggest new media event ever?

Maybe – but it could also turn out to be a triumph for the old media.

If you want to watch the event live, then there are innumerable ways. Here in the UK you can see it on BBC1 and, if you have multi-channel TV, on Sky News, CNN or plenty of others. But that is just the beginning. If you’re at a computer rather than in front of the telly, it will still be very easy to watch the swearing-in of President Obama live, with everyone from Joost to C-SPAN – and of course this site – offering a live stream.

Then there is all the social networking and other interactive bells and whistles. So Facebook and Twitter will be alive with comments and links, and just about every other site will be telling you theirs is the best place to be to experience the swearing-in of the 44th President.

CNN has what sounds like a great idea. It is asking anyone who is attending the inauguration to take a photo at precisely 1200 (1700 GMT) when Obama takes the oath and send it to the cable news station. They will then use a Microsoft program called Photosynth to create what could be an extraordinary 3D image of a moment in history.

The BBC website also has all sorts of plans. There will be a live event page, with reports from correspondents in the field, blog posts, and Twitter messages. There will be video reactions sent in by users of services like Seesmic and Qik, and there will be a “mood map” with people around the world invited to say whether they are optimistic or pessimistic about an Obama administration, and their reactions then flagged on the map.

I looked back at our online coverage of the inauguration of President George W Bush in January 2001. It looks pretty plain vanilla – lots of text, but no embedded video or social networking. Of course back then in the dim and distant past, nobody had heard of Facebook, MySpace or Twitter – because they did not exist.

So, given all of this innovation, how many people will choose to be online rather than on the sofa for President Obama’s inaugural speech? Back in 2001, the BBC site was used by around one million people on an average day, whereas these days an average audience is six million, and that rises to 10 million for really big events, like the US Presidential election back in November.

But one of my colleagues, who analyses our web traffic, isn’t convinced that the inauguration will be a big online event, pointing out that it doesn’t play to the strengths of the internet.

He told me that big web events involve a lot of data, like an election, or a lot of conflict, with people coming online to argue. With Barack Obama already elected and the sole focus of the event, there is not much information to digest – and not a lot to argue about.

What this feels like is a classic television event. Of modern inaugurations, that of Ronald Reagan in 1981 drew the biggest US television audience with around 42 million people tuning in, while George W Bush’s second inaugural address in 2005 was watched by just 15 million.

There are predictions that President Obama will bust all records – in the US and globally. So this looks like an event that could see the old media – or at least one of them, broadcast television – stage a fightback.

But the great thing about the online coverage is that it will be around for years to come, as a resource for history students and schoolchildren. I’ve been looking at YouTube, where I found plenty of videos of President Kennedy’s celebrated inaugural address.

Barack Obama’s acceptance speech in Chicago was the most popular piece of video ever on the BBC site, with 1.7 million views. Perhaps his inaugural address – if he gets it right – will break that record?

Original articles:

via Cult of Mac / via BBC

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Loading 99% – The Fine Art of the Pre-Loader

You’ve got quite a bit of “stuff” you need to load. You wanna keep people entertained and on the site, but it’s gotta have a light file size. Welcome to the world of the pre-loader.

The guys over at Big Spaceship have started up Pretty Loaded, a museum dedicated to pre-loaders.

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There’s a Twitter account too so you get updates when fresh content gets added.