Italian leather maker – very cool

In an age where everything is mass produced, it’s nice to see a master craftsmen performing his art:

Published in: on March 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm Comments (1)

Sync google calendar with iPhone – the easy way

I’m not sure if this is part of the iPhone OS4 but I’ve been trying for ages to get my various calendars from google apps – or gmail calendar for that matter – to sync with the ipod. I’ve tried playing with the custom settings and managed to get my main google calendar synced but you have to create a new account for each calendar – how tedious. Which got me thinking- I recently added a small php script that created .ics files to allow customers to add events from our cooking school program to their personal calendar. I then wondered if the iPhone would know what to do with an .ics file and lo and behold I stumbled on an easy way to get google calendars in to your iPhone- Here’s how:

In gmail or your google apps account, click on Calendar Settings then click on Calendars in the new Page. Simply click on the Calendar Name that you want to add to your iPhone – now comes the easy bit – towards the bottom of that page is Calendar Address and a green button called iCal – click on that and you get a URL for your calendar. Simply copy that URL and paste it into an email that you can access from the iPhone. I simply created an email which I sent to my Gmail account. Open up Mail on your iPhone and click on the URL that you posted in the body of the email.

After a few seconds, your iPhone will ask you if you want to subscribe to this calendar and you simply click YES – your calendar now shows in your iPhone calendar. I was going to make screen shots but it’s pretty straight forward. The only downside at the moment is I don’t think you can add new events to the subscribed calendar – I haven’t tested that thoroughly but at least I can get my shared calendars onto the iPhone Calendar.

Published in: on July 6, 2010 at 12:57 am Comments Off on Sync google calendar with iPhone – the easy way

Wedding Dance and Chris Brown’s bank balance

A short time ago, this great wedding entrance video hit YouTube and became one of the most watched clips of all time :

Now if you worked for the ad agency I wrote about a few minutes ago and you represented Chris Brown you’d fire up the lawyers and get the video taken down because these fun lovin’ wedding folks are using the song ‘Forever’ without permission. A clear case of copyright violation if ever there was one.

But something neat pops up in the video – a small link to buy the song from iTunes. So with 10 million people watching that clip in its peak week you don’t have to be a genius to realise that people are going to buy the song. Here’s what the YouTube folks at Google had to say:

Despite compelling data and studies around consumer purchasing habits, many still question the promotional and bottom-line business value sites like YouTube provide artists. But in the last week, over a year after its release, Chris Brown’s “Forever” has again rocketed up the charts, reaching as high as #4 on the iTunes singles chart and #3 on Amazon’s best selling MP3 list.

Chris Brown was smart – he shut up and let YouTube make him some money – he didn’t even have to get out of bed to do it.

Published in: on September 7, 2009 at 11:55 pm Comments Off on Wedding Dance and Chris Brown’s bank balance

Do Ad agencies really get it?

Robert Carlyle is a great actor and just did a fantastic ad for Johnny Walker – it has the internet a buzz – this is a 6 minute clip and was filmed in ONE TAKE, no cuts or edits. So Robert has to walk along doing this whole soliloquy and synchronise up with the props on the side of the road and he gets one chance to do it:

Brilliant stuff right – now one of two things might have happened when you went to watch that video, you saw it or you saw a message that looked like this:

This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Bartle Bogle Hegarty Limited

Like this:

So here’s the deal, the ad agency doesn’t want you to watch it on YouTube, they want you to go to the Johnny Walker website in UK to watch it. But here’s the thing, YouTube has a much larger population than the UK so why make it hard for people to see the ad ?

I would have loved to be in the boardroom when this conversation went down: “Hey, our ad is on YouTube and millions of people are watching it and commenting about it, hell these people even want to find out how we made it. We need to send a cease and desist to YouTube – they can’t show our ad that sells our client’s product to their millions of viewers.”

And that conversation made SENSE to some manager and sure enough they start removing it from YouTube.

If I was the manager of BBH, the agency who did the ad, I’d be happy for any site or media outlet to show my ad – I mean, how much would it cost to run a 6 minute ad on TV? These guys would know, last year their total billings came to $1.5 billion. And if you’re an ad agency making percentages on your client’s media spend then YouTube is a dead fish to them because YouTube is FREE.

YouTube gives them the exposure for their brand to millions of people for free but an agency can’t make money out of that unless, of course, they worked out a way to charge for VIEWS – YouTube shows you how many people viewed a video so instead of an agency charging 5% of the media spend (or whatever their traditional rate is) maybe a truly creative agency could charge a few cents for every view their campaign gets on YouTube. We’re entering new territory here but surely it’s better than removing what are effectively ADs from sites like YouTube.

I should point out BBH’s motto is: Our objective is effectiveness. Our strategy is creativity.

Published in: on at 11:19 pm Comments Off on Do Ad agencies really get it?

Cool Bikes

Josh Hader makes bikes… but not just any old bike. His ‘Art Bikes’ are works of… well, ART, would be the easiest way to describe them. Each bike will set you back about 5 figures. If I had a bike shop I’d have one of these on display… the WOW factor would generate a huge amount of interest.

These bikes even sport small motors, an ideal way to get to work.

The real lesson here is if you’re going to do anything do something that is really cool… that applies to hotels, restaurants… your job?

Josh used to work for a film studio… now he makes bikes… how cool.

Read and see more at New York Daily Photo

Published in: on March 26, 2007 at 8:59 am Comments Off on Cool Bikes

The problem with business

Apple have just released the Iphone… it’s like nothing anyone has seen before. Touch screen, icons, sleek design and packed full of goodies. What makes apple brilliant is not their OS or technology but their willingness to ‘go where no man has gone before’… microsoft also could have made an iphone but they decided to COPY the Ipod with Zune. Here’s what I mean, below is a picture of a Chinese Iphone ripoff that runs Windows CE…

This is the problem with most companies… they don’t have IMAGINATION and it’s imagination that makes Apple so great. Sure, Microsoft might make more money than Apple but Apple is cool and that captures a whole new market.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 9:07 am Comments Off on The problem with business

solid stone baths

When I was living in Bali I visited a spa that had solid stone baths… as heavy as they are cool I would have loved to have brought some home. If only Stone Forest had an outlet in Australia. I could have one of these:

Published in: on January 28, 2007 at 10:48 pm Comments Off on solid stone baths

Beautiful flight paths

One of the most beautiful things I’ve seen on the net is the plots of planes over the period of a day over the USA.

Visit Aaron Koblin website and view these amazing animations and wonder at how much fuel must be burned as over 17,000 planes fly to/around the USA each day.

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History of Religion

Here’s a fantastic flash based map showing the birth and spread of religion. Interesting stuff:

See more at maps of war

Published in: on December 21, 2006 at 9:18 am Comments Off on History of Religion

Insect Art

Mike Libby takes insects and adds modern day gears and wiring to create some amazing art. Check it out at Mike Libby – Insect Lab

Published in: on December 14, 2006 at 9:05 am Comments Off on Insect Art
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