marmaduke made funny

I remember not reading marmaduke cartoons in the paper because they weren’t funny… now they are, thanks to this great website that explains marmaduke cartoons. Great stuff:

Check out more here:Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmaduke
(via boingboing)

Published in: on September 26, 2006 at 8:31 am Comments Off on marmaduke made funny

Blind Kid With Echolocation Capabilities – YourDailyMedia.com

I remember reading about this 14 year old kid who was blind and makes clicking sounds to find objects and navigate etc… turns out that his skill is AMAZING… you can see the video here: Blind Kid With Echolocation Capabilities – YourDailyMedia.com

Published in: on September 21, 2006 at 12:50 pm Comments Off on Blind Kid With Echolocation Capabilities – YourDailyMedia.com

Bobby Flynn

My wife loves her Australian Idol and it usually leaves me a bit dry because all the acts try to sound like the singers they try to emulate. Then out of the background I hear Bobby Flynn – this guy is great because he’s different.

Here’s the song that he wrote that I first heard and got him into the show:

Now I love a good cover song, especially one that has been reworked in some way that stands apart from the original. So when Bobby sang ‘When the war is over’ by Cold Chisel I was hoping there was going to be some magic there… and there was:

So simple… just a guitar that is basically doing variations on this:
+———————-+———————+
+———————-+———————+
+——-1—2—-1–+——-1—2—-1-+
+—-2—-2—-2—+—-2—-2—-2—+
+———————-+———————+
+–0——————+-0——————+
When the war is over got to start

+———————-+———————+
+———————-+———————+
+——-1—2—-1–+——-1—2—-1-+
+—-2—-2—-2—+—-2—-2—-2—+
+-0——————-+-0——————+
+———————–+———————+
again…..

Nothing complex… just different.

What I don’t understand is why these artists don’t get their music on mp3 before the show or at least have a website… because I’d by Bobby Flynn’s album right now, there’s $30 burning a hole in my pocket for this album whether he wins or loses.

Oh yes, thank God for youtube or you’d miss this stuff unless you were forced to watch Australian Idol by your wife.

Published in: on September 15, 2006 at 1:53 pm Comments Off on Bobby Flynn

Top 25 stories ignored by media

Steve Irwin’s death made world headlines, but Haliburton selling being charged with selling nuclear technology to Iran doesn’t get a mention… that’s the problem with today’s media. It’s all about entertainment.

You can read 24 other incredibly important news article that are being ignored by the media at Project Censored Media Democracy in Action
Here are some of the stories that are bing ignored:
#1 Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media

#2 Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran

#3 Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger

#4 Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US

#5 High-Tech Genocide in Congo

#6 Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy

# 7 US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq

#8 Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act

#9 The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall

#10 Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians

via(boingboing)

Published in: on September 11, 2006 at 8:51 am Comments Off on Top 25 stories ignored by media

Building TRUST instead of loyalty

I was thinking about branding and customer loyalty the other day. Hugh at gaping void pointed out that a brand wasn’t a thing it was a place… and that’s a pretty cool concept. But when it comes to business all we really want to do is get our customers to TRUST us… you don’t get loyalty without trust.

Kryptonite bike locks were a great example of a brand that had loyal customers buying their locks to keep their bikes safe. But when a video surfaced on the internet showing how to crack a kryptonite lock with a pen lid, people no longer trusted the kryptonite brand.

All that loyalty disappeared with a single video… you see, people TRUSTED kryptonite to keep their bikes safe.

People trust apple to make cool music players and laptops but when apple breaks that trust by DRMing music downloaded form its music store or their laptops overheat etc… then people lose their trust in Apple and start looking at someone else to trust.

You get the idea. A brand is a place people head to because they can TRUST the product or service.

McDonalds isn’t the greatest restaurant in the world but you can trust that the food will taste the same and the menu will be the same at any McDonalds around the world. And that’s why people go to McDonalds.

So when you’re building your brand you have to remember that all you’re doing is building trust. Don’t kid yourself that you’re building loyalty… you build loyalty with better products or services… you can try to buy loyalty with discounts, loyalty programs etc but that makes it easy for someone else to BUY your customers away from you.

Just some thoughts that might inspire a chapter in the book one day.

Published in: on September 7, 2006 at 2:34 pm Comments Off on Building TRUST instead of loyalty

Politcally incorrect alphabet

Here’s a great way to teach kids the alphabet… a lot more interesting than ‘A is for Apple’:

Interestingly, this alphabet has been doing the rounds on the internet and has been a fantastic way for Mark Jones to raise his profile.

See the full alphabet here (prepare to be shocked): Better Together .co.uk

Published in: on September 4, 2006 at 7:52 am Comments Off on Politcally incorrect alphabet

playing Mozart with rollerblades

This guy lines up bottles filled with water and plays some Mozart by skating along and hitting the bottles with his blades… really cool:

Via:Neatorama

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