Friday, March 31, 2006

The Hoff

Missed this while I was out there. Gutted!! Posted by Picasa

Monday, March 27, 2006


Just got back from this event. Andy C still just destroys everone else.

Am now sitting in our living room looking at the view over our balcony watching the sunrise while supping champagne. Best holiday ever!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Mansion club in Miami

Went to some fancy club in South Beach, and not for a dnb event.

There was a rumour that this club was owned and run by p diddy. Although we were later told that this wasn't true, it sounded good.

It was full of beautiful people and absolutely heaving.

The theme of the place was very much in keeping with the name, there were suits of armour, chandeliers and loads of other fancy pants little touches. Very very classy venue. Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 24, 2006

Funny Little Story

Hello from Miami.

Having an awesome time out here at hte moment, running around and having fun. Looking at all the beautiful people and generally enjoying myself.

Met up with John B today, a very well known dnb and electro artist, which was quite fun. I'm not just name-dropping though. Amusingly, this guy (the sign says "I've been stalking John B on Myspace") randomly turned up.

He's been posting pictures of his haircut on recently, and also posted pictures of his bedroom where he's put up a huge sign saying "I LOVE JOHN B." Anyway, very funny conversation ensued.

To John B's credit, he was very polite and pleasant to his stalker, I think I would have run away immediately... He did manage to not give the man his mobile number though!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

VIew from our Apartment

This is the view from our balcony on our apartment.

SOOO much better than a hotel - we've got a little kitchen, separate bedrooms, two widescreen tvs, one of those fridges which make ice for you...

All coupled with a forty second walk to the beach!! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Things Falling from the Sky

This isn't a doctored photo in any way. There's a strange house near Oxford with a Shark sticking out the top of it.

Even more weirdly, the top hasn't been sealed properly, so there's a hole in the roof. THe shark itself is going into a very derelict house...

Strange idea for a decoration. Posted by Picasa

Revolution Awards

Went to the Revolution awards as a guest of Yahoo. Really fun evening. It was good to get to know some people at other agencies on the table, together with running into nearly all the people within the industry around the bar after the food.

The host was Al Murray, who did a surprisingly good job. If I was the paying for the tables at the front though, he was quite harsh towards the guests at that end.

Managed to stick around till about four or five in the morning, which is always the sign of a good party. When I first started going to these, I got too drunk and had to go home early before embarassing myself. Maybe I am starting to learn how to pace myself!

Didn't win any awards and didn't notice my agency win any significant awards, but I might have missed some. It began difficult to pay attention after a couple of minutes into the proper bit of the award ceremony. I wonder if guests at the oscars particularly pay attention after the first couple of awards. Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 17, 2006

Metro Fest

Sometimes I need reminding why I do my job. The pay isn't that great, and there are long hours. However, every now and then I get to go to a GREAT party.

Last night I got to go to the 'Metro Fest' which was an annual party thrown by the newspaper, for their clients.

I was very impressed - they'd decked out SEOne in the style of a festival, with little tents to go inside and sit in together with food halls which were serving festival style food. This included some of the best sausage and mash I've tried for ages. They had Pete Tong and the Cuban brothers playing, and everything was awesome!!

Free drink and free food always helps to make a party great!

Did notice, however, that they invited very few new media people. I think there were only three from my company - literally everyone else was from the offline industry. No representation from the online departments of any of the full service agencies. Pretty narrow minded view, especially since they've only just launched a proper website, more than five years after launching the paper.

Can't teach a dog new tricks. Posted by Picasa


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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Nokia ad in Riga

Cunning idea for an advert: Make the product really big and put it in the middle of the street...
Really works quite well and it had little lights inside so it lit up during the night. Would be difficult to make lots of these. Posted by Picasa

Spot Runner

Spot Runner - Welcome to Spot Runner

Awesome idea - bringing Easyjet's business model to TV buying. These guys will probably make lots of money.
Should be good to open up TV ads to smaller businesses, however it will probably mean that there will be huge numbers of really bad adverts.
We already see too many direct response adverts (e.g. for insurance or loans) on television. Intrusive advertising needs to be engaging in order to make sure people continue to accept the idea of watching ads in exchange for free television.
This development will keep the tv ad market alive, but will ultimately hasten the demise of television's current business model. It'll be bad for the advertising industry as a whole - as the cost of a television spot declines, the amount invested in the creative product will also decline.

Riga Trip

Went to Riga for the first time. Really nice city - cheap beer and very friendly. Didn't see too much culture cause I stayed in bars the whole time. That made it more fun to be honest.

Still a quite immature tourist industry means there are many people trying to extort cash rather than taking a more long term approach to the visitors. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology | Give us back our crown jewels

Guardian Unlimited Technology Technology Give us back our crown jewels

Many good points - I was having this discussion with someone the other day, why aren't OS maps free?

Though doubt there's many good political points to be scored by allowing this. Probably end up with the Lib dems moaning about it and nothing happening

Spore Gameplay Video - Google Video

Spore Gameplay Video - Google Video

Wow. I want this