ad:tech Sydney March 2008

I’m on a panel discussion at ad:tech sydney (Wednesday, March 12, 4:20pm – 5:10pm ) … and it should be fun.

The topic is Merging Online and Offline Initiatives: Integrating a Brand Online

MODERATOR: Michael Gethen, CEO, Independent Digital Media

PANEL: Cameron Holland, Global eCommerce Manager, Lonely Planet
Gavin Gorazdowski, Managing Director, Newgency
Kate Carruthers, Partner, Consensus Advantage

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New Trend Blend for 2008

Ross Dawson has just posted his Trend Blend 2008:

Trends mentioned in the map include:

  • Simplicity
  • Reality mining
  • 3-D printers
  • Virtual protest
  • Female chauvinism
  • Geospatial web
  • Celebrity worship
  • Karma capitalism
  • Networked risk
  • Data visualisation
  • Same sex couples (with kids)
  • Constant partial attention

Ross suggests checking out Richard Watson’s new book Future Files: A History of the Next 50 Years for more detail on these.

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Social Shopping – growing segment

The number of social shopping sites is increasing (here is some listed by Mashable) .

These type of sites are starting to build up momentum and they are building on social networking and the predilection of people to research online before they buy. It will be interesting to see how far they go in changing shopper behaviour.


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Another F3 crash causes traffic chaos in Sydney

A large truck crashed into the wall on the F3 early this morning and closed the southbound carriageway leading to the usual traffic chaos for commuters north of Berowra.

Here are some images of the traffic on the Old Pacific Highway – this road is usually empty -traffic has been almost at a standstill like this since 7 a.m. this morning. Since the temperature is over 25 degrees C cars are overheating or running out of fuel.

The sad thing is that even if people manage to get through the mess it will be just as bad coming home.

It is about time that the north of Sydney had a better solution than diverting all traffic onto the Old Pacific Highway every time there is an accident.

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Debunking Ideas about Nonverbal Behaviour

Aggregation of research that debunks some of our ideas about non-verbal behaviour, for example “The idea the vast majority of communication occurs nonverbally is quoted everywhere from advertising to popular psychology articles. In fact the original experiments from which these findings derive have been seriously questioned.”

Definitely worth checking out …

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User Interface Design Patterns

User Interface Design Patterns is a really helpful site. In the software world we’ve used software design patterns as good practice in coding but the idea is not so prevalent in the UI design space. Which is funny when you think about the use patterns for websites.

There are other sites that collect patterns but this site is nicely organised and easy to use. They seem to be trying to create a ‘coherent’ UI design library and to provide code examples to make implementing these patterns more easy.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about anarchism but were afraid to ask

Anarchism is one of those words we use without really thinking about it’s real meaning. Usually it is used as shorthand for disorder, no order or chaos. But there is a long history behind this political philosophy, and it was a significant driver of radical political activity in the western world during the 19th and 20th centuries. I came across a good overview of anarchism recently.

As introduced on the site: “Everything you ever wanted to know about anarchism but were afraid to ask. This classic statement of anarchism was written by a diverse group of anarchists in Cardiff around 1980 and it remains a testimony to the timeless relevance of anarchist ideas. It has been widely reproduced on the Web but usually in a version full of typographic errors. As one of the collective authors I am pleased to bring it back home to Wales. It is reproduced here exactly as it was written. Anarchists have no need to edit their history! Terry Phillips

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Dear Slashdotter, where have you been?

For all who have missed the significant developments in the LOLcode meme here is an update from Adam Lindsay (the inventor of this important concept):

Dear Slashdotter, where have you been?
“It looks like LOLCODE got some second-hand attention from a Perl6 story on the front page. It looks like some geeks out there had not heard of LOLCODE out there yet, so here’s a really quick review for those of you just joining us:

LOLCODE originated on creator Adam Lindsay’s blog in late May, 2007. The meme quickly spread throughout the ‘net by the time we hit June.

After some chaotic first steps, the LOLCODE specification reached some consensus on basic functionality via collaboration on the forum. The forum could use some new energy to help finalize specification 1.3, but please be respectful of the consensus that has come before.

There are numerous implementations already around. The Perl6/Parrot integration is the latest and (in some ways) most impressive, but there’s been some serious implementation work everywhere from Erlang to deep Java/Eclipse IDE integration to the .NET Dynamic Language Runtime.

Hey, if you’re interested, we sell t-shirts, mugs and other CafePress stuff at (I have a kid to feed, okay?)”

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User generated content & the mainstream

Even the mainstream (i.e. banks) are starting to understand the power of UGC (user generated content) – here is the quote of the week:

“I believe that notions like user centred development, like user-created content and social networking are all very powerful trends and that it would be crazy not to understand it and determine how to exploit them.”

– Michael Harte CIO, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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