Things to make you think…

Last night we rented The Bucket List out on DVD and after watching it made me think how easily we take things for granted. Living our life day after day, stuck in a rut, without much thought for tomorrow, other than whether or not you’ll be able to finish the work you didn’t finish this afternoon or whether or not the bills will be paid this month.

 

It made me think, maybe a list like that isn’t such a bad idea. Yeah, we all know about the 1000 places to see or the 10 wildest things to do (if you’re a thrill-seeker like I am) before you die, but what about your list?  What are the things that you want to do before you “kick the bucket“? I’ve got a few on my list, some I’ve done, others not yet but I think there are still more to add, I just hope I get to do them in time.

I know elsewhere in the world this has been done before, and there are countless videos and articles on the web, but this was a first for South Africa – today we witnessed, televised live, an open heart surgery. And what an eye opener it was. I’ve always been fascinated by medicine and as a high-blood pressure sufferer found that it struck a cord in the back of my mind – look after yourself, before that happens to you!

Advertising Failure – 101

How to fail at making an advertising campaign work, using the latest of technologies:

  1. Pay a creative agency lots of $$$ to shoot a sequence of animals in the wild with an expensive new digital video camera.
  2. Pay same agency lots of $$$ to add digital after effects and a music backing track.
  3. Get a developer (or two) to setup a website for you with more information about your product you’re advertising.And now, for the failure part…
  4. Forget to actually put content up on your website, even more than a week after the video was made live)!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peskb1KOEa0

If someone actually did their job, then this was where you were supposed to find out more about the new Samsung NV24HD.

[Not even if you use Samsung’s website search for the product, do you find any information on it.]

PicLens – Browser Plugin

With the richness of the web these days wouldn’t it be nice to search for stuff with a better looking user interface? Stop imagining and start using!

I’ve just come across PicLens by cooliris which is a browser plugin for IE, FireFox and Safari that gives you an immersive view of images, photos and videos on various websites like Google, YouTube, Amazon and more.

Searching content providers is easy

It’s a small plugin, less than 2MB in size and once loaded pick your favourite content provider, type in your search as above and get offered a wonderful fully-interactive wall of images.

Results of YouTube search for Jeff Dunham videos

Results of YouTube search for Jeff Dunham videos

If you’re an avid photographer and want to enable PicLens for your own website/blog they even show you how in their Webmaster’s Guide and PicLens Lite.

And, it’s FREE – what are you waiting for?

Picture of the day (POTD)

Catering for others 🙂

Sign of the times

Sign of the times