Sunday, November 23, 2008

a me me

Lauren just tagged me in a [me me]

I'll keep it brief.
Here are six things about me, if you're interested:

1. I drink girly cocktails
2. I animated a 'virtual' pop band
3. I once got stranded in Reykjavik
4. It annoys me when people misuse apostrophes
5. And when professional footballers can't use both feet
6. I think too much

Let's see if any of these people do this or just tell me to bugger off. Sorry, but I call...

Wrisley, Asi, Cookie, Nicky, Knotty and Neil.

Here are the rules:
* Mention the rules on your blog.
* Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
* Tag six other
* Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they are tagged.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Jeni & Denise

This week I witnessed an impressive - and very pleasing - example of how an individual can ignite interest in something.

After an initial burst of blog and press coverage a few months ago, my personal side-project I Feel (NYC, London, Toronto) had dried up.

It dried up because although people seem to really love the idea, it's clearly not a great experience at the moment. The site itself only allows you to browse content. All editing must be done from Google Maps. I'm working on a rich version of the concept but more about that later.

I had all but shelved the concept myself, but then a blogger called Jeni found it. Interestingly she found it on Neil's blog - and Neil was the very first blogger to cover it. So we've come full circle.
Jeni's post was seen by Tina (Swiss Miss) and so the snowball started rolling again.
After going a couple of months with no activity I now have dozens more requests to get invited to the maps.

Coverage is one thing. But due to the clunky experience of the site, lots of people add few or no entries before tiring of it. I learned this the hard way with I Feel Toronto, which despite getting national press coverage in Canada a few months ago, still had no entries until this week.

Step up Denise, a landscape architect from Toronto. She's been on a one-woman mission to fill the maps and she's doing a blinding job.

Not only this, but she's been getting her friends involved. Suddenly I Feel Toronto is alive with activity.

The site's limitations won't go away and the second lull will happen. But thank you Jeni and Denise for showing what affect an individual can make to tip something over into being valuable again.

In fact, I'm so pleased, here's the first public sneak peek at the new site, which will be live... god knows. Not for a while!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

i feel - hello you

This is an unusual 'topical' post.

I just realised I'm getting a lot of traffic again for my I Feel project. If you've just come across this site from I Feel, hello! So you know, the project as it stands is a little stale at the moment. It's a fairly clunky beta version and I'm currently working on a much richer execution.

So if you like the idea, but think the execution is a bit rubbish. It is. Sort of. But I promise a better one is in development.

If you'd like to be updated when the improved version is ready, you can email me directly from the site and give me your contact details.

But do get involved. All data will be moved form this version to the new one, so no personal investment will be a waste of time. :)



P.s. Thanks to the bloggers that have reignited interest in the project.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

untidy autumn

I really liked this post about perfection taking away something from experiences.

Early this morning I passed through a part of the financial district where everything is just a little bit too perfect. To make it worse, they were hurriedly sweeping up the autumnal leaves before anyone could see them covering their unblemished walkways.

All those lovely big flakes of orange and brown - in the bin. Back to concrete, steel and glass.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

inanimate stickers

Stickers of eyes and mouths to stick on objects!!? I'm going to have a lot of fun with these.