Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Chatting about the weather



This nice little app from Chrome Experiments uses twitter to illustrate realtime weather in the states. Using real chat guarantees helpful, local weather reports. And I'm willing to bet it's more accurate than the Beeb.

Same tech could be applied to lots of other things - the mood of the nation?

G20 brand stuff


I am looking out for any other brand activity around the G20. The only other thing I have seen besides our Eggapolitician game for Divine is the Schweppes campaign. It certainly stopped me in my tracks when I saw it in the papers. Not your usual drinks ad. Anyone spotted anything else?

future technology


A great little compilation of some of the ways technolgy will affect how we live including a watch that appears on our wrist and a phone that appears on our hand.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Divine Intervention : Egg a Politician


We've just launched this on behalf of Divine Chocolate. The idea is to encourage people to send an email to politicians to keep fair trade on the agenda at next week's G20. You get to throw a chocolate egg at a politician and they get to enjoy the chocolate treat. Everyone's a winner.

The sound effects were created by our very talented Simon Allen and Daniel Lipman with pretty brilliant comic effect. Guess who did which politician.

Please throw some eggs and send it on to your lovely friends who might also want to egg good old Gordon. And then buy some divine chocolate for easter.

Mmmmm, tastes good!!!

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

WWF's Earth Hour

Get your candles at the ready and flick your switches off on Saturday.

It's WWF's (no, not the World Wrestling Federation) Earth Hour.

Let's try and help tackle the climate change and save a little on electricity.

Friday, 20 March 2009

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR!


Today is the 40th anniversary of one the best loved children's books, Eric Carle's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. Google is paying tribute to the book today by redesigning their logo in the style of the book's illustrations.

George W. Bush was once asked what his favourite book was as a child, and he said how he loved 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. Suppose it makes sense, since the book was first published in 1969, a year after he graduated from Yale.

LOVE DISTANCE



Sagami Rubber Industries were having difficulty broadcasting condom ads in Japan, so they have come with ‘Blind Branded Entertainment’ where they set up a website following a real life couple that have been separated and go on a 1,000 km marathon to be reunited. Both the product and the client are revealed after they are reunited.

I love the way they separate the websites for both male and female, and statistics are revealed about ‘male opinions…and female emotions.’ For example, 72% of men tend to propose rather than being proposed, whereas only 38% of women do so. It’s lovely that both male and female websites are reunited once the couple is reunited; the viewer becomes completely involved in the couple’s movements.

Fran

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Social media shepherds



Sheep plus LEDs = one of the best ideas I've seen ever.

happiness is...


The sun is making me really happy, so I was thinking about what happiness is and the little things that make us feel elated. This is Nim's answer. What's yours?

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Desktop Dancer

Our very own Mike Pain, that is his name... that is his name! video

Sunday, 15 March 2009

More daft punk

Friday, 13 March 2009

Idaft.. great little application for daft punk fans!

Blow-dried Bunnies


I know pictures of funny animals are a bit lame but as easter is on the horizon.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

For the old times

It's so long since we've posted about Pantone. Pantone shoes!

THE BLOG OF UNECESSARY QUOTATION MARKS

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Here's one i did earlier

The Petaminx is a handmade puzzle by puzzle maker Jason Smith. It sort of resembles the Rubik’s cube.

In all there are 975 parts and 1,212 stickers. It took mere 75 hours to build and that included the molding process and the placing each of those stickers by hand.

On sale on ebay from tomorrow...

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Friday, 6 March 2009

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

UK's Top Female Social Media Guru & Speaker 2009


Drum roll for... UK's Top Female Social Media Guru & Speaker 2009 for which our very own Emily Dent, Head of Content & Community, has been nominated.

The awards are being championed by Jamie Burke over at Social Glue blog and this is the first year they've run. Voting starts on 12th March and the final round will see 5 women selected to each provide a 20min presentation. Jamie is also looking for brands to sponsor the event and prizes.

We will provide further information on how to vote once it's up and running, in the meantime we shall be persuading Emily to prepare a short skit, just in case.

Emily spoke at the IAB's Social Media Conference last week alongside speakers from Orange, Publicis and LG Mobile - view her presentation here.


Mosquitos are bad

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Monday, 2 March 2009

Trimble

Google's first serious rival?

Tweetminster

Tweetminster is a UK response to US digital open government describing itself as "a public service that makes it easier to connect the public with politics using Twitter. TweetMinster allows to track UK politics in real time, and to find and follow Members of Parliament (or invite them to use Twitter if they're not already doing so) and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.".

There are around 30 MPs currently on twitter (including Prescott) as well as Downing Street, Boris and Westminster. Tweetminster is aggregating all the politics chatter and putting it in one place.

My Southwalk MP's not yet signed up, so I've sent a little tweetminster assisted reminder to him. We'll see how far that gets.