an open brief to Nokrosoft developers

“find that next big thing that blows away Apple, Android, and everything we’re doing with Microsoft right now and makes it irrelevant—all of it. So go for it, without having to worry about saving Nokia’s rear end in the next 12 months. I’ve taken off the handcuffs.”
– Stephen Elop to developers

Pretty good article in BusinessWeek about the Elop goes to Nokia business. How’s the above for an open brief… Still don’t know what to think about the Microsoft/Nokia future though.

nifty thinking from Evernote

I find the intersection of offline and online things really interesting. I’ve been collecting some interesting links which you can find on my pinboard (which I switched to when talks of Delicious would be discontinued, and now I can’t be arsed to move back and frankly I like Pinboard.in). Whether or not we are post-digital per definition I find irrelevant. But the many things happening as we mix it all up is great. We’re becoming less digital-hyped and coming more to terms with an increasingly large chunk of digital aspects and touch points in our lives.

Here’s a really nifty idea by Evernote. I’m sure everyone knows about them, but if not, you simply need to have a look.

advertising ideas seem hard to break free from

Two creatives moved on to become creative directors at another agency here in London. I liked them a lot, not just for interesting lunch companionship and constant laughter, but because they had a very firm opinion. Thankfully they’re wrong. Otherwise I wouldn’t write this post and get to share a great case movie. Actually I would because it’s brilliant.

How the f**k can f**king Twelpforce win a f***ing Titanium Lion?!?!
He takes another sip from his beer. A Doom Bar I believe.
It’s fucking ridiculous, it’s not an idea!

Following this was a long discussion about creativity. A discussion that sometimes sounded as if creativity was exclusive to the advertising business.

It’s not an idea!!

Wrong. It’s not an ad idea. And let me just say, I’m not sure I agree Twelpforce was worthy of a Titanium Lion either, but it did deserve to win. But that’s not really the point. The point is the danger of being so hung up on ad ideas. Still. Today. With all the new possibilities of solving challenges and client briefs. Anyways.

About great ideas (period); here’s one from Miami Ad School for UNICEF.

UNICEF – Donate a word from Katharina Schmitt on Vimeo.

Bloody brilliant.

the side effects of new technology

modern day knitting

When trying to make sense of new technology and use it the right way for all different purposes, it’s important to look deeper than the visible technology and go for the behavior underneath. Technologies change fairly quickly, but the needs, and however those are met, behaviors, stay. We update our means to our ends.

At the same time, new technologies have brought about new behaviors as well. It didn’t bring about socializing, but it did bring about the swiping of the thumb and tapping of the index finger to socialize. And knitting has been around for a long time, but not knitting with headphones. That’s big in the 21st century.

indexing my life and augmenting my memory – scary thought

-Android App Indexes Your Life & Augments Your Memory

That’s a headline in a Mashable post this morning. I think it sounds interesting and have a read. But I can’t help but think about how this would sound to someone not having gone through the evolution we’ve seen over the last 10 or so years. It would scare the shit out of someone in 1980. Not only a couple of seldom used words, but they will also mess with not only my life but my memory!

“We are helping people remember their lives,” Dexetra co-founder Binil Antony explains.

I wonder though. Isn’t living life three things really? Doing it now, remembering past-living and thinking a bit about possible future living? That’s how I see it. If you plan too much ahead or keep thinking about how good it was before, someone will tell you you have to live now, here and now or live in the moment. So an app that helps me remember life, you could argue, is taking away a part of life. Or actually, perhaps it is just augmenting it.

words on turning ideas into action

The 99% Experience: Insights On Putting Your Ideas Into Action from 99% on Vimeo.

I think we’re quite a few who have experienced a variation of blockages, often invisible, that occur when trying to move an idea of some sort into action. Or even getting a seed of an idea to more of a full fledged idea. Procrastination kicks in. A coffee sounds perfect even though it was 30 minutes ago since the last cup. The situations are many and the reasons for the blockage as well.

I think there’s a few good suggestions in this clip from the 99 percent. Setting the egg timer is a good one I think. Really low-tech but effective in its simplicity. And I really do think there are devices that help us to be productive with, as well as within, technology.

I like what one guy says, as he likes the idea of micro failure but not macro failure. Perhaps something that can help you with just doing it and rather micro fail fairly quickly.

Don’t worry – this site has gotten a facelift

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This place is getting a facelift for the future. If you’re dropping by around May 2011 when this is happening, the reason it looks the way it looks is that I’m hooking up the wires, polishing stuff, looking under the hood, filling it up. You get it. And perhaps it hasn’t filled up with blog posts yet but It’ll get there. Give it a few days, and I think we’ll be up and blogging here. And why not put it in your RSS reader and you’ll be alerted when it’s alive and kicking.

nerd pride at Manchester’s FutureEverything festival

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A lot of internet loving and opinions about where it is and where it’s headed at the FutureEverything festival in Manchester. The best presentation I heard was that of Bill Thompson, technology writer for BBC, titled And To Those Left Behind. He said that getting him (if anyone could force him, as not even a vacation can) offline is like “cutting off parts of my mind…”, arguing that with him, it’s a steady and constant stream of consciousness that affected when coming in contact with twitter, Facebook, blogs etc. I can agree with that, but in my opinion, there’s probably a needed presentation titled “To Those Trapped Within”. How many times have you worked with, or seen, people completely controlled by their gadgets?