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Subservient Chicken

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A cool ad campaign by Burger King to promote one of their products.
Type in your command and get the chicken just the way you like it!
Subservient Chicken

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Written by deejmark

August 31, 2008 at 4:10 pm

The Business Card… Is it dead?

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Seemingly taking the lead from the world of advertising, TechCrunch reports that the end of the business card may be on the horizon.

The business card needs to die, and everyone knows it. They’re clumsy, easy to lose, and virtually useless as one of the last bits of information that we pass non-digitally (they kill trees, too). The cell phone market could easily put business cards out of their misery, but instead of conforming to a single standard for contact exchange, handset manufacturers offer proprietary solutions or none at all.

FriendBook, an iPhone application from Tapulous, looked like it might hold the answer. The app uses a physical “handshake” to swap information – users simply put their iPhones next to each other and shake them. Granted, this would only work on iPhones, but it could have paved the way for similar apps on other phones.

Written by portablekate

August 28, 2008 at 11:32 pm

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Etsy

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Check out this online retail site, which lets you search to a buy an integrated range of craft products based on the colour they are (!):

 

Written by alsays

August 28, 2008 at 7:32 am

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We Tell Stories

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Made in conjunction with Penguin UK earlier this year, We Tell Stories is a six week project in which half a dozen established authors fashion narratives which aim to take advantage of the unique properties of the internet. Said authors include noted modern lit go-to authors Toby Litt and Nicci French.

At it’s most unimaginative, the results are like those old choose-your-own-adventure stories, but there are some keepers in there:

The 21 Steps by Charles Cumming tells a story in 6 chapters by using text overlays integrated with Google Maps:

 

Nicci French’s Your Place and Mine was written live to viewers over he space of an hour every night for a week via a feed where the audience could watch the story being written (typed).

Worth a look…

Written by alsays

August 28, 2008 at 7:25 am

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Trendpedia

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Trendpedia presents comparative trends and tracking across time of the rate of blogging and mentions that you (and your competitors) are getting online. A nice, easy to use little tool for charting buzz in the blogosphere…

Written by alsays

August 28, 2008 at 6:41 am

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Oh My God I Can Play The Guitar…

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Playing guitar brings you closer to God.

Playing guitar brings you closer to God.

Christians are never too far behind the eight ball. Introducing Guitar Praise, the Cristian answer to Guitar Hero. You get to play along to all of your favourite Christian rock bands as opposed to all of those heathen rock bands out there. Jesus rocks!

Written by portableandrew

August 27, 2008 at 11:06 pm

Judge restricts online reporting of case

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Judge restricts online reporting of case

Judge David Harvey.

Judge David Harvey.

A judge has today taken the unprecedented step of banning news websites from naming two men charged with murder while allowing newspapers, radio stations and TV networks to reveal who they are.

Judge David Harvey said online media could not use the names, or publish images of the accused, to prevent the public searching for the information when the case comes to trial.

He said he was “concerned about someone Googling someone’s name and being able to access it later”.

He was also “concerned about the viral effect of digital publication”.

Judge Harvey ruled in Manukau District Court that it was OK to report the names and publish the images in print tomorrow or on tonight’s 6pm television news but not on news websites.

To find out who the men are you can buy tomorrow’s New Zealand Herald.

Lawyers for nzherald.co.nz are studying the ruling.

Written by portablekate

August 25, 2008 at 3:17 am