Playing to our strengths – thoughts on “agency” prompted by Google Firestarters #3

Thanks to Neil Perkin for curating another highly topical, highly relevant, highly provocative Firestarters event on behalf of Google. And thanks to Mel Exon, Martin Bailie and James Caig for providing said provocation by way of three alternative views on The New Operating System For Agencies. This is not a …

Google Ngram Viewer – The Beatles weren’t more popular than Jesus, but Madonna was.

Kevin Kelly’s post on the Technium blog has just taken over my Friday evening. It includes a link to the Google Ngram viewer. The what? The Google/University Consortium has digitised over 15 million books so far, and the Ngram viewer allows you to investigate the frequency of use of various …

Time lapse photography with Instalapse, Hipstacase and Gorillapod.

Actually make that time lapse photography with Instalapse, Hipstacase, Gorillapod, a large Velux window, a 30m extension cable and several volumes of the 1955 edition Chambers’s Encyclopedia. Instalapse first. Instalapse is an iPhone app that makes time lapse photography pretty darn easy actually. You set the interval between shots, set …

Where I was on 9/11.

I can remember exactly where I was as the 9/11 atrocity unfolded. I was in Edinburgh then Brussels. The Brussels trip was for a pan-European advertising pitch on 10/11. As Gerry (creative director), Giles (bag carrier) and I dashed out of the agency, an account manager came dashing in saying, …