A Pub Run Like A Bank

Brings home the level of poor service many people accept from their banks, utility companies, service providers etc.

The Music Video Isn’t Dead

I thought the art of the music video was a dying a slow death as whenever I skip through the music channels I see formulaic videos of scantily clad women, blinged up artistes and borrowed Bentleys. But this lunchtime I’ve stumbled across two fantastic videos which suggest the stories of video’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The first is Voodoo Blood from Massive Attack which features an incredible performance from Rosamund Pike. This video is up there with UNKLE’s Rabbit In Your Headlights for disturbing subterranean visuals.

Next is Wide Open from The Chemical Brothers with Beck on vocals; one of the most engaging and clever pieces of work I’ve seen in a while – look for the Chemical’s very subtle cameo.

There is a fascinating making of video that shows how the effects were achieved and the amount of work that went into making this piece of art.

I find it interesting that both videos are from established artists who’ve been around since the heydays of the music video. It’s good to see there is still the desire to make something creative and compelling.

Jamie T – Sheila

I heard this track on the radio this morning, and was reminded of the great video featuring the wonderful Bob Hoskins.

Welcome to Cornwall

cornwall roadsign

Obviously Photoshopped but also so very true. Cornwall is one of my favourite places and to me the almost complete lack of phone and data coverage is a feature not an issue.

Visual Voicemail on EE

visual voicemail on ee

I’d always assumed that visual voicemail was an Apple invention, I hadn’t come across it before the launch of the iPhone and it seemed a classically Apple solution to a terrible experience, however Wikipedia suggests it predated the iPhone by some years. But I digress, can you digress in the first paragraph? Anyway, we continue…

When the iPhone launched in the UK it was exclusive to the O2 network, and my iPhone had been on O2 since the iPhone hit these shores in 2007. Unfortunately O2’s network has been overtaken by its competitors as the UK moves to 4G coverage and so last year I moved to EE.

Whilst I love EE’s coverage and speed I really missed visual voicemail, and tweeted to that end last week. I got a reply from O2 saying they missed me, um gee thanks, and from EE with a link to an article with instructions for enabling visual voicemail on your iPhone.

Why on earth this isn’t standard I cannot fathom, but all it takes to switch it on is texting ‘iPhone visual’ to 150 and et voila visual voicemail. Perfect.

Visual voicemail also works really nicely with my Apple Watch, so now I can listen to and manage my messages from the comfort of my wrist.

Only People Were Ever Meaningful

The central mistake of recent digital culture is to chop up a network of individuals so finely that you end up with a mush. You then start to care about the abstraction of the network more than the real people who are networked, even though the network by itself is meaningless. Only the people were ever meaningful.

I’m reading You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier, this passage really resonated with me.