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My best photos of 2012

Having wound down enough to look back on 2012, it has been an amazing year in all sorts of ways.

So here are 50 of my favourite photographs I’ve taken this year. I’ve chosen my favourite shots rather than going for reportage, but it includes weddings, births, national spectacles and Brightonian pagentry…

In terms of my photography, it’s a year of two halves  – the first half is dominated by photos taken with the iPhone, edited and posted on Instagram, which was a bit of an obsession. Then in the middle of the year I got a new DSLR – a Nikon D5100 – and the best shots are mostly with that, and one or two Nokia Lumia 920 shots – the phone I got at the end of the year.

Anyway – I hope you enjoy them. Let me know what you think…

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Download your Posterous stuff

Posterous has rolled out a service that lets users download all of their content. TNW sees this as a prelude to a close. 

Since being bought, we’ve seen signs that things aren’t as usual. Posterous has undergone numerous disruptions and outages, some of which seen users given intermittent or no access over long periods. In July, the service went down for 12 hours after losing multiple databases. In October, the site’s SSL certificate expired, only to be hurriedly replaced with an apology.

Furthermore, its once thriving blog has stopped regular postings and its Twitter account only tweets about its (regular) service issues.

….We have a feeling that the timing of the introduction of the feature was down to a schedule — i.e. provide a backup before the end of 2012. It remains to be seen if that plan also includes the closure of Posterous in 2013 but, with users now able to move their data away, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the service sunsetted in the new year.

I feel sad to see Posterous going. I stopped using it following its acquisition by Twitter, when it became clear there would be no further development. 

A really clever blogging and social platform that at times – especially with the launch of Groups – I thought might offer a kind of mainstream, open-web alternative to Facebook. 

Great as Tumblr is, it doesn’t have all of Posterous’s features. WordPress is wonderful, but you can’t go far with it before you need some technical help.  

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Like Alan Patrick of Broadstuff, I’m a fan of Techmeme, the technology news aggregator that tells you at a glance what the hot tech/web industry stories are. 

In a post about its slow-but-steady growth, Alan talks about get-rich-quick start ups which go for growth at almost any cost and compares them with those – like Techmeme – that take their time: 

There is also a difference in motivation between a “build-to-run” entrepreneur and a “build-to-sell” one, I liken it to the difference between an artist who creates what is true to them, vs one who creates what will sell, now. Big studios love commercial art, but there is another whole market for “indie” art, which is often highly influential over time, and it doesn’t always require starving in a garret. 

It’s not necessarily about the integrity of the business, or the users, or a “get rich slow” mentality. Techmem’s founder, Gabe Rivera, quoted on Bloomberg says: 

I don’t want to deal with the obligations attached to raising money, and I still want to be able to take a nap after lunch.

Now that’s a man who has his priorities in order… 

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First impressions of the Nokia Lumia 920

Lumia copying

Last week I got a brand new Nokia Lumia 920 and I thought I would share the experience so far here.

For the sake of context and transparency and context, my company, Brilliant Noise, is working with Nokia on marketing around the Lumia and business. That said, this is my personal blog and these are my own impressions.

This is not, then, a completely unbiased review (there’s some links to some more impartial reviews at the end of this post). That said, if I really didn’t like it what I would do is stay quiet – as I want to share my experiences, it’s fair to say I am pretty positive.

These devices called smartphones are now so much a part of how we live that a review of the hardware alone (there’s a very good one on The Verge) just aren’t enough to understand what they are like. You need to live with the devices.

Working with Nokia on some projects connected to the Lumia, I definitely needed to not just play with a device, but commit to using it all of the time. For everything. 

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Brighton’s two Dukes: my two favourite cinemas


Image: The new Duke’s at Komedia‘s legs sculpture

This is a blog post about the newest cinema in Brighton, Dukes at Komedia, which opens this Friday (after a launch party tomorrow).

It’s a personal post, even though my company is working with the company that owns the cinema, Picturehouse Cinemas.

This is written because I really love the place. I’ve been a fan of the original Duke ofYork’s cinema in Brighton  since I was a student at Sussex in the early 90s (my minor was Film Studies, so I could sometimes claim my visits were part of my work).


Image: A photo mural of the old Duke’s going up in the café of Dukes at Komedia

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Think of today as a prototype


Tim Brown of IDEO suggests we apply design thinking to our lives.

Like any good design team, we can have a sense of purpose without deluding ourselves that we can predict every outcome in advance, for this is the space of creativity. We can blur the distinction between the final product and the creative process that got us there. We can learn how to take joy in the things we create. We can work within the constraints of our own natures—and still be agile, build capabilities, iterate. We can conduct experiments, make discoveries, change our perspectives.

Think of today as a prototype. What would you change?

Nice thought. Within the constraints of time, money and ability – how would you like your day to work?


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Algorithm’s eye view

Crazy looking “street view” video made of satellite images, by charlie Behrens here…. 


Algorithmic Architecture from Charlie Behrens on Vimeo.

Buildings and cities are being changed by algorithms, is its jumping off point.

This short film is intended to encourage a creative audience to seek out Kevin Slavin’s talk Those Algorithms Which Govern Our Lives. It employs an effect which takes place in Google Earth when its 3D street photography and 2D satellite imagery don’t register correctly. This glitch is applied as a metaphor for the way that our 21st century supercities are physically changing to suit the needs of computer algorithms rather than human employees.

The Kevin Slavin talk is here. 

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B2B social media marketing and the niche of one

Peter Thompson is working in a really interesting book about B2B social media marketing. He’s posted the outline on his blog.

In what he describes as the “most controversial” chapter he proposes a “niche of one” model for social media campaigns to influence a single business decision maker:

creating a dossier of their online habits, to writing blog posts optimised to their personal interests and even creating targeted advertising addressed to just one person. For most companies this would be wastefully over focussed, but for B2B enterprise sales where a single sale can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, then the time taken to gently influence one person online is time well spent. This is a delicate art and the risk of spooking the prospect is so great that this chapter also covers etiquette, ethics and maintaining anonymity (when appropriate).