service_frustrations - i recently organised an appointment in branch to set up a new account and got given a contact in case i couldn't make it. when my train was delayed and i tried to call ahead and postpone my appointment i quickly realised my branch contact wasn't reachable and i was at the mercy of the 0845 number #fail_1. not that you can use them easily from a mobile phone #fail_2 and an impassible automated dial in #fail_3. banks and utilities are frustratingly slow to change to more modern customer service expectations and channels.
graphics - not the easiest of first experiences i could have dreamed of for driving with sat nav but it got us to the temple we were looking for. look closely to see a beautiful road that followed the river through he mountains around nara prefecture.
digital britain - i was reading some articles yesterday about street photography versus privacy issues in the uk. in the end it seemed to be based more on speculation than i first thought but nether the less was very thought provoking [link]. how much should a photographer worry about protecting the identity of people they shoot in public spaces? well i think the example above would be too much, as long as we act ethically i don't see the problem.
i for one think the world would be a sadder place without this form of documentation and the works of some of the awesome street photographers out there. here are a few favourites: Jeff Mermelstein and in-public [uk+]
obselete - so i've been a bit obsessed about obsolescence at the moment - i'm moving countries and trying to compress my last five years in london into two suitcases. is it possible? i hope so. in fact i seem to have less than when i moved to the uk from japan! unsurprising when you think how much of my content has moved online, data, resources, music, dvd's, pictures, paper trails etc. it's only when i stumble on items like these miniDV's that i have to wonder about what physical things i need and where i should keep my archives and back ups? after all, following many recent conversations with friends and peers, what happens if online disappears or crashes? it's a scary thought...however my first concern is how do i save this data before it ends up like my mini disks!
he's some of that old footage for ir0go or anyone else interested. however looks like WMG have disabled the audio...gutted, but ironically it illustrates the earlier point perfectly [why didn't i back that up]
tactility - Fosta wrote a great post the other day about Sky branding HD Supertelly, moving away from only selling the high quality picture and concentrating on what consumers are really interested in. [check it out]. he's right on the money as HD [and 3D] have been everywhere you look lately, but they are a bit gadgety for my tastes. it got me reflecting on my own behaviour.
funnily enough i was playing all last week with old miniDV tapes i found while preparing my move and ended up experimenting with final cut pro; playing up the low resolution grainy quality, poor [but awesome] contrasts and lots of noise, and was happy with the effects. it felt much closer to my memories of vhs and other analogue formats.
i was also delighted to see tom ford's debut movie which had a fantastic granularity and texture about it. it's a nice reminder that sharpness isn't the only thing we crave and i think another successful attempt to make digital feel more tactile, warmer and real. [check that out too!]
graphics - a couple of nostalgic shots of some of the clutter that has been surrounding me over the last four and a bit years. it's fun to remember the stories and gags each of this mini distractions has behind it. what stories do the things on your desk have?
'you can research the future, honest, you can'. i wonder what my next desk is going to look like? and will i be able to have my distractions, momento's and stories on display?
identity - yesterday saw another attempt at syncronising and converging our online lives making it even simpler to stay in touch, share, 'create' and express yourself [via google buzz]. there seems to be a lot of effort to make everything 'simpler' and more manageable by bringing it all together in one place under a single provider. i can't help but feel a little turned off by this mindless convergence.
i like having multiple online personalities and a mix of push and pull material that is consumed through different channels, after all each does different things and has a different purpose and audience - let's put it this way, you don't share everything with all of your real friends, peers and family all the time do you? you gauge your audience, think about who you are talking with, adapt and tailor stories, pace, intonation and details depending on who you are sharing with. it would be great to see some of these more human touches being integrated into our thinking.
we seem to be moving from a culture where we self edit, to one where we simply count on others turning us off if they have had enough...is there anything more annoying than someone talking at you without noticing how disengaged you are with what they are saying? or on the other hand, someone that is more engrossed with the world through their digital portal than with present company?...