graphics - gotta love the staff sense of humour at the olympic [although i'm hearing rumours it's the work of the stav_]. it's on the top of dawes road in fulham if you want to check out old skool london cafe interiors and some seriously stodgy lunches.
subscription service - i know i've written about the changing attitudes to ownership before but...this was such a cool experience i feel i need to share. 'streetcar' rental services have been the saving of me in the last month; a few hours hire to move house, or to get some last minute booze before new year. i love how easy it is to find one in your local area, hunt it down, 'hot-wire' it and then go about your business. it's also a fantastic way to test drive new cars too!
graphics - well worth a visit; in contrast to amazons kindle and the sony reader the vintage book company are a refreshing breathe of fresh [well book smelling] air. do something different, take it back to the old skool and give someone you love, a book you love. good luck sam and charlie!
post digital - 2010! it's time to ponder another decade, and as my little brother mentioned "it's the first real decade where we can remember everything that happened". i spent the first half of the noughties living overseas, being quite isolated and i remember being sent fantastic things like this in the mail from my family to keep me in the loop. looking back it's hard to believe how much more 'limited' and expensive communicating with them was. now i can discover what they are up to in real-time, from multiple perspectives and for no cost greater than the connection i need to get online [free in my mind]. facebook provides my visuals, and skype brings them into my home; digital has connected me in a way i couldn't even imagine ten years ago but in someways it's striped some of the tactility and surprise. hopefully that will evolve this decade; it's a shame to lose Polaroids because they aren't convenient enough!
u.i. and live - i was always more of newspaper back-pages than broadcast tv viewer of football. however, recently i've completely changed the way i watch football with the bbc blurring boundaries between live text commentary, radio 5 live, entertainment, computer games, mobility and the real thing. the streaming of all these sources through different formats, interaction with the audience and ability to blend into whatever else i am doing has enabled me a much richer experience and a more personalised way to consume media. of course i still have problems streaming key highlights and goals but i guess that's what match of the day is for...and i'd hate for gary to be out of a job
communication - i wonder how many households spent part of their christmas day on skype? it's nothing new i know, and even my parents have been able to get their heads around it for a while now, but it's the first time i have been part of an 'en mass' family skype video-call marked by an occasion. it all started with a web-cam tour of the house, tidy kitchen and well stocked fridge, before sitting them down on the sofa to enjoy presents and a glass of wine. i love it when technology takes a back seat [becomes invisible] and acts as an enabler to something more pertinent. thanks skype for quietly getting on with your job without us noticing you there.
retro-chic - what can i say except what an awesome pleasure it was to go back to the vinyl. i forgot the fun of having to interact with music in such a tactile way, set everything up, read the cover notes, listen to every track on the album and enjoy the crackle on records older than me! suddenly free, on-demand and almost unlimited doesn't feel so 'perfect'. i think i have just found another expensive hobby - thank you mr stevie wonder, ozzie and the ace hotel.
[un]real-time - it's sad times when success and value is continually measured in terms of 'minutes' rather than years. knowing immediately is rated more importantly than learning from considered or thoughtfully constructed opinions. getting results now is coveted more than working to more sustainable and long term futures. we talk of never having time but all of the success stories that surround us are based squarely upon it [from football and business to people and nature...]. it's not about being the first or fastest but about understanding how to become the 'best' and most sustainable we can.
*this is not a football blog//but good luck to mr hughes