October 2008 Blog Posts (69)

Thoughts on Program Start Up

How a program starts is the first impression a user gets of an application and in this respect, I think Solundria is failing miserably. The first thing the user sees is a tiny dialog ezplaining that the sound is loading.

After this they are shown a piece of text explaining the object of the game which accepts the name they will be known as. This dialog is necessary and does have a purpose.

It is the next screen that is causing me to think again on the game's introduction. The user is… Continue

Added by Rosie Wood on October 14, 2008 at 17:00 — No Comments

Distributed artworks

I've been wondering about what an artwork made 0n a widget platform would be like. It's one of those things that is very hard to envisage, you really have to just go in and do it. But the pondering is half of it all the same:

- the widget is a container

- what it contains is scriptable, i.e. can be created on the fly

- the content can relate to external factors

- there is no need for static content

- we're not talking putting nice pictures in a widget

- widgets are… Continue

Added by Ivan Pope on October 14, 2008 at 16:33 — 1 Comment

School For Startups

Joining online communities has always seemed a bit of a waste of time for me. You submit your personal details and then get inundated with spam, offering to sell you a host of services you would not touch with a barge pole.

I received an email from Scottish Games which led to an article on the school for start ups workshop and the 38Minutes web site.

Scottish Games

The 38Minutes web site was accepting members from… Continue

Added by Rosie Wood on October 14, 2008 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

Customization for real.

Wow, am I getting carried away customizing my 38minutes page? You can do some pretty cool things, I'm rather surprised. I've even put some of my music on here, so you can listen using the nifty flash player. I've got an RSS feed linked into wiiloopmachine.com, and I've changed the header and colors and everything. woot!

I'm not too happy with the flickr widget I found, though, anyone know a better one? The Widgetbox ones look nice but don't… Continue

Added by Yann Seznec on October 14, 2008 at 11:50 — 2 Comments

Community Service;

The Edinburgh Coffee Morn has been going for about 2 and a half years, (I think.)

Last year, somebody, (me), had the bright, brilliant, inspired, 'where does he get them from'; idea of also having a Beer Evening.

Whitespace generously put the arm on Belhaven to provide a few… Continue

Added by Michael Coulter on October 14, 2008 at 10:30 — No Comments

My new job

I've just been made a non-exec director of The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. Check out their website which has some quite innovative video marketing going on...

Their Macbeth, last week, was great, Ray Bradbury is up this week with a National Theatre of Scotland production and next week it's a little known JM Barrie ghost story that promises to be pretty… Continue

Added by mark gorman on October 14, 2008 at 9:00 — No Comments

Aah, summer has arrived in Scotland

Yesterday was the first day there was enough sunlight to actually shoot our wonderful capital in all its glory.

Marvelous day.

I just did the tourist thing all afternoon...

Then came home and crunched my pictures for Mike Coulter...

And if Glasgow has a traffic cone for every statue, we have a… Continue

Added by mark gorman on October 14, 2008 at 9:00 — 6 Comments

What goes around comes around

As we fret over the credit crunch and those fat cat bankers who areat least now getting their comeuppance you might want to reflect on the fact that Punch were discussing it all, very eloquently in 1957.

Q: What are banks for?

A: To make money.

Q: For the customers?

A: For the banks.

Q: Why doesn't bank advertising mention this?

A: It would not be in good taste. But it is mentioned by implication in

references to reserves of… Continue

Added by mark gorman on October 14, 2008 at 8:50 — No Comments

Be Nice. Share Stuff.



Have just returned from the fab Future of Web Apps, where some of the creators of great online experiences share a few insights into how they did it.

For starters. Be nice and share stuff. And you'll find you have a great… Continue

Added by heidi proven on October 13, 2008 at 16:00 — No Comments

4Radio plans withdrawn

Does today's shocking news that Channel 4 have now withdrawn their radio plans, affect 4IP? I perhaps misunderstood; it the public service funding coming through 4IP not dependent on Channel 4 being multi-platform?


BBC News Story…


Added by Claire-Frances Lennon on October 13, 2008 at 14:36 — 2 Comments

Some corporations do get it...



The campaign was pre-launched on Oct. 6 on Harley-Davidson’s official YouTube channel, with a “making of” video that takes viewers behind the scenes at the Marisa Miller V-Rod Muscle photo shoot (http://www.youtube.com/harleydavidson). Motorcycle bloggers and Harley-Davidson fans and friends on Facebook and MySpace were exclusively tipped off to the… Continue

Added by Fraser Waters on October 13, 2008 at 14:28 — No Comments

Crunch leads us to sow the smallest seeds with the biggest returns...

An interesting piece from the Future of Web Apps conference, with the take that the current financial downturn is going to be good news for the start-up, the entrepreneur, the ideas person working from the kitchen table.

As the inherent trust we had for big companies and governments begins to topple, we're… Continue

Added by Ewan McIntosh on October 13, 2008 at 7:50 — 1 Comment

How we say 'no' (and the occasional 'yes')

Within the next fortnight we'll open up an online commissioning system for 4iP, and are already taking a deep breath in for the hundreds (thousands?) of ideas that promise to rethink pubic sector "broadcasting" through the web, mobile and gaming. We'll be looking for short elevator pitch material, and we'll provide plenty of cues as to how best to submit, but there's already some great advice out there for pitching your ideas.

What happened to the…


Added by Ewan McIntosh on October 13, 2008 at 7:17 — 1 Comment

The Twitter/Teasmade Chronicles: Update.

You may recall Stephen Fry in those TV commercials for Twinings Tea, earlier this year.

Now he's embracing Twitter.

So at least he'll have something to put in the Teasmade.…


Added by Michael Coulter on October 12, 2008 at 16:00 — No Comments

You know you've gone viral when...

Guy Kawasaki, VC, entrepreneur and raconteur, tweets your blog posts. He's working with Scottish startups in April: keep your eyes peeled on 38minutes for more details.

Added by Ewan McIntosh on October 10, 2008 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Creationism & The 1/9/90 rule.

I’m not an admin on 38minutes, consequently I'm flying blind with some of my comments here, so please make allowances if I come across as an arse. (And not for the first, or I suspect last time.)

But I would be interested to know the following stats:

Of all the 230 (odd!) registered members here on 38minutes, what proportion/percentage upload original content, or mainly contribute via comments/uploading existing work, or are happy to simply lurk/read only?

And… Continue

Added by Michael Coulter on October 9, 2008 at 10:19 — 2 Comments

Video introductions?

I was talking to Ewan last week.

Wondering out loud if it might be an idea for members of 38minutes to say a video hello to the other members. Augmenting the text and photo profiles we all have, with something a bit more 'dimensional'. (What a very Channel4 type expression! "Oooh, I'm feeling all 'dimensional' today love." I'll be wearing stripey Paul Smith shirts, hanging out over my arse next. Or 'iconic'… Continue

Added by Michael Coulter on October 8, 2008 at 16:00 — No Comments

Flash Kiss Mob

A Smog (Mob Snog) took shoppers by surprise in Dublin's Ilac Centre last weekend. A group of actors came together to bemuse Dublin's public with 'Kiss' – a one off flash-mob theatrical event created especially for the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival. Some onlookers joined in the action.

Anyone else keen to bounce around other ideas for projects that use social media as a tool for real world happenings? Or have any other… Continue

Added by Mairin Murray on October 8, 2008 at 14:30 — No Comments

Career advice from GapingVoid.

A brilliant RSS feed to break up my raft of morning news. Available on business cards too, what more do you need to say about yourself? :-)

Added by heidi proven on October 7, 2008 at 22:30 — No Comments

Marketing benefits of Twitter Webinar

For all those arguing over the marketing benefits and uses of Twitter this may be of interest...


Invitation to HubSpot Marketing Webinar

HubSpot Inbound Marketing

October 10, 2008

How to Use Twitter for Marketing & PR - Free Marketing Webinar

Twitter for Marketing Webinar

October 10, 2008

2-3PM EDT (GMT-4)

There's a lot of buzz around Twitter but many marketers don't know how to translate that buzz into a… Continue

Added by Tony Black on October 7, 2008 at 16:22 — No Comments

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