Thanks to good friend Hernán, I came across uncyclopedia today.
Now... I must admit I found myself wasting far more time than I could afford on the dang thing. Some stuff in there is plainly hilarious.
There is something in there for everyone, For instance, an article entitled "Evil Galactic Umpire" states:
The Evil Galactic Umpire exists primarily to destroy the Rebellion of Baseball at the A, AA, AAA, and Majorly Overpaid level. Although singular in name, the Evil Galactic Umpire encompasses a vast network of Umperial Commanders which are collectively referred to as the Evil Galactic Umpire, collectively.
The entry on baseball is even better, but not quotable except for the main definition: "Baseball is just like cricket for people who can't be bothered to spend 5 days playing." I'm sure geek-slash-baseball-aficionados such as Churbuck and Jim will enjoy those.
There is, quite evidently, a very wide british influence on the wiki, which brings its type of assorted and twisted humour get straigh to me. I'm sorry, but Americans have become too politically correct.
Of course you can also learn all about British Humour (with an u) at the uncyclopedia:
One popular British comedy technique: starting off a sentence normally and then ending it with something completely unrelated. For example:
- "You must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with... a herring!"
- "We will burden the colonists by levying a tax on... a herring!"
- "How ironic is it that we are aiding the United States in a war in which one of the goals is to bring democracy to Iraq while our country's government is still a monarchy... a herring!"
But possibly the best part of it all are the quotes:
“I said give up your sins, not your brains, can't you read?”
~ God on Christian Fundamentalists
But I must admit I'm intrigued by Windows 7. I want a pre-beta. Badly. Really. I think it is the first time that happens to me since Windows for Workgoups 3.11.
So my Gift to good old Bill Gates is a vote of trust. Trust that Windows 7 won't require IBM's Roadrunner to run smoothly.
Watching the markets lately has been a bizarre experience. I'm not an expert in economy by any means, but until recently I could understand and even forecast the market's general direction.
Right now I can't. I don't understand why it goes up or down. I don't get the roller coaster.
The only pseudo-logical explanation I can come up with is: hysteria. Those in decision making / buying and selling / trading understand as much as I do and go about buying and selling compulsively.
If anyone has any smarter explanations, feel free to put me out of my ignorance on the comments.
After reading this article on CrunchGear and particularly after gazing this inevitably quoted paragraph:
Still, it seems that MS has changed up the strategy for putting things together, emphasizing smaller teams with less higher-up input. Teams called “Triads” — one developer, one tester, and one program manager — chisel away at problems and work independently. The poster says this leads to a more integrated approach to creating a feature, and more transparency in management means decisions can be made in good time with enough visibility for the teams to accommodate them.
The old Cathedral model might be gone. And it might of took Vista for some companies to realize that Open Source and transparent development cycles are not a dreaded enemy but rather smart ways to tackle complex projects.
Please don't see this post as a "Windoze sucks, linux rulz" kind of thing. I'm keen to Linux, true enough, but I make this point as a mere observation of what could put Microsoft back into track.
My Wishlist for Windows 7:
- Don't make it a process hog.
(end of list)
Its about 9PM and only now I've been able to go online. I decided not to take the PC to WeMedia and write down with pen and paper (so analog!) and pay more attention to the keynotes. I'm not doing it ever again. I felt naked without my reliable T60p in my lap.
Day 2 annotations (Evereything but John Bell's presentation, too tired to finish it today). My conclusions will have to wait for a couple of days I'm afraid.
The first track was entitled "Communicating with the new generations"
Carlos Perez, President BBDO.
"It is the how that changes, the what remains the same". Carlos started by showing a Video from 1976's Olympic Games featuring Nadia Comanechi's Perfect 10, freezing the image on the display that showed a 1.00 score because it was not prepared to show a perfect 10 performance.
He sees the generational clash as massive as the difference between Columbus and the Native Americans when he first reached the continent. (Personally I don't think it is that wide, or even think there is a generational clash, but rather some personality differences)
"New generations multitask by nature"
Marketing for the new generations intertwines things that usually would not be otherwise connected, this marks a new tendency.This can lead to Brandjacking, although people do not consciously hijack brands, they just relate to the message. Unidirectional marketing is gone for good. (Amen!).
"When everything changes one should ask: 'what has remained the same'".
Guillermo Oliveto, CEO, CCR.
Time's "Man of the year" cover for 1997 featuring "you" is an example of what WeMedia is.
"We can do amazing things with technology, but there's always a side B to things".Destructive vs. Constructive technology, quotes Humberto Eco.
"We need to humanize technology". "We're going back to basis": giving new meaning to the future based on giving value to things from the past. Underlines the tendency that brands have on putting emphasis on their heritage.
iPhone is an example of the fascination on the how. There's a lack of truth, we're shaken when we're told the truth.
Second part of 1st track. Several youngsters share their views.
Since there was not a very clear line of thought, bulleted list is in order.
- TV is not their favorite type of media
- Internet is their main means of communication
- "Social Networks are all alike"
- "I don't understand facebook"
- MSN is respectful enough to call people contacts and not friends. (Killer phrase if you ask me)
- Cumbio: "Besides an individual am a product of the internet".
Second track: Online Communities
"Social Networs are the natural evolution of media".
"Users switch from simpler Social Networks to more complex ones".
"Microsites don't make sense"
"We need to find new ways to advertise"
Victor Kong, MySpace.
In Victor's view Social Networks:
- are based on fundamental changes on relationships
- "Enrich real life interactions"
- Have very high penetration and usage rates. (doh!)
- People like to connect with brands. ("They talk to McD's as if it were a person"
Florencia Pettigrew, Linkedin.
Linkedin has diversified its revenue stream. Linkedin groups came as an answer, they allow people to "do stuff". Politicians (Obama) and Media create groups. Linkedin has content agreements with several news sites (CNBC, New York Times).