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Well this post marks the last of my mandated #wedm class blog posts. It’s been a blast. Please check in here every now and then as i will still blog periodically about things that i love / annoy me about the interwebs. Let me leave you with a list of things i have learned during this assignment.

1. I am hopeless at blogging every week. I would love to be a paid blogger or writer but i need some serious discipline knocked into me before i can achieve that!

2. People do a lot of dumb shit on the internet. It annoys me.

3. There are a lot of untapped resources out there – in this class i have learned all about Google Reader, Tumblr, Creative Commons, and what the hell Guilds are in WOW

4. There is a lot more to procrastination than FailBlog. Thank you lovely classmates for sharing your top hits!

5. QR codes are really awesome and could be used for an infinite number of things! For those who don’t know what they are, download a QR code reader on your phone or computer. A good list is available here. Now you are ready. Run around and find a code. If you don’t know where to start, try the second last page of The Age. Using the software you have downloaded and scan the code. Voila! You have a live link open on your phone! This software is starting to get very popular in advertising campaigns and you can often spot barcodes included on bus shelter advertisements. Most recently i saw one on the temporary wall of a new development on Swanston St in Carlton. Google has also made it easy to create your own using their shortener goo.gl and adding .qr. Brilliant.

The first person to read this code and tell me where it leads wins love and affection!

And my final thought:

34 more awesome 404 error messages can be found here.

Over and out (for now)

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Review: Campaign Ruby

 

Not all ‘chick lit’ is brainless tales of shopping and boys. Despite the cover of Campaign Ruby, Jessica Rudd delivers an entertaining smart look at the warts and all of political campaigning.

 

 

 

Holding your ground in Daylesford

 

Keeping in line with other taxpayer funded ad controversies, Tourism Victoria’s Daylesford ad has come under scrutiny for being blasphemous and anti-Christian

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I have an apology to make fellow blogsters – somehow in the craziness of uni holidays and my paid employment, i missed posting two blogs as part of my #wedm class. For those of you who waited with bated breath, i apologise for leaving you hanging! As a consequence, i will now be coming at you, not once, not twice but three times this week to catch up me up on my postings before my last #wedm class on Tuesday. *sniff*

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This post i am dedicating to a problem that afflicts many of us – an urgent and persist need for an iPad. Before the iPad i didn’t even realised there was a void in my life that the iPad needed to fill. Now i know. I have i terrible case of the iWants for an iPad. I often get bouts of iWant as i am very susceptible to the power of suggestion. I have actually banned myself from travel features in magazines as it just makes me want to max out my credit card and get on the next flight out of here!

The iWant for iPad is something new for me. Normally i can justify the object of my iWant. Travel, well that’s all about life experience, learning and keeping me sane. A new pair of shoes, do i really need to explain the functionality of shoes? duh! A book/DVD, existentialism or learning. Desert, well i’m still hungry! But the iPad fits into its own special category. iWant it because i do.

My little brother is somewhat of a technobuff. He was dismissive of my iWant for an iPad. “You do realise they can do practically nothing. At least wait til they bring out iPad 2 with a camera or something useful built-in. Your shitty four-year old Macbook is better than a Gen 1 iPad “. My response? But it’s pretty.

I am clearly not the only one with a bad case of iWant an iPad. Although overall projected sales of iPads are down slightly on initial estimates, a whopping 250,000 Aussies have already snapped one up, according to The Australian’s IT section

Source: smh.com.au

So a quarter of a million Aussies already have one? So there must be something about an iPad aside from its design? Right?

Well, Apple’s latest offering for the Mac Book Air is apparently based on the iPad’s design. According to Apple Chief Jobs, the new Mac Book Air runs  on “flash storage like the iPad rather than hard drives like conventional computers, it can power up instantly and store data twice as fast”. It’s also incredibly light and damn sexy if i do say so myself!

For people who are like me and have an irrational iWant for an iPad, perhaps you should check out PC World’s Guide to 6 Reasons Why You Want and iPad and 6 Reasons You Don’t. And me? after researching the new Mac Book Air, i think i have just added a second iWant to my list! ooops.

And for those who do not have iWant, here’s a video for you!

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I don’t do computer games. They bore the socks off me. Instead of sitting for hours going cross-eyed whilst wielding a joystick, i waste my time on the internet. I am a master of the procrastination surf. In a hat tip to fellow #wedm blogger Savvy Affirmations’ post on StumbleUpon last week, i thought i would round-up a few of my favourite time-wasting sites for your procrastination pleasure.

Source: failblog.org

My number 1 website for instant guilty pleasure is of course FailBlog.org. I have whiled away hours on this site and even contributed one or two of my own. For those not in the know, Fail Blog publishes user images and videos of ‘Fail’ situations. With the tagline “Helping you feel better about yourself every day“, Fail Blog never ceases to amuse and always picks up my mood. It’s only been around since 2008, but it won two Webby awards in 2009 (People’s Voice humour and People’s Voice Weird). It was sold to I Can Has Cheezburger and now boast easy links to the entire Cheezburger network, 47 different websites including lolcats, Failbook and Engrish Funny. There’s a whole day’s worth of procrastination just there!

Source: gofugyourself.celebuzz.com

Next up is the Fug Girls. Go Fug Yourself is the blog by Heather and Jessica, who use the blog to bag the crap out of badly dressed celebrities. For those unaware of the lingo, see the blog’s definition of “Fugly“. For the record, i much prefer the filthy version! The beauty of this blog is the bitchy acerbic comments. This recent post about Michelle Tratchenberg is a classic example:

“M.Tracht’s posture and the fact that the gown seems to be slipping down her torso makes the whole thing look like a tent. And if you can set up camp in it, you should never wear it. Unless it is a fur turban the size of a Jacuzzi. Then you should find a way.”

In the same ilk as the FailBlog Cheezburger sites is FML. Based on another example of internet slang, FML features short sentences sent in by readers outlining something shit that has happened to them. Some are hilarious, some just plain stupid. Readers than rate each others FMLs as either “I agree, your life sucks” or “you totally deserved it”, with a tally of how many people agree.

 

Another classic blog,  shared by parent friend of mine on Facebook, is Shit My Kids Ruined. This blog is a place where frustrated parents can relieve their frustrations at having their lives ruined by snotty nosed kids! I often visit this blog when i question my life choices as my mates settle down!

Source: shitmykidsruined.com

 

Finally, if you haven’t wasted enough time already, you can always hit up the US Apple website and watch movie trailers. Hours of entertainment! Just don’t blame me when your assignments are late!

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It seems like an obvious thing but if you’re going to do something stupid, don’t use the most easily transferred and recorded medium to do it. It amazes me the stupid things people post online in ignorance of the power of the instant functions of copy, paste and forward! Following on from my recent post about politicians being ignorant to the power of Web 2.0, i thought i would take a look at a few examples that have popped up in the last week.

Facebook has been in the news this week for its lack of action over an alleged porn ring operating on its site. It has come under fire for shutting down the offending pages but not contacting the police. Whilst this issue goes to the heart of Facebook privacy issues ie. should it be Facebook’s responsibility to police its users and report any potential criminal activity, to me this case is a typical example of stupid behaviour on the web. Whilst sites like Facebook seem like an easy way to quickly and easy share illegal photos and videos, did the 11 arrested really think they would get away with using a website known for changing privacy settings and making you opt out, rather than opt in to increased public exposure?

Source: abc.net.au

A second case of stupidity this week has been the sackings of senior Victorian police who were caught sending emails “containing highly offensive material including sexual, violent, homophobic and racist content”. Up to 25 officers have been identified as having sent material, with 4 already sacked. It is disturbing that those who are meant to serve and protect the community have felt the desire to send such material, but again, how stupid can you get, sending things using your work email? The naivety is astounding.

Some cases of email, Twitter or Facebook fail aren’t intentional cases of willingly abusing the internet for criminal matters, some are just plain embarrassing mistakes made by the flick of a finger and sending something to wrong recipient or from the wrong account.

Source: ayoungertheatre.com

The National Theatre in the UK was a victim of such a discrepancy this week. An employee of the theatre company was clearly unaware that they were logged into the work account and not a personal Twitter account when they tweeted: “Well, Steve Norris is clearly a giant cunt“. According to A Younger Theatre blog, the offending tweet was removed 50 minutes and an apology issued to the company’s followers stating:

“Sincere apologies. The NT believes its account has been hacked. Earlier tweet in response to Standard article did not come from the NT.”

Whilst i think that is perhaps a clever way to deflect any potential fallout away from the company, to me the whole thing reads like a small mistake by not logging out of the work Twitter account before firing off an angry Tweet.  Synonyms for Churlish, a theatre student’s blog agrees, posting an open letter to the National Theatre, thanking them for the “passionate tweet about relevant issues”.

The final example i’ll leave you this week is not about stupidity when using the internet but a warning about modern technology. If you’re going to do something silly like put a neighbour’s cat in a wheely bin, make sure you’re not caught on CCTV when doing so.

Not only will you get caught by cat lovers distributing the video online to identify you, but you’ll be parodied forever on YouTube.

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As it is a Sunday i should be posting my weekly musing on digital media, however in light of last night’s depressing election result, i find myself unable to concentrate on anything serious. Instead i am following up on last week’s post by sharing some election YouTube hits. I promise i’ll be back on form next week. Maybe.

A few months ago these parody videos were doing the rounds. Users have made Hitler angry at the iPad, the vuvuzelas during the World Cup and even the new Star Trek Movie. Already someone has jumped on the bandwagon and made one for the election.

This video has been popular on my Facebook feed this week. According to The Age, this spoof of Labor’s term in power was made by a Taiwanese news service, who made the animation of Tiger Wood’s infamous car crash. If you enjoy this animation, it is worth checking out Next Media Animation’s YouTube Channel.

I am unsure whether this is a spoof or a real ad for The Australian Sex Party but either way i think it may have helped garner support for their Senate campaign. At the last count, they had attracted nearly 200,000 votes nationally, gaining them 1.99% of the vote.

Next i thought i would include an ad made by Bob Katter, one of the three independents who now hold the balance of power in the hung parliament. I’ll leave you with that thought cause it scares the hell out of me today.

But at least i should be happy it’s three independents and one Green. The ad was not actually made by The Greens but for the ABC’s Gruen Nation tv show. Sadly for some, the ABC’s charter prevented the ad from being used by the party.

And finally i will leave you with my favourite YouTube video of them all (and the one that most accurately reflects my current mood!)

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Mid-week funnies

A friend sent me a link to this website. Not quite sure what it is but i like the ads!

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