Rocks or what!
It’s mind blowing watching Vaughan in action. He does each cube in seconds. The whole thing took him a couple of hours.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting for Ralph magazine. The goal: make a photosynth of the Mitsubishi Evo and Toyota Hilux with the beautiful Sherydin and Rachael.
I took over 1,000 photos an they synthed beautifully.
Check them out over on the Ralph website.
Thanks heaps to Chris from ninemsn for making this happen.
The awesome guys and gals from our Xbox Australia team have bought the the Warthog from WETA Workshop over to promote the launch of Halo 3 ODST.
This is the puppy that was built for the now famous Halo Movie shorts.
It was a total privilege to ride it, then pull out my EOS 5D and synth the amazing Warthog.
As always, I videoed the experience.
Ohh, and I challenge anyone to a best job in the world competition.
And please support this photosynth by voting for it on digg – http://digg.com/xbox/AMAZING_Halo_Warthog_in_Sydney_Video_and_Photos
Also, Seamus Byrne has some great video from inside The Warthog!
Query count: 559,239
Results: Google: 41%, Bing: 31%, Yahoo: 28%
Top 10 search terms:
5% of search queries come from the OpenSearch provider.
Served up 9GB worth of data, which is pretty amazing for a mostly text site.
Received major blog coverage from the big hitters like istartedsomething, Mashable, The Next Web, Louis Gray, Reddit, John Battell and Techmeme! And some major twitter lovin. All of which have great ongoing discussion on the subject of search minus the brand. To summarise the general commentary there seem to be a few categories:
BlindSearch has been a great exercise and has really driven home that we’e only just begun with search. Thank to to all of you who keep using it and have found value in it. Please keep spreading the word.
We’re looking for a new Audience Lead at work. You will be managing many of the evangelists (including me) and marketers in DPE. This is a kick ass job, with great responsibility and frankly we want to ensure we get the right person for the gig.
The formal job description can be found here.
But Andrew Coates and I have put together a video to talk about what we expect from a lead. If this is you, pls apply for the role or contact your friendly evangelist.
Here’s your opportunity to join our team and if you’e ever hung around with us, you know this is one of the best jobs in the world!
UPDATE: I’ve published the results from the first 8 weeks of BlindSearch here.
I thought i”d be fun to see what happens when you do a search that doesn’t have branding. Are we swayed by the branding of our favourite search engines?
To figure it out, I thought I’d try my hands at building a ‘“Blind Search”. Basically, you enter a query, get back three results in random order then select the column which you believe gave you the best results.
Will be interesting to see the results.
Check it out over at http://blindsearch.fejus.com/, Have fun!
update #1: The poll has been compromised. Probably equally due to my lack of leet skills and to the malicious person gaming it.
I’ve removed the ability to see the results until I sort this out. Meanwhile you can still have fun playing with blind search. Feel free to blame the douche for ruining it for everybody. Meanwhile, I wouldn’t take this a scientific whats-e-ma-jing, it’s just a bit of observational fun.
update #2: I have introduced a basic image search
Seth Godin shares his thoughts on swearing in a professional capacity. I”s a subject that is near and dear to my heart for various reasons.
I love his final words:
The irony, as most multimillionaire authors will tell you, is that it’s art that creates the commerce, not the other way around. Hugh set out to write a book that matters, not a book that will please everyone.
For the unaware, Velociroflcoptersaurus was a term created by Greg and Heather which lead to a whopping 7,000+ Google results in just 6 weeks.
He was totally dreamy and totally awesome, but he already knows that and there’s only room for one ego on this blog
He did fire off a stat that got me all aroused.
From MSNBC Tech & Science:
Researchers found that doctors who spent at least three hours a week playing video games made about 37 percent fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery and performed the task 27 percent faster than their counterparts who did not play video games.
Love that stat! And now I feel even prouder that my 5 year old is addicted to Lego Indiana Jones.
See, I told you everything bad is good for you!
Thought I’d jot down some of the things that went down for me in the year that was 2008.
But before I do that, I thought I’d summarise , simply, this year was full of amazing people. I feel so privileged every day that I get to meet and hang out with cool, smart and inspiring people.
To everyone who had an influence in me becoming a better person this year, thank you! Most of you know who you are (you’re probably referenced in the post somewhere) and some of you are just so awesome that you have no idea of your impact.
This year was also full of travelling and speaking. I think I developed more as a public speaker this year more than any other.
Just for fun, I compiled a Wordle of all of the keywords from the feedback given at all of my talks this year.
And now the gory details of my year:
Professionally, 2009 looks like i”s going to be a big year. Things will change at work with new leadership and the sad departure of, IMHO, one of the last managers who “gets it”. We’ll find out this time next year I guess.
Thanks for being a part for 2008, and I look forward to an even more exciting 2009!