Category: New Media

Apple’s big wheel

Hmmm… :-)

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Last FM

William Fitzsimmons

Where have I been all these months? With my head in a hole obviously.

My colleague Zef alerted me to the joys of www.last.fm – and what a joyous day it was.

Fleet Foxes performs tomorrow night at the SFBH here in Wellington. I like their music. So, I type their name into last.fm and a plethora of sound-a-like bands and artists present themselves to me. I found The Dodos (who are playing at the SFBH on Friday) and the odd-looking singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons (pictured).

I’m officially in heaven.

This site is a perfect example of how making music available in it’s entirety can lead to sales for that artist. After hearing the ‘matches’ with the artists I currently like I’m sorely tempted, when finances allow, to purchase the real disks of these artists.

Unlike Warners, who have extracted their artists off YouTube, the artists and distributors on LastFM realise that this is a new way of establishing a following.

Thank goodness for that.

Warners withdraws videos from YouTube

Warners and YouTube failed to come to an agreement that would “appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide”and as a consequence have demanded the withdrawal of their artists from YouTube.

YouTube has always been a great way to promote artists and thereby encourage music sales. My personal experience is a case in point.

I don’t listen to commercial radio. The only music referrals I get are from friends, and from reading magazines. Last Friday a friend rang to suggest we go to see Fleet Foxes in January. I hadn’t heard of them so went straight to YouTube, watched a few tracks and then promptly bought a ticket to the concert, and then on the Saturday a copy of their CD.

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Now, that artist just made a stack of money off me just by being on YouTube. For the sake of a few cents per view Warners may have potentially cut off income from the artists they are withdrawing.

Give and you shall receive…it actually works. Warners needs to learn this lesson.

Burger King and “Whopper Virgins”

This is the worst piece of viral marketing I’ve ever seen. A colleague sent this around work and not many could finish watching it. (The YouTube version is cut down from the full length movie which can be found here: www.whoppervirgins.com)

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It is so wrong on so many levels. It illustrates all that is bad about America – spreading obesity, spreading mass culture (bad mass culture) – it’s facile, patronising, and obscene.

The effort and cost that Burger King went to to corrupt these innocent “Whopper Virgins” gross, especially in a world of financial turmoil.

And these advertising wankers think that they are doing god’s work. How can they even take themselves seriously, or even accept money for doing this.

Please, please – boycott Burger King. Write to Burger King and tell them that this is unacceptable. Their address is:

Burger King NZ Ltd
6 Antares Place
Mairangi Bay
AUCKLAND, New Zealand

Email: contactus@bknz.co.nz

Art with a heart

Yesterday Click Suite (where I work) dedicated the day, not to designing fabulous websites but, to building/making/creating art – all for a noble cause – Save the Children in Vietnam.

Emily, Rex and Stephanie (Click Suiters) are biking 400km in November through the Vietnamese countryside. As part of that experience each of them needs to raise $2,100.

So, the very creative folk at Click Suite all got together and each produced an artwork that we are individually selling on TradeMe as a fundraiser.

Here’s the link to mine: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=177407956

And here’s a sneak preview:

It takes a village to raise a child

Follow this link to see the other Click Suite creations: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/SearchResults.aspx?searchType=all&searchString=clicksuite&x=0&y=0&searchregion=100&type=Search

Please bid…it’s all for a good cause.

My painting measures 25 x 25 cm, acrylic on box canvas, with gloss varnish coating. The bidding is currently at $10, and has already reached reserve.

Antonie Dixon and MySpace

A convicted murderer, who is found guilty a second time, is revealed by TVNZ to have a page on MySpace.

Antonie Dixon, who murdered James Te Aute, and severed the hand of his girlfriend, and mutilated her friend was revealed on MySpace boasting about his notoriety, and garnering some pity for his life as a troubled youngster.

Before the site is pulled here are a few features of the page found at http://www.myspace.com/antoniedixon [UPDATE: Dixon's MySpace site is no longer available.]

Antonie Dixon and friends

A nice picture of Antonie and his tattoos, with friends.

Antonie Dixon\'s profile

Hometown, Auckland, at least for the next 20 years.

Antonie Dixon

Keen to find new friends.

Social networking at it’s best. Antonie currently has four friends. I didn’t bother to check them out.

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