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Catching up – Metro Trains website

Having moved across to Reactive a few weeks ago (might have spoken about that, think I did), I want to start to point to some of the excellent work that is being done by the team.

First of the bat is the Metro trains website, which went live a couple of weeks ago now.

http://www.metrotrains.com.au/

Metro are the new metropolitan rail service for Melbourne, having inherited the network from Connex.

Advisor: My husband has a virtual girlfriend

Okay so I started reading this because I loved the slightly creepy flavor that it left in my mouth…people tend to do some weird shit when confronted with things like dating sims and this was an interesting look into that world.

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/10/27/advisor-my-husband-h.html

Plus I always did like Boing Boing. But I digress.

The thing that really got me thinking was one of the comments at the end of the story;

“I have a box of dead Tamagochi from my kids I feel weird throwing them away the kids loved them so much but being kids moved on to other things and you you can bring them back to life I guess but its weird”

I loved the whole feeling of this post – in the end the kids went beyond the bounds of the virtual, got bored and moved on to something else – and yet the slightly weird feeling of harbouring the dead remains (even if you CAN bring them back to life!).

Virtualisation of both pets and relationships doesn’t change our basic frameworks for dealing with existence, and as such we still place the same mores and values around the virtual relationships (and lives) as we do around the ‘real’. So we can end up in some very strange situations (but the Tamagotchi is DEAD daddy!).

I wonder at how this is going to affect us as virtualisation becomes more entrenched in many aspects of society and we get more ‘virtual’ relationships…

Some posts on Melbourne Stencil Fest Opening Night

Found a couple of different blogs discussing the Stencil Festival Opening night on Friday night -

http://eddienew.wordpress.com/
http://melbourneartcritic.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/melbourne-stencil-festival-opening-night/

Both worth taking a look at.

Melbourne Stencil Festival

Haven’t had a chance to write much lately – a few weeks ago I became the Treasurer for the Melbourne Stencil Festival, which is a celebration of Street Art and Stencilling that is held once a year in Melbourne.

Plan is to take the Festival and turn it into a much larger, year round calendar of events and workshops that both raise the profile of the art form and provide positive outlets for artists and others.

ACMI site refresh is live!

Since 2001, Areeba have partnered with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. The 2009 refresh that we have completed was delivered on the Open Text WSS (RedDot) CMS Platform and is Phase 2 of a rejuvenation project which has seen production workflow improved, the content management system has become the major hub of all the organisation’s published content and the homepage and internal pages have been creatively redesigned.

Managed this one through from start to finish and I think we came up with a really nice result overall

Radiohead Blazes a Marketing Trail – good read I thought

Really liked this one, good article…

PARIS — Epochal pronouncements from rock stars should sometimes be taken with a dose of skepticism. In 1966, John Lennon declared that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Since the 1960s, Jesus has enjoyed a bit of a comeback, while the Beatles’ music is still unavailable from legitimate digital music services

But people in the music industry tend to listen to Thom Yorke, lead singer in the British alternative rock group Radiohead, for Radiohead has cultivated a reputation as one of the most future-proof bands around.

Read it here…

6 Steps to Kill your community

Really liked this one, it was worth a read

6 Steps to kill your community, plus another seven bonus ones!

Open Text Conversations

Areeba put together an Aggregated blog for Open Text a few weeks ago that is now up and live, really worth a look as if you are interested in what is going on in the Enterprise 2.0 space there is some great thinking going on here.

And it is a pretty awesome site too, if I don’t say so myself!

Yes, I am proud of it too :)

The Open Text Conversations aggregated blog

What is a Browser?

I thought that I’d post a link to this – What is a browser? was the question that Google asked over 50 people of different ages and backgrounds in Times Square.

The responses on this were really interesting from my perspective – gives you a real view into the actual understanding that people have of the fundamental infrastructure that they use to view and utilise the internet on a daily basis (not much apparently!).

Here

Maxim

So Maxim Magazine is now following me on Twitter…hmm

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