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Using Twitter to Get Camera Recommendations

April 30, 2014 Comments off

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Hard to believe it, I have had a Twitter account since mid 2008.

For a long time it was just something I looked at from time to time, not understanding how anyone could cross-converse in such a hectic and vibrant community. It looked (and sometimes still does) like a bazillion monkeys chattering over the top of each other, all clambering for the highest point to ensure their voice is heard.

Yet it turns out to be the best way to ask questions that a MASSIVE amount of people can respond to and (mostly) give a good response. Here is one great example:

I asked on Twitter earlier this evening…

With only one response, I chose to follow the link.

Considering many of my friends are complete arseholes, that was a big risk. Wait, wait, what I mean is they are Australian’s who like to use any opportunity to make fun of each other, which all of us, including the recipient, laugh till it is someone else’s turn. So when an Australian calls you an arsehole or a bastard, more often he is saying either “Aha, you got me!” or “Damn, you take the best holidays!”

Turns out this is a great sugggestion for a second camera. So I tried to follow with a less than 140 character reply. Considering all of the amazing features, I had to find just one or two that warranted a twitter response. So, Ric, @aqualung, this is what I have to say about the Fuji X-T1:

Read the full review of the Fujifilm XT1. I got what I wanted from Twitter. Which really is amazing.

Don’t Stop The Future: Blok IT!

November 2, 2013 Comments off

Mother of a Board

I have a shed loaded with electronic waste that goes back 20 years.

I have motherboards, sound cards, old cellular phones, cabling, stenographer tape decks and much more. Somewhere in there I have a 3GB box that is twice the size of a standard shoe box - I use it as a paper weight and a reminder of a time that man wants to forget.

What I have noticed recently is that I still have most of the mobile phones I have purchased outright. This includes a few NOKIA bricks (sorry guys, it is true!). The earliest phone I remember owning was a flip-phone that always reminded me of communicators in Star Trek! Beamed straight from the series that continues to influenced the design of Tablets.

So I found PHONEBLOKS via advertising on Youtube. I quickly realised they deserve merit and entrepreneurial advertising!

Their idea is that the screen and features (ie, phone, camera, speakers, antenna, memory) are all separate blocks that connect to a standard base by way of pins and screws at the ends to keep it all secure. Therefore anyone in the world can build a phone to specifically suit their desires and lifestyle.

I reckon I would buy a PHONEBLOK. Imagine if each block embedded came in multiple colours. Sleeves and water-proof cases will still be necessary, bling is all part of the franchising of a product.

I’m keeping an eye on where this concept goes. So should everyone. The world is changing, again!

Now I am wondering what I am going to do with this shed of obsolete electronic gadgetry. Thinking of getting a strong metal muncher to make mince-meat of it all – and then somehow spraying it onto canvas or concrete to make wall art. Now that would be modern art!

Watch the video that describes how it all works and ‘fits’ together:

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Baby Update + Photography

April 21, 2012 Comments off

I’m not writing a lot these days as we are busy making our home ready for the baby. Yep, it’s only six weeks away – so lots of changes need to happen. Thankfully we have the nursery ready for sleeping. There’s enough teddy bears to give one a month for the next few years!

Today we went to BabyBunting where we fell in love with so many items! I’d like to get a ‘Moses Basket‘ and the ‘Mountain Buggy Swift Carry Cot‘! Sarah is adamant we will get an ‘ERGO Sports Baby Carrier‘ and a ‘Sound Monitor‘. Seems her wants are more valid than mine, but that’s fine with me. And we still need suitable baby-clothing and furniture!

When it comes to toys, we’d prefer our children grow up with the same as we had at this age, particularly those both educational and colourful – ie: The Little Golden Books, Winnie the Pooh, rubber duckies for the bathroom and a few other toys.

So instead of writing any further, I am linking to photographs within my online galleries. (I gotta pay for the baby stuff somehow!)

It’s either that or linking to youtube video’s that show baby’s having their umbilical cord cut, or links to baby toys I’d like to buy. Yeah, I’ll post that stuff to Facebook … and use my blog to post images I need you to buy so I can buy the kid toys!

Without further adieu, I encourage you to browse through the photographs on display here, follow the link in each image, and check out the many mediums upon which you can have my art displayed in your home. (Aha, semi-subtle suggestion!)

Art Prints Photography Prints

Art Prints Photography Prints

Sell Art Online Sell Art Online

Photography Prints Art Prints

Photography Prints Photography Prints

Art Prints Photography Prints

Photography Prints Art Prints

Art Prints Art Prints

Art Prints Art Prints

Want more? There’s hundreds more within my FAA gallery, and I’m going to be adding more over the next few weeks. Another way to view them is upon my Facebook Business page. For those of you with a FAA gallery, I’d be most happy if you left a comment. If you are a photographer and member of FAA, let me know so we may connect.

From Free to Business Blogging

February 25, 2012 Comments off

I’ve often contemplated ways that my blog could make money. But in the end I went with ‘rant about the online universe’, ‘random link’ and ‘hey check out my photography’ style.

Now that I have read this interesting article, I am thinking again about how I might make money from binary words.

The Dark Side Of Blogging: When Free Gets Ugly.

Your thoughts appreciated…

Any Interest Yet?

February 19, 2012 Comments off

Is anyone pinning stuff from your web site? Have you been noticed, pinned, pined after, appreciated, venerated and been given the free promotion you feel you deserve? Apparently you can find out fairly easily:

http://pinterest.com/source/??

For those who are utilising Pinterest to push products from other people’s sites, and least of all your own (cause the contract implies you shouldn’t do that), you should check if others are promoting your products, your photography, your business, your sense of humor.

Simply insert the URL of your site where I have put question marks. Remember to include the ‘http://www.‘ but not with wordpress blogs.

There you have it. Don’t worry if you find nothing. Whilst the term ‘reciprocal linkage‘ is still quite foreign to many, you will find that many people will eventually.

Alternatively, particularly if you are male, utilise http://gentlemint.com/ to find stuff that takes your interest and makes it more …well … manly. Mainly.

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Geek Stuff I Wish I Got for Xmas 2011

December 27, 2011 Comments off

Here are the geek stuff I would have liked to have gotten for Christmas:

If I ever get the Apple iPhone, here is the cover I’d like … to make it look like a camera!

Wood Camera iPhone Case
Wood Camera iPhone Case

Because I love cameras, the photojojo store has every camera gadget I’d like:

Candid Photography Spy Lens
Candid Photography Spy Lens

White Balance Lens Cap
White Balance Lens Cap

Popup Flash Bounce
Popup Flash Bounce

That’s it, just a quick article about stuff I would have liked for Christmas 2011, but will have to buy myself early in 2012.

I get nothing out of endorsing this online geek business … only that I ordered some stuff a few weeks ago and they’ve managed to send them to me despite the xmas holidays!

Email Marketing has Gone to the Dogs

December 8, 2011 Comments off

Based on the contents of an email I receieved a few days ago, I begin this rant about inadequate email-marketing, plus the emotions connected with online marketing.

For a long time everyone relied on free photocopy usage and the local retail windows to push their product onto the general public. As customers declined and costs increased, salesman sought simpler services through which to flog their crappy products.

Design is Avoiding Tunnel Vision

Somewhere along the way the Internet was born. I’m sure it took only a few milliseconds for advertising agencies the world over to realize that this new medium was going to become their bread and butter.

Eventually it was the ad-giants who would make the most from the Internet. Not just bread and butter, they also sliced the bread (determining where ads would attract the most coverage on every page) and slathered them win sticky jam (flash, animaitons, etc).

For those who have succumbed to banners that sit ABOVE every page, cringe with me. Or not.

Which brings me to my next point.

When a corporate site has to place horizontal banners above their head navigation, it appears to me that they haven’t been aiming their sight too high for financial backing. When they have to rely on minimal cheques from google via adsense and adwords, they must be drying up in the finance and sales department.

That’s where my rant ends. For now.

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