Sharing his love/hate feelings towards advertising, I can’t help but adore Steve Lambert’s work:

I’m not so sure about his Firefox add-on though – Add-Art blocks out website adverts and replaces them with pieces of art. It’s a sad fact but online publishing relies on advertisers paying to display their messages alongside enticing editorial to survive, and is struggling enough without add-ons like this causing more problems. With the New York Times basically on its death bed thanks to rock bottom ad revenues, it seems more than a little insensitive to use them as the example on the website.


With everyone getting het up about the new Star Trek film, poor old usually-cooler Star Wars must be feeling a bit left out. So to show the internet hasn’t forgotten about the rebel alliance and still fully supports its uprising against the heinous empire, enjoy these pictures, videos and stories from creative fanboys with perhaps a little too much time on their hands:

One of my favourite ever YouTube videos – Star Wars retold by someone who’s only seen bits and pieces of the films:

Need some inspiration for your next fancy dress party? Don’t make the mistakes these guys did

I’d like to give them points for effort but I just can’t

These cheeky criminals have been using star wars disguises to get up to no good – pals of Jabba the Hut, no doubt.

You don’t quite get the same level of emotion from a floppy disk, but it’s a good effort:

No words necessary: Star Wars – the Baroque version

Star Wars, Baroque style


Geek chic seats

11May09

Some supremely lucky guy or gal has a piece of paper in their pocket that’s worth a cool £110,000,000 after winning the Euromillions lottery last week.

Apart from the obvious – quit their job, buy Buckingham Palace, give their friends a fiver each, holiday to secret Caribbean island etc – they can now afford to recklessly purchase all those things you come across on the internet that you’d love to buy but never would. My first stop would be these Y12,000 (around £80) Command Sit stools, designed by Ross McBride.

They’d look pretty cool dotted around the games hall of my new LA mansion, huh?


Internet maestro and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is working on a new service to allow iPhone owners to take payments using their phone, according to a ‘knowledgeable source’ over on TechCrunch.

Whilst this is exciting for people who feel they need to take payments on the move (it’s not something I personally find myself needing to do every day), its code name – squirrel – is surely opening the door for internet users the world over to indulge in some comedy squirrel Photoshoppery. I have to say, though, the output so far is pretty poor.

TechCrunch themselves have gone with a squirrel water-skiing on an iPhone – I’m glad to see that full safety regulations have been taken into account and he’s been provided with the proper attire:

Current.com have gone for the working squirrel – looks like real-life secret squirrel is trying to get through to him but he’s too busy posing to take the call:

Not to be outdone, Yahoyt.com have spent hours painstakingly cutting out this squirrel’s tail in Photoshop and equipping him with a credit card of his very own:

There’s potential here, people. I mean, these are ok but the depths of this arena have not yet been plumbed. Too many people have settled for Twitter screen-grabs and photos of Jack himself – I only hope this isn’t the beginning of a decline in photo-editing-based interlolz.


High-tech meets lo-fi arts and crafts in a whirlwind of new Apple netbook rumours doing the rounds.

Some people get pretty silly over Apple products, but taking Apple fanboyism to new and dizzying heights is Kyle Buckner with his wood-and-pencil art project, photos of which shot to the top of the Digg pile this week.

When the images of the small, MacBook-esque device dropped into Cult of Mac‘s inbox, the website was all too ready to believe that what they had were leaked photos of an Apple netbook prototype. But more fool them when the source – a ‘trusted contributor’ – turned out to be Kyle, an enterprising 21-year-old student whose web traffic has no doubt sky rocketed over the past week.

Apple-affiliated or not, it does look pretty cool, giving you a chance to appreciate all the little details you would usually hardly notice. Gizmodo has a shed load of photos if you want to see more.

With Apple constantly getting a bad rap from Greenpeace for the environmental cost of their products, perhaps they could take a leaf out of Kyle’s book and go with wooden cases for the next gen…


iPhone woes

10May09

As shiny things go, my iPhone is definitely up there with my greatest ever technological investments (see also Sky+, MacBook and DS Lite). Like so many others who wax lyrical about small chunks of metal and glass, I honestly don’t know how I got along without it; I mean, I went literally hours at a time without checking Twitter. People could have been @ing me and I wouldn’t know! A topic may have been trending about which I had a witty anecdote to offer, and I’d miss my chance!! So glad those dark days are behind me.

As brilliant as the iPhone undoubtedly is in the arena of Twitter-obsession, in London at least there are problems. In what must be one of the most connected cities in the world, the network regularly fails causing the iPhone to shrug apologetically and tell me ‘no Internet connection’.

But, I rebuff, there was an internet connection three seconds ago – let’s try again… Nope, not happening. Now there’s no service at all so I can’t even phone someone to complain/tell me what’s happening on Twitter.

If you’re getting as hacked off as I am at these frequent collapses in service, then this is the blog for you: How the O2 cellphone network fails London users, where London-based tech PR Robert Follis is documenting every time O2 prevents his iPhone from working. At the very least, you’ll know you’re not alone.


Anyone who understands that to find Google you don’t need to type ‘Google’ into the search box on your homepage, must no doubt be internet-savvy enough to be down with Spotify – an amazing free application that allows you to stream music from the internet as though its stored on your computer, but without actually clogging up the hard drive.

It’s the ideal solution to all those office arguments about what radio station to listen to, and the perfect way to try the experimental Icelandic prog rock your best friend’s been banging on about without actually investing in the limited edition solid gold CD boxset.

It’s all perfectly legal and free – if you’re prepared to put up with an advert or two every eight songs, the only catch is that you have to be in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain to enjoy the free version. People in other countries will have to invest in the premium, ad-free edition for a small cost.

The already impressive catalogue of music available, whilst not fully comprehensive is growing all the time and suggestions of similar artists to try can lead to a whole new musical discovery.

By far the best thing about Spotify, however, is the collaborative playlist function. Simply come up with a theme, start the playlist in your own Spotify programme and mark it “Collaborative” (right click on the playlist name and choose ‘collaborative playlist’ – it should then turn green, with a small spot next to it) and pass the link on to your friends.

To get you going, here’s my favourite ever collaborative playlist – Snow Day, orignially created by @radioedit and then contributed to by Twitter users on a snowy day when everyone was working from home.