22 Oct

Wikipedia paid entries ‘shock’

It has recently been uncovered that hundreds of accounts have been set up on Wikipedia to create and edit pages to contain biased and promotional material. Wikipedia editors have expressed their shock at this ‘new’ information. The rest of us, however, are not surprised in the least.

The majority want to comply by the rules of Wikipedia, in the interest of this brilliant collective global information source, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be those few who want to use it for their own gains. There will always be this issue with a site in which anyone can come along and edit a post. It is Wikipedia’s brilliance as well as flaw.

There was a Dispatches documentary that aired just a couple of months ago uncovering the vast amounts of fake accounts that plague Facebook and Twitter, and the people paid pennies to like well-known, seemingly reputable brands.

 

 

We all know this goes on, and it is increasingly hard to combat. Damage to a company’s reputation is probably the main deterrent. So accusations of this activity really need to be investigated. But as an individual, there is something we can do – take ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ and anything written on the internet, books or any media with a pinch of salt.

As the saying goes, “don’t believe everything you read”.

Read about another example of Wikipedia fraud here.

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20 Oct

Where’s my phone?

If you haven’t seen this video yet (and there’s a good chance you have considering it has had well over 26 million views at the time of writing) then you should watch – and take note!

There is a lot I have to say on this subject. I am definitely in the ‘how rude!’ camp. It’s not as straight forward as this though. There’s a time and a place for the smartphone. I love my smartphone as much as the next geek, but I will never take it out during a meal. If it’s an emergency, which doesn’t come up as often as we are lead to expect, than I excuse myself like a normal person.

But that’s just it. Normal doesn’t mean enjoying the moment for what it is anymore. Normal has slowly become, “Oh wow! What a great time we are having – let’s Instagram it!”

I take photos every now and then. I have a DSLR for those important events, and yes, my phone is great for the unexpected moment. I do, however, have a problem with people uploading the same ‘selfie’ about fifty times a day. No, we don’t want to see every single morsel of food you put in your mouth, or how stupid you can look pulling a duck-face.

I think to myself when I see these accounts, how do you have the time?

I know how much time technology and especially Facebook can take up. I admit, I am guilty of a love-hate relationship with the devil that is Candy Crush. I’m on level three-hundred-and-something. I hate that I’ve spent so much time playing it, where I could have been doing something brilliant and productive like reading a book or going to the gym. (*Idea – Candy Crush at the gym?!)

I have had to tell my brother to put his phone away on a visit. I mention this because he is family, and it is acceptable to be blunt with your family in a way that you wouldn’t with say, a work colleague. I found it rude. We were out for dinner, and I was trying to make conversation as we hadn’t seen each other for months, but I was second best to a text that could probably wait.

The worrying thing is that more and more people are falling into the following categories;

  • Those who find this behaviour rude but are culprits unknowingly and
  • Those who just don’t care because it’s so common now.

The amount of families I see out to dinner with little ones on phones, iPads and the like. Then the parents worry why their speech isn’t developing normally. “But they are really smart because they know how to hack the passcode on my tablet!”

Like I said, I love my smartphone. I love having google right there to answer every ridiculous question I have at any time of the day. But there are times when maybe it’s just better to talk to the person next to you. Let’s face it, they might have something to offer that you can’t find on your phone…

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16 Oct

Gina Homer: A quirk of an illustrator

I haven’t seen anything like the beautiful Gina Homer‘s crazy/cute illustrations. They make you laugh, they make you smile, they make you go ‘hey, now wait one second while my head bursts’.

Fresh out of Cambridge School of Art, Homer has already been honoured with the Frontroom graduate award, and has a number of successful exhibitions under her belt. Keep updated with this up-and-coming artist through Facebook or her tumblr.

Gina Homer - Stickers available for purchase

Gina Homer – Stickers available for purchase (click on image)

 

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07 Oct

Beautiful, beautiful world

There are some moments, rare though they may be, that provide utter clarity. They often follow many sleepless nights of torment, tossing and turning and trying to distract your brain.

I had such a moment today, in a steady stream of traffic. Not the most obvious setting for inspiration – vehicle after vehicle of impatient commuters desperate to get home doesn’t exactly scream beauty.

It wasn’t the immediate environment that captured my imagination and took my breath away, but the few moments I raised my eyes from the road to the view beyond. I was driving through Sussex, a simply stunning place, if you bother to look. I saw the Sussex Downs in the distance, just minding it’s own business, watching calmly as we ants crawled through it’s turf. I thought, no wonder so many artists find this such a inspiring place. If I thought for one second I could capture the beauty of this place, and of that moment in my head, than I would consider myself an artistic success.

I feel, however, that my attempts would pale in comparison to those of the great artists of our time. One to mention, and I could name hundreds, is Eric Ravilious, a local artist that schooled in Eastbourne. Just take a moment today to view the beauty that I saw on my drive this afternoon, through his artworks.

Chalk Paths 1935 Eric Ravilious

Chalk Paths 1935 Eric Ravilious

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02 Oct

My recent and long-awaited leap into “Mac land”

I have always been a Windows gal. Until very recently, I just didn’t fuss over Apple like the rest of the world, it seems. I have owned the same iPod for years. It was definitely one of the first generations. Despite the masses going crazy for the next model, I held onto my clunky, old 30Gb video iPod because it still functioned. It did have a tendency to switch itself off regularly, and had trouble turning back on, but sometimes it still played music if it was in a good mood.

It was only a few months ago, when there was absolutely no signs of life even after charging for what felt like an eternity, I invested in another. Shuffle, this time – cheap and cheerful and perfect for the gym, I find.

My phone is Android. I have a Samsung Galaxy S2, which I guess is now considered old and out-of-date too, although I am reluctant to upgrade just yet, as if even after two years I haven’t quite finished with this one. Sure, the battery doesn’t last as long as it used to (a daily charge is now a necessity) and every now and then it freezes as if I’ve asked too much of its ageing processor.

Apple vs Android

For someone who loves technology, I am rather reluctant to give up my old equipment in favour of new devices with even more pixels and automatic functions. Maybe because my old phone, that I have spent so many hours browsing on, playing games on (damn you, Candy Crush) and maybe the odd minute actually talking on has become so much a part of my life. It’s funny how leaving my phone at home for just a day feels like I’ve left behind a limb. I’ve become quite attached.

So there was an event that caused me to invest in a Macbook. My laptop battery needed replacing, it became too cluttered and hideous and mistreated by me to even know where to start. It was a horrible thing. I can see that now, now that I have my Macbook to console me on it’s sudden death. I had no choice but to let it go.

What really made me decide to go Apple though, apart from peering over jealously at my husband’s Macbook every day, and pretending I didn’t want to touch it, was beginning a Digital Media degree. I’ve been waiting to return to university, and now is the right time to invest in some tech capable of me throwing a lot at it and not crumbling under the pressure. My Macbook Pro is perfect for my use, and what’s more, it’s so pretty I want to die. Using it feels nice. For someone committing to spending a huge amount of time in front of a screen, it might as well be a lovely screen that you enjoy looking at.

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29 Sep

Where interest takes you

A blog that starts, and continues, is only successful when the author has a passion in the subject. I love all things digital media, particularly linked to art and design. I want to immerse myself in this world and share my thoughts and findings with anyone who wants to do the same.

There is so much to be seen and used and enjoyed, not only online but in the world not yet digitalised. This can only help expand our digital world as it begins to encompass everything outside of it’s vast domain.

My journey begins here, creating this blog and making a commitment to update it whenever I find something worthy of sharing.

First up, a website still under construction, but one that really appealed to me. fullfatdesigns.co.uk (Wish I’d thought of that name first, too). Simply animated, and a brilliantly soothing design. Let’s hope the website lives up to this temporary page.

Full Fat Designs Screenshot

Saw it, liked it, remembered it.

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