Get Shouty

shouty, sweet and serious
August 12, 2009, 2:26 am
Filed under: Get Friendly, passion


A trip down memory lane. Recycled posts from the last three years:

The shouty:

  • Would you like a small dash of Get Stuffed with your Shut the Hell Up?
  • Institutionalised Rudeness by Sociopaths (IRS from now on) is far from OK. In fact IRS is so far from OK it is huddling in a yurt in Outer Siberia. With no booze. And no friends.And it’s not invited to any tzushy end of year drinks parties either. It’s banned. Passe.

    In addition the “Punch In The Face” motivation technique is also banned. Previously thought to inspire the creative class to consistently meet the 20 hours overtime barrier, it has been recognised as an illegal tool of IRS and is now a Taser-able offence.

    If you have been subject to IRS, or any suspect ‘motivation’ techniques, you can apply for your branded taser (which can also do double duty as an attractive cocktail shaker).

    Bring it on.

The sweet:

  • The Power of Noticing
    • Sometimes doing research for my job I come across a piece of truth and beauty. One example is  this article “Kindness Counts”.
    • Mostly I think that we just need to be kind to each other.
      And notice each other.
      And value the power we have inside of ourselves to make a difference- especially those who are blessed with the gift of being able to notice what’s going on in the world around us.

The serious:

  • ROI= Risk of Ignoring
    • So what are you missing out on? What’s the ROI?
    • As with anything that’s going on in social media, it’s all about the Risk of Ignoring:
      • As a reader of blogs: Can you afford not to be informed about the latest thinking in your discipline? Can you afford not to learn from some of the brightest minds and most passionate advocates in the industry?
      • And as a writer: Can you afford not to keep a notebook of your online reading? Can you afford not to contextualise and have an opinion on what’s going on in advertising?
      • And ultimately, as an ad-exec: Can you afford not to have experiences that would help you understand people’s behaviour in the social media space
  • Value and tulip bulbs
  • What’s your Return On Ego?
    • The context here was making sure that you compartmentalize business decisions in the online space between those that are founded on KPI’s and those that make the Brand team feel good.

You can see all the bloggers involved here: Recycle A Blog Post Day #rabpday . Nice one Mark.

What are you going to re-share?


Latte Exchange
June 4, 2009, 1:21 pm
Filed under: Get Friendly
Coffee Mornings are a bit like this wonderful treasure trove of images, transparencies and infographics from Good Magazine: lots of information, interesting thoughts shaped in amusing ways, and a hundred anecdotes just waiting to be born. Oh…and the coffee’s not only sustainable, it’s a damn fine cup of joe.

Note to self
May 19, 2009, 5:00 am
Filed under: Get Friendly

you are amazing
January 26, 2009, 5:33 am
Filed under: Get Friendly


Richard Dawkin’s Appetite for Wonder

You could give Aristotle a tutorial. And you could thrill him to the core of his being. Aristotle was an encyclopedic polymath, an all time intellect. Yet not only can you know more than him about the world. You also can have a deeper understanding of how everything works. Such is the privilege of living after Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Planck, Watson, Crick and their colleagues.

The potential people who could have been standing in my place but who will never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara — more, the atoms in the universe. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Donne, greater scientists than Newton, greater composers than Beethoven. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I that are privileged to be here, privileged with eyes to see where we are and brains to wonder why.

and from To Live at All Is Miracle Enough

After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with colour, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked — as I am surprisingly often — why I bother to get up in the mornings. To put it the other way round, isn’t it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be a part of it?

When you can’t make lemonade
January 16, 2009, 10:47 am
Filed under: Get Friendly

It’s been a hot old week in Sydney for reasons only partially due to the tilt in the earth axis.

But in the last day or so, and in unexpected contexts, a tune has been following me round, Sunscreen. I has just the right kind of cheesy aphoristic spoken word pathos that has afforded a bit of a cool breeze…

and a gentle reminder that if you have to stand in the sun it’s a really good idea to protect your self.

There are other things you can do with the elements, of course. Some imaginary friends have commented on how blimmin’ cold it is in the Northern Hemisphere right now. I’m sure lemons are in short supply where you are, so if you share the ice I can put on the citrus, and we can make margaritas.

The print below made by Aly Lenon at 2Pie “simply pushing our faces into fresh powder on cars. They are all concave, but create a super cool illusion of 3D sculptures. Enjoy.”  There’s heaps more go, check them out.

Up, up and (Git)Away!
January 12, 2009, 2:38 am
Filed under: Get Friendly

My anti-hero alter-ego of today:


Creation Story:
The pressure hothouse of  pitching when all clients brief you the day before Christmas and want to see concepts the week they get back from holidays.

Intune, Intouch, Insight

Gizmos: Deflection of Distractions
Vambraces that deflect all incoming social opportunities (ptchew!ptchew!)
Lasso of Ambiguity (or the “look over there lasso”)

Theme tune:
Oh the Strat-gy Stage is a-rollin’ ov’r the plains
With the planners flappin’ and the suits slappin’ the reins
A insight they cry: a believable way!
Whip crack-away, whip crack-away, whip crack-away

Cocktails and Cupcakes
November 19, 2008, 5:15 am
Filed under: Get Friendly

I am speaking at the Digital Marketing and Media Summit in Melbourne this Friday 21 November, and Julian Cole has arranged a Beerspheer get together for afters:

Madame Brussels 59 Bourke St, City

Please come for a chit chat, good cheer and cupcakes