Gordonkelly.com might only be 5 weeks old, but it has received a lot of feedback, some excellent comments and some rather decent traffic (proportionately speaking) so the time has already come from some proper hosting.
The site will be moving from WordPress across to Fat Cow hosting over the next 24 hours and while the content should all be here it may go back to looking like a dog’s dinner for a short spell.I’ll fix it don’t worry, that’s my job!
NB – Should everything go balls up, the old blog will be available at gordonakelly.wordpress.com during the transitionary stage.
Looking for something a little more positive following news the planet was 24 hours from economic and political collapse. Try this on for size…
After the wholly immeasurable honour of winning the UK’s top technology journalist in December (January results should be any time soon – I’ll chase them up!) I’ve turned up on another list, well at least part of me has.
The Twitter profile @iamgordonsliver has been named as the 8th ‘Greatest non-human Twitter User’ on CNet portal Crave. Irony is, I don’t write this (seemingly) tribute profile and have no access to it! Here’s what CNet had to say:
8: I am Gordon’s Liver
Type: Human organ
Typical tweet: “Building my hopes up again for a healthy lunch, but expecting a liquid one.”
This is the liver of a journalist called Gordon. Day to day, the personified organ comments on life inside the human body, providing a unique and easy-to-digest account of what it’s like to work as an organ in a 21st-century male.
Thankfully other bizarre copycats such as @iamgordonsego and @iamgordonstoe have yet to show similar signs of take off (the liver is on over 120 followers as we speak). Of course it’s always possible to just follow me on Twitter instead – it may prove slightly less disturbing…!
via 8 Greatest Non Human Twitter Users (Crave/CNet)
There has been much debate recently about whether bankers deserved their huge bonus pay-outs this year or indeed the high salaries given to them in general after their starring role the current international recession. Now I think the answer is pretty self evident and that’s not what I’m hear to discuss at this point. If you want to vent your frustrations at that then here’s a petition where you can be pro-active in doing that.
No, what needs to be pointed out above all during these endless talks of interest rates, job cuts and businesses going into administration is just how close the planet was from complete economic and political collapse: 3 hours in the US, 24 hours globally. This may sound melodramatic but it’s not, it’s a spine chilling fact according to previously undisclosed insight from elected Democratic politician Paul E. Kanjorski.
The full video is below, but here’s the shocking core of it – which kicks off 2 minutes 21 seconds in:
“On Thursday [18 September], at 11am the Federal Reserve noticed a tremendous draw-down of money market accounts in the United States, to the tune of $550 billion was being drawn out in the matter of an hour or two. The Treasury opened up its window to help and pumped a $105 billion in the system and quickly realized that they could not stem the tide. We were having an electronic run on the banks. They decided to close the operation, close down the money accounts and announce a guarantee of $250,000 per account so there wouldn’t be further panic out there…
If they had not done that, their estimation is that by 2pm that afternoon, $5.5 trillion would have been drawn out of the money market system of the United States, would have collapsed the entire economy of the United States and within 24 hours the world economy would have collapsed… It would have been the end of our economic system and our political system as we know it.”
Now knowledge of this doesn’t solve anything. It doesn’t make the banks any less culpable or the political leaders who ignored their negligent high risk practices any less responsible. If anything it makes it worse. It does do one thing however and that’s the next time you’re feeling down about the latest national or international turmoil just remember: it could’ve been one heck of a lot worse…
Great kudos to Zero Hedge for this brilliant – and important – spot.
…when I say this is a rare piece of satirical genius to which we can all empathise. This first must-see video of 2009…
The second of my two part Twitter feature inspired by comments I made on an article entitled Correct Twitter Usage on my good friend Spode’s Think About Tech website. Part I: ‘Twitter & The Land of Opportunity’ can be found here.
Let’s get this lazy comparison scrubbed from the very first line: I don’t believe Facebook and Twitter are even remotely connected.
The old line: “Twitter is mass Facebook status updates for your friends” I believe to be utter – well – shite. The difference is Facebook has a certain ‘distance’ to it. With it I feel I get to know something about the LIVES of my friends on it and also the school friends I haven’t seen in years, but vitally many – if not most – of my Facebook friends I have no desire to interact with. Facebook is largely voyeuristic.
By contrast, Twitter is INTERACTIVE. Sure, there are professional sites simply rehashing their RSS feeds but they are largely catastrophic failures when you consider their number of followers when proportional to their site’s web audience.
No, Twitter is not about saying “I polished my car today” it is about interaction. It is a great online IM brothel between your friends/respected colleagues or others and one which goes on whether you are there are not. With Twitter I genuinely feel I have BONDED with virtually all of those I follow, I have not just watched them from afar via a sterile ‘Today’ page. I would even go so far as to say Twitter has helped improve social relations with a number of friends because we no longer need to engage in fatuous small talk . We already KNOW what is going on with one another’s lives and have often commented on it via Twitter so when we meet up we already feel comfortable, can cut the “so how has your week been…” waffle and have far more meaningful conversations.
Personally speaking, I know many people have issues with Twitter but let me be blunt here. If you find the people you follow say things you find dull then DON’T follow them. Cruel as it may sound I have many good friends in real life whose Twitter feeds I do not enjoy. I had the stones to remove them and we get on as if Twitter never existed.
Likewise for those I do continue to follow I find I now feel genuinely closer to them. Their tweets delight, entertain and touch me about the goings on in their lives. One friend in particular who is living abroad I watch to see how his very ill son is coping. From his Twitter updates alone and my occasional real time responses to them I feel more useful than 50 Facebook wall messages, virtual app flowers, ‘pokes’, and picture posts ever could.
In essence then, perhaps what I am trying to say is that while Twitter can seemingly be written off by generalist and trite statements it is actually a hybrid creating a new form of communication. A merger of Facebook and IM, a grand forum or cyberspace town hall where you can share your daily/weekly/monthly highs and lows in a way representative of what drives you in this wonderful thing called the human condition.
Hardest of all however is to realise your own tweets paint an unrelenting self portrait, something which scares away many. Yet hopefully this close-up study of yourself and others also brings about realisation of where and how more can be made of your own life. After all, it will give you more interesting things to Tweet about…
Link: Twitter Gordon Kelly Profile (follow me and see just how exciting/dull my life is!)
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Time to chip in on what seems to be the hottest of hot topics recently: Twitter. It is the first of two features I’ll be publishing on web’s hottest topic. [Update: Part II: 'Can Tweets Change Your Life' Is Here]
Interestingly, this post was inspired by what began as a short comment on my great friend Spode’s excellent Think about Tech website and evolved into something altogether more substantial. Here’s a slightly revised version: Read more
Could Microsoft really be about to serve up something this 2006 as it’s next generation 2009 smartphone OS? Please Redmond, don’t undo all the good will you earned from Windows 7 so fast…
Quick one this since it seems to be doing the rounds – including on the Ranieri Blog…
Yes, I was a guest at the paparazzi free-for-all also known as the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone launch (the Finns’ affordable iPhone rival). Yes there were celebrities and yes, Paris Hilton was one of them and yes, I really – like really, really – dislike Paris Hilton and everything her pseudo-fame represents.
What I didn’t realise was she spent a fair portion of time standing right behind me as I expressed these demands. Embarrassing? No, empowering and retrospectively satisfying. Of course I didn’t know my good friend Paul Monckton would catch it all on camera with me blissfully unaware mid-rant.
Apparently the socialplite was further away at this point, but you get the gist…
Despite this a great evening was had by all in the fine company of the CNet posse of Nate, Rory, Kate and Pene, the aforementioned Mr Monckton and the legendary Rob Kerr.
The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic itself? Too early to tell I’m afraid, but I understand the regrettable decision of employing a resistive touchscreen instead of a capacitive one was taken so I’ve already got one bullet point for my next Just the Bad Points (JtBP) review…
Right, now I’ve squeezed this heinous post out the chamber let’s hope for the sake of December’s #1 UK Tech Journalist (!?!) the good stuff comes flowing through…
Update: Yep, that worked. Here we go.
Apologies to all for the lack of updates since my arrival at CES this week. As you might expect it has been manic and TrustedReviews has to take priority but you can see the vast array of stories that Riyad, Andy and I have been producing on our dedicated CES page.
Highlight so far?
That’s easy. Surpassing every expectation was the Palm Pre and the company’s stunning new Web OS mobile platform. In short it takes the best of Android, mobile OS X and the INQ1 and combines it with some genuinely innovative features. Palm shares rose an incredible 35 per cent following the unveiling, if that doesn’t say people are impressed I don’t know what does. Here’s the full write-up.
The Sony and Microsoft keynotes were both dull as dishwater and we didn’t get much of a look at Windows 7 but with the public beta now available that doesn’t matter too much.
In truth, they tend to fall in line with my CES Preview: affordable SSDs (OCZ and SanDisk are leading the way at present), ultra slim HDTVs (Samsung, Sharp, Panasonic and more take a bow) plus the Sony P Series netbook for daring to try and do something different with this much-of-a-muchness category (even if using Vista as the OS when picking an Atom CPU is complete madness).
I’ll be back with more soon and I’ll also see if I can get you gets the very first JtBP review of the Palm Pre as an apology for the lack of updates.
I won’t be using this blog to post many links to quirky videos, cute animals and retarded celebrities (you know, the bad kind) it’s more about what I can bring to the table for you ladies and gents, but I will make the occasional exception for the odd gem.
Here’s one such example from David Pogue, the usually thoroughly irritating knowledge ‘lite’ New York Times & CBS tech correspondent. With no vindictiveness and no little self parody Pogue shows us that maybe, just maybe, he isn’t the jerk you suspected…
(Like so many things in life, the good stuff is in the first 3 minutes)