Croeso - Welcome.
An old friend of mine once told me 'the norm is a condition of a man whose mediocrity in life is self evident', so I spend my life asking myself to address that statement. Whether I live up to his high standards are yet to be judged.
If you can be in Amsterdam in mid-May, have a look at BlogWalk Eleven for May 18th 2007 in Amsterdam. It's hosted by Lilia and Ton.
Focus: Digital Bohemians
Digital Bohemians are (relatively) young people, fully adapted to the digital lifestyle. They see a city as their home, and are connected in European and global networks. They flock to conferences as their meeting places. If we look at this (somewhat exaggerated) portrait of the avant garde of internet users, what can we say about things like:
The tools they use
How they learn and develop themselves
How they support a highly mobile life style
The organisational models and business models that fit these networked individuals
I attended BlogWalk 1.0 in Enschede so it will be fun to be back again
I know an academic who always told me she was very well connected to Microsoft and the tech companies, now she emailed me Tuesday saying she was doing a study with Microsoft sponsored also by Acer on how people who live in another country and use web 2.0 tools not in the countries language, i.e a Welshman, working and writing in English living in the Netherlands.
The study was about blogging social bookmarking tagging, IM ing etc and as a reward for doing the 12 month project you get a free PC (you can keep) running Vista, a 250G external USB hard drive and Norton Save & Restore, all they do is install some software which monitors all my Internet habits and uploads that to them every day.
So I rang her and said your going to give me a new PC etc for just doing what I already do - Yes she said, fine I'm in, I said. So 1 day later the PC arrived (can you believe that- shipped from Acer Switzerland) and now I'm playing on it with Vista etc. Now a Mac mate of mine said ah it's only eye candy, but so are Macs I said, but so far it seems cool fast and without any problems.
I'll be realy interested to see my year end results (we will get a personalised anaylysis, and a copy of the overall anaylysis of all 1000 people on the study (anonymised)
This shows work in progress as I attempt to copy David Savage's Love Chair IV design
I am making them from laminated London Plane, with a muliplex seat frame , sprung and then upholstered in leather.
Work started March 2005, again under the excellent guiding eyes of