Tracking popular virals

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always admired Virals, they’re is a lot of creativity involved with making virals, in addition – it throws the marketing over to your customer. But I guess most importantly, they’re usually very funny.

Anyway, I found a site that “tracks” the most popular flash games, video virals, etc.

Although it isn’t tracking, for whatever reason, what I consider to be the viral with the most buzz, that of course being the fabled “return” of former WWE wrestler Chris Jericho (Y2J).

Anyway…

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Top 100 design agencies

Let’s say you’ve just graduated, or you’re in the cross-roads of your career, or like me — just want something unique, different but fun and challenging?

Where do you go to find agencies to work for?

Well, the answer in the past was to look in Web design magazines, via online galleries – or the Yellow pages.

But fortuently there’s now a list of the top 100 agencies in the UK (although you probably already knew of its existance), so – have fun, do your research and with hope, join an agency that does the things you want to do.

Good luck,

http://www.nmatop100.co.uk/

The problem with blogs

The biggest problem with “blogging” is that, unless you have a topic you can really talk about, you end up:

  1. ranting,
  2. talking about everything
  3. writing posts saying how sorry you are you haven’t been posting
  4. writing about nothing.

But the number one question I get is, “Can you really make money out of blogs?” The answer is yes, providing you’ve got good content, that is regularly updated and have lots of traffic to your site.

Of course this doesn’t mean you’ll make a lot of money from blogging, its likely when you start you’ll make a pittance, perhaps $1, $2 — naturally it depends on the type of marketing structure you have, how much traffic you have, etc; ultimately like with anything — you only get out of “blogging” what you put into it.

Some topics could be:

  1. Movies
  2. The upcoming London mayoral election (Political blogs are very popular in America, and I read once that DailyKos makes a few million from their site)
  3. The upcoming general election
  4. Your casual observations of the world (assuming you’re wanting to be a stand-up comic).
  5. Some kind of viral marketing gimmick which leads to another viral marketing gimmick that leads to a product/service (remember all that buzz about the hoverboard which turned out to be a Segway?)
  6. Blogging about blogging
  7. Blogging about virals

I’m sure you can come up with better topics, even if I can’t

Blueprint: CSS Framework

Anyone who codes with XHTML/CSS and integrates it with server-side code (ie: PHP) will know that there are bucket-loads of frameworks out there to help “simplify” the coding process, making it easier, faster, more reliable, etc; currently I’m trying to learn “CodeIgnitor”, a MVC rails-like framework built for PHP4 and, am looking at its main rival, “CakePHP” as well.

In terms of AJAX, there are literally thousands of frameworks – prototype, jQuery (my current favorite), mootools, DOJO, etc, etc…

But now there’s a framework for building CSS very quickly; blueprint.

Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your CSS development time. It gives you a solid CSS foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, and even a stylesheet for printing.

I’ve looked at it, and it looks pretty straight-forward, I’m not sure how it would fare with bigger, or more complex CSS/XHTML layouts — but it looks like its a very good system, and there’s already a bit of a buzz about the framework.

It’s one to watch.

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Blueprint (Googlecode)

New Police Story: Review

New Police Story

Even with its flaws, “New Police Story” is an excellent action film that beats Chan’s Hollywood’s efforts in every way conceivable.

Released in 2004, Jackie Chan’s “New Police Story” is the tale of the fall, and rise of Inspector Wing (Chan) of the Hong Kong Police Force whose over-confidence is shattered when he loses his entire team to an assault by a group of 5 psychopath teenage killers hell-bent on robbing banks and then waiting around for the arriving police to kill police officers for kicks.

When his entire team is killed, Wing becomes a hapless drunk, feeling guilty for the deaths of his team and his friends, and unable to keep his relationship with his girlfriend, and ultimately sinks into depression until a young cocky “policeman” helps Chan get back on his feet, break the case, and ultimately arrest those responsible.
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Jackie vs Jet: The Forbidden Kingdom: A preview

Jackie and Jet

When you think of big-name on-screen collaborations, one normally thinks of “Heat“, where Robert De Niro and Al Pacino were sharing the big screen for the first time since “The Godfather part II” (Although in that movie they were never seen together at the same time), and there are rumours that De Niro and Pacino will team up again.

But until then, the one movie paring that many fans are eagerly awaiting is the on-screen collaboration between martial art stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

The “Jackie and Jet project” has been inactive for well over 10 years. Throughout the years, Chan and Li have often been quoted as wanting to work together, but haven’t because of clashing schedules, or because a good enough project wasn’t available.

A lot of people believe that the relationship between Jackie and Jet was at its worst after the Jet Li movie “High Risk” (1995), where Jacky Cheung parodied the Jackie Chan persona to the point where Li had to apologise for the over-the-top parody that bordered mockery.
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The endless talk about which web 2.0 app is best, is pointless

Web 2.0 technology/APIs, and the constant endless discussion about which framework, API, method or whatever is the “best thing” just doesn’t float my boat.

Its not that I’m against web 2.0 technology, its just that I’m not interested in the technology, per say, but rather its application – it usage, and how businesses (both small and large) can use it to help promote themselves to a larger audience.

I guess you can say, I’m more interested in web 2.0 “branding”, then the web 2.0 “technology” behind it.

Web applications (and the technology behind them) is constantly subject to evolution, and market forces.

One day, MySpace and Linked are the main sites to use, the next day it’s, Twitter, Facebook, Ning, or Youtube. All of them are subject to “market forces”, ie: what the people want.

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