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Twitter wine? Been there, done that
Been there, done that! Hugh MacLeod and I toasting the first bottle of Blue Monster vintage
15 Oct 2009
Microsoft Wave launched
Microsoft Wave is a cool new site from our UK team that is something we’ve long been without – a cool site that isn’t trying to sell anything, simply showing the breadth of cool technology that Microsoft is involved in. It’s very much in the spirit of Blue Monster so I was delighted to see that image...
27 Jul 2009
Blue Monster Cube Grenades
[the shelf above my “cube” at home sporting an original] Hugh is on a riff and roll at the moment with Cube Grenades – something his audience has been doing with his stuff for years but he’s only just noticed. Often the way. I’m lucky enough to have a number of Hugh originals both in the standard business...
17 May 2009
Gapingvoid Galley Goes Live
My buddy Hugh MacLeod mentioned to me last week he had a new project he was about to reveal and today it’s live. Hugh has finally opened a gallery of his prints - http://www.gapingvoidgallery.com/ – where you can now buy his work. I say finally as within a few months of meeting Hugh I was badgering him...
22 Apr 2009
Of Blue Monsters and Tattoo’s
A number of people including Todd Bishop , BoingBoing , CrunchGear , Dennis Howlett and CNBC have posts about Dan Woodman being laid off from Microsoft and for a while it was floating high on Techmeme. At the very least, Dan’s new blog just got some great juice. For those late to the story, Dan...
5 Feb 2009
My Business Card Gets a Service Pack
It’s been a while since I caught up with my buddy Hugh and under the watchful eye of my boss he pointed out that the business card I snagged from Hugh a while back needed an update. Desktop became devices and now it truly is the Software plus Services business card. So this is my new card. Sort...
9 Dec 2008
Blue Monster in Paris
As my pal Kris announced last week Blue Monster is coming to Paris next week bug stylee…we’ll be at LeWeb . Hugh MacLeod, Kris Hoet, myself and a few other BM fans. I hear that there will also be wine. Yeah….remember the wine? I’m really getting back in to the Blue Monster at the moment...
6 Dec 2008
Microsoft’s Magic Pixie Dust
A friend just pointed me to Rory’s blog entry from the PDC – it’s a pretty accurate and fun view of what 3 days in the land of Microsoft looks like and I think Rory enjoyed himself. This part made me smile in particular: But then a Microsoft internal blogger showed me two products - the...
15 Nov 2008
‘Cross The Breeze
My pal Kris Hoet just posted this great presentation – full of beautiful images and great quotes. I wish I’d created it…but will just have to shamelessly steal from him for my next preso :) As with all good presentations, the slides on their own are not very informative – they require the presenter to...
14 Nov 2008
Two Smarts Guys Do Ten Questions
A great conversation between two of my pals – in fact two of the smartest guys I know. If you haven’t read David’s book you should go get it (disclaimer – I was interviewed for the book Blue Monster gets several pages). If you want to know what happens in a post advertising, post media hype world...
5 Nov 2008
Real Blue Monster Stuff
I spent a day at Microsoft Research in Cambridge yesterday and though I’ve been there before and seen projects like SenseCam yesterday I was truly blown away. The work that this lab in Cambridge does is really quite astonishing. I sat with a group of Microsoft staff and distinguished visitors...
4 Nov 2008
The Blue Monster has a great 2nd birthday in LA
[Blue Monster PDC edition] The PDC is winding down and it’s been a hell of a week. A week of so many coincidences for me. For a birthday week it’s been incredibly memorable. 5 years ago I was at PDC and also had my birthday here – I had dinner in the same place this week and even got a cocktail...
30 Oct 2008
My PR man
My pal David Brain launched his book “ Crowd Surfing ” last Thursday at the Groucho in London. David is my Mr PR – he’s bloody good at what he does and does it with great humour and passion. In this video he talks about Blue Monster and becomes my PR man….thanks buddy, I love the book and only...
30 Sep 2008
Blue Monster lives on
It’s been a while since I mentioned Blue Monster but I’m glad to say it’s alive and well. I’m in Redmond for the second week and have noticed it around campus a few times this week in Bld 18 and notably out at our Willows campus (photo above). I also noticed is over on Stephen’s blog - UX Evangelist...
25 Sep 2008
The Blue Monster book club continues
The Blue Monster book club expanded last week with Niall Cook’s Enterprise 2.0 . This is the second book that I’m aware of that covers Blue Monster as a case study – in this case titled Humanizing Microsoft. Niall talks about the role Robert Scoble played until his departure in 2006 and the creation...
20 Aug 2008
My chum David Brain is about release a book on the unsuspecting public and if it’s as good as the man in person or his blog, it promises to be a fine read. Crowd Surfing is available for pre-order now . What’s it all about? Welcome to the world of the crowd surfer: a world in which a new...
6 Aug 2008
Blue Monster tattoo
Gosh ….I’m speechless. Coincidentally I spotted someone in our Reading office with it on a t-shirt today! Rock on.
30 Jul 2008
Personality Not Included
This brilliantly titled book arrived at Chez Clayton today. Personality Not Included is by Rohit Bahrgava and discussed the increasingly well travelled topic of company brands and how the era of mass communication is changing them (and us). As I always do when I get a new book like this, I flipped to...
13 Jun 2008
A Brand (New) Recipe For Microsoft
Brace yourself for my longest post in a some time. This topic has been something I’ve been stewing on for a while and finally was motivated to write about when I read Sean Ammirati’s post entitled My Recipe for Microsoft — Act More Like CP+B . He references the recent Fast Company article Can Alex...
6 Jun 2008
Scoble’S Social Object
Scoble’s Social Object – his MacBook Pro. Good to see his still has the Blue Monster sticker on it I gave him at MIX07.
1 Jun 2008
Armano on Blue Monster
David posted a piece about Blue Monster just as I was leaving MIX08 and though he mistook Liveside's Kip Kniskern for a Microsoft employee, his views still hold - there were quite a few softies I saw wandering the floor with the Blue Monster on their laptop or cards. This captured the spirit pretty...
9 Mar 2008
Noodling on Doodling
A while back the Blue Monster appeared in the Financial Times when Stormhoek put it on a bottle of wine for geeks. Now it's in BusinessWeek as Doug MacMillan explores the impact of cartoons and doodling on business. Rock on as Hugh would say :) I spoke with Doug last week and provided answers...
25 Feb 2008
Scoble weeps for Microsoft....
.....and the blogosphere now holds it's breath until Feb 27th as apparently two guys working inside a big company still can change the world. "Curtis Wong and Jonathan Fay, researchers at Microsoft, fired up their machines and showed me something that I can’t tell you about until February...
14 Feb 2008
Microsoft TechNet ServerQuest gets some Blue Monster
Video: The Blue Monster makes his video game debut I've been waiting on this for a while and it just released. Check out Microsoft TechNet - ServerQuest for some early nineties gaming action that includes Blue Monster. Just when you thought your eyes had finally healed from years of straining...
31 Jan 2008
Bono, Bill and Blue Monster
These guys keep appearing in videos together. I fully expect to see Bill in the next U2 video. Lots of good talk in this video but right there at the end Bono (31:10) gives us a little Blue Monster . Rock on as my pal Hugh would say :)
26 Jan 2008
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