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The other notable feature of Photo of the Day is that we are using our Flickr account to store the images. Each image is uploaded to Flickr, extensively tagged and where possible, also geotagged.

...

Already we’re connecting with other professional photographers on Flickr (and we’ve only just launched!). This is a good example of how a museum can utilise an existing content community (Flickr) to generate extra exposure for and conversations around its media assets.

I think this last comment has applications well beyond museums - we could all be thinking of ways we can leverage our businesses sideways into other communities." 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If you're in the business of sending out newsletters, you're probably already using HTML email, but stay in touch with the thoughts of the guys from Campaign Monitor , and in particular check out Mat Patterson's excellent notes from his recent presentation at the Future of Web Design in New York. Campaign Monitor really have done an excellent job in helping people follow best practices in this area." 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What does interest me though is people's obsessive fascination with the game. An obsessive fascination that leads to this fine bit of work by Myles Eftos, an unholy alliance between cricinfo and twitter. Follow http://twitter.com/baggygreen to get ball by ball commentary of any game involving Australia. And go here to see how, Warney-like, Myles weaves his magic. I guess this whole exercise goes some way toward answering a question I ponder every night while standing in line at the supermarket: why is Ricky Ponting on the cover of Alpha magazine?" 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Live Cinema today stands for the simultaneous creation of sound and image in real time by sonic and visual artists who collaborate on equal terms and with elaborate concepts. The traditional parameters of narrative cinema are expanded by a much broader conception of cinematographic space, the focus of which is no longer the photographic construction of reality as seen by the camera’s eye, or linear forms of narration. The term "Cinema" is now to be understood as embracing all forms of configuring moving images, beginning with the animation of painted or synthetic images.

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News from 2007

Memories and articles from back in the day

Ten things that will change your future

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No, not actually keeping your resolutions (though that might help), but the Sydney Morning Herald begins the year with a look forward to Ten things that will change your future. Well worth a glance, and featuring some quotes from and coverage of Web Directions speakers Adrian Holovaty, Mark Pesce, … Read more »

What don't you want for Christmas?

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  • December 20, 2007
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Yes, it’s true, those crazy lads Tim Lucas and Cameron Adams have way too much time on their hands, but let’s indulge them in a bit of silliness shall we?

Don’t let that acidic Chirstmas vitriol fester in your stomach until it explodes in a shower of turkey giblets on December … Read more »

Web Directions North – extended early bird ends Friday

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To give folks a little more time to organize at this holiday time of the year, we’ve extended the early bird pricing (only $CDN795) for Web Direction North until this Friday only, December 7th at midnight (just before the 8th starts to be absolutely clear).

Email Standards Project launches

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The Email Standards Project is a great advocacy and support initiative from the Campaign Monitor crew. Launched today, it aims to work with email client developers and the design community to improve web standards support and accessibility in email.

It really is hard to believe that it’s been 10 … Read more »

New blog at the Powerhouse Museum

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Just launched is a new blog at Australia’s own Powerhouse Museum – Photo of the Day, showcasing some of the incredible photography created on a day by day basis by the museum’s photographers. Here you will see photography that goes far beyond that which simply documents museum’s collection, or … Read more »

Web Directions in Desktop Magazine

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During Web Directions South, Managing Editor of SitePoint, and long time Web Directions supporter Matt Magain interviews me about the conference, its goals, and so on, for Desktop Magazine. If you don’t have access to the magazine (issue 234!) then you can read it online now, thanks to … Read more »

The Future of Email Design

Yeah look, I can be irked by an HTML email as much as the next person, but step outside the rarefied atmosphere we all live and breathe for a moment and talk to some friends who work in just about any other sector and you’ll understand why they just aren’t … Read more »

Why wikipedia does not run ads

I’m kind of guessing that all of you who have looked up anything on Wikipedia in the last 24hrs will have seen the link to Why Wikipedia Does Not Run Ads. Check it out if not.

It has some really strong arguments about how destructive the injection of cash could … Read more »

Ghost Town – another reason to check out Perth’s ByteMe! festival

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  • November 21, 2007
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Web Directions attendee Kate Raynes-Goldie has started a pervasive gaming company over in Perth – Giant Dice. Their first Perth venture, a mobile locative game called Ghost Town, will be held from December 2-9, as part of the ByteMe! Festival of digital content.

Mobile locative games are an … Read more »

Cricket action via twitter

OK, let me preface this by saying that my care factor for cricket per se is barely measurable on on the non quantum level. What does interest me though is people’s obsessive fascination with the game.

An obsessive fascination that leads to this fine bit of work by Myles Eftos, an … Read more »

Off to Perth again

Isn’t it funny how you will have never been to a particular city in your life, and then you find yourself going there twice in just a few months?

I had a great time checking out Perth and Margaret River back in August when the good people from Western Australian … Read more »

Relive Mark Pesce’s Mob Rules at Youtube

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  • November 1, 2007
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Mark Pesce’s closing keynote, Mob Rules, was definitely one of the high points of Web Directions South this year. Most of you have probably had a look at the transcript, and maybe even listened to the MP3. But what’s really great is that Mark has gone to the … Read more »

First Slidecast available

I’d say you’ve been following the podcasts of the presentations from Web Directions South as they come onstream, and we’ve also gathered together a lot of the slides into the resources site.

But something new and supercool has just come online: Scott Gledhill has gone the extra mile and … Read more »

Make the world a better place, one micropayment at the time

Got wind of a really cool Aussie project today: The Footprints Network.

This is a great little system to easily funnel micropayments from any online store’s customers to genuinely needy organisations the world over.

There’s an approval process to join the network, but then you get an API that you can … Read more »

Web Directions Speakers in the New: Mike Cannon-Brookes

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  • October 21, 2007
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Co-founder of Atlassian, Mike Cannon-Brookes, who spoke at WDS07, [slides online now, presentation podcast to come] this week announced that Atlassian is partnering with Microsoft to enable Atlassian’s enterprise wiki confluence to be integrated with Microsoft’s SharePoint. More details including an interview with fellow antipodean Richard McManus at … Read more »