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Attack on suits

July 16th, 2014 No comments



Apple (R)  | Bloomberg (R) | Getty Images

Apple (R) | Bloomberg (R) | Getty Images



Tech behemoths Apple and IBM announced a partnership Tuesday that could make Apple—traditionally a consumer brand—a major player in the business market.

IBM said it would create a class of more than 100 business applications exclusively for iPhones and iPads to run on Apple’s iOS platform. In return, IBM will sell Apple’s products with 100 industry-specific apps to its clients worldwide.



Every brand manager can pay lip service to mobile first these days

The partnership is about “transforming enterprise,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC in an exclusive interview. The partnership aims to “deliver on the promise of mobile in a big way,” he said.

Insanely great when every suit can soon do what mommy bloggers have been doing for more than a decade.

Read in full by Matt Hunter.



Sell an unemployed

July 14th, 2014 No comments



Verklopft die Arbeitslosen

Sell an unemployed



Killing two birds with one stone. That’s what this new platform – “Sell an unemployed” – does (in Dutch). It is an initiative by the ACC, the Belgium Association of Communication Companies, to persuade text writers to become a copywriter in advertising – there always seems to be a shortage. That’s the first bird. Since the text writers need to help Belgians find a job through an eloquently written application letter, the platform can also be seen as a charity – the second bird. And if the application letter does well – both effectively and according to a jury – the ambitious text writer can win a master class copywriting. The winner of the master class wins a job at Happiness Brussels – also responsible for the concept. So, maybe even 3 birds with one stone.

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Wrong. Empathy with the unemployed may help with generating traffic for the campaign, it won’t help the unemployed though. How does the jury measure effectiveness if not by the count of those under contract by the end of the campaign? Should I not have misinterpreted the copy on the site, one person will win a job at the agency in charge of the campaign.


Claim and proof thereof in real time next to each other


Why would you get your hopes up on anything that didn’t bother demonstrate what its claim was alongside proof thereof?



The great social media swindle
comes in many colors



Today, nearly any claim can be demonstrated along with its proof in real time.

Narrow minded folks may only want to trust such promises that appear to be worth their trust as long as they are supported by real-time figures verifying the promise.

The other option is to adopt a generous attitude at the cost of precision.



Reimagining German Philosopher’s book cover

July 13th, 2014 6 comments



Markus Gabriel's book cover reimagined.

Why the world doesn’t exit. Markus Gabriel’s book cover reimagined.



German Publisher Ullstein's book design


You may have found the German editions of Malcom Gladwell’s brilliant bestsellers ugly. Germany’s youngest philosopher Markus Gabriel’s bestselling book design is uglier yet. The reimagined cover I did to reflect the upbeat, fun nature of its content, is leaning on another German bestselling author’s excellent book covers. Those of Johannes Mario Simmel books.



    American Dad

    July 12th, 2014 No comments

    Stay sick. Get blue.

    July 11th, 2014 No comments



    Stay sick - Get blue

    Twin sister trades and talents



    One got away with murder, now ready to publish book two of the Micanopy Murders. The other sis, has singed fingers and a threefold of crowds to please with pretty much one and the same craft and connected skill set. That of a certified millinery and proven custom & set designer under contract at a renown theatre in Linz, Austria.



    Twin sister tumblrs

    Twin sisters tumblrs


    Feather. Death. Crown.
    The work and investigation of Elizabeth Blue.


    A new generation comic artist, she has returned to the early stage of comic art. Long before the Days of Marvel, when hand drawn lines got simplified and Hergé invented ligne claire with Tintin. Black and white pencil drawings from which to expect a new definition for comics in modern day story telling.


    No more l'oiseaux qui rie

    Elizabeth is a farmer’s wife in Oregon, USA.

    Singed Fingers
    Hats, sets and costumes by Dido Victoria


    Dido attended millinery school near Hamburg. She got hired as apprentice at the lesser known of the two remaining millinery businesses in Berlin. Watch her singed fingers do delicate work and note the calm in her face and you know why she has chosen a kind of creative work near extinction.


    the name is D-i-d-o

    The name to remember is Dido


    Brace – brace, we’re landing on the Hudson.

    Both blogging sisters now have a responsive system going of their own. At no cost other than a short period per day to keep their diaries up to date.



    Elizabeth's boar with a dash of Errol Flynn and Dido's Jan Delay collection

    Elizabeth’s boar and Dido’s Jan Delay collection



    Dido already has two inventions to show for. That of the riding hood or robin hood, which Kanye West may consider his next mask du jour. And the current inside-out hat collection, she calls “candy colours”. She may want to consider a more demanding name. A collection named after Jan Delay or Johnny Depp, who ever comes first to wear her hat.

    Atlantic Press is publishing Elizabeth book two of the Micanopy Murders. A collaborative work with her amazing mentor and aunt Jamie-Lee got auctioned off at Sotheby’s in London. Cool, calm collectiveness: “I honestly don’t know why people get so worked up about a little murder. Tom Ripley”

    Ripley Under Ground. Patricia Highsmith.




    Stay sick. Get blue.

    Most people are aware of what history class has taught them. History gets written by the victor.

    It’s obvious that if you aim to claim victory, be the ones to write your history yourselves. Development is a friend and continuity takes on the hard work for you.

    £12.49 GB including shipping





    Show your work

    July 10th, 2014 No comments



    Austin Kleon handy book next to Dido Victoria's hat show. (c)Dido Victoria Millinery

    Austin Kleon handy book next to Dido Victoria’s hat show



    Show Your Work - Don't mess with Texas Photo credit: A. Ward via Wikimedia Commons

    Please curate free of clutter – Don’t mess with Texas



    It can’t be any simpler than that. If you don’t show it, nothing comes from it. You can always remove your blog entry at a later point, when you figure, it doesn’t support your philosophy or strategy.

    Much like his first, Austin Kleon’s second handy little book, provides short practical instructions for the marketing practitioner who has been caught by surprise by the newness of the early 21st century.

    A quick and rather pragmatic way to retain orientation. Great for young people (think of one half of the Spanish youth without a job) unwilling to enter unemployment right after school. A godsend for 50 somethings, facing reality of impossibility to re-enter the job force, not in the ad industry anyway. Soon it will be available in your language as the Russian copy indicates.

    Get a signed copy at Austin’s Book People for $11.95.



      Apple pulls the plug on iPhoto

      June 30th, 2014 No comments



      MICHAEL DWECK | Surf’s up, Camp hero, Montauk, New York, 2006

      Great start into the week with the uplifting confirmation of Apple replacing iPhoto

      Come next year Yosemite’s Photo app replaces iPhoto. Aperture get’s stabbed as well. Next iTunes must go.Michael Dweck | Surf’s up, Camp hero, Montauk, New York, 2006



      View screenshot of OS X Photo.
      Full story by John Brownlee



      I was doing ok, then I woke up

      June 29th, 2014 No comments



      Source: (c) Charles M. Schulz

      ©Charles M. Schulz via this isn’t happiness™



      Although Markus Gabriel must share some of the huge interest in this entry with Peanuts’ and Peteski’s popularity, a good portion of interest remains for intended content.

      In her book, De l’Allemagne, which was published 1813 in England, after it was forbidden 1810 in France, the Frenchwoman madame de Staël spoke of the Germans as versing and thinking humans.

      The ideal of the connection of art and science, esp. the philosophy is being updated by Gabriel’s new philosphy and conventionally distributed through his book, the knowledge transfer however is broken, it requires the widely spread and operation of a responsive system for citizens to pick up in the 21st century where the age of enlightenment left of in the 17th century.

      No hard to overcome, huge obstacle, knowledge transfer takes place digitally from one to many and affordable CM systems are readily available off-the-shelf.



      Quelle: (c) Schulz Peanuts



      I’ve developed a new philosophy… I only dread one day  at a time.


      US entry
      Dec 18th, 2013



      Markus Gabriel

      For two hundred years,
      Germany has been a market leader in all things philosophy, now is the time to revive the tradition.

      Due to the economic position, Germany must take on more responsibility globally, at the very least in its European context.

      Germany must know how they want to be viewed in Europe.

      In command of the German language read on.



      Quelle: (c) Schulz Peanuts



      Ich habe eine neue Philosophie entwickelt. Ich fürchte nur
      einen Tag nach dem anderen.


      German entry
      Dec 18th, 2013



      Neuer Realismus von Markus Gabriel

      Zweihundert Jahre lang sei Deutschland Marktführer in Sachen Philosophie gewesen, nun sei es an der Zeit, diese Tradition wieder aufleben zu lassen.

      Deutschland muss aufgrund der ökonomischen Vorrangstellung mehr Verantwortung übernehmen im globalen, mindestens aber im gesamteuropäischen Zusammenhang.

      Deutschland soll wissen als
      was es in Europa gesehen werden will.






      June 25th, 2014 No comments



      Steve McQueen, King of Cool



      Photograph by Monica Almeida:The New York Times:Redux.

      Photograph by Monica Almeida/The New York Times/Redux.



      As with any public initiative having to do with firearms, the N.J.I.T. project faces large political obstacles. One is the National Rifle Association, which sees smart-gun technology as an attempt by government to crush individual freedoms. Another is anti-gun groups, which believe that safer guns will cause more people to buy them. There are also what Sebastian calls the “yeah, buts,” his name for skeptical questions about the smart gun’s reliability. He listed some of them: “Yeah, but what if your hands are dirty? Yeah, but what if your hands are sweaty? Yeah, but what if you’re wearing a glove?”

      Read in full by Lee Siegel






      Last year, I did an entry about an innovation from Munich, that can turn Armatix’ small business into a monopolist in the US. A mouthful. What I aimed at, was to bring their company website into the 21. Century and help get them the attention to tell their tale of gun safety to the New Jersey authorities. A cold call to the Armatix office here in Munich didn’t get the recipient’s juices flowing and back then, I was not convinced their technology was thought through, not in terms of costs and usability issues.

      It however solves issues the “yeah, buts” bring forward.

      Getting in touch with US CEO Belinda Padilla may get all involved a step closer to resolving the gun safety issues in the 21. Century.

      Read on





      Armatix Sperrelement

      Armatix lock element

      iP1 pistol

      iP1 pistol

      iP1 pistol



      Sorry, no more fraternising.

      June 16th, 2014 No comments