Voyeuristic and bit indulgent, but at the same time interesting in a kind of not that important international social document kinda way. Iain of the Crack Unit has set up a flickr photopool of Computers behind blogs. Maybe it should be renamed computers and desks and stuff behind blogs. PS. The pics above are sequentially generated from the photopool. That’s not my desk you’re looking at there, although my mess is in the pool if you go look.
Archives for January 2007
“Mao’s Red Lounge is the comfortable warm sweater of Hanoi’s bar scene. Nestled in the heart of the old quarter on Ta Hien Street, the bar is an unpretentious, snug and comfy place to lounge, drink and be yourself. Like a trusty old sweater, it’ll keep you warm all night with a late closing time and friendly service. The bar staff here are hard-working but won’t hassle you with constant inquiries about whether you’d prefer a Carlsberg beer instead of the cheap Halida you’re drinking. Those looking to get freaky on the dance floor it’s best head to one of Hanoi’s few proper night clubs like New Century; those looking to impress their date with stylish settings and expensive flirtini cocktails should saunter down to bars like the Sofitel Metropole’s Met Pub. But if you want to chill out, have a chat or just check out where my dogs at, Mao’s is the destination,” according to Michael Libucha in The Vietnam News.
This week’s BBC Radio 4 In Business radio show/podcast goes to Vietnam to report on
“a country fast becoming a star performer in Asia. Peter Day goes to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta and looks at the rapid growth of the rural economy and why Ho Chi Minh City is a good bet for foreign investment.”
It’s quite a glowing report of explosive growth, optimism and opportunity. However, as he says at the end,
“The economists say that within a year or two the citizens of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi will have enough money to start spending it on cars… The human scale of the city is about to disappear… And there’s no getting it back when that happens.”
The human scale also means all those street corner food stalls and streetcarts. You can listen to it at the BBC In Business site or subscribe to the podcast. Be warned though, I think the BBC makes these podcasts available from their site for one week only.
And I don’t think I heard the war word once.
In the end it was close, but the shrimp battered the snail 53.3% to 46.7%. May I take this opportunity to say I hope the shrimp gets taken down a peg or two in the next round. My condolences to the equally disenfranchised Russell, who not only lost the – impossible to lose, but lose he did – bacon vs. sausage battle, but also had his bike nicked from somewhere in central London today. And then there’s the hot favourite, pin-up foodblogger Adam who somehow dropped the burger ball against… lamb… that’s gotta hurt. Oh well… at least it snowed today.
Could you give up the 9 to 5… at least theoretically… if you’re a J list blogger covering a miniscule niche and you’re living in a low rent part of the planet… Hmmm??? I planned to write a piece at the end of 2006 all about how a combination of Adsense and a J list blog could – could – help make some folk in some parts of some countries a comfortable living. However, I’ve written about this in more depth here and in the comments here. And in the end, I have nothing much to add to all that apart from one World Bank factoid,
"2.8 billion people—more than half the people in developing countries—live on less than $700 a year. Of these, 1.2 billion earn less than $1 a day"
There’s an un-fleshed out argument to be made here that some development agencies would be well advised to learn about social media, blogging and Adsense. And for those agencies to see where blogging might be included as one part of a social and economic development plan. There’s a better argument, or at least a more proven one, that says if you blog and you use Adsense and you can write at least moderately well then blogging may just pay for your rent and your rice.
Beyond ferretting through the extensive archives in the right hand column, if you really want to get under the bonnet of this blog I suggest you subscribe to some of the RSS Feeds listed below.
I’m a bit thick, what’s RSS?
Click here. Read, digest and go get yourself organised. Hit the subscribe link below to receive updates direct to your RSS Newsreader as soon as I upload them. It should also subscribe you through Bloglines if you use that service.
Alternatively, you can subscribe using good ol’ fashioned email just like grandma uses.
I think your writing’s crap, can I just receive the photos instead?
You can. View the noodlepie flickr photostream. There are more photos there than appear on the blog. You can subscribe at the bottom of the page. All totally free. Yes. I really am that generous.
Actually, now I come to think of it, your photos are pretty crap too. Isn’t there anything better on this blog?
Can you recommend something better for me to read?
I keep some bookmarks at del.icio.us. Subscribe to the feed here. However, I rarely bookmark Vietnam/food sites, it’s mostly obscure rubbish of no interest to anyone but me. You can see who I like to read regularly in my RSS subscriptions.
Hello there. This food blog is total crap. There must be better, but where?
Click this link. Click snail. Click vote. That is all.
Tight as a natt’s chuff. My posh side says lamb, but my heart, arteries and high blood pressure say burgers. Vote at The Carnivore Project.
"Upload your photos and video here to have them considered for use in articlesand features on Yahoo! News."
A day after You Witness News launched, and purely by coincidence, the citizen journalism photo agency Scoopt sent an open letter to users of the popular (Yahoo! owned) photosharing site flickr. Scoopt asked flickrites to tag their newsworthy photos with the word ‘Scoopt’ whenever they think a snap is saleable and/or newsworthy.
I do some work for Scoopt and we had discussed the idea of the open letter and Scoopt tagging in flickr for a month or two before Scoopt uberlord Kyle Macrae went ahead and released the letter. In the end, the timing of the launch of You Witness News and Scoopt’s open letter was purely coincidental.
A month or more has passed and this morning I took a spin through the You Witness News site and Flickr and I jotted down a few interesting statistics,