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Everything is a remix or is it?

3 Jun

So, i am writing a novel, it’s a side project i started last year, i attended the Sydney writers festival last week and i have been inspired to continue and finish the project.

It’s basically a novel of ideas

Woodie Guthrie once said

“The words are the important thing. Don’t worry about tunes. Take a tune, sing high when they sing low, sing fast when they sing slow, and you’ve got a new tune.”

Doesn’t sound like plagiarism, now does it?

Woodie had a lot to say


Everything is an idea, ideas are based on previous ideas, the words we say are ideas, they have histories, some words came from other languages, the study of the history of words is called ‘Etymology‘, the letters we use to make up those words have in-depth histories too, the English alphabet is based on previous other alphabets, the letters even have different frequencies.

Everything is depended on the previous idea, like stepping stones, each one is important to traverse the stream.

A bunch of stones in a line or is it?


In China they say

‘You pave the rode your children walk’

A, came before B, and A + B = C, sounds simple enough…

1, comes before 2, 0 comes before both of them and it was invented after 1 and 2, and 0 is the most important number, it enables up to calculate infinitely large and small numbers

 0 was independently invented 3 times, firstly by the Babylonians in the 3rd century BC, Mayans in the 4th century, Indians in the 5th century, Cambodia in the 7th century, China, Islamic countries and tally ho and lastly, here we come riding into Europe in the 12th century, ok 0 is an exception to the rule, we are learning something here, the rule and the exception to the rule.

It is said once a problem is solved in the world, it’s also solved somewhere else independently, but it needs to be solved by someone somewhere.

Knowledge is layered, the bottom layers need the top layers, if they didn’t have them they wouldn’t be on top.

Onions have layers too, when you strip all the layers off, all your left with is the universe.


Everything is a remix, but first you have to copy, transform and combine, The Grey album being a famous example where the Beetles ‘White album’ was mixed with Jay-Z’s ‘Black album’ and what happens when you mix white and black, have a listen

I went to a presentation a few weeks ago by Craig Rispin, he was saying a lot of new advice was old advice rehashed, i was introduced to ‘Consultant debunked unit‘, more and more, people are turning to evidence based consulting, question everything, assume little.


to rework, reuse, or make over (old or already used material)
something consisting of old, reworked, or reused material

There is so much borrowing going on, did you ever knock on your neighbours door looking for a cup of sugar, milk or just some good old fashioned free love? No, the 60’s are over, too soon if you ask me!

Every 2 days we create as much content as we did in 2003

A picture is worth a thousand words, once something is printed it fades, but i hope this collection of thoughts and words to print, any font will do!

So saying this, what I’m writing is going to be a hybrid of the previous stuff i have read and written in my life, from this ‘word’ to shopping lists, past and future to sick notes in school, put in such a way as to seem new, and hopefully that means I’ll get paid and i can keep all the money for myself, live on a hill and look down on people, in fact i grew up on a hill or maybe I’ll just go home?

Maybe i will see and think of home and not the home i make for myself in between these moments in a new way and that might make all the difference?

You might be thinking, what happened at the writers festival for my creative revival?

Well i saw these two poets perform and everyone that heard them was blown away, take a look.

Kate Tempest

Anis Mojgani

Augmented reality, the 8th mass medium, connect the dots…

17 Dec

I’ve been doing a bit of research recently, i have been looking at what the futurists are saying, part of the reason i’m doing this is to try to figure out what i should be doing, thinking to align myself for the future.

A futurist might think of trends and possible scenario’s for future events, I’ve been looking at mass media and the trends they have followed through history

Toni Ahonen:

Tomi Ahonen

According to Tomi Ahonen, they are :

1st mass media, Print  from the late 15th century

2nd mass media, Recordings  from the late 19th century

3rd mass media, Cinema from about 1900

4th mass media, Radio,  from about 1910

5th mass media, TV, from the 1950’s. When i was in Lima i heard when TV was introduced in Peru, the young people in the country could see the great lifestyle that the city had to offer and voted with their feet, and ended up forming the shanty housing to be seen around Lima

6th mass media, Internet, from the 1990’s

7th mass media, Mobile

and now, the 8th mass media will be

8th mass media, Augmented reality

The funny thing with the list of mediums is when the medium was invented it took people a long time to figure out the business application, for example

The 4th Mass medium radio,people thought the radio would be good for broadcasting church services, nothing more, but when people fully understood the business applications of what the medium could do, until…

Wireless signals proved effective in communication for rescue work when a sea disaster occurred. A number of ocean liners installed wireless equipment. In 1899 the United States Army established wireless communications with a lightship off Fire Island, New York.

Two years later the Navy adopted a wireless system. Up to then, the Navy had been using visual signaling and homing pigeons for communication.


The 1st mass medium


Books used to be so precious, in Christchurch cathedral they were locked in cages and bolted to the wall, now you can download rare and precious books waiting of a bus and read them while sitting in the park

Railroads were the internet of their time, and to be honest i’m surprised it’s not on this list of mass mediums, railroads allowed for:

  • Musicians, Education, News traveled at incredible speeds to travel
  • Mobilisation of troops for war, the civil war in America being a good example
  • Sporting teams could travel
  • Manufacturing industries and the Industrial revolution

Railroads altered time: (Source)

Before railroads, each town determined its own time based on calculations about the sun’s position. This system was called “solar time.” Solar time caused problems for people who traveled hundreds of miles in a few hours on a railroad. Before railroads, this could never be done, so there wasn’t any problem with solar time.

However, after railroads spanned the country travelers could pass through several time zones in a day. The railroads operated on a complex time schedule and if each town had a slightly different solar time, things could go wrong. To solve the problem,railroad companies set up standard time. It was a system that divided the United States into four-time zones. Within a time zone, every town had the exact same time.

The standard time system went into affect November 18, 1883. However,Congress did not adopt standard time until 1918. By then, most Americans followed standard time and understood its benefits because following schedules had become part of daily life

Up until the early railroad, people never traveled further that 20 km from where they were born

Can you see a trend here?

Mobile phone timeline

With the 7th mass media, Mobile, one of the reasons that SMS became so appealing is when businesses sent their customers a text, that counted as a legal notification, before that sending out letters was an expensive, time-consuming business and you could be sure if the customer received the message, it’s funny the inventor of SMS Matti Makkonen, received $300 for his invention, Dan Bricklin that invented Excel spreadsheets got nothing

When i was in Scandinavia, i remember hearing how shy teenagers used in the early years of SMS to ask girls out on dates, Nokia used kids for their product development, as they don’t have any pre conceived ideas of how things are supposed to work, that tends to happen a bit later on.

When the first mobile phones were introduced, at the release of mobiles Stockholm had more users than all of London, why? Ericsson which became Sony/Ericsson are based there, so they encouraged the locals to use their phones, so Ericsson could test them

I remember hearing, 10 years ago, pre-smart phone technology of how, when questioned:

Q, Whats the worst thing that could happen to you

A, Losing my mobile phone

I read recently how the employees of a well know company would sneak away from their partner to send messages on their smart phones, and that IT company advised their employees to leave the phone at home and go for a walk on a nature trail.


Steve Jobs said,

 “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

The thing that interests me most is the ideas, sometimes the technology is ahead of the ideas, when you have the idea, you can do just about anything, but it all comes back to an idea and you need to believe in the idea, find the business application, with new technology comes new methodology, after all it’s cost effective to be efficient.

With the 6th mass medium, the technology was ahead of the business ideas


Introducing, Tomi Ahonem and Augmented reality

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