Things of note for the week ending July 11th, 2014.
1. Village Buildings as Art
In Burkina Faso, near the bottom of a hill over looking the sun-drenched West African savannah, there’s a village where every house is its own individual work of art.
Its residents, the nobility of the Kassena people, have lived in the region since the 15th century and are one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Burkina Faso. Keeping itself fairly isolated from the outside world (the photographer negotiated for a year before being allowed to enter) the village comes with strict rules, such as ‘only the most noble family is allowed to carry an umbrella’.
I doubt it rains much there but still.
More details, as well as more photos, over on Messy Nessy Chic.
2. My Life as a Tech Evangelist
I first met Myriam Joire – aka ‘Tnkgrl‘ – way back in September 2008, and since then she’s gone from a self-made mobile blogger, to technology news reporter at Engadget, to Tech Evangelist for the ‘original’ (and best) smartwatch, Pebble. This post, entitled ‘So what is it you do anyway?’ an,d published on Medium last Saturday, goes into the detail of what it means to be a Tech Evangelist at a start up in the one of the newest and most exciting product categories today.
â€œHow do you become a tech evangelist?â€ I get this question a lot. First, you need to be an extrovert who loves tech. You have to be comfortable talking with peopleâ€Šâ€”â€Šwhether individually or up on stage, in front of thousands. Itâ€™s also important to have a solid understanding of the tech world and how it operates. You want be familiar with the products in your market and beyond, including the competition. Relationships are criticalâ€Šâ€”â€Šstart building connections with as many people in tech as possible, especially the media. Attend conferences and events, and have a strong presence online (social media, blog, etcâ€¦) Be yourself, be honest, be critical, be fair, andâ€Šâ€”â€Šmost importantlyâ€Šâ€”â€Šhave fun!
Myriam is a great person, Pebble is a great product (trust me, I know), and this is a great post.
3. Toilet Tennis
Wimbledon came to an end last week and, as Djokovic enjoys his well-deserved championship, the New York Times has a great article about the uncertain protocol around Grand Slam toilet breaks.
Not the most exciting of topics you might think, but brilliant reading (and trivia).
As Djokovic and the restless crowd waited, Murray stood alone in a tiny, one-toilet bathroom just off the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
â€œI stood in front of the mirror with sweat dripping down my face, and I knew I had to change what was going on inside,â€ he said the next spring. â€œSo I started talking. Out loud. â€˜You are not losing this match,â€™ I said to myself. â€˜You are not losing this match.â€™ I started out a little tentative, but my voice got louder. â€˜You are not going to let this one slip. This is your time.â€™
â€œAt first, I felt a bit weird, but I felt something change inside me. I was surprised by my response. I knew I could win.â€
He did not say whether he used the toilet.
4. 100 Social Media Content ‘Ideas’
This Forbes article lists off 100 different things you can do in social.
Rather confidently named ‘100 Killer Ideas For Your Social Media Content‘ it is aÂ little disingenuous in its pitch however, given that the article reels off a century of tactical things you can actually do with your social media pages, I’m willing to give it a pass.
Where it lacks in strategy (e.g.: ‘Share a Reddit topic!’), it makes up for in sheer volume.
Bookmark it for when you need to mainline some CONTENTIFICATION.
I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this already. I honestly thought I had but it must’ve been a dream. In short, WOLFCOP looks AMAZING. io9 is calling it ‘The best 80s film ever made in 2014‘ and, while I haven’t actually seen it yet, the trailer is a BLAST.
I’ll put it out there, I love love love werewolf flicks. I’ve seen ’em all. Twice.
Wolfcop is next on my list.
I reckon it should be on yours too.
—- Whatley out.
Bonuses this week:
- Last week you got 8mins on Spielberg. This week I’m giving you 8mins on Michael Bay. If you’ve no idea why he gets such a pasting from time to time, just watch this.
- Did you know that there’s a surprisingly strong case for colonising Venus? Well you do now. Seriously, this stuff will blow your mind.
- Dangerous Question: Does Internet Advertising Work At All?