Trimming in Public – Part 4

Cleaning out my RSS, ten feeds at a time –

Background + parts 1, 2 and 3 also available.

Shall we?

Anssi Mäkelä
Ex-client, but still a mate. Anssi hasn’t blogged in so long that his URL is now up for sale. We’re friends on Facebook, so what the hell?
Decision: Remove

atmaspheric | endeavor
Jonathan Greene is a) a great guy b) a smart chap and c) head of super smart stuff at R/GA NY. All of these things (especially ‘a’), make this one an easy choice.
Decision: Keep

A relative newcomer to the RSS reader, Austin Madison is an animator at Pixar and his blog is a BLAST. Case in point, this recent post about a Batman-related sketch game he played with a friend.

The output is awesome –

Decision: Keep

Babbling VC
I can’t remember how or why I came across Paul Jozefak, I think he was of SpinVox’s first German users and we got chatting over Twitter one day. Anyway, as the title suggests, Paul is a venture capitalist based in Hamburg and his blog is a great insight into the world of funding start ups. I like it, and I like him.
Decision: Keep

Bastian Lehmann
I used to work with Basti at Refresh Mobile, about six years ago(!!!), and we’ve always had a decent admiration for each other’s hair-brained approach to creativity and ideas… These days he’s working his backside off over in San Francisco, as founder and CEO of awesome quick delivery service, Postmates. Basti’s never been a big blogger, so it’s no surprise that his site is no longer active. Ah well, I’ll just stalk him on Twitter instead.
Decision: Remove

BBH Labs
This is one of those blogs that doesn’t publish often but, when it does, it pushes and challenges my own thinking virtually every single time. I can’t recommend it enough. Basically, if you’re not reading this, then you’re an idiot. The end.
Decision: Keep

Be Inspired
The blog of Mediavest’s EVP, Steven Wolfe Pereira, I literally have no idea whether to keep it or not. He’s nuts. Like proper mad as a box of frogs nuts. Mediaczar put me onto him yonks ago; some of his stuff I read, some of his stuff I skip over and never look back. Actually, the really good stuff is actually bloody great. So…
Decision: Keep 

Ben Ayers
I’ve known Ben through ‘the industry’ for fair few years now, first when he was doing social at ITV and now, as head of social media at Carat. He’s a good chap, but for some reason his blog no longer works. Rubbish. Sort it out Ben!
Decision: Remove 

Quite literally the best video blog I subscribe to.
Quite possibly the only video blog I subscribe to.
Quite definitely the best video blog in the world.
The end.
Decision: Keep 

Ben’s Posterous Blog
The posterous blog of one Ben Smith. Mobile-blogger (currently one third of the 361 Degrees Podcast), smart chap and long-time friend of mine, Ben’s blog is one of those things that I subscribe to and then kind of forget about [he doesn’t post that often – not here at least] but then get pleasantly surprised again when new content appears. Case in point, this rather blog post about London 2012. Check it.
Decision: Keep 


Part 4 is in the bag, part 5 when I get ’round to it.

Whatley out.



Trimming in Public – Part 2

I’m publicly sorting through my RSS feed, ten feeds at a time.
Background (and part 1) posted last week.

Next ten, here we go –

501st TK Project
We’re into part two and we hit the first of my geeky/arty subscriptions that help connect things in a different way. The 501st TK Project is, believe it or not, an entire blog dedicated to Stormtrooper Helmet mods. No, no really. IT IS AWESOME. Well, it was. The last post went live on Christmas Eve 2010 and there hasn’t been one since. I’ve no idea why. Sad really. The blog is still live so you’re still able to check out the community submissions however, for the purpose of this exercise, it’s time to cut.
Decision: Remove 

Ha! Hilariously this is the ex-tumblr of one Stefan Constantinescu – the chap that originally inspired this series of posts (and someone with whom I’m now podcasting – more on that, later) God knows when he stopped tumbling, but it looks like the blog is dead. So… even though it started out well… it’s time to say goodbye.
Decision: Remove 

:: gia’s blog ::
Gia Milinovich is a lovely woman. I first met her at the original Tuttle club (or maybe perhaps through Seesmic, I forget) and the soft, warm american drawl had me at hello. These days, she’s known as Mrs Brian Cox (something she’s written about also) but having worked on everything from X-Files through to Indiana Jones (and a fair bit inbetween) her blog is quite frankly, excellent.
Decision: Keep

a binary life (aka ‘the typing monkey’)
The blog of my friend Ana Bee. Ana and I met on the now-defunct (but fondly remembered) Finnish social network, Jaiku. A former Londoner who now lives back in her native Poland, Ana’s distinct point of view on the world is one that I quite enjoy. That as well being quite bonkers means that her blog gets to stay.
Decision: Keep 

a Brilliant Blog
Brilliant by name, brilliant by nature – I met Jeb Brilliant at Mobile World Congress several years back. We’ve met up several times since then, even managing to work together on both Mobile Geeks of LA + Las Vegas, and he’s a great guy. A massive mobile head, like me, his opinions often jive with mine – so I like to read them.
Decision: Keep 

A smidge of what I fancy
I love Peter Hay. The end.
Decision: Keep

About Foursquare
When I was working at the ‘heads (and constantly getting my inner creative technologist on), being on top of the latest and greatest developments across multiple social networks was part of the game. About Foursquare, the unofficial source for all things related to the location-based service, was one of my tools (and it helped). Lately, it’s mainly been about badges and promotions but, that aside, it’s still a good way to keep an eye on what brands are doing in this space. It’s rare that anything gets missed, and on that basis alone, it stays.
Decision: Keep 

Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
Futurologist, ex-Nokian and author (of the fantastic ‘Everyware: the dawning age of of ubiquitous computing’), Adam Greenfield is one helluva smart guy. I saw him speak once, at Nokia Open Labs 2008, where he discussed how the line between man and machine will continually blur over the coming years and used the humble contact lens as his example. While he doesn’t blog that much these days, he’s still an engaging writer and, when he does put e-pen to e-paper, I’m all ears / eyes.
Decision: Keep 

The blog of Saatchi & Saatchi strategy director, Richard Huntington. I like it.
Decision: Keep 

Creative inspiration from Darryl, Bill and Angela. I found this blog after following Darryl there after he left his switched from Brandflakes for Breakfast (another great source of interesting advertising stuff). There’s a whole bunch of cool stuff that gets chucked out several times a day. Good to keep an eye on what’s going on out in the industry. Especially good for ‘Yeah, been done’ conversations.
Decision: Keep 

Part two finished. Part three coming at some point in the future.
Meanwhile, while we’re sharing, do have any suggestions for blogs I should be reading?

Let me know.

Muchos gracias.