Geek Chart ~ Not For Geeks

http://www.geekchart.com via @mashable

Exponential is the only word to describe what is happening to me. I joined Twitter a couple of months ago. Started watching, then joined in, learned who was important and got a RSS feed to them. Heard about prezi and created two & put them on my website. Became a DJ and put it on my website. I have just added GeekChart to my website. On the front page.

GeekChart is advertised as showing the % of time you spend using social media. In the form of a pie chart. It is graphically very pleasing to the eye. My site is black and white so the colourful chart really stands out. It is not flashy, it is small and unobtrusive. But you won’t miss it. But guess what else it does? It links to your profile on every other site where you have one. It updates in real time so every thing you do now is shown. For example here are my links with some stats.

Twitter ~ 20 million users and growing
YouTube ~ every minute 10 hours of video is uploaded
Flickr ~ 2 billion pictures
Digg ~ 2.7 million as of 2004, 5 years ago!
Stumbleupon ~ 50% bigger than Twitter
Delicious ~ 150 million bookmarked URLs (and this is so out of date)
Last.fm ~ The world’s largest online music catalogue,
Facebook ~ on its way……and
This Blog ~ so… I don’t get the hits, never mind

When you have your GeekChart and you click on the link underneath the chart, you get a summary of everything you’ve done in the last hour, day, week, 30 days. Including the embedded Links in them.

GeekChart, just for Geeks? I don’t think so. Check it out for yourself : http://nowchangeyourlife.com/just4you

P.S. I’m off to tell the world, watch me, I can

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Music ~ Response

Became a DJ this week on blip.fm and have a feed on my web site for special stuff I play. What a fantastic resource it is. I now have music everywhere I surf. OMG it is music eclectic gone mad. I haven’t failed to find a song yet. I have my own playlist and I play requests for people or I just play songs for people for the craic. I was a DJ in my twenties in Torremolinos and I rocked Harry’s Bar. Now its the world aka The Internet, which has become my real home. I live online now. Totally . Blip.fm encapsulates The Internet. Not only does it deliver, it interacts. This is new generation for me – the two-way process. Passivity is really gone the way of all flesh. I fell in love with The Internet when it first came out. It was my socialist dream come true. Everything was free! Guess what? It still is. The Internet sings to me now and I sing a long, occasionally I solo. In perfect 3 part harmony.

Who am I? Nobody special and that is the point, and the message. When I first joined blip.fm I was impressed but, me be a DJ? nah. So I left, for a whole month. Then a friend in Las Vegas played me a song @Enoxh, telling me succinctly to get off my arse and join the party. 3 days of practice and I am a party animal. OK. Over the top?  Think of your most favourite song in the WholeWideWorld. Tell me and I will play it for you. I am serious. Go to http://blip.fm/pjfbncyl and ask.

Sometimes I only remember a fragment, a line, a phrase. Can’t remember the band or the title, only a fragment. So I type the fragment into blip.fm’s search engine. Hey presto found it. I preview it until I have found the original recording or an enhanced version (Stereo / Resampled) or a cover version, or a re-mix. More often than not I stick with the original. I just choose the best qualty. After I have listened to it, I blip it! Sharing with the world with a relevant message.  It automatically updates my music on my website where I keep 20 of my songs. If I am listening to the public channel and hear one of my favourite songs I re-blip it. Currently =I will try to fix you Coldplay.

oh BTW and FYI I have fun. Logged in as “eazi listnin Dave ~ stuck in a lift?  here we go…” and played Prodigy Breathe. Logged in as “traditional , conservative, old-fashioned values kind a guy” and played I’m on a boat (ft TPain) the hottest song on YouTube 2009 20 million hits. Logged in as me,  topic:  the rain, as I live in Ireland, played Riders On The Storm The Doors.  Responded to some heavy rap by muzak_in_the_hood_experiment with Sinead O’Connor She Moved Through The Fair.

How is all this possible? Go to blip.fm. Click on” play”

….in the wee small hours

I feel like an iceberg at the moment. Only a small part of me is visible to the general public, the girls in Centra, people I pass in the street. As Kurt Vonnegut said “The real stuff is up here” tapping his head. I used to fight with my mind, now I have befriended it. I thought it was ephemeral but it seems it is the only thing that is real – in my world. Everywhere I go it tags along, through a glass darkly. So a chautauqua – bet you haven’t heard that word in a coon’s age. Exposing my hippie roots. I digress and ramble.  Icebergs have a wonderful shape, irregular, massive, but they float effortlessly. An iceberg destroyed the Titanic, the pride of humanity’s waves. Pride. With global warming as the permanent ice melts, we will be seeing a lot more of icebergs. What happened to the idea of towing them to thirsty places? Pure water in abundance, their nature.  In an undrinkable ocean. They used to be remote, unknown only seen by the intrepid few. In forbidding climes. Greyish-white ghosts, their bulk not visible except to penguins. I am in good company.

Just Discovered – View Now! Prezi Has Arrived!

Microsoft Powerpoint is dead!

I could blog about this but no sense in repeating myself – Go look! really you will be amazed!

http://prezi.com/51221/

….and tell the world!

Things I Aspire To

“Haughty ideals and preciousness of blogging aside, if one does not love words they ought to shut shop. In truth, there is no definite way to blog. It’s a verb, a doing thing. One commits words to page. And we’re back to precious words again. Loving  them. Loving the art of cleaving clear words clear from the mind or the act of reading them. Enjoying how neatly we tin ideas in them, ready for an expectant eye. Love words, love your blog voice and more importantly, have fun.”

Alexia Golez

Advertising – Research

Found this on the ‘net from Richard Taylor ( plus my bold if you want to skim)

“The Ad industry, like many is in the throes of significant change. Agencies and clients are shifting gears from high production value, “360 degree campaigns” and opting to explore new areas to see what works (and measuring along the way). Users on the Web have developed a taste for authentic communication, often produced by their peers who are very capable of doing this (blogs, reviews, forums etc.). Word of mouth (both positive and negative) spreads more rapidly than ever before and traditional online advertising (such as banners) are largely ignored and rarely clicked on. Many organizations haven’t adapted, still working with production staff that may not have the appropriate skill sets or agility to create lightweight initiatives that can turn on a dime. Many organizations still segment groups into “creative”, “copy” “strategy”, etc.  The reality is that digital keeps forcing these disciplines to collide as seamlessly as technology can be mashed. Organizational disciplines are evolving as well. When a product community helps influence the development of your products is that marketing, R&D or both?

Marketers are fighting to be heard, and few are empowered to actually influence the development of products or services. Meanwhile, some organizations have figured out how to amplify the value of their products and services through their most vocal and connected consumers. Except we’re not really consumers anymore are we? We’ve adapted as well—or at least our behavior has.

Technologies that influence our behavior (like getting us to watch videos on our phones or PCs, update our status daily and spend countless hours managing our online identities) are dictating our future right before our eyes. Whether it comes from Madison Ave, Silicon Valley or somewhere across the globe is irrelevant.”

P.S Updated my Web Site

Welcome to NCYL

Free Stuff

There is so much free stuff  on the Internet you would be foolish not to take advantage of it. Greatest resource on the Internet – your own Google account

1. Have at least two email addresses

I have 5 and I use them for different things. Gmail is highly recommended as it has so many features however it may be hard to get an address you like. Be imaginative and if it’s a bit long or strange don’t worry just use it for surfing and subscribing to stuff that might interest you. Go mad with it initially and after a while if it is getting overwhelming  clean it up (easy search email facility) unsubscribe and delete stuff.  My friend Dermot is a horder – has about 3K unread emails – don’t know how he copes. Gmail is very very professional and links into Google (#1 on the net) seamlessly. Spend a couple of hours a day setting it up – it will pay off, then it can just run on auto. You can also merge several email accounts into one if you are adventurous. I have two, that’s enough for me.

If you are Irish (or a fan) get an Ireland.com address – its a cool email address, easy to remember, and probably still available! Great for your business too. Get your own name while you can. It’s also quite sophisticated and pretty –  I know, but you may as well enjoy yourself!. Spend some time setting it up. You can have folders (unlike Gmail) so there is no reason not to be organised. It also has a good newsfeed for Ireland and the world. Kitty O’Sea’s blog is entertaining. It’s also very good for Irish sports. Do it now! and come back. Open a new tab or window and leave this open. You haven’t finished reading yet.

2. Browsers.

Well Firefox is the browser of choice, (It is much faster than Internet Explorer – have both), opens tabs instead of windows, can be customised (don’t get too many plug ins – slows things down, choose carefully and disable add ins from the tools menu if you don’t like them. I have about six and that’s enough for me. Keep your home page always open in a tab (I use iGoogle – don’t worry, it might be a bit advanced but you will learn)

3. Blogs.

Can’t ignore them, every ones got one – again great for business. WordPress is the best and its free. You can have your own website on the net. Not too much work, you will need to spend some time setting it up,  till you suss it out, then once a week is OK improving it the more you use it. Maybe a bit of hard work but don’t be lazy. You can copy and paste this post in your blog to get you started. Put in the work, its worth it. Cool, got your own sophisticated web site, here’s looking at you kid! BTW it’s OK to make mistakes, as the I Ching says “Perseverance Furthers”

4. Twitter

Hottest topic on the net and an incredible resource too. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun. You can get addicted but when you calm down, dip in and out of it daily. Speak your mind too, make jokes, have fun, communicate with the world, don’t be shy – be bold. You can do it, nothing to lose and again it’s free. You can search for anyone in the world and follow them. Get on the world stage that’s what the Internet is all about. Try and get your name registered or your business or your nickname or something that is imaginative. It will be associated with your full name anyway so choose what you want but give it some thought as you can use it as your Internet identity. ….and finally as you must be tired…..

5. Links.

Link everything, as this will be your Internet identity. As you get more sophisticated (and you will) Link your name, nickname, email, blog or website, Twitter ID and you will become really cool, be the envy of your friends, grow three inches taller, attract the opposite sex, become a millionaire overnight, and take over the world!

Sorry got a bit carried away but the real message is – ENJOY YOURSELF. IT’S NOT SO HARD AND IT’S FREE!

P.S. If you enjoyed this and found it useful, copy all this and paste it wherever you want, just add Author : pjfbncyl
I’m on the Internet. Google me

P.P.S. Don’t forget to add your Internet ID to all your emails etc. If you visit my Google profile page you can send me a message – I will help if I can.
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Having a simply wonderful time. The Internet is the greatest thing since fire!!!! 🙂

Schooling

Formal : W.C.G.S. , Brunel B.Sc (Hons),Psychology, Behavioural Psychotherapy, Computing,
University of Kent (M.A.), C.Q.S.W. , London Probation Service. Alcohol Counselling
Informal: Tibetan Buddhists, Kitty Subho, The Japanese, Keith York,  Mick Scully, My Friends and My Daughter

History

Useless at school, I discovered girls early. Hippie for a couple of years. then

The Great Journey 1970 – 1980:
Mainly bus, train boat, walking and hitching, plane when I was rich.
The Nile, Kenya, India, Thailand, Japan, Nepal, Maui, Japan, Malaysia,  Sri Lanka, India, Ladakh, and back to London to go back to school.

Became a Buddhist 1973 – it changed my life – studied with the Tibetans in the Himalayas for three years, became a Thai monk for a year.Taught English in Tokyo for 4 years, made a fortune and married a beautiful Japanese girl (divorced after 10 years).Japan is my favourite culture.

Studied psychology at uni. First computer 1980, , Joined London Probation Service (10 years) Exhausted: murderers, rapists, violence, drug addicts etc Soooo
Resigned, married an Irish girl and moved to live on her dairy farm in the bog. First Internet connection and web page 1993. Started Internet and computer company 1995. Went bust in the dot com crash, went mad, homeless, divorced, alcohol problem. Tough times (2 years). O.K. now. Really happy!

Greatest asset and best friend: The Mind, Imagination

Interests

Buddhism, Psychology, Helping People,  Images, MP3,Web, Free Stuff 🙂

Now (Links)

Blogging, Budding Internet Entrepreneur, Creating resource center on the web, Twittering

Other Names : Philip James Bryan, pjfbncyl

Be Happy!

Food For Thought

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

Sir Isaac Newton

I've been on beaches like this!
I've been on beaches like this!