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More Ideas!

Samanthas drawing of me

I had to post this drawing my 7 yr old daughter made of me. The forehead and the hair is sadly quite realistic, but I love the that the speech balloon is me demanding “More Ideas!”.

Hicksdesign's Found Sounds

Here’s another of those small steps.

I’ve been wanting to dip my toes in the podcast pool for such a long time now, not to bring my droning about OS X browsers to an audio format, but to share music that I’m into. Podcasts are too much like hard work, but I loved the way that Buzz Anderson has done his – ad-hoc linking to single track mp3’s in de.licio.us. So Found Sounds is in effect, a complete and utter steal of his idea, sorry Buzz.

Whereas Buzz looks like he’s going to be using Odeo in the future, I wanted to use Textpattern for mine, with Feedburner converting the feed, providing the support for enclosures. I just add a rel=“enclosure” attribute to the mp3 link and away we go. Thanks go to Tom Martin for the method.

The criteria of Found Sounds is simple. If a band or record company has provided an mp3 free on their site, and I love it, it goes in. Occasionally, there may be crossover with those provided by 3hive, but I hope to avoid repetition if possible.

So, here’s the first post, here’s the second post, and here’s the feed to grab for it. Feel free to use the comment fields on each post to tell me what you thought.

P.S – I also got around to adding tags to posts, thanks to this wonderful plugin

Big ideas, and then ... no time

Every time I go to a conference, I come away with big ideas, opinions, and definitive actions for when I get home. I going to do X! I’m going to demand that X starts using Y! I’m going to change the world by doing Z etc. Once I’m home, other pressures take hold (running a business, running a family), and these big ideas never happen. They are quickly forgotten.

One example. Last year’s SXSW was my first encounter with Microformats in Tantek’s presentation. Almost scary in their simplicity, I was excited at the possibilities they presented*. When I got back, I would start looking at how I could implement this into my work.

A year went by. This year at SXSW, Gordon Montgomery on the “Design and Social Responsibility” panel urged people to start small. Even a small change was better than no change at all. These words stuck with me, and gave me hope for this years inevitable come home… then not do anything cycle.

So, its taken me a year to get around to such a chuffing simple task, but I’ve reformatted my contact details to use the hCard microformat. Its funny how a few extra class names can give you satisfaction.

Now I repeat to myself as a mantra. Small changes. Start small…

Lost

Last night I woke up with a real eureka moment, like the heavens opening and bestowing insight upon me. It was an amazing idea for a domain name, one that was clever, memorable and yet bound to be unregistered.

Following on from that, came the idea for the web service that would go with it, and what it would do. It would glue together existing web apps, and be the one to rule them all. It was something so simple and obvious, yet no one had done it.

Then came the idea for the branding, a cool logo that every would want. It would been seen on anything from skateboards to tea towels.

Then came the viral marketing campaign ideas, and promotions that would get it off the ground. It would captivate people’s imaginations on a global scale, and be sure to be bought by Yahoo, allowing Leigh and I to retire early and go back to painting, never having to look at a single scrap of code ever again.

This morning however, I haven’t a clue what it was. Might have had something do with cheese…