Apologies in advance for my attempt at creating one of those blog-meme things.

I asked this question at dinner the other night with some friends, and it sparked a lot of fun debate… So it might have some legs, and you might find it interesting:

The silicon-virus combined with climate-change-server-meltdown means that the internet is going to be switched off tomorrow. What 5 things are you going to print out?

My five things:

How to make a fire

How to purify water

Elementary shelter construction

(My first three choices assume that the global poop has or will hit the fan and I’d like to know this stuff…)

Wikipedia article on The Beach Boys:
because it’s got the lot – also has a nice extensive discography to remind me of obscure songs to sing like ‘vegetables

A mosaic of my flickr favourites using FD’s flickr toys

So there. It was quite instructional looking up the things I thought I’d need. For instance, at a cursory glance, wikipedia doesn’t have that much ‘how-to’ stuff. Moreover, tends to have things that might be a lot of use at ‘burning-man’ but not under a burning atmosphere…

Of course, there were a couple of things brought up at dinner the other night.

With my GMF fear, I’m assuming that the poop is hitting the fan here (and also as someone sagely pointed out, even then I could always go scavenging in Borders…). What’s the situation like if everything else is normal, but the internet gets switched off? What would I salvage then?

I’m passing this on to Tom, Webb, Dan, Rod, Tom A and Foe…

Picnic in Amsterdam

A conference that I’ve been involved with and will be speaking at in Amsterdam is coming up on it’s early-bird registration deadline (31st July)

So if you fancy an indian summer of shooting the breeze on all manner of digital media stuff in the ‘Dam, then get to it!

PICNIC ’06 is an international conference focused on cross media content and technology related to media and entertainment which is being held from September 27 – 30th in Amsterdam. We expect approximately 1000 delegates from Europe, North America and Asia.

Speakers will include top creatives and entrepreneurs such as Michael B. Johnson, Moving Picture Group Lead at Pixar, John de Mol, Co-Founder of Endemol and Founder of Talpa, Craig Newmark, Founder of craigslist, Philip Rosedale, Founder of Linden Lab/Second Life, Jamie Kantrowitz, Senior VP Marketing Europe at MySpace, Lorraine Twohill, Marketing Director in Europe for Google, Marko Ahtisaari, Director of Design Strategy, Nokia, Dan Gillmor, Founder and Director of the Center for Citizen Media, Marc Canter, Founder and CEO of Broadband Mechanics, Joseph Jaffe, Author of “Life after the 30-Second Spot”, Matt Locke, Head of Innovation at BBC New Media & Technology, Emile Aarts, Vice President and Scientific Program Director at Philips Research Laboratories, and many more. For complete information, visit

Early Bird Registration Rate until July 31st

Please sign up asap to take advantage of the Early Bird discount registration rate of EURO 500 plus VAT which is available until Monday, July 31st. As of August 1st, the normal registration rate will be EURO 750 plus VAT. The online registration form accepts credit card payments as well as bank transfers.

LA/SF early August

I'm going to be in LA for work from 3rd – 5th August, then flying up to SF on 5th for ISEA and some other work-related stuff before going back to the UK on the 9th.

I'm probably going to try and round some LA people up for the evening of Friday 4th, but I'm up for beers in SF on Saturday night and/or a Sunday afternoon something (doesn't necessarily have involve beer, but hey…)

If anyone is at a loose end in my SF-vox-hood and fancies talking nonsense with a jetlagged person, then let me know!

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