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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Dan Yr Ogof Show Caves

Phew, the last week's flown. I didn't realise these photos had been sitting on my HD since last Tuesday. We took Elis out to Dan-Yr-Ogof Show Caves (ghastly site alert!) for a trip. Last time we went was just me and Mrs. Dio and enjoyed it, so it was even more fun with Elis.

He loved the dinosaurs especially, and had fun down in the caves. The weather was a bit grey, but I grabbed a few snaps all the same. Some are from down in the caves, and others in the Dinosaur park.

The entrance to the show caves at Dan-Yr-Ogof

Rock formations in Dan-Yr-Ogof

Rock formations in Dan-Yr-Ogof

Blurry shot inside the Cathedral Cave at Dan-Yr-Ogof

Elis decides against going up the wobbly path to the tiny top cave

The entrance to dinosaur park at Dan-Yr-Ogof

View from the top of the Dinosaur park

Close-up of dinosaur

Posted by Dio Bach at 19:37 | 2 comments | links to this post
Thursday, April 20, 2006

Ground Ads - The Future Of Advertising...

Would you like to see the future of advertising? Well with my latest project I hope I can give you a glimpse of the nightmare that awaits. I began it way back in January. It's a bit of a lark based on a few things I'd seen in the news stories to do with people targeting Google Earth and such services. I got the idea to do it after writing this piece at Third Square.

Ground Ads is a bit of a piss take, I've kept putting it off as other projects reared their head, but when I saw this article about Maxim targeting Google Earth earlier this week, I thought I'd better crack on and get it done before the idea behind it was passe. There's some political humour in there as well as general swipes at marketing - but the original idea seemed a lot funnier than the execution.

Sadly, I can see a lot of what I was aiming for suggesting actually happening given the way things are going in the world. I know I'm tapping into the revenues from web marketing with every site I make, but believe me I can hear Bill Hicks in the back of my head.

By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing, kill yourself. Thank you, thank you. Just a little thought. I'm just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day they'll take root. I don't know. You try. You do what you can. Kill yourselves. Seriously though, if you are, do. No really, there's no rationalisation for what you do, and you are Satan's little helpers, OK? Kill yourselves, seriously. You're the ruiner of all things good.
On a skills level, this site is a first for me as it's my first ever completely table less CSS design. I've used a couple of templates in the last couple of projects, but this was built from the ground up. Believe me, it took hours of hair pulling and fiddling to make it look so dull. Anyway, other than the odd update when I spot a related news-story, that's been fired and forgot. I just wish it hadn't taken so long.

Posted by Dio Bach at 20:54 | 6 comments | links to this post
Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Real Cool Time

Life's whizzing by me at great speed at present. 30th June is when I finish my current position after 6 years. I'm working flat out to get as many web ends tied up as possible whilst still tripping over new sites as they strike me to do them.

I have lots to sort out - I'm in the process as setting up as a sole trader and running my own multimedia business, once I'm free of the BBC shackles. The kitchen is still unfinished, so I'm having to do bits of that as and when I can. My web empire needs lots of sorting out, and I've still not got a simple project I'd intended to get done out the way. It's a bit potty to say the least.

I made the mistake of looking at YouTube at the weekend, and amazed myself at how much rare stuff they got on there in a musical sense. Lots of bands I've only known on audio with actual videos and stuff. I couldn't help myself, and after a little jiggery pokery, stealing its name from a Stooges track, Real Cool Time is born.

It' a bit of a vanity project, and my forum for celebrating and sharing my thoughts on the music I love. I also wanted to try making the most of the newish embeddable player technologies places like YouTube and Google offer. As to whether anyone's interested in what I'm going to be publishing there, who knows! It's very much something to keep me happy and in touch with one of my favourite subject areas - Music.

Posted by Dio Bach at 19:17 | 3 comments | links to this post

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