Observations on AME Roundup 2019 – Tech solutions looking for problems

Observations on AME Roundup 2019 – Tech solutions looking for problems

AME Roundup 2019 in Vancouver, BC, finished on 31 January 2019, and here is my final post about some of the events. (Previous post: 4. Innovation Hub, Additions to the Geoscience Toolbox, Jan 30, 2019) 5. Innovation Hub, The latest technologies, Jan 31, 2019 Seven tech companies presented their solutions to improving the appearance and accessibility […]

Observations on AME Roundup 2019 – Additions to the Geoscience Toolbox to prevent “noodling”

Observations on AME Roundup 2019 – Additions to the Geoscience Toolbox to prevent “noodling”

AME Roundup 2019 in Vancouver, BC, finished on 31 January 2019, and here are my observations about some of the events. (Previous post: 3. New Afton: An overview of a successful BC block cave – New Gold Inc.) 4. Innovation Hub, Additions to the Geoscience Toolbox, Jan 30, 2019 The Innovation Hub at Roundup 2019 featured […]

Can the professions be funny? Here’s the how-to of humour

Can the professions be funny? Here’s the how-to of humour

The most used “shtick” in advertising, and the one that goes wrong most often, is humour. You have all seen cringe-worthy commercials that make you wish you could just bop whoever wrote it on the head, or go off and poke about in the fridge while it’s on. Writers of commercials that use comedic techniques have […]

How to make a safety video that isn’t unwatchable

How to make a safety video that isn’t unwatchable

Safety videos. Oh dear. Yawn. Bo-o-o-o-ring. ZZZZzzzzzz. On April 17, 2018, an in-flight accident on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 proved that people mostly do not notice, watch or obey safety information. On this flight, debris from an engine failure smashed a window on the plane. A rupture of this kind in the body of an aircraft […]

Atlas Obscura wins 2018 Webby Award for travel site

Atlas Obscura wins 2018 Webby Award for travel site

Happy news! Atlas Obscura – which I praised in a previous blog post – has won a Webby Award for best travel site. To be exact, on April 24, 2018, they received the 2018 Webby People’s Voice Award in the Travel Site category. This means that the Atlas Obscura team has got the connections between the […]

How Atlas Obscura wins readers with best-in-class Journalism

How Atlas Obscura wins readers with best-in-class Journalism

Every day I visit a variety of websites – some good, some bad and some a mixed bag. There are extremes of good and bad writing, and what is interesting is the thinking underlying the contents provided on these sharply contrasting websites, and the backstory of how the sites came to exist. A site that is […]

Try Biteable to create video presentations – it’s really, really simple

Try Biteable to create video presentations – it’s really, really simple

One of the newish platforms for creating presentation materials is Biteable – so-called because you can build your presentation from manageable or bitesized chunks of videos. Prezi, the 3D presentation software, has gone from being the radical new thing in visuals-based presenting, to being established but certainly not market-dominant. Still the same problems with Prezi […]

Surely you can do better? – Online application form is barrier to participation

Surely you can do better? – Online application form is barrier to participation

As a potential citizen of this fine country, Canada, I’m weighing in on a problem with government department communications. I would have let the department responsible for raising my hackles, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), know how problematic their system is, but that is part of the problem – there is no way to get […]

How “Carmilla” Helped Kill Off the 30-Second Ad

How “Carmilla” Helped Kill Off the 30-Second Ad

The backstory of the Carmilla Movie is very interesting. Never heard of that film? You can say that the Carmilla phenomenon is part of the developments in the ad industry that have led to the final demise of the traditional 30-second TV ad. Consider this: On the largest video platforms, like YouTube, viewers have to be able […]

The demise and rise of 3D media

The demise and rise of 3D media

3-D applications continue to evolve, but for commonplace office use, good old 2-D will do just as well. 3-D TV has died, movie-goers are rebelling against 3-D films, and software to create 3-D images is not as popular as the old 2-D version. A case in point: Prezi, the 3-D presentation software, has always had a distinct […]