Obligatory Intro Post

I set this blog up today on something of a whim, but I’m hoping it keeps going for a while at least. Mainly because I tend to forget what I’ve done on a day-to-day basis, and having a blog helps with that.

I’m reintroducing a thing I used to do on my old blog, which was the ‘weekly round-up’. I used to try to write it on a Sunday, but inevitably by the time Sunday rolled around I’d just want to chill out and not bother thinking about the week that’d just passed. So it might end up being a Friday/Saturday thing this time.

This week I managed to do 80% of things on my to-do list, which was pretty good. I’ve found a new way to make myself productive and help myself prioritise things throughout the week, but I think I’ll write about that in another post.

One of the fun things that’s going on in scar’s life at the moment is an exhibition that Tint (my company) is running in collaboration with Gitoon and University College Hospital. We managed to get a load of different artists from around the world to submit their art work and then they all voted on which other pieces of art would make it into the final exhibition. This was a pretty cool way of doing things, in my opinion, because it meant that the exhibition was curated by the artists themselves, and we ended up with some really cool stuff. My favourite is this piece by Julia Lavrentyeva:

Rehearsal by Julia Lavrentyeva

The exhibition is running until the 3rd of June at UCH, is free to attend, and is open 24 hours a day. If you go through the main entrance to the hospital (opposite Warren Street station) and then follow the signs to the cafe, you’ll soon find it. Most of the art is available to purchase.

Tint has been working on a few projects this week, including proposals for a couple of theatre companies I’d really like to work with. We’ve also been promoting Dazzle Ship, a project which saw the HMS President being ‘bedazzled’ by German artist Tobias Rehberger. In WWI they used dazzle camouflage to disguise ships and make them difficult for enemy vessels to track, and an unexpected side effect of the camouflage was its enthusiastic reception by the artistic community, who saw it not only as camo but as fine art. It’s said that Picasso himself was inspired by the abstract works:

HMS President, bedazzled by Tobias Rehberger

Other than that, the week was mainly taken up with digital forensics work. Some of this is more generic, for example approving all the new forum members on an online hub for the digital forensics community (note: if you sign up with the same username & email address you use for your hardcore fetish websites, I *will* notice). Some is a bit more geeky, for example building a new OS onto my machine using Kali as a base. I love Kali. One of the most fun things about it is that everyone’s experiences with it seem to be quite different, so it’s not just a case of Googling an answer. I like a challenge, and Kali definitely presents one. Though I have a feeling that my laptop may be on its last legs generally, which doesn’t excite me so much.

I’m also in the process of setting up a load of social media management stuff for one of my clients – it’s an international project and a big one, which will no doubt involve lots of freelancers. Which reminds me, if you’re Facebook-savvy and looking for a few hours’ work a month in between your day job/looking after the kids/etc., drop me a line.

In the later part of the week one of Tint’s other clients commissioned twenty articles about the state of the digital marketing landscape, which isn’t our normal fare but we decided to do it anyway. I started looking into it so I could make sure I’d brief the freelancers properly and realised just how much has changed in RTB/DSP-land since I left it three years ago. I’ve kept up with digital PR, and with blogger campaign management, and with social media, but there are just so many options in terms of digital marketing solutions these days, and in general I tend to steer clear of the whole area. When I left, it was because I wanted to do something that felt like I was making a difference in the world, and as much as I enjoyed my old job and liked all my colleagues (and had the best boss I’d ever been managed by), it’s not a world I’d like to get back into. But sometimes it makes sense to keep your toe in the door a bit, I think.

On Saturday I spent some time thrashing out new ideas for academic research projects – there are so many that I want to do, and I needed to prioritise them sensibly – and then I grabbed my bag and headed off to visit some friends for the weekend. We built a bonfire (a very smoky one, as we were burning stuff from the garden), and put on a playlist that ranged from Kelis to the Rolling Stones to Gregorian monks chanting and obscure Australian house music, and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time relaxing and catching up with people I haven’t seen in far too long. At 3am I decided it was time to go home; got back at five in the morning, collapsed into bed and got up at 1pm. Now my body clock is all confused, but I’m sure it’ll sort itself out soon enough. Besides which, I’m flying to the USA fairly shortly so it’s only going to get messed up again.

Stuff I’ve written elsewhere:

I discovered a research paper in which academics have studied the links between people’s Harry Potter houses according to Pottermore, and their actual personalities (I’m a Ravenclaw).

I interviewed Mary Aiken, a cyberpsychologist and a producer on the upcoming Channel 5 series CSI:Cyber.

A guide to some good expat blogs in Hong Kong and Germany.

An overview of TDFCon, a digital forensics and computer security conference in Middlesborough which I’ll be attending in a couple of weeks’ time.

Now it’s Sunday night, I’ve just rebuilt an operating system, and I’m going to curl up with the latest episode of Criminal Minds and possibly order a curry, if my willpower fails me completely (which is rather likely).

Have a great week, everyone!


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