3G or NOT 3G. That is the question

Emails on your smartphone getting ya down? I’ve got just the town


Launching Urban Serenity city breaks.

Time-poor Executive?

Want a mini escape, be able to power down a little & relax knowing your tsunami of smartphone emails can’t bother you yet don’t want to leave the downtown hubbub, cafe scene & trendy bars behind? Well we here at Urban Serenity have the destination for you.

Melbourne CBD.


Oh yes peace from pesky smartphone data is assured in this telephonic Bermuda Triangle – oops where did that signal go? Infact monks on a vow of silence have more chance of communication then you do in central Melbourne.

Yes, yes of course you could always call someone and speak to them, just kidding how Nokia 6210 is that. Talk to someone!! Haha, totes hilar. No the erstwhile executive of 2013 wants #bigdata not a big chat!

With what shall I fix it?

For the real go getter sans data in the Melbourne CBD there may be the nascent thought of trying to actually fix their data issue. Oh bless. Whilst their endeavour is to be applauded one thing will quickly become apparent as they begin their quest for data-loss answers in central Melbourne…

There’s more chance of saddling a poodle than getting on Google!

Urban Serenity TOP TIP. Fancy a chuckle. Love irony? Stand at the base of the towering Telstra skyscraper in the CBD and try and get some data. For greatest amusement actually try and receive a 4G signal (hahahah) but 3G should F&*k up just as successfully. Repeat…

WWWhat an opportunity!

The Australian ‘Open’

No not the tennis, the current visit to Australia by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. #tbldownunder

 Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the WWW.

TBL is an evangelist for openness and the free sharing of information on the web and why wouldn’t we listen – um, he invented it!!

Hands up…

If you write code?! More than half of the audience seated in Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne stretched their hands skyward. I felt left out. I really wanted to fit in but the last thing I programmed was my TIVO. Moreover TBL believes that there is more than just cachet being a coder and that by possessing coding prowess you can literally have the chance to change the world right at your finger tips. #showoffs

Fav Quote.

“Many people think that Google IS the web”

Time flies

It was an amazing chance for a career marketer like myself, and more broadly as an early-adopter (hard to keep up these days) & fan of technology in general, to hear from a visionary who has fundamentally altered the course of history and reshaped our thinking and behaviours.

Ford, Berners-Lee, Brin & Page, Hasslehof – it’s never been the same.

Was it just that I was more than a little in awe or was it actually that TBL did fly through his speech? I think the latter, but he did take around 20 minutes of questioning. Below I captured him readying himself to answer one of those questions and in what I believe he, himself, might term a “hack” have added a caption.


My first Meme.

Larry Page Sergei Brin Google+

Sadly there’s no more fuss about Google +

Hello, Hellllooooooo, HELLOOOOOOOO. Anyone?

No sorry not being rude I’m just on Google+ on another tab.

Veni, Vedi, Google +

I came, I saw, I waited, I tried, I came back, I left

This is an oft told tale from those I know with a G+ profile. Now I know that it’s likely that someone, maybe many will be upset by my opinion. However may one be further irreverent and predict that it’s likely they are from one of the professions I list below:

  • IT
  • eCommerce/ Web
  • Marketing

By the way I love the concepts behind G+. In particular the circles. Many’s the time that I have thought ‘nope my mum will see this’ before posting (or not!) on Facebook.

Anyway they say you remember your first. It’s true, this has been truly memerable.

Is this a one way airfare?

Oh First Class makes this much more appealing…

Working in marketing in the travel sector I am oft to notice other travel advertisements. I’m always thinking how are our prices looking, could our images be better or are we missing the ‘next’ big destination?

This online ad from Emirates Airlines did catch my eye recently but for slightly different reasons. Book in your leave, buy the guidebook & pack your dreams you’re heading to…

Kabul, Afghanistan!

Kabul you say. Hmmm…doesn’t actually state whether these are return airfares, I guess the terms and conditions are on the website. Well I suppose First Class is the only way to travel to a desolate war-ravaged country.

Looking forward to next weeks hot deal…

Hurry set sail with this hot offer Two for one on Somalian Sunset Cruises. Don’t wait! No we’re serious, we can’t the navy’s coming!

The fun loving, sassy crew of SSC

Google Translate m’a fait paresseuse (made me lazy)

Parlez-Vous Google?

Je vais en France le week-end et normalement j’aurais passé la dernière semained’apprentissage de mon consciencieusement verbes de mon livre tenace phraseoreilles françaises.

Mais pas maintenant. Je n’ai rien fait de tel. Juste téléchargé le soft Google Translate et laissé mon livre des verbes français pour recueillir la poussière. Par la façon dont je ne connaissais pas le français pour la poussière, mais instantanément et sans effort, j’ai vuqu’il apparaissent comme par magie que j’ai écrit – «Poussière»

Tisk. (Ha ha c’est «tisk ‘)

Phrase books a thing of the past?

Don't you love me anymore?

Early Adopters look away now!

Linked In

I recently saw a compelling documentary on Google^ and a key ‘take out’ for me was their constant thirst for innovation. I am quite certain that Larry & Sergei would have coniptions if they ever had the misfortune to encounter my cord entanglement catastrophy. (Above)

When I packed up tonight I looked down and was myself aghast at the scene of entwined hell beneath me. It looked like three Octopuses fighting over spaghetti! It certainly filled a hitherto so-called Early Adopter with pangs of guilt. Will I have to hand in my membership? Will I need to rescind my HTC 4g for an iPhone3? First rule of Early Adopters Club don’t talk about Early Adopters Club…oh and don’t have sixteen tons of cabling on your desk!

Hmmm perhaps I can acquire a Livescribe pen and rejoin the club! A pen so advanced that it makes paper very 2010 (search Livescribe for my related post)

^ OK so reasonably interesting. Filled in an hour or so on a flight at least