Presenting at American Creativity Association Event Wednesday in Austin

I will be presenting in Austin on Wednesday for the American Creativity Association International Conference.  My session is Trends in Creative Technology. 

The mind maps from last years ACA sessions look very interesting.  I have Novamind fired up and ready to roll with mindmaps derived from flickr clusters

Note that last link on clusters, that one, is on love.  Note that the clusters are decidedly feminine.  What, guys can’t be "love"?  WTF?  OK, a post for another day.

Wish me luck.  I am going to the dark side and using a Mac.  Been a long time. But dual processors?  Come on…. give me a break!

Hype Versus Talent Versus Word of Mouth Versus Hype Versus the Arctic Monkeys

This article "The Truth Behind Arctic Monkeys Buzz — They Are SO January" (Dan is a client) on the hype of the Arctic Monkeys made me want to "see" what was going on.  Dan also linked me a few other blog posts on the band-hype subject.

So here are a few graphics on the Arctic Monkeys. The first is an overlay of influential blog mentions with all blog mentions behind it.  Basically the same chart run on technorati with transparency on the all category.


and this is similar data from blogpulse, except in this case I added SXSW because the Arctic Monkeys performed. And I added punk rock for perspective.


Going back to Dan’s article on the subject, his point is that the blog universe has already moved on. Drawing a conclusion from this is not certain, but here is the logic:

If you get all your information from the mainstream media, you might think the Arctic Monkeys will be the next big thing. But there is evidence that even though there is plenty of excitement among journalists, the thrill appears to be gone among insiders.

It’s a story that should interest public relations practitioners looking to help their companies and their clients strike PR gold. It’s also a story that might prompt some in the public relations community to rethink where the mass media fits into the buzz-building equation.


Dan goes on to discuss Mavens and Connectors in the Gladwell Tipping Point context.  The question I have is perhaps they, the arctic monkeys, still are the next big thing and bloggers are more early adopters who have moved on while the main stream continues to chew the pop gum spreading it to the masses. 

Every time I do public speaking I ask how many people in the room are bloggers. Granted this isn’t a democratic survey, but still, I get less than 5% if it is any place besides a geek conference.

I really don’t know the answer, but it is fun to look at the data. And before blogpulse and technorati looking at the data was very hard.

Schiphol Airport Unrinal Visualizations

I wish I could give credit to the correct person for this particular … visualization.  I can definitely give credit to Jennifer for forwarding it to me by email.  Thanks J.  I think.

Whenever I meet someone for the first time they say "did you know there is an airport in Amsterdam by the same name?" – me: "yes" me: "and it is spelled a bit different" – them: "no, its the same" – me: "ok, I guess they changed it" – or something like that.  I wonder if people named smith get "Oh, I have a cousin with that SAME NAME!  Amazing!" – or something like that.

This is a funny small element of a urinal that has a bottom line result (sorry for the pun) that increases profit by reducing cleaning costs.  Humans are funny.  Visuals matter, sometimes for humorous reasons.

The text in the Schiphol urinal image reads:

In Amsterdam, the tile under Schiphol’s urinals would pass inspection in an operating room.  But nobody notices.  What everybody does notice is that each urinal has a fly in it.

Look harder and the fly turns into the black outline of a fly, etched into the porcelain. It improves the aim. If a man sees a fly, he aims at it. Fly-in-urinal research found that etchings reduce spillage by 80%. It gives a guy something to think about. That’s the perfect example of process control.

If anyone knows the origin, please email me or comment below?