I’d Bank On That Picture

First of all i don’t really like banks. Phew that wasn’t too difficult. Anyway, Barclays have decided to bring back personalised cards, and this time instead of £6, it’s free…for now. Now i don’t want to be talking about Barclays, but what i do want to talk about is this personalising your card business. Of course it is a marketing strategy to get more people on Barclays accounts and so on and so forth, but what i do like about this is that for those that do already have cards from this bank or even wish to, you can put a cool picture on your card and rid of that corporate design.

That’s why i thought i would do a blog post on this. The best thing about it is that you can put pictures of your own art or even pictures of yourself, if you like that sort of thing. I decided to make my own image, thus below.

 

The Mysterious Symbol

 

It took eight versions to decide which one i was going to keep and after my selection above, i was able to complete my card and make it look like me, in some way, or form… yeah you get what i mean. It is likely that other banks will also begin doing this as it has become quite a successful strategy. There are still rules like, no copyrighted material, no celebrities, no promotional material and of course the favourite no inappropriate material… like aluminium. Here’s my final outcome for all that want my card details.

 

My Personalised Barclays Card

 

You actually thought i would give you my details. You’re better off just asking me. And why did i use this mysterious symbol you ask? Well, its mysterious so find out. Thanks for reading and safe banking.

 

The SOPA I Wipe My Behind With

Who would think that censoring could be so “uncensible” and extremely “uncensitive”. Well in the hands of SOPA and PIPA it is. As many of you have experienced today Wikipedia, WordPress and Mozilla amongst others were showing their passion for how much they oppose the act of censoring the web. Both Wikipedia, WordPress and Mozilla share the one rule of “Freedom”, for information to be free. I feel that if it wasn’t for this freedom, non of the innovations we have come to use and see would be possible, because it all starts somewhere. The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has a congress partition that everyone can partake in to help prevent this awful short-sighted legislation.

 

To start off i thought i would read an extensive amount on both the parties (SOPA and PIPA). I found it extremely funny that the full title for SOPA is,

“To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.” —H.R. 3261″

Haha “[…] and for other purposes.” I find it funny how they don’t seem to understand that it is freedom of speech and information that helps spread things around the world and having these things governed, and suppressed and put into a strawberry jam jar “Arrgghh!”, an empty strawberry jam jar “Arrrggghhh!”, just prevents such things from happening. It sounds to me like that annoying idiot of a Secretary Of Defense guy in most movies that just seems not to want to listen to anyone and just pound the ground with nukes and the whole world has to try and convince this individual that it is a big mistake and will make things worse. But no, the guy doesn’t listen and fires the missiles, and what happens? The Alien’s bio-electric fortress shield grows ten times larger and destroys everything and everyone in its path. Or in this case mass online riots, which i believe is what will happen. These legislation are that exactly…excluding the aliens…unless you like that sort of thing.

 

I remember when we had the VCR (oooooooohhh) and we would record our programmes and movies on it. Even that causes debate about copyright and paying for keeping content, and then giving out your VHS copy to a friend apparently makes it worse. So many sites offer the ability to download movies, but surely it isn’t illegal if one has the movie already or is wanting to watch it before buying (this one causes concern), the same as if one were to watch it on TV before buying. One perfect example is like watching my awesome favourite show Smallville. I thought to myself after watching it, technically i could record it on my TV, but then isn’t that the same as downloading it, after all, the downloads are always present after its broadcast. Now i am waiting to buy the complete boxset. Isn’t that acceptable?

 

I thought to myself would it be so bad if they censored websites that were making money out of piracy and copyright infringement? So i thought no that sounds about right, but it seems the legislation have taken it several steps further until it now directly affects the world in a very negative way. If this were going to happen then the creator of the World Wide Web “Sir Tim Berners-Lee” may as well have patented the Web since it were created a little over 20 years ago, causing freedom of the web to be extremely limited and companies with money the ability to have the means to communication beyond the rest of the world, us people with less money. But no, Mr. Berners-Lee -also anti SOPA- did not and let it out for the world to share. And no this is not final. The legislation are not final, otherwise if they do, i predict a Digital-War. If Superman were here he’d kick the crackers out of SOPAman and it’s short sidekick PIPAman.

 

Together we created the Digital Revolution and together we protect it.

 

Thanks for reading.

R

Steve Jobs: Time Takes Even Legends

Well it’s been a few days since the passing away of the awesome “Apple Visionary” Steve Jobs and things just don’t feel right. Someone who began -along side another two- one company with a simple name “Apple”. A is for Apple. It’s the first thing that appears in the alphabet in most cases and just like it is a very common first word in the alphabet, it is also currently the most valuable brand in the World. Talk about the Big Apple. I find it inspiring how Sir. Jobs (not really a Sir but it’s for respect) came about being the head man of Apple. From a youthful hippie that even dropped out of college to The Apple Man. All he had was an aspiration. To invent for the world. His dreams erupted into the world like a Yo-Yo craze. But this Yo-Yo just kept on spinning.

I think it proves to us that no matter what obstacles lie in our path, we can overcome them. We may not pass our GCSEs, or maybe fail a few A-Levels or like Sir. Jobs maybe even dropout entirely (not that i’m indicating you should), but as long as we have a passion growing inside us like a wildfire; if we grasp it, we can do wonders. Not all our dreams are for the world. Some people want to accomplish something just for themselves or the people they love and keep close. Others want to change the world for the better. I for one wish to make even the slightest difference in the world, or maybe just to a handful of people; but a difference nevertheless.

Apple Computers: Before & After

From the "Apple I" in 1976; to the first "Macintosh 128K" in 1984; and to the current "iMac" in 2011

Talk about change, and hasn’t the world changed. It’s funny how Apple was officially established in 1976 on April 1st. I do think those of you more into the artistic side of life may find this interesting.

Apple Logo Evolution

The Evolution of the Apple Logo

That first logo even has Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, unaware that an “Apple” will fall on his head. Steve Jobs along with Apple have come a long way and for me, throughout my whole life (so far). I do wonder how Apple will develop from this point forward, knowing that Steve Jobs has left years worth of products in line for us. But then what? Find out in the next episode of … ok i stop. I’m pretty sure there’s a movie ready to be made called “Steve Jobs” … yes i’m looking at you Sony Pictures, who have already secured the rights to the movie based on the soon to be released Steve Job’s Biography… i wonder. I hate it when companies do that. I find it unusual how whenever someone in the world does something great, something happens to make them fall -not in the sense of fail- but just fall. Maybe i’ll delve deeper into this in another post. I guess all that is left to say is thanks for all your hard work Steve Jobs and for the inspiration to many. While the world lies Jobs-less, the legacy continues.

R

P.S. And remember folks…an Apple a day!