Category: Pronouncements

Introducing Waterman’s Fortnightly

Waterman's Fortnightly newsletter

Waterman’s Fortnightly is a new thing I’m doing every, er, fortnight or so. It’s a newsletter covering interesting things, with a slight slant towards digital content and community stuff.

This is a glimpse of the fourth one – if you find it interesting you might want to sign up for future dispatches.

  • Has any work software ever received as much glowing coverage as Slack? You can barely open a browser without encountering an article claiming how it’s set to change workplace culture forever
  • …depending on your workplace. The majority of office workers are more likely to identify with the story of the US government employee who worked from the bathroom in order to bypass his employer’s IT security measures.
  • Slack is supposed to be so compulsive that users are reluctant to leave the office. And while we’re all addicted to web-enabled devices these days, this dispatch from 1982 illustrates computers’ ability to transfix us before you could even do much with them.
  • If smug Slackers’ screenshots are the summit of #LoveMyJob self-satisfaction, what’s the opposite? Toshers are certainly contenders for Quite Likely The Worst Job Ever, having made their living sifting through raw sewage in 19th century London. Pure-finders run them close, though.

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The self-castrated hatmaker who killed the guy who killed Abraham Lincoln; why the FBI investigated The Kingsmen and their hit ‘Louie Louie'; what became of the children who survived the Holocaust; and more at Non-Fiction Addiction.

A little suntin suntin for the marketomatons

Links for online content and marketing folk. Skip ahead to Phew glad that bit’s over if that sentence makes you spit chips.

Phew, glad that bit’s over

Stuart Waterman

 

Rare yet quite exciting career update

me_karaoke_smallA little update on where I am and am not “at” these days.

Along with several other folk, I was laid off by Shiny Media. Boo hoo, etc. We managed to come to an agreement regarding My Chemical Toilet, and I now run it independently. It’s much prettier nowadays (if more irregularly updated) and that’s all thanks to my friend Ben from PowerOn Communications, whose services I would heartily recommend.

More pressingly, from next week I’ll be working as “Web Editor / Social Media Manager” at Lucky Voice, the karaoke folk. The prevailing reaction on informing people of this seems to be one of laughter, so I’ll pause here to allow you to do that.

Obviously I’m very excited by this development – it allows me to combine my passions of music and web geekery, and it’s a brand (sorry) most people seem to be quite affectionate towards. I’ll be editing the company blog, which you can find here, and I imagine I’ll be looking after all the other social media gubbins as well.

I’ll be spreading word of (warning: autoplay video) Lucky Voice Home – which allows you to stream karaoke tracks and video through your computer – while also alerting folk to the fact that you can get your hands on some rather pretty accessories to improve the experience, too.

If you follow me on Twitter at @mychemtoilet I hope you’ll do likewise at @luckyvoice, because I intend to make it a fun and amusing feed to follow. And if you’re reading this and think there’s a way we can work together, feel free to drop me a line.

So there we are; despite asterisking out “S*cial M*dia” on my LinkedIn profile, it’s now my job title. I should probably get used to “affectionate” insults, huh?

Soccerlens awards for Shiny Media sports blogs

Who Ate All The Pies, Shiny Media’s football powerhouse, last week walked off with SoccerlensBest Overall Blog 2007 award.

Also, Kickster, the women’s football site which launched just in time for last year’s Women’s World Cup, won Best Women’s Football Blog 2007. I worked extensively on Kickster in its pre and post-launch stages and it’s great to see such a young site get recognition.

My Chemical Toilet to be eaten by dog?

This week’s most intriguing referral. I’m going to have to be extra watchful for errant apostrophes if we have journalism students reading…

I suppose I’d sound really old if I said I wish I could have done stuff like this when I was at university?

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Watermen remembered

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From London Transport Museum

Watermen slandered

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From London Transport Museum

A nice relaxing Sunday in Trafalger Square

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Chinese New Year 2008

BBC News 24 x Camden Town =

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I swear I just heard the the entirety of the home counties spit out its cornflakes.

Joey wasn't as bad as everyone says, you know. In fact at times it was downright pretty good

That’s all I have to say about that, really.

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