Howie’s Hot Five for… 31 May, 2012

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5. Propose to your girlfriend… annnnnnnd action!

We were dubious when we heard about this lip-synched marriage proposal… but we have to say it’s brilliant in it’s execution…

What this guy has done is brilliant BUT, BUT, BUT now wait for the horrible, horrible wannabes to get going. He’s basically set the bar so high, got in first, did it well…

And is there an issue of ‘form overtaking substance’ in these private (public) declarations – a hint of ‘shrill’ sneaking in.

Two other trailblazers below that have been utterly savaged with copycatting:

JK Wedding Dance – 75 million view on youtube and almost as many copies…It’s simple just go to bestweddingdances.com

Or the ones who got in early with flash mobs…
Antwerp Train Station doing Mary Poppins – close to 2 million views.

And a year later,  Tawa College at Wellington Train station – close to 900k views.

But these private moments are now like movie productions…

4. THE AUDIENCE.CO.NZ …is here

We love this – and voted for Ruby Frost moments ago… and who is Bill Boorman (stream here). HH5 love this guy’s sound! (and he’s unreleased). So the gig is we vote for who we like and at the end of each month the most voted for NZ artist gets 10K for recording and video costs. (Imagine what will happen when all those people who love Dave Dobbin’s Loyal find this site…yikes!)

But we love it also coz like the mega-Australian success story We Are Hunted this site is visually very, very appealing – God, how many aren’t – how many sites (music ones) just seem to burp info at you. WeAreH’d says it compiles it’s chart by ‘detecting sentiment’ around the world to artists and tracks – especially following music blogs.

And now for the guts of it – services that sift through music for us will be the winners.

And suddenly the options to listen legally to music in NZ have multiplied  – in fact soon it will be like trying to work out a broadband plan – Spotify, Rdio, Bandcamp, Grooveshark – all streaming and most subscriber based. (Itunes is still hanging in at plus $18 an album -no trucking, packaging etc and it still not that much less than a CD does…hmmm)

So with The Audience.co.nz and We Are Hunted… we are sorted!

3. FOMO (it’s been a sobering and sad week in Syria and Doha)

We’ve mentioned Zen Habits before. So this week the big announcement was made ‘the future of television’ – IMAX TV in your living room. Another future of TV and another gadget. (We thought HD was it!). So suddenly we stop polishing the dials of our Iphone 4’s and look at the sky, something else I want… it never stops!

So we stopped and read The 39th Lesson by Leo Babauta – the guy who started Zen Habits… all about FOMO – ‘the fear of missing out’ .
The new full-on-age of texting while driving, incessant checking of facebook, taking a call when with a friend in a cafe, checking twitter updates while with others and presenting a success profile on Facebook – basically fear of missing any potential connection rather than the one you are experiencing.  Some teens have to be available 24/7 for fear of being dumped. Psychologists are now talking about it in terms of a FOMO addiction.

  1. We check email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks often, in case we’re missing something important.
  2. We try and do the most exciting things, and are constantly in search of exciting things, because we’re worried we might miss out on the fun that others are having.
  3. We constantly read about what other people are doing, and try to emulate them, because it sounds like they’re doing something great that we’re not.
  4. We feel like our own lives are poor in comparison with the great lives others are leading, and so feel bad about ourselves.This guy’s advice:  Be grateful, and each moment think not about what you’re missing, but what you’ve been given.

Source: Zen Habits

2. One cure for FOMO – go to the library…

This is an issue to get out on the streets to prevent – ‘user pay libraries’. You’d think it should be a human right  – City councils pay for roading, sewerage and libraries. What’s not to get?
But user pay libraries have been threatened in Tauranga, Gisborne and Hamilton recently.

In New York Urban Librarians Unite and the Save NYC Libraries Campaign are seeding more than 1600 books all over the city in response to massive cuts proposed to the budgets of New York City Libraries.

The ‘found’ books have yellow stickers on them  “When libraries close this could be your only access to free books”.  Each sticker also has a QR code which links to a petition.

They’ve been left all over New York City – cafes, subway, park benches etc.

(Bloomberg wants to cut 32% off NY’s librarys’ budget)

1. Bob Dylan gets US’s Presidenial Medal of Freedom…


It’s the highest award the US bestows… and Nancy Reagan’s got one too…


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