Adam Westbrook // ideas on digital storytelling and publishing

Yoogle Tube

Posted in Uncategorized by Adam Westbrook on October 11, 2006

Quick one tonight: with so much coverage of Google’s acquisition of You Tube, it’d be a shame not to pass brief comment.

First off, if you haven’t already, check out “A Message from Chad and Steve”, the founders of You Tube giving a post-deal piece to camera.

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First off, I’m amazed anyone called Chad could make over a billion dollars, let alone get out of bed. Secondly, this great comment came from an unimpressed viewer:

Perhaps with 1.65 Billion dollars they will be able to afford a directional microphone for their camera or noise reduction software for their editing system.

Well said Charlie.

And a final piece of brilliance. For anyone who didn’t get today’s Metro (yes I read all the coolest papers), check out the video CV of Aleksey Vayner. The Yale graduate sent this video along with an 11 page CV (!!) for a job at financial firm UBS. The film’s called “Impossible is Nothing” and includes great mantras such as

‘As a world-level athlete in several sports, I have developed an insatiable appetite for peak performance and continuous learning. My trainer and world martial arts champion often said, “Impossible is just someone’s opinion.” I live by those words.’

Vayner gives us his philosophy over footage of him lifting weights, playing tennis and smashing bricks. Unsurprisingly, someone at UBS found this so pant-wettingly funny it made its way onto You Tube.

Aleksey says “Ignore the losers”…so don’t feel obligated to watch.

Deal or No Deal: househunting at high speed

Posted in Uncategorized by Adam Westbrook on September 2, 2006

Deal, or no deal?As well as being unemployed and having a disturbing lack of shame and/or dress sense, to appear on Deal or No Deal you’ve also got to be able to make important decisions very quickly.

‘Do I go with the £8,000 or am I risking missing out on £10,000? What if my box only has £1 in it?’

Now apply this dilemma to something that’s actually quite important, and you have a vague idea of what its like trying to find a place to rent in London.

My 3 new housemates and myself have been ‘on the market’ now for 3 weeks, popping into London whenever we have a free day. We’ve visited every estate agent south of the Thames and in each, the answers been the same:

“Oh, there are no 4-bedroom places available at the moment…but as soon as something comes up, we’ll get in touch with you straight away.

Househunting in londonYes, of course you will dear.

But the sparcity of buildings with four bedrooms and a roof in one of the largest cities in the world is the least of our worries. For when one does become available, we enter a high octane game where every second counts and a single hesitation can cost you dear.

We must have viewed about 15 places by now, and 5 of them have been just what we’re looking for – great location, decent price, no rats. But they’ve been bought out within seconds of us stepping outside the house – once you’ve seen a place that you like, you literally have seconds to decide.

It’s as if a little clock appears at the corner of your vision, getting louder and louder until…you’ve missed your chance.

This is all fair enough – I mean, when the demand on the market is so high, it’s understandable. But how are you supposed to make a sensible decision about something as important as your home in 10 seconds? Oh how I wish I had Noel Edmunds on standby to keep the Agent on the phone to give me just 1 more minute to think…

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Adam Meets World II

Posted in Uncategorized by Adam Westbrook on September 1, 2006

Welcome to Adam Meets World at it’s new home! After a good few years, I’ve graduated from the University of Warwick and moved to London. So I decided to move the blog as well.

It’s a bit scary to think that people from outside the Warwick bubble and outside the U.K. might read this thing, but even scarier to think that no-one will read it at all. So if you’re reading, let me know with the comment button below!

So what’s going on then?

Well, I’m moving to London properly in the next two weeks to start my course in Broadcast Journalism at City University. And I’m so excited a little bit of wee comes out every time I think about it. So expect to hear all about the adventure, and what it’s like to be “trying to make it” as a hack in the U.K. media industry.

Anything else?

Well yes, actually. My big passion is current affairs and the developing world, so I’ll probably stick my oar in on hot topics, and especially on how they’re covered in the global media.