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DP2017

2016 saw off a bumper crop of the loveable and unexpected. This year let’s hope for a nice crop of a55h0l3s to balance things out. Double points for anyone who clearly has it coming. I AM THE LAW!

Marcus (0)

  1. Trump
  2. Richard Dawkins
  3. Stephen Hawking
  4. Richard dean Anderson
  5. Bill Clinton
  6. Betty White
  7. QE2
  8. Meryl Streep
  9. Justin Bieber
  10. Michael Buble’s son Ineligible

Granma Pip (0)

  1. Billy Connelly
  2. William Windsor
  3. Bill Cosby
  4. William  Shatner
  5. Bill Gates
  6. Billy Joel
  7. Billy Ray Cyrus
  8. Venus Williams
  9. Willy Nelson
  10. Billy Jean King

Dave (0)

  1. Sean Connery
  2. Betty Windsor
  3. Kirk Douglas
  4. Phil the Greek
  5. Hugh Heffner
  6. George HW Bush
  7. Donald Trump
  8. Stephen Hawking
  9. Charles Manson
  10. Tim Curry

Nick (0)

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Rodrigo Duterte
  3. Charles Manson
  4. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  5. Robert Mugabe
  6. Viktor Orban
  7. Bashar al-Assad
  8. Nicole Kidman
  9. Vladimir Putin
  10. Ayman al-Zawahiri

Sian (0)

  1. Betty White
  2. Wendie Malick
  3. Janice Dickinson
  4. Lindsay Lohan
  5. Dick Cheney
  6. Sir David Attenborough
  7. Snoop Dog
  8. Bert Newton
  9. Jaden Smith
  10. Andrea Bocelli

Moi (0)

  1. Hillary Clinton
  2. Rupert Murdoch
  3. Bob Mugabe
  4. Rolf Harris
  5. Dick Cheney
  6. Yoko Ono
  7. Mark Chapman
  8. George Lucas
  9. Tony Blair
  10. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Michelle (0)

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Angelina Jolie
  3. Elton John
  4. Barack Obama
  5. Charlie Sheen
  6. Bret Michaels
  7. Mick Jagger
  8. Oprah Winfrey
  9. Lindsay Lohan
  10. Mel Gibson

BJP (o)

  1. Justin Bieber
  2. Joni Mitchell
  3. Angelina Jolie
  4. Michael J Fox
  5. Jimmy Carter (President)
  6. Joost van der Westhuizen
  7. Jacques Chirac
  8. John Goodman
  9. Prince Philip   (The Juke of Edinburgh)
  10. Jerry Lee Lewis
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I bought a painting (yay!)

2016 is off to a great start. While in the Hawke’s Bay for new year, I was fortunate to meet Fane Flaws, take a tour of his astonishing home, and buy one of his recent works – Electric Id #1 (gouache on brown paper).

These Psychedelic Ids are just mesmerising. Can’t wait to get it home.

 

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DP2016

And we’re off! Good luck, gentlemen…

Johnny (0)

  1. Christina Applegate
  2. Sharon Osborne
  3. Kathy Bates
  4. Robert De Niro
  5. Melissa Etheridge
  6. Suzanne Somers
  7. Mr T
  8. Rod Stewart
  9. Carly Simon
  10. Ringo Starr

Granma Pip (0)

  1. Billy Connelly
  2. William Windsor
  3. Bill Cosby
  4. William  Shatner
  5. Bill Gates
  6. Billy Joel
  7. Billy Ray Cyrus
  8. Venus Williams
  9. Willy Nelson
  10. Billy Jean King

Dave (6)

  1. Sean Connery
  2. Roger Moore
  3. George Lazenby
  4. Abe Vigoda
  5. Kirk Douglas
  6. Mary Tyler Moore
  7. Prince Philip
  8. Clive James
  9. Stephen Hawking
  10. Tommy Chong

Nick (73)

  1. Lindsay Lohan
  2. Martin Crowe
  3. Prince Phillip
  4. Mohammed Ali
  5. Paul Gasgoine
  6. Joost van der Westhuizen
  7. Stephen Hawking
  8. Justin Beiber
  9. Jay-Z
  10. Michael Schumacher

Sian (0)

  1. Barry Humphries
  2. Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanztta)
  3. Richard O’Brien
  4. Dennis Rodman
  5. Caitlyn Jenner
  6. Eddy Izzard
  7. Hilary Swank
  8. James Franco
  9. Guy Pearce
  10. Craig McLachlan

Moi (0)

Rangergeddon

  1. Harry Windsor
  2. Axel Rose
  3. Geri Halliwell
  4. Danny Boniduce
  5. Ginger Baker
  6. Scott Dixon
  7. Susan Sarandon
  8. Tom Wolfe
  9. Robert Redford
  10. Woodie Allen

Michelle (0)

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Angelina Jolie
  3. Elton John
  4. Barack Obama
  5. Charlie Sheen
  6. Bret Michaels
  7. Mick Jagger
  8. Oprah Winfrey
  9. Lindsay Lohan
  10. Mel Gibson

Noddy & Trevor (0)

  1. Chuck Berry
  2. Georgina Beyer
  3. Prince Philip
  4. Dougal Stevenson
  5. Bashar Assad
  6. David McPhail
  7. Pope Benedict
  8. George Bush SNR
  9. Patricia Routledge
  10. Bob Hawke

Gordon (0)

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Kirk Douglas
  3. Hugh Hefner
  4. Bill Cosby
  5. The queen
  6. Sean Connery
  7. Billy Connoly
  8. Ozzy Osbourne
  9. Tom Waits
  10. Prince Phillip

Skull #24

This week I took delivery of my second Fane Flaws piece, this one a collaboration with his wife, Jo Blogg. Just love it.

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The problem with digital social connections

 

I was interested to see this piece on TechCrunch this morning.

Wiith is described as something akin to Tinder, but with a focus on shared social experiences. Clearly the term ‘shared social experiences’ is open to broad interpretation, and I have no doubt that Wiith will be useful to the same fine people that managed to force Adult Friend Finder to pivot from its initial bearing as a social network for golfers. Deviants aside, Wiith is an interesting prospect and a reflection of a similar idea I had a year or so ago.

Two things really bug me about mainstream social platforms…

The first is selection bias. No matter whether you’re talking about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tinder or Grindr, new connection recommendations are typically based on shared attributes. Facebook wants me to meet Jill because we have 12 friends in common; LinkedIn wants me to meet Bob because we work in the same industry; and Tinder wants me to meet the Harris twins because – well, that ain’t gonna happen ‘cos I’m a happily married man. My point is, while digital social platforms have made it easier to meet new people, the selection of new connections based on the requirement of shared attributes is tantamount to inbreeding, and I don’t believe that’s a good thing.

Despite 500+ connections, my LinkedIn gene pool is so shallow you could dive in and smack your head on the bottom. My Facebook and Twitter profiles are no better – packed to the gunwales with colleagues and contemporaries. This is great for recruiters and those looking for a little industry chit chat, but useless in all other contexts. Back in my bar fly days I used to meet interesting, random people all the time – builders, bailiffs and bartenders (lots of bartenders), famous actors, authors, musicians and photographers, former mercenaries, convicted murderers… Thanks to the social networks’ recommendation algorithms, the opportunities for such wild and exhilarating encounters are now practically non-existent.

The other problem lies in the inherent agenda of social connections. While Facebook is less of an issue in this regard, connection requests are invariably tied up with an agenda of some kind. That LinkedIn request is from a headhunter or would-be supplier; the new Twitter follower is a content marketer wanting to leverage my reach and influence; and that Tinder request (ok bad example – Like I said, I’m a married man and don’t use Tinder).

I’ve come to realise that while our species is now more connected than it has ever been, we’ve also never been so lonely. Our social networks are designed to surround us with people just like ourselves, who invariably want something from us. The opportunity to meet new and interesting people for no other reason than to enjoy human interaction just doesn’t exist in today’s social networks, but it should.

Is Wiith the answer? Will it solve these ills and lead our species to the richness and fulfilment of genuine human interaction? Who knows. Maybe not, but it’s a nice idea and hopefully a sign of more to follow.

DP2015: Call for Entries

Ah, sweet December, my favourite time of year. The endless frustration of insane deadlines and absentee clients, offset by rampant binge spree drinking and a plethora of barbecued pork products. All of this, of course, pales in comparison to the true joy of this festive season – picking 10 celebs and praying to Glub / Uncle Chuck that they meet their mortal end before the next year is out.

That’s right, sports fans, DP2015 is open!

Stoked

Bought my first piece of NZ art – Why The Long Face #2, by Fane Flaws

why_the_longface_2

I well remember the iconic Radio With Pictures opening credits Fane Flaws created in the 80’s, and have long admired several of his other pieces in a friend’s office. The man is a living legend, and I was shocked to realise an original piece of his work was within my budget.

So stoked.