Heike Scholz (Mobile Zeitgeist) – 8 Questions to Ajit Jaokar

Uber german blogger Heike Scholz (Mobile Zeitgeist) invited me to her 8 questions series which already has some great names in mobile. So here is my 8 questions: – 8 Questions to Ajit Jaokar

Innovative advertising – Kronenbourg1664 and the slow version of Motorhead – Ace of spades song ..

This is another in the series of ‘Innovative advertising’ i.e. advertising that caught my attention – previous nominee was ultrachloraseptic

And this time it Kronenbourg1664 and the slow version of Motorhead – Ace of spades song ..

For Rock fans – Ace of Spades by Motörhead is a definitive cult song

However, Kronenbourg 1664 created a ‘slow version of this song’ when they took Lemmy and his band Motörhead to a French bar. Here, inspired by the laid back atmosphere and a slow, cold Kronenbourg 1664, they played their legendary manic song, The Ace of Spades, at half the normal speed.

When I first heard it, it was stunning.

Surely, it could not be Lemmy! but it was! ..

And the ‘slow’ version is a classic .. kind of reminds me of Clapton with the unplugged version of Layla which went on to top the charts on its own as well ..

This is the slow version of Ace of Spades ..

And this is now Ace of Spades is meant to be enjoyed in its full glory :) (note dialog at the end is not work/family friendly)

The full slow version of the song is .. Motörhead – Ace of Spades (Slow Acoustic)

All in all – an excellent ad and a new version of Ace of Spades ..

Not your Christmas number one with X factor and all .. but this kind of timeless Rock classics still has a fan base I hope ..

I hate ads but I love this one .. ultrachloraseptic

I hate ads but I love this one .. ultrachloraseptic

I actually paused it to get the name of this product
Is this guy for real!

enjoy!

B. B. King & Eric Clapton – The Thrill Is Gone

This is one of my favourites. Great ‘conversation’ on the guitar between King and Clapton esp the bit after 6:00 mins

Nice to be included .. Top 20 mobilists to follow on twitter

Nice to be included .. Top 20 mobilists to follow on twitter

Visions of the Future – The Quantum Revolution – Michio Kaku

Visions of the Future – The Quantum Revolution – Michio Kaku. This is cool.

This is cool. Read Michio Kaku for a few years now and he has a knack for explaining the complex in very tangible terms

Visions of the Future: The Quantum Revolution. 3rd part of 3 part miniseries on the BBC hosted by Michio Kaku. In this new three-part series, leading theoretical physicist and futurist Dr Michio Kaku explores the cutting edge science of today, tomorrow, and beyond. He argues that humankind is at a turning point in history. In this century, we are going to make the historic transition from the ‘Age of Discovery’ to the ‘Age of Mastery’, a period in which we will move from being passive observers of nature to its active choreographers. This will give us not only unparalleled possibilities but also great responsibilities.

Fountainhead listed as top 15 books to read by Entrepreneurs ..

This is cool ..
Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead listed as top 15 books to read by Entrepreneurs ..

Love it! and had a profound influence on me.

See the whole list HERE

I am ranked 213 / 1000 globally by influence among the top analysts using twitter

I am ranked 213 / 1000 globally by influence among the top analysts using twitter

(the list is compiled by Jonny Bentwood on his blog Technobabble. Jonny Bentwood is Director – Analyst relations at Edelman

Since the list also includes forrester/gartner etc etc .. this is very good :) more so because in my case, Twitter is not my primary mode of engagement (this blog is).

A lot of work went behind this post and many thanks to Jonny for this. I think this list shows people who are influential, who contribute original content and engage and this is a very good list of influencers worldwide and its across the board for IT and convergence

Some very heavy hitting names here but also many who I have never heard of before which is very nice to learn from

So, its a great resource.

Scientists create artificial life – congratulations to Craig Venter and team

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Scientists create artificial life.

Congratulations to Craig Venter and his team. I have long been a fan of Craig Venter and his biography is an inspiration!

Dr Venter likened the advance to making new software for the cell.

The researchers copied an existing bacterial genome. They sequenced its genetic code and then used “synthesis machines” to chemically construct a copy.

Dr Venter told BBC News: “We’ve now been able to take our synthetic chromosome and transplant it into a recipient cell – a different organism.

“As soon as this new software goes into the cell, the cell reads [it] and converts into the species specified in that genetic code.”

The new bacteria replicated over a billion times, producing copies that contained and were controlled by the constructed, synthetic DNA.

“This is the first time any synthetic DNA has been in complete control of a cell,” said Dr Venter.

Dr Venter and his colleagues hope eventually to design and build new bacteria that will perform useful functions.

“I think they’re going to potentially create a new industrial revolution,” he said.

“If we can really get cells to do the production that we want, they could help wean us off oil and reverse some of the damage to the environment by capturing carbon dioxide.”

Some very smart people whose thinking I follow and the best one line description of Heisenberg’s theory I have ever seen ..

I spent the last week in Washington DC at the at the transatlantic week in Washington DC. It was an occasion to meet some very clued on folk I have the had the pleasure of knowing for a while.

Recommend you follow them on their blogs/twitter etc:

MEP James Elles,

@ZigaTurk

MEP edit HERCZOG

Prof Jun murai father of the Japanese Internet

US CTO @AneeshChopra

Prof Greg morrisett of Harvard

MEP pilar del castillo vera

Peter Linton – EIF

Cristina Monti – EIF

Craig Mundie Microsoft

Prof John Wood

Erika Mann

and

Dr Jim Foster

And this is cool ..

I have had the pleasure of speaking with Prof John Wood at previous occasions and it was great to meet him again this week

In his talk, he had probably the best one like description of Heinsenberg‘s Uncertainty Principle ..

When he said it, I had to write it down .. and here it is ..

If you know where you are AND if you know where you are going THEN you don’t know where you are!

Ha ha!

Anyway, it was a great event with lots to learn!