Woke up in my clothes again this morning

by Lee Hopkins on July 6, 2006 · 6 comments

in miscellaneous

The young and adorable Shel Holtz starts his first working day as a cub reporter However, unlike Sting, I know exactly where I am…

I’m in the cold and wintry Adelaide Hills, as is Aaron Mattner who lives just down the road and around the bend from me. G’day, Aaron!

As a test of our manhood (or insanity) we are both part of a group of manly men who will be camping out in a local forest. In the cold. And the rain. And the frost. We are manly men. We beat our hairy chests and cry,

“get behind me, Office Stationary Woman who won’t let us have extra staples without written approval on Form DPX3R579P-4A from our Manager in triplicate!”

Now you know.

Today is a day of thoughts and detritus, elements of ‘brain dump’ that aren’t long enough to each make into a proper post, but necessary for me to put down in writing because, like Homer Simpson, my brain is full and I have to throw old stuff out if I want to cram new stuff in.

Barbeques, bay cruises and summer are currently visiting my friends Donna PepsiCola, Kare Anderson and Samantha Grant, who are just three of the very kind folks who took up my invitation and added themselves to my frappr map. But being a newbie to frappr I haven’t yet sorted out how to add myself to their maps. If anyone could let me know how I can repay the compliment and add myself to their map, could they let me know please?

Speaking of compliments, might I send a “G’day” out to Jon and the crew at namedevelopment.com who, in their mighty fine blog, give far greater insight into the intricacies of product and service nomenclature than I could. A very find blog worthy of your attention, folks!


I had an extremely challenging and interesting day yesterday. At extremely short notice I was asked to put together a video presentation for a client. The footage was already supplied as mpgs. I downloaded the trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro, thinking that it would do the trick and be just the tool I needed. Alas, it didn’t recognise the files. Running out of time and with sweat beading on my furrowed brow, I turned to the freebie that comes with WinXP — MovieMaker.

WOW! I am seriously impressed. Okay, I’m not about to cut a music video with it for MTV, but for the needs of my client it was perfect. The only problem I had was that it kept crashing, but I have an inkling of a suspicion the crashes were caused by my ‘beginning to fail’ video card rather than the software itself.

Robert French recently commented about how the new tools of communication are so easy to operate — blogs, podcasts, and so on. To which I would add putting a half decent video together for self-promotion. I am toying with the idea of videoing my end of the chat I have with Allan, or my report for FIR, or just some self-promotional material. MovieMaker could be an ideal tool to help me pull it all together and make it look half decent.

Jenkins wants to create an unofficial biography on me over at the Divorce and Litigation Wiki. Citing my “urges that shall not be mentioned”, he knows a little too much about me for my comfort, being as he is a former international man of mystery. Should you read, at some stage in the future, a sordid tale involving swarfega, black plastic sheeting, pink ‘Marigold‘ rubber gloves and a dozen ball bearings I deny it completely! It was Chris!!

Josie Salkey at Melcrum commented on the fact that the original email they sent out about their corporate culture report didn’t provide a link or any text about the podcast that was promised by their email. First off, I’m exceedingly flattered that someone at Melcrum took the time to scour Technorati (which is how I presume they found my post) and come visit me and comment. Second off, they sent the email out again, I notice, and this time the mp3 file is there — and Josie confirms that I was right in my post to ‘call them out’ not only on the missing mp3 link but also on the misuse of the term ‘podcast’.

Very flattered that you called by, Josie!

Nathan Reeve in sunny downtown Melbourne (‘sunny’ is a joke) reckons I sounded really tired and in need of encouragement in Chat #10. Thanks, mate, but part of the reason I sound ‘flat’ is that Allan and I record the show about 0030 in the morning my time and I have to be quiet so as to not wake a sleeping household. I woke Mrs BetterComms once… once!

Speaking of calling by, whilst shaving this morning I was again struck by how amazing this new social media internet is. Not only do people take the time to read my rambling thoughts, but they actually take the time to comment. And these are people I would be unlikely to ever come across in my daily work here in Adelaide. I still get a little tickle of delight when I think of the new friends I have across the globe, friends like Donna P, Donna T (and I wish I could have been there!), Kare, Heidi, Sallie, Andrea, Kami, Catriona (and in case you think I’m just touting for ‘gigolo’ status) Neville, Shel, my arch rival and nemesis Allan, Bryan, Robert, Stuart, Ross (who will be podcasting my stonkingly fabulous interview with Stuart next week after some post-production top and tails go on), Dan, BadgerDan, David, Ben and many many more. I’ve said it before, Donna P said it so eloquently the other week:

The world of podcasting seems to be made up of generous souls who willingly support each other. I am so pleased to walk in their company.

To which I would widen it to include all of social media.

Will it enhance my business? Possibly and possibly not. Will it enhance my life? Absolutely and it already has.

If you haven’t yet joined the social part of the world wide web might I encourage you to do so. You truly will not regret it. And if you are interested in joining, but not sure how to, why not drop me a line and we can talk about it (over a coffee if you are in Adelaide, over Skype [leehopkins-adelaide] if you’re not)…

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  • http://allanjenkins.typepad.com/ Allan Jenkins

    Someone has waaaay too much time on his hands.

  • http://allanjenkins.typepad.com Allan Jenkins

    Someone has waaaay too much time on his hands.

  • http://tidbitsandmore.blogspot.com/ Donna Tocci

    We get a ‘tickle of delight’ out of you, too, Lee. You are correct, the world is becoming smaller and smaller thanks to this social medium. It’s fun, but also professionally beneficial when you can learn from and collaborate with people all around the world very easily.

  • http://tidbitsandmore.blogspot.com Donna Tocci

    We get a ‘tickle of delight’ out of you, too, Lee. You are correct, the world is becoming smaller and smaller thanks to this social medium. It’s fun, but also professionally beneficial when you can learn from and collaborate with people all around the world very easily.

  • http://leehopkins.net/ Lee

    Thanks Donna — what amuses and also frustrates me is that fellow communicators I know here in Australia just refuse to ‘try’ this new social media. I don’t know what they are scared of, but they just stay away in droves. Bizarre! The professional development opportunities alone are worth the hassle of setting up a blog and thinking about something to write!

  • http://leehopkins.net Lee

    Thanks Donna — what amuses and also frustrates me is that fellow communicators I know here in Australia just refuse to ‘try’ this new social media. I don’t know what they are scared of, but they just stay away in droves. Bizarre! The professional development opportunities alone are worth the hassle of setting up a blog and thinking about something to write!

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