|Episode notes Library010 | Best job in the world Emma Strong, 3 December 2009Surely the best has to be Tourism Queensland's offer of the 'The Best Job in the World',
a vacancy for a blogger to work from Hamilton Island for six months. There was, of course, a commitment to pay an employee for 6 months,
but the Tourism Minister for Queensland said they achieved $13million of advertising in a single day.
Universal Music Australia is now offering 'The Best Job in the World' - this time the job is getting up close and personal with the hottest
bands on the planet. All the details are on MyWorldTour.com.au.
Word of Mouth always was the best form of advertising, and social networking means you can get your message to the world in days.
009 | Branded irrelevant Emma Strong, 30 November 2009Everything I've been reading recently seems to be centred around saving this and saving that.
Can the eReader save the newspaper? Can technology save the Church? Or have churches completely lost the plot?
Sales of newspapers have been steadily declining this year, so now there's a big rush to get papers available on eReaders, in the hope that this will increase subscriptions.
But what about the other question being asked - Can technology save the Church?
Should we use technology or not? Do we have to get into the 21st Century or is the message enough?
So are we rejecting technology like we dumped drama? The argument seems to be that we don't need it, but that's a bit weak.
I believe that technology is the medium of today, and so while technology won't save the church, a lack of technology will surely close the doors to a lot of people. In that sense we have to embrace it, or we risk being branded irrelevant, and our message goes ignored.
008 | Nearly died of boredom Emma Strong, 26 November 2009Remember when a paperless society was predicted? I don't see it coming about any time soon. I mean, we're trying hard with eBooks and online information, but we still can't let go of our paper documents, can we?
Statistics show that printed newspapers and magazines in general are on their way out as people go online for their news and information. Advantages are that you can look at any newspaper you like - you can be in an Australian country town and read the New York Times. Or you can read the local newspaper of the town you grew up in. You can also read as little or as much as you're interested in. And what else do people view online?
Blogs, video logs, Facebook, Twitter, basically they're reading anything short. Great - I like short.
Our habits are changing. We're moving to short, visual and interactive.
So apparently there are people out there who prefer their news in print, but for how much longer? Because honestly, you could read your own compilation of different pages straight off the Net. The figures are out there - people are moving online, where news is updated every hour or so.
We want it now and keep it brief.
007 | eReader or mobile camel library Emma Strong, 23 November 2009The US and the UK have been enjoying eReaders for a couple of years now and they're just starting to come down in price, as more people are sold on the idea.
More books are available as eBooks, too, making it a more attractive option, because who wants a system where all you can read is Moby Dick?
Perish the thought. No-one in Australia has had an eReader up to now for the simple reason that they haven't been available to us, nor the eBooks themselves.
But we wait no more, because Sony, Amazon, and another company, Cool, have all got readers out now for the Australian market, and it looks like Barnes and Noble are trying to get their Nook out globally, too. Sony Readers look good quality but one'll set you back $600-800 here in Australia.
Alternatively buy a Cool reader or an Amazon Kindle directly from their US websites and you're looking at half the price.
The Amazon Kindle is a wonderful wireless piece of technology and you can log on anywhere, but that's not quite true.
It uses the Telstra 3G network here in Australia. So, if you live out woop woop and they still haven't heard of Telstra 3G then sorry,
you're gonna have to stick with your mobile camel library or whatever you've got.
006 | iPhone Download - What was he thinking? Emma Strong, 19 November 2009Logos been going around 20 years now, and I still reckon theirs' is one of the best packages on the market. But with this new version you can get it on your iPhone! If you don't already have Logos you can download a free App to your iPhone,
but if you use Logos already you can access the Logos library you've got already. I reckon a popular present for Christmas this year will be eReaders. Yes, eReaders are still a bit expensive and not all books are available in eBook format, and you can't pass your eBook on after you've read it.
BUT you can carry an entire bookshelf in your pocket - like 1500 titles - and personally I think the positives outweigh the negatives.
Of course if we all get an iPhone and an eReader, add to that the mass of credit cards and store cards we all have, we'll all need a bigger handbag, and the MANBAG or the MURSE will be back in. People are already cashing in there because there are online stores out there called the Manbag Store and Manbag.com.
005 | Google or googol Emma Strong, 16 November 2009004 | No wonder drug Emma Strong, 13 November 2009Sorry, I've no solutions for stage fright - there's no wonder drug that will stop that.
BUT there is something you can do to make the show go alright on the night. In radio speak it's called voicing-up,
and in layman's terms it's called pre-recording. You can pre-record your actors long before the day of the performance,
and then each rehearsal have them act to the sound-track. No lines are missed, they're the same every time, and no-one has a chance of getting stage fright.
And if it's an outside show you're not worried about voices being carried away by the wind, or mics not working, all that wonderful stuff.
003 | Life to the Max Emma Strong, 9 November 2009Ok, we're after a good script that's easy for our actors to learn. The simplest technique is to have a lot of different characters,
each with a one-liner. Sounds disjointed, I know, but really, you can make it work.
We threw a whole bunch of items on stage, each one being symbolic of an activity. As the main character picked up each item on stage, a member of the congregation came up and said their one-liner.
You can use that technique of loads of characters, each with one-liners, in just about any drama, and it's a great way of putting on a drama in under 24 hours.