Monday, 18 May 2009

Telecom XT meets an Aardvark

Auckland Town Hall Mike Mizrahi Light Show
Over the weekend of the Auckland Writers Festival, the evening crowds all got to see the light show , by Mike Mizrahi, on the Auckland Town Hall which celebrates the upcoming launch of the Telecom NZ XT network.

The light show is but part of a huge media and marketing campaign on the benefits of the network. Long time Internet commentator, and general mad scientist about the boom blocks, Bruce Simpson put together this little mick taker and posted it on YouTube. I like it.

Bruce Simpson - Aardvark
Among his many other accomplishments Bruce Simpson was the originator of 7am News and Aardvark, the Internet news site. Though still going, it's fair to say it no longer commands the wide readership it did.

Which no doubt is all fair enough - however, there is a bit of an Internet legend story here, and it would be a pity if people completely lost sight of Bruce Simpson's contribution to the early Internet in New Zealand.

Thus, way back in the days when a the blog word was a typo, he was up at the crack of dawn sifting and separating, and then pumping out on his Aardvark site his own variety of opinion and breaking news sources in a unique blend of opinionated aggregation.

Connecting the Clouds
The Internet NZ commissioned Connecting the Clouds, The Internet in New Zealand doesn't give him, or Aardvark a mention. I think this is a real pity, and needs rectification on their online wiki edition, here.

It's also good to see he can still make a point in his own inimitable style. Nice to see your handwriting on the wire again, Mr Simpson, sir!


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