Tag Archives: Christmas and holiday season

I Plead Not Guilty

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

After a holiday season rich in the joys of eating, drinking and general overindulgence, I sometimes feel a tad glum. The obvious cause is my body telling me to ease up on the rich food (I’m convinced the alcohol has nothing to do with it), but for a while now I have suspected another cause.

Rather than food or alcohol, I blame people. Not just any people, I’m talking about those who instead of …

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Can you crowdsource Christmas?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… on Red Bull.

All of which means there are now a huge number of crowdsourcing projects out there, and with it being Christmasseason of miracles, mistletoe and dubiously themed blog posts – I thought it was time to answer that burning question: Is it possible to obtain all the essentials of festive merriment using only crowdsourced companies and products?


For those with IT professionals to buy for, look no further than a custom designed T-shirt from our friends at 99designs …

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All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As you are all no doubt well aware, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every song on the radio, every elevator conversation and every piece of advertising stuffed into our mailboxes must be Christmas-themed. It’s enough to ruin what should be a fun time of year. Which is why this blog post is definitely, absolutely not going to be about Christmas.

Ok, I lied. This is all about Christmas. But don’t worry, it won’t be one of those sickeningly …

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The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… time of year, it often seems like people in the media industry are still too full/hungover from Christmas and New Year’s over-indulgence to do any real work. Filling the newspapers are either stories remembering the year just ended, or nostalgic human-interest stories.

Seeing as we have already reflected on 2011, we decided it was a good time to talk about something that few, if anyone, will ever be able to remember again: the First World War (one of the last surviving veterans, …

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Flop Idol: another crowdsourcing contest site gets Minted

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… If you’ve ever started your own business, you’ll know that it’s not all champagne and billion-dollar IPOs. For any number of reasons, most new businesses die slow, painful deaths (but not before sucking up every dollar in a surrounding 3 mile radius).

One month into starting her own branded-stationary company, Mariam Naficy was well aware of this. Her company, Minted, was running out of money and had yet to sell even a single unit.

Traditionally, as a founder of a …

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