Monday, October 27, 2008

We Made Nice Stuff Happen

From 2004 until 2008, we made some very nice stuff happen. Oh yes, we did.

Now, we construct alternative realities in a symbiotic membrane called Derek.

Thank you for your donations.

Peace, out.

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Monday, June 30, 2008

June Bugs

We've been hot on the heels of some evil spam hackers across all our Wordpress sites recently. Some of them were not compromised, only a couple were and no users passwords were stolen.

Now we've upgraded to 2.5.1 we should be ok for while.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Rise and Shine: Breakfast with Inspiration

We're backing Rise and Shine, the online breakfast show which broadcasts live weekdays 7am to 10am, Monday to Friday, and raises money for BuskAid.

Seesmic, the "video conversation" website is supporting the project.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

John Cleese: The Headcast

We're pleased to launch Headcast John's first premium video download - it's a serious, searching look at the nature of perception and belief and the ways in which reality is shaped by powerful men to suit their own agenda.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Season's Greetings from Funk

Our new podcasting company, Talking Voices has been growing steadily during 2007, but that doesn't mean we've deserted our established clients.

We're very happy with this episode of John Cleese's podcast - Happy Solstice everyone!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Headcast

We at Funk Mansion are rather excited by the news which broke last weekend about our work with Mr Cleese.

British actor, writer and comedian John Cleese is to release Headcast, a series of online videos, which he describes as "some humorous, some more thoughtful, giving me a chance to sound off in my old age."

A free version will be made available over the next few months on The Podcast Network, which John says is "rather good, run by Australians, and none the worse for that."

A premium version of the Headcast will also be made available.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Trevor Dann at PodCamp UK

Nice to see the "establishment" take an interest in this burgeoning but still marginal area of culture we are busy creating.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Funky Google Ghandi

On the 60th anniversary of the birth of the modern states of India and Pakistan, we checked to see where Funk was in the internet scheme of things.

Click for detail.

Currently we rank second and third, after the Wikipedia un-definition, and above Craig "Cabby" Charles - not bad for a tiny multi-media company.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Funk Social Media Experiment $1

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Google Search Funk Content


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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Podcast User Magazine

Nice piece in this month's Podcast User Magazine about our work with John Cleese.

We're now averaging over 85,000 downloads a month for the first three months of 2007.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Virginia Grey Photography

Completed a lovely portfolio site for photographer Virginia Grey.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Podcast Nation Promos

Happy to be working on Podcast Nation promotional audio. Particularly fond of this by John Cleese and this by UK podcaster and outdoors entrepreneur Bob Cartwright.

Browse the collection here.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

We're Big In America

Click the image to fully appreciate the iTunes big-up.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Funk Publishing: Art, Music, Words

We've now set up the Funk Publishing website to show our own authored stuff in one convenient place. The blog can turn into a podcast at the touch of a button, and the new feed aggregator has replaced Old Greg, who now retires with a gold watch and a warm, fuzzy feeling.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Funk Builds Cheeze Office

Click the picture above for the larger-scale version of Funk virtual architect Egg Desoto reclining in the new office and meeting rooms suite he has just finished designing and constructing for online marketing agency Cheeze.

The design stems from the Cheeze corporate image and colours, and aside from the usual office furniture it contains an indoor fishpond, a movie screen, an ambient music generator, a copy of Podcast User Magazine, a laptop you can use to email Cheeze, or to log in to Third Life... Nice piece of design, Egg!

Cheeze join Crayon and a number of well-known Earth brands such as IBM, Toyota, General Motors, Starwood Hotels, Wells Fargo, Reuters and the BBC in this growing part of the new digital economy.

Email Egg with your comments and commissions.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Funk in 2007

We are building in Second Life, making a beach-front office.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Talking Voices

Funk have developed their podcast business - from January 1st 2007, we are at Talking Voices.

Friday, November 24, 2006

FeedBurner Podcast

Produced the first FeedBurner video podcast - great to get the opportunity.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Funk Open Peace Garden In Second Life

Everybody and their mate is opening up a virtual office. We've already got one of those, so we thought we'd open up a peace garden instead.

The location is Huchu (48,120,81)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Tim O'Reilly at The AOP Conference

This image of Tim O'Reilly was blogged from the conference floor.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

All Our Other Podcasts Are Doing Well

We are now over 20,000 per month total downloads of our various podcasts. The long tail means every new podcast edition pulls in new subscribers who go back and find all the early episodes. Collaborative projects are responsible for adding an extra 15% listeners and viewers in the past three months.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Cleese Continues Download Explosion

We're hitting 10,000 plus downloads a month now.

Monday, June 05, 2006

The Register

Chris Williams wrote this nice piece in The Register about our activities with the UKPA.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Comedy Piracy

The UK Podcasting scene is a funny place to be sometimes.

Funk are helping to set up a meeting with the UK Podcasters Association and the MCPS-PRS, which should be an interesting meeting.

Friday, May 05, 2006

UK Podcasters Association #2

Just set up the (very simple) website for this excellent new UK organisation.

New Media Age wrote nice article about us, and Hugh Fraser interviewed myself and Neil Dixon for ID3 Mag.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

UK Podcasters Association

Funk have helped to found a non-profit organisation, UK Podcasters Association, to represent the interests and protect the rights of British Podcasters. More soon.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Page Ranking: Wiki

Google Toolbar PageRank

The Google Toolbar PageRank measures PageRank from 0 to 10. Many people assume that the Toolbar PageRank is a proxy value determined through a logarithmic scale. Google has not disclosed the precise method for determining a Toolbar PageRank value. Google representatives, such as engineer Matt Cutts, have publicly indicated that the Toolbar PageRank is republished about once every 3 months, indicating that the Toolbar PageRank values are generally unreliable measurements of actual PageRank value for most periods of the year." and are both currently page ranked a respectable 4.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Shop of Funk

Shop of Funk is online, selling music downloads, CDs, books, artwork, DVDs and other items from the fabulous cathedral-like interior of Funk Warehouse...

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Greg, Our New Member Of Staff

Today we introduce Greg, our new member of staff. Greg is a very nice feed aggregator where you can see all the work we do writing blogs and making podcasts in one place.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Funk Video Showreel

Here is the new Funk video showreel.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Podcast Nation

Podcast Nation is underway - Funk's contribution to the burgeoning phenomenon of citizen-driven media, with a focus on UK-originated content. Plan is to erect a searchable directory like this one.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

John Cleese Podcast Downloads Go Ballistic

We are enjoying some success with the John Cleese podcasts.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Funky Festive Fun

Please enjoy these scattered jewels of viral fun which we found littering our hard drives.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Xmas pod

Cinema du lyon

Ooh yes ... Podding for the festive season

Friday, December 09, 2005

Funk Goes Green

New Funk website is up. It's green, like pounds used to be.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

John Cleese Podcast

John Cleese is about to tour New Zealand and Funk are producing a series of podcasts. We also have a lemur on board.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Imagining St Mary Magdalene's

We are starting to install art in the gardens. Looking forward to the weekend of July 30th/31st when things should be cooking. As we say in the kitchen.

Friday, July 15, 2005

St Mary Magdalene's Art Cam

Running a webcam for an art project in our local park.

It's running on YAWCAM which is a little stuttery but seems to work OK once you're set up. Good for a freebie.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

St Mary Magdalene Gardens: Art + Music

Funk are designing/producing a month of art, music and performance in St Mary Magdalene Gardens, Islington, London. It's our local park, so we are really pleased with the commission.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

We Are Making Some Really Nice Stuff Happen

Like trout on a bed of twiglets, drizzled over with warm maple syrup.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

In no particular order

In no particular order
A new blog celebrating all things listable.
If you have a list or want to check out a list or just like lists then this blog is for you
So get compiling and send them in

Monday, May 09, 2005

UK Election Roundup

Five Podcast 8: Deek Deekster discusses nuts, politicians, politics and podcasting with International Bicycle Thief and rounds up coverage of UK election 2005 from Funk.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Five Podcast 6

Dave Bones talks about Blair, Galloway, Ken Livingstone, and the future of Independent Media.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Monster Raving Loony Interview

Jack "The Hat" Gardener, candidate for Islington South and Finsbury. Five.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Cinema Du Lyon Podcast #2

The second in the series featuring redeye and the CJ massive.

Robin Cook Exclusive: Five Podcast

Recorded a public meeting with Robin Cook, Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry yesterday - no national media present, but Five was there, and got the lot.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Cinema Du Lyon Podcast

Pleased to see that the Cinema Du Lyon Podcast has been grabbed no less than 85 times since it's inception 10 days ago.

Best to download and use iPodder and insert the following URL to get regular updates:

Friday, November 12, 2004

Mysterious Art Force

That fount of audio-visual treasure Cinema Du Lyon has a splendid new interface, bauhaus/surreal hybrid I think you'd call it...

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Official: New Website is Looking Really Nice Now

Yes, it really is looking like a proper website now. Audio, video, graphics, external links, information, outformation, you name it. What I really like is that if you type "funk nice stuff" into Google, we come top. Blogtastic!

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Website is looking more like a website

The audio section now has MP3 downloads, and the Art section has the Coca-Cola Nazi challenge images.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

New Funk Website

We are re-designing the website... soon it will be green and white, instead of, um, green and white...

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Alien Tone

New video available here:


International Bicycle Thief Reporting

Here's us talking about the things that are stuff that we make happen

The Place Where Nice Stuff That We Make Happen Gets Talked About

We are in the final edit of the video.