Wednesday, 29 February 2012


Many thanks to Phil Brasor for joining Our Man's latest cockamamie project.

Saturday, 18 February 2012


Our Man has far too many irons in the fire to do much more with this post than write a few disjointed thoughts and hope that you, dear reader, can bear with him while he tries to pull it all together before bedtime. Or perhaps he will leave it to you to figure out. He's sure you have a better clue than he does. Anyway, here goes nothing...

Amid the hypocrisy of The Sun screaming a witch hunt against it after "Fleet Street legends" were busted and had cops going through their bins and sullying their public reputations, the Murdoch minions have suddenly discovered due process, rule of law, human rights and  innocent until proven guilty. Ahhh, bless.

This must be the reasoning behind Murdoch announcing the coming of The Sun on Sunday to replace CSI News of The World -- to add a principled voice amid the muck that the other Sundays churn out.

You know what? Our Man is beginning

not to care any more.

Sure, you, dear reader, are no doubt ahead of him already, but Murdoch's time is up. Him and all his ilk.

Because, in the age of the internet, we don't need him. We don't need a lot of things Our Man grew up believing we needed. We don't need newspapers to know the news. We don't need publishers to publish books. We don't need the middleman to know the man.

Granted, we are not quite there yet - folk still think we need the middleman, the branding, ("How do I know it's true unless Anderson Cooper read it from an auto-prompt?") but Our Man would venture to say that we don't.

President Obama says he is shit hot. Michael Moore says he is not. We can go to both their twitter feeds and decide for ourselves which is full of more shit. Christopher Johnson says some bollocks about X, we can go to X's twitter stream and decide for ourselves. We have become the journalist, unless we are too lazy to do the research. But then,

we are no lazier than the pros.

Are they doing anything other than typing in a news release and doing a Google search? In fact, just one of the two.

Sure, we still need pro journos to dig out the stories that Joe Blogger can't get time to get to. But the pros don't need the middleman. Why can't they go straight to the reader with their story, and sell it directly to them? In time they will. The Abiko Free Press is Our Man's attempt to prove it. At the moment we still rely on Amazon, but only because we think we need to.

It strikes Our Man that if bloggers are the reporters, Twitter the editor, we, the people, are the media moguls.

Just not all of us have figured that out. Certainly not Our Man yet, but he's getting there.

Night all.

Thursday, 9 February 2012


Our Man has been clearing the decks ready for action. A few additions even the able-bodied should be aware of:
  • You can now receive your orders directly from Our Man by email at the handy pillbox on the top left.
  • Do make yourself known to the two new blog additions who have joined the fray on the left, It's Not Just Mud and TheKishiCut.
  • Feel free to avail yourself of the Abiko Free Press button on the bar at the top.
  • And see all the folk who have agreed to work on the 3/11 Anniversary Project. Our Man is sure you will agree there are some pretty heavy hitters, even if not all of them are very pretty.
As you were.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


So, Our Man survived his brush with fame (still awaiting the fortune) with TV Asahi yesterday. Our Man was interviewed to talk up Quakebook and how foreigners got information about earthquakes and generally boost awareness for folks who need help.

He fears he got sidetracked and ended up talking about twitter far more than he meant to. But he reserves judgement until the broadcast on Sunday, March 11th. The anniversary, you know? There will be a 10-hour special on it on TV. How much of that will feature Our Man is unclear. He was given the speech about "We don't have much time and we never know what, if anything of the interview will be used." Probably thirty seconds of the five hours of Our Man's life that it took to record him fake-tweeting and meeting strange men in Abiko parks, but whatever.

If it means a couple more people hear about Quakebook then it will be worth it. Maybe.

We'll see what inanity makes it from the cutting room floor. But Our Man has taken pictures and made notes, so we can compare after the fact. Whatever. Our Man tried his best to add a little humour, but it won't be nearly as amusing as this piece of great TV:

Sunday, 5 February 2012


So, blogging is dead and social media and your ebook platform are all that matter in the online world. Well, at this time in the morning, Our Man is feeling decidedly anti-social and unprepared for any train of thought (platforms, do keep up) beyond that which leads from his Bordeaux to his bed.

But he is glad to say a few projects are moving along nicely. After racing through the beta reader process in a under a week, he's taking readers' comments seriously and is leisurely reworking the novel Half-Life 2:46, now in it's fifth or sixth draft, Our Man forgets, with a little help from his editor.

Our Man's learnt a few things along the way. One is that there are no shortcuts. Our Man skimped on the character backstory process and various other bits too tedious to mentions here, suffice to say kids, less haste means more speed.

But... there is the small matter of the anniversary of the March 11th disaster coming up, and Our Man would like to have the novel out for publication by then, along with the 3/11 anniversary ebook. 

Is this all riding the coattails of the disaster for fun and profit?

Our Man sincerely hopes not. The 3/11 anniversary project is a serious attempt at independent journalism to explain what has and hasn't happened since the disaster. And the novel, while not so serious, does tackle some serious themes that need tackling about 3/11 and what it means to be a foreigner in Japan and identity and stuff. And there's a shopping bicycle chase scene.

The fact is, the world's attention will be focussed on Japan for a fleeting moment once more on March 11th, 2012, and after that it will be back to how social media has changed the world beyond all recognition, such as US Presidential elections, Wall Street greed and our collective intelligence --nothing of substance, obviously.

So, this slim window is Our Man's moment to make his mark.

That is all.

Oh, not quite all. Our Man redesigned the blog a bit. Although he liked the Dynamic Views deal from blogger, it didn't allow him to post bits and bobs from his agent provocateurs around the web... and he always wanted to edit a red top.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012


So, between flu, shepherd's pie, a picture almost everyday, Our Man's novel, oh, and the cover life, this is what Our Man has been doing... The Abiko Free Press. There's a certain little 3-11 project he needs to get done. Do drop by for a look-see.