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The collected works of Mr Neil D Campbell

LAPSTANDER my latest flame


I write a lot… more than you’d think and  often more than I am allowed to say…

Thankfully that’s not the case with Lapstander. I wrote the web page, the crowdfunding campaign, the video script and I even had a hand in the name… (can’t say it aloud, but it was basically my idea)

Any hoo it’s going to launch imminently on Kickstarter so watch this space…

Did I mention I wrote the video script?  I ‘ve written a few in my time here’s a draft I wrote recently for a new app called Gobu…

 

"

Today we can book our airport transfers, our flights and our hotels, without being put on hold, making errors or speaking to anyone... 

Smart-phones keep getting smarter

If only there was a smart booking service for the other things in life... 



haircuts, massages or acupuncture... well there is!


...and it's perfect for businesses and customers alike.

Gobu brings service industry booking into the 21st century 

We cover...

Hair dressers
Masseuses
Chiropractors
Physiotherapists
Waxing
Nails
Tanning
Laser-Surgery
Acupuncture

and more...

Gobu offers on demand live booking... 

And smart booking...

Your customers are looking for you... they may be new to the area, but searching doesn't always mean finding... Gobu bypasses search engines so your customers can search by service, price and distance... all within the Gobu app...

without your input, customers can make appointments using the Gobu calendar feature.




No ads, contracts, high fees, or admin required... just less work and more bookings at low cost.

Gobu! Smart Booking for your business."

pretty  snazzy huh?

 

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UNIVERSE The Comicbook coming soon!

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One of the projects I am proudest to be involved in is Universe.

Universe is a classic Golden Age style Super Hero story about a full powered African American super hero.

Our hero is Anthony Russell, an Ivy League student and young astronaut whose spaceship malfunctions during its maiden flight.

Back home he is presumed dead, but his craft drifts into a mysterious nebula where he is cocooned and bombarded by Dark Matter.

I can’t say more than that at the moment, but the project is nearly ready for launch and prior to that we’ve started building up the social media… So come and like us on Facebook…

 

 

 

An Award Winning Film for Which I Wrote the Screenplay

Something fine for being long over due…

You’d think, having taken almost two years to reclaim my website password from the guardians of the internet, that I’d have made more effort to update said website…

but who asked you anyway…

 

Still, here’s what you missed.

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I helped this happen… I  wrote the pitch, the script, did some editing, consulted, promoted and gave high fives all through the campaign…

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I also helped these guys…

I wrote this… (and there’s a whole lot more to come…)

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I  also wrote a film script, loads of blogs, more content than you can count and all sorts of written sparkle… and some MEMES…

Speaking of blogs, here’s one I did earlier…

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Oh and this…

 

 

I’ll write more soon… well, I might…

How to spot a fake news story…

The internet has become the world’s most important resource for news. It has overtaken press groups and stock libraries to become the go-to destination for anyone wishing to know anything. Seconds after a world changing event, tweeted pictures and live streams bounce around the globe at the speed of fibre optic and nothing and no one is sacred.

Information Utopia at last?  …if only

The problem with this sudden availability of info is that it doesn’t serve those who seek to control the flow of news and those who have this power have a hidden ace… namely us.

The media only needs to let us poison our well and the sudden powerful access we currently share will be worthless… in short, we need to stop sharing crap.

I am writing this article because of the sheer volume of spin, nonsense and disinformation I have come across on the internet recently and we really need to sort out how we are using our new super power.

So how do you spot a fake news story?

The answer is surprisingly simple and here are some tips to prevent the flow of crud.

1. Google it – Yep crazy as it sounds typing the baby eating story into Google is often enough to separate the fact from the fiction. For deeper analysis use Snopes and hoaxslayer too.

2. Check the date – This year I’ve seen pictures from the 1960’s Woodstock festival masquerading as peaceful pipeline protests in Aug 2016 and four-year-old war reports from Syria pretending to be tales from the front line. Human beings have been around for a long time and if you look hard enough you can find an image or a headline to fit pretty much any idea.

3. The devil is in the details – Beware of sensational headlines with vague details. If atrocities occur at least allow the victims to be remembered. Don’t fall for ‘a man from a village was eaten by ISIS.’ People like Donald Trump need people to be scared of ISIS and by spreading these awful tales you are only helping him and others like him. When terrible things happen records will exist. Name, age and location or it probably didn’t happen.

4. Check the source – This can be tricky for a number of reasons.  For one it’s very easy for anyone to own a domain name and put up a slick looking news site and secondly, the state of the UK press means they are capable of just about anything. As a rule, crossreference the story. It’s unlikely that everyone bought it, so even if the BBC was daft enough to share it, Channel four or Reuters might have had some reservation.

5. Use your commonsense – We all have a built in bulls*it detector. If something is worrying you about a story, go with your gut and apply tips 1-4 until you discover the truth.

That’s it, go tell the world… the truth

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Watch “A little sample of one of my tunes” on YouTube


https://youtu.be/4zlzDzV7eVI it’s a slow burner, but I am happy with the way it came out

Fires I helped to start…

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No not real fires… we’re talking  about spiritual, metaphorical and technological fires… In other words crowd funding projects.

Here are some in which I have played a part.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cinder-iphone-6-curved-9h-gorilla-glass-protector

Cinder was my  first success had it been up to the PR firm the company had hired Cinder would have been called Curve and probably lost forever in the Search Engine Jungle… I  came up with the name, the pitch, the video concept and even the script…

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726375706/efoldi-tm-the-most-versatile-personal-electric-veh?token=3e951af2

Efoldie is a great invention; I  worked a lot on the project and wrote a lot of the copy on the website. The Kickstarter above was cancelled, but only because the government made a u-turn on their promise not to tax the vehicle as a mobility aid. It later went on to smash over £100k on another crowd funding site.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1714346163/auravisor-virtual-reality-head-mounted-computer?token=bbd05b4a

I love the Aura Visor and it should be delivered any day  now. I had a hand in the name and the campaign and I can’t wait to see the finished version.

 

 

A Long Long Time Ago on a Website Far Far Away…

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So I’ve rescued my password from Microsoft and WordPress and finally managed to kick in the back door of this my personal website.

Many updates will follow… but before all that I think it’s high time I linked this little site to my Freelance Profile.

 

AbleCab on GoFundMe

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I was fortunate enough to have worked on this project… It’s a new project promising to deliver a taxi  service for disabled users. I sincerely wish them the best

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