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World AIDS Day “I promise” campaign

One of the reasons I haven’t been posting every day lately is I’m on holidays.  The second reason is I’m absurdly busy.  Seriously, I’m far busier on this holiday than I usually am when I’m working.  The biggest thing (for those who haven’t been paying attention) is the YouTube As One gathering this Saturday (December 1st) in Melbourne’s Federation Square.

I’m trying not to freak the hell out in the leadup but it’s hard.

The day of the gathering coincide with the World AIDS Day Concert in Federation Square which is a bonus for us.  There will be a lot going on during the day including free concert performances.  So I figured some payback was due and I’ve been helping the promoters of the World AIDS Day Concert, The Burnet Institute with some YouTube promotion for their event.

The centrepiece of their promotion is the “I promise” campaign.  It’s a fairly simple concept – make a promise to take some practical steps in response to AIDS.  This video has been put together featuring some YouTube celebrities and “real world” celebrities to encourage the YouTube community to make their own video promises:

And I thought I’d kick things off with my own promise:

Oh, and I also promise to get back to writing longer and angrier posts some time after this madness has died down.  Sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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When private and public meet

I had a funny experience today.  The upcoming YouTube gathering coincides with the Melbourne World AIDS Day Concert hosted by the Burnet Institute.  Both events will be at Federation Square on November 1st.  Given the global nature of YouTube and the global nature of World AIDS Day seem like a perfect fit, I’m working with the people at the Burnet Institute to do some cross-promotion with YouTube.

At a big meeting today it was my job to explain to the various attendees what the As One YouTube gathering actually was.  When I described the promotion that had been happening on YouTube, the guy next to me said “Yeah I saw a video about that done by AngryAussie.”

The fact that he referred to me in the third person while I was sitting right next to him threw me for a moment.  Then I realised.  He had no idea I was AngryAussie.  When I explained that I was AngryAussie his reaction was amusing to say the least.

About a dozen expressions flickered across his face.  What?  What are you talking about?  You’re crazy.  Oh, wait a minute.  Yeah, maybe.  No, but… Do I look like a dork for not recognising him?

It’s nice to know that my “disguise” actually works.  Apparently I come across differently when I’m not wearing a mask and ranting.  Who knew?

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