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Friday, October 16, 2009

A Vision of Students Today

This video was created by cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

It provides insight and statistics on many important issues relevant to students and educators today, including cultural, social and technological concerns.

Music soundtrack by Try^d: Listen - Both the video and music are released under Creative Commons license.

You can learn more about the collaboration and data gathering at the Digital Ethnography blog

via Open Culture

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Changing Media Landscape - Did You Know 4.0

Facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology.

For further information and the story behind the making of "Did You Know 4.0" visit:
XPlane
The Economist

Monday, September 14, 2009

Carbon.to - CO2 Awareness Tool

An online CO2 converter built by David Kjelkerud, Henrik Berggren and Jorge Zapico at Ecomo09, an environmental hacking day in London. It is designed to help you more easily understand what a kilogram of CO2 really means.

You can convert CO2 amounts to other units such as bottles of beer or compare different emissions for instance how many apples are equivalent to a litre of milk. The data used is mostly localized to Sweden.

David and Henrick also built http://citysounds.fm/ the web app that lets you listen to the latest music from cities around the world.

Posted via web from David Holmes

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Instruction Manual for Life [cc]



A story about childhood, parenthood, and adulthood. Animation and words by TheraminTrees. Piano score by QualiaSoup (YouTube channel links)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gaia - The Future of Politics



A journey through time charting the information power shift caused by the Internet and the ensuing development of a new global politics. Website
Gaia, a New World Order, is born today, the 14 August 2054.
Racial conflicts, ideological conflicts, religious conflicts, territorial conflicts belong to the past.
Every man is a world citizen, subject to the same law.
The Internet has driven the change, spreading communication, knowledge and organization at a planetary level. Transcript
Via Bruce Eisner's Vision Thing

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Contsructive Capitalism


Umair Haque @ Daytona Sessions vol. 2 - Constructive Capitalism from Daytona Sessions on Vimeo. February 12, 2009, Stockholm.

A thought provoking presentation by the Director of the Havas Media Lab, Umair Haque,  about Constructive Capitalism and Why Ideals are the New Business Models

The Ten Laws of Constructive Capitalism

 1. Strategy is a commodity
 2. Competition is obsolete
 3. There is nothing more asymmetrical than an ideal
 4. Tomorrow is today
 5. Connections not transactions
 6. People, not product
 7. Creativity, not productivity
 8. Outcomes not incomes
 9. Advantage is in the DNA
10. The next revolution is institutional

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Video Explaining the Subprime Mortgage Time-Bomb


The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

A short animation explaining the system of borrowing and lending that led to the current financial meltdown:
The goal of giving form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated.
Created by Jonathan Jarvis.
Narration by John Levoff.

Update: Useful links for the global economic meltdown.

 A Great Recession Guide - a mini-guide to the lighter side of the current, prolonged recession.

Google Tip Jar - a collection of money saving tips submitted and ranked by the web community.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Copyright Crunch Leads to Pirates Prisons Project



A radical new project designed to punish and reform illegal downloaders of copyrighted music could prove to be a huge money spinner for tech savvy investors. The Pirates Prisons Project aims to capitalize on the current copyright crunch by building 100s of 1000s of new prisons to house the unlimited supply of illegal internet users. If proposed legislation to criminalise billions of music fans goes ahead, the high probability of re-offending represents a once-in-a-lifetime investment  opportunity to secure real financial gains for PPP shareholders.

The ingenious shares scheme relies on the music industry's desire for economic dominance. However critics of doom and bust policies believe the music industry's strategy of using a failed business model is enevitably doomed to failure (See links below). Only (prison) time will tell.

Prison/Copyright Reform Related
Two articles I wrote in 2006 warning of the impending copyright crunch:

What if The Beatles had used Creative Commons Licenses?
British Record Industry Loses Fight to Extend Copyright

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Avatars Poll for Personal Photos Vs Abstract Designs

Do you feel more of a connection when you see a face on someone's avatar or don't you care what their avatar is? You can see what other people think and cast you own vote at this ask500people poll.