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The Situation of Having a Business Card

Daily Heller, Take My Business Card … Please!

American Psycho Business Card Scene from Baran Akkus on Vimeo.

Invisible Business Card from tyggy on Vimeo.

Music I Like: Jon Jackson, Untitled

Untitled from Jon Jackson on Vimeo.


KPRC News Documentary

County Seat Blog posted this 1960′s KPRC news documentary by the consummate Houston newsman, Ray Miller, from Mitt Dawson, himself a retired broadcaster. Embedded video following: Read the rest of this entry »

poetic prophet pioneers geek hop with design coding rap

Brilliant!! Chuck; aka the Poetic Prophet, aka The SEO Rapper raps in my language.

A Robot Powered by Adorableness

Video of an experiment in robot-building-slash-social-engineering by Tisch School of the Arts student Kacie Kinzer has been making the rounds. Video embedded below:

In her words:

I wondered: could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us, and in so doing, create a narrative about our relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we find in it? More importantly, how could our actions be seen within a larger context of human connection that emerges from the complexity of the city itself? To answer these questions, I built robots.

Paris Riots – Then and Now


May 1968: “Contre la Repression” – 800,000 students, teachers and workers marched through the French capital demanding the fall of the government under Charles de Gaulle and protesting at police brutality during the riots of the past few days. See more images by Serge Hambourg, Protest in Paris, 1968.

April 2009: “Contre La Nouvelle Version de Facebook”protesters gathered at the Arche de la Défense in Paris, holding signs saying that they’re against the new version of Facebook and that they want the old one back.

This speaks volumes. Hat tip to TechCrunch.

Busted! The sneaky moves of anti-social smartphone users

Interactive guru Renny Gleason presents a taxonomy of inattention in tableaus of us ignoring each other with our mobile devices in this TED Conference talk, Busted. A few of these struck uncomfortably close to home.

Technopoly: when Technology becomes an End, not a Means

A resonant observation from John Parsons:

However, the new media discussion often misses the main point of publishing: to convey ideas that are worth knowing to those who would benefit by knowing them. It’s possible that someone might benefit from Tweets like “drinking a great chai at that new place on 2nd Ave” (50 characters), but the cumulative effort – for both writer and reader – is often more time consuming than the benefits are worth. Even when one masters the excellent tools for managing it all, and focuses on truly meaningful content, the media flood can overwhelm the actual message. Each wave of new media carries the risk of what the late Neil Postman called “technopoly,” a self-justifying, self-perpetuating system where technology is cheerfully granted sovereignty over social institutions and national life.

In the age of twitter, the soul of wit is not just brevity but restraint.

Donate Blood, Make Up for Just About Anything

Door Number 3 did a bang up job on the Blood Center of Central Texas ‘Redeem Yourself” campaign. Read the rest of this entry »