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Did You Know? Shift Happens

A sign of the times: my grandmother sent this to me.


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Video: Illustrator Charlene Chua in Action

I love being able to watch someone who really knows what they’re doing in action. There’s no better way to learn. via Boing Boing

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Barack’s New Blackberry


Video: Sectera Edge demo on CNN.

If this doesn’t scream hack me, nothing does.

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Multiple Screen Overdose

In an office where I am gently mocked for having two screens and a laptop to the side, this is a valhalla – pixels upon pixels of glorious resolution….

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Google Earth Gets Up Close and Personal with the Prado

“The paintings have been photographed in very high resolution and contain as many as 14,000 million pixels (14 gigapixels). With this high level resolution you are able to see fine details such as the tiny bee on a flower in The Three Graces (Las Tres Gracias), delicate tears on the faces of the figures in The Descent from the Cross (El Descendimiento ) and complex figures in The Garden of Earthly Delights (El Jardin de las Delicias).”

RRW: Art Historians Rejoice

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Saving Up for a Apple Wheel?

Somewhere, someone out there is saving up for an apple wheel, or asking the sales rep for one at the local best buy, or asking their grandmother for one for their birthday, who’s insisting that the local sales rep find them one because their grandson/granddaughter simply must have one, and the Onion should be ashamed of themselves.

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Yves Behar: Creating objects that tell stories

Video: Yves Behar: Creating objects that tell stories

In addition to helping to design the $100 laptop, Aliph’s Jaw Bone
and Herman Miller’s Leaf Lamp, Behar is credited with one my favorite quotes on advertising: “Advertising is the price you pay for being unoriginal.”

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Social Media Whiteboard

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This is making the rounds around the internets, from birgerking, an interesting whiteboard sketch about the internet, the future of social media, the opportunities and goals of communities. Click for High Res (i.e. more legible version)

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Howto: Master the Blackberry Storm

I was among the many who waited with baited breath for the Blackberry Storm to arrive. Like many diehard Crackberry users, I pined for the familiar buttons of my 8800, which I had grown adept at using with nary a glance. On my new Storm I felt ungainly and awkward as I mistyped even the simplest words and was tortured by the random flip-flopping of the context-oversensitive screen orientation.

But I made peace with the Storm and as I became slightly more adept, though I’m hoping for some UI improvements via software/firmware updates. I’m capturing the best of the tips and tricks I’ve found for the Storm on an ongoing basis to make it easier for others who might otherwise give up on the phone altogether. Visit the Howto page below:

Howto: Master the Blackberry Storm

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Common Craft

One of my new year resolutions is to take notice of the things I come across on the web which are simply too good not to share, even if I myself don’t have anything to add to the conversation. Common Craft is one of those things. I think of them a little like the YouTube lovechild of Malcolm Gladwell and Bob Vila. They specialize in elegantly straight-forward video explanations of web phenomena and tools. The dynamic duo behind Common Craft, Lee and Sachi LeFever, recently stopped doing client-videos-for-hire to concentrate on educational rather than promotional content and license their educational content to others.

Visit Common Craft

Here’s a highlight reel:

Video: RSS in Plain English

Video: Wikis in Plain English

Video: Social Networking in Plain English

Video: Social Bookmarking in Plain English

Video: Blogs in Plain English

Video: Twitter in Plain English

Video: Podcasting in Plain English

Video: Social Media in Plain English

Video: Electing a US President in Plain English

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