Think you know where people are from based on their accents! If so, give this 5 minute game a go and yell at yourself when you guess wrong, especially when asked the regional questions. Do the test just once since the questions are the same if you repeat. My first try was in the upper 20’s.
“ReConstitution is a live audiovisual remix of the 2008 Presidential debates. There will be three performances in three cities, each coinciding with a live broadcast of the debates.
Weâ€™ve designed software that allows us to sample and analyze the video, audio, and closed captioned text of the television broadcast. Through a series of visual and sonic transformations we reconstitute the material, revealing linguistic patterns, exposing content and structures, and fundamentally altering the way in which you watch the debates.”
I attended this event in 2005 and it was awesome! The extra information revealed visually based on spoken and visual content from each candidate was incredible. Data mining in it’s simplest form in a very cool way, especially the barrel of words! Watch the 2 videos above (1 summary of what they are doing this year, and the lower video giving you a peek into the 2004 remix) for an understanding of this event, attend if you can for the next rounds in NYC and DC then check out the rest of sosolimited’s projects on their website!.
A few months back I drove by a parking lot and saw 2 dudes skating around spinning around like mad men. The weird part was, I couldn’t see their skateboards. I thought weird and straightened my head avoiding the traffic I almost ran into.
I’ve finally realized what these bizarre inventions are. Their called Freeline Skates seemingly like mini skateboards for each foot, somewhat resembling sideway rollerblade besides the fact it’s not strapped to your foot. This is some pretty crazy weird stuff. That’s all I can say, but it seems to be making a blaze across the world! Check out the video above or their website for more info.
Photographer Thomas Kalak sent me his new book “Thailand – Same same, but different!” containing a colorful variety of street improvisations containing creations in leveling objects in challenging environments, sourcing water in unique ways, making broken products useful, converting objects into other uses, and a variety of other everyday needs. The photos are simple, mind-provoking, and very humorous once you realize the entire story. You’ll look at an image, wonder what they were solving, realize the initial problem, then understand how they solved it. Each image is a puzzling fun story in itself.
We live in a culture where resources are abundant, but at times we also find ourselves sourcing our needs around what we already have. The art in improvising is one of the most elemental needs in creativity just as “perspective” is to creation. Just because something is made to do “this” does not mean it cant’ do “that”. Thomas has created a wonderful simple book giving us a lens in seeing such beautiful samples in Thailand!
Apple’s viral “I’m a Mac” ads tainted images of PC users over the years and Microsoft just launched a reply with their “I’m a PC” ads (not the semi failed Seinfeld ones, though buzzy) which surprisingly are pretty good. It’s not bashing Apple at all, and not saying I’m better than you or anything else. It just says hey, look at who uses a PC. No mud slinging, no joking, just purity which I frankly really like over their past “Perfect Family Lifestyle” ads that none of us connected with. “I wear glasses, I wear jeans, I have a beard, I’m a human”. There are quite a few celeb spots in the ads and there is a definite tone about the shear number of users out there vs “other” computers. Transparency in brands, relationship to customers, ability to connect, truth, being nice…. yes… all good things.
Anyhow, I’m not here to say who is better, but it’s great to see this reply from MS. I don’t say this often, but bravo Microsoft! I’m liking you a bit more…. and yes, “I’m a PC”.
EveryMomentNow.com has a pretty cool interactive visualization by designer Craig Mod depicting the amount of news published about both presidential parties Obama vs McCain. The obvious shift in news occurs in early September during McCains wild announcement for Palin. Will be a good visualization to watch out for in the weeks to come, though it sometimes acts up being viewed in firefox.
I post about Sir Ken Robinson way too much, but he rocks so watch this 2 part interview about “Schools Killing Creativity” (part 1, part 2), and of course if you don’t know who he is, watch his TED talk afte the jump with the 2 video interviews. (some of my favorite ted talks here) Continue Reading
I learned long ago in a science museum that women can see more colors than men naturally, and some women can see more colors than anyone else . Anyhow, I stumbled into this “Test your color IQ” test by Xrite and think I did pretty good considering I did it in 5 minutes using an lcd laptop screen from 2002. Give it a go and let me know your score. I got 32 messing up in the middle cool colors a bit.(lower is better)