American Newsweek has produced a seven minute video which recaptures the bygone decade in a somewhat humorous and rapidfire style, with all its ups and downs. It has been troubled times, but we've had our moments, too.
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Have you heard of the Fun Theory? If you read blogs, you might have come across the video of the Piano Staircase already. This is only one of three viral spots which are promoting a contest of ideas called The Fun Theory Award. All these ideas are both funny and a true improvement to our lives and our environment.
Do you know this uber cute animal?
Image: Phillie Casablanca, some rights reserved
It's a wombat (vombatus ursinus) and it's found in South-Eastern Australia and in Tasmania.
The "Did you know?" short animation about the use and spread of Social Media has been around the blogosphere earlier this year. Now its creator, Karl Fisch has done an update. With ever more so enlightening details and numbers about our brave new online world.
Okay, part-time mobsters and wanna-be thugs, here's a lesson in Social Media risk from West Virginia. As The Journal reports, a 19 year old burglar broke into the house of a woman at the beginning of this week in Martinsburg, WV, and stole two diamond rings from her. Obviously feeling secure in her home, he decided to check his Facebook account on her computer – and forgot to log out. It was easy for law enforcement after that. He is in custody and faces anything between one and ten years in prison.
Although the headline might suggest it, I have not gone mad, no. But I would like to draw your attention towards the utterly extravagant project of Ola Helland or Stavanger, Norway.
First genes, then memes, now what? There’s a new type of evolution going on and it might not be to our liking, says Susan Blackmore in the New Scientist, 1 August 2009.
According to the two mathematicians Doods and Danforth the blogosphere's happiness has increased by about 4% since 2005. When they examined day-to-day fluctuations, they found that certain days stood out: Christmas and Valentine's Day were annual elation peaks, whereas the 11 September anniversaries were gloomy valleys. The happiest day since 2005 was 4 November 2008, the U.S.
Besides our well known web solution we also spend some of our research resources on hydro-mobility-devices. The latest brainstorm created this highly successful river-floating-belt: Components: 8 x 1.5 liter pet bottles (Body floaters), 2 x 0.5 liter pet bottles (Leg floaters) and lots of Duct Tape. Together with our air-matress-equipped friends from Supertext we did the proof of concept - about 10 km from Hardbrücke down to Dietikon (Glanzenberg)!
I know, it's yet another TED video, but they're just worth the watch. This time it's Clay Shirky arguing that the media landscape that we knew (professionals broadcast messages to amateurs) is busy slipping. Mature use of the new medium (where the former audience has become a full participant) means: don't craft messages you want to be consumed, but create an environment for convening and supporting groups.