We created Spundge to make it easier for individuals and teams to find, share and publish content and expected our Notebooks would appeal to journalists. Not surprisingly, reporters quickly embraced...
Frank Rose: "It's never been easy to market an indie film—but in a blockbuster universe, getting people to care about a low-budget production devoid of stars and lacking the enormous, built-in fan base of The Dark Knight or The Hunger Games can seem all but impossible."
Adam Westbrook is proposing a new idea for visual storytelling on the web.
As technology becomes more pervasive and immersive, artists are sensing limitless possibilities on the horizon. Adam invites developers, designers, artists and storytellers to engage in a conversation around new ideas.
Scientists say the rapid melting of the Quelccaya ice cap, the world’s largest tropical ice sheet, is the latest sign of global warming.
Glacial ice in the Peruvian Andes that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in just 25 years, scientists reported Thursday, the latest indication that the recent spike in global temperatures has thrown the natural world out of balance.
The evidence comes from a remarkable find at the margins of the Quelccaya ice cap in Peru, the world’s largest tropical ice sheet. Rapid melting there in the modern era is uncovering plants that were locked in a deep freeze when the glacier advanced many thousands of years ago.
Dating of those plants, using a radioactive form of carbon in the plant tissues that decays at a known rate, has given scientists an unusually precise method of determining the history of the ice sheet’s margins.
Lonnie G. Thompson, the Ohio State University glaciologist whose team has worked intermittently on the Quelccaya ice cap for decades, reported the findings in a paper released online Thursday by the journal Science.
The paper includes a long-awaited analysis of chemical tracers in ice cylinders the team recovered by drilling deep into Quelccaya, a record that will aid scientists worldwide in reconstructing past climatic variations.
Such analyses will take time, but Dr. Thompson said preliminary evidence shows, for example, that the earth probably went through a period of anomalous weather at around the time of the French Revolution, which began in 1789. The weather presumably contributed to the food shortages that exacerbated that upheaval.
“When there’s a disruption of food, this is bad news for any government,” Dr. Thompson said in an interview.
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge, has announced the Call for Proposals for the 2013 prize cycle. Deadline is April 12th, 5pm EST. Named "Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award" by Metropolis Magazine, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge is an annual global competition recognizing bold, creative and visionary initiatives that take a comprehensive, anticipatory, design science approach to radically advance human well being and the health of our planet's ecosystems. As part of a rigorous review process, a distinguished jury selects a winner and awards a $100,000 prize to be conferred at an award ceremony in New York City in November. Now in it's sixth year, BFI will again award a grand prize of $100,000 to a winning entrant. New this year, BFI has created an infrastructure of support for a larger pool of entrants to gain support and grow a community in design science. Committed to accelerating the implementation of as many outstanding projects as possible, the Buckminster Fuller Institute is proud to be partnering with a number of organizations and companies to help further support a select number of entries with mentoring, incubation, educational resources, etc. Read more about their extended opportunities in the 2013 cycle, the full Call for Proposals, and apply - or nominate a project - today.
Attention is scarce. We all have oh so much to do. And for many of us it’s so hard to manage our time and stay focused with an increasing number of channels and messages. It’s not about getting attention anymore, it’s about deserving attention. For brands it’s harder to get through and ‘gain attention’. Why is that?
Carl Gustav Jung once said the reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories. We don’t always understand the stories we are ourselves. And people’s stories are often not heard. To deserve attention we must pay attention. To get our stories and content shared and acted upon, we must understand the stories of the people forming the communities we want to live and thrive in first.
MIT Open Documentary Lab:: "In the second part in this series, Elaine McMillion talks about her work, mainly focusing on her interactive documentary Hollow, a “hybrid community participatory project and interactive documentary” that uses HTML5 to depict a West Virginia community via video, photography, soundscapes and interactive data."
Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, sat down for an editorial board meeting with the Financial Post..
On Canada's download caps:
“It’s a deterrent to Canadian society that exists nowhere else in the world. In Britain, everything is uncapped,” he told the Post. “In the U.S., on Comcast for $45 a month [you get] 300 gigabytes and then [each extra] 10 gigabytes is like a dollar.”
On the future of apps:
"It will be completely compatible to have a Netflix app, to have a Rogers app, to have a movie channel app, to have YouTube as an app," he said.
"Because in the broadest sense, we compete for relaxation time. … You go home, the kids are in bed, you want to watch something to relax, you've got many choices."....
GE is wrapping its 18-month long Focus Forward campaign--which launched at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and has traveled a world of festivals in between--this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In The Nature Of The Future: Dispatches From The Socialstructed World, Marina Gorbis argues we are moving away from the depersonalized world of institutional production toward a new economy built on social connections and rewards--a process she...calls socialstructing. Along with the exciting opportunities to create new kinds of social organizations--systems for producing not merely goods but also meaning, purpose, and greater good--there is a possibility that this form of creation will bring new challenges, new inequities, and new opportunities for abuse. We need to understand the potential disadvantages of socialstructing as well, if we are to minimize the potential pitfalls. The following is an excerpt from the book, available April 9.
Brian Anthony Hernandez: "Syfy is striving to keep pace with viewers’ ever-changing TV viewing habits, concocting interactive digital and social tactics. An exec details the strategies on Mashable" ...
Eddie Rehfeldt: "Breaking News: the search for a better narrative format for the internet is now available. Ben Decker once said “the internet is not just another TV pipe” and this was made apparent at SXSWi in Austin last week."
Create compelling content for multiple devices, immersive web-based experiences from data driven stories (infographics on visual video steroids) to interactive tablet documentaries. Eddie Rehfeldts report from SXSW - "There are mind-bending interactive story approaches available right now."