Sunday, December 23, 2007

Watch This! The creation of a master muralist!

Take the time to watch Stephanie Crowley, a master graphic interpreter, as she creates this Journey Map mural for the University at Buffalo. Compressing 40 hours into 2.5 minutes via timelapse video is a slick way to present a "state of the art" visioneer. Stephanie hangs out professionally here Welcome!

Click to start the video below and enjoy!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Brainbow-a Hubble telescope for the brain?

Adding Color Untangles the Brain’s Gray Secrets - New York Times

From Stuart Silverstone's link to the New York Times article, a color picture of the brains "tangles"

"I take a view that this is like the Hubble telescope," said Dr. Jeff
Lichtman, a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard who is
the paper's senior author. "We¹ve never been able to look at the brain this
way before. Why not just start looking and see what we observe?"

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Ant Trail - A web research journey using Grazr

I got a query on Facebook from Nancy White about how FB is used by high school and college kids, I remembered that studying teens' use of social networks is Danah Boyd's specialty so I linked to her website, where I found Danah answering Scoble about the condition that I have referred to as Continuous Partial Attention (CPA) or ambient friendship, or AORTA(always on, real time, anywhere)

this post features a use of the Grazr Web Research tool which enables me to "capture" of the Ant Trail by just dragging and dropping links, clips, photos, videos, podcasts from the brower "canvas" to the sidebar.

Shown in the sidebar is the resultant CB widget, which I have called AORTA and which I can edit and embed on any webpage( like this one), and with the widget's Firefox extension, can serve as the AntTrail "collector" as I discovery-surf the web.

This post is really personal exploration and I hope as we launch a ConversationBase version of Grazr in the next few weeks to make good use of the "drag and drop" Web Research the tool offers to bloggers and pass the good news along.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Amazon Kindle Redux - standup comedian Robert Scoble

A bit late but here is Robert's dim view of the Kindle - he actually has one and you will see his trash talk in this 13 minute video. If you don't want to spend 13 minutes watching standup geek comedy - here is Robert's list of the shortcomings of the Kindle.

1. No ability to buy paper goods from Amazon through Kindle.
2. Usability sucks. They didn’t think about how people would hold this device.
3. UI sucks. Menus? Did they hire some out-of-work Microsoft employees?
4. No ability to send electronic goods to anyone else. I know Mike Arrington has one. I wanted to send him a gift through this of Alan Greenspan’s new book. I couldn’t. That’s lame.
5. No social network. Why don’t I have a list of all my friends who also have Kindles and let them see what I’m reading?
6. No touch screen. The iPhone has taught everyone that I’ve shown this to that screens are meant to be touched. Yet we’re stuck with a silly navigation system because the screen isn’t touchable.

Here's what i thought about the Kindle before Scoble blew it up. Pays to wait for the critics.

Thoughts Illustrated: Amazon Kindle - your ideal gift for the readers on your Xmas list

Logic + Emotion: Developing an Experience Strategy in 4 Parts

David is at it again with this crisp review. this couples nicely with the Persuasion Architecture pdf which I read this morning which outlines a similar process in 60 pages. David did it in 1. Who gets the ROA prize today?

Logic Emotion: Developing an Experience Strategy in 4 Parts

Tom Friedman NYT - We are the people we have been waiting for"

Tom Friedman NYT oped links to this heartwarming story:

MIT Vehicle Design Summit 2.0 - Home: "VDS Mission Statement The mission of the Vehicle Design Summit is to catalyze an Energy Space Race: to identify the key characteristics of events like the race to the moon and then transpose this energy, passion, focus and urgency to the multitude of global challenges (and opportunities) facing humanity and the planet in this day and age. To achieve this end, VDS will begin by assembling a global consortium of the world's leading thinkers, dreamers, revolutionaries and change agents to develop the collaborative framework necessary to harness the world's genius, imagination and inspiration. "



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