Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Human Network - Cisco

This video is short and to the point and reinforces the message of my previous post ( see link below)

Thoughts Illustrated: Shift Happens - Did you Know?

Shift Happens - Did you Know?

Over 5 million people have seen this video in some form or other - the original was created by Carl Fisch, a teacher at Centennial High School in Arapahoe, Colorado as a PowerPoint presentation . You can download the PPT deck from Carl's blog site but I wouldn't recommend it. The content is the original, but the deck is all text slides.

Here is what Carl said on his blog The Fischbowl: Did You Know? about the presentation :
"I was very nervous about showing this and how it would go over, but it seemed to have its intended effect (at least initially - we'll see if it really helps generate the on-going conversations we need to have). I would be interested in feedback from anybody who decides to download it."
And download it they did - with a wide variety of design takes on the original. Here are two I like the best - worth your time to watch both, because the same message gets to you differently.

Here's the first remix with updated information produced by Scott McCleod and Xplane.

Michael Arnold, with permission from Carl Fisch added his narration and a new set of supporting images. Same story different treatment.

With assistance from Xplane, Carl has created a wiki shifthappens � Suggestions for Using the Presentationfor Shift Happens where you can find research, resource links and a lot more.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

TED BIGVIZ - Behind the scenes

I can't embed this informative video by David Sibbet(inset above) so you will have to click on the link below to take you to the video which explains how BIGVIZ was produced in real time and visualized on the PerceptivePixel touch screen displays at the TED conference.

David Sibbet: TED2008-BIG VIZ Production

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Long Tail of David Armano

This image is from David Armano's Visual Thinking Archive shown in Slideshare form below. This archive is available to anyone on the net for free and contains 50 unique images that are as useful as the one shown above.

To get the best view of this image archive click on the slideshare logo to be taken to a larger size version. ( click "full" in the lower right hand corner of the slideshare version to get the full size.

Thanks, David!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thoughts Illustrated: BIGVIZ - an ebook of sketches from TED2008

Thoughts Illustrated: BIGVIZ - an ebook of sketches from TED2008

Back of the Napkin -visual thinking - you can do it!

Here is Dan Roam's blog on visual thinking. Back of the Napkin
which is worth visiting to see how his blog complements his new book which he talks about in the video below.

Watch the interview with Dan to get the gist of the book - I'm buying it today!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

How Many Earth Days Do We Have Left? | AlterNet

How Many Earth Days Do We Have Left? | AlterNet

Ah So! PresentationZen - a book every presenter must read

A unique forward by Guy Kawasaki launches this most valuable of how-to books for presenters - After 30 years in the presentation business, I am hard to impress - but Garr Reynolds has put it all into a visually stunning and practical guide. Learn how to bring your presentations to the level of the pros in both design and delivery. Go get it now ! PresentationZen:.

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - cloud computing partners

A 3 minute interview with Eric Schmidt CEO of Google describing their partnership with A harbinger of an explosive adoption of SAAS and Cloud Computing that will give Microsoft something to think about, and could lead to a merger of google and SalesForce over time.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Wii Multitouch Wows TED

Johnny Lee of Carnegie Mellon graduates to the TED2008 platform to show off his Wii-based interactive whiteboard and give a strong plug for the use of YouTube in democratizing the process of technology research. ( 5 min video from TED Talks).

I posted earlier on Thoughts Illustrated: WiiMote multitouch from CynergyLabs on Johnny's simple, very cheap method ($40) for using the Wiimote IR sensors to provide multitouch interactivity in large "mural" size format brings the price point of these displays within the reach of anyone wanting to integrate the user with the display of visual information. Since I first learned of Lee's innovation, he has reached over a 500,000 people who have downloaded his code to explore the use of the Wiimote and has made a business deal with Electronic Arts the giant game producer to incorporate his 3D "glasses" into interactive games ( shown in the second segment of the video)

This dramatic reduction in the cost of interactive whiteboards presages an explosion of the use of this powerful form of user interface with images and data. Every classroom and business meeting room should have one.

Memory is the New Sex

I am exploring the use of Clipmarks as a short cut to posting. If you click on the link it will open an article by NYT writer David Brooks on the Age of Forgetting. Sometimes humor can be very brutal .
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In the era of an aging population, memory is the new sex.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

How we think - or Not?

This New Yorker cover by Steinberg appears in Philosopher Daniel Dennett's thought-provoking presentation on Consciousness which you can view by clicking on the video below from TED Talks. Dr. Dennett makes you think twice (or more) about your own and other's consciousness. IMO Dennett is one of the most profound thinkers of our time- His books are at once humorous and enlightening.



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