Cost of the NPR “Planet Money” T-Shirt - Observations
- If you don’t already listen to the excellent Planet Money podcast on NPR, well… it’s excellent.
- Planet Money Kickstarted a fundraising t-shirt (which are typical for podcats/public radio) but used the project to explore the crowdfunding ecosystem
- They’ve been running a multi-part exploration of the world economy “as seen by a t-shirt”, based on the also excellent book by Pietra Rivoli “Travels of a T-Shirt”. It explores how international trade agreements, subsidies and labour markets effect real people who make real things, like t-shirts. It’s really very, very good.
- Kickstarter, re: the graphic, makes more money off each t-shirt by essentially providing a marketing platform, than 2-3 Bangladeshi or Colombian workers do in knitting, dying, cutting & sewing the thing. But I guess that’s the point of the series.
Singapore - Riots in Little India after [Hit&stop]
Dudes got all GTAV over in Little India, Singapore tonight!
First reports (from Insing, Twitter & Youtube comments) are that a Tamil-speaking group (I think that’s southern Indian + Bangladesh, but I’m ignorant) on a sidewalk got crashed into by a private bus and messed up at least one man.
[Later edit: Wasn’t exactly a hit&run, as the minibus was stopped and getting trashed in some videos]
Cops, ambulances arrived, to have their vehicles set on fire.
I hope this won’t turn into a Foreign Workers (Tamil Indian, Bangladeshi) can’t be controlled etc etc etc shitfight… but it is slightly more exciting on a Sunday than I thought we’d be afforded here in Singapore. Reminds me of being back in Rio!
Sometimes a good little film just nails it: Tullamore Dew's “The Parting Glass” is all class.
Urban Ministries of Durham presents a novel, exquisitely designed method of sponsoring basic stuff for their homeless shelters & community development projects… you get “naming rights”.
Based on the insight “It’s just stuff.. until you don’t have it” it highlights the importance of basic living essentials (nappies, underwear, toiletries) in giving people the stuff they need to build a better life.
Hard to say whether it’d work as well if it wasn’t so nicely presented - the site design and branding is pretty sweet.
Used to be you’re nobody until you had your own stipple-pen portrait (a la Wall Street Journal).
Now you can get close with these half-tone QR codes, presented at SigGRAPH ASIA 2013.
Index of “brands” mentioned as % of all lyrics in RapGenius:
- Molly is more name-dropped than Cristal ever was. Is now a bigger “brand”, by share-of-voice, than Obama.
- Cristal is SO 1997
- We stopped caring about MTV in 2007
- Bacardi staying strong, not impacted by surge of Patron
Manual Coffeemaker No.1 is a nicely imagined, elegant single cup pourover setup.
Egypt coastguard arrests 3 divers attempting to cut Internet
We know “The Cloud” is still, despite the nice ads and icons, a series of pipes, tubes, cables and ugly squat buildings filled with servers.
Andrew Blum’s (Wired) book "Tubes - A Journey To The Center Of The Internet" is a pretty good look at how this whole thing works.
Blum’s TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_blum_what_is_the_internet_really.html
Sometimes those tubes get cut. In this Egyptian case, sabotaged!
Minuum - Re-thinking touchscreen keyboards (again)
Big-QWERTY is a tough lobby to crack, and those Dvorak nerds will attest. But good to see people try.