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28/03/2014

“ We knew wearable tech was going to be big at SXSW, but as IDEO’s Tim Brown acknowledged his The Future of Making talk “You quickly get bored of knowing how many steps you took each day.” The more captivating promise of the next phase in wearable technology is insights and improvement of our mind, body and even soul. „

http://www.campaignasia.com/Article/374617,Wellness+technologies+feature+at+SXSW+2014.aspx

15/12/2013

“ As we begin to be able to create biology programs in garages, we should remember that bigger changes are likely coming—hacking our bodies will likely be more powerful than hacking bits. We may have to move even faster to adapt our society than we did with the computer revolution. „

Sam Altman - H5N1

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.

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.

09/12/2013

Singapore - Riots in Little India after [Hit&stop]

Dudes got all GTAV over in Little India, Singapore tonight!

http://news.insing.com/feature/riot-breaks-out-in-little-india/id-53333101
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQL4Z26Zsds
https://twitter.com/nadzrihadi/status/409705262946070528/photo/1

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!

02/12/2013

Sometimes a good little film just nails it: Tullamore Dew's “The Parting Glass” is all class.

22/11/2013

Tom Kelshaw Combination Lock of Fortitude.
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.

Tom Kelshaw Combination Lock of Fortitude.

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.

19/11/2013

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.

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.

20/10/2013

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

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

21/07/2013

Manual Coffeemaker No.1 is a nicely imagined, elegant single cup pourover setup.

Manual Coffeemaker No.1 is a nicely imagined, elegant single cup pourover setup.

07/07/2013

“ I wonder which of the 2 eponymous #Saatchi ad agencies will rebrand first? „

@faris

https://twitter.com/faris/status/353800556562759681

29/03/2013

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!

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2013/03/egypt-arrest-submarine-cable.html

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