Month: February 2008

links for 2008-02-28

BricaBox – Social Content Platform Create a super powered site rolling up your own combination of blog, wiki, maps, mashups, photos, videos, voting and ratings, data and discussions. (tags: socialnetwork webapp publishing collaborative social mashups maps photos tools free)

links for 2008-02-24: Dragons’ Gifts

Birds Do It. Bees Do It. Dragons Don’t Need To. Biology is about variation. Without variation, the world would be static and unchangeable, and species would gradually disappear as they failed to meet challenges like changing climates and environments. So as we continue our very necessary debates over e (tags: biology,reproduction,morality,ethics,cloning,biodiversity,kansas,dragons,virginbirth) The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan It took a two-year trek of discovery to remote temples and monasteries in Bhutan, but Western scholars succeeded in borrowing about 110 objects and recording 330 films of ritual dances never before seen in the West. All of them will go on view in “The D (tags: bhutan,art,buddhist art, exhibition,sacred)

links for 2008-02-23

Brooklyn Museum: Brooklyn Museum: Exhibitions: Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition Click! is an exhibition in three consecutive parts. It begins with an open call—artists are asked to electronically submit a work of photography that responds to the exhibition’s theme, “Changing Faces of Brooklyn,” along with an artist statement. (tags: crowdsourcing art exhibition museum nyc brooklynmuseum click! photography)

links for 2008-02-22: Design to Inspire

More images of the show . (tags: moma art patterns scale nano informationvisualization technology ) Gotham » A Font We Can Believe In Obama’s main “change” banner font is Gotham, designed by Hoefler & Frere-Jones for GQ to be something that would look fresh, yet established, to have a credible voice to it. … Mission accomplish (tags: typography politics obama gotham fonts typeface ) Endemic – New Zealand Design Store online outpost of devonport, auckland, nz based Endemic, devoted to artist and designer made fashion, publications, art toys and a wide range of playful imaginings. (tags: playful design creative shopping newzealand endemic artbooks )

links for 2008-02-21: girls love fonts

Polymorphous Perversity I can’t help getting excited about FF Polymorph. This new typeface family by Stefanie Schwarz is inspired by characters from languages around the world. It morphs into 4 styles: decoration, serif, loop and interrupution and also 4 directions: north, south, east, west. Check out also detailed PDF of features and possibilities of Polymorph. (tags: fonts typeface design global typography) NYT: Sorry, Boys, This Is Our Domain THE prototypical computer whiz of popular imagination — pasty, geeky, male — has failed to live up to his reputation. Research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the primary creators of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites) are not misfits resembling the Lone Gunmen of “The X Files.” On the contrary, the cyberpioneers of the moment are digitally effusive teenage girls. (tags: culture gender internet socialnetworking tech web girls women computers)

The Latest Issuu

Copenhagen-based ISSUU invites everyone to upload and turn their documents into beautiful turn-the-page magazine experiences for free. Once uploaded, people can bookmark, share and comment on it. Text is searchable so the document is easy to find. You can subscribe to an RSS feed of publications. Finally, you can also post and embed Issuu documents on any external site. Now actually, it’s still not a joy to quote, because you apparently can’t deep link in there, and you can’t copy and paste text and do all the things you could do with a standard webpage (or PDF for that matter). But it’s so close… you can almost taste it. And you can just embed the whole darn thing… In any case, this is a wonderful way to share the experience of a printed thing (without the waste and expense of printing and shipping). N.B. to those who like to tear, save and share the parts they like out of printed things… you’ll love Skitch.

links for 2008-02-20

Welcome to the National Bitter Melon Council! Love eating bitter gourd/ bitter melon in Bhutan and China… Looking forward to studying this beautiful reference to all things bitter melon and figuring out what to do with it at home. (tags: bittermelon food cooking) The Wild Side: When Life Goes Cloudy Olivia Judson asks what’s it like living on a cloud? There’s some wild microbial life going on there. Living conditions, nutritional information and lots of good questions. (tags: microbes life cloud atmosphere sky) MIT Media Lab + Sustainable South Bronx = SSBx FabLabâ„¢ SSBX is partnering with MIT to bring a FabLAB (Fabrication Laboratory) to the South Bronx. FabLAB is an international project started at MIT Center for Bits and Atoms , aiming to bring digital fabrication, to ordinary folks for solving community problems. (Thanks and congratulations, Paris!) (tags: sustainablesouthbronx mit medialab fabjects fablab digitalfabrication community) Ecolect – A Sustainable Materials Community (tags: community sustainable design materials)

links for 2008-02-19: Your Inner Fish

So looking forward to reading Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin, after these two fascinating articles on it today: Hiccups are Your Inner Fish Breathing Consider hiccups. These spasms in our diaphragms are triggered by electric signals generated in the brain stem, which we inherited from amphibian ancestors who emit similar signals to control their gills. Hiccups are the same phenomenon as gill breathing. What People Owe Fish: A Lot Our inner fish extends beyond physicality. New research reveals that many fish display a wide range of surprisingly sophisticated social behaviors, pursuing interpersonal, interfishal relationships that seem almost embarrassingly familiar. “Fish have some of the most complex social systems known,” Michael Taborsky, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Bern in Switzerland, said. “You see fish helping each other. You see cooperation and forms of reciprocity.” (tags: NeilShubin YourInnerFish Hiccups Breathing Gills fish BrainStem amphibians evolution)

AllVoices Launches Participatory News Hybrid

I had the pleasure of getting to know the dynamic Amra Tareen last month (over a weekend of women in tech hosted by Mary Hodder) and learn about the exciting development of AllVoices.com Currently she’s in Lahore, covering the Pakistan election and launching the site. Walter Lippmann observed in 1922 in his book Public Opinion: News and truth are not the same thing, and must be clearly distinguished. The function of news is to signalise an event, the function of truth is to bring to light the hidden facts, to set them in relation with each other, and make a picture of reality. Providing multiple points of view by inviting mobile voice and text messages, images and videos from the field and weaving them with local and regional news stories, wire services and blog posts, Allvoices creates context around local events and begins to make a clearer picture of reality. You can see the human dimension of local events with unedited, unmediated news from the street alongside that from multiple media outlets. Everyone can participate …

links for 2008-02-15

Photos from 18th Annual Tibet House Benefit Great photos by Kathryn Yu from a fantastic concert including Sufjan Stevens, Ray Davies, Tom Verlaine, Band of Horses, Nawang Khechog, monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery, Philip Glass, Phamie Gow, Ashley MacIsaac, and Marisa Monte (tags: concert photos tibethouse) Choose from over 180,000 new releases and classics to rent online! – BookSwim.com This looks like Netflix for books. Online book rental library club lending paperbacks and hardcovers directly without need to purchase. Free shipping both ways, read as long as you want. Purchase and keep ones you love. Looks good for my art book habit… (tags: rent service books book library booksellers)

links for 2008-02-14

Kevin Kelly – The Technium – The Bottom is Not Enough The bottom-up hive mind will never take us to our end goal. We are too impatient. So we add design and top down control to get where we want to go. The systems we keep will be hybrid creations. Pure 100% smart mobs or 100% smart elites will be rare. (tags: bottomup topdown swarm hive hivemind crowdsourcing businessmodels kevinkelly) MobileActive.org’s new Wiki Global Resource for Using Mobile Phones for Social Impact Wiki aims to expand access to knowledge about the use of mobile tech for social impact; Reduce learning costs for organizations; Accelerate use of effective strategies and tactics for NGOs; Build partnerships and Facilitate access to tech and $. (tags: mobile technology mobileactive wiki cellphone activism fundraising humanrights socialimpact socialenterprise ngo)