Posts Tagged "internet"

Google Hangout Recap

In hindsight, I feel like I should have prepared some activities or had some goal/task in mind. Once we had several folks hanging out together, we were all like… well, now what? It felt like I had sent out invitations to a party, and then when folks showed up… I had neither food nor music nor drink.

We mostly just, well… hung out.

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Qwiki: Wikipedia and Multimedia

Last week, I happened across Qwiki – a kind of audio-visual variant of Wikipedia. It seems to pull data from Wikipedia, but combines it with audio and related multimedia (both images and video). The whole thing is packaged up into a pretty nice presentation style, complete with a timeline that you can pause and replay, as you wish.

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Surprised By A Bear Singing “Bears”

I happened to be searching on YouTube for the song Bears, as sung by Lyele Lovett. I know the song through his cover, from the album Step Inside This House (the song was originally written by Steven Fromholz). So I did track down a version of the song, here: But then, in the search results, I found this surprising video:…

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Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out

Yesterday, I found myself listening a lot to Ukelele player Lil’ Rev. I first heard him when Justin and I visited Alex and Linda in Green Bay and attended Ukelele Night at Kavarna. I liked his singing so much, I snatched up two CD’s right there on the spot. I was stuck on one song in particular: Nobody Knows You…

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The Internet Movie Firearms Database

So apparently, there’s a Internet Movie Firearms Database… which does basically the same thing as the IMDB but for guns. It’s good to know that I now have a place to go to, the next time I need to identify a gun from a specific movie. While the look of the site is your typical, basic Wiki… the entries themselves…

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Russ and Liam: Twelvestone in Chicago

Twelvestone is a forum I’ve been visiting for a long while now. It sprung up after the very popular were-here.com Flash site went down – a sort of refuge for folks who were left with nowhere to gather (Flashkit wasn’t viewed as an alternative). Since that time, I’ve participated in online discussions, watched flame wars come and go, and know…

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Double Rainbow: The Meme and The Remix

A recent internet meme is the “Double Rainbow Guy,” who had uploaded a series of videos to YouTube. They’re basically footage of rainbows, and him providing some, uh… enthusiastic commentary. The best one of the bunch is the Double Rainbow video. This guy really, really likes his marijuana rainbows! And seemingly at the speed of light, there’s been a remix…

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What If Twitter Came to Life?

Twitter users @poeks and @sween asked some of their friends to film their favorite tweets. Each snippet is a glimpse of someone’s actual Twitter post, presented in a variety of manners: acted out literally, hand puppets, you name it. Brilliant little project, and I had a few genuine LOLs. Twitter: The Criterion Collection. My favorites are at 2:01 and 6:06….

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Hitler Reacts to the Hitler Parody Videos Being Removed

I saw one or two of the Hitler “Downfall” parodies a long while ago, had a few chuckles, and sort of forgot about them. The scene centers around the specific moment when Hitler realizes that the war is truly lost, and his progression from disbelief, rage and, ultimately, defeat. The audio is in German, but the remixes have taken liberties…

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Augmented Reality Maps, TED 2010

I’ve seen some online mentions of the TED 2010 talks, and I’m excited to see more of them coming online now. The talk I’ve posted here is a pretty fascinating presentation by Blaise Aguera y Arcas, who is most known for his creation of Seadragon and Photosynth (a pretty stunning bit of software that stitches multiple images together seemingly like…

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Flattr: Micropayment System for Independent, Online Content Providers

Flattr is a concept by Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, and is an interesting take on providing money to independent, online content providers. The visuals are nicely done, and how can you really go wrong with a cake analogy? Getting a large enough adoption rate will be the biggest hurdle, but presumably Sunde and his team will have enough street…

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Clay Shirky Video: How Technology is Shaping Groups and Conversations

I’ve just spent the past 20 minutes totally sucked in to this video of Clay Shirky, talking about the ways technology and the Internet are changing the way we communicate. Here’s a taste: “What matters here isn’t technical capital, it’s social capital. These tools don’t get socially interesting until they get technologically boring. I tisn’t when the shiny new tools…

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