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“Creativity, Collaboration and Hacking” – Thoughts Shared by Caterina Fake

Posted in art, conference, design, inspiration, Media, pioneers by aldorf on June 2, 2011

This was her intro to 7 on 7 – Connectin Art & Technology. Make sure to check out their event website 

(by Caterina Fake)

When I was in college, I wrote a paper about a poem, “The Book of Ephraim”, that was about a couple that spent years talking to spirits on a Ouija board, communing with the shades of poets, emperors, and friends. I’d never tried a Ouija board before, but I drew one on a piece of paper and used an overturned teacup to try it out with my friends. Amazing things happened as a result: we recorded conversations with dead army generals from Prussia who’d climbed Kilimanjaro, and conjured a mysterious spirit who spoke only in riddles. It was an addictive activity. Hours would go by, story after story would be told, and eventually the candle, set up for atmosphere, would gutter out, or we had to stop and eat, or pee, or write another paper, or go to sleep.

I didn’t believe (and I don’t think my friends believed) that we were actually talking to spirits, but something much more interesting has happening: my subconscious and the subconscious of my friend were working together to tell a story, a story we couldn’t have made up on our own, but which we were both contributing to.

If you’ve ever been in a band, or played a sport, or danced, or done anything with other people — even started a company! — you’ll know what I’m talking about. You make up a riff, and then the bass player picks up the riff, and then the drummer makes a variation on the theme, reversing it, and you jam on it and make sweet, sweet music together. Hours go by, you are lost in the flow, or the zone, or the jam, or whatever you want to call it. You know when this is happening with your hockey team, when you’re reaching a sublime level of banter at the dinner table, even when your flirting is really hitting the mark. Your subconscious is working together with someone else’s, time vanishes, peace prevails on earth, and everyone is dissolved together into the great, unimpeachable and omnipotent Is.

Hacking and art-making are like this, especially when done together — an artist-hacker matched with a hacker-artist for the day — to jam, invent, make things, do stuff, and have ideas. Both technology and art are about making things new and seeing things new, and the way to arrive at the new is a collaborative, mysterious and Ouija-like process.

This is what Seven on Seven is, and what Rhizome has created for us, here, today. It’s a risky undertaking because you pretty much have to go with your first idea. And your partner — maybe you know her, maybe you don’t. What if you are unable to get in the groove? What if you’re classical and she’s jazz? He’s Rails and She’s Python?

What’s fun about this project, this format and this day is we don’t know how it’s going to turn out. It’s a lark, a plunge. We’re in the middle of the creative process, not the end. It’s a leap-of-faith, seed-stage, put good people together and see what happens day. The seven technologists and the seven artists here today are the top of their respective fields, and they’ve hacked and improv’d their way through the past day.

The assembled awesomeness is inspiring and Lauren has set the scene, a locus for scenius. What do we have? A blank sheet of paper, a Ouija board, an overturned teacup, two people and their imaginations. Or an iPad, a keyboard, Ruby on Rails, some wires, two people and their imaginations.

And our own curiosity, amazement and surprise.

Apple Takes On Instapaper

Posted in internet, Media, web by aldorf on April 30, 2011

The news comes only a few days after Arment said that he will retire the free version of Instapaper on the iPhone and iPad, …

Instapaper developer Marco Arment doesn’t seem too worried though, saying on Twitter,

“For many reasons, I believe Instapaper would still have a market even if Apple implemented Reading List synced to iOS devices.” He also said that it appears the feature is more closely imitating ReadItLater at the moment, which isn’t as feature-rich as Instapaper.

The GOAB Concept – Integrating TV Into Your Digital Ecosystem

Posted in film, ideas, Media by aldorf on April 19, 2011

Interesting to see how we define and describe concepts in times of merging technology. Syzygy says it’s a new TV experience concept. To me it’s more taking the focus off TV and connecting it with all your other devices. Your TV becomes part of the already existing ecosystem of mobile digital tools and is one of many media surfaces. An opportunity to create more interactive content and keeping the fixed mounted screen in your living room on and alive. Reminds me of another great example by BERG, London.

SXSW…Holler Gram…Cool, Clever, Simple and Effective New App

Posted in conference, design, ideas, illustration, innovation, Media, your take on... by aldorf on March 8, 2011

Thanks to Made by Many for this great new App. Very effective and fun to use. Not only at keynotes, not only at SXSW. This is the future of getting peoples opinion, attention and stats.

Holler Gram

You know how sometimes during a keynote or pitch you would really want to say something back to the speaker? So you wait until the speaker is done and put your hand up. Well, unless you are Robert Scoble of course. Or unless you have an iPad with Holler Gram installed. Or pick any of the pre-formatted shoutouts or make your own using your choice of fonts and colors.

You can even tweet your shout right from the app.

Holler Gram was made for SXSW specifically but I can totally imagine it will be popular at all events this year. As the  author explains “You can even rate sessions by holding up a giant number display to become the ultimate armchair critic”. How awesome is that? (via thenextweb.com)

Smartphone Shipments Exceeded PC Shipments For The First Time

Posted in internet, Media, your take on... by aldorf on March 8, 2011

According to IDC, smartphone manufacturers shipped 100.9 million devices in the fourth quarter of 2010, while PC manufacturers shipped 92.1 million units worldwide. Or, more simply put, smartphones just outsold PCs for the first time ever.

The number of smartphones sold in Q4 2010 was up 87.2% from the 53.9 million sold in Q4 2009. For the year, vendors shipped 302.6 million smartphones – an increase of 74.4% from the 173.5 million in 2009.

PC sales were up in Q4, too, but just barely. From Q4 2009 to Q4 2010, the increase was only 5.5%. When looking at the yearly totals, however, PCs were still king. Manufacturers shipped 346.2 million units during 2010, compared with the 302.6 million mentioned above from smartphone makers. (via readwriteweb)

 

Next-Gen Immersive 3D Ads from Cooliris and InMobi

Posted in Animation, film, ideas, Media by aldorf on February 15, 2011

http://www.cooliris.com/3d-ads

“The Heaviness Of Being Successful Was Replaced By The Lightness Of Being A Beginner Again, Less Sure About Everything.” – Steve Jobs

Posted in inspiration, internet, Media, pioneers by aldorf on January 18, 2011

After yesterdays news about another medical leave of him, I remembered his commencement address atStanford from 2005.

 

***Interesting read (October 2010): John Sculley on Steve Jobs and on the value of experience. Interview transscript***

New Insight on Recruitment by Cooliris Founders

Posted in innovation, quality, web by aldorf on December 18, 2010
Vodpod videos no longer available.

With 34 full-time employees and 25 interns, Cooliris has brought innovation into attracting the best talent. Here, Product Manager Josh Schwarzapel and CEO Soujanya Bhumkar discuss their company’s unique recruiting process for both engineers and interns. For the former, Schwarzapel sells the company to potential engineers during the interview as he would a VC – striving to get them excited, and giving away a small piece of proprietary information in the process. To find the best interns, the team identified and recruited well-respected and hypersocial “connector” students from top universities to evangelize the company and hand-pick the best available members of the “party team”. In short, Cooliris gives weight to finding the top talent across the board, whether they are board members, full-time staff, or unpaid innovators.

On Attacking Huge Existing Markets vs. Creating Them, Don Valentine Of Sequoia Capital

Posted in ideas, innovation, pioneers, quality by aldorf on November 26, 2010

This is a very good presentation of Don Valentine of Sequoia Capital. Great insights. Highly recommend to watch it.

I was unable to embed the video. So please watch it on The Stanford YouTube Channel.

http://bit.ly/aldorf04

Making Future Magic – Excellent Future Forecast by Dentsu + Berg

Posted in film, ideas, pioneers by aldorf on November 24, 2010

This is the first of two video sketches illustrating some of the ideas and principles behind Dentsu London’s communications strategy Making Future Magic.

This is part of a collaboration between Dentsu London and BERG. You can read more about both films at Dentsu London’s blog bit.ly/​mediasurfaces and on BERG’s blog here bit.ly/​incidentalmedia and here bit.ly/​thejourney_ms

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