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Codeacademy – Fun Way To Learn How To Program

Posted in design, ideas, internet, web by aldorf on August 19, 2011

Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun, playful and you can do it with your friends.

Ryan and Zach were students at Columbia before they started to work on Codecademy. They’ve worked at NYC startups, given numerous lectures on topics in programming, and are now living in Silicon Valley. Codecademy was created when Zach got frustrated with learning how to program. For years, Ryan taught Zach the basics of HTML and CSS, but books and videos didn’t help. Create your own account and get started.

A Real-Time Crowdsourced Production by New Yorkers

Posted in film, ideas by aldorf on August 19, 2011

“The ‘New York Writes Itself’ script is a record of the real people in New York and what they have said and done as witnessed by a group of observational New Yorkers. If you hear a great quote or something catches your eye, submit it here as part of the script. Quotes, scenes and characters in the script are selected to be made into productions – like posters, exhibitions, music videos and short films.” Read more at

Random Act of Kindness meets Carrot Mob meets Art Project – Love it

Posted in art, inspiration, internet by aldorf on June 8, 2011

Carrot mobs are one of my favorite inventions in recent years.

Store Buyout is an art project where five artists arrived at Hercules Fancy Grocery in NYC and bought everything. Every item has been repurposed as art and will be sold online and for a limited time at the Store Buyout Gallery in LES. Money from the sales is going towards saving Hercules store. For more details please visit Stay tuned, more art is on its way.

ToneCheck – Prevent Bitchy, Angry, Evil Emails

Posted in ideas, quality by aldorf on May 12, 2011

A very cool idea. Technology creates a vacuum that we humans fill with negative emotions by default. If an email content is neutral, we assume the tone is negative. ToneCheck is a “tone spellcheck” app that scans emails for negativity and then helpfully suggests tweaks to make your communication more positive (featured in The New York Times Magazine’s annual Year in Ideas issue). (Unfortunately) requires Microsft Outlook.

New Museum to Get Projection-Mapped

Posted in architecture, art, conference by aldorf on May 1, 2011

I wish I could be there….

Artist Mia Pearlman (pictured above) — along with Vito Acconci, photographer Marilyn Minter, and with help from SOFTlab — will be featured in a performance played out on the façade of the New Museum on Saturday, May 7.

Let Us Make Cake is a collaborative projection directed by Nuit Blanche New York and Light Harvest Studios. Dozens of artists were asked to interact with scale models of the New Museum ranging in size from 11 inches to 11 feet, embracing the museum as both a canvas and vessel. The resulting footage will be projection-mapped onto the New Museum, marking the first time projection has been used to animate the entire 174-foot facade.

The Three Muscles of Creativity – Inspiring Short by Intel

Posted in design, film, ideas, inspiration, quality by aldorf on April 26, 2011

In this Intel Visual Life short documentary, Michael Wolff, co-founder of Wolff Olins Agency and considered one of the preeminent visionaries and perhaps the father of 20th century brand expression and identity, talks about his approach to looking at the world, including the muscles of curiosity, appreciation, and imagination. I admire the innovative branding work of Wolff Olins. This short documentary is another reminder of what it’s all about.

“I have three muscles, without which I couldn’t do my work. The first is curiosity. (You can call it inquisitiveness, you can call it questioning.) The second muscle [is] the muscle of appreciation. It’s not questioning so much as it is noticing… how joyful things can be, how colorful things can be, what already exists as an inspiration. The muscle of curiosity and the muscle of appreciation enable the muscle of imagination. Everybody knows that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. What few people realize it is only through the parts that the whole gets delivered. I see seeing as a muscular exercise, like I see curiosity. It’s a kind of being open, really: If you walk around with a head full of preoccupation, you’re not going to notice anything in your visual life.” ~ Michael Wolff”

The Thank You Economy – Talk by Gary Vaynerchuk

Posted in conference, Media, web by aldorf on December 1, 2010

Viewer advisory: This program contains explicit language.

Wine Library TV’s Gary Vaynerchuk gives his no-holds-barred take on how modern businesses must adapt to thrive in a social media-driven culture.


On November 5, L2 and NYU Stern hosted its second-annual Innovation Forum at The Morgan Library in New York City. The full-day event addressed innovation in digital marketing and implications for prestige brands.

L2 Forums are the largest gatherings of prestige professionals in North America. Forums draw C-level executives and top marketing and digital talent from prestige brands; leading agencies, media, and technology firms; and innovators and academics. In addition, 25 percent of seats are reserved for students from the nation’s top business and arts graduate programs.

Gary Vaynerchuk was born in Babruysk, U.S.S.R. (today Belarus) on November 14, 1975 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1978. He graduated from Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. From a platform as co-owner and Director of Operations of Wine Library, a wine retail shop in Springfield, New Jersey, Vaynerchuk gained fame as the host of Wine Library TV, a daily internet webcast on the subject of wine.

Called the “king of social media”, he is one of the first Facebook users to max out his friend limit, with over 17,000 pending friend requests. He is in the top 100 people followed on Twitter and was the keynote speaker at events like the 2009 South by Southwest Interactive conference and the New Media and Web 2.0 expos.

Startup Showcase NYC With Tim O’Reilly And Fred Wilson Tonight

Posted in ideas, web by aldorf on September 29, 2010

If you are in New York hurry up. It starts at 4:50p today as part of the Web 2.0 Expo at the Sheraton in Midtown. Winning picks will get a chance to pitch their idea and discuss it for 10 to 15 minutes with Fred and Tim. If you are not in town just take a look at tonights competing startup’s. An interesting mix of new concepts and ideas.

– – Aprizi

– – Beebuzz

– http://www.civiguard.comCiviGuard, Inc.

– – Credit Coach, Inc

– – Diaspora

– – Entrustet

– – food52


– – Honestly Now Inc.

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– – HowAboutWe

– – Intersect

– – Itizen

– – Lifesta

– – MindSnacks

– – Naama Networks

– – NabeWise

– – Ninite

– – Outlier

– – Roadify Inc.

– – SaneBox

– – SocialFlow

– – StorageByMail

– – Tactical Information Systems

– – Taskforce

– – The Comet

– – SoBi – The Social Bicycle System

Getting Good Recommendations Is Difficult – Is Trying To Help You

Posted in ideas by aldorf on September 22, 2010
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Getting good recommendations is difficult, yet most of us rely on recommendations to guide us.

Started by clever folks (Chris Dixon previously SiteAdvisor and Caterina Fake of Flickr and YahooAnswers) who were exploring how machine learning could be used to guide practical, smart, and highly-customized recommendations.

Hunch is located in New York City.

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