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Make a Bike. Make a Difference.

Posted in design, ideas, web by aldorf on March 14, 2012

The Bicycle Academy

A place to learn how to make bikes. You keep the skills, your first bike goes to someone who really needs it.

The Bicycle Academy is a new enterprise providing people with the skills and facilities to design and make their own bikes.

Frame building will be taught by the legendary Brian Curtis as evening classes or short weekday courses. As part of the learning process each student will make a frame designed specifically for use in Africa. Once graduated students will be able to use The Bicycle Academy workshop to hone their skills and build their own frames. (Sponsored via peoplefund.it)

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 www.newyorkwritesitself.com

On the Edge – Seven on Seven Event 2011 by Rhizome

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

Seven on Seven by Rhizome. Just Inspiring to see great collaboration between very talented people and the field of art and technology.

First video I had to watch was a collaboration between Zach Lieberman and Bre Pettis,

Music Beta by Google or Noisey by Vice?

Posted in Media, music, web by aldorf on May 10, 2011

I know not exactly comparable options but both landed in my inbox today. Noisey is having a launch Party tonight in Berlin and Music Beta is handing out invitations (U.S. only).

Noisey is a new video-based platform from Vice for showcasing the most essential new music by emerging talents from all corners of the globe. Tonight is the official launch of Noisey in Germany, and one of Berlin’s own stages for new music, Tape.

Music Beta by Google. “You can get to your personal music collection at home or on the go. Listen from the web or any enabled device with the Music app available from Android Market. Not online? No problem. The songs you’ve recently played will automatically be available offline. You can also select the specific albums, artists and playlists you want to have available when you’re not connected.”

Mirror – Beautiful Interactive Music Video Wins Gold

Posted in Animation, film, innovation, Media, music by aldorf on April 27, 2011

Mirror, an interactive follow up to Sour’s Award-winning “Hibi No Niero, has been awarded gold for media innovation and non-broadcast media at the Art Directors Club global awards in New York. The music video for Japanese band Sour‘s “Mirror” track, best viewed in Chrome or Safari, pulls in video from users’ webcam, Twitter and Facebook accounts. The song ‘Utsushi Kagami’ (Mirror) sings about the fact that everything and everyone around you is a mirror that reflects yourself. You can find who you are in the reflection of others. (via InspirationRoom).

Filming was produced by directors Masashi KawamuraQanta Shimizu andSaqoosha.

$5227 was raised through 63 backers at Kickstarter. Those who pledged $30 or more received a promotional flyer signed by the members of SOUR, and a first look at the video prior to the release. $50 or more earned an mp3 of the new track ‘Mirror’. $100 or more earned the right to a name on the music video credit list under Special Thanks. $200 or more earned entry as special guest to the SOUR album release concert in Tokyo on December 19. $500 or more was recognised with a special SOUR T shirt & Eco bag. $1000 or more earned free video concept work from Masashi Kawamura.

“The Internet of Things = The Internet of Hype” on The Economist

Posted in blog, ideas, your take on... by aldorf on January 7, 2011

“Is it worth it? Many of the problems that the internet of things is supposed to solve actually have simple, non-technological solutions. Google likes to boast that your smartphone can tell you the ratio of men and women in any given bar. But there is actually a much simpler solution: you can look through the window! …

Read full article on The Economist blog

Google’s Weak Spot – Trying To Replace People With Algorithms.

Posted in ideas, internet, web by aldorf on November 23, 2010
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It’s not always just about Google and Facebook. But what happens on their level will actually effect the entire digital infrastructure.

(excerpt from an interview with David Galbraith)

“…The internet is a communication network, it needs people in it. Some companies are trying to replace people with algorithms, but I think it is a ridiculous idea. Google is imposing algorithms on us. Google or Google News have no human intervention. The Google car can drive itself without a human being behind the wheel. That is Google’s weak spot, what they are trying to do is fundamentally against the DNA of the internet.

And that’s the biggest difference between Google and Facebook. They are about people, and they clash frontally with the model of Google. Like all good battles, it will be fought on a fundamental level. It’s really algorythms vs people. The next big war on the internet. …”

 

Trend.ly – Usergenerated Trend Lists

Posted in web by aldorf on August 20, 2010

Trend.ly is a site for those who need to determine how popular any concept is over another at any moment in time. On the site, anybody can either check already-existing trend polls between current concepts, or suggest a trend poll himself in case he has caught wind of something right before the rest got wise. Of course, the user might just want to know something very concrete that has got nothing to do with the degree of current popularity of a concept, but rather with its universal acceptance or perception.

What they say: “Trend.ly is an online, user generated trend list that you can access from any device which has an internet connection. Everything on trend.ly is submitted by our community. Once a trend poll has started, other people see it and vote what they like more.”

It is an entertaining way to find out which concepts are more popular among the public at large. Less useful but entertaining. Looks like virtually anything can be compared.

Really Successful – Only If You Are Just A Bit Smarter Than Average

Posted in your take on... by aldorf on August 19, 2010

I don’t know where I found this little piece of information, but it’s an interesting thought,

“People who are really successful are not the ones who are most intelligent. Really successful people are just a little bit smarter than the average. Thats exactly what the average person still get. everything that’s more intelligent is too smart.”

Enjoy MY View – Bus Stop Intervention

Posted in art, ideas, Media by aldorf on June 1, 2010

A periscope that is attached to a bus stop. It aims to entertain and reduce the stress of commuters, avoiding the wait/walk dilemma. It transforms the bus stop into a playground by providing a fun diversion while waiting for the bus. At the same time it works as a critical object: by being present, it also aims to initiate a conversation between the commuters about the lack of the real-time information display that let you know how long will take for the bus to arrive.More info: http://www.enjoymyview.net/bustop.html

more about “Enjoy MY View – Bus Stop Intervention“, posted with vodpod
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