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Photo: Library of Congress

Photo: Library of Congress

This is real believe it or not! This grainy, black and white film was made by Thomas Edison in 1899 and features the bicycle trick rider ‘Neidert’.



via:  kottke

spezifyThe perfect search service for us visual types. Find links, photos, videos at a glance.

” Spezify is a search tool presenting results from a large number of websites in different visual ways. We take web search further, away from endless lists of blue text links and towards a more intuitive experience. We want you to get a good overview of a subject, find useful information and be inspired with Spezify. We mix all media types and make no difference between blogs, videos, microblogs and images.  Everything communicates and helps building the bigger picture.”

It has only been online since mid-June, and while it is un-likely to replace Google anytime soon, it certainly is nice to have a completely different option.

Spezify is a search tool presenting results from a large number of websites in different visual ways.
We take web search further, away from endless lists of blue text links and towards a more intuitive experience.
We want you to get a good overview of a subject,
find useful information and be inspired with Spezify.
We mix all media types and make no difference
between blogs, videos, microblogs and images.
Everything communicates and helps building the bigger picture

I love this!!
Lily Allen sings what many of us wish we could say.  

I think I will dedicate this to all those Toronto City workers who are on strike, leaving us with piling garbage and no pools for the summer.

This one’s for you…


Not sure how I feel about this…it is the same idea as the 3D baseball cards that I blogged about a while ago.  I love technology as much as the next guy,
but I guess I am a bit of a purist when it comes to my printed material.  An indication of how traditional media is desperately trying to keep pace with digital technology.

Check it out for yourself, in the July issue of Popular Science.

I remember seeing the 2008 October issue of Esquire that had printed 100,000 copies using e-ink for the cover. They were the first to use electronic paper technology in this way.

If I want to see moving images, I will go online.  But hey…that’s just me, guess I am just old fashioned.
Can’t a magazine just be a magazine?  
How long before we see an augmented reality version of Brad Pitt on the cover of  Vanity Fair?

3339568903_2a101ca84cRecently I came across an interesting Flickr Pool – “Looking Into The Past”, I love the idea of merging really old photos into modern scenes. 
It gives a great insight into the way our world once looked, how the landscape has changed, and to see the contrast between old and new.

Many of the shots are personal, Grandmothers sitting on porches, the old family general store that is now a convenience store, some are recognizable landmarks and some are just mundane street scenes from small towns.

A great concept.3586969643_1bb8f9edd9

torontomedia-0409-3-525x3181The first Toronto PSFK Good Ideas Salon, co-hosted with Capital C, was held in late April, with a dynamic panel discussing ‘Good Ideas in Media’. The video of the entire discussion is now available for viewing on the Good Ideas Salon site

 “The well rounded panel, featured members representing different facets of the media landscape: Mathew Ingram of Globe & Mail (print), Jesse Hirsh of the CBC (broadcast), Jonathan Lister of Google Canada (Internet), David Jones of Hill & Knowlton (PR) and moderator Tony Chapman of Capital C (advertising and marketing).”

Thanks to all the panelists for participating, PSFK, and to everyone who made it out to the event. I look forward to hosting these events on a regular basis, and would love to hear feedback & suggestions for future panels.

about__v1245083176637The Uniform Project is not just some brave girl’s fashion experiment, it is also a fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. All contributions will go toward funding uniforms and school expenses for slum children in India.

Sheena Matheiken started the project in May 2009. Promising to wear one dress for one year as “an exercise in sustainable fashion”.

“Here’s how it works: There are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day I will reinvent the dress with layers, accessories and all kinds of accouterments, the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies. Think of it as wearing a daily uniform with enough creative license to make it look like I just crawled out of the Marquis de Sade’s boudoir.”

The dress was designed by Eliza Starbuck, taking inspiration from one of Sheena’s “staple dresses”, they created a versatile dress that can be worn frontwards or back, can be left open, and is perfect for layering. The Uniform Project is on day 46, and each day the outfit will be uploaded so we can see just how creative you can be with a simple cotton dress.


The Dress, Day 1

The Dress, Day 1

The Dress, Today - Day 46

The Dress, Today - Day 46

I have been out of internet commission for the better part of last week. It is back up and running, with the speed of  dial up, only slower.  I would normally be looking for the end of the internet, but I have never been a patient person. My posts have been scarce this week as a result of my limited surfing.

So…tonight I am going back in my archives of stuff I like, starting with graffiti artist, Banksy. This week, I found a print my husband bought at a show in New York about 5 years ago. It has been in storage since, waiting to be framed. This was probably my first introduction to who is now one of my favourite contemporary artists. The print has finally come out of storage and will be framed asap.

Banksy has done some amazing work, he is incredibly talented, creative and always has a message. He is elusive and while many have guessed at his identity, no one really knows for sure who he is, or if they do they aren’t saying.

Have a look at this trailer for a film scheduled for release sometime in June called  ‘Banksy’s Coming for Dinner’.  

“Experience the clash of celebrity, as Hollywood royalty Joan Collins and husband Percy meet Banksy, the most famous living artist in the world. Banksys Coming for Dinner is a film within a film and questions the very nature of ‘reality’ at every level. The controversial new reality documentary style Banksy movie by Ivan Massow features music by Mr Scruff.”

Banksy’s most recent solo show – “Banksy Versus the Bristol Museum”  just opened a couple of days ago. Here is a look what you can expect to see.













A guerilla campaign to promote unknown online bookstore, Editoras Online, was created by DDB Brasil.  Part of the campaign included a book that regularly updates its content.
The book features a series of QR codes, that with the use of a cell phone the reader can decode to reveal messages of love and hate that have been posted on Twitter. 

“Every time someone who is following the campaign’s Twitter profile tweets a phrase containing either the words ‘love’ or ‘hate’, that phrase is captured and linked to one of the QR codes in the book. Tiago Marcondes, who created the campaign, explains that they would have liked to pull in phrases from all over Twitter but lawyers advised that only those of people following the campaign could be used.”

There were 4000 stickers with 200 different QR codes posted around São Paulo. Each sticker says “Here’s a moment of love” or “hate” and has a QR code below. Users with QR-enabled phones can decode the graphic to reveal the phrase from Twitter. The stickers and the book QR codes were updated every 7 days with new phrases.

Complicated?  Watch the video for a full demo on how the campaign works…Collaborative, Open Source, Interactive,Viral.


via: The Daily What



































Social Media…”unlocking the awesome potential of behavioral disorders.”
Looks like Twitter is the ‘sweet spot’.

The Social Media Venn Diagram Tee from Despair, Inc….

via: noquedanblogs

@jjthinkinbig tweets