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November 25, 2008

happy thanksgiving

be safe and have fun...

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November 21, 2008

munchkin cats

listen - i can't resist a good cat vid now and then. this breed in particular. first found *in nature*, i.e. not a man created novelty...they have little tiny legs. watch for the normal size kitten that runs across the screen :: click below for the vid ::

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Tavi - the 12 year-old fashion blogger :: stunningly good at the medium... :: also, Tavi G's videos :: I will say that if this is some weird viral H&M marketing scheme, I will be very angry.

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ok - to balance out the cuteness of the cat video, here is a weird and grotesque interview. This has nothing to do with the interview's subject, Sarah Palin, but rather what is happening in the background during the interview. You can even watch with the sound off if you like...but you have to wonder why the producer chose that angle :: click below for the vid ::

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November 20, 2008

does it detract from its value?

alan commented on the bike/guitar hero link saying that an ad company had admitted to making the clip.

a gaming blog, gamecyte.com, responded to critics by posing this question:

"If a company produces a legitimately awesome piece of art in the vein of user generated content, does its less-than-humble origin detract from its value?"

what do you think? what does "in the vein of" mean in this context? does it mean "pretending to be"? is this like lonelygirl?

as the lines begin to blur between "reality" and "fiction", how does our perception of "intention" play into this? is this about ethics?

talk to me...

activision responds

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November 19, 2008

bike guitar hero

viral marketing or insane fanboy creation? :: click below ::

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November 18, 2008

some ugliness behind borat

Borat film 'tricked' poor village actors

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November 17, 2008

shark poop

Shark-cam captures ocean motion :: wait. there's a Christmas island?

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November 15, 2008

R.I.P. Miriam Makeba

amazing singer :: click below for a vid ::

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try folding up some anger

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November 14, 2008

clarity from the nozzle

City builds graffiti wall - sarcastic tagger responds

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November 13, 2008

vetting for an obamajob

For a Washington Job, Be Prepared to Tell All :: ummm, can i write on the back of the application, i ran out of room....

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Bryony (Paperlilies) Makes a Zombie Movie - The Story So Far :: BBC3 will be airing an hour long documentary of Bryony's attempts to make an internet zombie movie. BBC site here

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extremely cute kid makes a pastiche :: click below ::

Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.

More vids of this young web phenom to be found here :: another fav of mine is this one

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November 12, 2008

tracking the flu

Google Flu Trends :: using search patterns to track the spread of tiny little nasties

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November 9, 2008

love the colored pencil logs

Finnish Site Specific Art. An exhibition collection of photographs of Finnish Environmental Art

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BigDialog: Ask the President-Elect :: From David Colarusso: "We are directing questions to President-Elect Obama and plan to fly the top three questioners out to MIT to tour the Media Lab and for a networked event with his transition team, assuming we can get them to agree."

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November 6, 2008

52to48 update

very nice to get a shout from the National Review on this project - was worried that only lefties were looking. Am being inundated by quite a bit of hate mail at the moment, but also have gotten quite a number of constructive and heartfelt comments. i didn't say it would be easy...

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MTV launches a portal with almost all the music vids they ever aired, free...

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November 5, 2008

From 52 to 48 with love

i would love to have a place for obama supporters, mccain supporters and supporters of third parties (over 1%) to reach out in a gesture of reconciliation...

simple messages from individuals.

perhaps it is naive. the differences are real, i know. but we have to repair the damage done from this election cycle somehow...

the fringes (all of them) have been allowed to dominate our conversations for too long. to create a cycle of hate, ill-will and revenge.

to contribute: please start here

maybe it works, maybe not - i know it won't speak to many : but i think we should try, and decide for ourselves.


UPDATE: very nice to get a shout from the National Review on this project - was worried that only lefties were looking. Am being inundated by quite a bit of hate mail at the moment, but also have gotten quite a number of constructive and heartfelt comments. i didn't say it would be easy...

UPDATE : the project expanded on during a sermon in Michigan

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Congratulations President Barack Obama

Georgia threw me off. Kept me nervous. The polls had shown a tighter race. Red ties and blue ties and that aging wolverine, Blitzer. Flipped over to Fox News and they called Ohio way before anyone else. I was told that BET did as well. Drudge kept banging the popular vote, hoping. New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Florida. The math was locked and I worried that I had forgotten how to celebrate. A cheer went up as the west coast closed. To the streets! Ducked under a giant American Flag in Union Square buoyed by the hands of thousands of students. Jubilation. Black truckers blasted their horns as they drove down 14th street. Word is McCain is conceding. Thank God for Tivo. If he had been that man he would have won. Obama arrives. What a beautiful family. What an ugly dress. They are getting a puppy to join them in a huge white house. I want a puppy! He better mean it. (Not just the puppy). Phrase repeated: Yes We Can. We better mean it. A reminder of where we are, when we are. At war, jobless, divided. Gay rights overturned in Arkansas, Florida, California, and Arizona. Difficult future. But, what a night.

Your turn, Democrat, Republican, Independent - tell me about a moment or two from last night through your eyes.

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November 4, 2008

i'm callin it

wow :: from Patrick Moberg

:: also ::

Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job

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just was informed i am a finalist in this :: gamechangers.wemedia.com: :: what a wonderful group to be included in :: if you are feeling it, go and vote (there is a community vote in addition to traditional judging) :: i'll be honest, i don't think i deserve a win here...there are some amazing projects listed - check them out...

Posted by zefrank at 11:33 AM | Comments (5)

just voted

i love this day. the synchronicity. my machine was broken so i had to fill out little ovals. nerve racking.

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November 3, 2008

Election Haikus

Try and sum up your feelings about the election in one haiku. Bonus points for not using a candidates name...

if you are up for it cross-post your entry here

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i'm sorry

it has to happen:

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"Barack America" : Biden

Mistakes Were Made - The Screwups of Campaign '08 - TIME :: big collection of gaffes :: fun to poke through memory lane

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November 2, 2008

question for you : the American Dream

Some quotes that I think are interesting:

James Truslow Adams first talked about the American Dream in The Epic of America (1931) ::

"that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."

...and in the Federalist Papers, James Madison writes: “Men of greater ability and talent tend to possess more property than those of lesser ability…”

...and Joe the plumber says he is "being taxed more and more for fulfilling the American dream" (regarding a potential tax increase for those who make more than $250,000 a year.)

My question is this: when the phrase was coined, the American Dream seemed to imply something beyond the accumulation of wealth. It was a dream about a society, not a special individual within a society. But for many people the American Dream is more about personal wealth. So how does the accumulation of wealth relate to the American Dream?

UPDATE: thank you for a really interesting collection of posts...i know it was a very broad question but I learned quite a bit from your responses. let's try this again sometime, yes? perhaps we could tackle a question a week...you could help me with the questions as well...

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