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September 30, 2009

from the "out of hand (cellphone) film festival"

i was a judge - these are some of my favs:

mc hammered

hand dancer:

don't stop:


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September 28, 2009

pet project

send me a headshot of your pet and a headshot of you (as separate images) - we will play a game to see if you look like your pet or if your pet looks more like someone else - please note that if you send me an image you are giving me the right to publish it, cool?
send images to ze@zefrank.com. (i have enough for now!)

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douglad coupland rips off the earth sandwhich

in his new book coupland describes the earth sandwich in detail without giving credit. it would be one thing if he extended the idea, or commented on it, but he simply repackages it to sell his book. what a jerk. :: click below ::

here is the original
i had been warned that he would use it in his book and sent an email asking him to at least credit the project in a footnote (which he didn't) ...

an example of how his reference is perceived : http://entertainment.ca.msn.com/celebs/article.aspx?cp-documentid=21770772 - with the quote "Coupland is among the best Canadian writers at extrapolating, in realistic ways, how society might be using technology decades from now. Take Samantha: when we meet her, she's forming an "earth sandwich," a fictional-yet-believable fad where, by using a GPS-enabled cellphone, people on opposite sides of the planet contact each other, lay down slices of bread and snap a photo." :: a fictional fad? i don't think he is even trying to give credit on this.

again in this link from the independent where the concept is credited to a New Zealand girl :

But Coupland always leavens his paranoia with optimism. These representatives of Generation A are doing their dorky, geeky best to raise their brand-strewn minds to the level of the global crisis. One New Zealand girl's hobby is to take photos of an "earth sandwich": her and a pal use their phones' GPS to position themselves on the top and bottom of the planet, daintily pressing a slice of bread to the exact spot.

apparently this is part of a pattern in coupland's books. he scavenges other people's ideas and "comments" on them by restating them with no further thought or commentary. he represents the worst of mash-up culture. no attribution. no shame. no imagination.

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September 24, 2009

new time vid :: tea party

for a larger version click here

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September 16, 2009

new time.com video :: respect

:: for a larger version click here

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September 13, 2009

a user created daft punk vid that continues to impress me

just love the subtlety of it :: click below to watch ::

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

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September 12, 2009

if you are in pain, i'd like to use it

pain_pack :: either leave a voicemail or upload an mp3 - i will use the pain to make music

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September 11, 2009

jon rubin

an amazing collection of ideas, works and projects.

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September 9, 2009

an email i received, about death and facebook


A few months ago my cousin passed away. At age 28, Amy caught pneumonia and was not able fight off the infection. As the news of her death spread, her Facebook was filled with postings by her friends and family expressing their sadness. Although a couple of her friends have access to her Facebook page and one even (eerily) used it to post a status and add friends posthumously, no one has deleted the account. I looked at it today for the first time since her death and people are still using Facebook to share their important events with Amy and reminisce with each other about all the things they love and miss about her. There are pictures of her being newly added and tagged. One friend even signed up for an account specifically to write on her wall and will be deleting it just as quickly.

Before, we mostly shared our grief with those physically in our vicinity or people emotionally close to us. Now, like everything else, our grief casts a wider net and we share it with more people, more strangers. Also, it feels as if my cousin continues to live in the periphery. I can see what her friends and family are up to, just like I can see what my other (living) cousins extended people are doing. Every post brings her back into focus if only for a moment. While I was not incredibly close to her, through the postings I see more clearly the sort of person she was and all the goodness that a person can be. Her Facebook is her flower and cross on the highway, her Kensington Gardens. I have no idea how long it will last. A few months is such a short time, and the wish that a loved one is still with us can stay for a lifetime.

I'm not sure what this means. I just found it incredibly beautiful and thought I would share it with you. I'm still digesting and get tangled in all the possible words.


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The Ascent of Man

A powerful clip from Jacob Bronowski's documentary series :: reminds me what a great presenter is like :: click below to watch ::

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September 8, 2009

new time vid :: socialism

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everyday is caturday

buzzfeed introduces content specific widgets!

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birds on the wires

Jarbas Agnelli saw a photo in the newspaper of birds sitting on electric wires and decided to set it to music. Twist: The score was composed using the birds as notes :: click below to watch ::

found on buzzfeed

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September 5, 2009

the british library recordings archive

Accents and Dialects Map :: a pretty great collection of people telling anecdotes about their lives from all over the UK. the accents are fun to listen to, but the stories are what charm me...

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September 3, 2009

ooo - i love this

Jenny Haniver :: weird art/hoax/science dating back 600 years...

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September 1, 2009

a new video for time.com

or watch it here in a bigger format

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