Month: March 2011

  • Infographic: 50 Years of Human Spaceflight

    Infographic: 50 Years of Human Spaceflight

    Another interesting infographic, this time from Space.com:

  • Rechargable Batteries

    Rechargable Batteries

    At my office, the most common form of Mouse/Keyboard combination at any given desk is Apple’s wireless Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. These use AA batteries, and there’s consistently a shortage of extras lying around. Recently I tried to take matters into my own hands and get people to use rechargeable batteries, but unfortunately the…

  • 25 Most Influential People Tweeting about Augmented Reality

    25 Most Influential People Tweeting about Augmented Reality

    With almost every consumer getting a smart phone, and many new devices coming standard with cameras, compasses, network connections, and orientation sensors, the age of augmented reality is virtually upon us. In the coming months and years, I think the use of augmented reality will increase significantly – maybe not in the futuristic scifi style…

  • Attending the National Geographic Field Photography Seminar

    Attending the National Geographic Field Photography Seminar

    This weekend I attended the  National Geographic Travel Photography Seminar hosted at the National Geographic Society HQ in Washington, DC. Here’s a few brief notes, as well as resources discussed during the all day seminar. Presenters: Catherine Karnow Aaron Huey

  • Lecture: How Spatial Arrangement Creates Movement, and Implications for Consumer Shopping Behavior at Ikea

    Here’s a great talk by Professor Alan Penn of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, discussing How Spatial Arrangement Creates Movement, and Implications for Consumer Shopping Behavior at Ikea. It’s long, but a great analysis of the topic, with easy foundations of key concepts explained. “Professor Alan Penn describes the way that architects use space…

  • Infographic Overload: An Infographic About Infographics

    Infographic Overload: An Infographic About Infographics

    Ivan Cash, thank you (?) for this crazyness:

  • Shooting 4000 Photos in 4.5 Hours at the NYC Half Marathon

    This past weekend I did a photo gig for Brightroom Photography, shooting the finish line at the NYRR NYC Half Marathon. Although I used Brightroom’s memory card for the main pics (of which there were thousands, viewable on Brightroom’s site) , I got a few on my own card too. Photoset on Flickr

  • South By Southwest Interactive 2011 – Wrapping Up

    South By Southwest Interactive 2011 – Wrapping Up

    Wrapping up – South By Southwest 2011. SXSW this year was crazy – more forums, panels, speakers, meetings, shmoozing, happy hours, parties and concerts than could reasonably be handled in a single week. But I tried to do as much as I could, and had a great time in the process. Here’s an itemized account…

  • Apps: The Next Hurdle for QR COdes

    Apps: The Next Hurdle for QR COdes

    Following up on yesterday’s post about QR Codes at SXSW – now that QR codes are literally everywhere, users need a unified, easy way to scan them. I think that, like we will see in the first wave of NFC devices, QR Code scanning must be built into the base OS of a phone, or…

  • SXSW Wrapup: QR Codes Everywhere

    This year at South By Southwest Interactive, QR Codes – high resolution barcodes used to deliver web addresses and other data to mobile phones by way of scanning with a phones built in camera – were EVERYWHERE. Amidst the seas of catchy flyers, posters, leaflets, coasters, handouts and stickers, almost everything had a QR code…

  • Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers

    Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers

    Last night, my sister Jill and I went to see Steve Martin play bluegrass with The Steep Canyon Rangers at The Music Hall of Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Great show! The group just came out with a new album, “Rare Bird Alert“. Listen: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers – Rare Bird Alert Highlights…

  • Flying the Robinson R22 Helicopter

    Today I took my first flight lesson and flew the Robinson R22 Beta Helicopter. My flight instructor was Pilot Jefferson Vicente of Heliflights.net. After a bit of ground review of the basics, which I had learned previously from the industry standard text “Principles of Helicopter Flight“, we hopped in the chopper and took off from…

  • The Egg Drop at Ignite Austin during SXSW

    The Egg Drop at Ignite Austin during SXSW

    This year at South by Southwest, I attended the Ignite Austin event, with the whole Morpheus Media crew. Ignite is a get together that features fast paced 5 minute mini lectures. Each presenter gets 5 minutes, and 20 slides, which auto advance. Presenters can, and do, talk about anything they want, and the crazy fast…

  • SXSW Panel – Voices From The HTML5 Trenches: Browser Wars IV

    SXSW Panel – Voices From The HTML5 Trenches: Browser Wars IV

    Panel – Voices From The HTML5 Trenches: Browser Wars IV Summary: The term HTML5 now refers to the much-hyped kitchen sink of the web. It covers *everything* including things not officially part of the HTML5 specification. Yet “HTML5” is now the catch phrase to describe the new wave of platform competition on the web, and…

  • SXSW Dual – Touching Stories: Designing Digital Magazines for the iPad

    SXSW Dual – Touching Stories: Designing Digital Magazines for the iPad

    SXSW Dual – Touching Stories: Designing Digital Magazines for the iPad Summary: The launch of the iPad signaled the start of a new era for magazine publishing. A single device that delivered the fidelity of print and the interactivity of the Web, all wrapped up in a fun and easy-to-use form factor gave the industry…

  • SXSW Panel – Moving the Web onto Mobile Devices

    SXSW Panel – Moving the Web onto Mobile Devices

    Panel – Moving the Web onto Mobile Devices Summary: Take a look at how the complexity of design has increased exponentially with the web moving onto today’s mobile devices. There are so many more considerations when thinking about a design or a campaign that go beyond the basic, “who is my target audience….how do I…

  • SXSW Future15 – NFC and RFID, How It Will Change Mobile

    Future15 – NFC and RFID, How It Will Change Mobile, presented by David Berkowitz, Sr Dir of Emerging Media, 360i Summary: How Near Field Communication (NFC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) will change the wireless industry, user experiences, marketing, and shopping. Mobile phones a now being looked as a ubiquitous device that plays an increasingly…

  • SXSW Panel – Japanese Mobile Leaders Forum

    SXSW Panel – Japanese Mobile Leaders Forum

    Panel – Japanese Mobile Leaders Forum Summary: “Japan” “Mobile” “Social Media” – what do you see when you have these words together? Cyber utopia? Shrinking Galapagos? Ninjas with high-tech swords? It’s about time we know what the real scenes are in Japan. With the leaders of the mobile social media in Japan, we will discuss…

  • SXSW Solo – The 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: Revisioning Decommisioned Military Facilities/Design Like You Give A Damn

    SXSW Solo – The 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: Revisioning Decommisioned Military Facilities/Design Like You Give A Damn

    Solo – The 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: Revisioning Decommisioned Military Facilities presented by Cameron Sinclair, Chief Eternal Optimist, Architecture for Humanity Summary: Every two years Architecture for Humanity changes the design world to tackle a global project. In 2005 we looked at health care delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2007 looked to develop digital inclusion…

  • SXSW Keynote: Christopher Poole

    SXSW Keynote: Christopher Poole

    Keynote: Christopher Poole, Founder, 4chan/Canvas Bio: Christopher “moot” Poole is the founder of 4chan.org, a simple image-based bulletin board, which has grown from a niche site targeting anime fans to one of the most influential communities on the ‘Net. With over 12 million unique visitors per month, many popular viral videos, Internet phenomena, and memes…