Archive for the 'daily' Category


Truth about airline seatbelts

“What’s the point of listening to the safety instructions given by flight attendants? If there’s a crash, everybody dies, right?” Wrong.

Debunking the Tipping Point

“If society is ready to embrace a trend, almost anyone can start one–and if it isn’t, then almost no one can,” Watts concludes. To succeed with a new product, it’s less a matter of finding the perfect hipster to infect and more a matter of gauging the public’s mood. Sure, there’ll always be a first mover in a trend. But since she generally stumbles into that role by chance, she is, in Watts’s terminology, an “accidental Influential.”

Black Mirror

This Arcade Fire online video makes turns you into the producer. Fun!


Putting all sizes into perspective. A wonderful visualization tool.

LP portraits

The social cloud

An interesting video presentation from Google main OpenSocial evangelist mashing up social computing and the social graph. A must see.

100 books every child should read

“If children are to become readers for life, they must first love stories.” Books for early years, middle years & early teens.

Mommy tortise, baby hippo

“After it was swept away and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother. Fortunately , it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together.” Great pics.

RPM Jukebox

Crowdsourcing the Library of Congress

The Library  has chosen about 3,000 photos from two of their more popular collections to show on Flickr. Through tagging, the community will help identify and categorize the content. Enjoy these wonderful color photographs from the 1930’s and 40’s.

The new Tailor Communications Design

Iris just relaunched her website with new portfolio work in identityprint and web. Congrats!

The Pirates Dilema

Video introduction on the bestselling book The Pirate’s Dilemma, How Youth Culture Reinvented Capitalism.

The secret to raising smart kids

“Parents and teachers can engender a growth mind-set in children by praising them for their effort or persistence (rather than for their intelligence), by telling success stories that emphasize hard work and love of learning, and by teaching them about the brain as a learning machine.” (Thanks James!)

Puking babies!

Sticker activism in Toronto

Top Hunter S. Thompson quotes

The failings of the Google Generation

“Although young people demonstrate an apparent ease and familiarity with computers, they rely heavily on search engines, view rather than read and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to assess the information that they find on the web.”

Qualities for a successful life

20 traits, including sincerity, wholeheartedness, honesty and incorruptibility, “let it be known that you stand firm for what you believe in and that your morals, values and actions are not for sale. Don’t let outside forces corrupt the person you are.”

Secret strategies for viral videos

“Over the past year, I have run clandestine marketing campaigns meant to ensure that promotional videos become truly viral, as these examples have become in the extreme. In this post, I will share some of the techniques I use to do my job: to get at least 100,000 people to watch my clients’ “viral” videos.”

Big wave surfing

A narrated large-format slideshow.

Beautiful long exposure photos

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

“Getting Seth in this flick is like suddenly growing an extra six inches in the crotch,” said Smith, who wrote the role especially for Rogen. “And as if that wasn’t awesome enough, we scored the comedically and aesthetically gifted Elizabeth, too. Castwise, I’m now extremely well-hung.”

The redesign of Diary Today magazine

“One solution was to create the simple cover convention of featuring a “portrait” style photograph of a dairy cow every issue.” Moo & moo & moo!

Can we act fast enough to save dissapearing tuna?

“So far this year, fishermen have pulled in only 12 percent of the 1,533-ton US quota, the worst of several years of steeply declining catches. This is signaling the collapse of a fishery once valued $19 million.”


$675,000 for a 16-room mansion in the Bronx. Full article.

Inspiring innovation at Virgin

“What’s great about Virgin is that the sky’s the limit. In fact, it’s not even the limit because we have Virgin Galactic now! We don’t even have a ceiling at this brand anymore.

A LineRider adventure

100 outstanding quotes

Comedy by: Albert Einstein, Fredrick Nietzsche, Mark Twain, Voltaire, Plato, Winston Churchill, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Steven Colbert, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Dennis Miller, Jay Leno, Rodney Dangerfield, Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock.

Men: 2008 ultimate to-do list

What the world eats

“What’s on family dinner tables in fifteen different homes around the globe? Photographs by Peter Menzel from the book ‘Hungry Planet.'”

The truth about female desire

The Falkirk Wheel

The world’s first and only rotating boat wheel, a modern interpretation of the Peterborough lift lock.

From above

Photographs taken at low altitude between Hamburg and Cape Town.

5 dangerous things that are good for kids

Like playing with fire.

Peter Sellers has A Hard Day’s Night

13 photos that changed the world

“Any picture can speak 1,000 words, but only a select few say something poignant enough to galvanize an entire society.”

A firsthand account of waterboarding

A riveting read. “The goal of waterboarding is to simulate drowning without the actual drowning or inhalation into the lungs … It’s horrible, terrible, inhuman torture. I can hardly imagine worse. I’d prefer permanent damage and disability to experiencing it again.”

Report: Teens and Social Media

“Girls continue to dominate most elements of content creation. Some 35% of all teen girls blog, compared with 20% of online boys, and 54% of wired girls post photos online compared with 40% of online boys. Boys, however, do dominate one area – posting of video content online.” PDF Mash this up with Guy’s predictions for 2008.

Classic travel posters

Wonderful designs in this “collection of 35mm Kodachrome slides of travel and marketing posters from the 1950’s and 1960’s.”

Controversial fashion ads

10 best rollercoasters on earth

How-to lose your job on your own time

“In the absence of strong protections for employees, poorly chosen words or even a single photograph posted online in one’s off-hours can have career-altering consequences.”

Crayon physics

“Experience what it would be like if your drawings would be magically transformed into real physical objects.” (Thanks Dave via Mitch’s holiday card!)

IHT 2007 in pictures

Emotional bonding on social networks

“A sense of belonging or affiliation alone is not equivalent to a true sense of community. Achieving a real sense of community requires long-lasting reciprocal relationships and a mutual commitment to the needs of the community as a whole.”

Mouths as eyes

Giant human skeleton unearthed!

The official National Geographic story is worth the read. Right up there with Turtle and The Rickroll other top memes of 2007 (thanks Rocketboom!)

How-to keep your brain in shape

10 tips, including “Practice positive, future-oriented thoughts until they become your default mindset and you look forward to every new day in a constructive way. Stress and anxiety, no matter whether induced by external events or by your own thoughts, actually kills neurons and prevents the creation of new ones.”

How to write a special blog

Sublime creativity

This key fetched $210,000 at auction

TXTris by Media Lab Toronto

Exploring the intersection of art, media, and technology with an interactive SMS wall at CaseCampToronto6. Thanks guys!

Mini filmfest: Wes Anderson

Video diary from Maker Faire

Produced by Andrew Baron and Sarah Meyers for Rocketboom.

Siskel & Every (& Roeper) archive

Every movie review they’ve done, search and stream.

The Beatles sing Stairway to Heaven

Building global blog momentum

The launch strategy behind Blog Action Day, the one-day online environmental movement last October 15. 

The oldest living animal in the world

“Only after researchers cut through its shell and counted its growth rings did they realize how old it had been —between 405 and 410 years old.”

10 ways to kill a bad mood

Scrapbook of Auschwitz’s senior SS officers

“The photos are poignant as they juxtapose the comfortable daily lives of the guards with the horrific reality within the camp, where thousands were starving and 1.1 million died.” Full article in the NYTimes.

TV affects baby development

“For every hour of baby-video viewing per day, children ages 8 to 16 months knew six to eight fewer words than those who watched no videos.”

Right brain vs. left brain

10 ways to sleep better

Use mobile phones for activism

Study: How we respond to hot people

“Our attention gets quickly and automatically stuck on attractive members of the opposite sex … If we’re jealous and worried about our partner cheating, attention gets stuck on attractive people of our own sex because they are our competitors.”