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"The most dangerous thought you can have as a creative person is to think you know what you’re doing."

Brett Victor, talking at a Dropbox conference, takes attendees back to the year 1973, donning the uniform of an IBM systems engineer of the times, delivering his presentation on an overhead projector. The ’60s and early ’70s were a fertile time for CS ideas, reminds Victor, but even more importantly, it was a time of unfettered thinking, unconstrained by programming dogma, authority, and tradition. ‘The most dangerous thought that you can have as a creative person is to think that you know what you’re doing,’ explains Victor. ‘Because once you think you know what you’re doing you stop looking around for other ways of doing things and you stop being able to see other ways of doing things. You become blind.’ He concludes, ‘I think you have to say: “We don’t know what programming is. We don’t know what computing is. We don’t even know what a computer is.” And once you truly understand that, and once you truly believe that, then you’re free, and you can think anything.’”

Presented at Dropbox’s DBX conference on July 9, 2013.
All of the slides are available here: http://worrydream.com/dbx/

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Why Smart TVs And Streaming Gadgets Are Conquering The Living Room…A new report from Business Insider discusses the connected TV landscape, analyzing the factors, trends, and key players that are shaping the market. 
Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:
Streaming devices currently comprise the majority of connected TVs. But we believe distribution will shift to smart TVs, as prices decrease and the television upgrade cycle shortens.
Apple TV and Roku hold the largest market share for streaming devices, but Chromecast, which Google released last summer, has also achieved stellar sales numbers. Market research data shows that 8 million Apple TVs and 4.5 million Rokus shipped in 2013 in the U.S. 
Smart TVs will account for the majority of television shipments by 2014. By 2015, more households will have smart TV than connected TVs.
On both streaming devices and smart TVs there is a division between open and closed platforms. Chromecast, LG, and Roku have embraced open platforms that allow developers a great deal of freedom to develop apps for their devices. Samsung, Apple, and others are betting on closed ecosystems, which follow a more careful curatorial approach.
Despite platform fragmentation, HTML5 offers at least a faint hope for increased unification between connected TVs, just as it does on mobile. LG and Chromecast have integrated it into their connected TV development environments.
How will developers and operating system operators monetize smart TV apps? Media downloads, subscriptions and — to a much lesser degree — advertisements will drive the dollars. Smart TV platform operators have begun experimenting with ads.
Changes to the pay TV industry, namely cable and satellite providers, will also have a huge impact on the future of connected TV. It’s now an open question as to how — and how effectively — cable providers will use their power to shape the future of connected TV.
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Why Smart TVs And Streaming Gadgets Are Conquering The Living Room…

A new report from Business Insider discusses 
the connected TV landscape, analyzing the factors, trends, and key players that are shaping the market. 

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

Read more…

Posted on Tuesday, February 11th 2014

GI Joe and the invention of the viral video

The Verge:

At least as far as internet culture is concerned, [2003] was also the year of the “GI Joe PSAs”: 25 weird, short videos made from re-edited versions of ‘80s GI Joe cartoons. Before YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter were alive to launch a meme in a minute, the GI Joe PSAs went “viral” in a time when that idea didn’t even exist.

Posted on Thursday, May 9th 2013

The future of television advertising

David Verklin, the former CEO of Aegis Media Americas, one of the five largest buyers of advertising time and space in the nation, says in this video interview that TV has moved from a device to “an experience” in the past 36 months. He believes advertisers will continue to spend a lot of dollars on “television” but they will be able to easily buy programs across all sorts of devices and experiences at once, both live and video-on-demand.

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th 2012

Great new 9/11 Memorial iPad app

"The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present and Future" is a new iPad app that looks at the World Trade Center using scores of videos and photos. Since being released last week, it’s quickly risen to be the #11 downloaded app in the News category in the iTunes app store.  It’s by far the best 9/11 iPad app released so far this year, and begs the questions why haven’t others done this?

The app covers the building of the original Center, the tragedy of Sept. 11 itself and the future plans for the new memorial. Videos include interviews, site tours, and never seen before footage, the site’s Memorial Fountains, The Plaza, the Memorial Pavilion, and the large artifacts including the historic remains of NYFD Ladder 3 and massive steel ‘Tridents’ recovered from the site are all seen here.

The app was created by Steve Rosenbaum, the CEO of Magnify.net, a video curation platform, and the man behind the award-winning documentary “7 Days in September.” The app includes 400 photographs and about 40 videos, including some scenes from  ”7 Days in September.”

The three sections of the app include:

Past:  This section features never before-seen-footage, photos and videos of the devastation on September 11, 2001.

Present:  Rosenbaum gained access into the entire building process of the actual memorial site, from start to finish.   Here, viewers have a bird’s eye view of the initial planning meetings, the various architectural renderings, the chiseling of the names on the parapet, and the construction of the nation’s largest man made waterfalls.

Future: To date, the 9/11 Memorial is fenced off and unavailable to the public.  The 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated on September 11, 2011, on the 10th anniversary,  and will open to the public on September 12, 2011.  This section features a comprehensive look of the enormous waterfalls and two reflecting pools, each about an acre in size.  The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.  Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.

The app is free until Sept. 12 and will be $9.95 after that, so get it now. It’s worth the download not just for the material itself but to see how good an app can be created simply by curating content.

You can download the app at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-911-memorial-past-present/id454906377?ls=1&mt=8

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th 2011

MTV News report on the internet from 1995 

Fantastic video that will both make you feel nostalgic, give you a few chuckles and remind you that, after all these years, the core uses of the Internet really haven’t changed that much: “Despite all the futuristic technobabble you hear about the Internet, however, most cybervoyagers log on to it in search of nothing more complicated that other people to talk to and to email.”

(via http://www.kottke.org)

Posted on Monday, August 15th 2011

Jon Stewart takes on Twitter news pundits

This had to be done: In this clip, The Daily Show pokes fun at how news organizations turn to random Twitter account holders instead of actually vetting facts.

"Is it so wrong that we want our pundits vetted? I want to get my news from news people,” Stewart says. “Not random people with an AOL account.”

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Posted on Friday, July 29th 2011