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Video Talks, quality online video content

January 27, 2011 1 comment

You know we’re fans of TED.com and of video sites in general. Now some kind person called Jim Melfi has published a website listing TED and 56 other resources, from San Francisco to Slovenia, covering topics such as Design, Sustainability, Economics (the Davos video group is interesting, not to mention topical) and Technology. There’s also a separate section for Universities and Colleges of Higher  Education that publish their content online.

You can visit Video Talks by clicking on the picture here or on the link in the Blogroll section on the right-hand side of this page!

About VideoTalks.org: The initial idea for this website was developed in 2009 after realizing that one had to search many sites to find the ones listed above. At the time, I had no idea that the Internet contained such a rich variety of viewpoints from men and women who are truly making a difference in our world community. This site is certainly dedicated to those of us who want quality substance beyond the fog of mindless chatter and short sound bites. I welcome your suggestions regarding other sites and speakers. Jim Melfi.

Strange Random Video Quote:

In seven to ten years video traffic on the Internet will exceed data and voice traffic combined – Bob Metcalfe

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LiveGo – your online life, all in one place!

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Access all your online accountsLiveGo is a new service (still in beta, like most Web 2.0 services worth their salt) designed to help people like us with more online accounts than we care to mention. No more information overload or wishing there were 25 hours in a day; LiveGo lets you sign in using any of 6 different services, which means they don’t ask you to make ANOTHER password and also that they don’t keep any of your information.

What you get is something like thisLiveGo demo. On the left you have your chosen services, such as Twitter, GMail, Facebook and as you click on them, the results update in the centre pane, where you can manage your account, add content and so on.

Over on the right, there’s a column for instant messaging that includes Gtalk, MSN, Facebook, AIM and a few others to boot. All in all, it’s easy to use and very convenient and the magic word – FREE!

 

Strange Random Information Quote:

“The information in the world doubles everyday. What they don’t tell us,is that our wisdom is cut in half at the same time.” – Joey Novick

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The Story of Stuff

December 15, 2010 Leave a comment
Cover of "The Story of Stuff: How Our Obs...

Cover via Amazon

Annie Leonard is the author and host of our very own The Story of Stuff. She is author of The Story of Stuff, the book, published by Free Press of Simon and Schuster on March 9, 2010. Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting literally hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped. Witnessing first hand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.

via The Story of Stuff.

Now a series of films, The Story of … analyses the way in which many of the products we take for granted every day can actually be bad for us and bad for the planet. Annie Leonard looks at how everyone can make a difference in this production chain. It’s a cartoon, but it’s a very serious topic. By way of example, here’s The Story of Bottled Water. Visit the website – http://storyofstuff.org/ – for more information and films.

Strange Random Sustainability Quote:

“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.”Carl Sagan

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Colour-based photo search – Multicolr

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Navy Blue Colour SearchIf you’re looking for a particular colour picture to go with your document, blog post or website, this can be a frustrating and often long process (trust me, I know). Over at idée Labs, they’ve created a tool called Multicolr, which analyses photos from Flickr and serves them up according to the colour you choose from the palette on the right. Not only that, but you can choose up to 10 colours to include in the search, repeating certain ones to give them more prominence.

We didn’t go that far, but we did start with a navy blue (left) and then, perhaps in a sudden rush of patriotism, added a white and a red – et volià!

Multicolr red, white and blue searchClick on any image to see it in Flickr and you’re done. It doesn’t get much easier.

Whether you’re looking for something very specific or just a bit of colourful inspiration, give Multicolr a try!

Strange Random Colour Quote:

Man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water – Fernand Leger

 

 

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Instant GMail search with Cloud Magic

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Cloud Magic is a small plugin (extra programme) for the Chrome and Firefox browsers. It lets you search your GMail messages with instant results, even across multiple accounts.

We think it’s very cool but take a look at the video and decide for yourself:

Strange Random Search Quote:

A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don’t find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.  – J. M. Barrie


Electric Box 2, educational online game (and free!)

September 21, 2010 1 comment

We’ve mentioned the free online games site friv.com before and one of the best games they have at the moment is the thoroughly addictive Electric Box, where you try to create the necessary power and connections to drive a target object. It sounds easy and for a while, and it is. And for someone who failed (by a small margin) elementary Physics, it’s not only a challenging and enjoyable puzzle, but also a very educational one.

Electric Box 2 has updated graphics and levels and is available to play for free online at Candystand.com. (They also have other great free games, too!).

Strange Random Game Quote:

Games lubricate the body and the mind. - Benjamin Franklin

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David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization – TED Talks

September 12, 2010 1 comment
David McCandless at dConstruct 2010
Image by Yohan Creemers via Flickr

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.

Strange Random Information Quote:

“The two words ‘information’ and `communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” – Sydney J. Harris (American Journalist and Author, 1917-1986)

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