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What Governments Can Learn From The Internet – Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky argues that the history of the modern world could be rendered as the history of ways of arguing, where changes in media change what sort of arguments are possible — with deep social and political implications.


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A Blog about YOUR business writing from John Hancock

The video above comes from John Hancock who has over 40 years’ experience in the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He was National Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather Direct and spent 12 years as Cellarmaster Wines’ in-house creative head.

He has just launched a new blog – Hancock’s Writing Blog which has some very insightful tutorials on how to write good copy all of which he wants to share.

He is a good friend of my friends Drayton Bird & Malcolm Auld who between all three of them have more years of experience and knowledge in Business & Marketing than I can count!

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Social Media Truth

The video above was made by my friend Malcolm Auld one of Australia’s most respected marketing educators,he has tested the findings as he has covered the planet this year.

Have  a look and see what you think.


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Amazing Time Lapse Video of Earth – International Space Station

An amazing view of earth in this time-lapse video taken from the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.

The movie was made up of data from Nasa and begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.

Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.

Watch it in 1080p if you can and full screen.

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Google Science Fair Experiment

The people at Google have got together with CERN, LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American to creat the world’s frist global science competition. They are inviting anyone aged between 13-18 to enter and compete for some amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences, scholarships and real-life work opportunities.

So if you want to be the next Einstein head over to the Google Sceince Fair Experiment and sign up.

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Draw the Internet Challenge 2010

This site is based around the idea of asking creative types to draw their interpretation of what they think the internet looks like and to have their results compared with the visions of 10-year-old children.

It’s all part of Internet Week Europe 2010; results will be uploaded here where people will be able to vote for their favorite designs.


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DIY Space Shots – Using Balloon – Camera & iphone

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This video shows some great footage from a camera attached to a weather balloon that rises up into the upper stratosphere and records the sights to be seen, it is all part of this project the brooklyn space program they even put an iphone in there to make sure they get it back (watch it to the end to see if they do).


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An “Internet of Things” Can Make Us Free To Be Human Again!

Well what an interesting insight into the “internet of things” the connection of networks and the evolution of technology to help us build better lives and and sustainable one!

David Orban of  Wide Tag gives an insight in how all the technology that surrounds us now and is in development will help build a better world!

Anyway will let you have a look and see what you think yourself.

I love the graph on “anthropocence”  (12:02) where we were 10,000 years ago and where we are now (1% to 98% ) WOW!

Some interesting insights at the end in the Q&A section as well.


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The Story of Bottled Water

The Story of Bottled Water video which was released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand and how it gets Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.

More can be found here.

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Bing Augmented Reality with Live Video Broadcasting.

Well talk about waiting for a bus and two come along;  following on from the earlier “Google Liquid Galaxy” post spotted this video from TED 2010 featuring Blaise Aguera y Arcas who is an architect at Microsoft Live Labs and the co-creator of Photosynth.

Here he demos augmented-reality with Bing and shows some amazing features the show stopper being the live broadcast video footage he also talks about some more features including “time travel” no not Doctor Who but the facility to overlay images from the past with current, I think they may also have one up on Google with their  “back pack camera”  which enables street view inside.

All very impressive and expecting many more great things from both camps with their augmented and 3D offerings.