May 10th: Pangea Day – Global Film Event*

10 05 2008

TED & documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim have initiated Pangea Day, a global event bringing together the world through films. Noujaim, won the TED 2006 prize and Pangea Day was her wish or the prize.

Video: Jehane Noujaim @ TED 2006 – 26:00 min

This is a really cool project that tries to make people aware of the fact that even though there is a lot things that make us different at the same time there are many things that we have in common…including only this one planet. This expressed thorugh the common love of films around the globe.

Today, on May 10, 2008 Pangea Day will run in several countries around the globe broadcasting an array of films, music performances (incl. Dave Stewart, Bob Geldorf, ….), speeches and moreSpecial Events will take place in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro.

People are encouraged to host official and local gatherings to join in on this event.

To promote the event idea the organizers have asked several socially active VIP’s to tape small promo clips.

Video: Pangea Day – Global Storytellers – 01:01 min

Here is a really cool one from Robin Williams:

Video: Pangea Day – Robin Williams – 01:47 min

The list of films that will be shown is really interesting. Here is one of them, produced by the agency Razorfish that picks up the topic of global warming by making us aware of the global exticinction of “Wild Snowmen”

Video: Wild Snowman – 01:00 min

Sponsor Nokia has launched a special promotion on their OVI sharing platform which encouraged people to produce their own little “mobiel” clips for pangea day. Check out the winners!

Video: Nokia Pangea Day Promo – 02:00 min

Learn more about Pangea Day on: pangeaday.org

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TED: John Lee “What you can do with a $40 Wii remote”*

17 04 2008

Here is a great talk from this years TED conference. Carnegie Mellon Unversity graduate John Lee became famous on YouTube for demonstrating how a $40 Wii remote control can be used to create seemless interaction with a screen and experience 3D spaces. This is really cool!

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TED.com: Philippe Starck talks about Design*

10 12 2007

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Here is another one of the amazing TED.com speeches. This time it’s famous french designer Philippe Starck.

TED – Philippe Starck

 

Visit: www.starck.com & www.ted.com & vook on TED.com

 

 





TED.com: John Maede and Anand Agarawala

22 09 2007

A few days back I posted a speech from the TED.com website. TED continously updates their site with more and more inspirng or simply funny and interesting speeches. Here are two that I really like:

 John Maeda, memeber of the MIT‘s Media Lab and author of “Laws of Simplicity” on “Simplicity”


Anand Agarawala, Interface designer, software developer and invento of “BumpTop” on “A new desktop experience

This one is hilarious!!

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TED: Seadragon & Photosynt*

2 09 2007

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Check out this amazing presentation I found on TED.com.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas (Microsoft Live Labs) presents Photosynt.“…A software capable of taking a wide variety of images, analyzing them for similarities, and grafting them together into an interactive three-dimensional space. This seamless patchwork of images can be viewed via multiple angles and magnifications, allowing us to look around corners or “fly” in for a (much) closer look…

This definitly is one of the coolest presentations I’ve seen this year!

Here is some background on TED:” TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED was born in 1984 out of the observation by Richard Saul Wurman of a powerful convergence between Technology, Entertainment and Design. The first TED included demos of the newly released Macintosh computer and Sony compact disc, while mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how to map coastlines with his newly discovered fractals and AI guru Marvin Minsky outlined his powerful new model of the mind. Several influential members of the burgeoning digerati community were also there, including Nicholas Negroponte and Stewart Brand.” Visit: http://www.ted.com/