Category Archives: Inspiration

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Bike Culture: Green, clean & fun in two wheels!

The popular Grand Bags stand out and loudly declare themselves the ultimate in accessory depositories. Above; Grand Party Bag for a party girl. Below; Practical elegance.
The popular Grand Bags stand out and loudly declare themselves the ultimate in accessory depositories. Above; Grand Party Bag for a party girl.

High gasoline prices, rising unemployment, bad diets & lots of sunshine are not necessarily the Dopest of things, but as with every dark cloud, there is a silver lining:

Bicycle use is increasing in many parts of the world, and it is now “tres chick” to be seen around ridding one. Copenhagen, Paris, NYC, and even Demoines Iowa…

Superior color match matching bike, bag, color & function.
Superior color match matching bike, bag, color & function.

But nothing beats, the dopest bicycle city of them all, Copenhagen, home of the Cycle Chic

Photographs  Copyright All rights reserved by Franz-Michael S. Mellbin

Poetry and girl power in the age of you tube…

These here two videos are proof positive that we live in times like none other before us. Video killed the radio star, indeed, but it also smashed so many other pre conceptions built on what I sometimes called the “old world order.” Here, two young women use a camera, a rhythm, the turn of a word, and brains to create poetry in motion. Moving pictures that paint a picture larger than the images, words, and sounds we watch, somewhere, on a cloud.

Before I ruin it with some bad poetry or whimsical lyrics of my own, I leave you with one great hope for girls everywhere, that in the future, beautiful girls will continue to make poetry with pictures, as they stand strong, and illuminate the way, for generations to come…

ZOMGitsChris asks us all to make a reflection:

and Rhaina Cohen asks us to walk on her shoes…

Dope!

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The Art of Effective Online Story Telling (video)

The ability to create effective, entertaining, and simple communication materials is a much sought-after skill-set in this digital Age. There plenty of examples of bad communications online, and a few that shine on their simplicity and brilliance.

Commoncraft is a small company out of Seattle that makes videos to educate in a clean and simple way services, concepts, and ideas on-line. Their technique, which has often been copied, masters the use of white space, stick figures, and paper cut outs, together with scripts brilliant in their simplicity that would make any corporate communications manager worth his salt, green with envy.

In addition to their work, the company also created a network of companies that produce similar online story telling services, and has a page directing traffic to their partners. They developed a concept, spread it around, and are not adverse to sharing the wealth! Kudos, from here. Very, very, very dope indeed!

Watch  another  videos from Common Craft here.

Skitch: the Dopest way to grab anything (v review)

Making “screen grabs” or simple captures/ downloads of pictures from your desktop or from the web, is something that is almost as natural as breathing these days, that’s why I am glad to review Skitch, a softeware package and online servce that make this oh-so-mundane function a breeze. Dope!

Watch the review:

or the video introduction at www.skitch.com

One good hour Spent: The Last Lecture (video)

Randy Pausch was a successful. but definitely not famous young American professor of Computer Science at Carnagie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.  In 2006, he learned that he had Pancreatic cancer- a form of cancer currently terminal - and set his mind to making the most with his time left on this earth. He concentrated on living right, and things that really matter.

A year later, in 2007, he gave an upbeat lecture based on his conclusions and life learning. The video of this unassuming, young, vibrant man living with a life sentence quickly became an internet sensation: in an era dominated by short viral videos, Pausche’s talk to a roomful of students sitting in an auditorium is a sensation with over 12,000,000 million views on YouTube, and counting.

Watch:

Perseverance and spirit (video)

Springtime is again upon us, with its eternal promise of better days ahead, greener pastures, and flowers blooming. It is also a perfect time to renew the spirit and remember that perseverance is the drive that keeps us going, and pushing towards our goals, no matter what.

At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Derek Redmond, a Canadian sprinter lined up to run in for a place in the finals of the 400m. It was a race that ended like no other, and a video fit to see even on the sunnier days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFKpZnok10s

A Word About Word Press, and This Site

If you are enjoying this site, I want to thank you for visiting, but first, give the “devil” it’s due. This site, as you may have noticed,  is built using Word Press, which is a powerful (and free!) software platform to manage on-line publishing. It is a great tool that can have anyone publishing on-line in no time at all, and worth a look if you want to have a site, blog, or even a mere great-looking on-line address to gather your thoughts, post your pictures, etc.

Now, great as WP is, it would not be nearly as powerful or impressive, were it not for the legion of fans that toil daily on improving the software and what, and how it does what it does. The WP community is vibrant, energetic, and inspiring– heck, the idea for this site was borne after spending a few hours digging through the pages of illustrators, programmers, stay at home publishers, students, and many others that use this wonderful tool. If you happen to be a WP user and have ever posted at least one tip, sample, free theme, script, plug in, etc. I thank you and salute you! Again, this post couldn’t be made with out you.

Special thanks got to Evan Eckard, who created the theme upon which this site is built upon. You sir, rock!