Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and, for Dope Daddy most things Star Wars (except for a certain thing called Jar-Jar) fit the bill, so when the guys behind the best children parks in the world (Legoland, of course) released this video, I declared it to be, well completely Dope!
Recently, a friend’s tip on another post, reminded me of the importance of smiling… and to keep being child-like. So, with a tip’o the hat to Cesar, here are three of the best Elmo clips that I could find starring everyone’s favourite Muppet (except for Kermit… and you, Miss Peggy) Elmo, from Sesame Street.
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…
Dope Daddy has an iPhone, and he is happy for the thing. It makes calls, works great as an email and social networking tool (LinkedIn, Facebook apps are sweet), and is probably the gadget that has single-handedly shown the way to make money of the mobile space. But a business phone, it never was. Until now.
Leave it to a bunch of guys in China, with poor copy-writing skills and with a sense of graphic design more fit to the time when IBM ruled the world to alter this reviewer’s image of the iPhone.
It is now officially a tool for grown ups. With the awfully named WorldCard Contacts, and WorldCard Mobile Apps, Chinese innovator Penpower Technology Ltd. has turned the iPhone into a sleek business card scanner which not only recognizes the names, addresses, and other data on business cards, World Card Contacts allows you to sort through them on a visual wall, manipulate them at a flick of a finger, and matches the data to a number of iPhone’s native services, such as maps, the telephone, etc.
To anyone that has ever attended an event of any size and has collected business cards gallore, it is nothing short of a miracle. Dope Daddy spent a couple an hours last night with his iPhone and managed to capture and sort out over 200 business cards at the same time as he watched some CSI with the misses. While the truth is that neither of the apps are perfect, fact is that for the price NOTHING beats the iPhone and these two for capturing and organizing your business contacts. Nothing, and that is a tall order, considering that the cheapest business card scanner with OCR will set you up, at a minimum close to 60€ (and that is for a black and white model), whereas the industry’s leader CardScan from Dymo sets you up close to 200€.
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!
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!
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.
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.
If ever you thought you may fancy to have a celebrity drop by and sing your kids a lullaby, this video may serve as a hilarious warning. Watch as Elmo has Ricky Gervais drop by and sing him a little tune.
As life is getting more and more digital, people have been looking for better ways to capture their experiences and share them with the world through photography and video. Well GoPro, is an American manufacturer who states modestly that they are “the leading activity Image caption company”, and who are we to argue with them?
The company produces a wide range of cameras that allow you to capture any and all outdoors activities in a unique way and professional manner. Before this note becomes too much of a press release, we will limit to highlight the fact that GoPro’s camera’s are way too dope for you to leave behind weather on a surf-board, off road racer, or scaling down a skyscraper of mountain.
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