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Andrea Boccelli Sings Elmo a Lullaby

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.

Enjoy!

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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!

Bing Maps: The World (augmented) in your hands.

Alongside writing, the ability to create accurate representations of the landscape (i.e.. mapping), has been a key element to the advancement of societies. But where do you go to once that you have had the ability to see and experience the world remotely (as we have for years) with services such as Google Maps?  The answer (or at least a glimpse of the amazing undiscovered possibilities for mapping) was presented by Bing at the TED Conference recently.

In a short presentation where Bing’s Blaise Agüera y Arcas (love the name) also demonstrated that Steve Jobs is not the only one that knows how to launch a product from a stage, the boys from Redmond displayed some of the old-time mojo that once gathered to them legions of fans.

The application, which allows to coordinate live video feeds with a pretty awesome enhanced version of Bing’s maps engine takes you, well, where other maps haven’t taken you before: indoors, combining video and mapping in a vision of mapping that had escaped even many in the sci-fi crowd. For example, the service can use geo tagged images from flicker (say MS, what happened with picassa?) to inmerse you in the experience when browsing a map at street-level. This is a revolutionary jump for photography, and as significant as the invention of the portable camera was in its time.

In case you think the hyperbole  is getting out of hand, click on to the videos and be awed. As you watch, take the time to reflect on the many implications for privacy, commerce, military use, exploration, and even social networking. The Big Bad Boys in Redmond, finally have something that is truly worthy of the Bing! Dope

The presentation a TED:

The Bing Maps video from Bing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0Z3NSff3I0