By defintion, Google has always been about speed and innovation, in this video they illustrate what exactly they mean by “speed” in terms that most of us can understand.
“At this point, Google realizes that simply talking about browser speed isn’t enough. They have to show you.Alongside the latest beta release of Google Chrome, the company has made a series of videos that intend to do just that. The Rube Goldberg-ian setup is fairly amazing. While the speed test videos themselves aren’t out just yet, Google has posted the making of the video. It’s a must-watch.”
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.
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