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April 14, 2008

Population Media Center

The Population Media Center addresses issues stemming from the world’s burgeoning population. According to their site the global population is growing by nearly 80 million people per year. "While population growth rates have slowed since their peak in the 1960s, the numbers being added to the population each year continue to be huge, in part because of the growth in the numbers of people of reproductive age. At current rates of birth and death, the world’s population is on a trajectory to double in 49 years."

March 18, 2008


An interesting group working to protect rainforests.

February 27, 2008

Dan Walker's Travel Website

Dan Walker's Travel Website - read about a guy who has visited every sovereign county in the world.

February 26, 2008

Daily Motion

Find or upload videos about "your interests and hobbies, eyewitness accounts of recent news and distant places, and everything else from the strange to the spectacular" on Daily Motion.

February 22, 2008

A Little Friday poetry

warm glow of polished silver
rising from her skin
softens night's hard edge

winter night on black river
car speeds
hungry she unbuckles my belt

portable phone in her ear
fingers between legs

Like this? You can find more here in
Pillow Talk

Erotica, Poetry and Art. The human comedy in erotic haiku by Marc Zegans with gestural drawings by Gabrielle Senza from press

February 05, 2008


As they say on their site, "Geekcorps’ international technology experts teach communities how to be digitally independent by expanding private enterprise with innovative, appropriate, and affordable information and communication technologies."

Jeffrey Sacks in his article A Global Coalition of Good describes Geekcorps thus:

"Geekcorps is, well, just what it says. Its Internet-age volunteers bridge the digital divide one network at a time in the villages of the low-income world. They train people in information and communications technologies and advise them on starting businesses using these new skills. Working in Timbuktu and beyond, Geekcorps relies on its "Desert PC," specially designed for the low electricity access and high temperatures and dust of the Sahara."

The Geekcorps site contains success stories and a list of their current volunteer programs.

February 01, 2008

One Laptop per Child (OLPC)

In 2005, Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder and director of MIT's Media Lab started the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) target="blank" foundation. The vision is to give every child on the planet a laptop.

The program has received a lot of press recently.

Lesley Stahl’s 60 Minutes piece, “What If Every Child Had a Laptop” conveys Negroponte's inspired dream.

Virginia Heffernan in her article "Children’s Crusade" in the New York Times Magazine writes,

"The XO was designed, with much fanfare, for One Laptop Per Child, the marvelously hubristic organization created by the M.I.T. new-media guru Nicholas Negroponte to equip two billion children in poor countries with a means to educational salvation. In October, Negroponte presented the laptop at the Vatican to an audience of Roman Catholic schoolteachers and nuns. He stressed that his laptop would not run programs like Word, PowerPoint or Excel. When third-world kids use mainstream office software, he said, “that breaks my heart most.” Instead, he went on, “the children should be making things, they should be sharing things, they should be creating music, creating pictures, making videos, playing with mathematics, accessing the Internet.”

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December 13, 2007

What the World Eats

A friend of mine emailed this to me. The authors of this project are Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. I encourage you to visit their site to check out their other great photography and photo projects -

All photos below are ©Peter Menzel; from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. Ten Speed Press.

Continue reading "What the World Eats" »

October 17, 2007 - an online broadcast network, streaming free and original content. Spike Jonze (director of Adaptation and Being John Malkovich) is their creative director. They feature news, music and underground culture coverage. Check out their "Toxic Brooklyn" show.

October 11, 2007

BoingBoing TV has launched a daily online TV show. You can see three-to-five-minute daily reports at

October 09, 2007

Grunt Media - how to do video podcasts

Great site that teaches you how to make video podcasts

October 08, 2007

Download the VLC media player

Here's something that might be helpful to some of you.

The VLC media player - a cross-platform media player

Check out our site for more such resources.

September 12, 2007

Are your cell phones harmful to you? offers the BioInitiative Report that sheds light on this question.

"You cannot see it, taste it or smell it, but it is one of the most pervasive environmental exposures in industrialized countries today. Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) or electromagnetic fields (EMFs) .... . Based on new studies, there is growing evidence among scientists and the public about possible health risks associated with these technologies."

August 24, 2007

Jay Leno features biodiesel

I got this note from Jenna Higgins of the National Biodiesel Board:

"Tonight Show host and auto expert Jay Leno features biodiesel in a video of his recent meeting with National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Joe Jobe at Jay's garage in California. On his Web site,, Leno describes his use of biodiesel in his Eco Jet concept car, his motorcycle as well as the New Holland tractor that he uses to move his famous car collection. Thanks to the New Holland Company, winner of NBB's 2007 Innovation Award, for their ongoing work to promote biodiesel to Leno and others. "

Watch the video in Jay Leno's Garage

August 14, 2007

Rowing across the Pacific Ocean alone

The adventurer Roz Savage who has rowed across the Atlantic alone is now embarking on rowing her boat, the Brocade, from San Francisco to Australia, by way of Hawaii and Tuvalu.

In a recent profile in Yahoo Picks she talks about how she keeps up her web site while at sea.

July 20, 2007

Aspen Ideas Institute videos

Check out the 2007 Audio/Video Library of the Aspen Ideas Festivals -- available in a variety of viewable and downloadable formats, including short excerpts.

July 12, 2007

Majora Carter: Greening the Ghetto

Read more about this activist for environmental justice.

July 09, 2007

Water or Wood?


July 06, 2007

Ava Lowery, an amazing 16-year-old peace activist, is reaching millions with her Web site

Read an article about her on

Watch some of the videos she's making. Many more are on her site!

Bring 'Em on Home

How This Must End

Still Doesn't Get It

June 26, 2007

Way Back Machine

Looking for something lost in cyberspace? Don't have enough current information to sift through?

Now you can surf the more than 10 billion pages stored in this site's Web archive. Enter the URL, click Take Me Back, and watch the Way Back Machine find it for you. Even if the search is unsuccessful, this archive locator will promise to find the lost site on its next crawl.

June 22, 2007

Benetech claims to be the world's largest accessible online library. They give print disabled people in the United States legal access to over 32,750 books and 150 periodicals that are converted to Braille, large print or text to speech audio files.

June 18, 2007

Women in Art

Women in Art (Well...pretty Caucasian women in art.)

June 15, 2007

David Pogue sings about tech support


June 06, 2007

An Artwork of Genius

Mark Gibbs posted this intriguing piece to his blog.

May 31, 2007 is a new comedy site created by comedian Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s company, Gary Sanchez Productions and Sequoia Capital.

Laura Holson at the New York Times wrote a story about them today - Comedy Business Turns to the Web (Requires free registration).

May 23, 2007

You can solve all the world's pollution problems in a garden

Here's an interesting article by Sarah Rich on about an extraordinarily successful greening of the Jordanian desert project led by permaculture designer, Geoff Lawton.

May 14, 2007

Spam Checker

Sending out a newsletter? Worried it might get blocked by SPAM filters?

The Programmers Heaven SPAM analysis tool runs your message through SPAM checkers to see if they might detect it as SPAM.

May 09, 2007

The Encyclopedia of Life is launched

I received an email from TED about this exciting news -- EO Wilson's The Encyclopedia of Life is launched.

From their site:

"Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. Our goal is to create a constantly evolving encyclopedia that lives on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike. To transform the science of biology, and inspire a new generation of scientists, by aggregating all known data about every living species. And ultimately, to increase our collective understanding of life on Earth, and safeguard the richest possible spectrum of biodiversity."

Here's their press release: "A Leap for All Life: World’s Leading Scientists Announce Creation of “Encyclopedia of Life”

Go here to watch EO Wilson's speech at TED.

May 04, 2007

A Greener Apple wins a Webby and response from Steve Jobs

From CNet:

"Webby winners you probably missed"
"Environmental group Greenpeace won the activism Webby for its site, A Greener Apple. The site, which mimics Apple's Web site, is a plea to Apple to clean up its act when it comes to the toxic waste its products create. Greenpeace encourages readers to join its campaign asking Apple to remove toxic chemicals from its Macs and iPods. Recycling programs, they say, aren't enough to curb the growing amount of toxic chemicals piling up in landfills. Rather, Apple and other electronics manufacturers, they insist, need to focus on producing gadgets that don't contain the chemicals to begin with.

On Wednesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs posted an open letter online outlining the efforts his company plans to make to reduce the number of toxic chemicals in its products.

Credit: Greenpeace"

May 02, 2007

See the sunrise around the world

Google's Sunrise Earth

Rodrigo y Gabriela

The Mexican acoustic guitar duo sensation Rodrigo y Gabriela put fast fingers to strings for a performance that is well worth a listen.

April 23, 2007

Get serious about fun

Arupa Tesolin on ManageSmarter interviews coach Michael Bungay Stanier on fun.

His created the video, the "8 Principles of Fun," which he asserts has been seen by over 100,000 people in over 145 countries.

View the video.

April 19, 2007

Video: How Tsunamis Are Born

Good video from National Geographic News
Video: How Tsunamis Are Born with footage from the Indian Ocean disaster of 2004.

PS - If you have video you'd like to convert to Flash, add a music and a voice over narration to, and put in a player, you can do this in our multimedia presentation program, WildPresenter.

April 17, 2007

Recycling your computers

I have been trying to do this for awhile - discover a good and easy way to dispose of the continual turnover of computers we have. Yes we can and do donate them. But what happens to them in the end?

Prisoners Smash Computers by Mark Ontkush

"Computers are hazardous, they are filled with poisonous chemicals and materials, and need to be treated like poisonous waste. Not like something that can be smashed down on tables by inmates."

Here's a site we included in our Sites We Like section of our newsletter from February, 2002 issue. I just re-visited the site and am happy to see that it's still up and it looks like their business is expanding.


They now claim to be the nation's largest electronics hardware destruction firm and materials recycler. And they do not:

# Allow any information to remain accessible on an old computer.
# Donate old computer hardware.
# Dump any portion of old computer hardware/high-tech junk in landfills.
# Refurbish and re-sell old computers.
# Ship old computers overseas where they are dumped in landfills or burned in crude pits.
# Sell anything from old computers we collect


A jellyfish house?

Here's something I spotted on WorldChanging -- yes, a jellyfish house.

"The Jellyfish House, a recent project by San Francisco's IwamotoScott Architecture, has been "modeled on the idea that, like the sea creature, it coexists with its environment....As such, the entirety of the Jellyfish House is designed to operate "as a mutable layered skin, or 'deep surface', that mediates internal and external environments."

April 16, 2007

Death by PowerPoint - a comedy video

Here's a video I found on the Presentation Zen blog by Don McMillan, a former engineer turned comedian.

Life After Death by PowerPoint

Presentation Zen has posted more of McMillan's videos.

Great speech after great speech -- for free

Bruno Giussani has a good post today talking about the launch of new TED Talks online.

Spamtrap - an art installation

I saw this last week on Beth Kanter's fabulous blog. It's a conceptual art installation giving physical, tangible form to spam.

Spam Trap

Go to her blog to view the video.

April 13, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut on Second Life

This is a machinema video of Kurt Vonnegut's interview inside Second Life with John Hockenberry of The Infinite Mind - public radio's premiere mental health program.

If you haven't yet been on Second Life, you can get a feel for it by watching this video.

See what China cannot see

This was sent to me by my colleague, Leonard Dumanovsky. The Great Firewall of China website shows which URL's are blocked in China. I guess it comes as no surprise that they have blocked

The Seven Keys to Perfect Presentations

BusinessWeek had a story this week on tips for giving the perfect presentation. The tips were given by Duarte Design,
the design firm behind Al Gore's Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth.

The slide show provides a good primer (or reminder) of the key ingredients of any good digital presentation, regardless of what software you use to create it.

Here's the article.

April 12, 2007

Google - The Ultimate Money Making Machine

Here's a post written by Alex Iskold on the Read/Write blog who provides a clear explanation of how the Internet changes the rules of supply and demand.

Google - The Ultimate Money Making Machine

From his post:

"So how does Google compare to Starbucks, which is a very good money making machine in the real world? The key differences between Google and Starbucks are:

* Starbucks spends money on expansion, but Google ads spread themselves;
* Starbucks spends a lot of money on maintenance, Google spends little;
* Starbucks spends money on marketing, but businesses flock to Google because it just works;
* Starbucks relies on people, Google relies on software.

These differences make Google by far the more attractive business, compared to Starbucks. To put it simply, Google has almost no friction."

PopCasts! are online and entertaining

Poptech has its video presentations (Pop!Casts) online. Some of them are great. I really liked the talks of Juan Enriquez, Erin McKean, and Marianne Weems.

Weems, who is the artistic director of the New York-based performance and media ensemble The Builders Association, puts technology at center stage to extend the boundaries of contemporary theater. Anyone who has ever encountered (or been) a tech support specialist in India will appreciate this piece.

View what's in store for its next conference in October, 2007, which will bring together 500 thinkers in the sciences, technology, business, design, the arts, education, government and culture.

April 11, 2007

Google puts Darfur crisis on its map

Here's a great use of technology to promote geopolitical awareness, specifically of the crisis in the Sudan. This online mapping initiative was created by Google and The Holocaust Museum.
From the Holocaust Museum's web site.

"The Holocaust Museum and Google Earth unveil an unprecedented online mapping initiative. Watch the launch of the project here. Crisis in Darfur enables more than 200 million Google Earth users worldwide to visualize and better understand the genocide currently unfolding in Darfur, and to respond to the crisis."

This story was covered by the LA Times today.

"Google puts Darfur crisis on its map: Its Earth program marks villages destroyed in the Sudanese conflict to raise awareness."

To download Google Earth and the Crisis in Darfur layers for Google Earth
visit this page on Holocaust Museum's site.

April 06, 2007

Wonderful and wacky ways to save the planet

Meet the Greens
The Greens is an animated online project conceived by photographer Ed Burtynsky and realized by TED and WBGH in Boston. It's "a site for kids about looking after the planet."

Meet the Greens
(This can be made in WildPresenter.)

For a less grounded approach to looking after the planet, take a look at some of the wacky ideas of scientists covered in ENN's article, Could Crazy Technology Save the Planet? by Seth Borenstein

For a great example of using the Internet for purposes of activism, check out Networking for Illegal Logging Activism by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg on Treehugger.

Continue reading "Wonderful and wacky ways to save the planet" »

April 05, 2007

Ride the real estate home prices rollercoaster video

Here's a fun ride, especially if your own house is not on the line. It's a rollercoaster version of the graph of US home prices adjusted for inflation.


Click to ride the rollercoaster graph.

Want to make multimedia real estate presentations in WildPresenter? Here are some examples:

View example one.

View example two.

April 04, 2007

The Foresight Project and Step it Up on April 14th

The Foresight Project
holds an annual contest for high school kids to write or make a video of their imagined solutions to our energy and climate issues. The contest is called Imagining Tomorrow: Alternate Energy Futures

Mary Essary, the founder and visionary of this nationwide contest believes that writing and the creation of video can be powerful tools to help shape students minds, and that science-fiction can be a great way to get them thinking about many of the ways in which we can ensure our future on this planet. The contest is a way to get students to look around in their own backyards and see the realities of the issues we face, while encouraging them to unleash their creativity and envision how we might solve them.

Step it Up 2007
This April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will gather all across the country at meaningful, iconic places to call for action on climate change.

Continue reading "The Foresight Project and Step it Up on April 14th" »

April 03, 2007

Look like a digital artist: interfaces to emulate in WildPresenter

Here are some fun interfaces. All of these can be done in WildPresenter. If you want to know how, just post a comment and ask us.

Alternative Festival (Festival Autrement)

Thousand Sketches
A project to create a thousand sketches in one year by Walter Logeman

Digital Show
Online exhibitions of international digital art.

April 02, 2007

Web Video - A Celebratory Snapshot

Given our company history with Flash video, it may not come as a surprise to you that I delight in the proliferation of video (particularly Flash video) sites on the Internet. My how the Internet has changed since we created Flix, the first Flash video encoder, which we brought to market in 2001. Waaaay back in 2000 people thought putting video into Flash was impossible!

But this post isn't a trip down memory lane. It's a celebratory snapshot of what's here now. Here are a few sites currently striking my fancy.

Video Blog
Three minute daily videoblog covering top news stories to quirky internet culture.

Video Networks
"Our goal is to provide insight and information on the dramatic transformation of traditional media and the emergence of new media platforms. Through video clips and commentary we explore how these developments impact journalists and public relations professionals." -- Very entertaining.

AP Online Video Network
An ad-supported news video service from the Associated Press.

Video Indexes
YouTube for the intellectual. I've mentioned this before in our newsletter, but I love it, so here it is again.

Continue reading "Web Video - A Celebratory Snapshot" »

March 23, 2007

A video response to Web 2.0

This video posted by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University, is fascinating.

Here's an interview John Battelle did with Wesch after he saw this video.

March 22, 2007

Hot video sites from Internet Video Magazine

This morning I got the monthly newsletter from our friends at Internet Video Magazine and it's loaded with some great video sites, which I want to pass on.

From their newsletter:

Metacafe - Cafe Confidential "This is extremely interesting - Have you yet checked out Steven Bochco's Cafe Confidential - where people spill their guts and their biggest secrets on video? Check it out. You can win contests and cash. (this is real interesting as we pitched a show just like this about 20 years to various TV syndication houses and producers, but it never got picked up - so it goes) Just goes to prove that good ideas eventually hatch and blossom."
Bullcrank "If you are a film maker interested in how to use the web to promote your productions and projects, check out this cool site. The guys at BullCrank have some good ideas you might want to "borrow." Plus they do have some cool original content we are sure you will enjoy watching. So crank it up...."
TelecomTV "Interested in telecom, technology and television? Check out one of the best sites on the web for news and views that concern this convergence of technologies. TelecomTV - desktop TV for the global ICT professional. Hereis a direct link to their streaming video page."

Check out Internet Video Magazine for many more sites.

And yes, all that Flash video you see on these sites can be made in WildPresenter.

March 15, 2007

Launch of Sites We Like: The Open Architecture Network (with free template)

We've been running the Sites We Like section in our newsletter for years and it's always been popular, so I'm creating a new Sites We Like section here.

I've been following the media and bloggers on the TED Conference that ended last weekend. (We've featured the Ted Talks on the Sites We Like section of our newsletter before. I recommend taking a moment to watch their video of lectures from amazing inventors, artists, scientists, technologists, activists, and mavericks.)

Every year, the TED conference organizers award prizes to people to have their wish fulfilled. One of last year's prize winners, Cameron Sinclair, is an architect and founder of Architecture for Humanity. (You can watch a video of Cameron Sinclair on th TED site.)

This week in fulfillment of his wish, Cameron and the folks at Architecture for Humanity launched a Web site called the Open Architecture Network.

His wish is to solve global, social and humanitarian crisis with design. Right now one in seven people live in slum settlements. By 2020 it will be one in three. He wants his site to be a catalyst for an architectural revolution that will improve worldwide living conditions on a mass scale. The Open Architecture Network is an "online, open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design."

It's a beautiful idea -- and it's not surprising that a group of architects who want to spearhead an architectural revolution would represent their mission with a beautiful, well-designed website.

In the spirit of the democratization of technology that prevails at the TED conference and in the mission of Open Architecture Network, I want to let you know how easy it is for anyone to create in WildPresenter the beautiful slideshow featured on the front page of OAN's site.

In ten minutes, I created a template in WildPresenter of the slide show you see on their front page.

You can download this template (3.1 MB) and open it in either your WildPresenter license, or your free WildPresenter demo.

I invite you to use it as a guide for creating your own work. And if you use it to help improve the world like the good folks at OAN, or have something you're proud of and would like to share, let me know.

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