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Fifteen Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

10th January 2014

1) The wonderful Ira Glass on  The Taste Gap – The Secret of Creative Success (video)

“Nobody tells people who are beginners – and I really wish somebody had told this to me – is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste”.

2) CES is on this week. Here, for a bit of light entertainment,  are some of the strangest things you can find at the show.

….and here, a little more usefully, a Realists Guide to CES.

3) A summary of the best stories in 2014, from my most favourite weekly newsletters and best content curators in the business ( if you aren’t subscribing to these, then you really should be ).



The Next Draft.

4) Wonderful – Rare Footage of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & Other Beats Hanging Out in the East Village (1959)

5) From Kickstarter  Connected Everything: Our Tech Predictions for 2015

6) Now in its second year, love the  IK Prize from Tate and the ideas that come out of it – “Supported by the Porter Foundation, the Prize is awarded annually by Tate to an individual, team or company for an innovative idea that uses the power of digital technology to connect broad audiences with art. The winner is given the opportunity to turn their idea into a reality in collaboration with Tate”.

7) Worrying?  The Military-Industrial-Googleplex is Creating Artificial Intelligence.

“What could possibly go wrong with Google creating military-grade artificial intelligence (AI)? Stephen Hawking, a world-leading scientist, warned on the BBC that “the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race” in part because it involves “developing weapons we cannot even understand.”

8) I’m not sure I would get much sleep in that tent… Hardest climb in the world? Climbers finish 9th day of attempt to scale Yosemite’s El Capitan….

9) McSweeney’s most viewed story of 2014 –  Client Feedback on the Creation of the Earth.

10) We’ve had this before, but such a classic it’s worth including again . From The Guardian –  Everyone is totally just winging it, all the time ‘Every time a public figure behaves with less-than-stellar competence ,we’re incredulous. We probably shouldn’t be.’

11) Is TV Advertising Sexist?  Great spoof from the BBC’s That Michaeland Webb Look.

12) Extraordinary – Whittier, Alaska, is a town of about 200 people, almost all of whom live in a 14-story former Army barracks built in 1956.

13) This Go Pro video is about as close as you will get to  being on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.

14) Extraordinary visual from the FT that shows the amount spent by English soccer clubs on players, vs clubs in other countries (subscription may be needed).

15) Brilliant – US States  where you can get high at a same-sex wedding, in one chart ( spoiler alert – there aren’t many of them ).

Ten Stories We’ve Enjoyed This Week

8th November

1) What Are Literature, Philosophy & History For? Alain de Botton Explains with Monty Python-Style Videos.
2) From @uppingyourelvis – 4 common behaviours of Mediaweek Award Winners.

3) What makes a Strategist ?

4) 3D printing in China allows a man to regain use of his legs.

5) Is Snapchat’s advertising strategy going to Fly ?

6) Just in case you are interested…  Five Ways to lie with Charts.

7) In the age of animated GIFs and viral images, is it possible to re-invent the magazine cover in a way that can really grab your attention? From Gizmodo,How  Businessweek is reinventing the magazine cover.

8) On the back of a pretty big election this week in the States, it is worth mentioning that the world is more democratic than ever.

…and in another election stateside –  Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. all voted to legalise pot.

9) I’m doing my bit – Take a look in the mirror and you’ll understand how your beard is killing the shaving industry.

10) Totally awesome – if you drop a bowling ball and a feather at the same time, which will land first? You think you know the answer? Take a look again with Brian Cox…..

And finally –

Every thing is more fun in Space – Astronauts Encase A GoPro In A Water Sphere.

Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

26th September 2014

1) Wonderful. A photographer recreates famous shots from history with John Malkovich as his model.

2) Very interesting piece from (friend of @digital_filter) @neilperkin Buzzfeed and the Full Stack Startup, which talks about media companies starting from scratch in the digital space , compared to legacy organisations who are ( still ) seeking to transfer successfully.

So Buzzfeed is a media company in the same way that Netflix is a streaming movie company, or Uber a taxi company, or Tesla a car company. They have technology at their core.Buzzfeed has followed the classic path of disruptive technologies – coming in at the low end of the market, being initially dismissed by many as insignificant, but then moving steadily up market. BuzzFeed now reaches over 150 million people each month, is forecast to generate triple digit millions in revenues this year, and is consistently profitable. We under-estimate newcomers like this at our peril.

3) Apple seems to be coming under pressure with ‘Bendgate’ – the assertion (mostly by its competitors) that the iPhone 6 can bend if left in one’s back pocket overly long.

According to Wired it’s not a really a problem (surprise).

……and for those who are old enough to remember….. Here is a farewell to the iPod Classic. Now that was one sturdy piece of kit you’d have had trouble bending.

4) The Solace of Oblivion – Interesting piece from The New Yorker on the pressures facing Google to delete content , following the recent ruling by the European Supreme Court. So far they have deleted 30,000 pieces of content – under half the total number requested.

5) Aerial Drone Video Footage from the People’s Climate March in New York City.

6) This looks great – The Art of The Brick, in Brick Lane – Put down your toys and go check out Nathan Sawaya’s toys instead. The global sensation The Art of the Brick exhibition is finally making an appearance in London, on Brick Lane. Works ranging from a Lego Mona Lisa to a six metre long T-Rex skeleton are playful, identifiable and impressive. Once done touring the exhibition, exit through the workshop space and create your own. 

7) Seven ways to get more from your Creativity Training. Some very wise words from the gang at @uppingyourelvis (friends of @digital_filter). Here, in short, they are – – Knock Creativity off its pedestal, Innoculate, Who’s the Messenger, Being vs. Doing , One Hit Wonder, One size does not fit all and Make it Fun ! 

8) The little known story of how the wonderful Shawshank Redemption became one of the most beloved films of all time….and here are eleven of the best quotes from the film.

9) Alibaba surpasses Facebook by market capitalisation in it’s first days trading as a public company.

From WSJ , an easy and engaging set of infographics – What is Alibaba ?Alibaba is China’s – and by some measures, the world’s -biggest online commerce company. Its three main sites – Taobao, Tmall and Alibaba.com – have hundreds of millions of users, and host millions of merchants and businesses. Alibaba handles more business than any other e-commerce company. 

10) Something for the Weekend? Oh go on, here you are….

So Scotland has voted against independence. Apart from the ‘No’ campaigners, the other big winners were the bookies.

A police car chase from Russia that knocks the spots off the ones in the films.

Some rather striking photos of nature winning the battle against civilisation.

Only in Alaska? A Television reporter quits on-air after saying she owns Alaska Cannabis Club.