Archive for October, 2013

The Globemaker – Peter Bellerby

When Peter Bellerby began searching for a globe for his father’s 80th birthday present, he had no idea he’d end up making globes himself.

Five years ago, the Londoner was running a successful bowling alley business—moulds, tolerances and latitudes were all terms that stayed safely in a geography textbook.

But after realizing that there was a serious lack of artisanal, well-crafted globes on the market, he figured he’d try to make his father’s present himself.

“Initially my plan was to make one for him, and maybe one for me if I had the budget,” he says. “And then things went crazy out of control.”

Via Wired

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How the TED Conference Got It’s Start

On this episode of Epiphany, Richard Saul Wurman shares the guiding principles behind his creation of the TED and WWW conferences.

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The Proposal: Justin and Emily

On April 13th Justin proposed to his girlfriend Emily at the restaurant where they had their first date.

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“Lucha Libro” explained

Peru makes book writing into a spectator sport and invites aspiring writers into combat.

From a story at PRI:

It’s a twist on Lucha Libre, Mexico’s version of pro wrestling, where competitors put on masks and pseudonyms to duke it out in a ring.

Peru’s Lucha Libro is kind of like that, without the violence. It’s literary “wrestling.” New writers don masks, and head onto a stage where they’re given three random words, a laptop hooked up to a gigantic screen, and five minutes to write a short story.

At the end of a match, the losing writer has to take off his or her mask. The winner goes on to the next round, a week later. And the grand prize? It’s a book contract…

The first contestant is a guy who goes by the name “Chicken Wilson.” He’s tall and goofy, but when he sees the three words projected on the screen behind him, he gets serious. He’s got monkey, plane ticket, and dictionary to work with.

The announcer counts to three, and the clock starts. No one’s talking, but just a paragraph in, Chicken Wilson freezes. The seconds are ticking by, so the crowd starts cheering him on. He rallies, dashing off a short story about monkeys living in the city, and an American girl on vacation in Peru…

“It’s also about changing the idea that literature is boring. This turns it into an event. Because it’s not just about the opportunity for a young person to become a writer,” he says. “It’s also about having a place for young people to hang out – and to read.”

Via TYWKIWDBI

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Make Things Be Good: Five Essential Lessons from the Life and Work of Richard Saul Wurman

Beginning in 1962 at the age of 26 and continuing to the present day, Richard Saul Wurman has been extraordinarily prolific. He’s written, designed and published more books than most of us have read, and convened innumerable conferences and meetings. He invented information architecture, re-invented the conference, the travel guide, the road atlas and the yellow pages and wrote and published 83 books. And yet a search on Amazon.com reveals that there are no books about Mr. Wurman. Nor have there ever been. And all of the books Mr. Wurman wrote are out of print.

Via Stellar Interesting

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Janis Joplin on Rejection

You are what you settle for. You are only as much as you settle for.

Interview by Howard Smith
September 30, 1970. By phone
TheSmithTapes.com

From Blank on Blank

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Making Living Sharing – a FabLab world tour documentary

Here is proof that:
 
     1. the near future is amazing….
 
     2. yesterday’s view of reality is quickly fading away….
 
     3. an avalanche of tsunamis of change have arrived on our door step.
 
Open source meets design-it-yourself meets fabricate-it-yourself.
 
Design it, make it, share it, repeat.
 
Design global. Build local.
 
Soon everyone will have a FabLab in their home.
“Be the first person on your block to have your own FabLab and then share it.” 🙂

 

 

This is the story of a quest for answers to how a designer can help people create their own products. How we can collaborate globally and produce locally, and how we can make a living while sharing knowledge and designs?

For two years Jens Dyvik has been visiting and working at more than 30 different FabLabs, Makerspaces and Hackerspaces on all corners of the world. The story of these experiences and adventures is told through footage, interviews and animations from all these fantastic laboratories of fabrication.

The research project has resulted in this documentary and several open source designs which can be downloaded here:
http://www.dyvikdesign.com/site/

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Everyday People Get a Chance to Conduct a World-Class Orchestra

A Carnegie Hall orchestra was placed in the middle of New York City and an empty podium was placed in front of the musicians with a sign that read, “Conduct Us.”

Random New Yorkers who accepted the challenge were given the opportunity to conduct this world-class orchestra. The orchestra responded to the conductors, altering their tempo and performance accordingly.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd
http://improveverywhere.com/

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Slow, Barefoot, Blues Dancing

Dancing to Nick Cave’s “I’m Your Man” in Boulder Creek, CA.

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Build the company that you wouldn’t sell – Zach Klein

At the age of 23, Zach sold his company Vimeo.

But as soon as he sold his company, he wanted nothing more than to have those wings again. He missed it.

He realized he wanted to keep flying. Zach humbly offers advise on:

  • what he’s doing now (DIY.org)
  • the lessons he’s learned that have informed his own company

His advice is:

Do something valuable that solves worthy challenges, contributes to culture, stand up for what’s important, and behave as if your company is going to be here 100 years from now.

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