Archive for April, 2014

3 Secrets Behind Why YouTube Videos Go Viral

Kevin Allocca is YouTube’s trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video.

In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral.

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Ray Bradbury: Love (1968)

“Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.” This—writes Sam Weller in his introduction to a 2010 interview with sci-fi and fantasy luminary Ray Bradbury—was the author’s “lifelong credo.” Weller writes of discovering an unpublished Paris Review interview from the 1970s in Bradbury’s garage, with a note from editor George Plimpton that read “a bit informal in places, maybe overly enthusiastic.” The irony of this judgment is that it is Bradbury’s enthusiasm, his lack of formality, which make him so compelling and so copious a writer and speaker. Bradbury didn’t self-edit or second guess much—his approach is best characterized as fearless and passionate, just as he describes his writing process:

I type my first draft quickly, impulsively even. A few days later I retype the whole thing and my subconscious, as I retype, gives me new words. Maybe it’ll take retyping it many times until it is done. Sometimes it takes very little revision.

It’s that unfettered expression of his subconscious that Bradbury discusses in the short clip above, in which he re-invigorates all the sort of carpe diem clichés one hears so often by framing them not as self-help suggestions but as imperatives for a full and healthy life. Responding in the moment, says Bradbury, refusing to “put off till tomorrow… what I must do, right now,” allows him to “find out what my secret self needs, wants, desires with all its heart.” For Bradbury, writing is much more than a formal exercise or a specialized craft—it is a vital expression of his full humanity and a means of “cleansing the stream” of his mind: “We belong only by doing,” he says, “and we own only by doing, and we love only by doing…. If you want an interpretation of life and love, that would be the closest thing I could come to.”

Bradbury doesn’t limit his philosophy to the writing life; he advocates for everyone an unabashed emotional engagement with the world. For him, the man (and woman, we might presume), who cannot “laugh freely,” cry, or “be violent”—which he defines in sublimating terms as any physical or creative activity—is a “sick man.” Bradbury’s “overly enthusiastic” explorations of creative passion were almost as much a part of his output as his fiction. His interviews, televised and in print, are inspiring for this reason: he is never coy or pretentious but pushes others to aspire to the same kind of authentic joy he seemed to take in everything he did.

By the way, the first person we see above is legendary Warner Bros. animator Chuck Jones (as one Youtube commenter says, we get in this clip “two visionaries for the price of one”). Bradbury’s “vitality,” says Jones, “rubs off on the people who work with him.” And, he might have added, all of the people who read and listen to him, too.

via Open Culture

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The Longest Way 1.0 – walk through China and grow a beard!

In 2008, I walked through China – one year, more than 4500km. All the while, I let my hair and my beard grow. This is the resulting video.
Add me on FB: facebook.com/crehage Or drop by on my blog: thelongestway.com
Additional info:
– I never finished my original goal of walking to Germany. Instead, I walked for a year and roughly 4500km, passed the Gobi desert, and then decided to stop walking for now.
– All of the distance from Beijing to Ürümqi was completed solely on foot, straight good old walking. There are instances where you can see me in the video sitting on a plane or riding a boat, but those are during breaks I had to take from walking, either to sort out bureaucracy issues or to take care of some personal things.
– I had been planning this trip for over a year before I even started, and getting as far as I got was an experience for which I am very grateful.
– Obtaining the necessary visa for a trip like this was not very easy, hence I had to go back to Beijing a few times to resolve some issues.
– This is not a strict “1 pic a day” video, because I wanted to make it a bit more alive by adding some additional movement. Sometimes during the film you would follow me turn around, or something would happen in the background. I tried to capture these moments to make the video more interesting.
– If you liked the music I used in this video, get it here:
The Kingpins – “L’Aventurier” bit.ly/RXOMaz
Zhu Fengbo – “Olive Tree” bit.ly/UDsHT7
– The core of this project is in actually my blog where I have posted my extensive travel diary, starting from day 1 (Nov 9th 2007) and describing every single day until the end one year later.

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DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter Product Overview

Your own private eye in the sky…..

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The dark side of positive thinking….

How Positive Psychology/Thinking is Concealing some of the Real Causes of our Collective Suffering

The dark side of positive thinking….

Delusion is dangerous.
Mandatory optimism is dangerous.
Being negative might mean asking important yet unpopular questions.
The alternative to positive thinking is NOT negative thinking.

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Wil Wheatons response to a little girl on how to deal with being called a nerd

This was taken and Denver Comic Con this year and was a great response.

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Inventing the Future of Connectivity

Facebook’s Yael Maguire talks about the technologies we’re working on that will make connectivity more affordable in communities around the world.

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The Future of Making – SXSW Interactive 2014

The idea of making isn’t just reserved for handmade bikes, artisan pickles, and Arduino helicopters.

The future of making is a product of our human needs and the possibilities we create through technology.

This is about a larger shift towards making and the unexpected movements that might occur.

It’s about how everyone from you to your grandma might design, make and consume products or experiences in the next 10 to 15 years.

In this session Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, and Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, will host a conversation that considers how we might fashion new tools for the future and then how those tools might influence our lives.

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Werner Herzog | LIVE from the NYPL

Animated Video Features Werner Herzog Discussing His Childhood Adventures & 20th-Century Rage

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Is this a meeting or a nightmare?

If you work in engineering, design or another technical field, you’ll recognize this kind of meeting.

Warning: This video has the potential to make you laugh and cry at the same time.

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