I know what you’re thinking. an inspirational story about senior citizens who make it to the olympics of synchronized swimming. Or at least that’s what i thought.
Little did I know that this video would be about so much more and go in directions I never conceived of, putting a face not only to the world of senior citizen synchronized swimming but also to the ‘legalize marijuana’ support faction.
But that’s the thing I love most about great journalism. It flips stereotypes on their heads, exposes the world to a multitude of perspectives, and if you’re lucky… hits right into the emotional core of what makes life worth living.
Another piece of brilliant storytelling from the California is a Place crew!
This is a fantastic speech by Neil Gaiman, addressing the 2012 graduating class of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Gaiman himself never graduated from college—in fact, he never even enrolled in college—yet he earned his place in literary culture as one of the most celebrated and prolific writers working today. Here, he imparts several pieces of life wisdom on young people beginning a career in the arts.
Say “no” to projects that take you further from rather than closer to your own creative goals, however flattering or lucrative.
Approach your creative labor with joy, or else it becomes work.
A woman watched her husband’s behavior change dramatically—so much so she even considered divorce. He was eventually diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, a rare and frequently misdiagnosed brain disease that affects personality and language skills:
Looking back, Mrs. French, who is 66 and lives in Manhattan, recalled episodes of odd behavior over the years and realized that her husband’s mind had probably begun to slip while he was in his 50s, at least a decade before the disease was diagnosed. He had always changed jobs a lot. At the time she took it as a sign of a stubborn personality, not of illness — and it is still not clear which it was. He always wanted to do things his own way, and that did not sit well with some bosses.
‘I thought it was just Michael being Michael,’ she said.
A friend described Mr. French as being unable to read the tea leaves, oblivious of corporate politics. At one point Mrs. French even bought him a self-help book. But he never changed.
CityDashboard is an early prototype website created by UCL which aggregates simple spatial data for cities around the UK and displays the data on a dashboard and a map.
It currently mashes together data from the following providers:
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
OpenStreetMap (& Pawel’s Static Maps API)
British Broadcasting Corporation
London School of Economics
Port of London Authority
Transport for London
Built using APIs from JQuery, OpenLayers and Google.
Comment: The potential for hyper local personalised dashboards featuring news, data, transport, events, offers etc. is pretty exciting and an area I think will see huge growth in the coming months/years.
Muesli Ingredient Network matrix with surprise factor -
Here, again, the circles represent link strengths in their area, but now, the saturation and darkness of a circle indicates the “unexpectedness” of that respective link strength. This means that we are not only looking at how often a certain combination occurs, but also, how well we could have predicted that value, by only looking at the “popularity” of the two ingredients in isolation.
I visited the Science Museum in London today. One installation that caught my eye was Listening Post.
Listening Post is a ‘dynamic portrait’ of online communication, displaying uncensored fragments of text, sampled in real-time, from public internet chatrooms and bulletin boards. Artists Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin have divided their work into seven separate ‘scenes’ akin to movements in a symphony. Each scene has its own ‘internal logic’, sifting, filtering and ordering the text fragments in different ways.
By pulling text quotes from thousands of unwitting contributors’ postings, Listening Post allows you to experience an extraordinary snapshot of the internet and gain a great sense of the humanity behind the data. The artwork is world renowned as a masterpiece of electronic and contemporary art and a monument to the ways we find to connect with each other and express our identities online.