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A blend of cool projects, great gadgets and awesomellany from Word of Mouth Internet Sherpa Brady Carlson
Videogum wraps up 2010 in one five-minute video. Take one last tour through the year where full-on double rainbows made us hide our kids, hide our wives, sing Trolololo, whip our hair and not be a witch. (No Jimmy McMillan, though?) [via The Awesomer]
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Here's an eye-opening tool: Pummelvision will take all your photos from social sites like Flickr, Facebook and Tumblr and put them all into a fast-paced video that looks something like your life flashing before your eyes
The effectiveness is solely dependent upon how well you've chronicled your life in photos online. And, obviously, whether or not you've been living an interesting life. Maybe it's a good end-of-year task: put your life in photos into Pummelvision and see if you're really seizing the day. [TechCrunch]
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Maybe we should qualify our viral praise here: farmers may not think of the tobacco mosaic virus as a friend, since it can ruin hundreds of kinds of plants, many of them potentially yummy. But in the tech world, this little virus may end up a good friend to anyone who's ever seen a warning that their battery is out of juice.
Here's how it works: scientists coat the virus's cells with "conductive materials" and introduce it into a lithium battery The virus, which can bind to metal surfaces, effectively becomes extra surface - and storage - area for the battery. Longer charges, fewer recharges.
How much more? The scientists are estimating the virus could make lithium batteries up to ten times as effective. How much more, we don't know for certain yet. But if you nervously check your "remaining battery life" meter to see if you've got enough charge for one more text message, then chances are you'll want to see this technology go viral soon. (Forgive my pun.) [Mental Floss]
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Medical bracelets that talk! Press Don't Panic is a tiny wearable audio machine into which a person can record crucial medical information in case of incapacitation. That way, if a person has a medical episode, first responders can hear the patient him/herself describe their conditions and treatment Of course, this presumes that the wearer will be concise and accurate - so no time for audio-blogging, karaoke or product placement messages. "These chest pains brought to you by Company X," etc... [Trendhunter]
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10) Wikileaks – This has been talked to death, but it’s an important topic. There are some core values that get discussed in internet culture – like information sharing, open access and transparency. You have some situations in government and the military where, depending on your point of view, these institutions need, or at least prefer to work in, some level of secrecy.
The second piece of this discussion is the role of internet providers and other organizations and businesses – the ones that decided to sever ties with Wikileaks How free should the web be – and whose job is it to ensure that?
9) Betty White – No one quite knows exactly how this all got started – it’s often described as “the internet creating a sensation and traditional media responding.” But we do know how it became a meme: the Like button on Facebook.
8) Branding – some was good (the Old Spice Guy). Some was terrible - the Gap, Duncan Hines, Facebook changes
7) Sad Keanu – Or, how a paparazzi photo of a guy eating a sandwich can captivate the internet. They even came up with a holiday: Cheer Up Keanu Day is June 15th.
6) Bed intruder! Life hands Antoine Dobson lemons – and a viral video. He makes lemonade.
5) One-issue or one-topic blogs. “Kim Jong Il looking at things” is my favorite. Joe Barton apologizes is another, there are more. There are free sites and scripts available that can help someone put a site together almost instantly – Joe Barton Would Like To Apologize was made either the day of or the day after the Congressman made his remarks about BP. And whether or not you agree with the sentiment, it’s a clever way to make a point:
4) Vuvuzelas! Actually the whole World Cup on the internet. A truly global event and the web held up pretty well.
Fun new development: vuvuzelas are apparently being used as copy protection for pirated video games. http://www.t3.com/news/michael-jackson-the-experience-gets-vuvuzela-anti-piracy?=51499&ns_campaign=news&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=t3&ns_linkname=0&ns_fee=0
3) Politics - Jimmy McMillan – cause the rent is too DAMN high. Sarah Palin is also using social media in a big way.
Also watch for Chris Christie –a politician using the tools of viral video to create a brand, not simply reinforce one.
2) May the Force Be With Katie – Internet doing nice things for people. Also: the case of the cat in the bin
1) Double Rainbow Guy – Just as 2009 was the year of Keyboard Cat, 2010 is the year of Double Rainbow Guy. It’s like we’re creating an Internet version of the Chinese zodiac!
"If we could gather all the electric eels from all around the world then we would be able to light up an unimaginably large Christmas tree" See, and all this time I thought we'd have to resort to CGI graphics to do that. Thank you eels! [Boing Boing]
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The other sides of the Wikileaks controversy.
Wikileaks mirror sites
Why Wikileaks will ruin your future!?!
How Facebook didn’t stop child abuse...
Massachusetts woman is not a freaking cricket match
Viral video of the week: Donald Trump's hair blowing in the wind!
Ever see one of those TV crime shows where the lab tech turns a grainy security video into something so crystal-clear the detectives can see a license plate number in the suspect's sunglasses? We don't have "ENHANCE" buttons quite like that, but we may now be able to get clear copies of our old fuzzy photographs, thanks to a new image deblurring idea from researchers at Microsoft.
The concept uses gyroscopes and sensors to track the way a particular camera takes a picture. That data is fed into software that can account for the discrepancy between what the camera saw and the photo it produced. And then, suddenly, what was once out of focus is back in. I just hope that if/when this goes public that each of us will shout "ENHANCE!" when we refocus a photo. [MAKE]
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Lots of cities now use traffic cameras to keep an eye on bad drivers... but what if they were also used to reward some of the good drivers? Kevin Richardson dreamed this idea up and not only ended up winning Volkswagen's "Fun Project" competition, but his idea was even road-tested successfully in Stockholm, Sweden
In Kevin's "Speed Camera Lottery," the traffic cameras continue to catch speeders, who are then issued tickets. But some of the money collected from those tickets goes into a pool, and it goes to one of the drivers who was spotted driving at or below the speed limit. The incentive appeared to work, as average speed went down about 7 km/hr during the test.
Granted, this was with Swedish drivers; the same approach might not work in the US. And not everyone thinks traffic cameras should be spying on people, even for the purposes of giving them money. But it's an interesting "carrot" alternative to the "stick" approach that usually goes with the cameras. [Wired]
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