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  • August18th

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    In Cherrapunji, India, one of the wettest places on Earth, the locals mold the roots of the Ficus elastica tree into stretching across rivers and taking root on the other side, forming amazing natural, living bridges.

    Locals use hollowed-out trunks of the betel tree to prop up the roots of the Ficus elastica (basically a rubber tree), pointing them across whatever body of water they want to cross, until the roots reach the other side and dig in. After awhile (a long while—think 10-15 years), the bridge becomes strong and sturdy enough for people to comfortable walk across. Some of these such bridges are hundreds of years old, since they just get stronger over time, being alive and all. Pretty amazing stuff.

    [via Gizmodo, from Living Root Bridges via Reddit]

  • August4th

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    Marta Kagan, the creator of “What the ‘F’ Is Social Media” has come out with a part deux. This time with louder colors, better pictures, updated stats and a few more f-bombs. I liked the presentation the first time. So much so, I’m going to put up the sequel. There were some simple truths(co-mingled with a few shots of vulgarity) to it and I wanted to keep it on hand so I can pull out some neat-o facts and figures out of it to sound smarter in meetings. Plus it helps back up all my “F” gut feelings with real “T” type language. Long live Meyer’s Briggs and social media. And, of course, the obscene use of asterisks.

    [via DigitalBuzzBlog]

  • August4th

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    Someone finally figured out how to make a cool thing out of those video hot links on YouTube! Okay, to be fair YouTube has been the breeding ground of other cool things before, but I have a particular predilection for anything of, and relating to, Choose Your Own Adventure. My favorite one when I was a kid was the Mystery of Chimney Rock. Because there was a magic backpack that would let you grow wings. But I digress.

    The UK based organization droptheweapons.org has the worst website ever (because it won’t render correctly in Firefox), but the coolest video campaign on YouTube.

    You simply start at the beginning(below) and then every 30 seconds to 1 minute the user is granted a choice in the form of a video hot link which takes you to the correct corresponding video based on the decision made. I’ll not get much further into the details since the video is here:

  • August4th

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    Well, I said I would do some sort of a followup to my Augmented Reality post. So here it is.

    I did research. A lot of stinking research. And I’m not a sodding researcher, so that’s saying something. Mostly it’s saying how cool I think the tech is and how many possibilities I think it has for conveying and communicating messages.
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  • July17th

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    This is too cool NOT to share. It’s hard to say exactly how I can use this to make stuff more awesomer, but I have some ideas. I’ve always been fascinated with immersion environments and this looks like it might be about as deep as one can get at the moment. The tech is called “Augmented Reality” and you can find a pretty good primer on it here. Obviously, that’s the 30,000 foot view of where they hope it will go. Here’s a little video Read More