There was an article in the National Post earlier this week describing how The Black Knight’s immense popularity is helping to lift the fortunes of beleaguered Canadian 3D theatre operator IMAX. Not only is the box office moola spilling over to IMAX’s screens, Batman seems to be reintroducing movie-goers to an experience they left years ago – not because it wasn’t impressive but because the films themselves (usually of the nature documentary variety) were stuck in a bit of a rut. But nothing quite beats a caped vigilante jumping off a Gotham skyscraper or a disheveled joker (masterfully!) robbing banks and blowing stuff up.… more
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was an inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, poet, cosmologist one of the great American visionaries of the 20th century. Best-known as the inventor of the geodesic dome, Fuller devoted much of his life to resolving the gap between the sciences and the humanities, which he believed was preventing society from taking a comprehensive view of the world. His theories and innovations traversed the worlds of architecture, visual art, literature, mathematics, molecular biology, and environmental science and have had a deep impact on all of those fields. (Description via the Buckminster Fuller Institute)
Been wandering around curiously checking out the gaming and virtual world spaces lately. Lots of really cool and very exciting things happening. There’s the phenomenal (and in my opinion well-deserved and totally expected) pre-release buzz surrounding Spore and its great Creature Creator utility. But one other title, an upcoming PS3 game, is also demo-ing some very impressive graphics and functionality. Check out this playful GDC video of Media Molecule‘s LittleBigPlanet:
Pras Sarkar (of Yahoo! Research) delivers a must-read post full of superb advice for those seeking that sublime if elusive balance of employment and generalism. The title alone is worth the price of admission: Become a specialist at being a generalist.
Five key tips according to Pras:
–Stay up-to-date with your area of generalization
–Know what to explore and what to ignore
–Be critical of new technologies
–Visualize the results of all new pursuits and endeavors
–Don’t over-generalize… more
Complex systems – hell, even simple systems – can often be difficult to describe; to make palatable and understandable without trivializing or oversimplifying. Two great ways to explain systems are to lay them out visually somehow and then guide an audience through it using story. Both techniques are employed in this 20-minute video: the Story of Stuff (a link that HaikuBoxer so eloquently pointed to). In it sustainability expert Annie Leonard explores the global materials economy and its impact on economy, environment and health. You get the idea.… more
Here’s another good example of the Synthesize & Summarize service that Creative Generalists provide. JOVA is a creativity portal launched earlier this year by Sarah Boden-Dawans. She saw a gap to help businesses sift through the information overload required to stay in touch with global innovation and sought a way to collate it to inspire her southern African colleagues and peers. Many of its posts may also inspire communications and marketing professionals outside of Africa with a whole other perspective. Boden-Dawans describes JOVA’s founding purpose more in this Marketingweb interview.… more
This past Saturday I attended Russell Davies’ wonderfully inspiring Interesting 2008 (2nd annual) “conference” (more of a casual salon-meets-speakers-corner get-together) with about 200 or so other curious souls at Conway Hall in London.
It’s basically a day of short and long presentations by a random selection of people about a eclectic array of topics. Topics such as plosives, currency, masks, Churchill, toilets, Hiraeth, booze, insomnia, and more. Interesting stuff! For a complete run-down of who presented what, check out “Metaverse Evangelist” and first speaker (about Lego) Roo Reynolds’ blog post here, or some of the Technorati pings here.
I was lucky enough to be on the agenda too.… more