Month: August 2007

Gmail collaborative video

Google has assembled a Gmail collaborative video out of the short video clips that folks sent in.

We asked you to help us imagine how an email message travels around the world. All it took was a video camera, the Gmail M-velope ( ), and some creativity — and, wow, did you get creative!

Get a bunch of users to create small pieces, put them together creatively with music. Wonderful.

I’m loving gmail personally, it’s really working well for me.


Yahoo plea over China rights case

Yahoo plea over China rights case

Yahoo is being sued by the World Organization for Human Rights for sharing information about its users with the Chinese government.

The information has led to the arrests of writers and dissidents.

One journalist cited in the case was tracked down and jailed for 10 years for subversion after Yahoo passed on his e-mail and IP address to officials.

This is not new news, I’ve been tracking it for a while and flickr is a Yahoo company. The only part of Yahoo that I’m associated with is flickr and maybe the only small way I can make a statement about this is to leave Yahoo/flickr and make sure that they know that this is the reason I’m leaving. No doubt I will not be missed but I can’t see staying associated with a company that continues to defend itself in this case. If Yahoo admited they made a mistake (a very bad mistake) I might feel differently, but they’re not.

Pecha Kucha

WIRED magazine had a small post about an interesting new presentation style called Pecha Kucha.

20 PowerPoint slides, each shown for 20 seconds, then sit down. As WIRED says, this has the feel of a poetry slam mashed up with visual and multimedia designers with a variety of skills and messages.

There is little doubt that this event grew out of its originators, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham’s bordom wiht tedious PowerPoint slide shows that never got to the point. Forcing presenters to keep it short forces them to make it clear.

I’m going to attempt to go to one of these soon, it sounds like high art to me and a good time as well.

Pecha Kucha (official site)
Pecha Kucha on Wikipedia