Archive for April 2008
Amidst all of our differences, there is one great truth that binds us all - life will go on when we are gone. As Seal reminds us, in the end, we're all human beings.
The subject of collaboration has been on my mind a lot this past week. I have been lucky enough to have been part of teams that have clicked on certain projects only to flounder on others for no apparent reason. Despite all the great Web 2.0 tools available to us, successful collaboration still seems to be an elusive thing.
Is the human mind a blank slate or pre-programmed with certain beliefs? Is human nature malleable? Steven Pinker, renowned research psychologist and Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, discusses the implications of and recent advances in evolutionary psychology.
I still remember trying to connect my new Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop in my dorm room the first week of college (all the way back in ‘99 - yikes) and having the nerdy dude on my floor help me figure out how to connect the Ethernet cable to the dongle to the computer.
The human race is in a race against threats of its own making. Dr. Stephen Hawking discusses whether or not we will cross the finish line in the next 100 years.
The new ad campaign for the CW’s teen drama, “Gossip Girl,” is so juicy that even Perez Hilton couldn’t pass it up. The overtly sexual ads, which merely include the phrase, “OMFG!,” are the perfect fodder for opinionated online voices.
Peter Gabriel has a first-hand understanding of citizen journalism in service of human rights. Everyday people with video cameras keep the powers that be from supressing the story.
To say that the music industry is currently in total turmoil would be a grand if not also laughable understatement. Major artists are leaving their labels (Madonna), others are successfully releasing albums themselves from their flats in Oxford (Radiohead), and still others are engaging in some combination of both, like purposely leaking their own material ahead of schedule by leaving music-filled USB drives in bathrooms during their shows (Nine Inch Nails). But as the music industry scrambles to reshape itself and keep up with the digital revolution in music making and distribution, music itself is arguably as popular and interesting as ever. So why can’t industry leaders figure out what to do?
London-based designer Orla Kiely has extended her brand to stationery. In so doing she is growing a design language that seems familiar and global at once. It is the right way to build the next major brand.
Dow comes out with a very nice (unintentional) companion piece to the Cisco "human network" spot.