What’s the definition of comedy?

This is a video from TedEd about the lack of definition of comedy.

What makes us giggle and guffaw?

The inability to define comedy is its very appeal; it is defined by its defiance of definition. Addison Anderson riffs on the philosophy of Henri Bergson and Aristotle to elucidate how a definition draws borders while comedy breaks them down.

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DJ decks made of… paper

This is a video from TED about paper and technology.

“I love paper, and I love technology,” says physicist and former sheep herder Kate Stone, who’s spent the past decade working to unite the two. Her experiments combine regular paper with conductive inks and tiny circuit boards to offer a unique, magical experience. To date, applications include a newspaper embedded with audio and video, posters that display energy usage in real-time, and the extremely nifty paper drumkit and set of DJ decks she demonstrates on-stage.

Bitcoin. Sweat. Tide. Meet the future of branded currency.

This is an interesting video from TED about a new digital currency – bitcoin.

Currency — the bills and coins you carry in your wallet and in your bank account — is founded on marketing, on the belief that banks and governments are trustworthy.

Now, Paul Kemp-Robertson walks us through a new generation of currency, supported by that same marketing … but on behalf of a private brand. From Nike Sweat Points to bottles of Tide (which are finding an unexpected use in illegal markets), meet the non-bank future of currencies.

The Perfect Pinterest

This is an interesting infographic about the perfect post on Google+, Facebook & Twitter.

Perfect Post InfographicSource : mycleveragency.com

Online Privacy: How Did We Get Here?

This is a video about an interesting topic – online privacy.

As technology has evolved over the past two centuries, so have our expectations about privacy. This new digital world allows us to connect with each other with increasing ease, but it has also left our personal information readily available, and our privacy vulnerable.Cultural norms have pushed us all online, seemingly at the mercy of whatever terms of service are put before us.

Cookies and tracking allow companies to collect limitless amounts of information about us, often more than we’d share with family and friends. And in the push for national security, the government has collected vast amounts of information as well, often without our knowledge. With the NSA leak reigniting this important debate, we take a closer look at the state of privacy in the digital age.

Creative Commerce

This is a video from Vimeo about the creation process of commercial artists and ultimately about creativity.

In Spring 2013 we set out for a month to make a short educational piece providing a glimpse of what it is like to work in the creative industry. The idea was born out of our own questions and struggles on how to deal with things that may seem out of your control.

The themes we decided to focus on were those of creativity, relationships, the pursuit of financial profit, and the many directions you can intentionally or unintentionally find yourself taking.

We hope the short provides direction in helping others pursue their own creative and personal goals by hearing first hand experiences. Thank you to everyone involved for your transparency and willingness to be involved.

How Does Glitchy Art Show Us Broken Is Beautiful?

Can we make art from broken stuff ?

We all love broken things. WAIT WHAT?! Yes, you read that correctly. You may have noticed this thing called “glitch”, where people purposely push machines to malfunction, creating fascinating “mistakes”.

But instead of being frustrated and disdainful of these errors (like we usually do when our technology fails mid-workflow, grrr) we find them to be bizarrely beautiful! Why are we so interested in these images, music, or objects that are structurally or formally broken? Watch the episode and find out!

Exploring other dimensions

This is a very interesting video about the world of dimensions.

Imagine a two-dimensional world — you, your friends, everything is 2D. In his 1884 novella, Edwin Abbott invented this world and called it Flatland.

Alex Rosenthal and George Zaidan take the premise of Flatland one dimension further, imploring us to consider how we would see dimensions different from our own and why the exploration just may be worth it.

The Importance of Rank

This is a post about an interesting presentation from slideshare.net about rank and the importance of it in business, marketing and every day decisions.

This presentation looks at the importance of RANK in everyday decision making (we use it as a fast heuristic for decision making – evolution baked this into us) and in the context of business.

Gamification marketing

As a follow-up to my last post about gamification here, here is a post about marketing gamification

What is marketing gamification (from here):

Gamification for a digital marketing context may be defined as the process of using game mechanincs in an initially non-game environment for marketing purposes and better ROI.

This is a very interesting presentation from slideshare.net on this subject: