From The Onion, of course… Hat tip to Tom Vilot.
Freelance National Anthem, by Bill Dyszel:
As the ripples spread from Chicago’s latest corruption drama, the community news site Windy Citizen is trying some innovative, fun approaches to online coverage and commentary. They did this using free online tools that anyone can use.
Here’s what one of these tools can create:
More about what Windy Citizen is doing on this front…
Last week I wrote a lot about various interactive visual tools that can help people connect differently or more deeply with news and information. This was for a session I led at a Knight Digital Media Center seminar for the leaders of the News21 project.
Yeah, so what? Why should journalists and news organizations care about these tools? How can this help their communities, journalism, and (most critical right now) business opportunities? What’s in it for journos and news brands?
That’s what Meabh Ritchie, a reporter for the U.K. Press Gazette asked me to clarify. She’s writing a story on this, and I’ll link to it when it’s up in February 2009. The short answer is: This stuff is effective and (more importantly) FUN! — for journalists and news audiences.
But here’s the full version of my answer…
Gigapan isn’t brand new, but it’s a fascinating visual tool that allows people to deeply explore panoramic photographs — and to collaboratively tell stories through pictures.
It’s part of Carnegie Mellon University’s Global Connection Project
What’s so cool about Gigapan?
- Conveys a strong sense of place — almost a 3D feel
- People can create their own experience with snapshots
- Provide text or link context
- Allows examination and discussion of details
- Plays nice with Google Earth
I like Gigapan because it offers an experience sort of like this:
More about Gigapan…
It totally suits my current mental state. Want one? Get it from Cafepress.
I am in a foul, foul mood today — doc just confirmed that I seriously messed up my knee. The bills will be the most painful part.
Who needs television?
I’m in desperate need of raucous laughter. If you can help, please post links in the comments!
Yesterday, there was a minor afterparty to Denver’s Thin Air Summit. At Boulder’s lovely Dushanbe Teahouse, we had a tweetup of over 30 local coding and media geeks. TAS keynoter Jeremiah Owyang of Forrester Research shot this video so we could put faces to names — that is, the really important kind of name for this conference: Twitter handles.
If you didn’t catch all those Twitter handles (they’re not all easy to spell), then check out the comments to Jeremiah’s post.