Daily Archives: July 18, 2009

Biodegradable cutlery and other brilliant ideas from the blog Natural Chic

My friend Laurie continue to blog about all things eco-friendly at her blog, Natural Chic (A Style at Home Blog). While there are lots of great things and ideas there, I really thought these were brilliant. It’s this:

… biodegradable cutlery. Made from potato starch, it’s not only biodegradable, you can compost it, too – it completely breaks down in three to six weeks. And while the price is somewhat higher, isn’t it worth it for never having to rely on petroleum-based plastic knives, forks and spoons again? (Available at: http://www.grassrootsstore.com)

I would love to see fast food restaurants adopt these. If you know anyone at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc., please ask them.

Why does The New Yorker make Anthony Lane review movies like Star Trek and Harry Potter?

Because clearly he despises them. I can’t imagine him praising either film under any condition. No matter. If you want to get a proper review of the film, best head over to RottenTomatoes.com and see what almost everyone else is saying. But if you want a laugh, then by all means, see
his review: Gray Skies in The New Yorker.

The end of newspapers, or thoughts on reading Dear New York Times: Please charge me more than $5 for your web site. at Nieman Journalism Lab

It’s Saturday morning. I get my coffee, get comfortable, and read the news section, the sports commentary, the financial news. I learn about events going on in my city. Maybe I get some interesting cooking ideas. So what am I doing: a) reading a newspaper b) going through my RSS feeds via my feedreader? It’s B.

Then I do things I can’t do with a newspaper. I watch movie clips. I blog about interesting articles. I share links on twitter. I might create smart feeds that aggregate or filter feeds to give me *just* the information I want. Perhaps I listen to some music.

So when I read article like, Dear New York Times: Please charge me more than $5 for your web site. » Nieman Journalism Lab, I think they must make sense for people who love MSM and want it to continue. As for me, I used to love mainframe computers. Seriously. I work for IBM, and I used to run and program on mainframes. But the rest of the world wanted PCs and cheap computers. Mainframes? Yes, but not so much.

The world of media is radically changing. MSM needs to start thinking radically different. I still don’t see enough of them doing that yet.

A Brilliant Video + the power of Web 2.0

First, this is an incredible video. It reminds me of the work of David Hockney, though of course, it works in a different way than his photographic collages:

By itself, I was impressed very much. But what is interesting about such things is that others can comment on it. For example, it turns out that perhaps the video is not so original, as you can see here at Gizmodo. As well, the site where I found it, molt:n, noticed an interesting life transition in it. All of this to say that the video by itself is great, but the power of Web 2.0 technology that allows others to easily share and converse about the video makes the experience even greater.

Finally, kudos to the people who posted the video here, YouTube – The PEN Story, for acknowledging what others discovered.

Free Photoshop

According to one of my favourite blogs, Tech Style, Adobe is offering a web based version of Photoshop Express. It will be limited in features, of course, but did I mention free? 🙂 Check it out here.