Daily Archives: April 21, 2010

An new art form: Google SearchStories (animation with a twist)

What is this new art form? It’s very simple: YouTube provides people to create stories using Google searches. You can see them here: YouTube – SearchStories’s Channel

I particularly like this one called “Parisian Love”

Even better: you can make your own.

The Johnny Cash Project shows how to crowdsource art

What is The Johnny Cash project? The Contrarian blog explains:

“The Johnny Cash Project invites participants to use custom drawing tools to create the 1,368 frames in the 2 minute, 51 second, video. Since more than one artist will end up submitting artwork for each frame, the video will look different each time it’s played.”

The design of the site is really well done, and the resulting animation is striking. Check out The Johnny Cash project

More good economic news – GM pays back SOME OF ITS government loans from US, Canada

This headline is misleading: GM pays back government loans from US, Canada from AP/ Yahoo! News. GM still owes alot of money, and the $8.1 billion payback is a small portion of the $61.5 billion it borrowed from the people of the U.S. and Canada. The good news, besides the payback, is that the payback is ahead of schedule. GM’s management seems intent on paying it back as soon as it can. That’s a good thing in itself, but the fact it is doing it is far better.

Plus, GM still employs 40,000 workers, which is a signifigant number of people. That’s nothing to sniff at either. If GM had gone under, that would be alot more people unemployed in regions that would have a hard time dealing with that.

Facebook strips away more your privacy

According to this post on the eff.org site (Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information).
In a nutshell:

“Once upon a time, Facebook could be used simply to share your interests and information with a select small community of your own choosing. As Facebook’s privacy policy once promised, “No personal information that you submit to Facebook will be available to any user of the Web Site who does not belong to at least one of the groups specified by you in your privacy settings.”

How times have changed.

Today, Facebook removed its users’ ability to control who can see their own interests and personal information. Certain parts of users’ profiles, “including your current city, hometown, education and work, and likes and interests” will now be transformed into “connections,” meaning that they will be shared publicly. If you don’t want these parts of your profile to be made public, your only option is to delete them.

The example Facebook uses in its announcement is a page for “Cooking.” Previously, you could list “cooking” as an activity you liked on your profile, but your name would not be added to any formal “Cooking” page. (Under the old system, you could become a “fan” of cooking if you wanted). But now, the new Cooking page will publicly display all of the millions of people who list cooking as an activity.”