Chris Bajema hided 250 big brown envelops in different places through the netherlands and asked to return them with just anything, a picture, a question so he could make a radio documentary about it. The envelops came back and the Chris will start his documentaries soon.
Monthly Archives: April 2009
here is a interesting research on mechanical turk members done by Panos Ipeirotis
“One of the common misbeliefs about Mechanical Turk is that it is a virtual sweatshop, essentially taking advantage of poor people in third world countries that are doing tedious tasks for pennies. Therefore, many people are afraid of outsourcing research tasks on Mechanical Turk, being afraid that the results will be either of very poor quality, or they will not be representative of the actual U.S. population.
Those that read the previous, qualitative survey about Mechanical Turk would have realized that the profile of the typical Turker is not of a person that completes tasks for a living in a developing country. Instead, Mechanical Turk tends to be often a replacement for TV, or simple something to spend some free time and get some spare cash in reward.
The next survey that I conducted focused more on the demographics of the Turkers. Are they uneducated, unemployed people with no income? Well, as you will see below the Turkers are a pretty representative sample of the online population, perhaps with a slight bias towards females and towards young participants. Let’s see the results!”
me being in norway for the next week will not stop posting. Every day a new designers workspace found at Flickr, here is #1 Chris King
In a recent article (VN nr 14) philosopher Jos de Mul raised the question if the time of Great Philosophical Thinkers lay behind us. Maybe the collective mind takes over. Well known examples are SETI and The Human Genome Project. The Hyper Wittgenstein Project project is a example in the field of philosophy (HyperWittgenstein is a project and a collection of websites providing open access to a substantial and important part of Wittgenstein’s Nachlass, with the objective to build a virtual scholarly community for collaborative Wittgenstein research and learning on the Internet). De Mul stated that with a little bit of luck the most influential philosophical thinker of 2078 could be a project like this.
Start researching Wittgenstein here with this page from Nachlass
JUSTICE is a concept show based on themes of Law and Order that all five artists (C215, Dan23, Bruno Leyval, Least Wanted and MC1984) have been committed to for the past three months, and have been working very hard to make it a special show.
Traveling to Bristol from France and New York to build Justice, featuring site specific installations, photography, prints, stencils and a range of new original work. All the artists have a strong collective interest in the plights of minority cultures, human rights, freedom, homelessness and the vacuous subject of law and order, and Justice will display the combined aesthetic of these interests placed within the oppressive environment of Bridewell Police Station’s cells.
Show is on at The Long Arm Gallery, Bridewell Street, Bristol, BS1 3PY.
3rd – 26th April 2009.
Thursday – Saturday, 12pm-7pm.
getty images and flickr joined forces recently. why?
“One of the exciting things about Flickr is that we’re able to access some really fantastic images which reflect the lifestyles and people of specific regions around the world. This is great news for our customers who are searching for imagery with a local flavor. Aside from great travel imagery, we want to find strong lifestyle imagery. The challenge is to find images that aren’t too cliche but not so random that we lose the connection.”
People at Flickr not only make pictures of their cats or drunken friends, there are some wonderfull archives at Flickr, these pictures (from a archive of an Military Hospital)look like they were made by Roger Ballen
save your money, shoot a banker. the website is closed but the stats still can be checked.
but there is more (serious) online social uprising over here: A New Way Forward
“On April 11th, 2009, the public will come out in cities across the country to express their frustration and disapproval with how our elected officials have handled the economic crisis. No one has been left unscathed; this protest is yours.You can make the difference. Take this opportunity seriously, email your friends, find your rally and go with them.”
Honestly: what was the last time you did something for free? a real job, not a favour for a good friend. Well? If your answer is something like “I would really like to do something good for this world, but.. ehm..” than the people at the Taproot Foundation are your best friends from now on. Start as a online volunteer totday.
“Nonprofits have the greatest potential for addressing our society’s most challenging social and environmental problems, but often lack the operational resources to be effective. The Taproot Foundation exists to close this gap and ensure all nonprofits have the infrastructure they need to thrive. Every year, hundreds of nonprofit organizations rely on the Taproot Foundation’s award winning Service Grant program to provide millions of dollars worth of pro bono marketing, HR, IT, and strategy management consulting services that better equip them to tackle our society’s toughest challenges. We partner with corporations, universities, and trade associations to infuse the pro bono ethic into every business profession – increasing the resources available to the nonprofit sector. By 2020, we strive to have all business professionals consider pro bono work an integrated and esteemed part of their careers.”
Another bono who does a lot of pro bono work:
Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.
Abdulmagidi Ngihleya, age 21 is single. He has a welding business which he started in 2008, at Maji Matitu. He needs a loan for a welding machine.
The figures of Kiva are impressive: 10328 lenders made a loan, 1 loan every 23 seconds, a total of $723.957 was lent till this week.