Like the biblical character Noah, Joel Sartore is building an ark, with photos. He is in the midst of a daunting quest to document 12,000 captive species, from the striking Malayan tiger to the adorable red panda and almost laughably small royal antelope. The goal is to raise awareness of these creatures, and the mounting threat of extinction many of them face.
He started researching the work of great conservationist artists like James Audubon, who famously attempted to paint and describe every species of bird in America. Audobon’s goal inspired Sartore to begin his own ambitious catalog of the animals he treasures. He hopes to engender the same passion in others.
CNN says President Obama’s speech this evening at 9 pm et
“…is likely to be a combination of a valedictorian's look-how-far-we've-come rhetoric and calls to action directed not at Congress but at the voting public on issues near to Obama's heart -- and extending beyond his increasingly-limited time in office”
But as the White House Office of Digital Strategy describes at Medium it will also reflect the state of the digital nation
“For the first time, this year SOTU will be available to stream on-demand on Amazon Video, in addition to on wh.gov/sotu and our YouTube channel. And beginning Wednesday through the end of the week, Amazon will make the speech available across all devices for Americans to watch the State of the Union in the same way we’re used to consuming video content in 2016. So, for those who’ve cut the cord from cable and network TV: Whether you use a smart TV, web browser, mobile device, or tablet there’s a way for you to watch the President’s speech as it happens and on-demand.
And as in past years, you’ll be able to watch video excerpts released in real-time on Facebook and Twitter. From live GIFs on Tumblr to 6-second videos on Vine and photos on Instagram, we’ll build on previous efforts to connect with users across a range of social media sites and make the experience of the speech appropriate to each platform.”
Here is a teaser from the President of what we will hear in his last SOTU
“When Lucas made Star Wars, computer graphics barely existed–the crudely animated pilots’ briefing before the Battle of Yavin was the absolute state of the art. Lucasfilm’s computer-graphics department would eventually be spun off, bought by Steve Jobs, and turned into Pixar, but at the time Lucas had no real options besides models and physical creatures. That had the effect of giving the droids and aliens and spaceships in Star Wars a sense of physical weight and presence that’s missing from, say, the CGI disaster Jar-Jar Binks. There’s no way you can make a movie like The Force Awakens entirely without CGI, but Abrams was determined to keep it to an absolute minimum–in effect, he took a world that had become virtual and forced it back into the realm of the actual. “I can tell you a lot of movies that I’ve seen and I’ve loved where I don’t quite believe it’s real,” Abrams says. “You can feel somehow the artifice of it. You can’t even necessarily quantify why it doesn’t feel real, because everything that you’re seeing is intellectually what it should look like. And yet somehow it’s missing that thing.” He used CGI as much for taking out the visible apparatus of the practical effects–wires, rigs, puppeteers–as he did for putting things in.”
It’s common for office desks to be cluttered with piles of cards, which present the occupants with the long and tedious task of manually inputting the data, card by card, into a digital database.
The limitations of office desktops and notebooks add to the problem, but times are changing. The widespread use of mobile technology, and changes in how individuals manage their work life, have prompted companies to deliver innovative products that ensure business cards will continue to be relevant and easier to manage.
From an advanced barcode solution that allows users to scan contact information into their devices, to apps that create and share virtual business cards, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific brings you five possible solutions for managing your business cards on the go.
A quick glance registers the L16 as innocuous. It's really just a black, rounded rectangle topped with a silver button. But when you notice the 16 different circles (17 if you count the IR sensor) on its face, the L16 becomes an almost threatening piece of technology to look at.
Light has taken advantage of what founder Rajiv Laroia calls "a silent revolution" in the photography world. Thanks to the need to put better-quality cameras in smartphones, the process of miniaturizing camera modules and molding high-quality plastic lenses has brought things to a place where — with a little computational photography — you can make something like the L16. Light sees it as a DSLR replacement, something that you can throw in your bag to save yourself from lugging around extra lenses and equipment. But really it's more of an experiment, one that you can preorder now for $1,299, and one that won't ship until late summer 2016.
Google’s new logo uses a custom, geometric sans-serif typeface called Product Sans
Not to be outdone, so does Facebook. The first logo was created in 2005 when the company was just getting started and it used a Klavika typeface. The new logo is a custom typeface that was created by the in-house design team and Eric Olson from Process Type Foundry.
“Warm and contemporary, Bookerly is inspired by the artistry of the best fonts in modern print books, but is hand-crafted for great readability at any size. It introduces a lighter, more graceful look and outperforms other digital reading fonts to help you read faster with less eyestrain.”
Of course, Apple had to also introduce its own new font, San Francisco
It’s been a short five years since I wrote The New Polymath. It is impressive how digital the construction of each successive book has become. Earlier this year I had posted about the Kindle publishing process, print on demand technologies and the contribution of the design agency around SAP Nation.
With SAP Nation 2.0, the digitization has increased
Majority of interviews around the world have been done using Vonage or Skype on a Zoom recorder and stored on Google Drive for later transcription.
The interactions with the editor and graphic designer, both in the Northeast have been via email.
The proofreader comments and my acceptance/rejection and my own additions have used Adobe Acrobat features
I have polled my Facebook friends for advice on thorny grammatical style issues. Amazing how quickly they have responded
My interactions with the design agency, 1106 have used a collaboration tool, Wrike.
The irony – most of my books still sell in paper format
I saw a remarkable phenomenon yesterday. Cars were lined up waiting to be served by a mobile truck. The latest foodie craze? Kids lined up on a hot day for Kona Ice?
Actually, they were folks lining up with crates of paper to be shredded. The line was at least 20 cars deep. In an age of identity theft and other privacy concerns, Cam Caudle, owner of the Shred360 truck reports heightened interest in his paper and e-waste disposal services.
I got in touch with him because I had a couple of crates of book drafts I needed disposing. That was too small a job for him to drive the truck to us (he services a wide swath across Tampa Bay) so he told me about “shred day”. As a community service, this army veteran periodically drives the truck to a parking lot and shreds limited quantities for free. He would not even accept a donation for the job.
I asked him about his Alpine Evolution truck, and it is one heck of a high-torque engineering marvel. Features include planetary gears, precision-made solid steel shaft, the cameras to allow consumers to watch the shredding process, the robotic arms to lift the carts, a backup camera and numerous other safety features. Some of the bigger trucks can churn through 9,000 lbs of paper an hour. Many of the Alpine trucks now also have a hard drive shredder – up to 10 hard drives chomped up a minute! The video below provides more details.
Back home, I could not help but hum the Monster Mash and mock my poor, little 10 page-at-a-time shredder
If you are local call Cam for your shredding needs or try out one of the growing mobile shredding services in your town.
My daughter got a nice tour (thanks to librarian Clement Ho) this weekend of the library at American University in Washington, DC.
Impressive all the scanning, poster, 3D and other printing technology, the loaner devices and materials the students can avail of.
My favorite was the Bookeye 4 scanner with the cradle so you don’t have to contort books to scan them
“One secret behind Bookeye 4's superior quality images is that it employs a linear CCD with dual reflecting mirrors that move instead of the lens; all but eliminating distortions inherent with both film and digital cameras (e.g. chromatic aberrations, barrel and pincushion distortions). Another reason for Bookeye 4's superior image quality is that the lens always remains perfectly perpendicular to the book whether in the flat or 'V' position, thereby enabling the scanner to digitize each side of the book in perfect alignment. The end result is a scanner that captures documents precisely from edge to edge while gently preserving the subject matter.”
a close second was the LocknCharge FUYL cells to store and charge laptops and mobile devices
I drooled about all these loaners - not listed Google Glasses which are also in inventory
I would like to borrow these :)
colorful reminder the world is still pretty analog!