This is a pretty cool product that allows users to very quickly create website and moblile phone mockups.  It uses a very simple drag-and-drop interface.  The actual product is $79, but I used this free demo to create the mockups I wanted, then I took screen shots of them.

http://builds.balsamiq.com/b/mockups-web-demo/

A bunch of anarchist hackers, the Graffiti Research Lab, and an entrepreneur named Mick Ebeling hack together an eye-tracking device that enables a paralyzed former graffiti artist to draw on the parking lot outside his hospital window.

The nerve disease ALS left graffiti artist TEMPT paralyzed from head to toe, forced to communicate blink by blink. In a remarkable talk at TEDActive, entrepreneur Mick Ebeling shares how he and a team of collaborators built an open-source invention that gave the artist — and gives others in his circumstance — the means to make art again.

Some Web hosting services discourage or prohibit the practice known as “scraping,” whereby a custom-built bot crawls the Web looking for particular content to repurpose. While scraping can be used for questionable purposes like generating spam text or manipulating search engines, in this case a student is looking for a host for a legitimate project based on tracking political candidates for the 2012 election.

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Street View Giardini 1 9 Master CardThe press release for the exhibition Not Here begins, “The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University is very pleased to announce that we will not be presenting the augmented reality artwork of the art collective, MANIFEST.AR from June 4 through November 27, 2011.” It turns out MANIFEST.AR isn’t featured in the Venice Biennale either. Even more of a coincidence: the same works not featured in the Biennale are not featured in the Samek show, during the exact same period!

If you’re confused, blame Augmented Reality: software that allows enterprising artists to overlay virtual versions of their works in real spaces, at least on AR-enabled smartphones. What’s not (here) to like?

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Street art just got more homespun, thanks to “Hardcore Chicks With Sharp Sticks.” You go, grandma!

Graffiti’s Cozy, Feminine Side NYT > Home Page http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=d13cf59391fa2b6c5101200b9f65fca0

“Yarn bombing” seems to be having its moment in pop culture….

Yarn bombing takes that most matronly craft (knitting) and that most maternal of gestures (wrapping something cold in a warm blanket) and transfers it to the concrete and steel wilds of the urban streetscape. Hydrants, lampposts, mailboxes, bicycles, cars — even objects as big as buses and bridges — have all been bombed in recent years, ever so softly and usually at night.

It is a global phenomenon, with yarn bombers taking their brightly colored fuzzy work to Europe, Asia and beyond. In Paris, a yarn culprit has filled sidewalk cracks with colorful knots of yarn. In Denver, a group called Ladies Fancywork Society has crocheted tree trunks, park benches and public telephones. Seattle has the YarnCore collective (“Hardcore Chicks With Sharp Sticks”) and Stockholm has the knit crew Masquerade. In London, Knit the City has “yarnstormed” fountains and fences. And in Melbourne, Australia, a woman known as Bali conjures up cozies for bike racks and bus stops.

Check out these summer opportunities from past NMD grads, media organizations–deadlines soon!

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09orono lgh Perma may 03 illWant to try a helping of edible landscape? Mosey over to LongGreenHouse this Friday and Wednesday for a permaculture field day.

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A documentary Film

For many of us our parents encourage us to attend college and get a higher education so that we can have a choice of what we would like for ourselves in life an not just have to settle for what we can get. When i first when to college I was filled with the idea when I got out I’d have a leg up on the rest of the world, that I’d have to beat employers off with a stick and choosing a my career would be like choosing which gift to first unwrap at christmas; exciting, somewhat expected, and always with careful and thoughtful deliberation. A year out of school and I quickly found out that was not the case at all. Instead of exploring new areas and growing into adult hood I found myself back in my old room and in many ways back into adolescence. Now don’t get me wrong I would not change my college experience for anything, not only was I expose to classes of people I wouldn’t normally interact with and create strong bonds and important relationships, college helped me view the world beyond myself, brought my attitude and intelligence to a higher level, and help form me into a daring, risk taking, creative person. Still I wish my income could reflect those four years that help me grow so much.  Though I understand that times are tough and I am not the only person with such ‘after college shock’ and what’s helping me get through this difficult time for our nation is in fact my background in higher education.  I’m realizing that to be an adult is to tackle responsibilities that may not make you happy  while still pursuing that thing that motivates you.

The link above is a link to my blog for a documentary film I’m working on about this very subject. Titled: Overqualified At first this film was going to be a broad documentary about what it means to be a college graduate in todays economy but as things evolved it has become more to focus about a certain individual named Rachel. Rachel graduated top of her class in both high school and college, she is driven, smart, articulate and struggling, like may of us are.  I won’t go into more detail because that is what the blog is for. If you have the time check it out, give me some feed back and hey if you feel like supporting a local filmmaker and fellow black bear, donate a dollar or two.

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