Robert L. Peters

29 August 2008

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Brighton, United Kingdom

I’ve been asked to be a speaker at the <head> web conference, a unique new type of event that is global, green… and online. Here’s the skinny… “<head> is a web conference that brings together some of the most interesting and exciting developers, designers, creatives, and thought leaders from around the web to share with you their passions and expertise. The sessions cover a wide range of timely topics including web standards, accessibility, web application development, Flash, Flex, and scalability.

The premise for <head> is simple: instead of making you come to the web conference, let’s make the web conference come to you. <head> is a web conference with all of the traditional elements. We have live speakers, presentations, question and answer sections, and networking opportunities. The twist is that the conference takes place everywhere—all over the world—and at real-world gatherings called local conference hubs. And we use the Internet to tie it all together.

<head> is an environmentally-friendly web conference. We save on thousands of flights and the resulting carbon emissions by having speakers and attendees interact with the conference locally.

We have not lost sight of the key aspects that we love about conferences: the social interactions, the conversations, the sense of community, the exchange of knowledge, and the forging of new friendships and opportunities. We are building these into our online community where attendees and non-attendees alike can interact before, during, and after the conference.

Attendees and speakers can participate in the conference from the comfort of their own homes or surrounded by others at local conference hubs around the world. Local conference hubs are real-world, local gatherings supported by local venue sponsors (like Yahoo! in London, and the BBC in Manchester) and local community groups such as Adobe User Groups. Local conference hubs make the conference truly global in scope and inject it with the real-world social element that is so crucial to a successful conference.

<head> is delivered live, over the Internet, using a custom conference application built with Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server (FMIS), Adobe Flex, and Adobe Flash technologies. Courtesy of our Platinum Sponsor and Technology Partner, Influxis, we have a rock-solid cluster of FMIS instances that is capable of supporting 10,000 simultaneous connections during the connection.”

Learn more about <head> here; read about my presentation (entitled Do the right thing. Do the thing right.) here. Perhaps we’ll meet online?


27 August 2008

What, the Wave, and greeting cards,

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Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba

We’ve been busy the past few days preparing for the second round of this summer’s 7th Wave Artists’ Studio Tour, which culminates on this Labour Day weekend (Saturday and Sunday) when “the public is invited to tour the studios and participating artists of the Interlake… essentially a self-guided tour enabling visitors to speak with the artists and view their work in very picturesque locations.” Ev’s one of the participating artists who will be flying a distinctive blue-and-white Wave flag outside her studio in Winnipeg Beach.

“North of Winnipeg, take the scenic route through cottage country along Lake Winnipeg’s western shore, experience the vastness of Netley Creek and Oak Hammock Marshes, leave the beaten path for charming country lanes, and take a trip inland to Stonewall. Cover the whole tour in a round trip loop, or make it a day or a weekend adventure. Great restaurants, picnic sites, sandy beaches, a refreshing dip, inspiring historic sites, first class accommodations, and of course, an art experience close up and personal!”

More information about the Winnipeg Beach Art & Culture Co-op Inc. and the 7th Wave Artists’ Studio Tour here. View or download the brochure describing the artists here (2mb PDF), and the maps here (548k PDF).

Images: three of the 25 “What?” greeting-card designs that will debut at Evelin Richter’s studio on the weekend (ranging from nonsensical and cheeky to puzzlingly contemplative…).


25 August 2008

Pangea Day,

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New York, New York

In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that—to help people see themselves in others—through the power of film. Locations in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro were linked for a live program of powerful films, live music, and visionary speakers. The entire event was broadcast—in seven languages—to millions via the internet, television, and mobile phones.

Watch the one hour highlights or the full four-hour show. Or, select from the amazing collection of individual film shorts here.

(The first-ever Pangea Day took place on May 10, 2008—I’ve been wanting to watch more of the movies and to post something about it ever since… but it took a sick-day to finally proffer that opportunity. Thanks for the links, Gregor.)


350,

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(from the good folks at Free Range Studios)

“What’s it going to take to stop climate chaos? Well, global warming guru Bill McKibben has a simple answer: 350. That’s the parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere that scientists now believe is safe. And it’s the number we have to achieve.”

McKibben and friends at 350.org set out to spread this simple concept, a goal everyone can aim for. And they turned to Free Range to make it into a killer music video that anyone, regardless of the language they speak, can understand. The movie is already making its way around the globe… check it out and find out how you can do your part to achieve 350. Watch it here and pass it on…


Meeting the Walrus,

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(from SwissMiss; thanks Adrian)

“In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.”

Enjoy the moment… here and get the back-story here.


24 August 2008

Special Defects

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Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Check out the “personal experimental project and digital playground” of Antonio Costa at specialdefects.com (and preview a work-in-progress piece inspired by the work of Chris Jordan entitled Running the Numbers). I had the pleasure of meeting the multi-talented architect/interaction designer/podcaster at FITC Amsterdam earlier this year—Antonio’s just informed me that he’ll be tutoring at the prestigious Academy of Design in the University of Eindhoven this coming semester… best wishes!


Good Wanderlust,

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Los Angeles, California

If you’re globally minded, enjoy distant travels, and appreciate great information graphics, check out GOOD magazine’s fine mapping of “history’s greatest journeys, from Magellan to Kerouac,” here.

(thanks Adrian)


22 August 2008

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Toronto, Canada

I heard from designer and avid cyclist Simon Farla again today—he’s back into creative ways of promoting his new wife, indie chanteuse Coco Love Alcorn (catch a sample of her sensually seductive alto here) after cycling the Cabot Trail on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island this summer. Simon’s latest promo twist is “postering” on silk-screened, re-used bedsheets… from Value Village of course, cut down into 13″x 19″ pieces. (I posted earlier on Simon’s clever FontBike project and elegantly re-purposed clothing merch when he came through Winnipeg this past April). Keep it coming, Simon…


21 August 2008

Manhua with (an anti-imperialist) twist,

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Beijing, China

Check out Ethan Persoff’s GALLERY OF 35 ANTI-U.S. CHINESE POLITICAL CARTOONS (circa 1958-1960). “Culled and restored from reviewing hundreds of Eastern newspaper pages and illustrations, this set of 35 images represents what we consider the best late 50s editorial cartoons (Manhua) from China and Indochina. Set during a time of escalating western imperialism, these images react against U.S. military actions in Laos and Vietnam, and represent a unique moment of political commentary. It seems to be a hidden history, too.” Most of these comics have never before been re-published, and even fewer have ever been exhibited or documented… a real find for fans of period propaganda art.


20 August 2008

40 years ago today,

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Prague, Czech Republic

Time does indeed slip by quickly (and yet little seems to change)… I vividly recall the Russian surprise-invasion of Czechoslovakia on this day in 1968. Living in (West) Germany at the time (the event sent shock-waves throughout Europe) I joined peaceful protest rallies in Basel (where I was attending school, just across the Swiss border)—my first active political involvement as a 14-year-old. Read the NYT invasion story here.


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