Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Four Eyed Monsters: Entire Film extended through Aug. 15th

Four Eyed Monsters film available until August 15 on YouTube.



Arin and Susan continue their quest of paying off debts and possibly making a new film.
Note their mention of spout.com and how you can help. Their site is foureyedmonsters.com

FEM is not for everyone. It is a refreshing look at people, documentary film making and the bizarre but close relationship that two people can have.

Enjoy!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

sixdegrees.org - And your Bacon Number is?

Over the past several days I have found many new things.

First, I was on MySpace and quite happy until I talked with some folks about Facebook.
Well, I moved over to Facebook, because it felt more like a community rather than a popularity and advertisement fest.

On my Facebook, I found an app called iLike which lets you find new music along with finding people with similar musical tastes. iLike led me back over to my old GarageBand.com podcast account, where I found even more music and got my music quest running again.

On iLike I found someone named Josh who had a high "iLike compatibility index" with me. He has a web site which I popped over to and I found that he vacationed in Japan and ended up staying. This was something I had planned on doing on my way to Australia... all this was set aside by my time here in the Pacific NW.

Back on Josh's web site was a ""badge" for making donations to the "Make a Wish" Foundation. The badge had the sixdegrees.org link on it. I, of course, clicked on it because for the past week or so I have been entertaining myself with the six degrees of separation that is represented by the Kevin Bacon "game".

To my surprise, on sixdegrees.org, there is a video by Kevin Bacon talking about both the cause badging and the Bacon Number game. Yikes. Everyone is only six degrees away from everyone else.




Making a long story even longer... take a look at sixdegrees.org and see what's up.

AND if you really want to get crazy, take a look at the real "Bacon Number" (BN) calculator over at the University of Virginia called "The Oracle of Bacon at Virginia" it is truly incredible how many actors are within 2 BNs of Kevin. I tried even actors from India, Hong Kong and China, then I tried actors that are new and others that were dead and it simply did not matter...

Enjoy! And remember your Bacon Number after you stop over at sixdegrees.org!

By the way, by reading this post you are now only 1 away from me... like that matters.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

i'm making a difference



i’m is a new initiative from Windows Live Messenger™. Every time you start a conversation using i’m, Microsoft shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with some of the world's most effective organizations dedicated to social causes. We've set no cap on the amount we'll donate to each organization. The sky's the limit.

So any time you have an i’m™ conversation using Windows Live Messenger, you help address the issues you feel most passionate about, including poverty, child protection, disease, environmental degradation and animal protection. It's simple. All you have to do is join and start an instant messaging conversation. We'll handle the donation.

There's no charge, so join now and put our money where your mouth is.

P.S. The button above is where I am contributing. You can select from any of the following causes.

Friday, June 01, 2007

a picture's worth a thousand words! ???

Or perhaps a thousand points!

Now we all know that Google search works pretty darn well. They also seem to be getting into just about everything. But now, for the first time (well as far as I know), Google has combined the power of the populus with folksonomy and a gaming style metaphor.

Yes, that's right you too can play
Google Image Labeler

{fast paced marketing music plays here}

What the heck is the "game" Google Image Labeler? Here are the rules and how this action adventure gets going.

First head over to the "game board" at http://images.google.com/imagelabeler/

Next, select your nickname (you know the one you use in WOW or something)

Then carefully read the game rules...


You'll be randomly paired with a partner who's online and using the feature. Over a two-minute period, you and your partner will be shown the same set of images and asked to provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see. When your label matches your partner's label, you'll earn points depending on how specific your label is. You'll be shown more images until time runs out. After time expires, you can explore the images you've seen and the websites where those images were found. And we'll show you the points you've earned throughout the session.

For example, this image can be described by the labels: sky (50 points), bird (60 points), soaring (120 points), or frigate bird (150 points).


"Paired with a partner". This is not a fight to the death, but rather a cooperative guessing game to see if you and your partner come up with the same labels for the images on the screen. And there is a time limit. Gotta get through the maze before it fills with water and you drown. No, I must be thinking of another game.

Wait, is there scoring? Like any good online game of course there is scoring!

SO why the scoring? That's how you are ranked to see if you qualify to appear on the "leader board" for today's pairings OR could it possibly happen, that you could be one of the "all time contributors"? Oh, be still my heart!

Leave it to Google to take one of the more boring jobs in the world of cataloging the lookup words for something and make it into an interesting online competitive experience. What the heck is up with these guys? Don't they take anything seriously?

Oh yea, that making money thing seems to be working.

TTFN