Dan Pallotta on Charity

Grateful that my friend Mac pointed me to this powerful TED talk by Dan Pallotta. Some serious food for thought.

Dan is an activist calling out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done.

A Simple Trick That Makes Batting Around Balloons More Fun

I am so doing this with my kids this weekend.

(via Laughing Squid)

How to Persuade Others with the Right Questions

“When people have their own reason for doing something, they believe those reasons more deeply and adhere to the behavior more strongly.” Always insightful to listen to Daniel Pink.

Tattly featured on MSNBC

This morning I got up early to watch MSNBC’s Your Business with the delightful JJ Ramberg. My heart was bursting of excitement when the above feature on Tattly came on. My little company on national television! What an exciting day!

Plastic Balls on an Escalator

This is somewhat poetic. I totally want to recreate this now. Reminds me of the Sony Bravia Commercial.

It’s Not Too Late To Make A Difference

Via Seth Godin’s post The stories we tell ourselves.

How to Download a YouTube Video

I didn’t realize it was *this* easy to download a YouTube video.

Science + music = audio frequency visualizations

With help from a Chladni Plate, vibrating liquid on a speaker dish, a hose pipe optical trick, ferrofluid, a Ruben’s Tube, and a Telsa Coil, New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford showcases audio frequency visualizations in his music video for Cymatics. Stunning.

(via The Kid Should See This)

Brush Brush Brush

For all my fellow parents: Brush Brush Brush by “Of Montreal”, animated by Kangaroo Alliance for the season 2 “Teeth” episode of Yo Gabba Gabba.

Legacybox

Legacybox is just what the doctor ordered: I have boxes of non-digitized photos and dozens of old VHS tapes that I have been meaning to convert to digital. Legacybox is a mail-in services that will digitize everything for you. Anyone tried this yet? Or a similar service?

Come on Little Trademark, Time for Your Walk

(via Rob)

Jessica Lawrence: On leading

I truly enjoyed this recent POP Tech talk by Jessica Lawrence in which she shares what she has learned about leadership from early teenage miscues through her tenure with the Girl Scouts of the USA and on to running NY Tech Meetup, the world’s largest meetup with over 40,000 members.

Mac Premo – Stuff Maker

Mac Premo from Bas Berkhout on Vimeo.

My studiomate and friend Bas Berkhout just released this beauty of a mini documentary on Mac Premo. Mac is one of the most talented creative forces I know here in Brooklyn. You might know Mac for his art, his video on Oliver Jeffers or for the most recent U2 video, Ordinary Love. He’s a force of nature. I hugely admire his artistic courage and talent.

Thank you Bas for giving us this honest, raw glimpse into Mac’s life.

Laser Cat is coming to DUMBO

Laser Cat is coming to NYC. The gigantic laser-shooting art spectacle is eating art from New York’s agencies and blasting them onto the Manhattan Bridge, pew pew!

New Yorkers come and experience this intergalactic art exhibition slash impromptu dance party on Thursday 20 Nov 6:30 – 9:30PM EST.

Start sending your arts. Learn more.

(yours truly is making a small appearance in that video above)

Touchable Memories

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Touchable Memories’ by pirate3D, turns photographs into 3D-printed objects for people without vision. This hits home, as I have a close family member that has been slowly losing his eye sight over the past year.

How to make a Caramelized Apple Tarte Tatin

I know what I am making this weekend: Caramelized Apple Tarte Tatin.

Painting with Fire

Artist Steve Pazuk paints with fire. This is stunning.

Toca Boo

My daughter (8) is getting such a kick out of the newest Toca Boca game called BOO. (My favorite is still the Hair Salon)

Patagonia Tsampa Soup

What a surprising content of the most recent Patagonia newsletter: It’s about food! Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard shares the traditional Nepali Tsampa Soup. You can buy the provisions for Tsampa soup on their site. Cool!

Miximal App

Miximal is one of these kids apps that I secretly play with when the kids are in bed. It allows you to mix and match over 1000 unique animals. Miximal is available for iPhone and iPad and in 5 languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Miximal
Miximal

Ostrich Pillow Mini

I have written about the ingenious ostrich pillow before and am delighted to see that there is now a more practical version, the ostrich pillow mini in the works. I totally need this for impromptu desk naps. Who is with me?

August Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock is a new lock and access system, designed by Yves Behar, that allows you to send a virtual key to anyone you choose to have access to your home. I am tempted to try this for our co-working space. No more dealing with copies of keys. Brilliant.

High Definition Macro Videos of Chemical Reactions

Yan Liang‘s macro videos of chemical reactions are nothing short of breathtaking. See more over on Laughing Squid. Yay science!

Aspirational

ASPIRATIONAL from Matthew Frost on Vimeo.

(via Kottke)