The Prince Estate and Pantone Unveil Love Symbol #2

The Prince Estate and Pantone Unveil Love Symbol #2

The Prince Estate, alongside Pantone Color Institute™, the global color authority, announced today the creation of a standardized custom color to represent and honor international icon, Prince. The (naturally) purple hue, represented by his “Love Symbol #2” was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely passing at the age of 57. The color pays tribute to Prince’s indelible mark on music, art, fashion and culture.

Is there a coherent ideology at the core of Silicon Valley? Adam Greenfield responds

Is there a coherent ideology at the core of Silicon Valley? Adam Greenfield responds

„It is inescapable that those determining the shape of our choices when engaging with Information Technology are physically and culturally located in a very small region. Apple, Facebook, and Google are within a stones throw of each other, and even though they recruit from all over the world, there is an astonishing physic self-similarity among the people who work there, whatever their national or cultural origin.“ – Adam Greenfield, author of Radical Technologies

Alan Moore’s Levitz Grid for all 12 issues of Big Numbers

Alan Moore’s Levitz Grid for all 12 issues of Big Numbers, continued on the n…

Alan Moore’s Levitz Grid for all 12 issues of Big Numbers, continued on the next double page spread! Illustration from „Alan Moore: Storyteller“ by Gary Spencer Millidge.

Parting Shot: Jonathan Hickman’s Graphtacular ‘Fantastic Four’ Outline

Parting Shot: Jonathan Hickman’s Graphtacular ‘Fantastic Four’ Outline

[T]he various plotlines as they progress through 30 issues of Fantastic Four.

Shire microsoft customer modern digital intranet workspace using SharePoint and Office 365

Shire microsoft customer modern digital intranet workspace using SharePoint and Office 365

On July 13th, Microsoft held a panel webinar with their customer, Shire – a recognized leader in rare diseases, along with numerous Office 365 MVPs (full panelist list below). We got to hear how they planned, built and use their beautiful and engaging digital workspace – The Hub – to help inform and engage everyone throughout the company in a consistent, sustainable way.

The panelists highlight the importance of governance throughout the project, describe numerous business cases, and cover the use of innovations including SharePoint communication sites, leveraging the SharePoint Framework (SPFx), multi-column page support, new web parts and page capabilities – all used to create rich and compelling sites to achieve their desired outcomes.

These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‚Choose Your Own Adventure‘ Books

In By Balloon to the Sahara, you’re in a balloon and are presented with a choice on the very first page. Storm clouds are on the horizon. Choice 1: “If you act now, you can release gas from the balloon and land before the storm overtakes you.” Choice 2: “Perhaps the storm will pass quickly. Maybe you can ride it out.” That’s just the beginning, since this book has the most decision points—48—of the series.

Quelle: These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‚Choose Your Own Adventure‘ Books

Das Kulturelle Gedächtnis und die digitalen Geisteswissenschaften

Das Kulturelle Gedächtnis und die digitalen Geisteswissenschaften

Das Kulturelle Gedächtnis, verstanden als generationenübergreifende, interaktionslose Kommunikation über aufgezeichnete kulturelle Äußerungen (Text, Musik, Malerei etc.), kann nur dann dauerhaft, nachvollziehbar und zuverlässig funktionieren, wenn der Kommunikationsfluss durch Gedächtnisinstitutionen organisiert wird. Gedächtnisinstitutionen pflegen das Kulturelle Gedächtnis durch den Aufbau eines Bestandes kultureller Äußerungen, ihre Bewahrung und Vermittlung an gegenwärtige und zukünftige Nutzer. Der Aufbau einer Sammlung entspringt im Analogen einer Idee, folgt einem Plan, entwickelt sich in der Geschichte, wird von Generation zu Generation weitergebaut, ist ortsgebunden, strukturiert und eingehegt. Mit anderen Worten: ermöglicht kulturelle Nachhaltigkeit. Nur, wenn sich kulturelle Nachhaltigkeit auch für über digitale Medien kommunizierte kulturelle Äußerungen gewährleisten lässt, kann auch von einem Funktionieren des Kulturellen Gedächtnisses im Digitalen gesprochen werden. Hierauf sind die digitalen Geisteswissenschaften angewiesen um nachhaltig Innovation und neues Wissen hervorbringen zu können!

Social Cameras

*Ido Arev, *Hyun Soo Park, Yaser Sheikh, J. Hodgins, and Ariel Shamir, „Automatic Editing of Footage from Multiple Social Cameras “ ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH), 2014

We present an approach that takes multiple videos captured by social cameras—cameras that are carried or worn by members of the group involved in an activity—and produces a coherent „cut“ video of the activity. Footage from social cameras contains an intimate, personalized view that reflects the part of an event that was of importance to the camera operator. We leverage the insight that social cameras share the focus of attention of the people carrying (or wearing) them. We use this insight to determine where the important „content“ in a scene is taking place, and use it in conjunction with cinematographic guidelines to select which cameras to cut to and to determine the timing of those cuts. A trellis graph formulation is used to optimize an objective function that maximizes coverage of the important content in the scene, while respecting cinematographic guidelines such as the 180-degree rule and avoiding jump cuts. We demonstrate cuts of the videos in various styles and lengths for a number of scenarios, including sports games, street performance, family activities, and social get-togethers. We evaluate our results through an in-depth analysis of the cuts in the resulting videos and through comparison with videos produced by a professional editor and existing commercial solutions.

Logan: Superhero Movies Get Old

Logan: Superhero Movies Get Old

Logan and how it relates to established genre structures while also offering responses to „too well-known“ genre patterns.

An everyday intro to Office 365

An everyday intro to Office 365

[M]y attempt at a simple, graphical way to show you what O365 is, what the apps do, and how they’re related. No accurate overview of O365 is simple. As with many topics, simplification implies a drop in accuracy. So take this with a grain of salt.