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The Ultimate Guide to Using Images in Social Media. We usually digest visual information better than text-based content.

The Ultimate Guide to Using Images in Social Media

We can make use of this when optimizing our social media marketing campaigns to give ourselves an edge over competitors who push out written content via social media. When it comes to social media, there is no denying the fact that the images we use in our content can have a huge impact on how the content is perceived by the community. See #3, #7, #3, all of which emphasize the same thing. Gary Kovacs: Tracking the trackers. Keen On... Kevin Kelly: On the Social Revolution.

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The Future Of Reading. I think it’s pretty clear that the future of books is digital.

The Future Of Reading

I’m sure we’ll always have deckle-edge hardcovers and mass market paperbacks, but I imagine the physical version of books will soon assume a cultural place analogous to that of FM radio. Although the radio is always there (and isn’t that nice?) , I really only use it when I’m stuck in a rental car and forgot my auxilliary input cord. The rest of the time I’m relying on shuffle and podcasts.

I love books deeply. Why You Should Write When Life Sucks. When Ali Hale sends me a post, I know it’s going to be good.

Why You Should Write When Life Sucks

And this one – on what to do about writing when life sucks – hits the target. Feel free to let us know in the comment section what you’ve done with those “life sucks” moments and how you can use them to create emotional content that packs a punch. This isn’t news to you: sometimes life sucks. Maybe a bunch of things have gone wrong. Stephen Colbert: The Whole Truthiness and Nothing But. Is your left hand more motivated than your right hand? Motivation doesn't have to be conscious; your brain can decide how much it wants something without input from your conscious mind.

Is your left hand more motivated than your right hand?

Now a new study shows that both halves of your brain don't even have to agree. Motivation can happen in one side of the brain at a time. Psychologists used to think that motivation was a conscious process. You know you want something, so you try to get it. ‘Genius Within’ and Glenn Gould’s Technique. Op-Ed at 40 - Interactive Feature. Illustrations by CHRISTOPH NIEMANN An Introduction By THE EDITORS.

Op-Ed at 40 - Interactive Feature

Very useful HTML5 App with a size of less than 10 Kilobytes  Couple of weeks back launch a challenge to web developers to develop an inspiring web applications with a size of less than 10 kilobytes.

Very useful HTML5 App with a size of less than 10 Kilobytes 

In this post I will handpick an application from that event that is very useful from day to day use for web developers and designers. Below is the list of incredibly useful applications with a very lightweight in size. Work at gdgt. Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff, an exclusive Boing Boing preview. Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age is the new book by Douglas Rushkoff, an author, documentarian, media theorist, and great friend of all of us at Boing Boing.

Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff, an exclusive Boing Boing preview

This week, we are pleased to have Douglas as a guest blogger. To kick things off, here's a full chapter from his book. And for the remainder of the week, Boing Boing readers will get 20% off the price of the book or ebook in addition to whatever discount may already exist (currently 15%, for a total of 35% off). Just type BOING in the discount box on the final ordering screen. -- Mark Chapter 3: CHOICE You May Always Choose "None of the Above" IDEO Reimagines the Future of Personal Banking. Design and innovation powerhouse IDEO is known for using design thinking and keen behavioral insight to reinvent object, products and systems that touch our daily lives.

IDEO Reimagines the Future of Personal Banking

Most recently, they envisioned three scenarios for the future of the book, but one of their more interesting new projects looks at something far less exciting but arguably more central to our day-to-day operation: personal banking. For Spanish bank BBVA, IDEO examined the interaction experience of ATM's, which has lagged dramatically behind the actual technology powering these machines. From simple yet impactful tweaks like 90-degree booth rotation for better privacy to cutting-edge customization software, the prototype -- which took two years of development -- offers a seamless, highly visual bridge between physical and virtual. The goal was not how to further automate the teller but, rather, how to humanize the machine.

" Cloud-based IT failure halts Virgin flights. A catastrophic systems failure at cloud-based software provider, Navitaire, a business process outsourcing (BPO) unit of Accenture, disrupted travel for 50,000 customers of Virgin Blue airlines in Australia.

Cloud-based IT failure halts Virgin flights

The situation offers important lessons for buyers of cloud-based outsourcing services. Related: Virgin's cloud failure: Rebuttal and a deeper perspective Virgin Blue provided details in a press release: Navitaire is the supplier of Virgin Blue’s reservation and distribution software platform and also hosts that platform on its own server infrastructure at a data centre in Sydney.

Book review: The Map that Changed the World. William Smith was born in 1769, as the industrial revolution was getting under way.

Book review: The Map that Changed the World

Enclosures, coal mining, canal building and drainage work were building blocks to Smith’s maps; as a young man he became involved in surveying as a result of enclosures around his birthplace of Churchill, near Oxford. Following this experience in surveying he became involved in coal mining in Somerset. Here he saw directly the strata beneath the surface and learnt their individual character. National Institute on Money in State Politics. Australia welcomes first Aboriginal federal MP. How Much Does A Hurricane Weigh? : Krulwich Wonders… We know they're big. But let's get technical: If we could freeze frame a hurricane in the sky just for an instant, how many pounds of water is it carrying up there?

Here's an approximate answer: In our radio broadcast on Morning Edition, Andy Heymsfield of the National Center for Atmospheric Research used elephant–sized units of water to measure hurricanes, storm clouds and little white puffies. Years ago, in a story I did on ABC, another cloud measurer used elephant units, too. But for our new cartoon, Odd Todd and I switched to blue whales. PND - News - Lumina Foundation Announces Grants to Advance Degree Completion. The Lumina Foundation for Education has announced nineteen grants totaling $14.8 million to help advance adult degree attainment through a series of interconnected projects that aim to engage, motivate, and help students to return to college to complete their degrees.

According to the foundation, thirty-seven million adults between the ages of 25 and 64 (more than 20 percent of the working-age population) have not earned a degree or credential despite having attended a college. The grants, which range from $250,000 to almost $1.3 million, provide support for large-scale projects that aim to educate and retrain workers who need to improve their skills in order to compete for jobs that will be created over the next decade, most of which will require some form of postsecondary education degree or credential. Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome. For the first time, monkeys recognize themselves in the mirror, indicating self-awareness. Typically, monkeys don't know what to make of a mirror. They may ignore it or interpret their reflection as another, invading monkey, but they don't recognize the reflection as their own image.

Chimpanzees and people pass this "mark" test -- they obviously recognize their own reflection and make funny faces, look at a temporary mark that the scientists have placed on their face or wonder how they got so old and grey. For 40 years, scientists have concluded from this type of behavior that a few species are self-aware -- they recognize the boundaries between themselves and the physical world.

Trick of the Light Turns Small Phones Into Big Devices: Tech News « As a self-admitted hardware geek, I had to wipe the drool from my mouth when I saw the Mozilla Seabird concept phone designed by Billy May. In a traditional open-source fashion, May created the idea based on user community feedback in terms of features, form and function. Seabird has all three, as you can see in the video overview: It’s a phone from the future. While the technology used for Seabird impresses, what stood out even more for me is how Seabird illustrates the growth of the smartphones as the central device in our lives and how such a device will become even more useful.

How to use categories and tags in your nonprofit blog - Social media and inbound marketing for non-profits. Publishing posts in WordPress (.Com and .Org) entails the use of categories and tags. Essentially they’re a way for readers to easily find other articles on your blog. Sounds simple enough, right? No so. Why it’s easy to be confused about tags and categories. Share photos on Twitter. Digital Identity Tour Part-2: Digital Identity Tuner 7.0. Tim Leberecht: 3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand. How crowdsourcing is changing business, advertising and cause marketing. Video: Multi-Tasking is Bad For Your Brain. Here’s How To Fix It: Tech News « Privacy. Ray Kurzweil - Exponential Learning & Entrepreneurship. Jay Rosen @ Sciences Po: Who is the audience, and what does that make us, journalists? @ Fiction in Truth. If you glow down to the woods today... the moment fireflies turn woods into an enchanted forest.

The good, the bad and the ugly truth about social media - Carpenter Ants and Fossilized Mind Control. Caleb Charland. Green Column - U.S. Plays Catch-Up on High-Speed Rail. Human stem cells restore motor function in mice with spinal cord injuries. Untitled. The Value Of Ruins on Huffduffer. The Twitter I-Open Daily. The Twitter Kurt Vega Daily. Tools for the 21st Century Teacher. Why your brain flips over visual illusions - life - 03 September 2010.

11 Predictions That Back to the Future Part II Got Right. Pierre Lévy on Collective Intelligence Literacy. Seven Ages of the Body. Untitled. Origin of The Bee's Knees Expression. Twitter Plans to Hijack EVERY URL on the Web! Rachel Sussman: The world's oldest living things. White space broadband to be finalized (at last) this month.

Supermassive Black Holes Interacting With Dark Matter Observed from Earth. Twitter plans to record all links clicked. A World Without E-mail: One Man's Vision of a Social Workplace. William Gibson On the Future of Book Publishing. How To Start a Blog, From The New York Times — silencematters — Jeremy Zilar. CG121.