Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Virtual Peace?

I just read about the latest new Israeli startup, Shaker, which won top honors at TechCrunch Disrupt.

Ever wanted to go to a bar where you can control the music levels, you don't have to pay a cover charge, and there's no need to worry about getting into a brawl with steroid pumping bouncers?

Well then this is for you.

Check out their demo video below:

The premise of Shaker is to make social networking more like real life socializing.

And of course, since it's an Israeli startup, I could not help but think of the moribund peace process.

I began to wonder, what if they can create a virtual room for Middle East peacemakers?

Perhaps this would be a cool way to get Netanyahu and Abbas to flirt with each other virtually before committing to meeting in real life.

Bibi: So you come here often?

Abu Mazen: Yeah, once in a while.

Baddabing. Baddabang.

Maybe it's technology that will save us after all.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Climate Reality

There are just a few hours left to check out Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, an amazing interactive website about Climate Change. The site brings viewers to 24 places in the world in a 24 hour period, and has already surpassed 4 million viewers.

Here's the blurb:

24 Presenters. 24 Time Zones. 13 Languages. 1 Message. 24 Hours of Reality is a worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate crisis. It will consist of a new multimedia presentation created by Al Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours, representing every time zone around the globe. Each hour people living with the reality of climate change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events — including floods, droughts and storms — and the manmade pollution that is changing our climate. We will offer a round-the-clock, round-the-globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. The deniers may have millions of dollars to spend, but we have a powerful advantage. We have reality.

The promotional videos were made by the uber-talented team at Brooklyn-based Missing Pieces.

Check them out here:

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I really love this one below. Shit hitting the fan might just be a perfect metaphor for what will happen to our planet if we don't address the serious problem of climate change.